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Clooney’s Tequila deal; huge robocall fine; Curry tech summit

George Clooney [...] friends , the Tequila they founded in 2013. The company said Wednesday that it had been sold to spirits giant for $700 million, plus up to $300 million more if it hits certain sales targets [Read entire story]

Spotify’s sponsored songs; a missing toe; cybersecurity badges

A missing human toe has left a bad taste in the mouths of the owners of the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon. The CBC reported that the digit is crucial in the hotel’s Sourtoe Cocktail, a shot of whiskey with the [Read entire story]

UPS holiday fees; Hyperloop train in Seoul; Barbie’s Ken makeover

UPS is adding a charge of under $1 for shipments to residential customers during peak delivery periods in November and December. There will be additional fees for oversize packages and on some international air [Read entire story]

Blue Apron readies for IPO; Coke’s goof; fantasy merger woes

Coca-Cola had some well-intentioned marketing efforts during the weekend’s heat wave in Pittsburgh, sending out a tweet Sunday that said, Today’s forecast in Pittsburgh: Record heat, followed by an ice-cold wave of [Read entire story]

ICYMI: ‘I am not a pervert’; Pharma Bro cash flow; avocado attack

Somebody finally topped Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook,” and all it took was some Internet porn. A Rhode Island lawmaker, Ramon Perez, shared with colleagues a handout showing his Web browser tabs that [Read entire story]

Alicia Silverstone nudges Ghirardelli; a Kim Jong Un romper

Alicia Silverstone is urging Ghirardelli Chocolate to get a clue when it comes to its semi-sweet chocolate chips. The “Clueless” actress, who is also a vegan activist, sent a letter on behalf of People for the [Read entire story]

A huge Echo; Trump blocks Stephen King; an interest in Tequila

GeekWire reported that it’s all part of an ad campaign, “Music Unites,” inspired partly by billboards for John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over).” GeekWire said the company is also promoting [Read entire story]

Pitbull’s bitcoin mistake; Apple’s pod upgrade; Google’s Firefly

Asked about his biggest money mistake, the rapper also known as Mr. Worldwide said he had his eye on bitcoin five years ago, but didn’t buy in. [...] Recode reports that a new version of the Cupertino company’s [Read entire story]

‘Diddy’ makes big bucks; Smirnoff’s Russian

Forbes says Diddy’s Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, a stake in Ciroc vodka and the $70 million sale of one-third of his Sean John clothing line contributed to his earnings. Beyoncé was No. 2 with $105 million, followed [Read entire story]

Daily Briefing, June 9

The 1.4 percent rise came as stock and mutual fund portfolios jumped $1.3 trillion in value in the January-March quarter, the Total household wealth includes checking and savings accounts, but subtracts mortgages and [Read entire story]

High, pizza; virtually better libraries; App Store ratings shift

A Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary has created a culinary delight for patients who don’t want to smoke their pot or eat it in the form of sweets. Ermont in Quincy has been selling a $38 cannabis-infused [Read entire story]

Business News Roundup, June 7

Sutter Health affiliate California Pacific Medical Center plans to end its wellness program, which includes group and individual classes with physical therapists at its Pacific Campus in San Francisco, at the end of [Read entire story]

Wells Fargo dissed, Hampton Creek coup planners missed

According to a survey of money managers by Barron’s, Wells Fargo placed dead last on the list of 100 U.S. firms. The billion-dollar San Francisco food startup Hampton Creek, the company behind Just Mayo eggless [Read entire story]

‘Wonder Woman,’ Alphabet soar; Sling TV, not so much

Starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins, the Warner Bros. film is also a rarity because it’s led by a female superhero. The Mountain View company, which is the parent of Google, Nest and Waymo, closed Monday [Read entire story]

ICYMI: McDonald’s delivers; Dunkin’ complains; a ‘covfefe’ fail

A Massachusetts coffee shop owner says he received a cease-and-desist letter from Dunkin’ Donuts claiming trademark infringement for riffing on the chain’s catchphrase. Steve Copoulos added window art reading [Read entire story]

App Store thrives; battle over ‘Lord of the Rings’ battleground

In the rugged heart of New Zealand’s South Island — a high-altitude desert where the men of Middle-Earth made their last stand in the “Lord of the Rings” movies — real-life environmentalists and farmers are [Read entire story]

Color this Crayola blue; getting doughnuts by drone

Chelsey White has baked her way to social media fame — and money. The baking channel in the app’s Explore section is among the most popular, the hashtag #cake has generated over 45 million posts, and #cakestagram [Read entire story]

How do you spell ‘Wisconsin’? Faster Comcast, costlier cocoa

There are certain words we all have trouble spelling, but a U.S. map from Google Trends just might make you shake your head. The prices of your favorite chocolates soon might be a little harder to swallow. After a long [Read entire story]

Ivanka Trump’s pop tweet; Amazon hits $1,000; big mall in Florida

Icy reception Ivanka Trump is facing criticism after her lifestyle brand tweeted about making “champagne popsicles” for Memorial Day. The tweet included a link to a post offering ideas for picnics and barbecue food [Read entire story]

Partial eclipse of the heat; Switch helps Best Buy

Best Buy got a boost from Mario and Luigi in the first quarter, as demand for Nintendo’s Switch game console helped the retailer post a surprising gain in sales. California now relies so much on solar power that on [Read entire story]