October 2019


Apple investors have speculated for years about the possibility that Apple could sell hardware, like the iPhone, on a subscription basis.
It's been a hot topic of conversation among analysts because investors tend to value the predictability of recurring revenue.
Under the argument for an iPhone subscription, which some people call Apple Prime after the Amazon program of the same name, Apple would bundle hardware upgrades with services such as iCloud storage or Apple TV+ content and hardware for a single monthly fee. This would let it switch iPhone sales from a transactional model to a subscription model, potentially driving the stock price up without having to increase product sales or prices dramatically.
During Wednesday's earnings call, when analyst Toni Sacconaghi asked about the idea of a prime subscription, Apple CEO Tim Cook did not shoot down the idea. In fact, he suggested that something like it was already in effect.
"In terms of hardware as a service or as a bundle, if you will, there are customers today that essentially view the hardware like that because they're on upgrade plans and so forth," Cook said during an earnings call. "So to some degree that exists today."
Cook went on to say, using bullish language, that Apple sees it as a major growth area.
"My perspective is that will grow in the future to larger numbers. It will grow disproportionately," he continued.

Laying the groundwork

As Apple often does, it's been announcing smaller programs and services along these lines for years, laying the groundwork for a bigger move in this area.
In 2015, Apple started to let people pay for iPhones on a monthly basis instead of all at once, throwing in a warranty and upgrades as part of the deal. The iPhone Upgrade Program bundles Apple's AppleCare warranty and up-to-date hardware. Users can upgrade to the newest iPhone after paying for 12 months.
In recent years, Apple has also heavily advertised trade-ins, like auto dealers. Customers buying a new iPhone from Apple can sell their old phone back to Apple for what effectively turns out to be a discount on a new model — Apple even advertised iPhone prices after a trade-in in stores and in marketing materials.
Apple markets the program as part of its environmental efforts, but it also creates an incentive for current iPhone owners to upgrade, and gets them accustomed to the idea of giving up their old iPhone in exchange for a new one — just as they'd presumably have to do under a hardware subscription.
Execs say Apple's trade-in program is growing at a furious pace.
"We also continued to see great results from our trade-in program with more than five times the iPhone trade-in volume we had a year ago," Apple CFO Luca Maestri said.
There's also a new program, announced by Cook on Wednesday's earnings call, that will give people who use the Goldman Sachs Apple Card free interest for 24 months on iPhone purchases.
While other stores with branded credit cards have offered no-interest financing for big purchases in the past, Apple's move immediately brought up thoughts of the long-rumored bundle. "Slowly but surely backing into those 'Apple Prime' offerings..." venture capitalist M.G. Siegler of Alphabet's GV tweeted about the news.
In case it wasn't obvious, Cook also called attention to the financing.
"We're cognizant that there are lots of users out there that want a sort of a recurring payment like that and the receipt of new products on some sort of standard kind of basis, and we're committed to make that easier to do than perhaps it is today," Cook said.
Apple didn't release Apple Prime on Wednesday, but Cook it made very clear that there are a lot of people who already want to have the latest and greatest iPhone and are willing to pay for that privilege on a monthly basis.

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A Boeing engineer was concerned that the troubled 737 Max, years before it came to market, had a flight-control system that lacked sufficient safeguards, according to a document released Wednesday during a tense hearing in the House where lawmakers hammered the manufacturer's CEO over two fatal crashes of the jetliners, and repeatedly asked why he hasn't resigned or given up his pay.
Other documents released during the hearing included a Boeing manager's concerns about the high pace of production at a Boeing 737 production facility months before the crashes, while another document highlighted assumptions about how quickly pilots could respond to a malfunction on board.
The more than five-hour hearing Wednesday capped two days of sharp questioning by lawmakers of beleaguered CEO Dennis Muilenburg on Capitol Hill this week. Those included calls that he forgo his salary this year and questions over why he hasn't resigned in the wake of the crashes that killed 346 people.
Muilenburg earned total compensation of just under $23.4 million for 2018, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
Boeing isn't handing out executive bonuses this year, a spokesman told CNBC.
The hearings underscored concerns that federal regulators didn't do enough to police the plane's design before they certified it as safe for passengers in 2017. They appearances also put Boeing's CEO on the defensive about flight safety assumptions and raised questions that the company prioritized profit over safety.
Crash victims' family members attended both hearings, holding up photographs of their loved ones at times. Muilenburg said he hasn't offered his resignation. He repeatedly said that his upbringing on an Iowa farm taught him to see the problem through.
When Muilenburg repeated his background, a group of victims' relatives said "go back to to the farm" during the hearing, the mother of one of the crash victims told the CEO after the hearing. "It has come to the point where you are not the person anymore to solve the situation," the woman told Muilenburg.
In one of the biggest revelations of the House hearing, in 2015, more than a year before the planes were certified by federal regulators, a Boeing engineer asked whether a flight-control system that was involved in both deadly crashes was safe because it relied on a single sensor.
Regulators around the world banned airlines from flying the planes after the crashes. Boeing has changed the planes' system so that they rely on two sensors instead of one. But regulators have not yet signed off on that and other changes the company has made to the planes, leaving them grounded for nearly eight months, which has crimped airline profits.
The sensors, which measure the angle of attack, or angle of the plane relative to oncoming air, feed an anti-stall system on the 737 Max. Erroneous data from a sensor triggered the system, known as MCAS, during the two crashes — one in Indonesia in October 2018 followed by another in Ethiopia in March. The crashes killed all 346 people on the flights.
"Are we vulnerable to single AOA sensor sensor failures with the MCAS implementation or is there some checking that occurs?" asked the engineer in a December 2015 email. The Federal Aviation Administration approved the planes in 2017 and they are Boeing's bestseller.
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The email was obtained in an investigation of the planes by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, whose chairman, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said was the largest in the committee's history.
Chief engineer of Boeing's commercial airplane unit, John Hamilton, said the concern showed that the company's employees do raise questions "in an open culture" and that it was part of its "thorough process" to determine how many sensors to use.
But DeFazio asked why they didn't include data from two sensors earlier.
"If you can do it now … why didn't you do it from Day 1?" DeFazio asked Muilenburg. "Why not have that redundancy?"
Muilenburg responded, "We've asked ourselves that same question over and over and if back then we knew everything we know now we would have made a different decision."
The CEO added that Boeing intended to extend the capabilities of a system that had a history of more than 200 million safe flight hours.
"One of our principles is to take safe systems and then incrementally extend them," Muilenburg said. "We've learned since then, and that's how we've moved to this new design."
In another revelation, a manager of Boeing's 737 program said in a 2018 email that employees were "exhausted" while the company ramped up production of its biggest moneymaker to meet growing demand.
Because of the schedule pressures, employees were "either deliberately or unconsciously circumventing established processes."
"Frankly right now all my internal warning bells are going off," said the email. "And for the first time in my life, I'm sorry to say that I'm hesitant about putting my family on a Boeing airplane."
Muilenburg responded that he was aware of the email and those concerns and that the company took steps to address those concerns.
A separate Boeing document about MCAS from June 2018, four months before Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in Indonesia, warned that slow reaction times to runaway trim, which can push the nose of the plane down, could be "catastrophic" if pilots take more than 10 seconds to react and said it found a typical reaction time was four seconds.
Lawmakers and safety experts have criticized Boeing for underestimating the impact of a flurry of cockpit alerts on pilot response times.
Muilenburg, who has been CEO since 2015, also defended his staying in the job and declined to say whether he would give up his pay this year. The board stripped him of his chairmanship earlier this month. The company also ousted the head of the commercial aircraft unit.
"You're no longer an Iowa farm boy," said DeFazio. "You are the CEO of the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world. You're earning a heck of a lot of money, and so far the consequence to you has been, oh, you're not chairman of the board anymore."
WATCH: Families hold photos of 737 Max victims

