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Viral Video Boosts Sales of White Vans Sneakers

Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Vans(NEW YORK) -- Damn, Daniel.The viral video "Damn, Daniel" from earlier this year helped boost white Vans sales in the first-quarter as the brand celebrated its 50th anniversary.In the video, we see different candid shots of "Daniel" wearing Vans shoes, particularly a pair of white vans which the narrator takes note of: "Damn, Daniel. Back at it again with the white Vans."In an earnings call Friday for Vans parent company VF Corp., Chief Operating Officer Steven

Apple Will Analyze iPhone of Teen Missing at Sea

Family Handouts/U.S. Coast Guard (WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Apple will analyze the recovered iPhone that may hold the key to what happened last summer when two Florida teens disappeared on a boating trip, according to an agreement reached by the teens' parents in court Friday.The recovered iPhone belonged to 14-year-old Austin Stephanos, who went missing while on a boat trip with Perry Cohen, also 14, in July. The Coast Guard led an eight-day search in the Atlantic, covering 50,000 nautical mile

US Stocks Close Lower as Tech Sector Sell-Off Continues

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Losses in the tech sector, despite positive earnings from Facebook and, pushed U.S. stocks to close the week off in the red.The Dow dropped 56.57 (0.32 percent) to close at 17,774.19.The tech-heavy Nasdaq pushed down 29.93 (0.62 percent) to finish at 4,775.36, logging 2 percent losses for the month. The S&P fell 10.51(0.51 percent) to close at 2,065.30.Crude oil closed flat with prices remaining around $46 a barrel.Tech Earnings: A tech sell-off cont

Rolls-Royce Unveils Six-Piece Luggage Set for $46,000

Rolls-Royce(NEW YORK) -- Rolls-Royce owners now have the luxury of matching their luggage with their vehicle.The automaker has unveiled the Wraith Luggage Collection, a nearly $46,000 luggage set meant to "complement" the Rolls-Royce Wraith."As the world leader in the art of true luxury conveyance, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has extended its expertise to design a suite of elegant luggage to complement Wraith, the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever created," the automaker said in a statement.The six-piec

Facebook Reveals How Often Governments Asked For User Data

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Governments are asking Facebook for more data than ever before, according to the company's bi-annual Global Government Requests report."Overall, we continue to see an increase globally in government requests for user data and content restrictions pursuant to local law," Chris Sonderby, Facebook's deputy general counsel said in a blog post.Global government requests for account data increased by 12 percent in the second half of 2015 -- from 41,214 requests

Starbucks Opens Ferguson Location, Begins Plan to Open Stores in Lower-Income Ar

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Starbucks has opened its first store in Ferguson, Missouri, as part of a national push to help lower-income communities.In a statement, Starbucks said it was planning "to provide local jobs, create training opportunities for youth, and support efforts to rebuild and revitalize communities" in at least 15 other new locations in low-to-medium-income communities in the U.S. by 2018.“We have always seen investments in the communities where Starbuc

Google Will Stream GOP Convention Despite Backlash From Activists

Google(NEW YORK) -- Google will once again live-stream the Republican National Convention and provide a host of services, despite pressure from activists to pull out of the convention.Representatives from groups such as CREDO Action and UltraViolet Action are running petitions urging Google to end its participation."Plain and simple - Donald Trump, the prospective Republican Party nominee, has lobbed racist, sexist and xenophobic attacks against entire groups of people, encouraged violence and v

Consumer Spending Ticks Up Slightly in March

moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- American consumers dipped into their pockets a bit more last month.Consumer spending rose 0.1 percent in March, the Commerce Department reported on Friday, following a recent string of lackluster months. Americans mostly bought nondurable items, like clothing and food, offsetting a drop in spending on cars and other long-lasting goods.Incomes, meanwhile, shot up 0.4 percent last month.The increase in income and small gain in spending led to a jump in the rate of

Priceline CEO Darren Huston Resigns

Keith Beaty/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NORWALK, Conn.) -- The Chief Executive Officer of the Priceline Group Darren Huston has resigned from the company.A statement released by Priceline Thursday says Huston resigned after an investigation conducted by independent members of the Board of Directors into a personal relationship that Huston had with an employee of the company who did not work directly under him.The outcome of the invstigation showed that Huston had not followed the company's cod

Profits and Sales Surge for Amazon YORK) -- Amazon has reported a $513 million profit in its first quarter, thanks to an almost 30 percent jump in sales, according to the BBC.The BBC reports the increasing sales of Kindle reading devices and Fire tablet computers led to Amazon's extrememly successful start to the year. The sales and profits exceeded analysts' expectations.According to the BBC, investors are breathing a sigh of relief at the positive news from Amazon in the wake of disappointing earnings from other

Top 9 Best Wedding Registry Gifts for Engaged Couples

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wedding season is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about the best gifts for the bride and groom.Good Housekeeping Institute’s chief technologist Rachel Rothman joined Good Morning America's "Wide World of Weddings" live stream to help our viewers create the ultimate registry guide of must-have items for the home.Rothman’s Tips on How to Best Build a Registry:Stay true to yourself: Don’t feel obligated to register for things y

Dow Has Worst Day in Months, Thanks to Sinking Apple

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. stocks ended mostly in the red Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average having its worst day in over two months. This comes after Apple Inc. extended its losing streak. The broader market collapsed under the weight of weak corporate earnings and disappointing data.The Dow dropped 210.79 (1.17 percent) to close at 17,830.76Nasdaq lost 57.85 (1.19 percent) finishing up the day at 4,805.29, while the S&P plummeted 19.34 (0.92 percent) closing at 2,075.

UK Regulator Cracks Down on Gender Stereotypes in New Campaign

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The United Kingdom’s advertising regulator has already banned certain ads that portray “unhealthily thin” body images and oversexualize models, and now it may add gender stereotyping to its crackdown list.The Advertising Standards Authority announced on Thursday that it plans to investigate gender stereotyping in ads -- and it's asking the public for help. The watchdog group invited members of the public and organizations to share evidence of gen

Uber Testing New Two-Minute Wait Rule Before Charging Passengers

Uber(NEW YORK) — Tardy Uber passengers may soon have to pay up.The ride-hailing service is testing a new rule that requires passengers to pay more money if they keep the driver waiting for more than two minutes. The pilot program is taking place in Phoenix, Dallas, New Jersey and New York City. Uber did not specify how much the extra charge would be.But if a passenger is five minutes late, the driver would be paid for an extra three minutes of the ride."When a driver arrives promptly, we t

Comcast Acquires DreamWorks Animations

Comcast(NEW YORK) -- Comcast announced the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation on Thursday in a deal worth about $3.8 billion.NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke called DreamWorks "a great addition," praising its "dynamic film brand and...deep library of intellectual property" in a press release. DreamWorks stockholders will receive $41 per share of common stock.Comcast owns NBCUniversal and will incorporate DreamWorks into its film entertainment group. It says the move will give it a "broader reach to

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