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3 Sep, 2014
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Teams with Abbvie and Calico

Google teams with Abbvie and Calico in order to develop new treatments for diseases prevalent among the elderly. Arthur Levinson:

Our relationship with AbbVie is a pivotal event for Calico, whose mission is to develop life-enhancing therapies for people with age-related diseases. It will greatly accelerate our efforts to understand the science of aging, advance our clinical work, and help bring important new therapies to patients everywhere.

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Google Now

Google provides the option to speak with your smartphone. The  feature to chat with your phone is called Google Now and is available for download in the app store for both Android and Apple devices.

Once you sign up and register, Google guesstimates your interests with Google Now “cards” that show up in the Google app, spotlighting everything from weather, local movie showtimes, articles Google thinks you’ll be interested and upcoming concert info.

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First Manhattan store

Neiman Marcus is opening its first store in Manhattan in 2018. The 250,000-square-foot store will anchor the new retail complex Hudson Yards on the Far West Side. Neiman Marcus CEO Karen Katz:

We needed to make sure that if we were taking this big, big step of coming to Manhattan, that we had a store that was going to be very impressive.

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TNA online waging game announcement

MX Digital announces agreement with William Hunt to produce six online waging games including one based on TNA Impact Wrestling.

Placing six of our branded games with William Hill represents the most significant distribution agreement for our company and a major step forward in establishing MX Digital in the marketplace.

27 Aug, 2014
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Not a cat

Brand owner Sanrio reveals that the beloved character is not a cat. Despite the fact that Kitty has whiskers, her character is considered a little girl and has her own pet cat named Charmmy Kitty.

Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. Her real name is Kitty White, she was born in southern England on November 1, 1974. She is a Scorpio and blood type A. She has a twin sister, Minny White, and lives in an unnamed suburb of London with father George and mother Mary.

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TV show announcement

The El Rey Network announces they will team with AAA wrestling to create a new professional wrestling promotion and series titled Lucha Underground the show is set to feature the top talent in lucha libre wrestling and will bring that style to mainstream American audiences. The Network’s statement reads:

The ‘Lucha Underground’ franchise is perfect for El Rey Network.  It features good versus evil, intense action, humor, drama, great characters and most important great stories from two of the best storytellers in the business- Mark Burnett and Robert Rodriguez.  It’s the perfect time and they are the perfect team to bring lucha to America.

25 Aug, 2014
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WWE SuperCard press release

2K Sports issues press release on WWE SuperCard game. The game boasts over 1.5 million downloads in the first week with an average rating of 4.5/5 stars.

In less than one week, WWE SuperCard broke 2K’s records and became one of the company’s most popular free-to-play games to date.

23 Aug, 2014
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Legends to appear on RAW

WWE announces Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan will all appear on Monday Night RAW in Anaheim, California.

The WWE Universe is still buzzing about the brutal beating John Cena suffered at the hands of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. To kick off Raw, WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair will be in the house to weigh in on the upcoming Lesnar-Cena at Night of Champions.

21 Aug, 2014
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Impact in Africa through 2019

TNA will continue to air IMPACT through 2019 due to an agreement with SuperSport, the continent’s leading sports broadcaster.

We have had a wonderful relationship with SuperSport since first airing on the channel in 2011 and we look forward to attracting more fans to our entertaining programming. This multi-year deal with SuperSport is one more example of TNA’s remarkable international growth as we continue executing our global brand and programming strategies.

20 Aug, 2014
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SpikeTV announcement

TNA announces that IMPACT will continue to air through the end of 2014 on Wednesday nights on SpikeTV. The statement also says that negotiations are ongoing for deals after that.

IMPACT WRESTLING will remain a vital part of Spike TV’s programming on Wednesday nights, 9/8c, through the end of the year. Negotiations remain ongoing beyond this time frame.

18 Aug, 2014
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Allergic to Water announcement

DiFranco will release a new album, Allergic to Water, on October 14, 2014 via her own label, Righteous Babe Records.

Mostly I worked alone in headphones, in the wee hours, while my family slept. It was empowering but terrifying to have the buck stop with me again in terms of the mixes. The recordings are documents of my current touring band

16 Aug, 2014
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Added to Summerslam panel

Flair is added to WWE’s Summerslam kickoff show panel. He will join Alex Riley and Booker T to discuss the event and the major participants and predictions.

15 Aug, 2014
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Officer named: Darren Wilson

Officer Darren WilsonPolice Chief Thomas Jackson releases Wilson’s name to the public to ease tension and satisfy freedom of information to the public. Wilson is a 28-year-old police officer that has been on the force for six years. He spent two years as a police officer in the city of Jennings and four years with Ferguson. Jackson:

He’s a gentle quiet man. He’s a distinguished officer.

