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Taylor Swift’s blank space; Foot Locker’s plunge; Webster’s fun

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Taylor Swift’s blank space; Foot Locker’s plunge; Webster’s fun

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Daily Briefing, Aug. 18

Number of the day $2 million (at least) That’s how much Apple is donating to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook’s [Read entire story]

ESPN goof was no fantasy; ‘Hamilton’ battles ticket bots

[...] when it showed black men being bid on by almost exclusively white guys — especially with this week’s heightened racial tensions — ESPN realized too late that it resembled a slave auction. White players were [Read entire story]

Google snaps up startup, Netflix spends big, Amazon speeds up

Google reportedly has bought Senosis Health, a Seattle startup that has created smartphone apps that help people monitor such things as their pulmonary function and hemoglobin counts. GeekWire reported on the deal, [Read entire story]

Daily Stormer booted; Rhimes joins Netflix; bitcoin tops $4,000

Posting an article that mocked Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed in Charlottesville, Va., wasn’t exactly a smart business strategy for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi and white supremacy website. Web hosting [Read entire story]

ICYMI: ‘Hamilton’ app; post-IPO sputter; investing at world’s end

The week turned nasty for a couple of companies that had high-profile initial public offerings this year. An app came out for “Hamilton,” letting people get updates, buy merchandise and even sign up for the daily [Read entire story]

ICYMI: ‘Hamilton’ app; post-IPO sputter; investing at world’s end

The week turned nasty for a couple of companies that had high-profile initial public offerings this year. An app came out for “Hamilton,” letting people get updates, buy merchandise and even sign up for the daily [Read entire story]

Airbnb’s Trump listing; protesting tweets; fine Cheetos dining

lists Trump’s childhood room The Tudor-style home in Queens is listed on Airbnb for $725 per night. The five-bedroom house sleeps 20, thanks in part to seven bunk beds, and comes with a life-size cardboard cutout of [Read entire story]

Making frozen yogurt; clown motel for sale; Letterman’s new gig

Kitchen counters are getting crowded. Coffee machines, mixers and toasters vie with juicers, dehydrators and soda makers — and now there’s the Wim frozen yogurt maker. A clown-themed motel next to a reportedly [Read entire story]

Tesla will borrow; Maddow milestone; hello, ESPN8: The Ocho

The Palo Alto company plans to offer notes due in 2025, using the money to strengthen its balance sheet. Last week CEO Elon Musk said investors should have “zero concern” about whether Tesla will be able to make [Read entire story]

Supreme Court adds digital; a very Special K; Fatburger IPO

U.S. Supreme Court Beginning Nov. 13, “parties who are represented by counsel” will have to upload digital copies of their paper submissions to the court. All the submissions will then be entered into an online [Read entire story]

Netflix’s hashtag; loving Instagram; spaghetti monster loses

Entertainment Weekly reported that the videos already feature Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay and Marlon Wayans. Snapchat users spent more than 30 minutes a day on the app in the first quarter, according to parent company Snap [Read entire story]

Pitch your jokes, charge it with Uber, and tuck into a Vital meal

Variety reported that the free app, backed by Funny or Die, charges a subscription fee to publishers, who can create a topic and have people send jokes. Participants vote for the jokes they like, so writers (who can use [Read entire story]

Lyft’s big gains; Reddit gets cash; HBO hacked

Lyft said its passengers took more rides through June than the 162.5 million they had in all of last year, capitalizing on the missteps by ride-hailing rival Uber. Uber has been without a CEO since June, when co-founder [Read entire story]

ICYMI: P&G cuts ads; Seinfeld’s pay isn’t nothing; Slack’s cash

If you missed it ... In a week when Anthony Scaramucci described Steve Bannon as an ambitious self-starter, this also happened: •Procter & Gamble said its springtime slash of more than [Read entire story]

Bye iPod shuffle and nano; Bezos tops Gates (briefly)

In a sign that the venerable iPod is gradually fading into oblivion, Apple said Thursday it is discontinuing both the Nano and the Shuffle. The two models have been removed from the online store and will vanish from [Read entire story]

Amazon hiring, United sued over dead rabbit, Chipotle eyes queso

Iowa businessmen filed a lawsuit Wednesday against United Airlines over the death of a giant rabbit after a flight from London to Chicago. The businessmen filed the lawsuit more than three months after airline workers [Read entire story]

Taco Bell gets a Lyft, and robots cause a fight

Taco Bell has found a new marketing vehicle: Starting this week, some Lyft passengers in parts of Orange County will be able to request rides that incorporate a stop at a Taco Bell drive-through between 9 p.m. and 2 [Read entire story]

Microsoft removes Paint, and Snopes.com seeks help

A Sunday night Facebook post signed by billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert announced that his organization “screwed up badly” when posting a sign in downtown Detroit that said, “See Detroit like we do.” The sign [Read entire story]