Derrick Rose Details Jimmy Butler’s Strange Antics During Bulls Tenure

Throughout his NBA career, Jimmy Butler has always been known to get into altercations and arguments with his teammates. When Butler was playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, there were times where he got into full-blown screaming matches with teammates during practice and eventually, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Derrick Rose got to play with Butler in Minny and even played with him in Chicago. In Rose’s new book called “I’ll Show You,” he speaks to some the issues Butler had in Chicago and even reveals how he used to get into arguments with Joakim Noah.

Derrick Rose Details Jimmy Butler's Strange Antics During Bulls Tenure

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Per Rose:

“Lots weird stuff was going on, though. I wasn’t sure what it was about, but Jimmy didn’t dress with us. That season he was always dressing with the coaches, didn’t stay in the locker room. Got to say, I never did see that before. To separate yourself from the team. How the hell do you think we’re a team when that’s going on?

Of course, I got the blame. But Jo saw it, he and Jimmy were at it. There was a lot fracturing.”

For the first time in his career, Butler will become the number one option in Miami so it will be interesting to see how he interacts with his teammates in that capacity. He’s a hard man to please and if any the young guns have questionable performances, there could be some trouble brewing.

Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges To Donate $5 Million To Amazon Aid Efforts

Leonardo DiCaprio plans to donate $5 million to the emergency Amazon Forest Fund. The fund was started by Earth Alliance, the organization that DiCaprio co-founded with Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Shethe.

The money is used to kickstart what DiCaprio says will be focusing “critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the life-sustaining biodiversity the Amazon against the surge fires currently burning across the region.”

Earth Alliancejoinslocal groups that have been working against the wildfires that have ravaged the forest recently. Such organizations include the Coordination the Indigenous Organizations the Brazilian Amazon, Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida, Instituto Kabu, Instituto Raoni, and Instituto Socioambiental. 

With his pledge, DiCaprio also made a call to action, asking supporters to donate their own share as well.

“100 percent your donation will go to partners who are working on the ground to protect the Amazon,” he penned in an Instagram caption.”Earth Alliance is committed to helping protect the natural world. We are deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in the Amazon, which highlights the delicate balance climate, biodiversity, and the wellbeing indigenous peoples.”

The fires in the Amazon are believed to be attributed to the popularized slash-and-burn method deforestation taking place throughout Brazil. As a result, the Amazon is expected to start emitting larger amounts carbon dioxide, potentially speeding up the global warming process.

Diddy & His Kids Deliver Emergency PSA On The Amazon Wildfire

If you were unaware, there’s been a massive wildfire burning down the Amazon rainforest over the past few weeks that sadly the Brazilian government can’t control. The fire is burning at a record rate and damaging the rainforest right before our eyes, yet most Americans haven’t heard a thing about it. Well one person that’s trying to change that is Diddy and his kids, who decided to draw attention to the crisis today by uploading a PSA warning people the emergency at hand.

“The Amazon has been burning for weeks, but we are just now hearing about this. The Amazon is the largest rainforest on the planet and contains 20% our worlds oxygen. The fires are burning at one the fastest paces in years. We only have one planet and we have to take care it,” he says in the clip on IG.

Reports say that the fire is still raging but that thunderstorms are in the area for later today, so hopefully this fire can slow down or come to halt finally.

Check out Diddy & his girls’ PSA (below) and read more on the wildfire right here if interested.

Amazon Delivery Drivers Reportedly Involved In $10 Million Theft Ring

If by chance any your Amazon returns have been taking a long time it may or may not have to do with a possible inner theft ring that’s been going on. According to NBC, the scam has been going on for the past six years due to two Amazon delivery drivers who have been taking advantage their job. As the claims go, the two drivers are hired to drive to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to pick up items being returned to the company to then bring to the Amazon warehouse south Seattle to later be brought to the post fice. 

Amazon Delivery Drivers Reportedly Involved In $10 Million Theft Ring
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However, these two men (who are said to be roommates, as well) routinely brought the items to pawnshops to be sold. An unnamed driver was arrested but later released so it wouldn’t disturb the larger scale the investigation. One the drivers, identified as Abbas Zghair, reportedly stole $100,000 worth property while the other unidentified man is accused  $100,000 USD.

“When we learned there was an investigation into two contracted drivers, we cooperated with law enforcement by providing them the information they requested. Additionally, we strictly prohibit inauthentic or stolen goods from being fered in our store and take action when sellers do not comply,” Amazon wrote in a statement.

Sonos Dramatically Narrows Its Losses as Ikea Speakers Pay Off

Sonos’s recently posted Q3 2019 fiscal-year results are encouraging, with sales growth (relative to the same period last year) having climbed by more than 25 percent.

And with revenue at $260 million for Q3 2019, Sonos was able to cut its losses to just $14 million — much less than many financial professionals anticipated, and nearly half of Q3 2018’s $27 million in losses.

