Friday the 13th

"You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday."
– Mrs. Vorhees

Uber, Surging Outside Manhattan, Tops Taxis in New York City  Uber has overtaken yellow cabs in New York City in ridership. For the first time, more people are using Uber in New York than the city’s fabled yellow cabs. In July, Uber recorded an average of 289,000 rides each day compared with 277,000 taxi trips. - New York Times

Social Security benefits to get another small boost in 2018  Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees in the U.S. can expect another small increase in benefits next year. Preliminary figures suggest that the annual increase will be around 2 percent, which would mean an extra $25 a month for the average beneficiary. - Associated Press

Samsung Electronics CEO resigns over 'unprecedented crisis'  Samsung Electronics CEO Kwon Oh-hyun has resigned on the same day the firm forecast record quarterly profits, citing higher memory chip prices. This is the most recent management upheaval at the firm after the heir of the entire Samsung Group was imprisoned for corruption in August. - BBC

Google commits $1 billion in grants to train U.S. workers for high-tech jobs  Over the next five years, a new Google initiative will commit $1 billion to nonprofits aimed at training American workers and helping build business. - Tech Crunch

Standout ‘Jeopardy!’ player’s streak ends with narrow loss  The New York City bartender, Austin Rogers, narrowly lost on Thursday’s show after a 12-game winning streak that netted him a total $411,000, putting him in fifth place for all-time regular season winnings. - Associated Press

FAA Orders Inspections of Engines on Most Airbus A380s  The FAA has issued an emergency order requiring airlines to inspect engines on roughly 120 Airbus A380 superjumbo jets world-wide, prompted by an engine that violently broke apart during an Air France flight at the end of September. - Wall Street Journal

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price suspended following harassment allegation  Amazon Studios chief Roy Price was put on an immediate leave of absence Thursday, the company said, following allegations that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress’s claim of a sexual assault by producer Harvey Weinstein. - Reuters

Distressed Investors Are Already Buying Houston Homes for 40 Cents on the Dollar  Some investors are eyeing the billions of dollars in hurricane-ravaged property in Texas and Florida and deciding it may be the time to buy. Investors figure they can buy low, either fix up and flip the houses or rent them out for several years, and unload them later, doubling their money or more. - Bloomberg


  First Evidence That Online Dating Is Changing the Nature of Society

Dating websites have changed the way couples meet. Now evidence is emerging that this change is influencing levels of interracial marriage and even the stability of marriage itself.
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