Today In Data: Kill The Check, CA’s Cannabis Boom And Smart Speakers’ Proliferation

January 3, 2018

By PYMNTS Today in PYMNTS’ data, billions of checks are still being issued annually in the U.S. (despite recipients’ growing dissatisfaction with them), California’s economy may see a huge boost from the now-legal recreational cannabis industry, smart speaker devices’ proliferation is expected to grow exponentially, large corporations are expecting blockchain integrations by the end of the year and a significant portion of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are considering switching…

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Jay Z's Roc Nation signs Penn State's Barkley

January 3, 2018

1:18 PM ET Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports has signed the top college running back available for this year’s NFL draft. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley told ESPN on Wednesday he had signed with the company. “It was a really easy decision,” Barkley said. “A lot of people came around my way, but they were focused on me and they did a great job at selling my family on setting me…

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Why average return from investments is what you should expect and be happy with

January 3, 2018

By Uma Shashikant If someone told us that we should be happy making average returns on our investments, it would probably be unacceptable to us. The lure of doing better or beating the average is something we simply cannot let go of. The very notion of earning above average returns on a consistent basis is a statistical challenge. The average is derived from the tendency of returns to noisily wobble…

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Kumkum Bhagya 3 January 2018 full episode written update: Pragya gives Khan Chacha’s address to Simolika

January 3, 2018

By Mehak Arora Written by Mehak Arora | New Delhi | Updated: January 3, 2018 9:52 pm Kumkum Bhagya 3 January 2018 full episode written update: Pragya meets Simolika outside who is waiting for her with the broken guitar. Abhi tells Purab how he feels that this is Pragya and not Munni though she tried proving that she isn’t Pragya. He says what he fails to understand is that why…

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Experts Predict More Retail Closures In 2018 Despite Strong Holiday Season

January 3, 2018

By PYMNTS The holiday season is officially over, and the news was better than expected. Sales were up 4.9 percent — the biggest year-over-year uptick since 2011 — and consumers set new records for the number of dollars spent. Online shopping had a strong year, reporting 18.1 percent growth since 2016 — though much of that was driven by a late season rally from customers getting their second shopping wind,…

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Millennials Were The Wind In Amazon’s Sales In 2017

January 3, 2018

By PYMNTS Approximately 44 percent of U.S. eCommerce sales, and 4 percent of total U.S. retail sales, were generated by Amazon in 2017, according to findings from market analytics firm One Click Retail. Impressive numbers, CNBC reported on Wednesday (Jan. 3), yet ones which also reveal plenty of room for more growth in 2018. The fastest-growing product categories included luxury beauty (up 47 percent from last year), pantry items (up…

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Gene Munster Thinks Amazon Will Buy Target

January 3, 2018

By PYMNTS The early part of a new year is always rife with predictions, and venture capital firm Loup Ventures co-founder Gene Munster deserves credit from coming out of the dugout with a great big win. Munster is predicting Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition in 2017 was just a warm up to the real show, and that a takeover of big-box retailer Target is in store for the eCommerce giant in…

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Philander not convinced yet that Kohli's India travel better

10:51 AM ET Vernon Philander is a man of few words, but in those few words he did throw down the gauntlet for India two days before the series’ first Test. Asked about the general reputation this India team seems to carry – of being better travellers than the earlier teams – Philander said he wasn’t impressed just yet. “They have played most of their games at home, so it’ll…

January 3, 2018
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Bigg Boss 11, January 3 preview: Commoners wage war against celebs in ‘Ticket to Finale’ task

January 3, 2018

By Sana Farzeen Written by Sana Farzeen | Mumbai | Published: January 3, 2018 9:18 pm Bigg Boss 11, January 3 preview: Ticket to finale task gets intense. The competitive spirit among the top six contestants in Bigg Boss 11 is at an all-time high after the ‘Ticket to Finale’ task was introduced last night. With two contestants getting a chance to enter the finale directly, everyone was seen trying…

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Mom of Kansas freshman to critics: Be quiet!

9:18 AM ET The mother of Billy Preston, the five-star Kansas recruit still sidelined by the investigation into a recent car accident, told critics of her son to “be quiet” in a series of tweets Tuesday night that referenced the freshman’s situation. In November, Bill Self told reporters the school’s compliance staff wanted a “clearer financial picture” about the car Preston was driving during the on-campus crash before it would…

January 3, 2018
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