‘Apex Legends’ Reaches 25 Million Players, 2 Million Concurrent at Peak

“Apex Legends” has reached 25 million players since its launch last Monday, and over 2 million concurrent players at its peak over the weekend, Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella announced on the official EA blog. The free-to-play game had reached one million concurrent players, and 10 million players over its initial 72 hours after launch last […]

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Jessica Simpson, Khloe Kardashian, Rihanna and More: Stars-Turned-Fashion Moguls’ Million Dollar Empires

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‘Apex Legends’ Surpasses 10 Million Players, 1 Million Concurrent in 72 Hours

“Apex Legends” reached one million concurrent players, and 10 million players over a period of 72 hours, Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella announced on Thursday. “This has been a truly incredible journey,” writes Zampella. “We tested and tweaked. We argued and agreed. We got to a point where we felt some magic. We knew it would […]

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Ning Hao’s ‘Crazy Alien’ Passes $100 Million on Second Day of Release in China

Popular Chinese director Ning Hao has seen his comedy fantasy film “Crazy Alien” gross more than $ 100 million at the mainland China box office after just two days on release during the Chinese New Year holiday period. It’s the highest two-day total for any film in the Middle Kingdom so far this year. The milestone […]

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Tubi Plans to Spend Over $100 Million Licensing Content in 2019 for Free Streaming Service

Tubi says viewing on its free, ad-supported video-on-demand service is surging — and it’s planning to spend more than $ 100 million this year licensing library TV shows and movies to keep the flywheel spinning. In 2018, Tubi claims its ad revenue grew more than 180%, with fourth-quarter 2018 advertising revenue larger than all of 2017 […]

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Sundance: Amazon Closes $13 Million Deal for Mindy Kaling’s ‘Late Night’

Amazon has closed a $ 13 million deal for “Late Night,” a buzzy comedy about diversity in a late night talk show writers room that is written by, produced, and stars Mindy Kaling. It is the first major sale out of the Sundance Film Festival. “Late Night” co-stars Emma Thompson as a prickly comic who grudgingly […]

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Google Fined $57 Million in Biggest Penalty Yet Under New European Law

Google was fined $ 57 million by a French regulator—the biggest penalty levied yet under a new European privacy law—alleging the search-engine giant didn’t go far enough to get valid user consent to gather data for targeted advertising.
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Leslie Moonves to Pursue Arbitration for His $120 Million Severance From CBS

Former CBS Corp. chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves will pursue an arbitration claim to fight CBS for the $ 120 million severance that he was denied last month when the company’s board of directors determined he was fired for cause. Moonves was ousted in September after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the longtime […]

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‘Pokemon Go’ Developer Secures $245 Million in Series C Funding

Niantic, the developer behind “Pokemon Go,” finished its Series C financing with $ 245 million on Wednesday, according to a press release. The latest round of funding brings Niantic’s valuation to nearly $ 4 billion. The Series C funding was led by IVP, and additional investments came from aXiomatic Gaming, Battery Ventures, Causeway Media Partners, CRV, and Samsung […]

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 Raised $2.39 Million for Prevent Cancer

Charity fundraising organization Games Done Quick raised over $ 2 million dollars for the Prevent Cancer Foundation in an event that concluded on Sunday, according to a press release. Games Done Quick (GDQ) raises money through speedrunning, which is when players complete video games within seemingly impossible time constraints in an attempt to break records.  Many […]

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Selfridges Notches More Than 4 Million Pounds in Early Hours of Boxing Day Sale

LONDON — Footfall may have been down on Boxing Day, which marks the start of the winter sales in Britain, but for Selfridges, the pickings were rich.
The store, known for its bright yellow branding, said following a strong pre-Christmas trading period, it took in more than 4 million pounds in the first hours of the Boxing Day sale, which began Tuesday night online and Wednesday morning in-store.
Selfridges said it has already seen a 6 percent uplift on last year, and added that Boxing Day 2018 is on track to remain the retailer’s biggest trading day of the year. Selfridges doesn’t close until 9 p.m. local time, so final numbers are still unavailable.
The company said shoppers began arriving outside the Oxford Street store at 2:30 a.m. on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, when estate owners and employers in Britain traditionally gave gifts to their employees. The store said it expected to see around 120,000 customers between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
Selfridges.com has seen the highest number of site visits to date, with 1.5 million customers visiting the site since Tuesday night, with “high double-digit growth” online compared with last year, it said.
So far the highest-performing departments have been women’s

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Esports Legends Launch Popdog with $9 Million Funding Round

Evil Geniuses CEO Alexander Garfield is heading a new eSports technology and services company which will develop products aimed at optimizing live streaming for tournaments, talent, and publishers, it was announced today. The company is called Popdog, and will be starting things out with a $ 9 million Series A funding round led by Makers Fund […]

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Former CBS Chief Moonves Won’t Get $120 Million Severance Payment

Leslie Moonves won’t receive any of his severance package after the company reviewed the findings of a probe into allegations he sexually harassed and assaulted many women during his career.
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Sold Over 3 Million Units in 11 Days

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has, in the U.S., sold over 3 million units since it launched on December 7 and the Nintendo Switch has officially become the fastest-selling console of this current generation through 21 months.

According to Nintendo’s internal sales data and The NPD Group, these milestones point to the continued success of the Nintendo Switch in the U.S., which now has over 8.7 million units sold since its launch in March of 2017.

Through November of this year, Nintendo has also been the overall top-selling software publisher in the U.S., an accomplishment that doesn’t even take into consideration Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

While Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was already crowned the best pre-selling Smash Bros. and Nintendo Switch title, it has now become the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch and Smash Bros. game of all time.

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Kirk Cousins looking like an $84 million bust

Minnesota signed Cousins to a massive deal hoping he'd be the missing piece that would carry the Vikings to a championship. He's fallen well short of expectations.