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Volkswagen's top finance executive has underlined how important it is for the automaker to carefully transition to electric vehicles while not hurting its ability to make money.
In an interview with CNBC's Carolin Roth on Wednesday, Chief Financial Officer Frank Witter was asked how the firm would offset the negative impact that its shift to electrification might have on its targets for profit margins.
"We gave guidance for 2020 and 2025, it is a balancing act with more electric vehicles coming to market and the different level of profitability," he told CNBC.
"We have efficiency programs for all brands and everybody is committed to deliver on it, but what's key is that the product is appealing."
The German carmaker is planning to launch "almost 70 new electric models" by the year 2028. In March, it said it would spend over 30 billion euros ($33.46 billion) on the electrification of its vehicle portfolio by 2023. But in May, Witter said that electric vehicles would "put substantial pressure on the overall group margin," according to Reuters.
In his interview with CNBC this week, Witter also acknowledged that electric vehicles were "not for everybody in the first instance."
"We also offer hybrids for those who don't want to go the whole nine yards on electrification, but (the) product will make a difference and we feel very strongly about those products we are bringing to market," he added.
Witter's comments come as Volkswagen gets ready to start series production of the ID.3, an all-electric vehicle, at its Zwickau plant next week.
That facility is currently undergoing a conversion from being a 100% internal combustion engine factory to one that produces only electric vehicles. According to Volkswagen, from 2021 Zwickau will have the capacity to produce 330,000 all-electric vehicles annually.
Volkswagen is one of many major automobile firms making plays in the electric vehicle sector.
The Hyundai Motor Group recently said it would launch 23 battery electric vehicles over the next few years, while Volvo Cars wants 50% of the cars it sells to be fully electric by 2025.
On the topic of infrastructure for electric vehicles, Witter admitted that things were "not yet perfect," going on to add that both government and industry were "all committed to improve the situation." He went on to state that "charging infrastructure will improve over time, there is no doubt."
On Wednesday, Volkswagen said that sales revenue between January and September hit 186.6 billion euros, a 6.9% increase year-on-year.
It added that vehicle markets in "many regions of the world" were expected to "contract faster than previously anticipated." Deliveries to customers for 2019 are now expected to "be on a level" with 2018, despite previous expectations for a moderate increase.

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Romeo Engine Plant, which employs about 600 hourly UAW workers in Michigan, would close under a proposed tentative labor deal reached Oct. 30, 2019 between Ford and the United Auto Workers union.
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DETROIT – Ford Motor would close a Michigan engine plant and give full-time workers $9,000 ratification bonuses under a proposed tentative labor deal reached Wednesday night with the United Auto Workers union, according to people familiar with the contract.
The plant slated for closure is the Romeo Engine Plant, which employs about 600 hourly UAW workers, according to two people who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity because the details have not been made public. No layoffs would occur as a result of the closure, according to the people.
Employees who work at the plant would be offered jobs at a transmission plant about 15 miles away from the current facility or  a "very good" buyout package equivalent to ones under the union's recent deal with General Motors, according to one person.
If the contract is approved by union leaders and members, the plant would be the fifth facility slated to close as part of the UAW's negotiations with the Big Three Detroit automakers. GM plans to close four facilities, including a large assembly plant in Ohio, as part of its deal. Fiat Chrysler hasn't reached a deal with the UAW yet.
Ford's deal, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions, also includes $9,000 ratification bonuses for full-time workers and $3,500 ratification bonuses for temporary employees.
Two people also confirmed the deal would include similar, if not the same, annual wages and lump-sum payments in GM's contract. That deal included 3% raises or 4% lump-sum bonuses each year of the contract.
The UAW on Wednesday said the deal includes $6 billion in new investments from Ford and the creation or retention of 8,500 U.S. jobs. Other details of the proposed contract were not disclosed.
GM agreed to $11,000 ratification bonuses for most of its roughly 48,000 UAW employees, however, previous contracts have included lower bonuses for Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers.
The Ford contract is likely at least a week or two away from being approved or rejected by rank-and-file union members. It still needs approval from local union leaders who will meet Friday in Detroit to vote on the deal. If the local UAW leaders approve the proposed contract, Ford's roughly 55,000 UAW members must then vote on it.
The UAW, if the deal is ratified, would next turn its attention to Fiat Chrysler, the last of the Detroit automakers the union needs to negotiate with for 2019.

