CANNES WATCH: Designers Set Up Shop
Cannes is about so much more than film: It's also the world's premier fashion festival. A-list actresses like Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard work 12 days-worth of red carpet dressed to the nines in the latest designer creations. And now, luxury houses have started to colonize top hotels on the Croisette with pop-up stands.
Iconoclastic Billionaire And Investor Mark Cuban To Speak At Disrupt SF
Mark Cuban will be on stage at Disrupt SF for a fireside chat. From an early dot.com success, to an outspoken sports team owner, to household TV personality, Mark Cuban is seemingly everywhere. This will be Cuban’s first time speaking at Disrupt, yet he was involved with TechCrunch50 in 2008 as a guest and expert judge. Cuban is a serial entrepreneur and noted investor who co-founded Broadcast.com with Todd Wagner and later sold the company to Yahoo in 1999 for $5.04 billion. Prior to Broadcast.com, Mark also co-founded and sold eventually sold MicroSolution to CompuServe in 1983. Since his dot-com days, Cuban went on to found the first high-def satellite tv network HDNet, buy the Dallas Mavericks, lose on Dancing With The Stars, make Shark Tank watchable, and most recently, co-found an ephemeral messaging app with Ryan Ozonian, Cyber Dust.
Taylor Swift: Jaime King Reveals What It's Really Like Dancing With Her Bestie, Dishes On 1989
Jaime King is one very blessed lady. Not only is she beautiful, a Hollywood star, a mother and wife, but she's also besties with Taylor Swift. And that means she's heard all of Swift's new album,1989, which hits stores in October. While at the premiere of her new flick, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the actress said "This album, I could not tell you how amazing it is. "I'm trying to wrack my brain to try to think of an album that I've loved this much in the past 10 years. The thing is she's always been a pop artist. Her country music always transcended and had a pop element to it."
Google Opens Chrome To Cuba — For Those Who Can Get Online
Internet users in Cuba — the few who have access to the web, that is — can now download Google's popular browser Chrome. Google announced that it made Chrome available in Cuba on Wednesday, blaming the delay on U.S. export controls and sanctions against the communist country. In a press release, Google's Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Latin America Pedro Less Andrade said, "These trade restrictions are always evolving, and over time, we’ve been working to figure out how to make more tools available in sanctioned countries." This move can be seen as part of Google's goal of improving Internet access in Cuba. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, and Jared Cohen, the director of Google Ideas, reportedly visited Cuba in late June to meet with officials and those who work in the tech industry.
Immigrants Found In Back Of Locked Rental Truck
Federal officials say the discovery of nine immigrants who were locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona highlights the dangers of human smuggling. Customs and Border Protection says the incident Thursday at a checkpoint on Interstate 19 near Amado was a potentially deadly smuggling attempt because of summer heat and because there was no source or fresh air or means of escape.
Swansea Sign Argentina Defender Fernandez
Swansea City on Wednesday announced the signing of Argentina defender Federico Fernandez from Napoli on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. A club statement said "Swansea City are delighted to confirm the signing of Napoli and Argentina defender Federico Fernandez for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance," "The 25-year-old passed his medical on Monday before putting pen to paper on a four-year deal today." While the fee for Fernandez was undisclosed, British media reports said that it was around $13.3 million.
Hewlett-Packard Earnings Meet Wall Street Estimates
Hewlett-Packard reported earnings per share of 89 cents in line with Wall Street estimates, but topped analysts predictions on sales thanks to increased shipments of personal computers and notebooks. The company posted third-quarter revenue of $27.6 billion, up from $27.2 billion in the year-ago period. Still, third-quarter profit dropped 29%. HP shares fell in after-hours trading. Hewlett-Packard reported fiscal third-quarter results after the market closed on Wednesday.
U.S. Existing Home Sales Rise At Fastest Pace In 10 Months
Americans resold their homes in July at the fastest pace in almost a year, a sign the housing market was gaining steam again after a year-long slump. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales increased 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.15 million units. That was above analysts' expectations and marked the fourth straight month the pace of home resales accelerated.
Storytelling App Steller Becomes More Of A Social Network
A beautifully designed mobile storytelling app Steller was introduced earlier this year to deliver on a simple premise: that our smartphones can do more than serve as our cameras or a quick way to post images to social networks like Facebook or Instagram, they’re also capable of being creative devices. Today, the company is rolling out an upgraded version of its application, with Steller 2.0, an update that pushes the app more into social networking territory, with features like comments, @mentions, hashtags, search and other changes. The app allows you to turn your photos and videos into stories, using a set of simple tools, designed from the ground-up for mobile devices.
Mother Of US Journalist Foley Says Never Prouder Of Son
Friends, relatives and colleagues have paid tribute to American journalist James Foley, executed by Islamic State jihadists. Condolences and shocked messages poured in after the Islamist group released a video of Foley's beheading late Tuesday, including from French journalists who revealed they had been held alongside him in the past year. Foley, 40, had been missing since he was seized in Syria in November, 2012. Foley's mother Diane told reporters outside their New Hampshire home, "We're very proud of him. He was a courageous, fearless journalist, a very compassionate American. He was just a hero."