Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 17, 2015
July 17, 2015
That Amazon "Prime Day" sale actually was a winner for the online shopping giant, since Amazon says customers ordered 34.4 million items worldwide, breaking the record set by last year's "Black Friday" sale.
That gave Amazon's shares a record high of $473.21 on the stock market yesterday.
Hope you're not tired of asking Siri what zero divided by zero is-- Facebook is also developing a personal assistant tool, much like Siri.
However, the difference between Siri and the new app is that it will be human-powered. And named MONEYPENNY, after M's secretary in the James Bond franchise.
According to The Information, Facebook is testing the software internally and hopes to use it in tandem with the Messenger app. (AB)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
RUMER WILLIS will be making her Broadway debut next month, playing the role of Roxie Hart in "Chicago." ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" winner will appear in an eight-week limited engagement starting Aug 18 and ending Sun, Oct 11.
Remember that scene in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" where the two valets jack the Corvette and go joyriding? Yeah, that stuff really happens. Taco Bell manager RANDY JONES dropped his Nissan 350Z at Raceway Nissan in Riverside, California, for some routine maintenance. Just a couple of hours later, two mechanics came through the drive-thru in HIS car! After investigating, turns out the two guys were two miles off the official route used to test vehicle diagnostics. They were both fired. (Myers)
JAY-Z's Tidal music streaming service can add another one to its 99 problems. The Wrap says Tidal has been sued for $50-million dollars by LIL WAYNE's record label, Cash Money. They claim to have an exclusive deal with Lil Wayne that goes back to 1988, and by Tidal releasing Weezy's 2014 track, "Glory" and his "FWA" album, that's a violation of that agreement. This could get ugly ...for Tidal. (Marino)
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