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Alexander Wang for H&M Launches

Alexander Wang for H&M Launches

H&M(NEW YORK) -- Alexander Wang's highly anticipated collection for H&M launched in stores and online on Thursday.Fashion fans flocked to 250 stores around the world to get their hands on the cheap-but-chic goods, the brand's latest collaboration with a high-end fashion designer. Some even camped out before the launch with sleeping bags, Women's Wear Daily reported.Fashion blogs and shoppers reported the products selling out in minutes, and at one point, H&M's website even crashed due to the traffic.

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Many Still Skittish About Making Purchases with Smartphones

Many Still Skittish About Making Purchases with Smartphones

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Smartphone owners will use their devices for just about everything these days but not so much when it comes to making payments.Avangate, a digital commerce solutions provider, says a survey of owners indicates that nearly half haven’t made a purchase with their smartphone.The obvious reason is that four in 10 worry about storing critical data on their phone for fear the device will be lost, stolen or hacked.Even 22 percent of consumers who have made payments digitally expressed the same anxiety.It seems then that companies should do a better job in assuaging these worries since nine out of ten respondents say they’d rather pay electronically than by check.Setting up automatic payments appears to be the answer with about 60 percent of respondents having already set up one or two recurring online payments.

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214K Jobs Added in October; Unemployment Rate Edges Lower

214K Jobs Added in October; Unemployment Rate Edges Lower

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The economy created 214,000 jobs in October, helping the unemployment rate to edge lower to 5.8 percent.

Though last months added jobs were slightly lower than economists’ expectations, the U.S. Labor Department’s latest report released Friday, shows Americans found work in most sectors, including food services, health care and retail.August and September numbers were revised to show an extra 31,000 jobs added in those months, the Labor Department said. Friday’s report is in line with the most of the year’s job growth for most of this year.  The U.S. economy has seen its strongest 12-month stretch in almost a decade, averaging 222,000 jobs created per month since September 2013.

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Home Depot Says 53 Million Email Addresses Potentially Exposed in Data Breach

Home Depot Says 53 Million Email Addresses Potentially Exposed in Data BreachRomanista/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Home Depot said on Thursday that it had found evidence that approximately 53 million email addresses may have been compromised in a data breach earlier this year. The company had previously said that 5...

Facebook to Introduce Feature Allowing Users to Donate to Organizations Fighting Ebola

Facebook to Introduce Feature Allowing Users to Donate to Organizations Fighting Ebola

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Facebook will introduce a new feature allowing users to help raise funds and awareness for organizations helping to fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa.The "donate feature" will nest at the top of the Facebook screen on mobile phones and offer users the options to learn more about the organizations and the disease or to donate directly from the Facebook app. Among the organizations that have teamed up with Facebook are the International Medical Corps, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.According to a press release, Facebook will also work with UNICEF to deliver information about Ebola symptoms and treatment to users in areas impacted by Ebola. Those messages would appear in users' News Feed in their local language.The company will also donate 100 mobile satellite communication terminals for deployment in West Africa that will allow for voice and data services for medical and aid workers -- in an effort to provide communications capacity in areas where little to none exist.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a video on Wednesday announcing the company's efforts to help combat Ebola.

 

Post by Mark Zuckerberg.

 

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Markets Climb Again Following Positive Unemployment Report

Markets Climb Again Following Positive Unemployment Report

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street saw more gains on Thursday, on the back of a positive unemployment report from the Department of Labor, with two of the major indices setting new all-time highs.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 69.94, finishing at a new record high of 17,554.47.The Nasdaq jumped 17.75, closing at 4,638.47, while the S&P 500 set its new all-time high close, jumping 7.64 to 2,031.21.The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released its data on last week's unemployment claims. According to the report, approximately 278,000 claimed unemployment benefits last week -- down 10,000 from the previous week. The four-week moving average number of claims reached 279,000 -- its lowest figure since April 2000.

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Amazon’s Echo Speaker Acts as a Personal Assistant

Amazon’s Echo Speaker Acts as a Personal Assistant

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon quietly unveiled the Echo Thursday, a tube-shaped device that is a hybrid between a speaker and a personal assistant.Amazon said the device, which currently requires an invitation to purchase, is capable of hearing voice commands from across a crowded room due to seven microphones that can recognize voices coming from any direction. And enhanced noise cancellation lets the device still do its job as a speaker while listening like a good personal assistant would.The Echo is even able to hear users when music is playing, Amazon said.The downside: Hopefully buyers of the device don't live with someone named Alexa -- it's also the word that wakes up the speaker and prompts it to begin listening to commands, which can be everything from asking about the weather to requesting it blast your favorite song.The Echo costs $199. Members of Amazon Prime who request an invitation can purchase the speaker for a limited-time price of $99.

