Instead of finishing off Thanksgiving in the Black Friday storm of shopping, Buy Nothing Day is the other option. Supported by AdBusters, the movement started in the early 1990s. Supporters cut up credit cards, walk around the malls without shopping or even take carts and form a conga line in stores. Optionally, #OptOutside is for all those outdoorsy folks who find hiking more enjoyable than the mile-long lines at Zara and H&M. Or you could just stay home, eat more and watch Netflix.
A few weeks ago, Twitter announced that it was shutting down Vine, the short-video sharing app. But it seems Twitter is looking to sell the service. According to TechCrunch, Twitter is currently vetting multiple term sheets from companies offering to buy Vine and is looking to make a deal soon. Even if Twitter does shut down Vine, the archive of Vines uploaded would still be available to watch and users would be able to download their own Vines for safekeeping.
The world of online music streaming is bracing for a major merger as multiple reports claim Apple Music is in talks to buy Tidal. The streaming service is owned by Jay-Z and is known for exclusive releases from artists like Beyonce, Kanye West and Madonna. Should the deal go through, Apple Music will have one less competitor in the over-crowded music streaming world. The market is dominated by companies like SoundCloud and Spotify. Over 4 million people subscribe to Tidal and it's 40 million-song catalog. Even though a spokesperson for Tidal denied talk of a merger, it's no secret that Jay-Z hasn't been happy with the business. In March, Jay-Z took legal action against Tidal's previous owners for over-selling the service's subscriber count.
Tesla's industry-changing electric automobiles have long-been a commodity reserved for those with deep pockets. However, that's not the case with Tesla's new Model 3, a surprisingly budget-friendly electric vehicle that might change the auto industry yet again. Truly Tesla's first "mass-market" car, the Model 3 costs just $35,000 and can travel at least 215 miles per charge. The automobile is ideal for city-dwellers who use their vehicles for short trips, like commutes to work or the grocery store. By all accounts, the Model 3 is already a hit. Tesla is reporting that almost 150,000 people have paid a refundable $1000 deposit to be one of the very first owners of a Model 3.
Once a tradition exclusive to the United States, Black Friday has made its way overseas. Across Great Britain, last year's Black Friday bonanzas were so chaotic that members of the country's parliament took a stand against the shopping mayhem. To avoid last year's violent turn-of-events, British retailers have scaled down their Black Friday discounts and deals. Even more, a group of booksellers created "Civilized Saturday," the antithesis of Black Friday where tea and cookies are served in a calm, relaxing manner while customers shop. Now that's a tradition to get behind.
Is tipping passé?
1. Come November, the 13 restaurants owned by famed restaurateurs Danny Meyer will do something out of the ordinary for eateries: say goodbye to tipping. Upset by uneven wages for his employees, Meyer hopes that eliminating tipping, and subsequently raising menu prices, spreads the wealth across his kitchen and dining rooms. Restaurateurs across the country are praising the move.
2. Meyer's plan isn't loved by everyone, however. One writer points out that the economics of Meyer's decision caters to one-percenters, as higher menu prices will drive away lower-earning patrons, making the often-inclusive world of fine dining even more unaccessible.
3. So, do you think getting rids of tips is revolutionary for the restaurant scene?
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Here's a quick lesson for you: workers like getting paid. Someone needs to clue Urban Outfitters in. The clothing giant basically asked its employees to work for free. A leaked email from UO shows the company promising free lunch (and team building opportunities!) in exchange for a helping hand in its shipping warehouses. Not cool. It's not all bad, however. Just this week, the company announced that it will end on-call scheduling for workers in New York state. You win some, you lose some.
Is American Apparel worth saving?
1. Yesterday wasn't the best day for unitard-loving hipsters as America Apparel officially filed for bankruptcy. Sluggish sales, heightened competition and a legal brawl with their former CEO all contributed to the company's demise. However, as American Apparel has a chance to reinvent itself under Chapter 11, some have come up with an idea to save the company: Stop making clothes in America.
2. Even though American manufacturing is insanely expensive when compared to oversea markets, American Apparel executives have defended the company's decision to keep manufacturing in its namesake homeland. After all, American Apparel is the country's largest clothing manufacturer.
3. Should American Apparel look overseas to solve their financial woes? Or is an American-made good worth fighting for?
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Hotels in New York City are insanely expensive, so why not stay in this Brooklyn's deli window display? After all, it just landed on AirBnb. As Jesse's Deli landlord plans to more than double the store's rent, the two owners have been forced to get creative to stay open. The AirBnb, which you can view here, gives its occupants 28 sqaure feet of space at $329 per night. This comes after the deli started selling faux-artisanal products (think $5.99 Slim Jim cleverly labeled "artisanal salami tubes") in protest of the neighborhood's gentrification and its subsequent sky-high rents.
Aretha Franklin to documentarians: Show some respect
1. Aretha Franklin just wants some R.E.S.P.E.C.T. So much so, that the Queen of Soul has taken to federal court to block screenings of Amazing Grace, a documentary about Franklin's 1972 Los Angeles gospel concert, at film festivals across the country. A judge ruled in Franklin's favor just hours before the film was set to premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.
2. Opponents of Franklin aren't even sure that the singer has a case. A recently released contact from 1968 shows Franklin signing away the rights to any concert footage. Franklin sued the film's producer, Alan Elliot, in 2011 for using footage of the concert without written permission.
3. So, is The Queen of Soul just being dramatic? Or is Amazing Grace unlawful?
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Feeling down? Look on the bright side, at least you don't own stock in Twitter. Those who do may soon be losing money as the social media giant's stock price fell below $26, the company's stock value during its 2013 IPO. Twitter's stock has been free falling as of late, thanks to dismal earning reports and a prolonged search for a new CEO after Dick Costolo, the company's CEO of five years, was ousted in June. While Twitter still boasts over 300 million users, its stagnent growth and waning relativity has Wall Street clipping the wings of everyone's favorite little blue bird. #IPuhoh
Want to really tell your coworkers what you think about their “constructive feedback?” Do it! Just make sure you’re using Gmail, and that you have the next 30 seconds free. Gmail’s new “Undo Send” feature allows you half a minute to recall, um…misguided messages even after you’ve sent them. Current Gmail users can turn the new function on within Gmail’s settings and choose which length of time, from five to 30 seconds, to allow the Undo Send function to remain active. Bad news for those who like to vent with no abandon from their phone, however: Undo Send is not available on Gmail’s mobile app just yet.
Alibaba, the massive Asian e-commerce site akin to eBay, is being sued by fashion giant Kering, the company behind luxury brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Kering alleges that Alibaba knowingly allows the sale of counterfeit goods across multiple online marketplaces while Alibaba retains that it has thousands of workers combating knock-offs. Considering the suit was filed in Manhattan, a United States federal court will decide the ugly consequences that coincide with selling such pretty, fake fashions.