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By Vilma Bonilla | News + Culture + Style: A taste of Americana in one sexy, trendy magazine. Enjoy my daily picks for 2017. Besos, Baby! ❤️

Stirring Up Coffee In July

Coffee finds a multi-year low despite improving fundamentals.<p>The USDA advised in June that expectations of record consumption coupled with flat …

Trading

Here's What Starbucks' Apron Colors Mean

From the coffee chain itself.<p>You may have never known Starbucks' aprons to be anything <i>but</i> green. But before they were the emerald hue you've come to …

Coffee

Guns N' Roses' 'Appetite for Destruction' turns 30: The definitive ranking of every song

Friday marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, <i>Appetite for Destruction</i>. The album remains the best-selling debut of all time. Three decades haven’t dimmed this towering gutter-glam opus. Come, sweet child, as we rank every track.<p><b>1. “Paradise City”</b><p>There is no zip …

Guns N' Roses

The first episode of Marvel's 'The Defenders' played at Comic-Con. Here's what we saw

The world at large will have to wait til August 18 to check out Marvel's <i>The Defenders</i>.<p>But a few thousand lucky fans got an early peek at Comic-Con's Hall H on Friday.<p>Netflix played the entire first episode of <i>The Defenders</i> to an enthusiastic crowd – including your faithful movies reporter from</i> …

Comics

SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

SpaceX may have canceled its mission to Mars with a Red Dragon capsule that was set for 2020.<p>Company Chief Executive Elon Musk retweeted a story late Friday afternoon titled “SpaceX skipping Red Dragon for ‘vastly bigger ships’ on Mars” that was published on Tesla enthusiasts blog Teslarati.<p>The …

SpaceX

Elon Musk: I got 'government approval' for New York-DC Hyperloop. Officials: no he didn't

Several city, state and federal spokespeople concur that Tesla CEO has not received permission to build high-speed tunnel from NYC to Washington DC<p>Elon Musk does not have government approval to build a Hyperloop tunnel from New York City to Washington DC.<p>The Tesla executive took to Twitter this …

Elon Musk

NYC to DC in 30 Minutes? Elon Musk Claims Verbal OK for Hyperloop

Elon Musk recently announced on Twitter that he had received "verbal government approval" for his Boring Company to build a superfast Hyperloop …

Elon Musk

Elon Musk: I have 'verbal' approval for underground Hyperloop through Baltimore

Tesla founder Elon Musk announced on Thursday that he has received "verbal” government approval to build an underground rail line from New York to …

U.S. Department of Transportation

Elon Musk just got permission to build a hyperloop from New York City to D.C.

The hyperloop may be coming a lot sooner than any of us expected.<p>Elon Musk tweeted Thursday that he received verbal government approval to build a …

Autos

Dropbox CTO Aditya Agarwal is leaving

Aditya Agarwal, who came in to Dropbox from its acquisition of Cove way back in 2012 and was given the CTO role last year, will be leaving the company.<p>He announced his departure in a post on Facebook. Agarwal held the CTO role for about 9 months and was previously the VP of engineering. That kind …

Startups

iCloud security flaw put iPhone, Mac passwords at risk | ZDNet

The security researcher said the bug could've gained access to an entire account's iCloud Keychain.<p>A security flaw in iOS devices that went largely …

Information Security

Apple, Amazon and Google spent record sums to lobby Trump earlier this summer

They focused their efforts on immigration, taxes and privacy, new records show.<p>Amazon, Apple and Google each spent record sums lobbying President Donald Trump and the rest of Washington, D.C., over the past three months, new federal records show, shelling out a combined $10 million to shape federal …

United States

SoundCloud app update allows Go and Go+ users to save playlists offline to external SD cards

Spotify is one of SoundCloud's biggest competitors, and the former has supported offline music for Premium subscribers for a while now. SoundCloud …

Apps

Verizon accused of throttling Netflix and YouTube, admits to “video optimization” | Ars Technica

Verizon claims mobile video experience not affected; some customers disagree.<p>Verizon Wireless customers this week noticed that Netflix's speed test …

