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Halloween

“To make Michael Myers frightening, I had him walk like a man, not a monster.” 
John Carpenter




 
Halloween spending statistics  With more people celebrating, Americans will splurge on costumes, candy and pumpkins for a record $9.1 billion in Halloween spending this year. The figure is up 8.3 percent from last year’s previous record of $8.4 billion. - National Retail Federation

The day before Halloween is Hershey's biggest day of the year This whole season is the confectionery company's biggest of the year, but the day before Halloween is the best day thanks to people stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters, said Hershey CEO Michele Buck. - CNBC

Google ditched autopilot driving feature after test user napped behind wheel  Alphabet's self-driving car unit stopped developing features that required drivers to take control in dangerous situations, as autopilot reliance left users prone to distractions and ill-prepared to maneuver. - Reuters

Netflix Cancels ‘House Of Cards over Spacey Accusations  As allegations of unwanted sexual advances in 1986 by Kevin Spacey against then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp have emerged, Netflix today decided to pull the plug on the Spacey-starring House of Cards after the upcoming sixth season next year. - Deadline

One Metal Will Be Transformed by the Electric Car Boom  Nickel sulphate, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, will see demand increase 50 percent to 3 million metric tons by 2030, Saad Rahim, chief economist at Trafigura, said in an interview. Other battery metals like cobalt and lithium have more than doubled since the start of last year, nickel prices have been subdued because of large inventories. - Bloomberg

The Amazon effect: Whole Foods to hire 6,000 workers  Taking a page from the online retailer's playbook, Whole Foods said Friday that it plans to add 6,000 workers via a nationwide "hiring day" next Thursday. All U.S. stores will participate, the company said. Full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs will be available. - CNN

iPhone X Review  After months of hype, endless speculation, and a wave of last-minute rumors about production delays, the iPhone X is finally here. Most notable changes are the home button and fingerprint sensor are gone, replaced by a new system of navigation gestures and Apple’s new FaceID unlocking system. Here are the other major changes. - The Verge

New Zealand Bans Foreign Home Buyers After Price Surge  “Foreign speculators will no longer be able to buy houses in New Zealand from early next year,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at press conference in Wellington Tuesday. “We are determined to make it easier for Kiwis to buy their first home, so we are stopping foreign speculators buying houses and driving up prices. - Bloomberg
 
 . 2017: The Year That Horror Saved Hollywood
"Horror is seemingly immune to the financial troubles that have befallen most studios. As the rest of Hollywood flounders in 2017, horror is in the midst of its highest-grossing year ever."
 . 50 'Fresh' Scary Movies & TV Shows for Your Weekday Halloween Night 
For some true, quality cinema that matches the scares, we're big fans of Babadook, It Follows, Under the Shadow, and The Invitation.
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