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Check Out Beam, a Faster Chat App

Check Out Beam, a Faster Chat App

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Have you ever wanted to send a text without having to wait your turn? Now, one app is making this possible.

Beam is a real-time messenger that allows you and your friends to see what you’re typing, as you’re typing it.

The angle is for mobile users to be able to see the other person’s thoughts as soon as they happen -- just like a face-to-face conversation.

How it works is while you’re texting, you can read, chime in, and take back the last thing you said. Beam identifies this as “beaming in,” or the “ability to interrupt, interject, comment, and like.”

According to the app’s Google Play page, the messages are inherently secure -- meaning no single message is ever delivered. “Letters simply arrive on your phone in an organized fashion,” says the description.

The free app, which claims to be the first of its kind, is currently available for Android users to download. Beam’s website says an iPhone version is coming soon.

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Why Mike Myers Is Starring in a Sears Canada Ad

Why Mike Myers Is Starring in a Sears Canada Ad

Lloyd Bishop/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Mike Myers is the funny man behind iconic movies like Austin Powers, Wayne’s World, and Shrek. But if you are watching TV in Canada, you may see the Canada native appearing as a pitchman for none other than Sears.

Myers is starring in a new ad for the retail chain alongside his older brother, Peter Myers, who has worked for the company for 32 years.

The ad shows Myers ripping on his tabloid fame and singing the old “softer side of Sears” jingle, until his brother tells him the company does not use the song anymore.

Myers instead offers up another slogan, looking into the camera and saying, “Sears Canada. My brother works there.”

The YouTube video of the ad, titled #MyBrotherWorksatSears, has racked up over 1 million views since it was posted last week.

It aired only in Canada.

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What Facebook’s Simpler New Privacy Policy Means for You

What Facebook’s Simpler New Privacy Policy Means for You

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Facebook has chopped down its privacy policy and put it into plain English in an effort to empower users to take control of their information.The previous 9,000 word policy -- written in legalese and longer than the U.S. Constitution -- is now less than one-third of the size. Facebook rolled out its revamped policy through a colorful interactive the company hopes users will read.While the policy may have been updated, it's worth noting that users' Facebook settings won't be changing.Among the question in the interactive are: What kinds of information do we collect? How is information shared? How can I manage or delete information about me?Here's a look at four highlights:They Know Where You AreAdvertisements were previously served based on the location listed in a user's profile, however Facebook recently began letting advertisers target users based on their actual location.While the old policy notes this information can be learned from smartphone GPS, the new policy adds that Bluetooth and WiFi can also give away a user's location.How Facebook Uses Your InformationBattery and signal strength of your phone may seem like mundane pieces of information to collect, but Facebook said they help ensure their apps are functioning well on user's devices.When it comes to sharing with advertisers, Facebook said it helps companies serve "relevant ads without telling them who you are."Buy Things ButtonDon't shop until you drop -- just do it on Facebook. The company is testing a buy button in certain markets that would allow users to make secure transactions without leaving Facebook.This would, of course, require users to securely share their billing address and credit card number with Facebook.Privacy Basics ResourceA simple privacy portal helps answer user's questions about what they see, who can see their profile and how people interact with them.Facebook previously released a privacy check-up tool in September, reminding users of who can see their status updates, apps and profile information.Facebook will weigh comments and suggestions from users about the policy changes until Nov. 20.

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Rising College Tuition a Sign of the Good Times?

Rising College Tuition a Sign of the Good Times?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The cost of attending college rose in 2014, but at a slower rate than in the past five years, according to The College Board’s Trends in Higher Education report. Total student borrowing has also fallen 8 percent in the last year.

The report credits large increases in Pell Grants, educational aid and tax credits with lowering net prices students pay, a sign schools are receiving more money from outside sources.

The slowing costs coupled with the falling unemployment rate for college graduates, which was around 3 percent in October, appears to be signs of good news for graduates in the post recession era.

The report, however, also highlighted the rising levels of cumulative debt for student borrowers, which averages around $35,000 nationwide. Debt.org estimates that $3,000 of student debt is added to the $1 trillion total every second.