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Marriott Says Up to 500 Million Affected by Starwood Breach

Marriott, the world’s largest hotel company, said it identified a data breach in its Starwood reservation system that may have exposed the personal information of up to 500 million guests.
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Marriott hack hits 500 million Starwood guests

The hotel chain says details of up to 500 million guests may have been accessed in a database breach.
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Inside The $23 Million Love Triangle That Caused the Craziest Prison Escape Ever

Escape At Dannemora, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette$ 23 million.
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Harry Winston Splashes Record $50.4 Million on Pink Diamond

THINK PINK: Five minutes of spirited bidding. That’s all it took for the newly named Winston Pink Legacy to go under the hammer for 50.4 million Swiss francs, or $ 50 million, on Tuesday at the Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale, setting a world record for the price paid per carat for a pink diamond at auction.
Harry Winston was behind the winning bid. The stone will enter the brand’s legacy collection, which began with the acquisition of the 101-carat, D flawless, Winston Legacy diamond at Christie’s in 2013, Swatch Group chairwoman and Harry Winston chief executive officer Nayla Hayek said in a statement.
The Winston Pink Legacy, a fancy vivid pink rectangular-cut diamond of 18.96 carats representing the most expensive pink diamond ever sold at Christie’s, hailed from the collection of former De Beers owner, the Oppenheimer family.
More than 30,000 people visited the auction house’s sale previews in London, Hong Kong and New York to get a glimpse of the stone. “This exceptional diamond captured the imagination of international collectors across the globe,” said Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International head of jewelry.
Also commenting on the sale, Eddie LeVian, ceo of jeweler Le Vian, a specialist in chocolate diamonds sourced from the same soon-to-close

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Great British Bake Off: Final watched by 7.5 million viewers

It’s an increase on the number who watched last year’s final on Channel 4.
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After Months of Struggle, NBC’s $69 Million Bet on Megyn Kelly Flames Out

An outcry over remarks Ms. Kelly made on the air about blackface Halloween costumes on Tuesday proved the last straw in the anchor’s rocky stint on the ‘Today’ show. NBC canceled her show Friday. Negotiations “about next steps” continue, her lawyer said.
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Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s

The British street artist Banksy appeared to pull off one of his most spectacular pranks on Friday night, with a frame that shredded his “Girl With Balloon” after it sold.
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China’s Fan Bingbing Breaks Silence After Being Fined $70 Million for Tax Evasion

Fan Bingbing, one of China’s most popular actresses, has not been seen since in months — but she has broken her silence to address her massive tax evasion fines.

Fan was fined by Chinese tax authorities, Xinhua first reported. According to Bloomberg, Fan and her companies were fined 884 million yuan, which is equivalent to $ 129 million. Fan is responsible for $ 70 million of the fines.

Fan will not be charged if she pays back the money within a time limit, The Hollywood Reporter said that Xinhua reported. A person from her company, however, is reportedly in custody.

Fan made a statement about her situation on Weibo. She started, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “Recently I have been enduring an unprecedented amount of pain, undergoing deep self-reflection and introspection. I am deeply ashamed and feel guilty for what I have done, and I offer my sincere apologies to everyone.”

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The X-Men actress said, “I have come to realize that, as a public figure, I should have observed the law, setting a good example for society and the entertainment industry. I shouldn’t have lost the ability to control myself in the face of economic interests, allowing myself to break the law.”

Fan noted that she committed tax evasion “by taking advantage of ‘yin yang contracts’” and that she accepted the fines.

She continued, “As an actor, I take pride in showcasing our country’s culture on the global stage, and I do my best to be in the forefront of this. I owe my success to the support of my country and the people. Without the great policies of the Party and the state, without the love of the people, there would have been no Fan Bingbing.”

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“I failed my country which nurtured me; I failed the society which trusted me; I failed the fans who loved me,” she wrote. “I offer my sincere apology here once again! I beg for everyone’s forgiveness!”

One of the last times Fan was seen in public was at May’s Cannes Film Festival to promote the female spy thriller 355, which costars Jessica ChastainPenelope CruzLupita Nyong’o and Marion Cotillard.

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Fan’s disappearance from public life made the news when state-run Chinese paper Securities Daily wrote that she was “under control” and “would accept the legal decision.” The story was then pulled by the outlet.

One rumor, that Fan was seeking asylum in Los Angeles, spread after Hong Kong’s The Apple Daily said that Jackie Chan had advised her to go to an immigration office. Chan’s company labeled the allegation “nonsense,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.


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Facebook Finds Security Flaw Affecting Almost 50 Million Accounts

Facebook discovered a security flaw affecting almost 50 million accounts, the company said Friday. A problem in its code allowed outsiders to take over users’ accounts.
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Facebook reveals 50 million accounts affected by security breach

Facebook reveals 50 million accounts affected by security breachFacebook on Friday announced that a security breach has effected 50 million user accounts, that could have let the attackers take over users' profiles.



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SoftBank Invests $400 Million in Home-Selling Startup

SoftBank Group is raising its bet on the real-estate sector, as the Japanese conglomerate’s tech-focused Vision Fund has invested $ 400 million in online homebuying marketplace Opendoor Labs.
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Glenstone, a Private Art Xanadu, Invests $200 Million in a Public Vision

This expanded private museum in Maryland gets a tax break for Mitchell and Emily Wei Rales. But artists say it also gives the world an exciting place to view their work.
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Vapers rise ‘to more than three million’ in Britain

Some still believe e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking, a public health charity says.
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Ford Recalls Two Million Trucks After Reports of Seat-Belt Malfunction

Ford Motor is recalling about 2 million F-150 trucks after it received reports of a seat belt equipment malfunction that could cause smoke or fire in the vehicle.
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How to Retire in Your 30s With $1 Million in the Bank

Fed up with their high-pressure jobs, some millennials are quitting and embracing the FIRE movement. (It stands for financial independence, retire early).
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Crypto investor: How hackers used my phone number to steal $23.8 million

Crypto investor: How hackers used my phone number to steal $  23.8 millionHackers managed to steal nearly $ 24 million in cryptocurrency using a stolen phone number.



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A year after Harvey, $37 million raised by J.J. Watt is changing lives

On the anniversary of the devastating hurricane, it’s clear the Texans star’s incredible fundraising efforts have become his legacy in Houston.
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Pinewood’s Shepperton Studios Submits Plans for $640 Million Expansion

Britain’s iconic Shepperton Studios has submitted planning application for its proposed £500 million ($ 640 million) redevelopment and expansion, the studio announced Tuesday. The plans seek to increase Shepperton’s stage space by around 465,000 square feet and add additional support facilities, bringing the studio in line with the scale and standard of sister facility Pinewood Studios. […]

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Nintendo Closing In On 20 Million Switch Sales

Nintendo sold nearly 20 million Switch units since the console’s launch in March 2017, according to an earnings report the company released on Tuesday. Nintendo said it sold 19.67 million of its flagship console as of June 30. We don’t know how well the Switch did in July, so it’s possible the hybrid handheld/home console […]

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AMC Networks Reaches Deal to Buy RLJ Entertainment for $65 Million

AMC Networks has reached a definitive agreement to purchase RLJ Entertainment, Robert L. Johnson’s over-the-top video company, paying $ 65 million for shares the cable programmer didn’t already own. AMC had previously announced plans to acquire RLJ Entertainment in February 2018. RLJ operates two internet video subscription services: Acorn TV, which features British television and film […]

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Monster Hunter World Passes 8 Million Copies Sold Before PC Launch

Monster Hunter World’s sales have surpassed 8 million units on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Capcom has announced that Monster Hunter World’s physical shipments and digital sales have hit 8.3 million units as of the last fiscal quarter, which saw the company’s net sales increase by 46.5% year-over-year.

