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Lonely Bros Can Grow Their 'Wolfpack' With New App


ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- There’s a new app for bros looking for other bros to hang with, and it could be the salvation of the modern male heterosexual friendship. It’s called Wolfpack and, yes, it does howl. The brainchild of Nile Niami, a movie producer turned real estate developer, he said a recently divorced friend inspired him to create the app. “A lonely guy that lost track of all his buddies because he was married for 20 years and when they got divorced he had … no

Ellen Pao Loses Big Silicon Valley Sex-Bias Case to Kleiner Perkins


Justin Sullivan / Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A preeminent venture capital firm was mostly victorious in Silicon Valley's biggest sex discrimination suit.A jury has ruled in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in the case. At the center of the lawsuit and court case is Ellen Pao, 45, the interim CEO of Reddit and former partner at Kleiner Perkins. She filed her complaint in May 2012 against the prominent venture capital firm, which is based in Menlo Park, California, near the headquar

California Chinese Restaurant Turns the Tables on Yelp Reviewer


iStock/Thinkstock(MILLBRAE, Calif.) -- The owner of a Chinese restaurant in the California city of Millbrae, near San Francisco, is taking a stand against a scathing review, and he says he has video to disprove the negative comments.Yelp user “Dan W.” gave Wonderful restaurant a one-star review, claiming it was “busy and potentially understaffed. It’s not that classy of a place, but they refused to seat [him],” so he says he left after waiting one minute.Wonderful o

Gains on Wall Street Despite Slowed Economic Growth in Fourth Quarter


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a run of losses this week, Wall Street finished Friday's session on a somewhat positive note. All three major indices closed the day with gains, despite a Commerce Department announcement of slower economic growth in the fourth quarter.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 33.90 to end the day at 17712.13.The Nasdaq climbed 27.86 to 4891.22, while the S&P 500 closed the session at 2060.94, up 4.79 from its open.The U.S. Commerce Department announced Fri

Silicon Valley Startup Creates $20 Toothpaste


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  In this age of $30 dollar shampoo, $50 sunscreen, and $200 face cream, would you pay $20 for a small tube of toothpaste?A Silicon Valley startup hopes you will.The company, started by Berkeley and Stanford graduates, says it has invested 12 years into research and development of a product called Livionex.One 1.7 ounce tube of this dental gel retails for $20.The company’s CEO, Amit Goswamy, said of the thinking behind their product, “Traditional to

What's at Stake in Kleiner Perkins' Silicon Valley Sex-Bias Case


iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The sex discrimination case against one of Silicon Valley's biggest venture capital firms has placed the spotlight on the region’s perceived gender imbalance, with millions of dollars and high-profile reputations at stake.At the center of the lawsuit and court case is Ellen Pao, 45, the interim CEO of Reddit and former partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She filed her complaint in May 2012 against the prominent venture capital firm, which is b

Apple CEO Tim Cook 'Deeply Disappointed' in Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law


Apple(NEW YORK) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed disdain for a new Indiana law that could allow business owners to discriminate against gay people.The law, signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday, is called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Pence claims that it "does not even apply to disputes between private parties unless government action is involved," though critics have argued otherwise.Cook posted to his Twitter account on Friday to express disappointment in the Indiana law, and

Federal Bureau Outlines Protections from Abusive Payday Loan Practices


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a draft of its upcoming payday loan rule on Thursday, the first step in protecting consumers from abusive payday loan practices.Last year, the CFPB released an analysis of payday loan usage rates and determined that more than 80 percent of payday loans are followed by another loan within two weeks. Additionally, half of all loans are part of a series of ten loans or more, the analysis said.The CFPB draft sets separa

GDP Rises 2.2% in Fourth Quarter


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. economy grew at a slower pace in the fourth quarter, according to the latest report from the Commerce Department.The gross domestic product rose at annual rate of 2.2 percent, compared with 5 percent in the third quarter.Looking ahead, economists expect to see a similar or weaker showing in the first quarter because of severe weather."We're all aware of the severe winter weather that we went through. It was unusually severe this year compared to prior ye

Americans Continue to Buy Less Soda, Data Shows


Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It seems nobody wants bubbles in their drinks anymore.The year 2004 was the first time people really started talking about sugary drinks as one of the main reasons for weight gain -- and since then, the fizz has gone out of soda sales.Last year was the 10th year in a row that Americans bought less pop, according to the latest data published by Beverage Digest. That includes both regular and diet soda.Coke remained the most popular soda in the U.S. in 201

New Jersey Man Sues Builders over $1.6 Million 'Uninhabitable' House


WABC-TV(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — The $1.6 million “dream house” a New Jersey man had built for his wife 10 years ago has become a never-ending nightmare for him.When the house in Florham Park, New Jersey, was completed in 2007, Humayun Akhtar, 66, discovered the home’s interior and exterior had cracks and that the house was “sliding down the hill it was built on,” he told ABC News Thursday.The house is “unrepaired and uninhabitable,” according to cour

Why Customer Service Representatives Might Be Deliberately Making Your Experienc


JumpStock/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- More and more disgruntled customers are posting personal horror stories online about their interactions with customer service representatives at call centers.But former service representatives Mark Pavlic and Jacob Curtis recently told ABC News’ 20/20 that the stress of the job and even the customers themselves are sometimes responsible for those negative experiences.“You almost never have anything good happen to you at work,” Pavlic, a

Unemployment Claims Drop, Wall Street Follows Suit


tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thursday was another poor day on Wall Street, with all three major indices posting losses, the fourth consecutive negative day on Wall Street.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 40.31 to 17,678.23.The Nasdaq posted 13.16 in losses, closing the day at 4,863.36, while the S&P 500 dipped to 2,056.15, down 4.90 from its open.The U.S. Labor Department reported on Thursday that unemployment claims dropped 9,000 from the previous week. The four-week movi

Facebook Reveals Plan for Unmanned Internet Airplanes


Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- In his mission to connect the world, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed on Thursday that his company has been quietly testing unmanned aircraft that can beam Internet access from the sky."Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10 percent of the world's population that live in remote communities without existing Internet infrastructure," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page Thursday.He said he

Battle of the Phones: Samsung vs. HTC


Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge faced off in a beauty contest with the HTC One M9, it would be hard to say which phone would take the crown.Samsung and HTC's new devices are sleek, but ultimately what's on the inside will help guide people in the market for a new Android phone as to which device is right for them.Samsung's Galaxy S6 smartphones are available for pre-order beginning Friday and will be available in the United States on April 10.

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