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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple laughs while Lana Del Rey (with iPad) takes a photo during a launch event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30, 2018 in New York City.
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Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading:
Apple – Shares of Apple rose 1.9% after the company reported better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings and revenue. The technology company posted earnings of $3.03 per share on revenue of $64 billion. Wall Street was expecting earnings of $2.48 per share on revenue of $62.99 billion, according to Refinitiv. The results got a boost from strong demand for iPads and AirPods as well as growth in Apple's services business.
Facebook — Facebook shares rose nearly 2% after the social media giant posted quarterly earnings and revenue that topped analyst expectations. The company posted a profit of $2.12 per share on Revenue of $17.65 billion. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected a profit of $1.91 per share on sales of $17.37 billion. Facebook's monthly average users grew to 2.45 billion, in line with expectations. However, Facebook's average revenue per user topped expectations.
Altria – Shares of the tobacco producer fell 1.5% after reporting third quarter earnings Thursday morning. Altria announced a $4.5 billion writedown on its investment in Juul, based on the possibility of more FDA actions against the e-cigarette maker. It also warned about possible bans on e-cigarette products in certain cities and states. Still, the firm beat analysts' estimates by 4 cents and topped revenue forecasts, according to Refinitiv.
Dunkin' Brands – Shares of the restaurant chain operator jumped more than 5% after Dunkin Brands beat Wall Street's earnings estimates and raised its full year forecast. The company's adjusted earnings came in 9 cents above analysts' estimates, according to Refinitiv, although revenue was just shy of forecasts. U.S. sales were boosted by demand in premium drinks, such as cold brew coffee.
Universal Display – Shares of the technology hardware company, a key supplier for Apple, rose 15.5% after Universal Display turned in third-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, according to FactSet. Universal Display also raised its 2019 forecast, while CFO Sidney Rosenblatt told shareholders on the company's conference call that it is "very positive on 2020."
Kraft Heinz – Shares of Kraft Heinz rose more than 12% after its quarterly earnings beat analysts' expectations. The surge came even as its sales continued to decline. Executives have been developing a turnaround plan for the food company, which has seen falling profits and sagging sales.
World Wrestling Entertainment — WWE shares tumbled 18% after the company issued weaker-than-forecast operating income guidance for the fourth quarter and posted a revenue miss for the third quarter. WWE expects operating income to range between $108 million and $118 million in the fourth quarter, missing a StreetAccount estimate of $133.1 million. The company also posted third-quarter revenue of $186.3 million. That's below a StreetAccount forecast of $191.5 million.
Western Digital — Shares of that hard disk manufacturer dropped 14% on the back of disappointing earnings guidance for fiscal second quarter. Western Digital expected earnings per share to range between 45 cents and 65 cents. That's below a StreetAccount median estimate of 78 cents a share.
Etsy – Shares of the online retailer sank 14% after third quarter results. Earnings matched Street estimates while revenue came in ahead of forecasts, but gross margins disappointed, decking by more than 3%.
Estee Lauder – The beauty retailer's stock shed 5% after the company cut its full-year outlook on anticipated softness in brick and mortar retail. The company did, however, beat EPS and revenue estimates for the quarter.
Murphy USA – Shares gained more than 18% following third quarter earnings. The company reported earnings per share of $2.18, which was 72 cents above what analysts polled by FactSet had been expecting. Revenue came in at $3.66 which was slightly below the expected $3.68 billion.
Alamo Group – Shares of Alamo Group fell nearly 20% after the company, which manufactures agricultural and infrastructure maintenance equipment for government and industrial use, reported a 26% drop in year-over-year third-quarter net income. Despite record sales for the first nine months of the year, Alamo Group's order backlog dropped 14.3%, to $215.3 million, compared to the same quarter last year.
Hanesbrands – The apparel company's stock dropped 8.2% after Hanesbrands delivered third-quarter earnings inline with Wall Street's expectation but worse than expected quarterly operating income, according to analysts surveyed by FactSet.
– CNBC's Maggie Fitzgerald, Pippa Stevens, Kate Rooney, Fred Imbert and Al Lewis contributed to this report.

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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg testified on Capitol Hill on Tuesday where he faced questions regarding the grounded 737 Max jets. Eric Dezenhall, CEO of Dezenhall Resources, and Ron Epstein, research analyst at Bank of America, join "Squawk Box" to discuss what this testimony could mean for the company and how Muilenburg handled the grilling.
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Customers look at the Apple's new iPhone 11 series smartphones in an Apple retail store on East Nanjing Road in Shanghai.
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Apple plans to ship 80 million or more new 5G iPhones, Nikkei Asian Review reported Tuesday, citing a source familiar with the plans.
The shipment, which would be on the higher end for Apple, would represent the company's first major play in the next generation wireless network. 5G technology is capable of faster wireless internet connection and expected to play an important role in providing a foundation for a multitude of new technologies across a variety of industries.
The 5G iPhone lineup will be made up of three different models, sources told Nikkei, which will carry a 5G modem chip from Qualcomm. Apple and Qualcomm settled their patent dispute that spanned several countries in April, which was an important move for Apple to accelerate into 5G hardware.
Analysts say 5G iPhones could add a boost to Apple's iPhone sales, which have sagged in recent years as customers hold onto their own versions longer. A recent Piper Jaffray survey found that current U.S. iPhone users may be holding out on the newly-released iPhone 11 series, anticipating an upcoming 5G phone. Of the 1,050 current iPhone owners surveyed, the firm found 23% would upgrade to a $1,200 5G iPhone, up from 18% of respondents a few months earlier.
Apple lags behind rivals like Samsung, which has already released 5G phones. But 5G networks in the U.S. are still extremely limited, providing few use cases for the technology just yet.
In recent years, Apple has been trying to shift investors' focus from its iPhone unit sales to services revenue, knowing that customers are hanging onto their iPhones longer. The company stopped breaking out unit sales for the iPhone earlier this year and sang the praises of recurring subscription revenue. But the iPhone is still quite important to investors.
"We underscore that (like last year) near-term investor sentiment is likely to be shaped by iPhone revenues," Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi wrote in a note last week.
Apple is set to report its fourth quarter 2019 earnings after the bell on Wednesday.
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15 October 2019, Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) will attend the session of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag.
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A fight over money could be about to reach unprecedented proportions at the heart of the European Union.
The U.K.'s impending exit means that the bloc will lose one of its key net contributors — when a country's payments into the EU outweigh its revenues from it. This is set to leave a shortfall of about 7.8 billion pounds ($10 billion) every year, in net terms, in the EU's next budget. And the question of who will fill that gap is stressing out several member states.
This discussion "will shape up to be a long drawn out bloody fight," one European official, based in Brussels and who did not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the talks, told CNBC Monday.
The remaining 27 EU states are arguing over figures, but also about the process behind actually receiving funds from Brussels.

