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WhatsApp users had to find another way to communicate with their friends and loved ones on Friday morning after reports of an outage in countries across the world.
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ABG Still Hopeful Varvatos Deal Can Be Struck

NEW YORK — Authentic Brands Group is “taking a breather” in its ongoing negotiations to buy the John Varvatos brand, but its chief executive officer is hopeful that a deal can eventually be completed.
Jamie Salter, ceo of ABG, told WWD, “We love the brand, we think it’s great. There were just some issues we couldn’t work through.”
Sources say that includes working with existing licensees and negotiating severance packages.
Although Varvatos is losing a reported $ 15 million a year, ABG operates under a licensing model and if it strips the overhead from the brand, it can be economically viable.
Varvatos, which has reported sales of $ 325 million at retail, can be profitable if operated under a “consolidation model,” Salter believes. But if a deal cannot immediately be worked out, he said ABG will work with Varvatos’ majority owner, Lion Capital, to expand the label, both in the U.S. and overseas.
Salter stressed that Lion is also a part owner of ABG, with a 21.5 percent stake, so “the seller is also the buyer. So they have to be happy with the deal we make.”
“If can get everything worked out, we’ll do the deal. If not, I’ll will help my partner make John Varvatos do well,”

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Books of The Times: The Osage Indians Struck It Rich, Then Paid the Price

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J Brand, Vrai & Oro, Gossamer Among Latest Deals Struck for Row DTLA

CRITICAL MASS: Activity at the Row DTLA appears to be gaining momentum, with several retail and office deals now in the pocket of the downtown Los Angeles redevelopment.
The market’s been closely watching the project, at 2 million square feet of space that’s in the midst of a reimagining a six-building portfolio built by the Southern Pacific Railroad originally as its rail yard in the Twenties. The properties, acquired in 2014 by New York real estate investment firm Atlas Capital Group and Square Mile Capital Management for a reported $ 357 million, includes the current headquarters and main factory of American Apparel. Brokerage and development firm Runyon Group is in charge of leasing up the project.
Among the list of new tenants is J Brand, which will take up 29,000 square feet of office space for its new headquarters, to be located in a two-story building and slated for a spring opening. Mitu, a digital media firm that began as a YouTube page and today works with Latino content makers, will take up another 13,000 square feet of office space there, also in the spring.
Among the new retail deals are L.A. fine jewelry company Vrai & Oro, which bows its first-ever store in

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