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Did you see James Holzhauer back on Jeopardy last night? Wins again–23rd consecutive time; Millions of Instagram influencers’ private contact info gets exposed in database leak; Google announces new $999 “superpower” smartglasses; Vienna Beef recalls > 2000 pounds hot dogs; Code red for Tesla?; Facebook experimenting w/robots to push its AI research forward; Good food […]

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Game of Thrones therapy-a thing?? You know…to help you move on now that series is signing off after 8 years???; Billionaire graduation speaker paying off student loans for Class of 2019 (estimated cost: $40 million); Mick Jagger getting ready for Rolling Stones tour; Maker of Whispering Angel releasing new luxury wine; Delta testing free in-flight […]

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Surprise, surprise – AAA says record # drivers expected to hit road for Memorial Day weekend; Macy’s earnings crush estimates, boosted by online sales; Jeff Koons ‘Rabbit’ sculpture goes for hare-raising $91 million; Ford recalls 270,000 vehicles; Beyoncé’s Uber earnings – $300 million?; WeWork starting $3 billion fund to buy stakes in buildings and rent […]

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USC coach who made fake crew profiles for Lori Loughlin’s daughters pleads guilty–how’s that gonna affect her case?; New survey reveals best and worst airports in America; Hershey’s introduces new emoji chocolate bars; Uber Black launches ‘Quiet Driver Mode’; U.S. birth rates fall to 32-year low; Alexa Guard – can now listen for alarms – […]

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Major victory for Robert Kraft – judge suppresses video in solicitation case; Apple launches first big push into subscription TV; Walmart announces next-day delivery; Booking system outage hits JetBlue; Uber stock plunges…again (prompts memo from CEO to staff); Loyalty programs – ‘a honey pot for hackers’??; Amazon offering to pay employees $10,000 to quit their […]

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Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty today in college admissions cheating scandal; Alain Ducasse steps into specialty coffee w/new Paris tasting room and roastery; Elizabeth Holmes’ apartment goes up for rent ($5395/month); Backseats of Uber and Lyft cars–35,000 times more germs than average toilet seat, and 219 times as many as average taxi?; Baby Boomers embracing […]

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Uber prices IPO today – midpoint or below target range?; Delta makes it easier for passengers to keep their frequent-flyer status; McDonald’s brings international favorites to its U.S. menu; Bitcoin (aka s**tcoin?) hits new 2019 high; Target and Amazon rethink humble cardboard box?; Americans warming to electric vehicles, but most aren’t ready to buy; Lori […]

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Uber, Lyft drivers in > dozen major cities going on two-hour strike today; Samsung cancelling all Galaxy folding phone orders if can’t make fix by end of month; Ellevest’s Sallie Krawcheck says personal finance advice too patronizing (“Buy the f***ing latte”?!); College admissions scandal getting TV show; Target launching its own $5 bottle of sangria; […]

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The cynical NoPo thinks the Starbucks cup spotted in Game of Thrones was a product placement (and a valuable one at that in what was only a 3-second scene), but HBO says nope – it was actually a ‘mistake’?!; Bernie Madoff’s wife Ruth settles w/court-appointed trustee (surrenders remaining assets upon death); Jeff Bezos and Lauren […]

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What did Boeing know about problems w/the 737 Max, and when, exactly?; Kentucky Derby DQ costs bettors around $9 million; Apple warns iPhone users not to answer Apple support calls unless specifically requested; Avengers: Endgame continues its box office heroics (surpasses $2 billion); Dunkin’ – the next McDonald’s?; Middle-of-the-night ‘one ring’ robocall scams luring consumers […]

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