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Why Google Just Signed a $1 Billion NASA Lease

Why Google Just Signed a $1 Billion NASA LeaseNASA Ames/Dominic Hart(NEW YORK) -- Google's latest endeavor may involve reaching for the stars.NASA announced on Monday that Planetary Ventures, a Google subsidiary, has entered into a $1.16 billion long term lease agreement for part of the former Mof...

Pizza Hut Unveils New Menu with More Than 2 Billion Possible Combinations

Pizza Hut Unveils New Menu with More Than 2 Billion Possible Combinations

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pizza Hut has just announced new menu items, including 10 crust flavors, five new ingredients and four “drizzles,” new “Skinny” pizzas, 11 new branded pizzas, all-new boxes and uniforms -- plus a new logo. That's a lot of new.It all makes for more than two billion possible flavor combinations on their new and improved menu that will be rolling into stores nationwide on Nov 19.

After trying at least 15 of the new combinations, ABC News found the most exciting additions were the drizzles and crust flavors. The drizzles are free sauces that the chain will add to any pizza in balsamic, barbecue, buffalo and honey Sriracha flavors.The crust flavors are the other big addition, but it could be misleading. The flavor isn’t baked into the bread, rather it’s only put around the edge of the pizza where you hold it. Some, like the toasted cheddar, are baked on, but most, like the honey Sriracha and ginger boom boom (yes, that’s really a flavor) are brushed on after the pie is cooked. There are also new “premium” toppings like Peruvian cherry peppers, salami, meatballs and fresh spinach. The salami definitely tastes more premium than their pepperoni, and the fresh spinach was a nice addition to many of the pies for a lighter taste.For those overwhelmed by all these changes, Pizza Hut created 11 new pies meant to showcase the new options so you don’t have to choose. The “Hot and Twisted” is topped with their new crushed tomato sauce (less herby than the original), premium salami, sliced jalapeno peppers, red onions and with a salted pretzel crust edge. For serious Sriracha lovers, the “Sweet Sriracha Dynamite” is topped with their honey Sriracha sauce, grilled chicken, sliced jalapeno peppers, sweet pineapple, those from-Peru Peruvian cherry peppers and drizzled with the honey Sriracha sauce all with a honey Sriracha crust edge.Back in September, Pizza Hut flew 1,000 of its employees to Texas to teach them all these new additions, and since then, those 1,000 people have been training the company’s 130,000 employees on all the new offerings. Come Nov. 19, those employees will be sporting all-new uniforms and the pizzas will come in new boxes, and you can give it all a try.

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Adam Levine Starring in Nissan Vignette on “The Voice” Next Week

Adam Levine Starring in Nissan Vignette on “The Voice” Next Week

Scott Olson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Nissan, a sponsor of the current season of The Voice, has formally announced a new partnership with one of the show’s coaches, Adam Levine.Adam will star in the first of a series of Nissan vignettes that will be featured on his NBC competition in the coming weeks. Airing on the Nov. 18 edition of The Voice, the video will feature a live rendition of his band Maroon 5’s next single, “Sugar,” as Adam is in the “middle of a unique driving experience” with Nissan’s GT-R car.Additional vignettes, starring current Voice contestants, will air Nov. 25 and Dec. 2.In addition, Nissan will give fans a chance to win a trip to The Voice finale next month. Fans will have the opportunity to sing in the backseat of a Nissan Rogue at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday and at Los Angeles’ Universal CityWalk on Nov. 17 and 18. The top three performances, as chosen by a panel of judges, will be posted on Facebook.com/NBCTheVoice, where people will vote on a winner. One lucky voter will be sent to The Voice finale, too.Maroon 5 manager Jordan Feldstein revealed Adam’s partnership with Nissan last week at the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference in Universal City, California.