“In this business, the phenomenal success of Monster Hunter: World (for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) from the previous fiscal year continued, with the title gaining further popularity through the expansion of its user base. In scoring a worldwide smash hit, the series solidified its position as an international brand and strengthened our base of IP,” Capcom said.

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Twitter stocks dive 15% as users drop by a million

Twitter shares plunged 15% after the social media platform said monthly active users had fallen by one million.
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Lakers News: LeBron James Reacts To Kevin Love Signing 4-Year, $120 Million Contract Extension With Cavs

When LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014-15 NBA season, he joined formed big three with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Despite winning the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2017, and James recently signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Although there were reports of the Cavaliers potentially trading Love after James’ decision, they surprisingly signed him to a four-year, $ 120 million contract extension heading into the 2018-19 NBA season. After the official announcement, James congratulated his former teammate on Twitter: During their four seasons together in Cleveland, Love was often the scapegoat when the team

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Sharks sign DeMelo to 2-year, $1.8 million deal

The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defenseman Dylan DeMelo to a two-year, $ 1.8 million deal.
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Hollow Knight Has Sold More Than 1 Million Copies on PC

Hollow Knight has apparently been quite the success for developer Team Cherry. Speaking with Kotaku, co-director Ari Gibson revealed the Metroidvania game surpassed 1 million sales on PC after launching just over a year ago.

“Hollow Knight’s success has in large part been driven by

many fans on PC, with the game having now sold over 1 million copies for Windows, Mac,

Linux (crossing that mark just

day before the Nintendo Switch launch),” said Gibson, referring to Hollow Knight’s June 12 Switch release.

Just last week, Team Cherry revealed that Hollow Knight had reached 250,000 sales on Switch in its first two weeks on the Nintendo system. Combined with PC, that puts the game at over 1.25 million total copies sold across both platforms.

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Hellblade Has Sold 1 Million Copies

After arriving on Xbox One in April, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has sold 1 million copies.

Developer Ninja Theory announced the new sales milestone for the game and thanked fans on Twitter. Hellblade originally released for PlayStation 4 and PC last year before making its way to Microsoft’s console.

In November, Ninja Theory noted that Hellblade hit 500,000 downloads and already turned a profit for the studio. And just this month, the independent developer was acquired by Microsoft along with PlayGround Games, Undead Labs and other teams.

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Google Invests $550 Million in Chinese Online Shopping Site JD.com

Google’s $ 550 million investment in JD.com will deepen its ties with China and strengthen its foothold in online shopping.
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Did We Say $1.5 Million? We Meant $10.9 Million. Firms Fix CEO Pay Flubs

At least 16 companies in the S&P 500 have changed 2016 pay figures by more than 10% for one or more executives.
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Robert Indiana, Artist at the Center of a Legal Fight, Left an Estate Worth $28 Million

Mr. Indiana’s will left his assets to a foundation to be run by his caretaker, who has been accused in a lawsuit of isolating him from the outside world.
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Travel Brand Away to Receive $4 Million in Performance-Based Tax Credits

Away is partnering with Empire State Development to grow its business.
Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency. It encourages the growth of private businesses through loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance.
Away’s expansion includes the relocation of its headquarters to 82 Mercer Street, a 56,000-square-foot space, from it current site at 419 Lafayette Street. The travel firm will also create 249 new jobs over the next five years across product, customer experience, creative and editorial positions. Empire State Development is encouraging Away’s expansion by providing the start-up with $ 4 million in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program. Under the terms of the arrangement, Away has to create 249 jobs over an initial five-year period and then maintain the headcount in years six through 10 to receive the tax credits.
Away began operations in 2016 with just four employees. It now has more than 150 on its staff. The product line has expanded from a carry-on to include checked luggage, and more recently a duffel-like everywhere bag, garment bag, backpack, packing cubes and a Dopp kit.
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Australian blood donor saves 2.4 million babies

James Harrison has retired after saving the lives of more than 2.4 million babies by donating his blood over the past 60 years.
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In the Art World, Is $100 Million the New $10 Million?

Sales of trophy works such as a $ 450 million Leonardo da Vinci have auction houses rejiggering other artists’ price levels—and collectors’ expectations.
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The next $30 million QB? Predicting four through 2024

Aaron Rodgers could be the first to surpass Matt Ryan’s deal — but he won’t be the last. Here’s a year-by-year look at quarterbacks poised to cash in next.
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Met Gala by the Numbers: $30,000 Tickets, $3.5 Million Jewelry and More

ESC: Beyonce, Jay-Z, Met Gala, NumbersAs Vogue’s former editor-at-large, André Leon Talley, put it, the Met Gala is the “Super Bowl of Fashion.”
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Hellboy Board Game Raises $1 Million in 2 Days

Hellboy: The Board Game has smashed its Kickstarter goal and raised over $ 1 million in just two days.

The Kickstarter campaign went live last week with a goal of £100,000 (around $ 140,000 USD). The campaign reached its goal just 18 minutes later, and surpassed the million dollar mark just under 48 hours later.

The current total is sitting at almost £860,000 at the time of writing, approximately $ 1,178,000, with 25 days to go. A new stretch goal was unveiled yesterday with the addition of a Ragna Rok Rasputin miniature and a new scenario, if the campaign reaches £880,000.