The numbers

Germany's net payment into the EU stood at 13.4 billion euros in 2018, the highest contribution across the region. This also reflects the size of the German economy.
Media reports earlier this week suggested Germany's contribution could rise from 15 billion euros in 2020 to 33 billion euros in 2027 and that the Netherlands would also be paying 75% more to the EU, as a result of the U.K.'s departure.
However, Daniel Gros, a German economist and director of the Brussels-based think tank CEPS, said that these numbers seem "widely off the mark."
"It seems really difficult to get to 33 billion euros net as this would represent close to 1% of German GDP (gross domestic product) and would imply that close to nothing will be spent in Germany," he said via email.
The EU's budget is used to finance policies across the bloc, ranging from developing rural areas, security and the promotion of human rights.
Over the last few days some media have been publishing some rather misleading figures, for example saying that there's going to be a doubling in the German contribution to Brussels.
Günther Oettinger
European Commissioner
"Budget talks are usually difficult. They will be unusually tough in the EU this time," Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg told CNBC Tuesday.
"Germany will not accept paying twice as much as before as its net contribution. It will agree in the end to shoulder a disproportionate share of the U.K. money … But that additional German contribution will be linked to conditions such as a re-direction of funds towards green causes," Schmieding said.
According to Gros, assuming that Germany will pay for one third of the U.K.'s previous contribution, then the "German net contribution would increase from 13.5 to 16 billion euros, or from about 0.4 to 0.5 % of GDP."
The European Commission, one of the EU's institutions that is part of the budget discussions, held a press conference Wednesday to clarify the media reports on the budget issues.
"The expenditure is a matter of great importance, particularly against the background of the fact that over the last few days some media have been publishing some rather misleading figures, for example saying that there's going to be a doubling in the German contribution to Brussels," Commissioner Günther Oettinger, in charge of budget and human resources, told reporters.

'A political exercise'

The EU's budget is "not just a budgetary exercise. It is a political exercise," a second EU official, also aware of the discussions but who did not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the talks, told CNBC Tuesday evening.
France, for example, wants to attach conditions to the disbursement of funds. Officials in the country believe that states that do not respect the EU's values should not get any financial help.
However, this is a widely unpopular measure for governments in Poland and Hungary, to name just a few.
There's also the question of a rebate, which is an adjustment mechanism introduced in 1984 at the request of the U.K. Now that Britain is set to leave the EU, some countries argue that this mechanism should be scrapped altogether.
However, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has already made it clear that Berlin will not give up on this mechanism.
The second EU official told CNBC that budget negotiations usually create "discontent," but in order to achieve a compromise the level of discontent with the next EU budget needs to be "reasonable."
The EU aims to finish budget negotiations in March next year and will be applied between 2021 and 2027.
24 October 2019, Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) attends the plenary session of the German Bundestag.
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that it will take time for Chinese purchases of U.S. agricultural goods to "scale up" to the $40 billion to $50 billion annual level touted by President Donald
Trump if the two sides can seal a "Phase 1" trade deal.
Mnuchin told Reuters in an interview in Saudi Arabia that the $40 billion to $50 billion target is "a lot," but is based on "very specific discussions" of product purchase commitments by China.
"This is built on a bottom-up basis of both what we think we can deliver and what they think they need," Mnuchin said. "It's a one-year target, but obviously it's going to take some time to scale up."

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The San Francisco Shock celebrate their victory in the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals e-sports championship against the Vancouver Titans at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, September 29, 2019.
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The rising hype surrounding esports has presented the industry with one big hurdle: The lack of scalable technology to meet the demands of an immense, digitally-based audience.
That's where a company known as Vindex could step in.
Backing the company is famed value investor Joel Greenblatt, who expects Vindex is in a position to meet the demand and solve this problem plaguing esports.
"[The leagues and publishers need to] keep up with the high demand of an enormous and growing fanbase, so to keep up with the execution of esports programs, content and events is incredibly difficult," Greenblatt told CNBC. "It's very hard to do so internally and very hard to do without a set of vendors and partners from outside."
Right now, according to Greenblatt, the size of the esports audience and the gaming industry as a whole has left many league operators and publishers alike racing to keep up with the want for new content and programming. Not only is the global video games industry projected to generate more than $150 billion in revenue this year, but research firm Newzoo sees esports viewership growing 15% year-on-year to hit 454 million global viewers in 2019.
By 2021, that number could hit 645 million as the biggest esports events often draw in more viewers than traditional sports.
While Greenblatt does believe that the industry will continue to grow "like crazy," he also believes that the infrastructure needs to be in place to support the audience boom that will come with it.
But accomplishing something of that scale requires capital along with sustainable growth potential, part of which the Gotham Asset Management founder believes involves harnessing the organic growth of gaming and esports while investing in the support elements of the ecosystem.
And that's why Greenblatt has decided to back Vindex as both an investor and board member. The company aims to provide partners with the means necessary to scale up their esports operations through global platforms, technologies and services.
G2 Esports fans during Quarter Finals League of Legends World Championship match between G2 Esports and Damwon Gaming on October 27, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
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Their dedication to growing the infrastructure of esports is essentially what made Greenblatt invest in Vindex as it provides the longer-term solutions needed for the industry, he said.
"I'm a value investor, and [Vindex has] a great base," he added. "I have the opportunity to invest in a business that I expect to earn a lot of free cash flow in [an industry that] I think will explode over next few years just organically."
Essentially, Greenblatt sees a combination of "value up front and growth" with Vindex that led him to be part of a $60 million Series A funding round announced Wednesday morning.
Vindex's co-founders include current CEO and former Activision Blizzard executive Mike Sepso along with Sundance DiGiovanni. Both launched an esports league known as Major League Gaming in 2002, with which they brought on some of the first big non-gaming sponsors into the esports space before the league's acquisition by Activision Blizzard in 2016.
Greenblatt also stressed that part of Vindex's value lies with the management team as it is comprised of Sepso and DiGiovanni, both esports veterans who have long navigated the industry.
As part of that their launch, Vindex also announced that they had acquired an esports company called Next Generation Esports and launched a second company, Esports Engine.
The launch makes Vindex another player in the growing esports industry, which Newzoo believes will top $1 billion in revenue this year.

