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Four Wall Street businessmen ordered a $2000 bottle of wine, and didn’t notice the difference when they received a $18 bottle instead

Summary List Placement A mix-up at New York City restaurant Balthazar led to a young couple getting the deal of a lifetime as they were accidentally served a $2,000 bottle of Mouton Rothschild 1989 after ordering an $18 Pinot, Decanter reported. A server inadvertently poured both wines into identical decanters, restaurant owner Keith McNally explained […]

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America’s massive unpaid rent problem could have been avoided if every unemployed person received federal UI benefits and $1,200 stimulus, study says

Summary List Placement Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia wrote in a new study that had every unemployed American received the extra $600 per week in unemployment insurance payments from the CARES Act, on top of the Economic Impact Payments that the researchers refer to as stimulus, then just 125,000 households would be behind […]

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Microsoft Windows head Panos Panay says the pandemic has made the PC more vital than ever, even in the smartphone era: ‘The usage intensity on Windows is higher than it’s ever been before’ (MSFT)

Summary List Placement When Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay took over leadership of the Windows operating system in February, the company’s priority was to “remind people how essential the PC is.” “It was my primary focus,” Panay said in an interview this week at the Business Insider Global Trends Festival. “Let’s go get people […]

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump threatened to sue an anti-Trump super PAC for putting up billboards showing them smiling next to the US COVID-19 death toll

Summary List Placement White House senior advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have threatened to sue an anti-Trump Republican super PAC for putting up two Times Square billboards showing pictures of them smiling and posing next to figures about the US coronavirus death toll. The two billboards, which were funded by The Lincoln Project, were […]

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How Spotify is trying to use its podcasting power to introduce new features into the medium, according to its head of consumer experience (SPOT)

Summary List Placement Spotify executive Sten Garmark wants to use the streaming company’s new power in the podcasting sector to change how people listen to and create for the medium. Stockholm-based Spotify has made big strategic bets on podcasting over the past 18 months by acquiring major publishers and networks like Gimlet and The Ringer […]

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Inside the biggest independent ad agency, The Richards Group, where some say an old-school culture that included all-male retreats fueled racism and sexism

Summary List Placement In late 2019, executives from PF Chang’s China Bistro came by The Richards Group’s office after the ad agency won their business.  The Dallas-based agency was known to regularly host games to entertain clients and visitors, and agency founder Stan Richards described this one to the PF Chang’s execs as “I’m not […]

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I’m a freelance travel journalist. Here’s how I take time off — even during a pandemic — without falling behind or losing crucial business.

Summary List Placement Salaried workers have it good in many ways.  Their benefits often include partially-funded healthcare coverage, 401K matching programs, paid sick days, and even paid time off for bank holidays and vacation. Many people even negotiate their vacation days before accepting an offer for a new role.  Freelancers get none of these perks. […]