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Report: Decline in Oil Prices Could Continue into 2015

Report: Decline in Oil Prices Could Continue into 2015

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Oil prices are expected to drop into 2015, the International Energy Agency said in its Oil Market Report Friday morning.

Downward price pressure is expected to continue into the first half of next year, with oil demand falling to five-year lows while oil production shows no sign of decreasing.

Crude oil prices have dropped around 30 percent since June to a four-year low, with a strong U.S. dollar and rising U.S. light oil output outweighing any disruptions in the global oil distribution.

Brent and WTI crude were both below $80 per barrel as of Thursday morning.

All of this has meant good news for U.S. drivers, who have seen prices plummeting at the gas pumps nationwide. The average gas price in the U.S. is currently $2.91/gallon.

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Reddit CEO Yishan Wong Resigns

Reddit CEO Yishan Wong Resigns

Steve Granitz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Reddit has announced that CEO Yishan Wong will resign after two and a half years at the online message board."Moving forward, not backward," Wong tweeted late Thursday. "Upwards, not forward. And always..."Ellen Pao, Reddit's business and partnerships strategist, will serve as the company's interim CEO, Reddit investor Sam Altman said in a blog post.The company is also bringing back Alexis Ohanian, who co-founded Reddit nearly a decade ago. He'll serve as full-time executive chairman and work on communications and marketing, Altman said.

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“GMA” Investigates: How to Avoid Vacation Rental Scams

“GMA” Investigates: How to Avoid Vacation Rental Scams

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For Kira Rogatnik and Chris Walsh, a destination wedding in Positano, Italy, was a dream come true.Rogatnik, of Chicago, booked a home for her family to stay at during her and Walsh's wedding through the website Airbnb.“It was almost like a dream vacation home, overlooking Positano,” Rogatnik told ABC News.The person Rogatnik connected with through Airbnb directed her to a property manager at an email address that looked real.The property manager directed her to wire him the money instead of paying through the Airbnb website.Rogatnik says she sent the man nearly $2,700 but discovered that the listing was a fake.“This doesn’t happen to me,” Rogatnik recounted to ABC News. “I’m smarter than that. How can this happen to me? I’m the smart, savvy Internet user.”“I felt cheated,” she said.According to the FBI, more and more people around the country are losing money to fake rental listings.“These types of scams are so prevalent over the Internet,” Austin Berglas, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's cyber division in New York, told ABC News. “When one fraud sort of dies down, another one pops up again.”GMA Investigates decided to take a look at some listings in the vacation rental market in our own backyard, New York City.On the website Craigslist, we found a three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment in New York’s trendy Greenwich Village for just $180 a night.Included in that price -- a total of $560 for two nights plus the security deposit -- were a rooftop terrace with a reflecting pool and a 24-hour doorman.We wired the money to Oklahoma and received a rental agreement, a contact number and a photograph of the man we were supposed to meet.When we arrive at the apartment two days later, things started getting weird.The man we were supposed to meet told us by phone that he was at the airport waiting for a group of people from Washington, D.C., but would meet us soon with keys to the apartment.After five hours of several phone calls and countless texts, the renter stopped responding.We later found out the listing was not real and the pictures on Craigslist were lifted from the website of an apartment complex in New Jersey.The renter did not respond to GMA's request for a comment and did not issue us a refund.We also repeatedly reached out to Craigslist, where we originally found the apartment listing, but did not hear back.Rogatnik and Walsh did not see their dream day ruined by the vacation rental bust because Airbnb refunded the couple their money.The company told ABC News in a statement that "incidents like this are very rare" and that consumers can protect themselves by paying through the AirBnB website and never by cash or by wire transfer.In order to avoid vacation rental scams, the FBI and other experts say to pay with a credit card.They also say to always ask for additional information like photos and, if you don't get the additional information, to be suspicious.The FBI suggests that people who think they have been scammed on an online vacation rental or anything else online, should file a report at the Internet crime complaint center website, ic3.gov.