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Kevin Burns, then-CEO, JUUL, left, and CNBC's Carl Quintanilla
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When e-cigarette market leader Juul removed its popular sweet flavors such as mango and creme from stores last year, co-founder Adam Bowen said publicly the company was willing to take a cut in sales to "do the right thing and prevent underage use."
The conversation at Juul's San Francisco headquarters, though, was far different.
"You need to have an IQ of 5 to know that when customers don't find mango they buy mint," then CEO Kevin Burns told employees, former senior vice president of finance Siddharth Breja alleges in a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company filed Tuesday.
The company allegedly had research from consulting firm McKinsey & Co. that showed customers would purchase mint instead. And that's exactly what happened, according to Breja, who was fired in March. Sales of mint pods surged after the sweet flavors were removed from stores. Mint pods accounted for about two-thirds of Juul's total pod sales in February 2019, up from about a third the previous September, the lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit documents a culture of intimidation at Juul, which was formed in 2015 and quickly grew into a market leader, accounting for about half of the industry's market share this year. Breja, who claims he was fired in retaliation for sounding alarms at Juul, says the company knowingly sold at least 1 million contaminated mint-flavored pods and refused to recall them.
Breja alleges that Burns took a "win-at-all costs" approach to running Juul, telling employees who challenged him that there could "only be one king at Juul," and that "king" was him. Burns allegedly once told Breja and other executives to "tell that motherf----- that I'll take him out of the room and shoot him with a shotgun if he challenges my decisions."
Juul was so intent on meeting demand for mint pods that company leaders put pressure on the company's supply chain team and its suppliers, including Alternative Ingredients, Inc., Breja alleges in the suit. At an executive team meeting in March, Breja learned that about 1 million mint pods were contaminated and being sold to customers, according to the lawsuit.
Juul spokesman Ted Kwong called Breja's claims "baseless," saying in a statement that Juul will "vigorously defend this lawsuit."
"The allegations concerning safety issues with Juul products are equally meritless, and we already investigated the underlying manufacturing issue and determined the product met all applicable specifications," Kwong said.
Breja says Juul refused to notify consumers or issue a recall and that he protested those decisions. He says he also suggested that Juul include expiration dates or the date of manufacture on pods to warn consumers of using pods that were more than a year old.
"Half our customers are drunk and vaping like mo-fo's, who the f--- is going to notice the quality of our pods," Burns allegedly said in response.
Breja alleges that Tim Danaher, then chief financial officer, was angered by his suggestions. He alleges that Danaher questioned Breja's "financial acumen," since the suggestions would lead to "billions of dollars in lost sales, a tarnished company image, damage to Juul's brand reputation, a significant reduction in Juul's valuation" and could jeopardize Juul's regulatory approval process with the Food and Drug Administration.
Danaher has since "asked to transition out of the company" and has been replaced by Guy Cartwright, the company said Tuesday. On Monday, K.C. Crosthwaite, who replaced Burns as CEO last month, sent an email to employees announcing Danaher's departure.
Breja was fired from Juul in March, less than a year after he joined the company. Juul at the time told Breja he had lied, claiming he was chief financial officer at Uber, his previous employer. Breja claims he did not say that, instead telling Juul he operated as the CFO of a division of Uber.
"He was terminated in March 2019 because he failed to demonstrate the leadership qualities needed in his role," Kwong said.
Burns, Danaher and McKinsey did not immediately respond to CNBC's requests for comment.

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WeWork's unconventional company culture caused it to lose bit with reality, geographic area capitalist mountain pianist told CNBC on Tues.

"The culture was therefore reality distorted that they could not hear what was very occurring within the business," pianist same on "Squawk Alley." "I've interviewed individuals starting off of WeWork, [they] did not acumen abundant cash was coming back in, what quantity was going out."

WeWork had associate degree optimistic vision of fixing the longer term of labor, however ultimately that strength could have additionally been one among its weaknesses, the Andreessen pianist speculator same. WeWork executives' unrelenting optimism created it so that they weren't ready for a way to affect unhealthy news, he added.

"The draw back of associate degree optimistic culture is what happens with unhealthy news, are you able to really hear it?" pianist same. "Or is it like, 'I don't desire to listen to unhealthy news.'"

The embattled co-working start-up has had many rough months. Last week, SoftBank affected a deal to require eightieth management of WeWork, golf shot SoftBank's chief operative officer, Marcelo Claure, in situ as government chairman. that is once WeWork withdrew its IPO filing and saw Adam von Neumann step down as chief executive officer amid heightened capitalist skepticism and a dwindling valuation.

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Boeing's beleaguered CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, declined to say Tuesday whether he'll resign following two fatal crashes of the company's bestselling 737 Max jets that have thrown the company into crisis over the last year.
"These two accidents occurred on my watch," he said. "I have a keen sense of responsibility to see that through."
Muilenburg told reporters ahead of a Senate hearing Tuesday that he is focused on the safety of the company's aircraft. He also offered condolences to the family members of 346 victims who lost their lives in the crashes.
"My focus is on the job at hand," he said.
When asked whether there have been discussions with the board about if he should step down Muilenburg said, "Those aren't discussions I'm involved in or is that my focus."
Boeing's board stripped Muilenburg of his chairman role on Oct. 11. The head of the commercial airplane unit, which makes the 737 Max, was ousted last week.
Boeing president and CEO, Dennis Muilenburg arrives for a full committee hearing on "Aviation Safety and the Future of Boeing's 737 MAX." on Capitol Hill October 29, 2019 in Washington,DC.
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The Senate Commerce Committee hearing, slated for 10 a.m. ET, is being held on the one-year anniversary of the first crash, Lion Air Flight 610 that went down in the Java Sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board. Less than five months later, a Nairobi, Kenya-bound Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max went down in Ethiopia, taking the lives of the 157 people on the flight.
The hearing is Muilenburg's first public testimony on Capitol Hill since the crashes.
The two disasters prompted a worldwide grounding of the jets and numerous investigations, including a criminal probe by the Justice Department. Investigators are looking into how Boeing designed the plane and whether regulators lacked sufficient oversight when they certified the jetliners as safe in 2017.
Boeing shares was up slightly in midday trading.
WATCH: Boeing's Muilenburg says he was made aware of instant messages earlier this year

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Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive officer of Boeing Co., speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019.
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Boeing executives told lawmakers in a tense hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday that the company made mistakes in developing its troubled 737 Max plane, grounded worldwide after two crashes killed 346 people.
It was Boeing's most public admission that it botched the design of its highest-selling plane.
In a more than two-hour hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee, lawmakers berated Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg in the first of his two appearances in Congress this week about the two air disasters. Family members of crash victims were in attendance, at one point holding up large photographs of their loved ones.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington, the state where the 737 Max is produced, asked Muilenburg and the commercial airplane unit's chief engineer whether its safety assumptions and assessments were wrong.
"In hindsight, yes," said chief engineer John Hamilton in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing. It is the first time Boeing executives are testifying before lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
At issue is a flight-control system known as MCAS that malfunctioned on both flights because it received erroneous data from a faulty sensor. The sensor measures the angle of attack, or the angle of the plane relative to oncoming air. If the nose is pointed too high, the plane could stall, so the system automatically pushes the nose of the planes down.
In the case of both crashes — Lion Air Flight 610 that went down in the Java Sea exactly one year ago today, and an Ethiopian Airlines crash in March — pilots battled the system that repeatedly pushed the nose of the planes down.
Hamilton said Boeing didn't "specifically" test an unintended activation of the system because of an issue with an angle-of-attack sensor.
The FAA, last week, shut down the Florida maintenance facility that worked on one of the Lion Air sensors.
Boeing has been highly criticized for its assumptions about the plane, including overestimating average pilots' ability to safely fly planes amid a flurry of cockpit alerts, which occurred on the Lion Air jet.
"We relied on these longstanding industry standards of pilot response," said Muilenburg, adding that was an area where "we found shortfall."
Boeing shares were little changed in early afternoon trading.