The Santa Barbara-based company endured a long and difficult journey to achieve these results. Since debuting on the stock market (under symbol SONO) in 2018, Sonos saw its stock tumble by roughly 50 percent; industry experts cited lackluster finances and, more specifically, an inability to effectively license and sell Sonos products, as the causes of the downturn.

Now, with these unexpectedly positive figures attracting the interest of investors, the corresponding stock has broken past $10 once again.

The may well have been the biggest contributor to this turnaround. The companies’ low-cost speakers, released under “The Symfonisk” name, represent a shift away from higher-end, higher-cost speakers, both of which seem increasingly incongruent with mainstream consumers.

Moreover, it should be emphasized that these products were made available on August 1st, 2019, and if present sales rates are any indication, Sonos’s value may continue to climb for quite a while to come.

Ikea is a Swedish-based producer of furniture, household goods, and countless other products. The company, which was founded in 1943, is worth more than $40 billion, and its resources and production capabilities seem ideal for maximizing the reach and success of Sonos’s intellectual properties.

Sonos is younger — and far smaller — than Ikea, having been founded in 2002. The company specializes in smart speakers and voice-activated technology, and its has been the subject of numerous lawsuits. Partially as a result of these patents, Sonos has worked with many prominent music-streaming companies, including Pandora, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

Arrest Made After Capital One Data Breach Affects 100 Million People

It’s seemingly scamming season. First Iggy Azalea calls out a Las Vegas hotel for scamming her by selling her a $50 grilled cheese, then a woman gets booked for stealing Taraji P. Henson’s identity and now Capital One has admitted to it’s “biggest ever” data breach. According to CNN, the hacker tapped into 100 million Capital One customers’ accounts and credit card applications in both Canada and America. 

Arrest Made After Capital One Data Breach Affects 100 Million People
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Thirty-three-old Paige Thompson has also been arrested and accused gaining “140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers.” According to the publication, Paige attempted to share the information with fellow hackers online. The hack is assumed to have taken place back in March and Capital One says it’s “unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated by this individual.” 

“I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right,” Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank said in a statement. All users the credit card will get free identity protection and credit monitoring. Paige reportedly worked as a stware engineer for Amazon Web Services which made her hacking skills on point for such a historical hack for Capital One.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos & Wife Mackenzie Finalize Divorce With $38 Billion Settlement

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently finalized his divorce to his wife Mackenzie and the resulting settlement is enough to make you spit your water. It is no secret that Bezos has amassed a great amount wealth from his business savviness and the rise Amazon as an empire along the years. And now, the billionaire has to split up his assets with his wife more than 25 years. As such, the arrangement underlying the divorce settlement, approved by a Washington State judge, grants Mackenzie with 19.7 million shares Amazon.com which easily totals at more than $38 billion dollars. Surprisingly, even though Jeff is splitting his assets and losing a large part them, he will still remain the world’s richest person. Though his divorce will make his now ex-wife the third richest woman in the world. Now, that’s surely a nice way to part ways with someone. 

Jeff and MacKenzie first met when he was the VP a hedge fund in NYC, in the least romantic (or most) romantic settings. Jeff unknowingly interviewed MacKenzie for a job, before “ficially” flirting with the idea coupledom under markedly different pretenses. Within 6 months, they were married and f to Seattle where Jeff would open the first Amazon storefront, which used to only be a small bookstore.

This Year’s "Amazon Prime Day" Special Set To Be Longest Ever

The fifth installment “Amazon Prime Day” is around the corner, and this time around, it’s set to be the longest-running variation thus far. Should you be unaware what “Prime Day” entails, picture a “Black Friday” sorts, strictly for Amazon Prime users. Beginning on Monday, July 15th, “Prime Day” will be fering up over one million deals, according to CNN. Apparently, Alexa devices will be massively discounted, so should you be looking to engage in a few “Her”-esque fantasies, mark your calendars accordingly.

This Year's "Amazon Prime Day" Special Set To Be Longest Ever

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Unlike previous installments the discount extravaganza, this year’s “Prime Day” will extend for a solid forty-eight hours. Be sure to prepare your credit cards accordingly, and should you be on the fence joining Prime, let this be the wake-up call you need. With the company already calling it the “biggest global shopping event ever,” you’d be unwise to sleep on some the imminent deals.

Not to mention, the massive success “Prime Day” comes complete with ripple-effect benefits. In efforts to meet the competition, many additional retailers have moved to match Amazon with deals their own. Yet Amazon remains a true sales juggernaut, and the numbers, while undisclosed, cast a looming shadow all the same. Are you looking forward to this year’s 48-hour Prime Day? 