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Kmart Gives New Meaning to Black Friday Creep

Kmart Gives New Meaning to Black Friday Creep

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kmart may have already won this year's Black Friday Creep sweepstakes.For years, stores have been opening their stores earlier and earlier to get a leg up on the competition. Now a number of places, including Macy's, will throw open their doors Thanksgiving night at 6 p.m.However, unless another major retailer beats Kmart to the punch, the discounter says it will let shoppers in at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.Presumably, these are the people who show up as guests at others homes Thanksgiving since they're likely not doing any cooking or other preparations.Kmart will also stay open for 42 straight hours, closing just after midnight Friday.Meanwhile, there are other retailers who believe Black Friday shopping should not start a day earlier, which is no doubt a relief to those who work at Costco, Barnes & Noble, TJ Maxx and Sam's Club.

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Social Network for Women Offers Troll-Free Environment

Social Network for Women Offers Troll-Free EnvironmentiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There are two types of comments in this world: those linked to one's public profile and those that remain anonymous under a cryptic handle and unusual avatar. While the former requires transparency and a modicum of respon...

Bride Barters for Her $80,000 Dream Day

Bride Barters for Her $80,000 Dream Day

iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- From flower arrangements and multi-tiered cakes to the DJ, the food and of course the dress, it’s no secret that weddings can cost a fortune.But newlyweds Jessica and Isaac Piche, of Fresno, California, found a way to outsmart the system.“She is a great negotiator,” Isaac told ABC News.“Yes, we bartered,” added a proud Jessica.Rather than their “something blue,” this technique could be referred to as their “something bartered.”The Piche’s own a video production company which makes web videos and commercials, so in order to save money they decided to barter, or trade services, with wedding vendors.

“A lot of our friends and family just laughed it off,” said Jessica.But it was no laughing matter. Their beautiful, dream wedding, complete with a five-star plated meal, professional photography and a live band that, in total, would have cost them upwards of $80,000 cost them only $1,000.And although “it took a long time to get all of the vendors on board,” Jessica explained, she wasn’t willing to budge on her extremely thrifty budget.“Once we got some vendors on board, it really steam rolled from there,” she said.In just six months they’d negotiated “bartered services” for their entire wedding, from the pre-ceremony facials and massages to all of the dresses and tuxedos for the bridal party. Even the doves were bartered for. The only thing the happy couple paid for was the venue.“We did have to pay a $1,000 deposit for the venue, but that was it,” Jessica recalled. “It was a $10,000 value.”In return for that $10,000 value, the Piche’s provided the resort with $10,000 worth of their web and video services.And as for the budgeting bride’s wedding dress which was valued at $1,300, “We gave them an overall video for their website and we gave them a couple TV commercials,” she said.They say it will take a full year to complete all of the trades for their $80,000 wedding, but it was worth every penny saved.And no, at four months pregnant, it’s safe to say they’ll be bartering for the nursery of their dreams, as well.

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Phantom Debt Collection Scammer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Phantom Debt Collection Scammer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The man investigators say was behind an expansive phony debt collection scheme highlighted in an ABC News investigation has pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud.Kirit Patel, head of a California company that investigators said was a front for “phantom debt collection,” made a deal with the U.S. government last month in which he pleaded guilty to four counts -- two mail fraud and two wire fraud -- in return for the government dropping the rest of the 21 counts with which he was originally charged.As seen in an ABC News investigation in 2012, the phantom debt collection scheme involved fraudsters in call centers overseas convincing countless cash-strapped Americans that they owed money linked to previous loans and then bullying them into paying up. At the time of the ABC News report, investigators believed the criminals had dialed at least 2.5 million calls and pried some $5 million from their unwitting victims.Some victims reported getting several dozen calls per hour. One, Cindy Gervais of New Orleans, said she began receiving the calls after going online for a legitimate quick loan. She paid the loan off, but then “debt collectors” with Indian accents called to tell her she owed more money.“He more or less told me that if I didn’t pay, they were going to have someone on my doorstep to arrest me,” Gervais told ABC News in 2012. “And that they were going to contact my place of business and tell them what kind of person I am.”After receiving scores of complaints, investigators with the Federal Trade Commission said they began tracking the calls, and following the payments. They alleged the payments led them to Patel.“I would say that all roads of this scam, or many of the roads of this scam, lead back to Mr. Patel,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in ABC News’ original report.ABC News tracked Patel for weeks, from the suburbs of San Francisco to Austin, Texas. When ABC News questioned Patel about his company, he declined to comment.At the time, an attorney for Patel said he was “as snookered by the people in India as anybody,” and that his client believed he was setting up a legitimate company.Next February, a judge will determine Patel’s sentence, which prosecutors recommended be nearly five years, according to the plea agreement.