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The Baylor University Bears celebrate their win with their fans against the American state State Cowboys on Oct nineteen, 2019 at Boone Pickens construction in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Baylor's record was 7-0 once the 45-27 road win. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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The NFL Players Association declared weekday that it'll collaborate with the National faculty Players Association to explore however faculty athletes may receive compensation for the utilization of their name, image and likeness.

Currently, faculty athletes don't receive any share of revenue stemming from the sale of licensing and broadcast rights by colleges, athletic conferences and therefore the National collegial Athletic Association.

"These organizations take all revenues and profit derived off the athletes' work while not even acknowledging that athletes merit a good share," the 2 organizations same during a announcement.

Under the new collaboration, the NFL players and faculty cluster can guarantee licensing illustration is out there to varsity athletes in states that enable them to sign endorsement deals.

In Sep, CA became the primary state to pass a law that might enable faculty athletes to induce got endorsement deals and rent sports agents. The "Fair Pay to Play Act" takes impact in 2023, and was backed by the collegial players cluster.

The new collaboration comes as Everglade State and the big apple became the newest states to push legislation kind of like California's NCAA "pay to play" law. States with similar unfinished legislation embrace Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and South geographic region.

The NFL and collegial players conjointly declared plans to style a fund for hurt athletes to get hold of current and former athletes' owed medical expenses. The fund would conjointly facilitate players suffering with psychological feature disabilities related to contact sports.

Though the NCAA presently bars students from earning any compensation associated with faculty sports, the organization is reportedly poised to revise its rules for amateur athletes. The NCAA's board of governors can receive a meeting Tuesday on whether or not paying faculty athletes is possible, the Associated Press according.

In Sep, the NCAA's board of governors sent a letter to CA Gov. Gavin Newsom opposing the state's pay-to-play bill, contention it might "upend [a] level enjoying field for all student-athletes."

— CNBC's Jabari Young contributed to the present report.

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Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown told CNBC on Tuesday the alternative meat producer is concentrating on disrupting the food industry rather than partnering with industry giants.
"My focus is entirely on growing this business" to a $40 billion company in terms of revenue, Brown said on "Squawk Box" — as shares plunged nearly 19%, with insiders free for the first time Tuesday to sell stock after the May initial public offering.
The CEO, who said he's not touching his shares, said he wants to build the business organically. "People have asked me, 'Do you want to do a partnership with a larger company?' I have no interest in that. I want to be that larger company."
Despite Tuesday's weakness and other bouts of recent selling, the stock was still up more than 230% since its IPO was priced at $25 per share.
However, competitors are popping up as big food companies and traditional meat producers roll out their own versions of plant-based products. "The consumer is looking for something new from somebody new," Brown countered. "It's hard for an incumbent to focus as we do, to move as quick as we do."
Privately held Impossible Foods, a direct competitor in meatless burgers, began selling in grocery stores in September, with plans to continue making it available in more regions nationwide. Brown said he has not any diminished grocery sales or shelf space for Beyond Meat.
While Beyond Meat launched first in grocery stores before being added to restaurant menus, Impossible took a different route. New York's Momofuku Nishi, founded by celebrity chef David Chang, was the first business to sell the plant-based Impossible Burger in 2016. Others soon followed, from fine dining restaurants in San Francisco to eventually Red Robin, family-owned White Castle and Burger King, a unit of Restaurant Brands International.
After a slower start, Beyond Meat is adding restaurants. "When you look at McDonald's, Subway or Dunkin' or KFC, those are the largest names in food, and we're partnering with them to bring out products to the consumer," Brown said.
Tuesday's stock drop came despite Beyond Meat reporting its first quarterly profit after-the-bell on Monday afternoon. Revenue in the third-quarter also beat expectations.
— CNBC's Amelia Lucas and Aditi Roy contributed to this report.

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What's influencer marketing?
A research conducted by AtomicReach found that 88 percent of respondents said referrals and word of mouth were the primary way in which clients heard about their services. Influencer Marketing mainly focuses on genuine peer-to-peer word of mouth to impact on a specific social media channel a targeted community or cluster of people. An influencer becomes part of a promotion in order to reach that group and engage with them in order to increase the brand sales of the item being promoted. One way of describing influencer marketing is that influencers help to promote a product or company as a content creator for a group of followers.
The Growth Of Influencer Instagram Marketing
Influencer marketing on Instagram, a nearly $2 billion business today, has taken social media by storm. Instagram users around the world have recently begun to make money from paying posts plus collaborative marketing campaigns. The software provides the perfect space for brand embassy, with credible customers sincerely promoting services and products to their loyal audience. It is an advertising power that is not going anywhere, with influencer room expected to rise to a $5-10 billion company by 2020.

Why Is Influencer Marketing So Popular And Effective On Instagram?
The targeted audience shall believe a friend's endorsement over something a brand is attempting to “market or sell” to them. Influencers are isolated from a regular advertisement. They are their followers ' trustworthy "guardians." Therefore, if they support a service or product, it is more credible and natural.

The Cost-Effectiveness In Influencer Marketing
Currently influencer marketing is very cost-effective that marketers are able to afford to make slip-ups, learn and perfect their practice. You could try various influencers, collect insights, and be more classy buyers. At the same time, influencers become more savvy and discover the best technique for engaging with their customers. There was no better way to get started.


Say the words "mindfulness retreat" and one imagines meditation, sunsets and defrayal time alone or with a partner.

Such visits area unit gave the impression to be for adults on a private journey to eudaimonia. it's going to return as a surprise, then, that some resorts provide retreats for folks to be told regarding attentiveness along side their youngsters.

One such example is Como Uma Canggu, a ground building speech act soft volcanic sand and luxurious rock formations placed in Bali, Indonesia.

An aerial read of the resort's laguna pool.

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The resort's initial retreat for families can crop up in Nov 2019. oldsters and youngsters can participate during a four-day, three-night program that is meant to assist strengthen bonds at intervals the family, organizers told CNBC's world someone.

Mindfulness may be a follow that encourages individuals to become additional attentive to however they are feeling ANd to be gift in every moment — a medical aid that is in demand in an era of perpetual screen-time and smartphone dependence.

Participants can have 9 sessions with Cheen Tan, the program's mentor.