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This $3.8 Million Vehicle Is The World’s Most Expensive SUV

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Actress Allison Mack Is Released To Her Parents On $5 Million Bail In Sex Trafficking Case

Mack is not allowed any contact with members of the alleged Nxivm cult.
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Walmart’s Doug McMillon’s Pay Tops $22 Million

Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer of Walmart Inc., saw his total compensation rise 2 percent last year to $ 22.8 million, according to a regulatory filing. Most of that came from $ 15.7 million in stock awards, the ultimate value of which is tied to the company’s share price. He also drew a salary of $ 1.3 million and received incentive pay of $ 4.7 million.
Greg Foran, ceo of Walmart U.S., saw his pay slip 4.6 percent to $ 11 million.
Marc Lore, ceo of Walmart’s U.S. e-commerce business, received total compensation of $ 10.3 million — a big drop from the $ 243.9 million he reeled in during the prior year, although most of that came from his sale of Jet.com to the retail giant.
Lore is helping lead the company’s battle with online giant Amazon.
Under new rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company also reported that its median pay, excepting the ceo, was $ 19,177. That means McMillon brings in 1,118-times what the median Walmart worker does.
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Amazon Prime Has More Than 100 Million Members

More than 100 million people globally are now paying for Amazon Prime, a sign of how Amazon.com Inc. has used the service to evolve from an online marketplace that struggled with profitability into an e-commerce powerhouse.
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Another Harry Potter Landmark: At $68 Million, the Most Expensive Broadway Nonmusical Play Ever

In a sign of high expectations for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the producers and theater owners spent lavishly, even paying Cirque du Soleil to clear out of the space.
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Bill Cosby Paid His Sex Assault Accuser $3.38 Million in Settlement

Prosecutors put forward the amount as part of their opening arguments as Mr. Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges started after several hours of delays.
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Fitness app hack affects 150 million people

Some 150 million users of a fitness app have been affected by a data security breach.
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Spotify Reveals 2 Million People Used Hacked Apps to Suppress Ads

Spotify has restated key usage metrics for 2017 leading up to its IPO next month, claiming it recently discovered 2 million users had been accessing the free version of the streaming-music service using unauthorized apps that blocked ads. “On March 21, 2018, we detected instances of approximately two million users as of December 31, 2017, […]

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NHS pay: Unions agree deal for 1.3 million staff

Unions back a deal that gives NHS staff a minimum pay rise of more than 6% over three years.
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AEG Chairman Phil Anschutz Donates $1 Million to Elton John AIDS Foundation

Phil Anschutz, chairman of the live music giant Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), has taken no small amount of criticism since it was revealed that his private family foundation had donated to organizations with anti-LGBT agendas. But today the Elton John AIDS Foundation announced that Anschutz has donated $ 1 million dollars to support its LGBT Fund. According to […]

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There's a $10 million race to build you a robot avatar by 2021

There's a $  10 million race to build you a robot avatar by 2021The Avatar XPrize is offering $ 10 million to the team of researchers and inventors who can create a robotic avatar that allows humans to see, hear and feel objects anywhere on Earth by Oct. 1, 2021.



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Nier: Automata Has Shipped Over 2.5 Million Units Worldwide

Just over a year after Nier: Automata’s release, Square Enix has announced that the title has now shipped over 2.5 million units, both at retail and accounting for digital sales.

The news came via the game’s official Twitter account, and indicates that around half a million copies have been shipped since September 2017, when the title hit the 2 million milestone.

After its February 2017 release in Japan, Nier: Automata hit one million units shipped by April, which turned into 1.5 million a month later, in May.

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The Cavaliers face a record-smashing, $300 million future

If LeBron James stays in Cleveland and the Cavs keep the players they acquired at the deadline, owner Dan Gilbert’s team could be looking at an enormous payroll and tax bill next season.
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Bezos to Grant $33 Million in College Scholarships for DACA Students

Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is granting $ 33 million in college scholarships for undocumented immigrant high-school graduates in the U.S., according to TheDream.US, a nonprofit education group.
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FDA Blesses Blindness Treatment That Could Cost $1 Million

The Food and Drug Administration approved for sale the first therapy in the U.S. that delivers a functional gene to replace a faulty, disease-causing one.
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Million Britons miss out on ‘decent’ broadband speeds

Many Britons still struggle with slow broadband, finds report from communications regulator Ofcom
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NHL sets Seattle expansion fee at $650 million

Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league's board of governors has agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle.

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PayPal Says Personal Data May Be Compromised for 1.6 Million TIO Users

PayPal Holdings Inc. said Friday that personally identifiable information for roughly 1.6 million users has potentially been compromised at a company it acquired earlier this year.
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Matt Lauer’s Firing Leaves NBC’s $500 Million Franchise in Crisis

Matt Lauer’s abrupt exit from NBC News after an accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior ends a storied tenure that made him the face of morning television, leaving the network with a huge hole to fill and its most important franchise in crisis.
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Suitsupply Raises $360 Million in Financing

Suitsupply has secured some financing to spur its expansion.
On Monday, the Amsterdam-based company said it has raised $ 360 million in capital from NPM Capital as well as a consortium of banks including ABN Amro, BNP Paribas, ING and Rabobank.
Suitsupply will use the funds to refinance its existing debt as well as for further international expansion, investments in technology and retrofitting some of its older stores.
“We are using the current competitive financing climate to optimally position the company for further growth at attractive conditions,” said chief financial officer David Dijkhuis.
Suitsupply operates a total of 91 stores around the world, including 32 in North America, a market it entered in 2011.
In the U.S., the company will open four more stores this year in Kansas City, Newport Beach and San Jose, Calif., and Bellevue, Wash. In 2018, Suitsupply will add units in Williamsburg, N.Y., Boston, St. Louis, Detroit and San Diego in the first six months.
Last month it launched a women’s chain called Suistudio with stores in Amsterdam and Shanghai as well as two in New York. The funds will also be used to expand that concept into new markets, a spokesman said.
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Victoria Beckham Raises $40 Million in Private Equity Investment

The Spice Girl turned fashion designer, who introduced her brand in 2008, will use the cash to enter new product categories and expand retail operations.
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Modern Love: 17 Million Frozen Sperm Await the Perfect Moment

A woman trying to get pregnant on her own finds connection and hope during a total solar eclipse.
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Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells for $450.3 Million

Christie’s sold Leonardo da Vinci’s rediscovered portrait of Jesus Christ as “Salvator Mundi,” or the savior of the world, for $ 450.3 million, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold.
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Fake WhatsApp app downloaded more than one million times

A bogus version of the popular messaging app was available via the Google Play Store.
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CO2 rises at record pace to worst for 3 million years

The amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere rose at a record pace in 2016 to the highest level in at least three million years, says the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
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James Murdoch on Bill O’Reilly’s $32 Million Sex-Harassment Settlement: ‘It Was News to Me’

James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox, said he was unaware that ex-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly had reached a $ 32 million settlement with a former employee — and defended the company’s handling of the situation. Last Saturday, the New York Times reported that O’Reilly personally reached a $ 32 million settlement in January with former Fox […]

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Tidal X Concert, Starring Jay-Z and Jennifer Lopez, Raises $3.7 Million for Natural Disaster Relief

Tidal X: Brooklyn, the third annual charity concert from the Jay-Z-owned streaming platform, raised $ 3.7 million in support of those affected by recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes that took place in Mexico. Funds will be distributed among organizations including Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto […]