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Victoria’s Secret Changes Controversial ‘Perfect Body’ Slogan

Victoria’s Secret Changes Controversial ‘Perfect Body’ Slogan

Victoria's Secret(NEW YORK) -- After a marketing campaign erupted into a social media firestorm last week, Victoria's Secret has changed the slogan that many found offensive.The company caused controversy when it used the words "The Perfect 'Body'" in an ad for its Body by Victoria lingerie. The photo that accompanied the slogan featured 10 models, several with visible ribs.

The ad launched a Change.org petition and sparked social media outrage.While the same photo is still in use, now the words scrolled across read "A Body for Every Body."It's not clear, however, whether the slogan was changed specifically because of the social media uproar or the Change.org petition.

Victoria's Secret did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.The Change.org petition has almost 30,000 signatures so far.One of the petition's creators, Frances Black, told ABC News that the new wording sends out a "much less damaging message to young women." But she's not ready to rest.The three creators of the petition -- Gabriella Kountourides, Laura Ferris and Black -- issued a joint statement saying the change of the slogan wasn't enough:"We are overjoyed that Victoria's Secret have listened to the public and changed the wording to 'A Body for Every Body', as we feel that this sends out a more inclusive, healthy message. However, we are still waiting for Victoria's Secret to apologise and pledge that they will not use such harmful marketing in the future, as we do not feel it is enough for them to just change the wording. We would also like them to change all advertising in their stores that still bears the text 'The Perfect 'Body''. As such, we will continue promoting the petition and the campaign."

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GoldieBlox Unveils New Girl Action Figure

GoldieBlox Unveils New Girl Action Figure

GoldieBlox(NEW YORK) -- The toy company that made headlines this year when an ad for its girl-focused line of books and construction toys landed in the Super Bowl is back and taking on the land of Barbies and dolls once again.GoldieBlox on Wednesday released an online ad featuring a new action figure called “Goldie.”The blonde-haired doll is shown at the end of the ad wearing overalls and wielding a hammer."Goldie" makes her debut after a real-life girl, who looks just like the doll, breaks out of a line of pink dress-wearing girls and smashes a computer that has been sending what appear to be more stereotypically-girl appropriate dolls down a conveyor belt.The ad, titled "GoldieBlox vs. the Big Sister Machine," opens with a woman saying, "You are beauty and beauty is perfection."It is intended, the company says, to show what happens when,"Big Sister prescribes her ideals of beauty and perfection to young girls [and] Little Sister -- a girl inspired by Goldie -- rebels against the mantra, breaking the girls free and leading them to a world of possibilities."“In 2014 GoldieBlox breaks the mold with an action figure for girls,” is the ad's final line.

The $24.99 doll, available now on the GoldieBlox website, includes a construction kit for kids to build a zipline and send "Goldie" soaring."More than just a doll, her articulated shoulders, hips, knees and joints along with specially designed hands and feet are designed for action," the description reads.The can-do doll follows the mission of the San Francisco-based company that was founded in 2012 by 29-year-old Stanford grad Debbie Sterling.“Growing up as a little girl, I had no idea what engineering was," Sterling told ABC News in January. "I fell into engineering almost by accident … That's what GoldieBlox is for me, giving girls that opportunity to know what it is, build those skills from a young age and develop an interest."GoldieBlox’s latest ad cites a statistic that, “One fashion doll is sold every 3 seconds.”“Research shows that girls who play with fashion dolls see fewer career options for themselves than for boys,” the company wrote. “It’s time for girls to have options. It’s time for us to take action.”

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Jay Z Adds Giant ‘Midas’ Champagne-Maker to His Stable

Jay Z Adds Giant ‘Midas’ Champagne-Maker to His Stable

Armand de Brignac(NEW YORK) — Hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Jay Z just acquired a stake in the Armand de Brignac champagne brand, known for its giant "Midas" bottles of champagne for the rich and famous.New York-based Sovereign Brands Wednesday announced the sale of its stake in the brand, known as "Ace of Spades.”The champagne is recognized by its pewter insignias on paperless bottles, which start at around $250. Celebrities apparently like to take photos next to the 30-liter "Midas" bottles, which cost six figures."We are proud to announce that Sovereign Brands, a New York-based wine and spirits company owned by the Berish family, has sold its interest in the Armand de Brignac Champagne brand to a new company led by the globally-renowned Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter," a statement from Sovereign Brands read.A staff of only eight people crafts each bottle by hand at the Cattier family house, established in 1763 in Chigny-les-Roses, France, Sovereign said.No word on whether Jay Z, 44, will oversee that tradition.

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Mobile Payment System Softcard Launches

Mobile Payment System Softcard Launches

Softcard(NEW YORK) -- Mobile payments will likely get some fresh competition now that mobile giants AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have entered the increasingly innovative space. Softcard, a joint venture between the three wireless providers, is now available as a free mobile payment system for Windows phones and on Android devices. The app will allow users to pay by touch at many retailers and is expected to compete with Apple Pay and Google Wallet.