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Feed Projects Aims to End World Hunger, CEO Lauren Bush Lauren Says

Feed Projects Aims to End World Hunger, CEO Lauren Bush Lauren Says

ABC(NEW YORK) — Lauren Bush Lauren, co-founder of The Feed Projects, appeared on ABC’S Good Morning America on Friday to share information about “Come Together,” the organization’s new holiday campaign to fight hunger.The Feed Projects’ sale of bags, T-shirts and accessories directly fund the provision of meals for the world’s hungry. The new campaign has enlisted the support of celebrities including supermodels Karlie Kloss and Chrissy Teigen and actress Anne Hathaway, along with several hunger relief organizations.Click here to learn more about the campaign.Lauren, who is also a fashion model and designer, shared her vision for her organization: "The ultimate goal of Feed would be to go out of business because we would have solved world hunger,” she said.Lauren shared a personal essay with GMA about what girl power means to her. Read it below: 

What Girl Power Means to MeGirl Power to me is being empowered to make the world a better place through my individual action. While I’ve seen first hand the incredible impact one person can have on the life of a child through one purchase, I also know that we can do so much more by uniting to make a difference. I personally feel powerful when I use my dollars to support causes that are near to my heart.Like many of my friends, I am passionate about empowering girls around the world through education. Through my travels with the World Food Programme (WFP), one of our FEED giving partners, I have had the privilege of meeting many inspiring young women who have not only the dream, but the drive and the talent, to change their communities for the better.We’ve learned that when a girl is given a nutritious meal at school, her parents are incentivized to send her -- even in communities where it is common for parents to keep their daughters at home. This one meal is revolutionary in promoting girls’ education in 62 countries around the world, where we support WFP’s school feeding program. I feel strongly that by ensuring that girls in every community have access to education, we will only move toward a more peaceful and prosperous world.It was actually out of this passion that the first FEED bag was created seven years ago. I had many friends who shared my passion for empowering girls through providing school meals, but didn’t know how to get involved. The FEED 1 bag feeds one child in school for one year. My friends who care about this issue may not be able to vote at the polls to ensure girls education in Kenya, but they can vote with their dollars by buying a FEED bag to ensure girls have the nutrition they need to grow, learn and thrive.After seeing first hand the reality of hunger in America (1 in 7 Americans are food insecure) through my work with FEED’s domestic giving partners, I care very deeply about creating a strong domestic economy so Americans have more than enough to put food on the table. I love that I have the power to not just vote for policies that support this, but literally put my money where my mouth is and buy from brands, like Faribault Mills and Shinola Detroit, that create jobs for my fellow Americans.Because so many FEED customers care about this issue as well, I was thrilled to release a made-in-America bag collaboration with the Faribault Mills this fall. Each bag when purchased provides meals for American families in need, while supporting domestic manufacturing. This collaboration is truly a way for people like me who care about combating hunger in America by strengthening the economy to vote with their dollars on behalf of their neighbors.I am going on Good Morning America today to talk about the power we can have when we not only make our individual purchases count, but join with family and friends to multiply our impact. Yesterday, FEED launched a campaign called “Come Together,” which brings together a group of mindful influencers to show shoppers and gift-givers -- women for whom GIRL POWER means voting with their dollars for causes they care about -- how their purchases can combat world hunger.I am so excited about the group of influencers who have joined us to support FEED in ensuring a world that is well-fed and well-nourished. Many of them are the embodiment of “girl power” itself. During the segment, we will reveal beautiful portraits of our tastemaker friends -- Anne Hathaway, Karlie Kloss, Jessica Alba, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen to name a few -- that represent the power of collective impact. FEED has always existed to empower the individual consumer to make a difference in the life of one child or family by providing meals through a purchase. But we know so much more can be done if we join together to ensure no one is hungry. Each of these portraits portrays families, friends or colleagues uniting to multiply their individual impact -- to not just feed one but many, and to really move the needle on hunger.We are powerful on our own, but together we can do a world of good. That is Girl Power.

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Better Pay Raises Come Faster to Those Who Take Selfies

Better Pay Raises Come Faster to Those Who Take Selfies

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Are you so self-absorbed that you’re constantly taking selfies? Congratulations, you just got a raise.Although it’s not quite that simple, the Australian job finding agency The Job Factory says it found that companies are more likely to give pay bumps to workers who love taking selfies compared to those who prefer a much lower profile.Job Factory executive Craig Binnie says employers “look for go-getters who display confidence, drive and ambition” and they believe that selfie fanatics exude a lot of self-confidence.In a small survey of approximately 300 workers from the U.S., Australia, the United Kingdom and Singapore, people who posted 20 selfies a month, or the equivalent of one a work day, received pay raises that averaged 3.7 percent. Workers who took fewer selfies or not at all averaged a 2.4 percent pay raise.Be sure to remind someone of that the next time you get grief for taking a selfie.