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Five Major Ways the Internet Could Change Without Net Neutrality

Five Major Ways the Internet Could Change Without Net Neutrality

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- President Obama waded into the controversial issue known as net neutrality Monday, expressing his opposition to proposed measures he said would "end the Internet as we know it," by allowing service providers to create fast and slow lanes.Some parts of the industry are asking the Federal Communications Commission for more leeway in how they package and sell various Internet plans.Under net neutrality rules adopted by the FCC in 2010, broadband providers, including Time Warner Cable and Verizon, were prohibited from prioritizing certain Internet traffic. But a three-judge appeals court ruled in January that the FCC's anti-discrimination rules, which require broadband providers to provide the same kind of access to nonprofits and startups that large companies like Netflix receive, may be overreaching. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 gave the FCC authority over companies depending on whether they are a common carrier. Common carriers are public, like telephone networks, and they cannot discriminate against consumers. The FCC categorized Internet service providers as information services instead of telecommunication services, which exempted them from common carrier rules. Obama's plan includes classifying consumer broadband service as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.Here's a list of things that could dramatically change how the Internet as you know it works without net neutrality.1. Degraded serviceServices that consumers use without paying a special fee to Internet service providers (ISPs) will not work as well because they will be excluded from the ISP's "fast lane," said Michael Weinberg, vice president at Public Knowledge, a digital advocacy group in Washington, D.C.2. Higher costsAnother short-term consequence is that services offered by an ISP that now have a fee could be more expensive, because those companies may pass the fee on to users, Weinberg said.Companies like Netflix, which is the largest user of bandwidth in the U.S., may pay more to ISPs to make sure their content is accessible to customers.However, the major broadband providers, like Comcast, have pledged not to discriminate.3. Less innovationThough innovation of late involves the Internet and Web-enabled devices, Weinberg said he fears that losing net neutrality will lead to fewer new innovative services in the long term."ISP fees will make it more expensive and harder to launch new services, especially for small companies not tied to existing players," he said. "Ultimately, the Internet will look more like cable television -- with a handful of players and a high barrier to entry -- and less like the Internet as we know it today."Michael Beckerman, CEO of the Internet Association, which represents companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Yahoo and Airbnb, applauded President Obama's net neutrality proposal."As we have previously said, the FCC must adopt strong, legally sustainable rules that prevent paid prioritization and protect an open Internet for users," Beckerman said in a statement today. "Using Title II authority, along with the right set of enforceable rules, the president’s plan would establish the strong net neutrality protections Internet users require. We welcome the president’s leadership, and encourage the FCC to stand with the Internet’s vast community of users and move quickly to adopt strong net neutrality protections that ensure a free and open Internet."4. Uneven service: faster service for some"Operating under the assumption that paid partnerships between ISPs and content providers will equal faster Internet and a better consumer experience, the consumers and content providers in these examples would likely be losers," said a spokeswoman for ZeroDivide, a nonprofit group that advocates for under-served communities on technology issues."In the case of the local media outlet, for example, which would be unable to pay more to be delivered on the 'fast lane,' they may find that their consumers leave their site before the multimedia content loads," she said.5. Greater technological divide by income, demographicZeroDivide President and CEO Tessie Guillermo has said there's more at stake than the "possible loss of cheap streaming movies and TV shows."In addition to Netflix, other content providers that provide educational opportunities or patient-health communication will be unable to share their content, Guillermo said."A child in a rural area who loses the ability to video conference with her physician specialist, a single dad who can no longer take his online college courses or a community media outlet in the inner city that is charged more to distribute its news -- these are real losses," Guillermo said.

