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It sounds like Apple is going to launch a ton of new stuff this fall — including a cult favorite fans have been waiting years for

Apple has had a quiet 2018 so far in terms of new product launches, but if a new research note from the TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is correct, the iPhone company has a lot of new products planned for this fall.<p>The Apple blogs 9to5Mac and MacRumors shared details from the note …

iPhone

Macy's warns customers of online data breach

Macy's is warning customers that the retailer discovered a cyber threat that targeted a small number of customer profiles for almost two months.<p>According to a letter mailed to macys.com and bloomingdales.com customers this week, Macy's cyber threat alert tools detected suspicious login activities …

Macy's

Comcast increases cash offer for Sky to $34 billion, topping Twenty-First Century Fox

Comcast on Wednesday raised its cash offer for Sky to $34 billion, topping Twenty-First Century Fox's latest bid.<p>Comcast said its upped bid has been …

Net Neutrality

AT&T wants to overhaul HBO, says it isn’t profitable enough

AT&T warns HBO employees of a "tough" first year under AT&T ownership.<p>AT&T has been the proud owner of HBO for less than a month, and it is already …

Profit

Brick-And-Mortar Retail Isn't Dead: Just Look At Who's Moving Into Empty Toys 'R' Us Stores

Toys “R” Us, which closed the last batch of its U.S. stores just over a week ago, has left behind not only nostalgia but also hundreds of empty stores across the country. Still, if you thought this paints a gloomy picture of brick-and-mortar retail, you’d be mistaken.<p>As much as consumers mourn the …

Real Estate

America's 15 most valuable fashion brands are worth nearly $70 billion combined — but one company dominates

Fashion in America is a big business.<p>Brand Finance recently revealed the 500 most valuable American brands in 2018, and the 15 fashion brands on the list are worth roughly $69.2 billion combined.<p>While luxury brands such as Coach and Michael Kors make the list, they aren't as frequent as brands that …

Michael Kors

This 'airbag' smartphone case is both absurd and brilliant

Smartphone cases, in all their various forms, are meant to do one thing: guard our increasingly expensive pocket-sized supercomputers in case we lose …

Airbags

A presenter on Russian state TV bragged about how the country 'elected Trump'

Russia's state-owned television shows have mocked the outcry over the country's alleged hacking of the US 2016 presidential election ahead of an upcoming summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.<p>Russia 24, a government-funded network covering domestic and international news, criticised the …

Donald Trump

Bitcoin Bloodbath Nears Dot-Com Levels as Many Tokens Go to Zero

Bitcoin’s meteoric rise last year had many observers calling it one of the biggest speculative manias in history. The cryptocurrency’s 2018 crash may …

Cryptocurrency

Disney Ups Its Bid for 21st Century Fox to $71.3 Billion

The Walt Disney Company sharply increased its offer for 21st Century Fox on Wednesday, as it looks to win a bidding war with Comcast for Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment conglomerate.<p>In a quickly issued response, 21st Century Fox announced that it had entered into an agreement with Disney, adding …

Media Industry

AT&T and Sprint to follow Verizon in ending its sale of user location data to third-party brokers

AT&T says it will end its practice of selling real-time user location data to third-party brokers after its primary competitor Verizon agreed to do the same earlier today. “Our top priority is to protect our customers’ information, and, to that end, we will be ending our work with aggregators for …

Privacy

Supreme Court will hear App Store antitrust case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on an antitrust case alleging that Apple created a monopoly with its App Store, which makes Apple the …

Apps

Time Warner is getting a rebrand to avoid confusion

Time Warner will get a new name under new owner AT&T: WarnerMedia.<p>The business, which includes HBO, Turner Broadcasting and the Warner Bros. studio, …

Time Warner

As US, UK 'retail apocalypse' deepens, EU chains grow nervous

The amount of US retail space lost in 2018 is expected to beat the record set last year. But the demise of Toys R Us, and the shutdown of a third of …

Commercial Real Estate

Would you bid 420,000 miles to see a parked plane? These frequent-fliers did

TUPELO, Miss. – Dan Hopper couldn’t have been happier as he strolled through the first-class cabin of a United Airlines Boeing 747 this month. What a great use of frequent-flier miles, he thought.<p>Hopper bid 420,000 miles for a spot on the plane, but it never left the ground.<p>That was by design. The …