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EU Orders Recoup of $300 Million in Amazon Back Taxes

The European Union upped the stakes in its push to collect taxes from U.S. tech giants, pressing its cases against Amazon.com and Apple.
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EU Orders Recoup of $300 Million in Amazon Back Taxes

The European Union upped the stakes in its push to collect taxes from U.S. tech giants, pressing its cases against Amazon.com and Apple.
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Facebook Estimates 10 Million Users Saw Russian-Backed Ads

Facebook Inc. on Monday said it estimates 10 million people saw ads it has discovered on its platform paid for by Russian entities, but warned that it may not have uncovered all malicious activity that attempted to interfere in the American political process.
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Amazon Sells $1.6 Million in Whole Foods’ Products in First Month

The e-commerce giant delivered one of the first infusions of cash to the organic grocery chain through its site, providing Whole Foods with the potential for a new mass-market platform and new revenue.
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The Most Luxurious Features of the Most Luxurious House in Hollywood: Inside This $85 Million Mansion

Shiva Safai, Home Tour, Mohamed HadidLos Angeles has a lot of mansions. Los Angeles has a lot of homes that are over-the-top. But perhaps nothing is more extravagant than the 35,000-square-foot Bel Air behemoth owned by Mohammed…

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Equifax Data Breach Potentially Affected 143 Million in U.S.

Credit-reporting firm Equifax said hackers gained access to personal information of about 143 million U.S. consumers, in one of the biggest and most threatening data breaches of recent years.
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Equifax Data Breach Potentially Affected 143 Million in U.S.

Credit-reporting firm Equifax said hackers gained access to personal information of about 143 million U.S. consumers, in one of the biggest and most threatening data breaches of recent years.
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Massive Equifax data breach hits 143 million

Credit reporting giant said ‘criminals’ accessed data such as Social Security numbers and birth dates
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Giant spambot scooped up 711 million email addresses

Experts say a “mind-boggling” amount of user data has been gathered by a hacking operation.
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Jessica Alba Makes This Topshop Jacket Look Like A Million Bucks

Our bank accounts can handle this.
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Box Office: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Nabs $4 Million in Thursday Pre-Shows

Hollywood is pinning its hopes on a demon-possessed doll as it looks to shake off the late-summer doldrums. “Annabelle: Creation,” the latest installment in the “Conjuring” cinematic universe, opened to $ 4 million in Thursday pre-shows. Box office sages predict that the horror film will pull in roughly $ 25 million this weekend. That’s makes the film… Read more »

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Chris Evans loses nearly half a million listeners

The BBC’s highest paid star has lost nearly half a million listeners in the second quarter of the year.
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Jury Orders Couple To Pay $1 Million For Defaming Wedding Photographer

Their dispute started over a $ 125 album cover fee.
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Aussie Fashion Rental Site GlamCorner Raises $3.3 Million

HONG KONG — Fashion rental website GlamCorner has raised $ 3.3 million, aimed at cementing its status as the market leader in the Australian apparel-sharing economy. 
The investment of 4.2 million Australian dollars was led by AirTree Ventures, bringing the total amount of capital invested in the business to date to 5.5 million Australian dollars.
The company was founded by husband-and-wife duo Dean and Audrey Jones in 2012. The site stocks more than 3,000 designer dresses from more than 150 labels, averaging about 90 Australian dollars to 130 Australian dollars, and is equipped to offer next-day delivery across the country and three-hour delivery in Sydney.

Over the last year, the business has grown over 500 percent, transacting the retail equivalent of over 20 million Australian dollars, the company said.
“We are renting to 16-year-olds for their Year 10 formal to someone over 60 going to their daughter’s wedding. The problem [of finding an outfit] is quite universal,” Dean Jones said.
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“We’re going to stay Australian-focused for the time being because we have a real formula that’s working,” Jones continued, adding the firm would “scale up their inventory base significantly.” 

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Texas Car Dealer Buys Malibu Spec House for $20 Million

Ron Heller, of the car dealership group South Texas Luxury Experience in San Juan, Texas, has purchased the 10,300-square-foot home in the MariSol Malibu development in Ventura County.
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Oilman Russell Gordy Has a $96 Million Collection—of Ranches

He has amassed 155,000 acres of land for hunting, fishing and raising cattle. He sometimes loses track of how many ranches he owns
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MoneySuperMarket fined for sending seven million unwanted emails

The price comparison website sent seven million emails to people who had opted out of receiving messages.
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17 Father-Daughter Dance Songs That Haven’t Been Used A Million Times

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Jackie Kennedy’s Childhood Apartment Sells for $25 Million

The Park Avenue apartment in Manhattan where Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis lived as a child has sold for $ 25.25 million, after several years on the market and multiple price cuts.
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Rise of robots ‘could cost 15 million jobs’ in UK

Robotics and artificial intelligence will reduce social mobility in the UK, the chief executive of the Sutton Trust has told Sky News.
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Box Office: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Battles to $5 Million on Thursday

Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes” battled to $ 5 million at 3,251 North American locations on Thursday night. The number is 22% above “Dawn of the Planet of Apes,” which took in $ 4.1 million in previews three years ago. “War for the Planet of the Apes” is expanding on Friday to 4,022 sites, with… Read more »

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Shoots To The Top Of The Box Office With $117 Million Debut

It’s the second largest debut in Sony Pictures history, behind “Spider-Man 3.”
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Houston Home Built for a Prince Asks $20 Million

In the exclusive River Oaks enclave, the estate was built in the 1980s by Prince Abdulrahman bin Faisal of Saudi Arabia.
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Thieves Steal $3.9 Million in Jewels From London’s Masterpiece Art Fair

HOT WEATHER HEIST: Thieves quietly swooped on London’s Masterpiece Art Fair, an annual event that takes place in Chelsea, stealing jewels worth 3 million pounds, or $ 3.9 million, from the Geneva-based jeweler Boghossian.
The ticketed fair, which showcases high-end art, antiques and jewelry, has round-the-clock security. It takes place every year at Royal Hospital Chelsea and draws up to 44,000 visitors. According to police, the thieves struck between 5 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
The fair ran from June 29 to July 5, and was open every day from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., which meant that the robbery could have taken place while the fair was still open for business. The thieves were thought to have used distraction techniques to carry out the robbery.
The fair said it is “fully cooperating with the police,” who have been examining the CCTV camera in the space. However, no arrests have been made and there were no witnesses to the theft. Guests are checked on their way into the fair, and on the way out. All bags are opened and examined upon arrival and as people are exiting.
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Walmart Bought Bonobos for $310 Million. But Will It Pay Off?

