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Facebook warns staff to avoid wearing company-branded clothing, for safety reasons

MENLO PARK, Calif. – Facebook has reportedly sent out an internal memo about employee safety, warning staff to avoid wearing or carrying company branded items in public. According to Business Insider, the Menlo Parked-based social media company sent out the memo on Monday, stating, “In light of recent events, and to err on the side of caution, global Read More…

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Facebook warns staff to avoid wearing company-branded clothing, for safety reasons

MENLO PARK, Calif. – Facebook has reportedly sent out an internal memo about employee safety, warning staff to avoid wearing or carrying company branded items in public. According to Business Insider, the Menlo Parked-based social media company sent out the memo on Monday, stating, “In light of recent events, and to err on the side of caution, global Read More…

Tom Brady Got A Huge PPP Loan? NFL Legend Paid For TB12 Sports Company

NFL legend Tom Brady’s sports company TB12 INC. secured an almost $1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from the federal government amid the coronavirus pandemic. Though reports of Brady’s PPP loan was initially revealed in July, the amount was unknown. Data released by the U.S. Small Business Administration in December revealed that TB12 received $960,855. The PPP loan Read More…

Apple fined in Italy for misleading consumers over waterproof iPhones

Italy’s competition authority on Monday fined Apple €10 million for misleading consumers about the water-resistance of its iPhones. Apple advertised several iPhone models as resistant to water for up to 30 minutes, even a few meters under water, but it didn’t make clear that this is only true under specific conditions (pure water in a laboratory), which Read More…

Comcast faces backlash over plan to charge customers up to $100 for going over a home-internet data limit rolling out to 14 new states

Comcast is adding a data cap for some of its home-internet plans starting in January. The telecommunications giant recently confirmed it’s introducing a limit of 1.2 TB on Xfinity Internet plans in 14 states and the District of Colombia. If customers that don’t have unlimited plans go over that cap, they must pay $10 for Read More…

McDonald’s CEO says it’s ‘very clear’ that America needs another stimulus package

McDonald’s chief executives joined Walmart’s CEO in calling for another stimulus package. “We need a stimulus measure, I think that is very clear,” McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski said in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday.  Kempczinski called for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice president-elect Kamala Harris to address the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, as well Read More…

New York Times’ digital revenue tops print for first time in ‘watershed moment,’ CEO says

The New York Times Co. for the first time Wednesday reported higher revenues from its digital business than its print operations, a “watershed moment” in the newspaper’s nearly 170-year history, according to CEO Mark Thompson. “And we don’t think it’s likely we’re going to go back from this moment,” Thompson said on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.” The Times reported Read More…

Nvidia makes a clean sweep of MLPerf predictions benchmark for artificial intelligence

Graphics chip giant Nvidia mopped up the floor with its competition in a benchmark set of tests released Wednesday afternoon, demonstrating better performance on a host of artificial intelligence tasks. The benchmark, called MLPerf, announced by the MLPerf organization, an industry consortium that administers the tests, showed Nvidia getting better speed on a variety of Read More…

Senate Judiciary approves subpoenas for Twitter, Facebook CEOs over bias charges

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to subpoena Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify about allegations of anti-conservative bias, ratcheting up GOP pressure on the social media companies’ content policies before the November elections. How the vote went down: The Judiciary Committee voted 12-0 to authorize the subpoenas, with all Read More…

Kathryn Farmer becomes the first woman CEO of an American railroad

New York (CNN)One of Berkshire Hathaway’s largest units, BNSF Railway, just named Kathryn Farmer as its first female CEO.   This appointment makes Farmer the first woman in America to lead a major railroad operator, the company announced Monday. Farmer is taking the place of Carl Ice, who has worked at Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) for 42 years. Farmer has been Read More…

Elon Musk gains $8 billion, becomes the 4th-richest person in the world as Tesla stock soars

Elon Musk’s personal wealth is soaring along with Tesla’s stock. The CEO’s net worth increased by nearly $8 billion on Monday as Tesla’s stock price jumped 11% and closed at an all-time high. Musk’s net worth is now $84.8 billion, making him the world’s fourth-richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Musk overtook Bernard Arnault, the French billionaire and Read More…