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Teen, 13, Is Youngest CEO Intel Has Ever Invested In

Teen, 13, Is Youngest CEO Intel Has Ever Invested In

Braigo Labs Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Intel announced at its Intel Global Summit on Nov. 4 that it was investing $62 million in a total of 16 companies that work in areas like product development, cloud-based technology, mobile technology and more.The proposed investment in the start-up Braigo Labs, however, stood apart from the pack.Its CEO is just 13 years old and his start-up is centered around a device that was created with LEGOs.When Shubham Banerjee, a middle schooler from San Jose, California, and the youngest CEO Intel has ever invested in, walked onto the stage to demo his product, moderator Cory Johnson said, to crowd laughs, "So I see this kid here, where's the CEO?"Banerjee founded Braigo Labs after discovering a serious price problem in the market early this year. Banerjee, who just turned 13 in October, discovered that printers that print Braille, a readable alphabet for the blind, were extremely expensive.Neil Banerjee, Shubham's father, told ABC News that his son only learned about Braille when a flyer for a blind charity arrived at their doorstep and his son asked, "How do blind people read?"Neil and his wife encouraged Shubman to discover the answer for himself. So he Googled it. Neil said that the subsequent Google ads catering to Shubman's recent searches suggested purchasing Braille printers."They were $2,000 and up," Neil Banerjee said. "He was so surprised."That's when Shubham Banerjee decided to work with a kit of LEGOs and materials that his father got for him from Home Depot to create a product he could debut at his Science Fair in February.He named that product Braigo -- combining the words LEGO and Braille -- and presented his $350 prototype at the Intel Capital Summit less than a year later.“I was just trying to help people, I never thought it would come this far,” Shubman Banjaree said at the Summit, but customer interest made him want to turn his science fair project into a business.His father Neil told ABC News that he is handling the work and the press attention well. He said that he must get his school work done, and that, as parents, he and his wife Malini set up an appropriate schedule for him and take on the work that they can to help him."He's still just a kid who loves to play football," he added.Looking to the future, Shubham Banerjee said at the summit that he intends to get the product to market -- a product no longer made out of LEGOs. It is currently in development.His father said it's a matter of capitalizing on the investment."He is just 13. He doesn't know all the things in life. He needs to be surrounded by people who have knowledge and will give him support," he said.

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Meet People Who Were CEOs Living in Their Parents’ Homes

Meet People Who Were CEOs Living in Their Parents’ Homes

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, 24, worth $1.5 billion, is finally moving out of his parents' home in Southern California, following the legacy of other chief executives and startup founders who took their time to fly the coop.Here is more about Spiegel and other business leaders who have lived with their parents while running their companies:1. Evan Spiegel, Snapchat CEOSnapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel has finally moved out of his father's house in Pacific Palisades and bought a $3.3 million home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to Variety.Spiegel had dropped out of Stanford to work on Snapchat while living at his father's place. He had previously joked he would live there "until he kicks me out."2. Reggie Aggarwal, Cvent CEOCloud app company Cvent may be a business that employs 1,450 people today, but after the bubble burst in 2000, things were not so good for the company and CEO Reggie Aggarwal."We only had about $380,000 in the bank, which sounds like a lot, but not when you're burning a million a month," Aggarwal, who founded the company in 1999, told Business Insider."I'd be 33 years old, no career, lost all my money, no salary for two and a half years, living with my parents, and I couldn't practice law because no law firm would hire you if you file Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 [bankruptcies]," he told Business Insider.3. GauravJit Singh, DroneCast CEOKnown as the teen who started a drone advertising company, GauravJit Singh was a college student who temporarily left Drexel University in Philadelphia to jumpstart his business while living with his parents in Princeton, New Jersey.Singh said he moved out of his parents' place in September and now has an apartment and office in Philadelphia. The company hopes to franchise in Canada, India and Brazil, he said.He plans to return to Drexel in January, with a major in entrepreneurship, while running the company.4. Michael Kittredge, Yankee Candle FounderMichael Kittredge started making candles in his parents' garage in South Hadley, Massachusetts, when he was 17. He made his first candle by melting crayons, then gave it to his mother for Christmas. Kittredge founded the Yankee Candle Co. in December 1969."Mike’s early entrepreneurial years were difficult as he struggled through poor cash flow, production woes and marketing challenges," the company history states. "But by 1972 he’d managed to move the fledgling operation out of his parent’s garage and into an old one-time paper mill back in his native Holyoke."5. Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia FounderYvon Chouinard built a small shop for climbing tools in his parents' backyard in Burbank, California."Most of his tools were portable, so he could load up his car and travel the California coast from Big Sur to San Diego, surfing," Patagonia's website states. "After a session, he would haul his anvil down to the beach and cut out angle pitons with a cold chisel and hammer before moving on."

