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Monday 10.23.17

"A lot of people don't like bumper stickers. I don't mind bumper stickers. To me, a bumper sticker is a shortcut. It's like a little sign that says, 'Hey, let's never hang out.'"
-Demetri Martin
 




 
At Fidelity, New Fallout From Claims of Sexual Harassment, Bullying  The latest known fallout: Fidelity pushed longtime employee C. Robert Chow, 56 years old, to resign earlier this month, amid allegations that he made inappropriate sexual comments to colleagues, according to people familiar with the matter. - Wall Street Journal

Victory for Abenomics lifts world stocks, dollar  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s election victory lifted world stocks and the dollar on Monday, relegating concerns about Spain’s escalating political crisis to little more than a blip on the market radar. - Reuters

Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid  Catalonia's leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government. Nearly half a million people flooded Barcelona's streets on Saturday in a huge protest over the future of Catalonia. - CNBC

Retailers should get ready for another stressful year in 2018  The stress in the retail sector that has triggered a string of bankruptcies this year is unlikely to get much better in 2018. The sector is expected to again produce the most defaults at up to $7 billion, resulting in a 10% default rate, Fitch Ratings said Thursday. - Market Watch

Bitcoin smashes through $6,100 to hit a new record high  Much of the rise can be attributed to another upcoming split in bitcoin known as a "fork". This will lead to the creation of a new cryptocurrency called bitcoin gold. Holders of bitcoin will get some bitcoin gold when it is issued, essentially giving them free money. - CNBC

Bloomberg released its Global City Housing Affordability Index   Seven of the top 10 most-affordable cities are in North America: four in the U.S. and three in Canada. The least-affordable metro area in the two countries is Vancouver, where an influx of foreign cash has caused a surge in home prices. New York ranked near the middle of the index. - Bloomberg

Target gears up for holidays with free shipping and gifts under $15  As the retailer gets ready to take on Amazon and Wal-Mar, Target said it would start free shipping beginning in November and that most of its holiday assortment had been priced at under $15. - Reuters

Justin Timberlake invited back to Super Bowl halftime show  Justin Timberlake has finally been invited back to the Super Bowl halftime show, 14 years after the “wardrobe malfunction” with Janet Jackson caused a national controversy. - Associated Press
 

  How Instagram Ruined Outdoor Photography.

The creator of the uber-social-media-aware account @You Did Not Sleep There plus other outdoor photographers talk cliche photography, and how not to fall into the same old trap of overly glamorous, not-at-all realistic travel shots.  
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