14 Aug, 2014
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Total Divas Season Three announcement

WWE releases statement about the upcoming season of Total Divas which premieres September 7th at 9 a.m. on E!

In the season two finale, Brie Bella and WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan had just tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends, family and many of the gorgeous girls. While most of the Divas were living large, Nikki was patching up her relationship with WWE Superstar John Cena as he had discovered her long kept secret —unbeknownst to anyone but her twin sister she had been married before. Now, the Divas are back with an even more prominent position in WWE as each woman has become a serious contender for the WWE Divas championship title.

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Moves to Wednesday nights

TNA announces that IMPACT will now air on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.This move is largely due to direct competition with the NFL. Dixie Carter:

Moving Impact Wrestling to Wednesday nights gives existing fans and new viewers an opportunity to both enjoy wrestling and live sports even more throughout the week.

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Lockdown film announced

WWE Films announce new film project, Lockdown. The film will be co-produced by Lionsgate and will star WWE superstar, Dean Ambrose. The film will follow a police officer who finds himself trapped inside his own precinct and hunted after crooked cops stop at nothing to recover incriminating evidence of illegal activities against those closest to him.

13 Aug, 2014
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Ratings statement

TNA issues statement on their website boasting higher ratings and the largest viewership since February.

The Aug. 7 episode of IMPACT WRESTLING, TNA’s flagship program airing Thursday nights at 9/8c on Spike TV, drew 1.6 million viewers (P2+, +3 Rating), the largest audience since mid-February of this year. The episode was also up against six nationally or regionally televised NFL pre-season games, the first of the NFL season.

12 Aug, 2014
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Diversity report: Mostly white, male

Apple releases a diversity report which shows that most of the highest earning employees are white and male. CEO Tim Cook says he is not happy with that fact and plans to take steps to make the Apple workforce more inclusive:

As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products.

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Signs with WWE

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Steen officially announces signing with WWE.

I went to the tryout camp and I got through it, and what made me stand out were the promos, where we basically had to sell ourselves verbally. That’s always been one of my strong suits — the way I talk and what I say. I make it count, and I think that went pretty far in getting me to where I am now.

11 Aug, 2014
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$25 smartphone: Nokia 130

Microsoft announces the Nokia 130, which retails for $25 or 19 euros. The phone will only be available in select countries in Asia and Africa. It is intended to be a reliable, basic phone that includes features like video playback, a FM radio and a battery that can last 36 days on standby or 13 hours of talk time:

The Nokia 130 is an ideal handset for first-time mobile phone buyers, or for people seeking a reliable backup phone to complement their existing smartphones. It’s built to last, with a 1.8-inch color display and outstanding battery life of up to 36 days’ standby for the single-SIM variant and 26 days’ standby for the dual-SIM device. In design and quality, the Nokia 130 stands out among devices priced below $35.

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Forces close to taking back Donetsk

Ukraine’s military forces announce that they are close to recapturing Donetsk and are preparing the “final stage” of the attack. A spokesman says Kiev’s troops have cut Donetsk off from the other main rebel-held city of Luhansk, 150 km (90 miles) away, on Russia’s border. He tells Reuter’s:

The forces of the anti-terrorist operation are preparing for the final stage of liberating Donetsk. Our forces have completely cut Donetsk off from Luhansk. We are working to liberate both towns but it’s better to liberate Donetsk first – it is more important.

7 Aug, 2014
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Buys security start-up

In an effort to protect the site from cyber attacks, Facebook purchases PrivateCore, a company that builds security software. Joe Sullivan, Facebook’s chief security officer, says PrivateCore’s technology:

protects servers from persistent malware, unauthorized physical access, and malicious hardware devices.

Based in Palo Alto, CA, the company was started in 2012 by security experts from Google and VMware. PrivateCore CEO Oded Horovitz says the deal gives both companies “a huge opportunity to pursue our joint vision at scale with incredible impact.” Neither company discloses the purchase price.

6 Aug, 2014
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Major 2K15 update

2K Sports announces a major update for WWE 2K15 video game. the game will now feature a “2K Showcase” mode that will closely follow two specific WWE rivalries including documentary footage of the feuds. The announcement also includes a new MyCareer mode which will follow the method of 2K Sport’s NBA series.

5 Aug, 2014
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2K15 Special Edition

WWE and 2K Sports announce Special Hulkamania edition of WWE 2K15. The release will feature a signed Hulk Hogan collectible card, a Hogan vinyl figure, a piece of the ring canvas from Hogan’s 2014 WWE return and two exclusive playable Hulk Hogan characters.