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Dow Closes At Record High

Dow Closes At Record High

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thursday was another benchmark for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The Dow climbed 40.59 points to a record 17,652.79.

The Nasdaq went up 5 points to 4,680.14, and the S&P 500 went up 1.08 points to 2,039.33.

More people filed for unemployment last week, but the Labor Department isn't worried.  It says the increase of 12,000 isn't sharp enough to disrupt the job market's positive momentum.With more people working, it may be easier to pay for an education. The College Board says borrowing dropped about 6% per student last year.  Mercedes-Benz and Mini Cooper topped JD Power and Associates' latest study on customer satisfaction. Benz was number one among luxury labels, while Minis were biggest when it comes to mass-marketed brands.

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McDonald’s to Open Its First Burger Restaurant in Kazakhstan

McDonald’s to Open Its First Burger Restaurant in Kazakhstan

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- McDonald's, the biggest burger chain in the world, may be around every corner in the United States, but it’s still barely breaking ground in other countries.The latest country to have its first McDonald's will be Kazakhstan in Central Asia, in 2015. One of two countries vying to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, Kazakhstan is McDonald's 120th global market.It will be the 39th market managed by McDonald's Europe. It is expected to open in the second half of next year under a local licensee. McDonald's has locations in over 100 countries, with more than 35,000 restaurants. Established in 1954, McDonald's is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois. The first international restaurants opened in Canada and Puerto Rico in 1967.

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Buying Duracell from P&G

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Buying Duracell from P&G

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) -- Berkshire Hathaway, the firm run by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, announced on Thursday it is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble for nearly $3 billion.“I have always been impressed by Duracell, as a consumer and as a long-term investor in P&G and Gillette,” Buffett said in a statement. “Duracell is a leading global brand with top quality products, and it will fit well within Berkshire Hathaway.”The deal was tax-efficient and a “classic Buffett” acquisition, said Greggory Warren, a Morningstar analyst who covers Berkshire Hathaway.“It’s a branded product,” Warren said. “The battery business, at the end of the day, is a commodity business in which consumers tend to be driven more by price than anything else. And it’s a capital-intensive business.”In the deal, Procter & Gamble will receive shares of its stock -- valued at approximately $4.7 billion -- currently held by Berkshire Hathaway. In turn, P&G will contribute $1.7 billion to Duracell.“In doing the deal this way, they are literally swapping the stock for the asset, which doesn’t create a taxable event,” Warren said.The transaction is expected to close in the middle of next year.

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Old Navy Under Fire for Perceived Sexism, ‘Size-ism’

Old Navy Under Fire for Perceived Sexism, ‘Size-ism’

