McDonalds Is America’s Number One Store

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mcdonaldsAccording to Placed Insights, a location analytics in the U.S., one-half of the American population went to McDonalds at least once last March 2013.

The data was collected by monitoring the consumption behavior of almost 70,000 Americans, aged 14 and above, on a per-month basis. The results show that around 49% of them visited a store within the month of March. This record has just made McDonalds, a well-known fast food chain, the most visited store in the country.

Along with other companies, such as Wal-Mart, Wendy’s, Burger King, and SubWay, you can view the results at Yahoo! Finance’s website.

Adidas Shares Jump On Profits Rise

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Adidas, the world’s second largest sportswear company, has reported an increase in profits despite seeing sales decline in the first quarter of 2013.


The German firm said more consumers were buying its higher-priced products, helping net income increase by 6.5% to 308m Euros.

Its gross revenue margin on sales was 50.1%, only the second time the company reported a figure of 50% above.

In Frankfurt, Adidas shares increased by almost 6% in early trading.

Chief Executive of Adidas, Herbert Hainer, said the results were impressive, given that in the same quarter in 2013, sales increased in the run-up to the Olympics and European football competitions.

Adidas has been struggling with the double-digit drop in Reebok sales, which took a 265m euro record on the brand last year.

Adidas plans a strategy to boost Rebook sales in 2013, with a target on yoga, dance, and fitness training.

Read the rest of the news about the Adidas sales report here.

Twitter Closes Advertising Deal With Publicis Groupe

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Microblogging service Twitter has closed its biggest advertising deal with Publicis Groupe-owned Starcom MediaVest Group. The deal is reported to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.


According to reports, the TV-linked agreement is another indication of the microblogging service’s importance as the second screen and its progressively interdependent relationship with television. The deal, which many describe as a partnership, means that Starcom’s roster of clients such as Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and Procter & Gamble, may acquire advertising slots on Twitter.

The “In-tweet mobile survey,” is one of the newest products the company will offer. Nielsen collaborated with Twitter for this particular undertaking. The brand polls on Twitter will appear like Promoted Tweets within users’ timelines on both desktop and mobile devices. The deal is not exclusive and leaves openings for the social network to make similar deals with WPP Group’s GroupM, Omnicom, and Dentsu-owned Aegis.

Visit this link to read more of Twitter’s newest deal.

Gwyneth Paltrow Is The World’s Most Beautiful Woman

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paltrowPeople magazine has named Gwyneth Paltrow as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2013.

The 40-year old blond actress topped the magazine’s annual list for the Most Beautiful Woman.

Her perfect hair, charming blue eyes, nice smile, and sexy body all contribute to the actress’s beauty.

According to Paltrow, she honestly thought that someone was playing joke on her. “I had to reread the e-mail three times. I was like, ‘This can’t be true, I’ve developed dyslexia — I’m not reading this right.’ It’s a very iconic cover in American culture, so it’s just amazing,” she said.

Paltrow told the magazine that around the house, she’s usually in jeans and t-shirt, and does not wear any makeup. She said, “I feel my most beautiful when I am truly myself. Meaning, when I accept exactly where I am in time and space, and I’m not judging myself in any way, and I feel that I have the peace that comes with loving yourself and all of your flaws.”

Do you think Gwyneth Paltrow is really the most beautiful woman? Find out more in this CNN article.

50 Most Prominent Families In America

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Bush FamilyFrom the founding political leaders to newspaper and oil tycoons, America has a long history of family dynasties that shaped society.

“But what makes for an influential family in America today?”

Town & County magazine’s May cover story features the 50 most prominent families in America. The magazine broke the list down into 5 categories with 10 families in each category. These included the 10 Most Inspiring, 10 Most Generous, 10 Most Enduring, 10 Most Creative, and 10 Most Powerful.

The full list will appear in Town & County magazine’s upcoming issue. It hits the new stands on April 16.

Learn more about the Bush Family, the Most Powerful Family in America, in this CBS This Morning story.

Is Barbie Racist Or Just Being Realistic?

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barbieMattel’s “Dolls of the World” collection has more than 200 Barbies dressed in costumes from different countries of the world. It debuted with Parisian, British, and Italian dolls back in 1980. The latest versions, especially Latin America, are causing controversy online. In June 2012, the newest Mexico Barbie was revealed. Many people said that it was quite offensive than being educational.