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Stocks Continue Their Climb

Stocks Continue Their Climb

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks continued their climb on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 39.81 points to 17,613.74. The Nasdaq went up 19.09 points to 4,651.62, and the S&P 500 went up 6.34 points to 2,038.26.

Cable companies fell after President Obama said Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals allowing online services like Netflix to pay to have their content moved faster.

Flight attendants at American Airlines have rejected a five-year contract by just 16 votes, complicating the merger of American and US Airways.

In preparation for what is hoped to be the strongest holiday shopping season since the recession ended, retailers went on a hiring spree last month, adding more workers than they ever have in October.

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McDonald’s Recalls Hello Kitty Happy Meal Toys

McDonald’s Recalls Hello Kitty Happy Meal Toys

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- McDonald’s is recalling more than two million Happy Meal toys over a choking hazard.The toy in question is a Hello Kitty whistle that was distributed at the fast food chain's restaurants from October through the first week of November. Approximately 2.3 million were handed out to kids in the U.S., while another 200,000 were distributed in Canada."Components inside of the whistle can detach, posing choking and aspiration hazards to young children," the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says on its website.So far, McDonald's is aware of two incidents in which kids have coughed out pieces of the whistle that they had sucked into their mouths. One child had to receive medical attention.Parents are advised to take the toys away from their children and return it to any McDonald’s restaurant, where they will receive a new, free toy and a yogurt tube or bag of apple slices.

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Social Network for Women Offers Troll-Free Environment

Social Network for Women Offers Troll-Free Environment

vproud.tv(NEW YORK) -- There are two types of comments in this world: those linked to one's public profile and those that remain anonymous under a cryptic handle and unusual avatar.

While the former requires transparency and a modicum of responsibility for one's words, the latter can often be useful for discussing intense topics such as divorce or reproductive issues, without the omnipresent eyes of friends and family.The problem with anonymous commenting? Trolls -- the hate-speaking Internet users seemingly intent on destroying not only the topic of conversation in a thread, but also the feelings of others.

To solve this dilemma, a new social network has launched with multiple technology filters to prevent such comments from disrupting conversations."VProud is a safe space for women to discuss important topics without trolls," said Karen Cahn, founder of the site. “Our definition of a troll is anyone that is a producer of hateful, mean and unproductive comments.While men do occasionally fall victim to trolls, research indicates that women are more often the target.A 2005 safety report by the Pew Research Center showed that 72.5 percent of people reporting harassment and stalking online were female and 5 percent said that they were in physical danger from something that happened online. A decade later, the issue persists.