Tan, UN agency additionally teaches at a Como Shambhala studio in Singapore, lamented that a lot of individuals stay affixed to their phones even once they are out with relations. whereas the retreat in Nov won't embrace AN implemented technology hospital ward, attentiveness will teach oldsters to be absolutely gift with their youngsters.

Rocky beach at Como Uma Canggu.

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Some oldsters have additionally requested that he teach their children meditation tips so as to manage stress, he said.

They would ask: "Hey, are you able to do one for our children in order that, you know, they don't seem to be excessively stressed over the thought of AN test, a national test," Tan explained.

"I said, 'Hey, why not depart as well?'" he added .

The retreat can offer families the possibility to be told along during a relaxed setting. oldsters can have the chance to show and lead their youngsters, Tan said. The program is best suited to children between 9 and fifteen years previous, per Como.

Sunset at Como Uma Canggu in Bali, Indonesia.

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Noting that youngsters tend to possess a shorter span, Tan aforesaid sessions are fun for the young ones, and can have interaction all 5 senses.

Participants can develop techniques together with awareness of breath and body scanning, and also the adults can have a separate session on "mindful parenting."

A typical day would come with attentiveness follow within the morning and evening, with free time to get pleasure from island life through surfboarding or massage categories within the afternoon.

And in fact, there is continuously time to catch a tremendous Bahasa Indonesia sunset.
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Randall George Stephenson, chief executive officer of AT&T, speaking at the Business round table chief executive officer Innovation Summit in Washington, DC. on Dec. 6th, 2018.

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AT&T on Monday unveiled  a three-year strategic arrange that enclosed adding 2 new board members, marketing off up to $10 billion value of non-core businesses next year and paying off all its debt from the acquisition of your time Warner, bowing to pressure from activist capitalist Elliott Management.

Elliott, that unconcealed a $3.2-billion stake within the company in September, has been pressing the telecommunications large to chop prices, build management changes and reduce enlargement aspirations. the 2 sides have control discussions, Reuters reportable earlier this month.

The company additionally aforesaid that it expects Randall George Stephenson to stay chief govt through a minimum of 2020.

The arrange "benefited from our engagement with our house owners, as well as Elliott Management," George Stephenson aforesaid in an exceedingly statement.

In a letter to shareholders supporting the arrange, Elliott Management aforesaid AT&T would assess all potential chief executive officer candidates and separate the role of Chairman and chief executive officer.

"We commend AT&T for the positive steps proclaimed nowadays, which can produce substantial and enduring shareowner price at one in all America's greatest firms," Elliott aforesaid in an exceedingly statement.

A supply acquainted with the matter aforesaid Monday that Elliott is confirming of the member AT&T is predicted to nominate this year at future committee meeting.

To reduce its debt pile of $153.5 billion at the tip of the third quarter, AT&T has been on a marketing spree and has recently oversubscribed its assets in Puerto law to Liberty geographical region for $1.95 billion.

One such sale was proclaimed over the weekend. Investment cluster PPF, in hand by the Czech Republic's wealthiest bourgeois, Petr Kellner, has in agreement to shop for broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises (CME) in an exceedingly money deal valued at regarding $2.1 billion, marking the exit of AT&T, CME's largest shareowner.

The company expects generate $14 billion through plus sales and different initiatives by the tip of this year. It reduced its web debt by $12.7 billion up to now this year.

Total operational revenue within the third quarter over Sept. thirty fell to $44.59 billion from $45.74 billion, a year earlier. Analysts were expecting regarding $45 billion, in line with IBES information from Refinitiv.

Excluding things, AT&T earned  ninety four cents per share, on top of analysts' estimates of ninety three cents.

AT&T adscititious one hundred and one,000 web new phone subscribers World Health Organization pay a monthly bill throughout the third quarter. Wall Street calculable the carrier would gain sixty one,000 web new client additions, in line with a note from Cowen analysts.

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The U.K. government has launched a search program which will specialize in "making autonomous systems safe and trustworthy for public use".

The scheme, backed by funding of £33.9 million ($43.54 million) across 5 years, might lead to the event of subtle "care robots" which might be deployed to help the senior.

Actions that would doubtless be taken by such robots embody serving to folks up when a fall, ensuring medication is taken, and delivering meals.

The idea of developing "care robots" comes because the U.K. faces Associate in Nursing ageing population, with the govt stating that one in seven folks were currently expected to be over seventy five by the year 2040.

Authorities aforementioned analysis would be applied to form positive that robots were "better protected against cyber-attacks" and ready to demonstrate traits like respect, equality and fairness.

It is hoped that qualities like these might see robots being employed in places like hospitals and care homes aboard human professionals.

The government added  that the new autonomous systems program would obtain to learn a spread of sectors, as well as transport, wherever it delineate "lack of public trust" as a "key challenge."

On the AI front, authorities have already invested with in an exceedingly project referred to as CHIRON. That theme ran between 2016 and 2018, with the urban center AI Laboratory acting together of its "key technology partners". The project developed a "prototype standard robotic system" that uses the name of JUVA.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the urban center AI Laboratory's Praminda Caleb-Solly aforementioned that "assistive robots" might give "essential support for those that want facilitate effecting everyday tasks," sanctioning folks to "maintain their independence for as long as attainable."

"But ensuring we are able to trust these robots by reducing the risks related to this technology is important," Caleb-Solly added . "Unlocking their full potential means that they might assist with something from therapy to help for older folks with quality problems, up people's quality of life considerably."

Smart, innovative technology is currently being employed in an exceedingly range of fascinating ways in which in medication. In Sept 2019, researchers at the University of Oxford declared that they had developed AI technology that would establish whether or not somebody was at high risk of a fatal coronary failure years before it happens.

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DETROIT – Ford Motor is ending production of the Ford Flex as part of an overhaul of its vehicle lineup through 2020 to shift toward trucks and SUVs.
Ford said it will stop producing the "unconventional crossover wagon" later this year.
The automaker couldn't immediately say how many employees will be displaced at Ford's Oakville Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, where the Flex is built. The company is also discontinuing this month its Lincoln MKT — a crossover built at the plant on the same platform with similar components as the Flex. Company spokesman Dan Barbossa said Ford is notifying affected employees Monday.
In July, several media outlets reported the automaker planned to temporarily lay off about 200 people at the plant in September, possibly followed by additional layoffs in January.
The Flex, which can seat seven people and is known as a "minivan alternative," built a loyal following for its unique design and functionality, but sales of the vehicle never met expectations. Ford sold more than 296,000, or roughly 27,000 vehicles a year, since the Flex arrived in dealerships in 2008.
The Flex is being discontinued as part of a previously announced plan for Ford to redesign or replace 75% of its vehicle lineup by the end of 2020. The plan is specifically focused on expanding Ford's truck and utility lineup and shedding passenger cars, except for its iconic Mustang sports car.

