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CEOs from Twitter, Facebook, Google face grilling on moderating content
seewhatmitchsee/iStock By ALLISON PECORIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Top executives from Twitter, Facebook and Google faced a grilling from lawmakers Wednesday about how they moderate content on their platforms amid concerns about censorship and misinformation in the run-up to the election.Lawmakers are questioning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai about whether changes should be made to a law that gives the companies broad freedom to choose if and how they moderate user-generated content on their platforms.The law -- Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act -- shields tech companies from legal liability for content...
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Dow plunges more than 800 points as COVID-19 cases spike
400tmax/iStock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Stocks took a tumble Wednesday morning amid uncertainty over rising virus cases and with less than a week to go before the U.S. presidential vote.The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 800 points, or approximately 3%, early Wednesday. The S&P 500 slipped 3% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq also slid 3% Wednesday morning.The sell-off, which began earlier this week, comes amid a new surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Last Friday, some seven months into the crisis, the nation hit a new all-time high of 83,757 new cases in a single...
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Black Friday 2020: Macy's offers look at this year's deals
jetcityimage/iStock By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- While holiday shopping will look different this year, retailers have continued to announce earlier Black Friday plans to help everyone get a head start on finding the best deals.Macy's announced on Monday that its Black Friday sales will begin on Nov. 16 online and in-stores, and everything from cookware to clothing and lots more will be included.While the retailer will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year for the first time in seven years, the store will continue its tradition of opening for Black Friday.Some of this year's top deals...
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ColourPop, Disney join forces to release a Baby Yoda eye shadow palette
ColourPop By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- ColourPop and Disney have joined forces again, but this time it's for the release of a Baby Yoda eye shadow palette.The limited-edition palette will officially debut on Oct. 29 and beauty enthusiasts are already fanning out after capturing glimpses of the new line on social media.ColourPop x The Child eye shadow palette features nine shades with a mix of monochromatic matte and metallic finishes in greens and brown tones."The galaxy will never be the same … The Child, affectionately referred to as Baby Yoda, stole our hearts, so we decided...
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Essie launches nail polish collection to celebrate the rare blue moon
Essie By ZOE MOORE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- This year, Halloween will be more special than ever with the appearance of a rare blue moon.While it is called a blue moon, the moon won't actually appear blue. The phrase refers to the time when a second full moon occurs in one month. According to NASA, a blue moon occurs about seven times every 19 years.To celebrate the rare occurrence, nail brand Essie has launched a new collection.The brand's Blue Moon 2020 Collection features six shimmery nail polishes perfect for Halloween night.The shades include "Once in a Blue Moon," "So...
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Retailers stock up on smaller turkeys for Thanksgiving due to pandemic
circlePS/iStock By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With smaller-scale Thanksgiving celebrations this year due to the pandemic, grocery stores are stocking their fresh and frozen sections with proportionally appropriate poultry.Walmart announced that they have adjusted plans due to the shift in shopper habits this season."Demand for turkey will undoubtedly look different this year, and at Walmart, we made early shifts to ensure our customers would find the items they want for the Thanksgiving meal," Jacqui Lyons, the company's divisional merchandise manager of seafood and seasonal meat, said in a statement. "With more customers planning for smaller groups, we anticipate...
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For Latino entrepreneurs, business growth is as disparate as their political views
Luciana Gomez, a cafe owner in Dallas. (ABC News) By VALERIE HONG, ROBERT ZEPEDA, CANDACE SMITH and ANTHONY RIVAS, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Luciana Gomez has lived in the United States for 19 years. When she moved here from Argentina, she hadn't planned to own a business, but she says living here "helped me discover the passion that I had."Gomez now owns Cafe Victoria in Dallas, which serves coffee and pastries. For the most part, it had been doing well, but then COVID-19 came. Gomez was one of thousands of small business owners who filed an application for the Payment...
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Gap and Banana Republic are closing another 350 stores
David Tran/iStock By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Joining a host of several other popular retailers, Gap is planning to make major changes amid the coronavirus pandemic.The global American retailer announced it will shutter 225 of its stores by 2024 -- a third of its locations. With these closures, 80% of Gap's remaining stores will be free-standing outside of malls and a 30% drop in overall locations that will remain.Gap Inc.'s plans are closely tied to many clothing retailers losing foot traffic in stores due to lockdowns during the pandemic. Many have also reported that shopping habits have...
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Dunkin' Brands confirms talks of possible sale
eyewave/iStock By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins confirmed it's in talks to sell itself to a private equity-backed company.Dunkin' Brands announced in a press release Sunday "that it has held preliminary discussions to be acquired by Inspire Brands."The company explained that there's "no certainty that any agreement will be reached" and won't comment further "until a transaction is agreed or discussions are terminated."Inspire Brands, which is backed by Roark Capital Group, holds an array of fast-casual restaurant chains in its portfolio including Arby's, Jimmy Johns, Sonic and Buffalo Wild Wings. A spokesman...
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How to navigate job hunting amid COVID-19: Four tips from a career expert at LinkedIn
BrianAJackson/iStock By TAYLOR DUNN and ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- This year, millions of people around the world have missed out on big milestones or have had to postpone important events like weddings due to COVID-19.The same has happened to college seniors who missed out on their graduation ceremonies and were unable to kickstart their careers by finding their first jobs.For Caitlyn Martyn, a recent graduate of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, job prospects seemed attainable before the pandemic hit."I was having a lot of interviews, I was pursuing some really exciting opportunities that were, in my opinion, like...
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Why one 90s toy phenomenon is making a comeback
apilarinos/iStock By MIGUEL FLORENCIO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Since the first introduction of Pokémon to American audiences in 1997, it has collected the hearts of several generations. When the iconic show first aired in the U.S., kids were immediately glued to their TV sets and mesmerized by the adventures of Ash and Pikachu. Then, when the Pokémon Trading Card Game launched in the late 90s, Pokémon cards invaded classrooms across the country and many schools fought the craze by banning them in order to keep students focused on their schoolwork. Years later, in 2016, Pokémon Go became a global phenomenon...
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Delta adds 460 people to no-fly list for refusing to wear masks
Jetlinerimages/iStock BY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) -- Usually reserved for suspected terrorists, Delta Airlines has added the names of 460 people to its no-fly lists for refusing to comply with a requirement to wear masks during flights, according to a memo to employees from the company's CEO.Delta CEO Ed Bastian revealed the number in an internal memo about breast cancer awareness month. He encouraged employees to participate in helping to raise money to fight the disease."Throughout the pandemic, we have focused our efforts on protecting our people, our customers and our communities," Bastian wrote in the memo sent to...
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