Hotel Occupancy Rates: 2016 On Track To Be 2nd Best Year

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“The year-over-year decline this week was related to timing of Halloween, but, in general, hotels are finishing the year strong. It is unlikely, but still possible that 2016 could be the best year ever for hotel occupancy. 2016 will be at least the 2nd best ever behind 2015.”

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Alibaba Does It Again: $1 Billion in Sales in 5 Minutes

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“Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. posted $1 billion (6.81 billion yuan) of sales within the first five minutes of its Singles’ Day shopathon, a 24-hour event that may offer clues on the health of the Chinese economy and its largest online retailer”

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44 Percent of Americans Get Their News From Facebook

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“Forty-four percent of Americans get their news from Facebook, according to the Pew Research Center, filling a void left by the declining ranks of newspapers. By comparison, only 2 in 10 U.S. adults get news from print newspapers today”

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Stunning: Half-A-Billion Gesture Tracking Devices By 2021

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“Juniper Research has released a new study with a bold prediction about the future of human interaction with technology. It found that “gesture and motion control will become vital for certain forms of human-computer interaction in the coming years.”

The study found that by the end of 2016 there will be roughly 168 million devices that utilize motion or gesture tracking. These devices include wearables, virtual reality, and more.

With its current adoption and growth rate, the study suggests that there will be as many as 492 million motion and gesture-tracking devices as early as 2020. This is a 280% growth, which is an extraordinary adoption rate for such an extreme change in the way users interact with computers.”

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20 Percent of The World’s Vacuums Are Now Robots

“Robot vacuums may have once seemed an eccentricity, but they now represent a non-trivial portion of the overall vacuum market – 20 percent worldwide, according to iRobot CEO and co-founder Colin Angl”

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Tax Statistics: 45% of Americans Pay No Federal Income Tax

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“An estimated 45.3% of American households — roughly 77.5 million — will pay no federal individual income tax, according to data for the 2015 tax year from the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington-based research group. (Note that this does not necessarily mean they won’t owe their states income tax.)”

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97% of SMBs Still Use Paper Checks For Payments

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“More than 80 percent of smaller merchants said they still could not accept contactless payments from digital wallets, like Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay. And while the amount of information contained on the average check makes using them an increased security risk from more innovative forms of payment, 97 percent of those surveyed SMBs still rely on paper checks to make and accept B2B payments — a 1 percent improvement since Q1.”

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$20 Million: What Fox News Has Offered Megan Kelly

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“Fox News has offered Megyn Kelly more than $20 million a year to stay with the network, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to CNNMoney.

The offer, first reported by Vanity Fair, is one of several offers that Kelly has received from major television networks, the sources said. It would make her one of the highest-paid talents in cable news, on par with or above Bill O’Reilly.”

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$161 Billion: Capital Poured Into Solar In 2015

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“In 2015, investors poured $161 billion of capital into solar, the largest amount for any single power source.”

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Surprise? Only 43% Own Their Home In Germany

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“The country’s homeownership rate ranks among the lowest in the developed world, and nearly dead last in Europe, though the Swiss rent even more.”

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