According to an online harassment study released by the Center in October 2014, women and young adults were "more likely than others to experience harassment on social media" and, more specifically, women ages 18 to 24 "experience certain severe types of harassment at disproportionately high levels: 26 percent of these young women have been stalked online, and 25 percent were the target of online sexual harassment."But whether the trolls manifesting these incidents are male or female is anyone’s guess.“The main thing about trolls is we don't know who they are -- they often create fake personalities or operate without being clear about gender,” said Karen Untereker Doak, a social media expert who leads the Detroit Digital team for Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm unaffiliated with VProud.“Part of why they're able to get away with that behavior is it's done behind a veil of anonymity,” Doak said. “This is one of the reasons why you don't see very much trolling on LinkedIn -- fewer people will behave that way if it's tied to their real name and occupation.”Despite all of the negatives associated with anonymous commenting, many without malicious intentions still find it appealing.A former Google, YouTube and AOL Video executive, Cahn was inspired to create VProud after experiencing feelings of isolation following her divorce."With my Facebook name, I may be comfortable commenting on yoga," she said. "But I wouldn’t want to discuss more intimate issues in my life and I couldn't comment freely without the fear of my family or neighbors seeing what I was saying."In an attempt to satisfy both desires, VProud allows its members to switch back and forth between a public handle linked to their Facebook profile or a private one. Community members can choose to follow and engage with either of the accounts, but will remain unaware that the two belong to the same person.Currently operating in beta, the site has already attracted approximately 250,000 users to the discourse. Participation is free.From Brittany Maynard's decision to end her life to student loan debt to women's healthcare, all of the original content on the site is video-based, asking questions that users can vote to agree or disagree with, and respond to."Is it important to be honest with socially challenged children even when it might hurt?" asks one recent video."Is watching porn bad for our brains?" posits another, while yet another queries: "Could you go a day without your smartphone?"To stave off conversation disruptors, VProud monitors comments in multiple ways: proprietary technology filters that understand context and evolve as new information is introduced, editors that review conversation threads, and the ability for users to report comments going against community guidelines.Still, some detractors say a separate site for women creates more of a divide between the sexes."I'm of the view that, if you start from the outset that men and women should be equal, then a social network for women that is meant to be an alternative to Facebook is a betrayal to the women in history who have got equal rights into the statute books," said Jonathan Bishop, editor of the book, Examining the Concepts, Issues and Implications of Internet Trolling.Bishop declined to comment on the troll problem that the site was designed to circumvent. But for Cahn, VProud is the first of many applications for the company’s filter settings."We wanted to provide a safe space for women first based on our own experience, but we have already received multiple phone calls from parents asking when VProud will launch a site for teens," said Cahn. “And we are open to partnering with other platforms down the road.”

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How Cyber Crime Gang Targets Travelling Executives Through Hotel Wi-Fi

How Cyber Crime Gang Targets Travelling Executives Through Hotel Wi-Fi

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A stealth gang of cyber criminals have carefully targeted travelling executives through hotel Wi-Fi connections in Asia over the past four years and are still active today, according to a report from a leading security firm.Operating methodically -- almost as though they have a hit list -- the hackers never target the same person twice, Costin Raiu, director of Global Research and Analysis at Kaspersky Lab, which conducted the study, told ABC News."It seems to us that the main focus is to get further access into their networks," Raiu said of the incidents, which Kaspersky Lab has dubbed the Darkhotel espionage campaign."Perhaps the executives are not exactly the primary target," he said. "Of course these guys happen to have interesting information, but I believe the attackers want to look deeper into these companies."Kaspersky Lab said it became aware of the apparent hacks after it "saw an increase in a cluster of customer infections" via its security network, which were all traced to hotels in Asia.While Raiu would not disclose who was targeted, the report found that CEOs, senior vice presidents, sales and marketing directors and top research and design staff from the United States and Asia were targeted while staying at luxury hotels in the Asia-Pacific region.The threat from Darkhotel is ongoing and something researchers are still trying to fully grasp, Raiu said.When a target logs onto a compromised hotel Wi-Fi network, they are prompted to download malware that appears to be a legitimate software update, according to the Kaspersky report.The hackers are then able to scan the computer for login information and cached passwords, as well as steal all keystrokes, exposing sensitive information to the cyber criminals without the executive ever knowing their system was compromised.Once complete, hackers delete any traces from the hotel network and go back into hiding until their next victim emerges, according to the report.While the source of the hacks has yet to be identified, the Kaspersky report said the hackers left behind information in their malware that points to a Korean-speaking source.Robert Siciliano, a McAfee online security expert, said the report was "no surprise.""Hackers are targeting executives in hotels everywhere, worldwide," he said. "Why wouldn't they? Hotel Wi-Fi is relatively open, often free and penetrable. Free Wi-Fi is like running naked in the woods. Eventually you'll get pricked."Siciliano recommends anyone logging onto hotel Wi-Fi deploy a Virtual Private Network, such as Hotspot Shield, to keep their Internet activity private -- even while on a public network."It's a stupid no brainer," he said. "I'd be surprised that any company's IT people would even let their executives connect on free Wi-Fi without a VPN being launched."Meanwhile, Raiu said researchers at Kaspersky are working with the "relevant companies" to find a solution to mitigate the hacks."While we are seeing hacking attempts on a daily basis, it is very rare to see this hacking for a purpose," Raiu said. "We are dealing with a very sophisticated attacker."