The megastore is hoping to entice the “urban millenial customer.”

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Uber posts $708 million loss and says finance head left

Uber posts $  708 million loss and says finance head leftHONG KONG (AP) — Uber posted a $ 708 million loss in the most recent quarter and said its head of finance is leaving the company, the latest executive to depart in what has been a very tough year to date.



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Uber Posts $708 Million Loss as Finance Head Leaves

Uber said its head of finance is leaving as the ride-hailing company reported continued big losses despite growing revenue, adding to an exodus of top officials and setting the stage for a second major executive search.
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Why Spend $110 Million on a Basquiat? ‘I Decided to Go for It,’ Japanese Billionaire Explains

About 7,000 miles away, in New Jersey, the artist’s sister summed up her family’s response: “We were speechless.”
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Ring Purchased At Garage Sale May Be Worth Almost Half A Million Dollars

Shopping at garage sales can be hit or miss, but one lucky customer is cashing in on a major find. 

Sotheby’s will auction off a sparkly cocktail ring a woman bought at a car boot sale in 1980s England next month with a starting bid of £250,000 (roughly $ 325,000). She had thought for decades that it was costume jewelry and wore it without a care in the world, revealed the owner, who declined to be named publicly, the auction house said this week.

The woman had purchased the piece for £10 at a garage sale at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth in west London, according to Sotheby’s. She decided in recent months to have the ring appraised after a jeweler said the stone could be real. 

Sotheby’s Jewelry in London confirmed the stone’s authenticity ― a 19th century 26.27-carat, cushion-shaped white diamond. The auction house added that the stone has a color grade of I and an impressive clarity grade of VVS2. The ring could go for as much as £350,000 (about $ 450,000).

“We confirmed that it was indeed a diamond. We got it tested with the Gemological Institute of America … and that then dictated the price,” said Sotheby’s Jessica Wyndham, who heads the auction house’s jewelry department.

In the interview in the video above, Wyndham added that it was understandable the owner did not know the ring held a real diamond. 

“It was in an antique style mount, so it was quite heavy,” she said. “It is mounted in silver around the top and when silver becomes tarnished it becomes quite black. And that mixed with the cut of the stone probably would have meant that it didn’t sparkle very much, and if it was all dirty, you just wouldn’t think that was real.”

The ring will hit auction on June 7.

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A Virtually Unknown Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sold for a Record $110 Million

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Basquiat Painting Sells For Record $110.5 Million At Sotheby’s Auction

A Jean-Michel Basquiat painting just sold for the highest price ever paid at auction for an American artist’s work: a whopping $ 110.5 million.

The 72-by-68-inch acrylic and oil stick “Untitled” painting of a skull by the late graffiti artist was the subject of 10 minutes of intense bidding Thursday night at a Sotheby’s auction in New York City. The opening bid of $ 57 million drew gasps from the audience, Bloomberg reported. Sotheby’s had estimated it would sell for at least $ 60 million.

It was the sixth-highest amount ever paid at auction for any work of art, putting Basquiat in the rarefied company of the celebrated Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Only 10 works have sold for more than $ 100 million.

The successful bidder, Japanese art collector Yusaku Maezawa, an e-commerce billionaire, announced in an Instagram post showing him standing next to the work that he had “just won this masterpiece.”

“When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art,” he added. “I want to share that experience with as many people as possible.”

Collectors Jerry and Emily Spiegel bought the painting for $ 19,000 in 1984, when Basquiat was virtually unknown and had never been publicly exhibited. Basquiat died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 27 after painting for seven years. He created the skull in 1982. It’s considered one of his most important works still in private hands.

Maezawa said he plans to loan the work to institutions around the world before making it one of the centerpieces of a museum he has created in his hometown of Chiba, Japan.

The businessman last year bought another 1982 Basquiat painting of a devil at a Christie’s auction for $ 57.3 million, which at the time was the most ever paid for a work by the artist.

The Basquiat was part of a Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction of American post-war paintings that also featured works by such artists as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg.

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Got $20 Million? Use It To Move Next Door To The Queen

We haven’t pined over a neighbor this badly since Mr. Rogers was on television.

London’s Buckingham Gate is a six-unit lap of luxury building which, according to its brochure, is made up of “impressive grand two and three bedroom apartments, crafted out of three 19th-century Grade II Listed townhouses.”

It’s also situated right next door to and overlooking ― you guessed it ― Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II’s famous London residence.

Its pièce de résistance is a $ 20 million-plus penthouse that spans 5,189 square feet, two floors and two buildings, boasts three bedrooms, three private terraces and was designed by “one of the most celebrated names in the world of contemporary interiors.” It is aptly referred to as the “jewel in the crown” of the project, according to House Beautiful UK.

An apartment situated on the first and second floor will run you around a cooler $ 14 million. But if you’re going to go big, you might as well pick the pad that could potentially give you a direct view at the queen rolling around the driveway in her Jaguar. At least that’s what we imagine she’s doing behind those closed gates.

And who knows? Perhaps her majesty will be coming knocking on your door in her jammies one night for a cup of milk.

Us mere mortals (with deep pockets) can dream.

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Vice in Talks With TPG on $500 Million Investment (Report)

Private-equity firm TPG Capital has joined the bidding for a 10% stake in Vice Media for $ 500 million, Sky News reported, citing anonymous sources. Such a deal would give Brooklyn-based Vice a valuation of $ 5.25 billion. Others circling an investment in the youth-skewing news and entertainment company include CVC Capital Partners, according to the Sky News report. A Vice… Read more »

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Jury Awards $110 Million to Plaintiff in J&J Baby Powder Case

Johnson & Johnson was hit with a $ 110 million jury decision in favor of a woman who said talc in the company’s baby powder gave her ovarian cancer, the latest—and largest—verdict yet in the litigation saga.
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Earned $27.4 Million Last Year

Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s compensation totaled $ 27.4 million last year, a package mostly unaffected by a deal to sell Yahoo’s core business to Verizon Communications Inc. or two large security breaches that nearly scuttled the acquisition.
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‘Fate of the Furious’ Zooming to $103.8 Million Opening Weekend

“The Fate of the Furious” is motoring to an impressive $ 103.8 million opening weekend at 4,310 North American locations, Saturday estimates showed. Universal’s tentpole sped to an opening day of $ 45.6 million on Friday — including $ 10.4 million during Thursday night preview screenings. The studio’s Easter weekend domestic launch of  “The Fate of the Furious” was the… Read more »

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‘Fate of the Furious’ Zooms to $10.4 Million at Thursday Box Office

Universal’s tentpole “The Fate of the Furious” sped to $ 10.4 million during Thursday night preview screenings in North America. The eighth installment of the franchise expands to 4,311 locations Friday — the widest opening ever for an April release. “The Fate of the Furious” is expected to take in at least $ 100 million for the Easter weekend, which… Read more »

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More than 20 million Britons ‘physically inactive’

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Looking Like a Million Bucks to Sell $1 Million Listings

If Steven Gold ranks among the most arresting and stylish of New York real estate brokers, it’s because fashion seeped into him from his modeling days, which started at age 17 with a contract with Major Models and an exclusive to walk the Louis Vuitton show.
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No, Melania Trump Does Not Want To Wire You $20 Million

No matter what this ridiculous email says, Melania Trump is not sitting on $ 20 million for you ― or anybody else ― in the White House.

