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Disney Adds Two To Board; Lululemon CEO Calvin McDonald, Tech Executive Amy Chang

Viral ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ video set to stay on YouTube following NFT sale

The “Charlie Bit My Finger” video has been viewed more than 884 million times, making it the most-viewed video on YouTube. Fans of the video can rest easy knowing the video will stay on the video platform even after being sold as an NFT, the father of the children Howard Davies-Carr said.

The 2007 viral video features Harry, 3 at the time, putting his finger in the mouth of Charlie, 1 at the time.

Origin Protocol, the company that ran the auction for the video, announced on May 23 it was sold to 3FMusic for over $760,000 as a non-fungible token. A statement on the website charliebitme.com said the video was set to be deleted from YouTube following the auction.

Video sells for over $760,000: Viral ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ video sells as NFT for more than $760,000, fate still unknown

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3FMusic decided to keep the video on Youtube stating it’s important to “popular culture.”

“After the auction we connected with the buyer, who ended up deciding to keep the video on YouTube,” Davies-Carr told Quartz. “The buyer felt that the video is an important part of popular culture and shouldn’t be taken down. It will now live on YouTube for the masses to continue enjoying as well as memorialized as an NFT on the blockchain.”

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JCPenney Recalls Girls Puffer Jackets

JCPenney has recalled about 7,000 Arizona Jean Co.’s “Lilac Smoke” girls midweight puffer jackets due to risk of entanglement.

According to the retailer, the puffer jackets have a drawstring located inside the lining of the bottom area of the garment. The drawstring can become entangled or caught on playground slides, handrails, school bus doors or other moving objects, posing an entanglement hazard to children.

The recall involves Arizona Jean Co. “Lilac Smoke” girls midweight puffer jackets sold in sizes 4-16 (XXS-XL). It was sold at JCPenney stores nationwide and online from November 2020 through April 2021 for about $94.

No incidents or injuries have been reported. However, the company has asked consumers to immediately take the recalled jacket away from children, cut and remove the drawstring to eliminate the hazard, or contact JCPenney for instructions on how to return the jacket and obtain a full refund of the original purchase price, shipping included.

Guess? Inc. Q1 adjusted earnings Beat Estimates

Below are the earnings highlights for Guess? Inc. (GES):

-Earnings: $12.01 million in Q1 vs. -$157.67 million in the same period last year.
-EPS: $0.18 in Q1 vs. -$2.40 in the same period last year.
-Excluding items, Guess? Inc. reported adjusted earnings of $13.87 million or $0.21 per share for the period.
-Analysts projected -$0.19 per share
-Revenue: $520.00 million in Q1 vs. $260.25 million in the same period last year.

Russian region orders employers to organise COVID-19 vaccines for employees

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s consumer health watchdog in the Yakutia region said on Tuesday that all employers must organise COVID-19 vaccines for their employees.

The regional branch of the Rospotrebnadzor watchdog added that employees could refuse to be vaccinated by providing their employer with a written justification.

E-commerce fraud prevention startup Forter raises $300 million at $3 billion valuation

(Reuters) – Forter, a startup that focuses on fraud prevention in the e-commerce space, said on Tuesday it had raised $300 million in a funding round led by hedge fund Tiger Global Management.

The latest funding round valued the company at $3 billion, Forter said.

Herald morning quiz: May 27

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Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah makes MLB debut as mom is overcome with emotion

Highly regarded pitching prospect Alek Manoah made his major league debut Thursday for the Toronto Blue Jays in storybook fashion — against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. 

After walking the first batter he faced, infielder DJ LeMahieu, on four pitches, Manoah registered his first strikeout when he got Yankees second baseman Rougned Odor to whiff on a changeup.

While that was a nice moment, Manoah, 23, showed little emotion as he also fanned Aaron Judge in tossing a scoreless first inning. On the other hand, in the stands, Manoah's mom was unable to contain her excitement while watching her son perform.

Alek Manoah’s mom was crying as he faced his first MLB hitter and she was PUMPED after he recorded his first strikeout pic.twitter.com/tVUGGxiLj0

After a dominant start to the season at Class AAA Buffalo — allowing one earned run in 18 innings and striking out 27 over three starts (0.50 ERA) Manoah only found out on Monday he'd be getting the call to the majors.

Disney Adds Two To Board; Lululemon CEO Calvin McDonald, Tech Executive Amy Chang

Walt Disney said Thursday it’s named two new directors to its board, Amy Chang, a veteran technology executive, and Calvin McDonald, CEO of Lululemon, effective immediately.

Chang serves on the board of Procter & Gamble and Marqeta and as an advisor to more than a dozen companies including Cisco and HubSpot. From 2018 to 2020, she served as exec VP and GM of Cisco’s collaboration business, including videoconferencing, cloud calling, contact center, video device and phones businesses. She joined Cisco when it acquired the artificial intelligence company she founded, Accompany.

She was previously Global Head of Product, Google Ads Measurement and has worked at eBay, McKinsey, Intel, AMD and Motorola.

McDonald joined athletic apparel giant Lululemon in August 2018 as CEO and has helped grow it to more than 500 company-operated stores in 17 countries. He was previously CEO of Sephora Americas, a division of LVMH, from 2013 to 2018. and CEO of Sears Canada from 2011 to 2013. Before that, he spent 17 years at Loblaw Companies Limited, the largest retailer in Canada,

From 2016-2020, he served on the Board of Directors of Cole Haan.

“Amy Chang and Calvin McDonald are highly-respected leaders with a deep understanding of the nexus between technology and the consumer experience, and we are excited to have them join the Disney board,” said chairman Robert Iger.

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