Tesla reports fourth straight quarter of profits

Tesla just reported its second-quarter results. Shares rose more than 4% after hours as the company beat expectations and reported its fourth straight quarter of profits. Here’s how Elon Musk’s electric car and renewable energy business did versus analysts’ expectations, according to estimates compiled by Refinitiv. Earnings: $2.18 (ex-items) vs. 3 cents per share, expected. Revenue: $6.04 billion vs. Read More…

The SEC told bankrupt Hertz it has issues with its plan to sell stock, Chairman Jay Clayton says

The Securities and Exchange Commission told Hertz, which filed for bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic, that the regulator has issues with the rental car company’s plan to sell stock. “In this particular situation we have let the company know that we have comments on their disclosure,” SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said Wednesday on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” “In Read More…

The Fed cancels its famous in-person Jackson Hole gathering due to pandemic, will hold virtual event instead

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City announced on Thursday that its popular annual economic policy symposium will not be held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the first time in nearly 40 years due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the bank said that this year’s symposium, titled “Navigating the Decade Ahead: Implications for Monetary Policy,” will be Read More…

US shocks economists by adding 2.5 million jobs in May as unemployment declines to 13.3%

Economists were shocked on Friday as the Bureau of Labor Statistics said US employers added 2.5 million payrolls in May, defying expectations of 7.5 million jobs lost. The surprise increase came on the heels of the record 20.5 million jobs lost in April. The unemployment rate declined to 13.3%, bucking forecasts of a near-record 19% rate. April’s Read More…

A London-based trading house bought 250,000 barrels of oil during the historic plunge below $0 and likely made a fortune

One trader bought 250,000 barrels of oil and secured a rare payout as oil prices turned negative last month, causing jitters in markets and leaving most other traders scrambling to find storage options across both sides of the Atlantic, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. But for BB Energy, a trading house based in London, the historic oil-market crash was Read More…

US GDP shrank 4.8% in the first quarter amid biggest contraction since the financial crisis

Gross domestic product fell 4.8% in the first quarter, according to government numbers released Wednesday that provide the first detailed glimpse into the deep damage the coronavirus wreaked on the U.S. economy. Economist surveyed by Dow Jones had expected the first estimate of GDP to show a 3.5% contraction. This marked the first negative GDP Read More…

Nearly 3 million borrowers have been granted mortgage relief, and the industry is crying for help

More than 2.9 million homeowners have taken advantage of a program designed to provide relief to holders of government-backed mortgages, part of the coronavirus CARES Act relief package. This represents 5.5% of all active mortgages, according to Black Knight, a mortgage data and analytics company that is now tracking the growing numbers daily. The program Read More…

The Trump administration paid a bankrupt company with zero employees $55 million for N95 masks, which it’s never manufactured

The coronavirus pandemic has created a desperate clamber for vital medical supplies, like N95 masks, that has led the federal government to award massive contracts to third-party vendors to help fill the gaps. In this chaotic effort to obtain supplies, the Trump administration awarded a $55 million contract to Panthera Worldwide LLC, a company with Read More…

WeWork board sues SoftBank over withdrawal to buy $3 billion worth of shares

A special committee of WeWork’s board is suing SoftBank after SoftBank withdrew its $3 billion tender offer, the company announced Tuesday. WeWork is claiming that SoftBank breached its obligations under their agreement. SoftBank originally made the tender offer to buy shares of WeWork at an agreed upon price last year as part of a package to bail out Read More…

More than 6 million unemployment claims were made last week, Labor Department says

Unemployment claims have spiked to 6.65 million across the country, the Department of Labor said in a press release on Thursday. Unemployment claims have doubled since last week when the Labor Department reported that about 3 million people were seeking unemployment. That figure was already by far the highest number of unemployment claims the department had ever seen. READ Read More…

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes to face trial separate from ex-lover

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes will head to trial apart from fellow C-suite exec and one-time lover, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, according to a report. Holmes, who served as the company’s CEO, will head to trial starting Aug. 4 with a separate jury from Balwani, who will be tried following the conclusion of Holmes’ case, Bloomberg reported. The judge did not provide any Read More…

SoftBank strategy shifts from long-term domination to short-term survival as Vision Fund prepares for global downturn

About 10 years ago, SoftBank released a slideshow presentation on the company’s 300-year plan. “Unknown virus” got one reference, on slide 69 of 133. Perhaps coronavirus will just be a blip in the company’s long-term plan for world domination. Perhaps SoftBank’s vision of investing in artificial intelligence and other dominant technology companies will pay off in the long run, Read More…