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  1. What would these women have told Nike? See link below
  2. At least in the 1970's they moved the car seat to the back seat... 😉
  3. Activists and leaders gather for the National Cannabis Policy Summit in Washington, DC.
  4. @James Thomas Rook Jr. Similar to the Aristocrats in France lecturing the Parisian factory workers on the importance of cleanliness. While the lesson may be true.... It may not be an option for a vast majority of common people. "Let them eat cake!"
  5. Canopy Growth, the world’s most valuable marijuana company, plans to buy fellow pot company Acreage Holdings for $3.4 billion...when (if?) weed becomes legal at the federal level in the U.S.
  6. Amazon announced a free, ad-supported music streaming service to win more customers for its speakers and Alexa-enabled devices.
  7. West Texas is in the middle of an energy boom, per a WSJ report? Barbers are making up to $180,000 a year. Companies are reserving tables at bars for over $6,000. There are 30-minute lines outside BBQ joints.
  8. I like the circular design. I'm also always impressed as to how exact flight simulator creates views.....amazing.
  9. No wonder Mark Zuckerberg made this statement this week.... “I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever.” But don't believe for one minute that he likes this..... he is losing content along the way.
  10. “At some point fairly soon after launch, it will house the entire Disney motion picture library”—Iger to shareholders at Disney’s annual meeting. Disney will be opening what had been a locked “vault” of classics to put on Disney+, the company’s upcoming streaming service.
  11. The new “Star Wars” attraction is coming to Disneyland on May 31...but you’ll need a reservation to get in. “No one has ever attempted anything of this magnitude”—Iger again.
  12. The Dumbo in the room is Disney CEO Bob Iger, who was awarded $65.6 million last fiscal year. Iger is one of entertainment’s highest paid execs, though his max annual pay was recently cut by $13.5 million.
  13. "Jesus Christ himself isn't worth 500 times his median workers' pay"—Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of Disney cofounder Roy Disney to CNBC.
  14. Airbnb is buying HotelTonight, the last-minute booking service you use when your friend says you can’t crash because her “roommate is sick.” You don’t even have a roommate, Janet. The financial terms weren’t disclosed, but HotelTonight was valued at $463 million when it last raised money in 2017. That would make it Airbnb’s largest acqusition ever. The strategy behind the deal Airbnb, the disruptor du jour in the hospitality industry, is on a quest to become an “end-to-end travel platform,” jargon for “we want to control every aspect of your travel experience.” So how does HotelTonight fit in? It adds more hotel inventory to complement Airbnb’s bread and butter: short-term home rentals. That kind of inventory is in demand: The company said that in 2018 it more than doubled the number of rooms on properties hosts can categorize as “boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other hospitality venues like hostels and resorts.” What’s next for Airbnb Like any private company valued at $31 billion, you’re going to start getting questions about an IPO. That’ll likely happen at some point in the next year or two, but Airbnb is in no rush to go public like Uber and Lyft. Something else it doesn’t have in common with those two? It’s been profitable for the last two years. Right now, it appears Airbnb’s aim is to build an “expansion narrative,” as CNBC puts it. That means showing investors it can become that end-to-end travel platform with initiatives including… Airbnb Experiences: “Activities designed and led by inspiring locals” Airbnb Plus: A hotel-like service Transportation: Still unclear, but Airbnb hired the founding CEO of Virgin America to be its first-ever global head of transportation A final note about competition...it’s intense. Booking Holdings and Expedia Group (with a combined market cap of close to $100 billion) don’t need any “expansion narratives” to quickly counter Airbnb’s moves.
  15. This week, the L.A. Times released its official french fry rankings. Take a good look... It rated Five Guys and McDonald’s as the two best and In-N-Out and Sonic as the two worst. We can do better: We have over 1 million readers and we’d much rather trust your collective taste buds than one writer’s hot take Which fries do YOU think are best?
  16. Nigeria: Africa’s largest economy and most populous country is scheduled to hold presidential elections today. Current President Muhammadu Buhari is facing off against Atiku Abubakar, a wealthy businessman. Whoever wins will have to confront the oil-dependent country’s growing challenge of extreme poverty.
  17. Maybe three ways... India: The government’s new proposal to force internet giants to remove content it views as harmful is drawing comparisons to China’s strict censorship system. Platforms affected could include Facebook, Google, TikTok, and more. The result? “A splintering internet, where a onetime unified information superhighway has become increasingly restricted in certain areas,” writes the NYT.
  18. Why wouldn't they just produce less waste food and lower the prices on their current offerings?
  19. Starbucks (-0.18%) disclosed for the first time how much it pays its median worker: $12,754 per year plus 52 lbs of coffee. That’s one pound of coffee and about $245 a week.
  20. The NFL and Colin Kaepernick have reached a settlement. The former 49ers QB is reportedly getting a payout in the “$60 million to $80 million range.”
  21. In the price war being waged by U.S. brokerages, the biggest battle looks to be that for ETF (exchange-traded fund) dominance. Just this week, both Fidelity and Charles Schwab announced they would each expand commission-free trading to hundreds more ETFs. Why are ETFs so important for brokerages? Much like your student council elections in middle school, this is a popularity contest—and low-cost ETFs have become popular enough to attract about $3.3 trillion in assets as of the end of December (plus 91% of millennials said ETFs were their choice investment vehicles last year). But that’s where the fun ends and the Hunger Games begin, according to Bloomberg’s Barry Ritholtz. “New [ETFs] must endure a brutal Darwinian struggle for attention and assets...new ETFs need a good investment idea and a catchy marketing approach,” he wrote. One example is the VanEck Vectors Agribusiness ETF (symbol MOO). It’s attracted about $765 million since its 2007 introduction. Zoom out: The average ETF lifespan is 3.4 years, per Bloomberg Intelligence. Do you have any ideas for a catchy ETF?
  22. Deutsche Bank’s Got Issues "At this point, Deutsche Bank's biggest problem may simply be how many problems it has." Don't sugarcoat it, Bloomberg. So what are all those problems? Germany's top bank has suffered a prolonged spell of declining revenues, growing expenses, crumbling credit ratings, and misconduct fines to the tune of $17 billion in the last decade. Paired with outdated technology and difficulty attracting top talent? Well, maybe the memes say it best—is DB still a BB? Its shares lost more than half their value in 2018. The bank has tried to turn things around. CEO Christian Sewing brought DB its first annual profit in four years last year, and he's cut costs even morethan he pledged. But cost-cutting can only get you so far when you were one of the slowest banks to remedy your balance sheet and c-suite post-2008 crisis. That's why some have called for a German government-brokered merger between DB and Commerzbank—the country's two biggest private sector lenders. + While we're here: DB allegedly denied then-candidate Donald Trump a loan during the 2016 campaign, per the NYT. Why? His "divisive candidacy" made it too big a risk.
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