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Nearly 25 Million Travelers Expected to Fly for Thanksgiving

Nearly 25 Million Travelers Expected to Fly for Thanksgiving

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nearly 25 million people are projected to fly on U.S. airlines for Thanksgiving this year, according to Airlines for America.The 24.6 million travelers expected to take to the skies between Nov. 21 and Dec. 2 is an increase of 1.5 percent from 2013.Airlines for America says airlines have been implementing various measures, from adding seats to improving amenities, in order to stay competitive with the increased holiday demand. If you plan to visit loved ones for Thanksgiving, the airline industry trade group says Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday will be the least congested days for travelers, while that weekend will be the busiest.

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Report: Amazon Testing Package Deliveries by Taxis

Report: Amazon Testing Package Deliveries by Taxis

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Amazon is said to be experimenting with a relatively low-tech delivery system.Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reports that the online retail giant has tested delivering packages by taxis in two major metropolitan locations -- San Francisco and Los Angeles -- via the taxi-hailing app Flywheel. The move would further Amazon’s push to enhance package delivery speed, and to compete more directly with brick-and-mortar retailers. The company has reportedly been developing several alternative delivery styles, including establishing its own physical retail locations and being at the forefront of drone delivery technology.

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Jobless Claims Down to 278,000

Jobless Claims Down to 278,000

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims were lower last week, falling by 10,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Nov. 1, the number of people filing for benefits sunk to 278,000. The previous week claims stood at 288,000, revised up from 287,000.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average decreased as well, falling by 2,250 to 279,000.

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$326 Million Mega Million Jackpot Winner Yet to Emerge

$326 Million Mega Million Jackpot Winner Yet to Emerge

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Lost in all the hoopla of Tuesday night's midterm elections was the fact that there was a lone winner in the Mega Millions jackpot drawing.The winning ticket was sold at a filling station in Middletown, New York, located in the Hudson Valley. The grand prize was $326 million.It's the eighth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the first time someone has won the top prize since Aug. 22. In addition, the jackpot is also the ninth largest in U.S. lottery history.The winning numbers in Tuesday's drawing were 9, 15, 24, 39, 41 and the Mega Ball number was 1.The person or persons holding the ticket haven't come forward yet.

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Mom Petitions Girl Scouts to Drop Nestle Partnership

Mom Petitions Girl Scouts to Drop Nestle Partnership

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As Monica Serratos walked through the supermarket with her two young daughters, one of them pointed to a drink bottle featuring the Girl Scouts logo alongside a familiar brown rabbit."They were like, 'Oh Mom, can we get one?'" Serratos said.It was one of the limited-edition, Girl-Scout-cookie-flavored drinks from Nestle Nesquik, she said.Both Serratos' daughters -- first and third graders -- are Girl Scouts, but when she saw nutrition information for the Nesquik cookie drinks, she was shocked to find that they contained 48 grams of sugar per bottle. The bottle contains two servings, but even then, a serving has more than twice the amount of sugar children are supposed to consume in a full day, according to recommendations from the American Heart Association.Having recently taught her daughters' Girl Scout troops about the hidden sugar in their juices and sodas, Serratos showed her daughters the label."Their faces literally dropped," said Serratos, a California mother of four and a bakery owner.Serratos said she thinks the Girl Scouts should be helping to promote healthy habits, not marketing sugary drinks to children. So she started a petition on Change.org to convince Girl Scouts to end the partnership.In response, a Nestle spokesperson told ABC News: "Nesquik has a limited licensing partnership with Girl Scouts USA. It borrows the fun and flavor equity of Girl Scout cookies and applies it to a 14 oz. ready-to-drink package made with the adult consumer in mind."But Serratos doesn't think the drinks are for adults. "It's not being marketed toward adults," she said. "We're not interested in this little brown bunny on the bottle."Serratos said she loves the positive things the Girl Scouts represent, which is why she enrolled her daughters and leads two troops, but she thinks the organization falls short when it comes to sugary foods and drinks. Even cookie and candy sales are things she'd like to steer away from.She's not alone. More than 6,000 people have signed her petition.Dr. Deborah Cohen, a senior natural scientist at RAND and author of A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Influences Behind the Obesity Epidemic -- and How We Can End It, said food marketing trains consumers -- adults, as well as kids -- to want items that are bad for them by finding ways to associate the foods with positive feelings."The reason we have obesity is because we've allowed our country to become a food swamp," Cohen said. "It's basically making people like Pavlov's dog. That’s why these partnerships are so insidious."According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in the last 30 years. One in three children and adolescents is now overweight or obese, according to the CDC.Girl Scouts of the USA did not reply to repeated requests for comment via email, telephone and social media. However, according to the organization’s website, it considers its cookies a "snack or special treat" meant to be enjoyed in moderation. In 2011, Girl Scouts launched an obesity-fighting partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation called "Together Counts."