According to the scam message that landed in inboxes like the one below last Wednesday, the first lady is just waiting for you to pay $ 180 to the West African Republic of Benin’s Federal Ministry of Finance before she’s authorized to release “your” funds:

But apart from its obvious absurdity, there are several red flags worth mentioning — such as Trump’s supposed Japan-based email address and California area code telephone number.

It also falsely suggests that Melania Trump is living in Washington, D.C., when she continues to reside at Trump Tower in New York City, and it doesn’t reveal how such a fortune came about.

Replies to the email (which divert via a Yahoo address) and a message left on the number’s voicemail (that seemed to divert to another number) are yet to yield answers as to who’s behind this “419” scam ― which involves targets being promised generous returns if they pay certain fees upfront.

A similar email recently requested $ 3 million to help a Nigerian astronaut stranded in space to get back to Earth. The reward? A healthy share of his $ 15 million salary. What could be more legit?

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Ten million jobs could be replaced by robots

Around 10 million workers are at risk of seeing their jobs taken over by robots over the next 15 years, according to a new report.
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SoftBank Scraps $100 Million Investment in iPhone Rival

SoftBank dropped a $ 100 million investment in a smartphone startup founded by the creator of Google’s Android software, partly because of the Japanese investor’s relationship with Apple.
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ZTE to Pay $892 Million to U.S. for Violating Iran Sanctions

Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE agreed to pay $ 892 million and plead guilty to violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and obstructing a federal investigation, ending a five-year probe.
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‘Beauty and the Beast’: Disney’s $300 Million Gamble

In adapting its 1991 animated hit with live action and digital flourishes, the studio treads a minefield that comes with tweaking a revered classic.
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Lyft Seeking At Least $500 Million in New Funding

Lyft has been quietly pitching investors on a new funding round that it hopes will net at least $ 500 million and a valuation of between $ 6 billion and $ 7 billion.
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Want to Live in Grey Gardens? It Can Be Yours for $20 Million

Sally Quinn has decided to sell the fabled East Hampton house whose occupants have been the subject of both a documentary and a Broadway musical.
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Roku Got Close to $400 Million Revenue in 2016

Roku generated close to $ 400 million in revenue in 2016 — and not all of this came from hardware sales: The company’s media and licensing business, which includes ad sales on Roku channels as well as the money Roku charges channel operators to get featured on the platform, brought in more that $ 100 million in revenue… Read more »

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NHS misplaced half a million patient documents

The material, mistakenly stored in a warehouse over five years, included cancer test results.
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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Scores Monster $30.5 Million Opening

“Get Out,” a trenchant horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut. The low-budget film was the weekend’s top-grossing domestic release, earning $ 30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele onto the Hollywood A-list. The film, which centers on a black man who discovers that his girlfriend’s… Read more »

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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Dominates Friday With $10.8 Million

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” continued its strong box office opening run on Friday, earning $ 10.8 million at 2,781 locations. Its weekend total is now estimated at $ 28.5 million, and it should easily win the weekend. The same, however, can not be said for Lionsgate Premiere’s “Rock Dog” and Open Road’s “Collide.” The former made $ 888,000… Read more »

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ABB Takes $100 Million Charge After ‘Criminal Scheme’ at South Korea Unit

Swiss engineering company ABB said it uncovered a “sophisticated criminal scheme” in a South Korean subsidiary that led to theft and a charge of about $ 100 million.
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Theranos Had $200 Million in Cash Left at Year-End

The embattled blood-diagnostics firm had $ 200 million of cash on hand at the end of 2016, people familiar with the matter said, less than a quarter of the funding it raised from investors and partners.
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The Grey Gardens Estate Could Be Yours for a Cool $20 Million (or Less!)

The famous East Hampton home, once owned by Kennedy relatives, is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years.

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This Legendary Swiss Watch Brand Just Made $1.6 Million in 30 Minutes

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Germany Gives $2 Million Grant to Better Cotton Initiative

Germany’s Federal Ministry has awarded a grant of 2 million euros, or $ 2.14 million, to the Better Cotton Initiative‘s Growth and Innovation Fund.
The fund helps BCI advance its goal of reaching 5 million farmers and accounting for 30 percent of global cotton production by 2020. In 2016, the fund invested more than 5 million euros, or $ 5.36 million, in projects. The Federal Ministry contribution will enable a significant scaling-up of the portfolio for the next season, BCI said. The ministry also became a BCI member.

The funding will be invested globally in training and capacity-building to address sustainability issues in cotton farming, including pesticide use, water efficiency and severe working conditions such as child labor, gender issues and unfair pay, BCI said.
Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, said: “Making globalization socially and environmentally fair — that is our common goal, both in our Textiles Partnership and in the Better Cotton Initiative. BCI is a leader in the effort to achieve better environmental and social standards in cotton production. Together with the private sector, civil society and producer country governments, we are defining standards.”
Alan McClay, chief executive officer of BCI, noted that the BCI Growth and Innovation Fund is a global

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Is This Los Angeles’s $600 Million Man?

Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has a provocative vision for his museum and his adopted city.
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17 Million U.S. Adults May Have Tough-to-Spot High Blood Pressure

‘Masked’ hypertension doesn’t show up in a doctor’s office, so home monitoring is needed, researchers say
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Run-DMC Sues Wal-Mart, Amazon and Jet for $50 Million

Darryl 'D.M.C.' McDanielsIt’s tricky, all right.
Run-DMC filed a $ 50 million lawsuit in New York Thursday, accusing Wal-Mart, Amazon, Jet and other retailers of selling products that traded on the group’s…

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$32 Million Worth of Fake Nike and Adidas Sneakers Have Been Seized by Authorities

They were concealed in a container of napkins.

