Blog Posts by Stacy Curtin

  • Bloomberg Boston Bureau Chief Tom Moroney and Radio News Anchor Anne Mostue are joined by top names from local business and finance to medicine and politics, along with Bloomberg reporters covering the latest stories in and around Boston.

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  • Forget 7s Plus. The iPhone Pro could be imminent, analyst says

    Apple (AAPL)'s suppliers dropped hints that the iPhone is moving away from the "numbered" cycle, and toward an iPhone Pro, according to a new research note released this week.

    Apple is likely to join the shift toward organic LED (OLED) smartphone screens, a Pacific Crest supply-chain check revealed Thursday. That, combined with an all-glass casing, could signal enough an overhaul that the iPhone 7s Plus might merit a more emotive name, like iPhone Pro, wrote the authors of the note.

    "We do not believe the majority of consumers care enough about OLED, in and of itself, to drive a significant change in iPhone upgrade rates or share gains," wrote Pacific Crest. "However, Apple's potential transition to OLED seems likely to accompany a broader change to the form factor to a glass enclosure from metal."

    Organic LEDs lights, or OLEDs seemed to be "aggressively" popular when technology analysts at Pacific Crest visited some major electronic display makers this week. The OLED

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  • Tony Hawk shares his top 3 tips for succeeding in business

    Today's youngsters might know skateboarding legend Tony Hawk as much for his business endeavors as his athletic feats.

    Hawk's historic landing of the 900 at the 1999 X Games in San Francisco coincided with the launch of a clothing line with his siblings, Hawk Clothing, and the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game series.

    "We started the clothing brand just before the video game release, and that was the perfect storm of recognition and brand awareness," the now 48-year-old former pro skater told CNBC.

    He's come a long way since. According to his website, his video game series has surpassed $1.4 billion in sales, and his diversified empire now includes popular books, sporting goods, and film production.

    "The mentality from being a pro-skater definitely crosses over into being a businessman because I'm not afraid of challenges," Hawk said. "I'm not afraid to take risks."

    Hawk shared his best advice for succeeding in business, and said that first and foremost, he encourages

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  • Amber Heard accuses estranged husband Johnny Depp of domestic violence

    By Piya Sinha-Roy

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Amber Heard obtained a restraining order on Friday against her estranged husband Johnny Depp after accusing the actor of verbal, emotional and physical abuse, days after she filed for divorce to end their 15-month marriage.

    Heard, 30, said in court filings that Depp, 52, was abusive to her throughout their marriage, culminating in an argument on Saturday night in which he hurled a cell phone into her face and shattered various objects in her apartment.

    The filings includes pictures of Heard's injured face. She appeared to have a bruise on her right cheek as she left a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

    The judge granted a temporary restraining order for Depp to stay at least 100 yards away from Heard and move out of the couple's shared condominium in downtown Los Angeles. A hearing on the order is scheduled for June 17.

    In Heard's declaration filed with the restraining

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  • Wisconsin Mazda dealer makes shopping for cars easy with new responsive website

    Hall Mazda of Brookfield offers new responsive website to drivers searching for new and used cars in Wisconsin

    BROOKFIELD, Wis., May 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- As technology becomes more of a part of people's everyday lives, many businesses are starting to take advantage of how it can help their customers find what they are looking for and buy what they want with ease. The smartphone and the internet have taken shopping to a whole new level by offering the ability to search for goods and services from virtually anywhere. Hall Mazda, a Mazda dealer in Brookfield, Wisconsin, is taking advantage of new internet technology and helping shoppers find what they are looking for by offering them a new responsive website that gives them the ability to search for new and used cars on any type of device. Whether a driver is looking for a new or used car on a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, Hall Mazda's new responsive website gives them the same incredible experience from any device.

    Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160527/373024

    Highlights of Hall Mazda's new responsive

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  • NEW YORK, May 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices:

    • TransDigm Group Inc. (TDG) will replace Baxalta Inc. (BXLT) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 2. Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASD: SHPG) is acquiring Baxalta in a deal expected to be completed on or about that date pending final conditions.
    • S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Helen of Troy Ltd (HELE) will replace Waste Connections Inc. (WCN) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Team Inc. (TISI) will replace Helen of Troy in the S&P SmallCap 600, after the close of trading on Tuesday, May 31. Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. (TSX:BIN, NYSE: BIN) and Waste Connections are merging to form a new company called Waste Connections in a deal expected to be completed on or about that date pending final conditions. "New" Waste Connections will be considered to be domiciled in Canada for index purposes and will be ineligible for continued
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  • Team Support for Solo Ocean Row #ConfrontCancerOceanRow

    CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - May 27, 2016) - Laval St. Germain is about to embark on a journey that will not only test his physical endurance, but his mental strength as well. Using only muscle and will, St. Germain will attempt a 4500 km solo row across the Atlantic Ocean, leaving Halifax mid-June and arriving in France 90 to 100 days later. Interestingly, this is similar to the route St. Germain's ancestors took some 370 years ago, only in reverse and they were under sail.

    A generous team of sponsors and specialists has come together to support St. Germain in his adventure. An old proverb states: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." St.Germain's team will help him go far in the #ConfrontCancerOceanRow.

    With reinforcement from Catch Engineering, a team of professional electrical engineers will be available to troubleshoot and help, remotely, with any electrical or technological challenges that St. Germain may encounter. Before the epic row, Catch

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    For media inquiries please contact Christina Rowsell, Media Relations Director, to book an interview.

    Christina Rowsell
    #ConfrontCancerOceanRow
    www.lavalstgermain.com
    Christina@christinarowsell.com
    403-703-5572

  • [$$] NCR Sells Printer Division Assets to Atlas Holdings

    NCR Sells Printer Division Assets to Atlas HoldingsSale of assets still owned by NCR expected to close in third quarter

    NCR Corp., a payment technologies company, said it completed the sale of a portion of its Interactive Printer Solutions division to Altas Holdings LLC.

    The sale—a phase of Atlas’s purchase of the entire division—includes the division’s manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and most of its employees, according to a news release. NCR continues to own assets in the Middle East and Africa. The sale of those assets is expected to be completed in the third quarter. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed in the release.

    Investment bank SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP advised NCR. Law firm Jones Day advised Atlas.

    NCR, of Duluth, Ga., offers transaction technologies in the financial-services, retail, telecommunications and technology, hospitality, travel,

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  • Week In Review: Apple-Led Stocks Rise Above Fed; Autos Hitch Ride; Oil Hits $50

    Investors this week learned to stop worrying and love the rate hike. Even as Fed officials and fresh economic data bolstered the case for a summer interest rate increase, stocks rallied. Apple (AAPL) and banks continued to climb, while energy stocks took heart from $50 oil. Top-rated Ulta Beauty (ULTA) and deep-discount stores shrugged off retail earnings woes. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) kept spinning. Alibaba (BABA) disclosed an SEC accounting probe, while Alphabet (GOOGL) and Bank of America (BAC) won key court battles. What Fed? Stocks Rally Despite Rate Hike Talk Odds for a Federal Reserve rate increase at the June or July meetings continued to climb, but stocks rallied. The Nasdaq rose 3.4%, the S&P 500 2.3% and the Dow industrials 2.1%, with all three regaining their 50-day lines as the market direction returned to a confirmed uptrend. Apple advanced 5.4% after climbing 5.2% last week. Financial and energy stocks also rallied, with the latter rising along with oil prices.

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  • Sir, It is welcome news that Ségolène Royal, France's environment minister, is adding her voice to international pressure against the illicit trade in endangered species, in particular the African elephant (Collecting, May 21).

    But, like so many public figures, Ms Royal appears to be in danger of confusing the preservation of wildlife with the utterly different issue of works of art, created over the millennia, that happen to be made of, or contain, ivory.

    There are effective licensing procedures in place, based on the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), to ensure that such works of art can be moved around the world, both for exhibition and trade, between bona fide parties.

    Surely a country as deeply civilised as France will not wish to undermine the study, exhibition and collecting of many elements of its own culture, which include, in particular, widely admired French Gothic ivories.

    It is time that universal support for saving

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