Silicon Valley retailers are running out of black turtlenecks, and it could be because people are going as Elizabeth Holmes for Halloween

The perfect mix of Halloween and Silicon Valley may have turned the simple black long-sleeve turtleneck into a hot commodity in the San Francisco Bay Area. Several Bay Area retail chains in the are running low on, and even selling out of, the staple top for the fall season. Quartz first reported that Uniqlo stores in the area seemed to have run out of the sweater, and Business Insider has found that there are similar shortages at local Gap, H&M, Target, and Kohl’s locations. The black turtleneck has long been…

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Fortnite’s black hole teases the future of entertainment

As audiences have embraced on-demand video services, algorithmic feeds, and an ever-growing number of digital “things to do,” our collective attentions have become hyper-fragmented. Yet we know that audiences actually love shared live experiences. Jeopardy is more fun watched with others. Movies are funnier in a packed theater. It’s hard to enjoy sporting events that happened hours earlier The durability of this appeal spans generations: Boomers watched the moon landing together, Generation X witnessed the end of M*A*S*H, and millennials recently collectively viewed (and complained about) the ending to Game…

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What you should know if your smart TV makes you feel dumb

If it seems as though televisions have gotten very complicated very fast, it’s not just you. Sometimes smart technology can make us feel, well, dumb. You must contend with a number of abbreviations — LCD, OLED, HDR, HDMI and more — and widely varying price points. What does it all mean, and why can’t we just go buy a TV? To break it down, we talked to technology experts, a deals guru and an interior design expert — because you shouldn’t need a degree in TV to binge-watch “Stranger Things.”…

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Amazon pumps more than $600m into India units

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has committed to spending more than $5bn in the Indian market. Amazon.com Inc has invested about 45 billion rupees ($634.5m) into its Indian subsidiaries as the Seattle-based e-commerce giant ramps up operations in one of its fastest-growing markets. Documents filed with the Registrar of Companies showed that Amazon had pumped the money into its retail, food and payments units. The company did not immediately clarify where or how the money would be used. India is among the last frontiers for Amazon and a crucial market for…

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Johnson & Johnson says no asbestos found in recalled baby powder

The pharmaceutical giant disputed the US regulator’s findings that the carcinogen was found in its baby powder. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has said that 15 new tests found no asbestos in a bottle of baby powder that the United States Food and Drug Administration says tested positive for trace amounts of asbestos, a finding the agency stands by. The tests are the latest effort by J&J to prove the safety of its widely-used consumer product after a test by the FDA prompted J&J to undertake a nationwide recall of one…

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NCAA board votes to allow student-athletes to endorse brands

The change will likely benefit US athletes in high-profile sports such as basketball and American football. United States college athletes can profit from brand sponsorships and endorsement deals under a new rule approved on Tuesday by the governing board of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the organisation that sets regulations for US collegiate sports. The unanimous vote follows growing pressure on the NCAA to lift restrictions on athletes that have kept them from sharing in the financial rewards generated by their performances. The change will likely benefit athletes in…

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