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Friday Odds and Ends

-BBH Singapore released this parody of The Shining for IKEA (video above). -These vintage ads are super misogynistic, disturbing and often creepy. -J.C. Penney to launch media agency review. -Haberman launches “Modern Storytellers” for...Show More Summary

United Airlines Books Its Highest Quarterly Profit Yet

Ideally with an earnings report you want great results or great forward-looking statements. With United Continental Holdings’ fiscal third quarter you got both.

Meet Hatsune Miku, The Japanese Pop Superstar Who Is Entirely Virtual

Hatsune Miku weighs 93 pounds, has 2.5 million Facebook fans, and recently sold out the Hammerstein Ballroom. She's also made of software. When Hatsune Miku comes on stage, she can't hear the crowd cheering. Nor can she see her fans swinging their green glowsticks to the beat. That's because Hatsune Miku isn't a person; she's an animated character. Read Full Story

Apple’s iPad Air 2 is svelte and powerful, but no radical leap from the first Air

The new Air adds TouchID, a thinner profile, a better camera, and an improved touchscreen.

5 Things To Ponder: To QE Or Not To QE

Submitted by Lance Roberts of STA Wealth Management, Over the last few weeks, the markets have seen wild vacillations as stocks plunged and then surged on a massive short-squeeze in the most beaten up sectors of energy and small-mid capitalization companies. Show More Summary

How Creative Discomfort Fueled the Foo Fighters' Latest Project: "Sonic Highways"

Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl on how Sonic Highways--part album, part HBO series--is an exercise in breaking from familiarity. For a band like Foo Fighters, which during its 20-year career has recorded eight studio albums, the process of stepping into the studio to create a new record is a familiar experience. Show More Summary

ZeekRewards Founder Charged in $850 Million Scam

AP file/Chuck BurtonIn this Feb. 28, 2013 photo, the closed office of Zeekler Corporation is shown in Lexington, N.C. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A North Carolina man that prosecutors say masterminded an $850 million Internet-based Ponzi scheme...Show More Summary

Tumblr announces 40 percent growth and a fancy new video player

You’ve heard of Pop-Up Video? Tumblr now has Pop-Out Video! I know that sounds like they’ve perfected an incredible 3D video player but no....  What it really means is that you can pop the video out of any Tumblr stream so you can watch on a continuous loop while you skim your […]

Recommended Roundup: Getting Creative With L.A. Rooftops; S.F.'s Housing Woes

Welcome to Curbed's weekly roundup of architecture, real estate, and urban planning-related feature stories. Please be in touch if you have a story to recommend. Photo by Dave Tamburo via Curbed LA Flickr pool 1. Architect Judith Edelman died earlier...

Least Creative Thing Of The Week: Some Villain Did Paintings All Over Our National Parks

Someone didn't get the memo from Earth specifically asking we not paint on it. The world is nobody's canvas. Theoretically, sure, but as far as the actual, physical Earth goes; it should only serve as muse, and possibly benefactor for your orange-peel fresco or whatever. Show More Summary

Friday social round-up: LinkedIn, Pandora and Twitter Halloween

It’s the Friday round-up: this time, it’s social! A Very Twitter Halloween October 31 is only a week away but Twitter says it’s not too late to get your piece of the $7 billion dollar Halloween pie. One of the great things about social is that you can jump on a trend at the last […]

Young Guns 2014: Reminder: Young Guns Nominations Close in Exactly One Week

Here's your official reminder that nominations are open for Curbed Young Guns 2014, our search for the next wave of architects and interior designers. Nominees must be under the age of 35 and they must be based in the...

The Weather Channel’s Secret: Less Weather

For years, the Weather Channel accepted that viewers ignored it on sunny days and essentially bided its time until a hurricane came along and the whole country tuned in for hours, even days.

Plea From Botox Maker Allergan for Goldman’s Help in Valeant Fight

“I need Goldman to take off its white hat and put on a darker one,” an Allergan executive wrote in an email -- part of a trove of recently unsealed documents related to the company's battle against Valeant.

Juniper Q4 View Misses; Ups Capital Returns by $1B (Correction)

Networking equipment vendor Juniper Networks (JNPR) this afternoon reported fiscal Q1 revenue earnings per share in line with expectations, but forecast Q4 below expectations. Revenue in the three months ended in September fell 8% to $1.13 billion, yielding EPS of 36 cents. Analysts had been modeling $1.13 billion and 35 cents per share. For the current quarter, [...]

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