Jennifer Morales tweeted, “@Mattel, maybe #MexicoBarbie should come with a taco instead of a chihuahua- you know, just to be really clear.” Another user that goes with the username “@SavannahLime” pointed out, “Of course #MexicanBarbie comes with a passport! She doesn’t want to be deported.”

After going through the whole collection, the same problem goes with different dolls. Take a look, see for yourself, and answer the question: Is Barbie Racist or Just Being Realistic?

Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Beer

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beerA beer is a man’s drink, at least to some degree. Women would order wine, while men go for beer. In history, however, many women consider beer as their typical beverage. Even children can have some of the grub too.

Nowadays, it would be difficult to find a female-run brewery. Nevertheless, did you know that they are the first professional brewers? They were called brewsters. Brewing beer is a task for noble women back in ancient Peru. In 19th century Munich, many new mothers believed that drinking seven pints of beer every day is needed for breastfeeding.

There is actually a long history between women and beer. Click here to check out a visual representation of some facts about beer.

Samsung Marketing Blitz Stirs Innovation Debate

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samsungSamsung Electronics is spending more on marketing than R&D for the first time in at least three years, prompting some pundits to warn that the IT giant is sacrificing innovation at a time when the market is teeming with ever smarter gadgets.

The South Korean firm, which warned on Friday it will not post record quarterly earnings for the first time since 2011, looks set to spend big bucks on marketing upcoming mobile devices, including the Galaxy S4 smartphone, to convert more iPhone and iPad users loyal to arch rival Apple Inc.

Samsung finally overtook Sony to become the world’s top TV maker in 2006, largely aided by slim designs and super-thin displays produced as a result of aggressive capital investment.

By contrast, Samsung’s mobile devices business now generates 70 percent of its total revenue.

Read the rest of the news about Samsung’s marketing innovation here.

How To Keep Major Appliances Clean

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There are so many appliances that have become a part of daily life and reduce the amount of work that need to be done around the house. Dishwashers wash your dishes for you, ovens provide a method of cooking that does not require much work or oversight, and washing machines wash your clothes for you. But as Good Housekeeping shows in “8 Cleaners That Need Cleaning,” you cannot afford to take these conveniences for granted; they need to be cleaned as well in order to keep doing their job properly.

cleaning appliancesAppliances With Self-Cleaning Options

Many appliances are easy to clean as they have a self-cleaning option. If your dishwashers and ovens have this option, you should use it regularly; it is an easy way to keep these appliances clean and free of excess food and dirt, with no effort on your part. You could also try cleaning a dishwasher by running it with vinegar and hot water, or using baking soda to reduce any odors. There are also commercial cleaners available that can be used to ensure the machinery is kept clean and running smoothly.

Keeping Other Appliances Clean

Unfortunately, not all appliances have the convenience of a self-cleaning option. Washing machines typically do not have it, and though people may not think of washers as something that can get dirty, there can be unseen buildup from using too much laundry detergent, or odors may develop if you leave wet clothes sitting there. When it comes to cleaning a washing machine, running a cycle with vinegar and baking soda will also work well here. You could also use bleach to clean the machine, but be sure to run white or light-colored loads for a few cycles after, as any remaining bleach may discolor your darker clothes. By using these tips to keep your appliances clean, you will be able to continue enjoying the convenience they provide.

How To Make Better Use Of Your Time

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There are many chores and tasks that can keep your days busy, but like many people you may find yourself wondering why you can’t get everything done that you want to. It is easy to start the day with a list of what you want to do, but somehow find yourself at the end of the day with little of it done. If you are having problems with time management, US News suggests in “A Few Simple Tips for Better Time Management” how to use your time more efficiently.

time-managementKnow How Much Time You Need

It is easy to think that a number of tasks don’t take long, and so estimate that you will be able to do them quickly. But even if one task is quick, having more tasks to do will add up and take more time than you anticipate. If that is the case, it will take conscious effort to remind yourself not to underestimate how much time you need. With practice, you will learn to give yourself enough time for any commitment.

Do Worthwhile Activities

You may find yourself putting off tasks because you feel that they are not worth your time. You will be less likely to waste time on a task if you think it is useful, necessary, or is simply something you enjoy. If you find yourself having trouble doing some things in your life, but not others, consider what is taking the most time and what you can do to improve it. You may find easier ways to do some tasks, or you can hire someone to do it for you. By focusing on what you enjoy doing and giving yourself enough time to do it, your time management issues will quickly improve.