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    TV's nostalgia craze is now extending beyond reboots and revivals like Magnum P.I. and Will & Grace. This Friday, one of television's most famous programming blocks returns: ABC's TGIF, which initially stood for Thank Goodness It's Funny. From 1989-2000, the ABC brand entertained kids and their families on Friday nights with hit sitcoms like Full...

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    Michimasa Fujino always knew he wanted to be an engineer. "I wanted to build and design things," he said. "When my parents were starting to build their house, I participated in the design and building of the model of the house." He was 11. After graduating with a doctorate in aeronautical engineering from the University...

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    Foursquare closed a $33 million Series F equity funding round led by Simon Ventures, Naver and longtime backer Union Square Ventures. The company said the first close of $25 million took place last Friday, and it anticipates a secondary close with the remaining $8 million by year-end. Simon Ventures is a retail- and tech-focused firm...

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    Facebook introduced new tools and programs to help combat cyberbullying and harassment on the social network, including an easier way to deal with multiple comments simultaneously. Global head of safety Antigone Davis detailed the social network's new comment moderation process in a Newsroom post, saying that people can now hide or delete multiple comments at...

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    Time's Up has named Lisa Borders as its first president and CEO. Borders will step down from her current role as president of the WNBA to take on the role at the beginning of November. "Time's Up is both a natural extension and a bold advancement of the work I have been doing for the...

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    Grocery chain Kroger and pharmacy chain Walgreens are teaming up on a pilot in which shoppers near 13 Walgreen locations in Northern Kentucky will be able to pick up their online Kroger orders at Walgreens--and Walgreens will begin offering grocery items from Kroger's Our Brands line. Kroger is touting the partnership as a "one-stop shopping...

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    Twitter is settling in for the 2018 Major League Baseball postseason with five special livestreamed pregame shows, as well as hashtag-triggered emojis for every playoff club. The schedule for Twitter's livestreamed pregame shows--which will feature highlights, breakdowns and analysis and be available exclusively via live.twitter.com/mlb and @MLB--follows (all start times are two hours before that...

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    The Major League Baseball playoffs are back, and so is T-Mobile's #HR4HR initiative to raise money for hurricane recovery. Starting Tuesday, the league's official wireless sponsor will donate $5,000 for every home run hit during the league's postseason to support hurricane recovery efforts spearheaded by military veteran-led Team Rubicon. T-Mobile will also donate $1 to...

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    Pinterest officially introduced the More Ideas tab that some users began seeing last month. The new tab enables people to explore new recommendations based on ideas they have already saved, and it also surfaces new suggestions for sections that users can add to organize their ideas. The More Ideas tab is now available to all...

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    Would you like to join a sexy telephone party and talk with hot people all night long? If so, don't bother calling 1-855-883-8663. You'll just hear an ancient recording of former Kentucky Governor A.B. "Happy" Chandler warbling "My Old Kentucky Home." On the plus side, those hanging in for the full three minutes will get...

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    Walmart will acquire women's plus-size clothing retailer Eloquii in a deal reportedly worth $100 million as retailers of women's fashion are taking steps to be more inclusive. Walmart did not disclose how much it spent, but said the deal is expected to close this quarter. Eloquii began as the plus-size line of mall staple The...

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    On Oct. 3, 2016, Facebook introduced Marketplace, a destination for people to find--and make offers for--items directly through Facebook's mobile application. Today--Oct. 3, 2018--Marketplace turns two years old. Vice president of Marketplace Deborah Liu, who began overseeing the feature last September, said in a Newsroom post that more than one out of three people in...

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    When it comes to advertising awards, most "call for entries" campaigns focus on how winning an industry honor can make you feel. But cheeky new spots from Toronto agency Zulu Alpha Kilo instead focus on another important aspect: how an industry honor can make others feel about you. Encouraging entries into The One Show Awards,...

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    When Toys R Us declared bankruptcy and ultimately shuttered this past summer, it was a familiar tale--yet another retail giant deeply in debt with too many locations, unable to compete with the rapid market changes over the last decade. Now, the lenders behind the liquidation are looking to revive the business--keeping the intellectual property including...

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    Shoes, news, dating and shaving: these are just a few of the industries that disruptive brands like Bumble, Flipboard and M. Gemi are turning inside out. At Brandweek in Palm Springs, Calif. last week, eight brands and their leaders took to the stage to explain how they found a space in the industry to deliver...

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    New Zealand is a destination that's long been painted as otherworldly. The country's lush landscapes were famously used as a backdrop to all three Lord of the Rings films, and today, it routinely populates across Instagram feeds of wanderlust-inducing accounts. But while this not-of-this-earth reputation has helped earn New Zealand a spot on many travelers'...

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    Cigarette-Burn Cream. Cried-All-Night Sunglasses. Jealous-Rage Bandages. A Don't-Talk-Back Arm Sling. You'll find such "gift ideas" on The Broken Bride Registry, a darkly potent campaign from Canada designed to raise awareness of spousal abuse, which ranks as that nation's top form of violence against women. Each product corresponds to a real-life story of abuse. For example,...

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    Facebook is sprucing up its jobs tool for the holiday shopping season, adding the ability to share job listings in groups. The social network said in a blog post that more than 525,000 seasonal employees were hired in the U.S. last year for the holiday shopping season. Users can now share job listings to groups...

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    Here's a sliver of good news for Facebook: Advertisers and marketers are largely unconcerned with the social media giant's latest security breach, which compromised more than 50 million accounts' private information. Facebook has provided few updates so far on the extent of the attack, but said in a blog post Tuesday that third-party apps that...

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