Aviation

Audi Names Interim C.E.O. After Rupert Stadler Is Arrested

By any standard, Rupert Stadler, the chief executive of Volkswagen’s Audi luxury car division, is a survivor.<p>When evidence emerged that Audi had played a major role in developing illegal emissions software on Mr. Stadler’s watch, he and most other top executives kept their jobs. When an outside …

Corruption

Asian stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks tumbled Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with Beijing over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on additional Chinese goods.<p>KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.3 percent to 2,953.54 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng …

Stock Markets

Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Superhero Fatigues To Record-Crushing $183M Weekend

The running joke headline aside, I’d argue that part of the appeal of <i>Incredibles 2</i> is that it is a hybrid of the two most popular kinds of wide releases right now. It’s a high-quality superhero movie for kids and adults. It’s a high-quality animated film aimed at kids and adults. It’s also prime …

Animation

Beyoncé and Jay-Z drop surprise album Everything Is Love

It was a sleepy Saturday for entertainment news. Then Beyoncé happened.<p>More specifically, Queen B and hubby Jay-Z just broke the internet by dropping …

Music Videos

Samsung Galaxy X folding phone could cost twice as much as iPhone X

Apple and Samsung are both supposedly working on foldable phones. The Korean company will get its out first though, but hold onto your wallet, it’s going to be shockingly expensive.<p>An analyst predicts that this device, allegedly called the Galaxy X, will cost about 2M Korean won, or $1815. That’s …

Samsung Galaxy

A black woman was at the pool on vacation. A white man asked whether she showered before swimming.

Carle Wheeler was doing what one does on a vacation in the sun, hanging with her 5-year-old daughter in the pool of the hotel in Pasadena, Calif., where they were staying, when a man approached them.<p>The man, who is white, asked Wheeler and her daughter, who are black, if they had showered before …

Women of Color

There's not a single US state where a minimum wage worker can afford a 2-bedroom rental, a report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's not a single state, county or metropolitan area in the entire United States where a full-time worker earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour can afford a modest 2-bedroom apartment.<p>And if those workers wanted to? They'd have to work 122 hours a week. Every week. All …

Housing

Why many Americans aren't benefiting from robust US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — "The economy," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell declared this week, "is doing very well."<p>And it is. Steady hiring has shrunk unemployment to 3.8 percent — the lowest since the 1960's. Consumers are spending. Taxes are down. Inflation is tame. Factories are busy. Demand for …

Demographics

Man wins right to sue Google for defamation over image search results

Melbourne man Milorad “Michael” Trkulja has won his high court battle to sue the search engine Google for defamation over images and search results that link him to the Melbourne criminal underworld.<p>Trkulja said he would continue legal action against Google until it removed his name and photos from …

Judiciary

Time Warner Blasts DOJ After Judge Approves AT&T Merger

Following a federal judge’s approval of AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner on Tuesday, Time Warner’s executive vice president Gary …

Initiative to break California into 3 states to go on November ballot

<b>(CNN) —</b> An initiative that would divide California into three separate states qualified Tuesday to appear on the ballot in November's general election.<p>Californians will vote whether to separate into three states: California, Northern California and Southern California -- subject to approval by US …

California

Galaxy Note 9 Information Highlights Samsung's Sizeable Upgrade

Plans for the Galaxy Note 9 were incredibly ambitious and, while there have been serious setbacks, the latest reports reveal Samsung’s secret upgrade strategy for the phone is simple: make everything massive…<p>Predictably, it is the ever-prolific, ever-reliable leaker Ice Universe who takes most of …

Galaxy Note

Amazon admits to labor violations at Echo speaker factory in China

Labor violations are an all too common reality in technology manufacturing, and Amazon just made that patently clear. In the wake of a joint exposé between China Labor Watch and the <i>Guardian</i>, Amazon has acknowledged that a Foxconn factory in Hengyang, China has been violating labor laws while making …

Amazon Blasted Over China Echo Factory Conditions

A watchdog group is calling on Amazon.com Inc. to improve conditions for factory workers in China who make Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers, …

Net Neutrality Goes Away, and a Ruling in the AT&T-Time Warner Case

<i>Here’s what to expect in the week ahead:</i><p>Technology<p><b>Rules barring priority lanes on the internet will go away.</b><p>Federal internet rules known as net neutrality will officially disappear on Monday. The rules, dating from the Obama administration, require internet providers to give consumers equal access …