China Investigates Social Media Giants

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — China has a strict cybersecurity law that went into effect in June that U.S. tech giants like Apple and Amazon have been working around. But even the country’s own internet giants are having a tough time complying with the law, according to Reuters. On Aug. 11, the Cyberspace Administration of China … Continued

Applebee’s and IHOP Plan to Close 160 Locations

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP is feeling the pressure. DineEquity announced on Aug. 10, that it now plans to shut down as many as 160 restaurant locations this year. The company has been seeing declining sales as executives face a tough time winning over millennial diners. Between 105 … Continued

Trump’s DC Hotel Turns $2 Million Profit in Four Months

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — New financial documents reveal Donald Trump’s DC hotel raised its rates after he became president of the United States. According to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, The Trump International Hotel in the nation’s capital turned a $1.97 million profit in just the first four months of 2017. The … Continued

Facebook Unveils New Platform to Watch Shows

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Facebook wants you to spend more time on the platform, so it’s making an even bigger push into video. On Aug. 9, the tech giant unveiled a new home for video shows on Facebook called “Watch”. It’s for users to view original content produced exclusively for Facebook by its partners like … Continued

Oprah Creates New Line of Refrigerated Soups and Sides

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — You may soon start seeing Oprah Winfrey at your local supermarket. In a partnership with Kraft Heinz, the TV icon is creating her very own line of health-conscious foods that use real ingredients and no artificial flavors or dyes. The new brand is called O, That’s Good!, and will offer comfort … Continued

ABC News Pays $177 Million to Settle ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — ABC News is ready to move past its lawsuit with a meat processor. The Walt Disney Company revealed it settled a controversial defamation case for at least $177 million. The settlement comes after South Dakota-based Beef Products sued ABC for $5.7 billion over a series of reports in 2012. The news … Continued

HBO Offers Hacker Group $250,000 ‘Bounty Payment’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — HBO has suffered a major cyber attack, and the company is asking the hackers to extend the ransom deadline. As a show of good faith, HBO offered to make a bug bounty payment. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety both obtained a copy of a message from HBO on Aug. 10, that … Continued

Lego Swaps Out CEO After Eight Months

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Lego Group is trying to rebuild itself, starting with naming a younger boss. The Danish toy company named Niels Christiansen as its new CEO on Aug. 10. He will replace interim chief executive Bali Padda after just eight months on the job. Padda, who is British, made headline last December … Continued

Walmart Apologizes for ‘Horrible’ Gun Display

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A “back-to-school” sign inside one Walmart store has sparked outrage. A photo of a banner hanging directly above a gun display circulated over social media on Aug. 9, drawing harsh criticism from customers. The sign read, “Own the school year like a hero.” Twitter and Reddit users slammed the retailer for … Continued

Blue Apron Sees Losses Ahead, Stock Slips

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Blue Apron may be in some hot water. Shares of the meal kit delivery company plummeted on Aug. 10 after it released its first earnings report as a public company. The results were mixed. Blue Apron posted a loss of 47 cents per share in its latest quarter. Wall Street was … Continued