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USPS Hacked: Postal Service Hit by Cyber Attack

USPS Hacked: Postal Service Hit by Cyber Attack

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Postal Service said on Monday it has been the victim of “a cyber-security intrusion” that exposed the personal information of some 800,000 employees.The FBI is investigating the source of the attack, but a source briefed on the incident told ABC News it appears to have originated in China and has been going on for the last two months.The USPS said on its website that the intrusion “is limited in scope and all operations of the Postal Service are functioning normally.”Employee information, like names, addresses and Social Security numbers, may have been compromised, the USPS said.The agency said there is “no evidence” any customer credit card information was exposed, but the attack also compromised some call center data and may have swept up names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of people who provided that information between January and August this year.

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Top Veterans Day Deals and Freebies Tuesday

Top Veterans Day Deals and Freebies Tuesday

Baskin-Robbins(NEW YORK) — Businesses are thanking veterans this Tuesday, Veterans Day 2014, with deals and freebies for everything from wings to drinks and desserts.Before you try to redeem these deals, it's a good idea to call ahead and note limitations and restrictions. Some of these deals are reserved for those who have served in the American military and their families, while other promotions are open to everyone.Outback SteakhouseOn Tuesday, Outback is honoring all active and retired military personnel with a free Bloomin' Onion and a beverage. You must show a valid military ID at participating restaurants.HootersActive-duty and retired military are invited to Hooters to dine for free on Tuesday: get a free entree by presenting a military ID or proof of service.Baskin RobbinsBaskin Robbins' flavor of the month in honor of Veterans Day is First Class Camouflage Ice Cream: chocolate, salty caramel and cake flavored ice creams. The ice cream chain will donate 10 cents from ice cream scoops sold at all U.S. locations to the United Service Organizations (USO).California Pizza KitchenCalifornia Pizza Kitchen is offering a complimentary entrée from a special Veterans Day Menu at all participating restaurants in the U.S. to active and retired members of the United States Military on Tuesday.World of Coca-ColaThe World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta offers free admission to members of the Armed Forces (active duty, reserves and retirees) year-round. In honor of Veterans Day, from Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 16, members of the Armed Forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family. Military members and retirees can present their valid Armed Forces ID cards at the World of Coca-Cola ticket windows.Friendly'sFriendly's will serve free breakfast, lunch or dinner to veterans and active military on Veterans Day.Applebee'sService members get a free "Thank You" meal when you dine in at Applebee's. Guests will need to provide proof of their service.Cracker Barrel Old Country StoreOn Tuesday, veterans get a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert, or if you're not a vet, if you buy the dessert or other retail items, 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the USO.Denny’sOn Tuesday, active, inactive and retired military personnel can build your own free Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. until noon at participating Denny's.

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Arby’s CEO Explains the One Policy That Led to Internet Wins

Arby’s CEO Explains the One Policy That Led to Internet Wins

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Paul Brown, Arby's CEO for less than two years, has overseen the company during its biggest viral hits, including the Grammy's (Pharrell's hat), and he attributes the online attention mainly to one decision."Our social media team has the ability to speak on behalf of the company," Brown told ABC News.

It's a policy change that took place around December 2013, a month before the Grammy's, when musician Pharrell showed up in a big, brown hat by Vivienne Westwood. (Arby's logo is a brown hat.)

Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back? #GRAMMYs

— Arby's (@Arbys) January 27, 2014

 

"As part of that, we obviously trained the team and that allowed them to act in the moment. If they don’t act in the moment, it’s not real," Brown, 47, said. "Everything we do has to be authentic. We will primarily listen and we will amplify the message if the conversation has already started."As part of ABC News' "C-Suite Insider" series, Brown explained that the 50-year-old Arby's is now a leaner, meaner and meatier company.When the Grammys aired on television, Facebook users posted on Arby's about Pharrell before the restaurant Tweeted about it.Arby's has rocketed into a relevant social media conversation ever since, with help from Chief Marketing Officer Rob Lynch, who came from Taco Bell just 14 months ago.Back in May, the company posted a 13-hour commercial that just showed a brisket cooking. Half a million people tuned in online to watch it smoke and kept it on for an average of 38 minutes.In September, the Internet was flush with stories about Arby's "Meat Mountain" sandwich. It's an accidental, "secret" menu item that customers started asking for based on a marketing poster that showed all the meats Arby sells in sandwiches. The company has sold 50,000 "Meat Mountains." And on Halloween, Arby's customers could add bacon to any menu item by saying "Trick or Meat."Starting today, a new "Montreal Steak and Mushroom" and "Philly and Three Cheese and Bacon" sandwich are limited time offerings that the company hopes will prove that the restaurant sells more than just the roast beef sandwiches it's famous for.Here's some quick questions for the CEO:1. By marketing Arby’s quality meats and "fast-crafted" products, does this contrast with customers’ goals of trying to eat healthier?"Not at all. Arby’s guests can enjoy fast-crafted sandwiches featuring high quality meats that are freshly sliced and made-to-order," Brown said. "Many guests seeking healthy options want high quality, high protein options, which is our specialty."Brown points to Arby's Market Fresh Roast Turkey and Swiss sandwich, which has 39 grams of protein. There are 10 menu items that are less than 500 calories. Brown points out that the Classic Roast Beef sandwich has only 360 calories, 14 grams of fat, and has 23 grams of protein.2. How much is Arby’s investing in restaurant renovations?Arby’s remodel plans include around 30 company-owned restaurants in 2014 and more than 150 company-owned and franchised restaurants in 2015, Brown said, with a renewed focus on service. The company has about 3,200 locations in the U.S."Our new building design, which features a fast casual look and feel with quick-service restaurant economics, is receiving positive feedback from our guests and franchisees," he said.Brown uses the term "fast-crafted," which he says combines the best of "quick-service restaurants," that is industry-speak for fast food; and fast-casual restaurants, like Chipotle.3. Any Manhattan location-scouting updates?Brown said the company has developed a series of more efficient, smaller restaurant designs to grow in urban locations like New York City."We consistently hear from New Yorkers that they would love to have an Arby’s restaurant in Manhattan and we’re working to make that happen, but nothing definitive just yet," he said.4. What's your daily routine like?Brown, 47, said he doesn't have a fixed routine, as his schedule requires a lot of travel. He says he gets about 5.5 hours of sleep and wakes up around 4:30 a.m. He has a morning workout with a trainer "a couple times a week.""I'm usually in the office around 7:30 in morning and I take my son to school on the way whenever I can," he said.

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Find Out How Much Madonna’s “Material Girl” Dress Sold For

Find Out How Much Madonna’s “Material Girl” Dress Sold For

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Proving she's still the "Material Girl," some of Madonna's personal items fetched over $500,000 at an auction in Beverly Hills this weekend.

Items included the dress she wore in the "Material Girl" video, which sold for $73,125, and the uniform she wore in the film A League of Their Own, which sold for $31,250. She even auctioned off the wedding dress she wore when she married Sean Penn.

The event, hosted by Julien's Auctions, also featured items from superstars like Michael Jackson and Elvis.

The auction raised a total of $3.2 million.

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Rookie Michael Jordan Trading Card Fails to Sell

Rookie Michael Jordan Trading Card Fails to Sell

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- A rookie Michael Jordan basketball trading card was expected to earn more than $80,000 in an online auction, but it failed to sell.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas says the bidding for the 1986 card did not get to the mandated reserve of $60,000.

