Monday, December 21, 2015

3D The Boss








“Fun, attractive, imaginative, tuneful, catchy, very delightful throughout. Bravo!”
Terrance McKnight, NPR Host WQXR

 “ 3D The Boss Music is undoubtedly catchy and will more than likely get stuck in your head.” 
Erica Vain Editor In Chief 

 “If health is the new religion, 3D The Boss is the disciple and their music the movement.”
Kevin Green CEO Boss Entertainment

 “3D The Boss is fresh and compelling.”
-   Beth Thomas Manager of W Hotel Midtown Atlanta.

 “3D The Boss are definitely performers that can fill any show, any stadium any place any time...They are on the road to mega success.” 
-Trea Davenport, Senior Publicist For Michael Johnson Annual Fun Fest

3D The Boss, is a health and fitness pop duo that has an inspiring three-dimensional approach, which addresses issues of unhealthy self-image, unconscious messaging and imbalanced role models. 3D The Boss delivers an energy-packed, exceptionally rich experience which is high with excitement, wide with variety and deep with meaning. Their style transcends generations, genres and geographical boundaries by modeling a balanced lifestyle which promotes self-love, purposeful living and passionate pursuits.

3D The Boss released their first music video for their single ‘Lollapalooza' at the world renowned W Atlanta-Midtown. ‘Lollapalooza,’ which means an extraordinary person, thing or event, is an extraordinary video because of the play between the powerful vocals of The.O and the swagalicious flow of Cei.Lei The Boss Lady. Together with the supporting cast of the Dance 411 kids, Baton Bob, DJ Kidd Luke, and 3D The Boss fans and friends, this group delivers an explosive performance that leaves you buzzing with excitement.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

US TOP 20.fm for November 2015

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

NOVEMBER 25th 2015:

This Week's Show: 

This Week's Playlist:


1.Tonight – Matt Simons
2.Reality – Lost Frequencies, Janieck Devy
3.Adore – Jasmine Thompson
4.21 – Hunter Hayes
5.Catch & Release (Deepend Remix) – Matt Simons
6.Cheyenne – Jason Derulo
7.Good For You – Selena Gomez, A$AP Rocky
8.Just Don't – Ani-K
9.Unbreakable Smile – Tori Kelly
10.Stronger – Clean Bandit
11.Fire N Gold – Bea Miller
12.Treasured Soul – Michael Calfan
13.What I did for Love (feat. Emeli Sandé) – David Guetta, Emeli Sandé
14.Talking About – Conor Maynard
15.Divine Sorrow – Wyclef Jean, Avicii
16.Tear In My Heart – Twenty One Pilots
17.Are You with Me - Radio Edit – Lost Frequencies
18.Can't Feel My Face – The Weeknd
19.Together - Radio Edit – CAZZETTE, Newtimers
20.Something Better – Audien, Lady Antebellum

Monday, October 5, 2015

Axixic

New single from Axixic coming out June 16th 2015.
Adult Contemporary Song - GASOLINE






Listener Reviews of 'Gasoline'
(via SOUNDOUT)
 
- "I loved the old Motown sound this song had. I wasn't sure if this was supposed to be a comedy track, but I found that it made me smile. But more importantly it was supported by a solid musical score. Nice brass sound. Solid song."
Rating: 10
 
- "Like the sound of the trumpet in the beginning of the song. And the drums in the background gives it a cool rhythm and the saxophone!. Awesome male voices as a duet sounds really nice too!. Very jazzy and classic with a little bit of organ in the background. Cool lyrics too."
Rating: 7
 
- "Great jazz feel and I like it. The beginning is great. I like the voices too. Beat was great. Drums were great for jazz. The guitar was more like a saxaphone. The saxophone is great and adds a nice feel to it! I like this song a lot. Great song!"
Rating: 8
 
- "The introduction got right to the point. The vocals are soulful and distinct. The melody and rhythm are engaging and compliment the vocals well. The vocal melody is tuneful and captivating. The instrumental variety and balance is expressive and ties everything together well. The lyrics are thought provoking and emotional."
Rating: 6
 
- "The saxophone is the coolest instrument in jazz. It is smooth and sexy, the spoken word type of vocals is appropriate it exclaims, we're too cool for fancy runs. This is simple and is soft on the ears. This knows where its place is, the other instruments hold back and let the sax have its place, so so good."
Rating: 7
 
- "Ooh, sweet opening Saxophone solo. That caught my attention. Very interesting instrumentation with non-traditional drums, and horns as the main harmonic instrument. The lyrics seem interesting and are pretty easy to understand. The song continues to play with a saxophone solo which is very smooth. Definitely fits the feel of the song."
Rating: 7
 
- "I like the jazzy feel good soul sound this song has. The singer's voice and what he actually sang surprised me, but I do enjoy listening to this song because it is unlike any song that I have ever heard before." 
Rating: 6
 
- "The intro is funky and compelling, with a good melody. The vocals are distinctive and stylish - the singer/s bring to mind the accents of the south, which distinguishes them from other singers. The saxophone accompaniment furthers this song from country music. I really enjoy this song."
Rating: 8

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

greg freeman

Greg Freeman, whose interviews and authoritative writing have highlighted the careers of Grammy Award winners and music legends for more than a decade, is excited about the release of his first radio single, “Sunlight and Shadows.”  Having garnered airplay on a syndicated show in India and Dubai in November 2014, the song has generated positive feedback from near and far, and Freeman feels that it’s time to take the song to the masses. 