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The rock group in 1964. (L-R): ballad maker, George Harrison, drummer and rock star.

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The rock group stony-broke up 5 decades agone, however you'd ne'er realize it from staring at the charts. In late Gregorian calendar month the cluster reissued the fiftieth day edition of its 1969 album "Abbey Road," that hit No. three on the hoarding two hundred within the U.S. and therefore the prime spot within the U.K.

The deluxe reissue options a remixed version of the first album and additionally includes 2 discs' value of antecedently unhearable material, a 5.1 surround-sound combine on Blu-ray, and a 100-page hardcover book. At a worth slightly below $100, it is easy to ascertain why somebody would be tempted to shop for it, although they already own the first version of the album.

The physical media sales area unit solely a part of the story. hoarding noted that to succeed in the No. 3 spot, the cluster had oversubscribed eighty one,000 physical albums, however in keeping with Forbes, the group's music has been streamed on Spotify one.7 billion times in 2019. The cluster doing half-hour of that streaming is between the ages of eighteen and twenty four, followed by 25- to 29-year-olds, at 17%. which means virtually 1/2 the streaming is returning from folks underneath the age of thirty.

A print of the renowned "Abbey Road" record sleeve pictured here ahead of an equivalent crosswalk on Abbey Road, in north London

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Konstantin anarchist, media relations spokesperson for the web research firm SEMrush, told CNBC that alternative information still shows the music to be in high demand.

"We force information on the quantity of Google searches for 'Beatles' over the last four years, and there is been a forty eight.59% spike over the last twelve months," he said.
Iconic standing through the ages

What's driving this continued  interest within the rock group, and what ways area unit in situ to sustain it?

Apple Corps, the corporate fashioned by the rock group in 1968 to manage its affairs, was inaccessible for comment, therefore its plans for the 2020s and on the far side area unit unknown. However, it's been busy for years with the task of obtaining this music to new audiences.

The company brought the cluster into the new millennium in 2000, with the discharge of the album one, a compilation of their No. 1 hits. It stayed on the U.S. charts for 388 weeks and has since oversubscribed thirteen million copies.

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In 2006, cwm du Soleil premiered the show "Love" in urban center. Its audio recording album, that featured recently mixed versions of rock group songs, went on to sell two million copies, in keeping with the Recording trade Association of America. the assembly continues to be running to the current day.

Three years later the group's full original music catalog ­— whose value has been calculable to be over $1 billion — was given a sonic upgrade and reissued, and among 5 days of their debut in stores, sales destroyed over two.25 million copies internationally.

Fans line up outside the HMV music store in Liverpool, England, to buy the new "Beatles: RockBand" game and digitally remastered albums in 2009.

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On an equivalent day that the catalog was reissued, the Beatles: RockBand game was additionally discharged. the sport generated $60 million in sales upon its unharness, in keeping with the l.  a.   Times. Apple Corps additionally co-produced Daffo Howard's 2016 documentary "The Beatles: Eight Days every week — The road Years" for the Hulu streaming service.
The power of streaming music

Although all of those steps have helped keep the cluster within the prominence, 2 of the foremost vital measures to confirm the band's continued  connection transpire solely some years agone. In 2015 the group's catalog finally came to Spotify and Apple Music, and in 2017 the rock group Channel came to Sothis XM Radio.

As its name implies, the Sothis channel plays nothing however the pleasing Four, twenty four hours on a daily basis, seven days every week. However, putt their music on streaming services could convince be the foremost crucial move in terms of the band's longevity.

While it's true that streaming services pay artists solely a fraction of a cent in royalties for each song streamed, it's withal the approach the overwhelming majority of individuals hear music nowadays. Any creative person hoping to be detected by scores of new fans needs to have their catalog offered on these services or risk changing into associate archaic obscurity.

The Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band area at the Beatlemania exhibition on could twenty eight, 2009 in Hamburg, Germany.

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All of those steps are necessary, partially as a result of the chances for cathartic and re-releasing the group's catalog on physical media could are exhausted with the recent "Abbey Road" reissue. The 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" received an equivalent deluxe treatment for its fiftieth day, followed future year by a equally deluxe fiftieth day edition of "The rock group," higher familiar to fans as "The White Album." Between those releases and therefore the full catalog upgrade of simply ten years agone, fans could feel like they do not need to pay from now on cash on albums they've already owned .

We force information on the quantity of Google searches for 'Beatles' over the last four years, and there is been a forty eight.59% spike over the last twelve months.

Konstantin anarchist

media relations spokesperson, SEMrush

Mara Kuge, president and founding father of Superior Music business, aforesaid that Apple Corps' ways area unit essential to the group's current viability, that are a few things that ought to not be taken with no consideration.

"Twenty years agone everybody thought Elvis' quality would forever be a given, however it's very born off within the past few years," Kuge aforesaid.

If an equivalent factor starts happening to The rock group, she aforesaid that there area unit ways in which of recapturing their former glory.

"[The rock band] Queen area unit a near-perfect example here, as a result of they were taking place the everyday classic rocker path, not very gaining newer fans till 'Bohemian Rhapsody' came out," she said. "Now, not each creative person will get a critically acclaimed, huge box-office film created regarding them, however the rock group definitely will."

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She additionally noted that simply because the group's catalog has been discharged and re-released many times over, it doesn't suggest the record corporations can refrain from double-dipping and triple-dipping all over again, ought to the chance to try and do therefore arise.

"While it looks the choices for re-releases have run out, there'll forever be new streaming services, to not mention future audio formats, that the Beatles' catalog will become a part of, to nice fanfare," she said. "There area unit forever occasions to re-release admirer versions of the catalog, whether or not it's undiscovered music, major anniversaries or new ways in which of packaging. it will sustain them for some generations going forward."

While all of those ways ought to keep the group's catalog in smart standing, nobody ought to underestimate the ability of the music itself. Michele Fox, a contract communicator from Needham, Massachusetts, aforesaid that future generation of {beatles|Beatles|rock cluster|rock band} fans is as obsessed on the group as any that came before it, and that they have the group's Sothis XM channel to impart for it.

"I have 9-year-old twin boys WHO area unit obsessed on the rock group," she said. "They understand the lyrics to just about each song, recite obscure triviality, understand the stories behind endless songs, that album songs area unit on ... I may press on and on. The Sothis XM rock group channel has been a colossal influence for them."

All of this looks to imply that the cluster can evolve with the days, although not a note of recent music ever materializes. As way as however long that may last, it's anyone's guess.
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