The card is one of only five Jordan rookie cards to get a grading services top grade of "Pristine 10."

Heritage is now offering the card for $71,700 on its website.

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Virginia Resident Indicted in Connection with Fraudulent Lottery Scheme

Virginia Resident Indicted in Connection with Fraudulent Lottery Scheme

Yurchello108/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HARRISONBURG, Va.) -- A Virginia resident was indicted on Friday on accusations that he was involved in a fraudulent lottery scheme.According to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Carlos O'Brian Ricketts -- aka Kevin Brown -- informed elderly victims that they had won a large amount of money in a sweepstakes, prompting them to pay money in advance of receiving their sweepstakes winnings. He then allegedly kept the victims' money for his and his own co-conspirators' benefit without paying out the supposed winnings.Ricketts ran the scam between January and March 2011. He faces charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and international promotional money laundering.

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Markets Climb Following Positive Unemployment Report

Markets Climb Following Positive Unemployment Report

Songquan Deng/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street finished a week of gains on a positive note Friday, following a positive jobs report.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 19.46, closing at a new record 17573.93.The Nasdaq slipped 5.94 to a finish of 4632.53, while the S&P 500 edge up to 2031.92, gaining 0.71 and finishing at a new all-time high.For the ninth consecutive month, the monthly jobs report showed solid growth. The U.S. Labor Department released data showing the creation of 214,000 jobs in October. The National unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent.

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Jobs Report: How It Will Affect You

Jobs Report: How It Will Affect You

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Whether or not you believe the labor market is improving, the folks at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. are paying keen attention to make decisions that will affect your wallet.Depending on the strength of the jobs market and economy, our nation's central bank makes decisions that affect the interest rate at your bank, mortgage rates and how the stock market may move your 401(k).Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen, like her predecessor Ben Bernanke, is particularly focused on the labor market and what it indicates about the U.S. economy.There were 214,000 jobs added in October, slightly less than expected, while the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 percent, the Labor Department said in its monthly jobs report released on Friday.Here's how Friday's numbers could affect your wallet in the coming weeks and months:1. Interest rates may increaseThe Federal Reserve sets the federal funds rate, simply described as the rate at which banks lend to each other, which sets the tone for the rates they offer consumers.The Federal Reserve is set to hike the federal funds rate, now at a historically low 0.09 percent, next summer, said Stuart G. Hoffman, chief economist of The PNC Financial Services Group."Nothing in this report would cause the Fed to speed it up nor slow it down," he said.The interest rates that consumers are offered at banks these days are so low, anything higher might be a welcome move.Lindsey Piegza, chief economist and managing director of Sterne Agee, said the Federal Reserve could wait for economic conditions to improve, including decreasing the number of discouraged workers. She believes the Fed could maintain its "accommodative" monetary policy for longer than expected; that is, it's program that places downward pressure on longer-term interest rates that began around 2008 to help flailing economic conditions.2. Mortgage rates could go upWhile Hoffman believes mortgages rates may barely edge down in the future, if interest rates increase, the rate at which people borrow to buy a house tends to increase too.However, mortgage rates are already relatively low at close to 4 percent. But rates moved higher for the second week in a row, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.02 percent for the week ending Nov. 6, up from last week when it was 3.98 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year fixed-rate averaged 4.16 percent.

Meanwhile the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.21 percent this week, up from last week when it averaged 3.13 percent. Last year, the 15-year fixed-rate averaged 3.27 percent.3. Holiday season outlookThough there were slow wage gains in Friday's jobs report, American workers' income growth was reported as "very solid" in October, Hoffman said. Meanwhile, there's low or zero inflation and gas prices continue to fall."This sets up a very good holiday sales season," Hoffman said. "Higher consumer confidence, stock prices and house prices reinforce our positive outlook for holiday retail sales."Hoffman forecasts that holiday sales will rise by a solid 4 to 4.5 percent this season (November and December) from a year ago with a "healthy" 2.5 to 3 percent rise in real consumer spending.

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