Internet

'Minecraft' novel by 'World War Z' author is now available

As strange as it sounds, Minecraft got the novelization treatment, and the final product is now out for purchase. The good news is that the Mojang team put Microsoft's millions to good use by commissioning Max Brooks, author of the apocalyptic zombie novel <i>World War Z.</i> <i>Minecraft: The Island</i> …

Minecraft

Disneyland brings back attractions that were closed for Star Wars land construction

A year and a half after they were closed to make way for construction of a new Star Wars land, four Disneyland attractions along the Rivers of America are set to reopen.<p>The Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes and the Disneyland Railroad will relaunch July …

Walt Disney Company

Builder of illegal LA mansion gets fines, community service

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of fashion models Bella and Gigi Hadid has been fined and given community service for illegally building a gigantic mansion in Los Angeles.<p>The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2ufqHY5 ) that real estate developer Mohamed Hadid was sentenced Thursday to 200 …

Los Angeles

Former Recruiters Reveal The Industry’s Dark Secrets That Cost You Job Offers

Recruiters are often asked to do the impossible, which sometimes makes them resort to unsavory—or downright discriminatory—practices.<p>We’re seeking a creative, experimentally minded, outside-the-box thinker to join our fast-paced, innovative team.<p>According to Laurie Ruettimann, who became a …

Employment

Democrats in U.S. Congress urge review of Amazon's Whole Foods deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Democrats in Congress urged the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission in a letter this week to conduct a more in-depth review of online retailer Amazon.com Inc's plan to buy grocer Whole Foods Market Inc.<p>The lawmakers asked that the review include …

U.S. Department of Justice

7 near-monopolies that are perfectly legal in America

True monopolies were outlawed in 1890 in the U.S. after Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act. This law was designed to protect consumers from large companies that sought to use their dominant market position to engage in anticompetitive business practices. The bill also gave the federal …

Stocks

How Retail Can Thrive in a World Without Stores

Historically, shopping has been a sensory experience. Store associates served as personal shoppers, helping customers pick out items. Shoppers gauged quality by the look and feel of a product. They asked for sales associates’ opinions when they tried on clothes. It was as much an emotional …

Trends

With my cell-phone number, a private eye found 150 pages on me

Our cell phone numbers are increasingly used for identity theft, the modern-day linchpin to most personal data.<p>Now I know that first hand.<p>After reporting on how phone number identity theft had doubled last year, and warnings about how cell-phone numbers are being used as the new Social Security …

Identity Theft

Morgan Stanley owns the quarter in trading, could see 10% upside, analyst says

An earlier version of this article had the wrong consensus number for fixed income sales and trading. It has been corrected.<p>Bloomberg News<p>A sign is displayed at the Morgan Stanley building.<p>Shares of Morgan Stanley were up in morning trading, after the bank reported better-than-expected earnings for …

Markets

Wells Fargo ordered to hire back whistleblower, pay $577K

The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday ordered Wells Fargo (WFC) to hire back the whistleblower who reported the bank’s opening of fake accounts.<p>Wells Fargo, which dismissed the unnamed individual in September 2011, must also pay the former branch manager $577,500 in back wages, damages and other …

Fraud

3 biggest money mistakes you’re teaching your kids

Because children aren’t learning about money management in school they’re usually getting their finance lessons from mom and dad. And that’s not always a good thing.<p>Parents aren’t necessarily teaching their children money mistakes on purpose — it’s a busy world, and they themselves may never have …

Parenting

Sputtering energy markets drag GE’s earnings, profit; Bank of America picks Dublin for E.U. base

CONGLOMERATES<p>Energy markets drag GE’s earnings, profit<p>In his final days atop General Electric Co., Jeffrey R. Immelt still can’t throw off oil’s stink.<p>In his farewell earnings report, the chief executive ended his 16-year tenure by telling Wall Street that GE’s earnings are likely to be …

Markets

General Electric and Chipotle fall while Capital One climbs

NEW YORK – Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:<p>General Electric Co., down 78 cents to $25.91<p>The industrial company said it expects to only reach the low end of its annual profit forecast range.<p>Capital One Financial Corp., up $6.93 to $87.94<p>The credit card issuer and bank posted …

Markets