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Furious customers are demanding Old Navy implement a new policy when it comes to some of its plus-sized clothing for women, items the retail giant charges more for than regular sizes.“It’s really pretty frustrating to me,” Renee Posey, the woman behind a Change.org petition that now has more than 33,000 signatures, told ABC News.She says she found a price markup on some of Old Navy’s plus-sized items for women online, although its men’s line costs the same across the board.“I thought that it was sexist and that it was sizeist,” Posey of Jamestown, New York, said.Upon looking at the site, ABC News not only found a separate tab for “Women’s Plus” items, but also found different prices on items. The Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans, for example, normally cost $35 for regular sizes, but cost $45 for plus size.Old Navy told ABC News in a statement that its “plus-size clothes cost more because we invest more in them,” saying the line is “specifically designed and manufactured to fit and flatter our valued customers.”The plus-sized items are not available for purchase in stores. They are only sold online, which is another aspect Posey says she’s working with Old Navy to change.“We have seen instances where companies have not included plus sizes in their lines,” said Hayley Peterson, a retail reporter for Business Insider. “Take Abercrombie, for example, which recently added larger sizes to its clothing offering after a backlash.”These examples help prove the idea that when customers go to war with their favorite stores, they’ll sometimes win.Read Old Navy’s full statement to ABC News below:

“Old Navy is proud to provide stylish clothing at a great price to all of our customers, including our plus-size customers,” spokeswoman Debbie Felix wrote. “A dedicated team of plus-size designers and merchants create the absolute best products for our plus-sized customers because they focus on the perfect fit. These clothes are specifically designed and manufactured to fit and flatter our valued customers. While we don’t make more money on our plus-size line, our plus-size clothes cost more because we invest more in them."

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Toy Company to Buy DreamWorks?

Toy Company to Buy DreamWorks?

Joe Giblin/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Shares of DreamWorks Animation SKG soared more than 20 percent on Thursday after media reports surfaced that Hasbro is in talks to buy the studio.The global toy company has been looking to expand its entertainment division, while DreamWorks has moved into consumer products.“A combination of the two companies could accelerate efforts at each to move beyond their core businesses,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

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SeaWorld Attendance Falls Following Criticism

SeaWorld Attendance Falls Following Criticism

Matt Stroshane/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Protests and allegations over poor treatment of killer whales hit profits and park attendance at SeaWorld Entertainment.

The company’s share price dropped more than 9 percent Wednesday after poor third-quarter results.SeaWorld has faced criticism from animal-rights groups and Blackfish, a documentary, over its use of killer whales in shows.Approximately 8.4 million visitors went to SeaWorld parks during the summer quarter, about half a million less than last year.“The decline resulted from a combination of factors, including negative media attention in California, along with the challenging competitive environment, particularly in Florida,” Chief Financial Officer James Heaney said on a conference call to investors, according to Bloomberg News.

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Why We Shop Online

Why We Shop Online

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The impact of e-commerce is a growing challenge and opportunity for retailers.

Walmart released its quarterly report on Thursday, for example, showing that the retail giant's global online sales soared 21 percent compared with last year.But discounts and deals are not the top reason why most people shop online, according to new research.“That’s actually quite surprising,” said Susan Lee, who follows retail price trends at the global consulting firm Simon-Kutcher. “Low prices were not one of the top three reasons across all the categories we studied.”Convenience was found to be the top reason why so many people shop online, Lee said, adding: “convenience of 24/7 shopping, shopping in your pajamas, shopping in between meetings and also avoiding the lines they would experience when they go into stores during the holiday season.”

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Jobless Claims Up to 290K Last Week

Jobless Claims Up to 290K Last Week

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims climbed higher last week, increasing by 12,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Nov. 8, the number of people filing for benefits jumped to 290,000, despite last week’s October report showing a shrinking unemployment. The previous week claims stood at 278,000.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average rose to 285,000 from last week’s unrevised average of 279,000.

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Store Employees Lead Revolt Against Thanksgiving Day Openings

Store Employees Lead Revolt Against Thanksgiving Day Openings

Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In what has been termed "Black Friday Creep," retailers are outdoing each other with earlier and earlier Thanksgiving Day openings. While this might be great for shoppers, it's causing increasing resentment among employees' families who can't celebrate the entire holiday together.Kmart sales associates will be put out the most since the store will open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.Meanwhile, a handful of online movements are petitioning stores and malls to stay closed. The most popular of these is a petition on Change.org led by a four-year Target veteran.Justin Mills of Selah, Washington, wrote, "I usually had to leave in the middle of my Thanksgiving dinner, but this year I won't be able to attend at all." His petition has more than 46,880 signatures.Target will open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving. Old Navy will open at 4 p.m., offering 50 percent off for 31 hours.However, some stores, including, Costco and BJ's say they will remain closed.

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