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Amazon Shares Official Trailer For "#FreeMeek” Documentary: Watch

During the airing last night’s BET Awards, Amazon decided to roll out the ficial trailer for Meek Mill’s anticipated docuseries, #FreeMeek. Set to debut on Amazon Prime August 9th, the 5-part docuseries will give fans an inside look at both Meek’s specific battle against the legal system and its widespread shortcomings that have negatively affected so many others. “Free Meek] explores my life and the flaws in the criminal justice system that have haunted me and others like me,” Meek said the doc, which counts JAY-Z as one its executive producers.

The investigative series will follow Meek and his supporters as they attempt to uncover the different facets corruption that kept him under the thumb Philadelphia’s criminal justice system for over a decade, and will feature new information uncovered in the investigation by Quest Research & Investigations LLC (QRI).

Watch the first ficial trailer (below), which includes some words from Jay Z himself, and be sure to tune in entirely on August 9th.

Amazon Music Will Now Come to Comcast Xfinity X1 Set-Top Boxes

Amazon Music has scored its first major cable TV deal.

The e-commerce company’s music service has confirmed Comcast will launch its music streaming service on high-end Xfinity X1 set-top boxes.  This marks its first pay-TV distribution deal and comes only six months after the cable provider first launched Amazon Prime Video on X1.

Current Amazon Music subscribers will have access to the service’s full music library.  Comcast will slowly roll out the music service on the set-top boxes over the next few weeks.

Prime members who only have access to Prime Music won’t be left behind.  The cable provider confirmed users can also stream Prime Music’s limited song catalog as well.

Speaking on its expanded partnership with Amazon, Nancy Spears, Comcast’s Vice President of Business Operations, explained Prime Video quickly became one of the most-used apps on the service.  The new partnership also marks the cable provider’s strategy of serving as a “one-stop-shop” for media and entertainment as a way to stop bleeding customers to cord-cutting.

We want to build a unique and differentiated experience to integrate the best entertainment services in one place.

Xfinity X1 set-top boxes also allow users to stream music and video from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Tubi, CuriosityStream, and Music Choice.

Whether Spotify and Apple Music will ever come to Comcast remains unclear.

Spears added, however,

We’re always open to new partnerships.

Under the new partnership, subscribers to Xfinity Flex, its $5-per-month streaming TV offering, can now access Amazon Music.  Currently, Flex users can stream content from HBO, Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, and Pandora, among other services.

As with the rest of the cable industry, Comcast continues losing a significant amount of subscribers to cord-cutting.

In the first fiscal quarter of 2019, the cable provider lost 107,000 residential video subscribers.  Comcast has around 20.85 million, two-thirds of which are on X1.

Speaking about the partnership with Comcast, Ryan Redington, Director of Amazon Music, concluded,

We’re always looking for ways to extend the reach to our customer base and give them new options to engage our music service.

 


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Amazon Unveils Full Trailer To Dark Superhero Series "The Boys"

Amazon recently released a full-length trailer for its new, upcoming series The Boys. The series is produced by famed actor Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg. It is also based on Garth Ennis’ best-selling comic books. The show follows the journey Billy Butcher, a Karl Urban’s CIA operative, to recruiting a team  uncommon characters known as The Boys to fight f a corrupted gang superheroes called The Seven. The series differs from the typical superhero tale and takes on a more comical and villain-focused perspective. The two-and-a-half minute trailer shared finds Billy Butcher amidst the recruiting process as we are introduced to the members The Boys. Moreover, a short snippet superheroes killing innocents and abusing their powers reveals the nefarious undertakings The Seven. The latter includes a Flash-like superhero carelessly running through a girl and killing her instantly. 

The Boys consist Butcher, Frenchie, Mother’s Milk, and Female. They are quite violent, precisely “eye-gouging” in their methods. We also get a preview the showdown between The Boys and The Seven which comically occurs as a song by the Spice Girls plays in the background. You may expect to watch the series upon its release date on July 26th on Amazon’s Prime Video service. 

Ice-T Doesn’t Play When It Comes To Home Deliveries

Ice-T doesn’t seem particularly pleased with the Amazon Flex delivery method. When an unidentified delivery man attempted to drop off a package at the rap legend’s home on Monday night (May 20), the Law & Order: SVU star says he almost put a cap in the person.

Ice tweeted about the encounter on Tuesday (May 21) and had a PSA for the online retail giant.

“Message To Amazon: Now that you have regular people making your home deliveries.. Maybe they should wear a Vest with AMAZON DELIVERY on it,” he wrote. “I almost shot a MF creeping up to my crib last night…. Just sayin.”

When a fan asked Ice if the person was wearing a uniform, Body Count’s de facto leader reiterated, “No. They don’t wear ANY uniform. Just regular people workin.. I ain’t mad at them. Just sayin. That shit ain’t safe.”

The Amazon Help account quickly replied to Ice’s gripes with the company, explaining they’d be in touch soon.