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Added to Summerslam panels

Sting is added to WWE Summerslam fan panels on Augst 16th and 17th. The events include revealing the WWE 2k15 playable character roster and Q&A sessions with the performers. Sting will be joined by Hulk Hogan, D-Generation-X and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

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Summerslam title match added

WWE announces Diva’s Championship match for Summerslam pay-per-view on August 17th. The bout will feature A.J. Lee putting her championship on the line against challenger, Paige.

She’s going to be full of anger and she’s going to be better than ever. The girls so far have given me a great fight. Alicia Fox on Raw the other day really, really stuck it to me! But I still came out victorious. Tamina’s always been very dominating so I’ve really had a good run so far – so I look forward to AJ

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Appearance announced

The Undertaker is announced to make first public appearance since Wrestlemania 30 at Wizard World’s Austin, Texas Comic-Con event on October 3rd.

For more than two decades, The Deadman has loomed over the WWE landscape like a menacing shadow, spelling out doom for those who dare cross him. Imbued with seemingly mystical abilities and preternatural in-ring ability, The Undertaker is a WWE great in a class by himself, and no list of legends would be complete without him

1 Aug, 2014
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Announces album release

Bringing-Back-the-Sunshine

Shelton breaks the news on NBC’s Today show that he’ll be releasing his 11th album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, on September 30. The album’s cover includes a black-and-white shot of the water tower in his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma.

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Launching lingerie line in London

Spears will launch a lingerie line for Change Lingerie next month in London. Her line will be comprised of: lingerie sets, vintage-inspired bustiers and kimonos, and lounge wear like jersey camisoles, shorts and sweatpants. For one month the line will be available online exclusively at ASOS.com, and then it will be available at  www.intimatebritneyspears.com. Spears says:

Every woman should feel confident and beautiful in everything she puts on. My vision for The Intimate Britney Spears is to create pieces that are sexy, luxurious, and comfortable at the same time. I am excited to introduce this collection because I feel that we accomplished exactly that

"The Intimate Britney Spears" Behind The Scenes (E! News 2014)

31 Jul, 2014
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Stocks rise

The company’s stocks rise nearly 8% since the announcement of a new financial plan which includes a new pricing on the WWE Network. Stocks have risen to $13.05.

WWE execs did their homework and found people don’t want to pay $120 [a year] but they don’t mind paying $40 to $60

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Objects to ‘right to be forgotten’

Google sends a letter to European data regulators saying they find it too challenging to enforce the ‘right to be forgotten’ regulation a European Union court established. The ruling says that people should be able to request that inaccurate search results about them be removed from search engines. However, Google says in the letter that people often misrepresent their situation to get legitimate results removed:

Some requests turn out to have been made with false and inaccurate information. Even if requesters provide us with accurate information, they understandably may avoid presenting facts that are not in their favour.

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Major cuts

To make up for the nearly $20 million loss in revenue, WWE is cutting costs. The company will eliminate 7% of their staff. This loss is attributed to the poor performance of the WWE Network which is still 300,000 subscribers away from breaking even. The company still plans to introduce the Network internationally by August.

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Discontinues WWE Magazine

WWE announces that October issue will be final WWE Magazine published by the company.  The magazine was established in 1984. This announcement coincides with WWE’s latest budget cuts.

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Canadian TV Deal

WWE announces new Canadian television deal with Rogers Communications. The deal makes Rogers exclusive distributor of pay-per-view events in Canada. The WWE Network will now be available to Canadian residents through this deal on Rogers channel 512 for a $11.99 monthly fee.

We are excited to expand our partnership with Rogers as we look for innovative ways to grow our brand and further the reach of our programming in Canada through their vast distribution channels and marketing platforms

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Reports major loss

WWE posts $14.5 million loss in second quarter largely due to the failing WWE Network. The loss is less than the expected $15-$18 million.

WWE’s core business metrics remain strong, and WWE Network continues to be the single greatest opportunity to transform WWE’s business model. During the quarter, we developed plans to make WWE Network available globally starting August 12.

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Network goes international

As part of a new business plan for the third quarter, WWE announces international expansion of WWE Network. Agreements are being made in India, China, Germany, Thailand, Malaysia and areas of the Middle East

Just as pay cablers like HBO see subscriptions rise and fall depending on when content is available, WWE has seen a similar effect around its live PPVs, considered the biggest draw on the to the network so far among the mostly 18-34-year old men who make up most of its demo, a sweet spot for advertisers.

28 Jul, 2014
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SpikeTV cancels TNA Impact

SpikeTV cancels  TNA wrestling’s flagship program, Impact. The show has struggled to maintain ratings for many years. TNA owner Dixie Carter claims to be in negotiations with the network in hopes of renewing their contract.

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Impact negotiations continue

Executives of the network comment that they are in ongoing negotiations with TNA over the potential renewal of the wrestling company’s flagship program, IMPACT. The program is not in the current lineup for the fall season.