Nicholas Conti

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Why This Company Just Gave Every Employee a $100,000 Bonus | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Imagine you're neither fat, nor a cat.<p>You're in the office one day and you hear that your bosses are giving you a bonus, the likes of which few outside of Wall Street could ever expect.<p>Suddenly, …

Alibaba could spend up to $38B in investments and acquisitions in 2016

Alibaba can probably afford to execute up to $38 billion in deals (acquisitions and investments) next year, according to data from an analyst at BNP Paribas SA, cited by <i>Bloomberg</i> late Thursday.<p>That’s huge — this year the ecommerce giant spent just $15 billion.<p>It puts Alibaba’s estimated spending …

Triple H Talks WWE's Poor Ratings, Will NXT Be On Raw?

NXT is officially a worldwide touring brand.<p>Ahead of NXT’s first-ever live special from the United Kingdom, Triple H fielded questions from the media Thursday. Triple H was sure to note that the upcoming NXT Takeover: London live special is yet another sellout with 10,000 ticket sold for the …

Beverly Hills

Ford will spend $4.5 billion to launch 13 new electric vehicles by 2020

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. says it will introduce 13 new electric vehicles worldwide by 2020, including an updated Focus sedan that will go on …

VW's European car sales, market share slip after emissions scandal | Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) - Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) European sales and market share slipped in October, industry data showed on Tuesday, as the German carmaker’s emissions-cheating scandal began to take its toll at a time when the overall market continued to grow.<p>A VW sign is seen outside a Volkswagen …

Automotive Industry

German airline refines the art of coping with strikes

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — An airline strike with hundreds of cancelled flights conjures up fears of long lines and chaos, but German carrier …

Aviation

Buffalo Wild Wings ending ads after actor lied about Sept 11

NEW YORK (AP) — Buffalo Wild Wings will stop airing TV commercials featuring comedian Steve Rannazzisi, who said this week that he lied about being …

World Trade Center

GM to pay $900m to end ignition switch criminal probe

General Motors will pay a $900m fine to settle a criminal probe for concealing an ignition-switch defect linked to at least 169 deaths, US federal prosecutors have said.<p>The US car giant will also have to pay another $575m to settle hundreds of civil lawsuits filed against it over faulty small-car …

General Motors

Toys R Us plans to hire fewer holiday season workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us says it won't hire as many holiday season employees as it did last year, but the toy and baby products retailer says it …

Employment

These 2 NFL Teams Have the Biggest Brand Problem | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Fans are fickle and feckless.<p>They love you one minute, and the next, as Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper observed, they’re gone by the seventh inning.<p>The strength of a brand, though, depends …

NFL

Why the new Apple TV could be the most revolutionary Apple product in years

At long last, it appears that Apple is going to unveil the updated version of Apple TV.<p>This will be an enormous disappointment to some Apple faithful, who have been fantasizing about an entire television set designed by Apple. But that was always a dumb dream. No matter how beautiful an …

Smart TV

Why Lego's CEO Thinks More Grown-Ups Should Play At Work

"We believe in play as a transformative agent in society, and we need more creativity to solve the world’s problems."<p>Playfulness is at the root of creativity. So why on earth have we created a corporate system where everyone feels the need to be so serious?<p>I see time and again that injecting a …

5 Easy Tips for Visual Branding on Social Media

Over the past few years, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have introduced a series of design changes that have increased the ability to personalize the look of of account pages.<p>To help your brand from getting lost in the clutter, it’s important to stand out visually as …

Startup branding and thinking beyond 'I need a logo'

Connecting and dividing are key elements to Kim Knoll’s work. After working independently as freelancers, she and her husband Kyle Eertmoed joined forces in January 2011 to co-found design and branding firm Knoed Creative Inc. Most of their clients are small businesses, including furniture retailer …

Hershey posts 2Q loss on costs, revenue remains flat

NEW YORK (AP) — Hershey posted a second-quarter loss Friday, with the strong dollar and weakness in China weighing on sales for chocolate maker.<p>Sales …

Markets

American Apparel warns it may go out of business

American Apparel has "substantial doubt" it will stay in business, the company said Monday.<p>The clothing brand has been struggling for some time, and news it's nearing collapse came as American Apparel (APP) reported a net loss of $19.4 million for last quarter.<p>"We believe that we may not have …

Clothing

Sprint to Drop Two-Year Contracts, Following T-Mobile and Verizon

Sprint is abandoning two-year smartphone contracts -- and the subsidies that make device purchases cheaper.<p>By the end of the year, customers of the No. 4 wireless company will have to pay full price for their phones or spread the payments out by leasing the device. Sprint introduced that plan as an …

Mobile

Intel teams up with ‘Shark Tank’ producer for a new TV show promoting its button-sized computer

On Tuesday, Intel announced a partnership with Turner and Mark Burnett, the famed producer behind hit reality shows "Shark Tank" and "Survivor," to produce a new TV show called "America's Greatest Makers."<p>The goal of the show, which will air on Turner-subsidiary TBS starting next year, is to create …

Internet of Things

Customer Finds Hidden Camera in Starbucks Bathroom

Police arrested a man after a customer found a hidden camera the restroom of an Orange County, Cali. Starbucks.<p>The suspect has been identified as …

American Airlines to add first nonstop charter flights from West Coast to Cuba | Fox News

American Airlines says it plans to begin charter service from Los Angeles to Havana later this year, which American says will be the first nonstop flights from the West Coast to Cuba since travel restrictions to the island nation were eased.<p>American said Tuesday that the flights from Los Angeles …

Qatar postpones promised labor reforms

The World Cup 2022 host has been under pressure to ensure migrant workers are paid on time. But trumpeted reforms due to go into force this week have …

Exclusive: Most of Buick's future U.S. cars may come from overseas | Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) - Most Buick vehicles sold in the United States after 2016 could be imported from China and Europe, according to two sources familiar with parent General Motors Co’s (GM.N) plans.<p>General Motor's Buick logo is seen above the stage during a vehicle reveal ahead of press days of the …

Autos

Walgreens, Unilever campaign aims to bring clean water to Kenya

Washing your hair in Chicago could help bring clean water to rural Kenya.<p>That's the premise behind a new charitable campaign launched by Walgreens and Unilever that is enlisting customers to buy into the cause with shampoo, deodorant and body wash. For every purchase of TRESemme, Suave and Caress …

Brazil union federation calls for McDonald's investigation

SAO PAULO (AP) — A trade union federation in Brazil says it has asked the Public Prosecutor's Office to investigate the McDonald's franchise holder …

Brazil

Loonie gains as crude oil finds footing

The Canadian dollar closed the day at 76.59 cents (U.S.), up 0.17 cents (U.S) from Monday's close of 76.42 cents (U.S.)<p>The Canadian dollar was volatile on Tuesday after the price of oil fell close to its six-year low in early trading, but recovered by the end of the day. The September contract for …