“Thanks for reaching out with your feedback!” the tweet read. “I’d like to escalate this to our Logistics Team for review; please leave us your details here: https://amzn.to/2VFPbns , and we’ll be in touch with you soon! ^PF.”

And yep, that’s how it’s done.

Amazon Supersedes Walmart As The World’s Largest Retailer: Report

According to Forbes, Amazon has amassed the kind wealth which sufficed to knock Walmart f the throne. The online brand earned its spot as number 25 amidst Forbes’ Global 2000 list the world’s biggest public companies. Amazon earned its spot following a consideration  the company’s revenue, prits, assets, and market value. On the other hand, Walmart lowered by five spots to number 29 on this year’s list. As such, the e-commerce managed to surpass Walmart and stole the title the world’s largest retailer. 

Amazon Supersedes Walmart As The World's Largest Retailer: Report

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Considerably, throughout the years, Amazon has affirmed its retail domination. Thus far, the number Americans subscribed to the company’s Prime membership has topped 100 million in 2019 and we are not even halfway through the year yet. Such a powerful stride may have resulted from Amazon choosing to increase the number benefits that come with the Amazon Prime subscription, hence making it a valuable and necessary membership to its customers. Of the numerous business-savvy moves the company has made, we include additional advantages tied to Amazon Prime which now include special discounts at Whole Foods, further investments in both TV and movies along with an expansion on free shipping for an array differing products.

Moreover, investors continue to pour into the company which keeps the e-commerce’s stock high-flying. Not to mention last year, the company made $10 billion dollars in prit. Thus, evidently, Amazon’s reign is not letting up anytime soon. 

Spotify Is Testing Out Interactive Audio Ads — With a Podcast Tie-In

The alpha test starts with Unilever and a recommended podcast.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek may not be giving Sony/ATV ex-chairman Marty Bandier .  But he is aggressively pushing the platform’s advertising strategy.

Just last year, the company started testing a in Australia.  Now, the testbed is the U.S., where an interactive audio ad idea is hitting a sample of ad-supported accounts.

According to AdAge, which first reported on test, the interactive ads are designed to ultra-engage listeners and hopefully drive up spot valuations.  One of the first to try the idea is Unilever, which is pushing its Axe line of products with an audio call-to-action.

In a nutshell, Unilever is prompting the user to engage by verbally requesting more.

In this case, the ‘more’ isn’t a bigger ad, rather, it’s a playlist that Axe is sponsoring.  If the user decides to jump into the playlist, just two words are needed: ‘play now’.

Separately, Spotify is also using the idea to push listeners into one of its podcasts.  That’s to integrate podcasts into its recommendation stream, and diversify its audio business model (and lower its licensing costs).

Axe represents just one iteration, and others are likely to spin the concept to fit their own advertising objectives.  That could include voice-enabled games, pushing users towards sponsored podcasts, or using a series of questions to isolate a niche target.

Within the chosen user subset, the test will only work for users that have voice controls enabled.  That ensures some familiarity with the concept.  Beyond that, users can also deactivate voice ads at any time.

During Spotity’s recent Q1 earnings call, Daniel Ek singled out voice as a ‘critical area of growth’ for the company.  That goes beyond ads, and potentially prefaces a more voice-interactive interface across mobile devices and within homes.

Of course, voice-activation is an area in which Spotify is tremendously vulnerable.

For starters, three of Spotify’s biggest competitors — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all have voice-activated smart speaker hardware solutions.  And all three are aiming to leverage that advantage against Spotify.  But less hardware-endowed competitors like Pandora are also getting into this game, with both voice-activated controls and initial tests into voice-enabled interactive ads.

 

 

 

Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Is Suing Rastaclat For "Off-Clat" Bracelets

Virgil Abloh’s signature brand Off-White can be easily spotted thanks to its unique post-modern aesthetic. Whether it be the quotation marks, the red zip tie that absolutely needs to be kept on the garment, or the diagonal arrows, Abloh’s designs are memorable, even if you’re not a fan them. One the brands that seem to be a big fan Abloh’s work, is bracelet company Rastaclat. The brand has started selling bracelets called “Off-Clat” which have quotation marks on them and the signature red tag. The bracelets are sold for $18 and can be found at retailers like Amazon and The Finish Line.

According to HighSnobiety, Off-White has not taken too kindly to the imitation and have filed a lawsuit against Rastaclat in Los Angeles. The brand claims that Rastaclat’s bracelets will confuse consumers into thinking they are actually made by Off-White, all while violating the brand’s exclusive rights.

It’s interesting to note that Off-White does not have federal registration for these particular design traits, although the brand is saying that these elements are so ingrained in the brand that they have amassed “significant common law trademark” on them. 

Consumers know exactly what Off-White is popular for and the brand is banking on those associations to help them win their case.