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Run-DMC Files $50 Million Lawsuit Against Amazon and Wal-Mart for Trademark Infringement

Attorneys for the Run-D.M.C. brand have filed a $ 50 million lawsuit against Amazon Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Co., Jet.com and a few other outlets for trademark infringement and trademark dilution, among other things.
First reported by TMZ Thursday, the legal filing was made in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The complaint, which includes numerous images of Run-D.M.C.-inspired products as they appeared on Amazon’s and Wal-Mart’s respective sites, alleges that the retailers are advertising, selling, manufacturing, promoting and distributing multiple Run-D.M.C. styled products. Eyewear, hats, T-shirts, wallets and patches are among the items referenced, some of which are said to use the Run-D.M.C. trademark. The complaint charges that the products being sold “confuse the public and suggest that Run-D.M.C. endorses the products.”
Homegrown in Hollis, Queens by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jason Mizell, Run-D.M.C. helped define hip hop culture in the Eighties. Mizell, better known as “Jam Master Jay,” was shot and killed in his recording studio in Queens in 2002. Simmons, whose brother is the serial entrepreneur Russell, is widely recognized as “Reverend Run.”
Run-D.M.C. has a registered trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The lawsuit claims that the Run-D.M.C. brand has produced revenue in excess

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WATCH: Josh Flagg’s Over-the-Top Proposal on the Million Dollar Listing L.A. Finale

After enduring a personal roller coaster that included the abrupt end of a 9-year relathionship, and a whirlwind romance with a new love, Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles’s Josh Flagg has finally found the man of his dreams. The celebrity realtor proposed to fiancé Bobby Boyd in Paris in July after dating for less than a year.

The dramatic proposal (watch an exclusive clip above!) will appear in the MDLLA season finale airing Thursday, December 29. The couple’s first date was also part of the current season.

RELATED: MDLLA‘s Josh Flagg: ‘There’s Not Much I Can Do Better at Right Now’

“Bobby and I are truly over the moon happy,” Flagg, 31, told PEOPLE following the proposal. “Very seldom do couples share what Bobby and I share. What makes our partnership complete is we are most importantly best friends.”

Flagg’s parents were present for the carefully choreographed affair, which involved a flash mob of 40 dancers performing to a medley of Boyd’s favorite songs, at Paris’s celeb-frequented Hotel George V.

RELATED: WATCH: Grab the Tissues! Josh Altman and Heather Bilyeu’s Wedding ‘First Look’ Has Everyone Emotional

If their proposal is anything to go by, the couple’s wedding will no doubt be must-see TV. Says Flagg, “We are both extremely happy and excited for the next chapter.”

The season finale of Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles airs Thursday, December 29 at 9/8c.


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This Lady Gaga Parody Gives A ‘Million Reasons’ Why 2016 Really Sucked

The Cubs won the World Series. Harriet Tubman will take Andrew Jackson’s place on the $ 20 bill … Ken Bone? 

For sketch group Half Day Today, there are millions of reasons to walk away from 2016, and very few that would make us stay.

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Box Office: ‘Sing’ Opens Sharply With $1.7 Million on Tuesday Night

Animated comedy “Sing” has opened with a solid $ 1.7 million at 2,570 North American locations in Tuesday night preview screenings. Universal-Illumination’s “Sing” is launching Wednesday at 4,022 locations along with Sony’s Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt sci-fier  “Passengers” and Fox’s videogame adaptation “Assassin’s Creed.” Disney-Lucasfilm’s blockbuster “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” should continue to dominate holiday… Read more »

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Cuba Allegedly Wants to Pay Off a $276 Million Debt with Rum

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Over One Million Google Accounts Hit by Malicious Android Apps

Malicious software disguised as legitimate apps for Android smartphones and tablets has seized control of more than one million Google accounts since August, according to research from security firm Check Point.
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‘One Million Moms’ Is Going Totally Ballistic Over This New Zales Ad

Protesters in Standing Rock are being brutalized, white supremacists are rallying in Washington, D.C., and we’re hurtling toward a climate disaster. But don’t worry, anti-gay group One Million Moms is tackling the real problems facing our nation. Namely, a jewelry commercial showing a nice lesbian couple getting married.

The moral panic-enthusiasts released a statement this week decrying Zales for the new ad that, in a montage of couples and families, includes two women in wedding dresses happily exchanging vows.

“Zales is using public airwaves to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and belittle the sanctity of marriage in an attempt to redefine marriage,” wrote One Million Moms, apparently unaware that the actual definition of marriage already includes same-sex unions.

Their statement instructs fellow bigots to travel to Zales stores and tell managers (who surely have absolutely nothing to do with the company’s advertorial decisions) that they won’t shop there due to the commercial.

There are, of course, some legitimate reasons to criticize Zales, like promoting the huge scam of diamond engagement rings in the first place. But their inclusive commercial isn’t one of them.

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Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Daddy’s Home’ Takes $1.2 Million in Christmas Eve Previews

Paramount’s comedy “Daddy’s Home” has launched solidly with $ 1.2 million at 1,920 U.S. locations in Christmas Eve previews. The movie, which reunites Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg five years after their partnership on “The Other Guys,” is on pace to pull in from $ 20 million to $ 22 million over the weekend at 3,271 sites. It’s expected… Read more »

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This Chinese Billionaire Charged a $170 Million Painting to His Amex

Do it for the points.

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Formula One Racer Lewis Hamilton Crashed His $2 Million Custom-Built Pagani Zonda

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Fitcode Closes $1.8 Million Series A Round

PERFECT FIT: Seattle-based fashion tech start-up Fitcode has disclosed new funding.
The company’s aim is to help consumers with their denim purchases, while reducing returns for brands by teaching shoppers how to make denim selections based on fit rather than size. Shoppers take a short quiz so they can be paired with a particular fit, of which Fitcode has nine. The company then provides denim suggestions based on that fit.
The $ 1.8 million Series A round was led by Seattle investment firm Harvey Partners and will be funneled into new hires, an app, a plus-size offering and growing the partnership base of brands and retailers, according to cofounder and chief executive officer Rian Buckley.
“Brands lose a lot of the conversion when they sell to retailers. And then for retailers, it’s pretty cool because we can offer a unique shopping experience,” Buckley said.
The idea for Fitcode stemmed from Buckley’s time as a fit model in which she saw just how much pinning, tucking and Photoshop work went into making a pair of jeans look good for a photo.
The company’s boutique includes brands such as Seven For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, Hudson and Kut from the Kloth, among other designer labels. It doesn’t

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