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Will October spook stock market investors?; Toys R Us debuting augmented reality experience to help save face; Weed smokers firing up fast-food sales – especially at McDonald’s; Cher accusing LA billionaire and Florida health care company for stock fraud; Airline seats not getting any bigger, but designers trying to make them more…comfortable?; Eyebobs bringing prescription glasses to your door; Popcorn sales up despite declining movie attendance; Merlot having comeback; Netflix email scam; Ford’s new $90,000+ luxury pickup truck–anyone gonna buy?; An app to automatically invest your spare change in cryptocurrency!


Is Face ID secure? Apple takes on lingering questions; Walmart unveils new baby products in effort to attract younger consumers (and eyes premium diaper market); Delta to offer free in-flight texting (starts Sunday); Justin Timberlake “finalizing” deal to perform at Super Bowl halftime; Hilton’s new ‘Hostel on Steriods’ could help it steal millennials from Airbnb???; TodayTix launching magazine for theatergoers; Credit card debt hits all-time high (> trillion); Submarining is latest dating trend; Restaurant report card: what’s in your fast food meat; Why September best month to renew passport; Where most millionaires being minted; Sonic Drive-In security hack; Another day, another cryptocurrency hedge fund


Happy Birthday, Google! World’s most popular search engine is celebrating its 19th today w/birthday-themed Google Doodle and release of its latest product–Levi’s smart jean jacket; Retailers focus on home and beauty categories as they continue to outperform apparel; Why disgraced CEOs like Equifax’s Richard Smith get to ‘retire’ instead of being fired; This airline’s flash sale will fly kids to Europe for free; High home prices might be hitting their limit (nation’s market unhealthy?); Dyson has plans to make electric cars; IPOs set for best year in decade; Twitter to test longer Tweets (280-character limit); Orange juice prices – as much as $2.30 more per gallon; NPR now has its own wine club.


Congratulations to the airport named America’s worst (again)–LaGuardia!!; Gas prices falling (but still higher than normal); Instagram closer than ever to billion users; Salesforce says Black Friday will be busiest online shopping day in U.S. history; GPS – will be accurate w/in one foot in some phones next year; Brad Pitt opening $1.5 billion resort in Croatia; Mead is fastest-growing alcoholic beverage you’ve never heard of; Gummy bears that taste exactly like a Moscow Mule; Best credit cards right now; Higher wages at Target; From Bowie Bonds to Eminem Equity; A startup called ShelfLife that allows you to “rent” an exotic lifestyle for a week – Airbnb for glamorous life????!


Ryanair: after worst week ever, airline slashes fares for the winter to win back passengers: Walmart wants to deliver groceries to your fridge while you’re not home; Amazon – Chipotle, Chili’s, and your other fast-casual faves; Jennifer Lopez donates $1 million for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico; Apple’s market value – down $$ since unveiling new iPhone; Millennials now taking “friend networking trips” so they can find some pals; L.L. Bean’s newspaper ad that you can only read outdoors (clever!); Two winning lottery tickets bought from same store, same day; – a bogus website; Mazda recall; Starbucks maple pecan latte; Fall TV season: one of worst in years?


Apple concedes new watch has connectivity glitch (says fix is coming); Airbnb gets step closer to being only travel app you need; World’s biggest and narrowest Chick-Fil-A coming to Manhattan; An app to detect credit card skimmers @ gas pump; The billions of dollars people w/side hustles are hiding from IRS; Best museums in world; Target’s new $5 wine line — better than Two Buck Chuck???; College savings in 529 plans may be worth less than hoped; Hatchimals Surprise; Budweiser – free RT Lyft rides; A whole new downtown Detroit?; Pumpkin spice pizza.


Post Equifax breach, your next worry is .. fake tax returns????; World’s best caviar doesn’t come from Russia anymore; Things to know about ‘tbh,’ a new anonymity app popular among teens; Kohl’s opens its doors to Amazon returns; Walmart says no seasonal hiring; Stock market — now in dead zone (last two weeks of Sept.) that sees it drop 70% of the time; Greatist living business minds in world, according to Forbes; Ram recall; Oreo hot cocoa mix; A Merry Christmas for retailers???; Fedspectation: No interest rate hike today; Think: December


Equifax suffered another data breach…in March??; Toys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy; Apple’s iOS11 rolls out today; Avril Lavigne named most dangerous celebrity; Luncheonettes (aka lunch counters) making comeback; Next crisis will start in… Silicon Valley??!; Aldi’s $8 award-winning rosé now available in the U.S.; Egg-freezing is hot new perk at Google, Apple, and Facebook; Fishers, Indiana – ‘Best Place To Live’ in America; Changes at Taco Bell (no drive-thru? alcohol???);  ‘All You Can Fly’ pass – unlimited flights to Paris for a year…$40,000…


Today is National Cheeseburger Day! Free Shake Shack burgers, 17 locations!; Ryanair under pressure to publish full list of cancelled flights; Some retirees rethinking Florida, post Irma…Georgia, Arizona, the Carolinas more appealing?; Toys ‘R’ Us preparing for possible bankruptcy filing; Men taking over grocery aisles (and cooking more!); Student debt is officially bad for your health; What your identity sells for on the dark web; Most popular Airbnbs in every US state, mapped; Chicken wing shortage (means you’ll pay more); ATM skimming – increasingly sophisticated; Equifax shakeup…


Irma obliterates Florida’s citrus farms–early reports suggest 50%-70% of crops destroyed; LifeLock sign-ups are up tenfold post Equifax hack; Despite all the iPhone excitement, some still gonna buy flip phones [You know who you are!]; > 1 in 10 parents now give their elementary school kids a credit card; Target – not only hiring way more seasonal workers (40% more than last year!), but also rolling out new line of home decor in collaboration w/hosts of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’; Americans living best lives in decade; Bitcoin at crossroads; Thanksgiving airfares: Act now or pay, pay, pay; Hottest new products coming to Trader Joe’s this month; Where to celebrate Oktoberfest across America…

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