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Orbital Sciences Announces Discontinued Use of Russian Engines Involved in Rocket Explosion

Orbital Sciences Announces Discontinued Use of Russian Engines Involved in Rocket Explosion

NASA(DULLES, Va.) -- Orbital Sciences Corporation announced on Wednesday that it had gotten rid of the refurbished Russian engines that are believed to have caused the explosion of its Antares rocket last week.Orbital, which lost its rocket and over 4,000 pounds of cargo for the International Space Station, said it will deliver all remaining cargo to the space station by the end of 2016 at no additional cost to NASA. The company believes the explosion was caused by a "turbopump-related failure" in one of the two engines. As a result, the engines, made in Russia, will no longer be used in its spacecraft.Orbital also said it will go through with the introduction of a propulsion system upgrade earlier than the previously scheduled 2016 upgrade.Orbital's Chairman and CEO David W. Thompson called the company's decision "decisive," saying that they will "move forward safely but expeditiously to put our CRS cargo program back on track and to accelerate the introduction of our upgraded Antares rocket."

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Markets Post All-Time Highs Following Republican Victories on Election Night

Markets Post All-Time Highs Following Republican Victories on Election Night

JaysonPhotography/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets climbed one day after an Election Night in which Republicans snatched control of the Senate, with two of the major indices reaching all-time highs.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,484.53, a record, up 100.69 from Tuesday's close.The Nasdaq slipped 2.92 to a finish of 4,620.72, while the S&P jumped to a record 2,023.57, gaining 11.47 on the day.Also on Wednesday, payroll processor ADP released jobs numbers for October that indicate companies added 230,000 jobs -- the most in four months.

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What You Need to Know About Three New Google Maps Features

What You Need to Know About Three New Google Maps Features

Google(NEW YORK) -- The revamped Google Maps doesn't just look pretty -- it's also packed with newly integrated features to make life easier.Users were treated to a sneak peek of the layered redesign on Wednesday, which Google said it expects to roll out to Android and iOS users in the coming days. The aesthetic overhaul includes bold colors and textures that offer a more intuitive experience.Aside from the makeover, the app boasts three new or improved functionalities to make users' lives even easier.Explore New PlacesAn "explore" button at the bottom of a map allows adventurous users to find new places in the area to try.Restaurant ReservationsThere's no need to open another app to make dinner reservations. Google Maps now boasts Open Table integration, making it that much easier to make plans for a special evening.Uber Is in the MixFor users in big cities, Google Maps has been a huge help in comparing cost and travel time between taxis, the subway and bus systems. Uber is now joining the mix, with the revamped Google Maps app providing details on how soon an Uber could pick you up and an estimate of how much it would cost.

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How Top Three Wearables in Intel Contest Could Change the World

How Top Three Wearables in Intel Contest Could Change the World

makeit.intel.com(NEW YORK) -- They look like something out of a sci-fi action movie, but the three wearables that came out on top at Intel's inaugural "Make It Wearable" contest are out to change the world.Snapping a selfie will no longer include the cumbersome process of holding your smartphone with an outstretched arm while trying to get the perfect angle.Self-admiring techies of the future will instead be able to turn to Nixie, a drone worn on the wrist that can detach, take flight and snap photos from countless different perspectives.The technology, which uses Intel's Edison chip, took the $500,000 grand prize."You should be able with a gesture to tell the quadcopter to unfold, then it is going to take off from your wrist," Christoph Kohstall, the inventor of Nixie, said in a video showing off the wearable drone."It knows where you are," he said. "It turns around, takes a picture of you, comes back and you can catch it from the air and put it back on your wrist."Open Bionics, a team from the United Kingdom, took second place with their 3-D printed robotic hand that boasts a cost of under $1,000 but maintains the same high function as other more expensive, competing devices."It has tendons, just like your human hand and then a rubber surface to act like the skin and then actuators pull the tendons, which make the fingers move," creator Joel Gibbard said in a video detailing the project.His partner, Sammy Payne, said she was inspired to work on the project after her friend's mother couldn't afford a hand that cost 14,000 pounds."She just wants to be able to tie her hair back," Payne said. "It's just a small thing we all take for granted but that makes a huge difference to an amputee."If you want to feel a little like Michael Jackson while you work, then the third place technology -- a power glove equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Intel's Edison chip -- is for you.Built by a German team, the ProGlove fits on the hand like a regular glove but promises to make sure workers are more ergonomic and productive."I worked in the car factory and I remember that they all had gloves in the production, so this would be a good point to start with a wearable device," said Paul Günther, a co-founder.Another benefit: The founders say the ProGlove could reduce "costly workplace mistakes."

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