Freeman acknowledges that his brand of country music is different from the fray. “Change is inevitable in all genres of music. Younger artists are constantly coming up with more progressive styles and often edgier content,” Freeman says, “…but I think there’s room in every genre for all sorts of creativity, and one need not fit certain stereotypes or push boundaries to please lovers of good music. I incorporate both traditional and contemporary styles into my writing and recording, and listeners will gravitate to what they enjoy, regardless of who is topping the charts or receiving the most airplay.”
Known in Nashville circles and elsewhere for writing gospel/contemporary Christian songs, Freeman, like many recording artists and writers, is versatile and not easily defined by musical style. Considering that his catalogue is almost entirely gospel music, it’s perhaps even more interesting that his first commercial release would be a country song. That said, Freeman—who frequently collaborates with Dove Award-winning gospel artist Babbie Mason and has co-written two country songs with multiple Emmy Award winner Cheryl Rogers (who produced a track on the Grammy Award-winning Tribute:  The Songs of Andrae Crouch)—describes “Sunlight and Shadows” as an upbeat, stop-and-smell-the-roses song, and he is confident that music lovers will find its message and sound infectious. 
“My intention with ‘Sunlight and Shadows’ is not unlike my gospel songs,” Freeman says, adding, “My songwriting is a form of self-expression, quite often very personal and introspective, and I suspect that fans of my country songs will enjoy my gospel material and vice versa.  At least, that’s what I’m hoping for.”

Friday, August 28, 2015

Kenneth Howard Smith suffers Heart Attack

Kenneth Howard Smith suffers Heart Attack

[C] 2015 SDCOG -  SDC OmniMedia Group CEO/President Kenneth Howard Smith
MEMPHIS TN (IFS) -- It was reported that SDC OmniMedia Group's CEO and president Kenneth Howard Smith suffered a major heart attack on or about August 3, 2015.  This episode did contribute to some major damage to his lower heart valves while he was en route to Sacramento California. After spending several weeks in the hospital, Smith was outfitted with a portable ZOLL life vest until he receives his pace maker that will be implemented into his chest.

Smith released this selfie being wired up with the heart monitoring system that relayed information back to the nurses' station as to the condition of his

After Smith was admitted to the hospital, his test did not show any damage to his heart muscle, however, the enzyme was present and it was determined that a ten per cent lost of  tissue in the heart had been done along with damage to his kidneys.

Smith suffered a major heart attack back in 2004, and according to the doctors, he would sometime in the future suffer another major attack which did come at the beginning of this month.

Do to the major break thoughts in medicine, getting to a hospital in time is a key to surviving or dying right on the spot.

Smith current situation includes the condition that his heart lower half is not "talking' to the heart above half, if and when his heart is asked to speed up and or slow down.

Smith requests that everyone take this as learning moment, and to help identify those at that stage, both young and old who have heart disease and needs monitoring.

Currently, Smith is resting well and not over doing any strenuous activities.  Another contributing factor to his heart attack was the fires in the Napa valley that had help to delete the oxygen at his home.  

Monday, August 3, 2015

Kentucky Fried Chicken Bucket that is also a Digital Printer - Really!!

 


Is it possible Kentucky Fried Chicken created something greater than the Double Down?

The restaurant chain is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Canada by unveiling a Memories Bucket, which not only carries fried chicken but comes equipped with a small photo printer at the bottom.

It appears the printer connects to a smartphone with Bluetooth. Users snap pictures, then select one to send to the printer. The picture pops up instantly, working similarly to a Polaroid.

Surprisingly, this is not the first time KFC has mixed poultry and technology. Last year, KFC in Japan launched a fried chicken keyboard, mouse and USB stick, The Verge reports.

There's also Pizza Hut's clever use of the pizza box that doubles as a movie projector.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

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Indie-Music’s June 2015 artist spotlight features the shimmery Scottish melodic pop of The OK Social Club, Americana psych rock from Tumbleweed Wanderers, sadcore pop duo Lost and Profound, scuzz pop outfit Tough Age, and a new single from atmospheric pop songstress Amy Guess.. More
 

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It seems Apple Music isn’t just about consumption. Not surprisingly, Apple’s own GarageBand/Logic family appear to figure into the company’s plans. Accordingly, GarageBand will get an update on June 30, the same day Apple Music (and Apple Music Connect) are scheduled for launch. More

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Trends in piracy and vinyl record sales are converging as trade groups in the music industry adapt to the shifting landscape by coordinating a global album release day. More

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Is Google Attempting to take over Twitter?

Summary

  • According to a recent report Google is attempting to buy out Twitter.
  • The deal sounds reasonable in light of Google's growing cash position and the long-term value potential of Twitter.
  • Google has to use the cash pile somehow, and buying out Twitter could make for a nice addition to the company's portfolio of businesses.
  • Furthermore, Twitter's biggest stakeholder is a former Google executive, and the recent departure of the CEO adds fuel to the rumors.
  • I continue to reiterate my buy recommendation. It has been a tough year for Twitter shareholders, but buyout talks could drive the stock price considerably higher.
There are rumors circulating of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) intent to buyout Twitter (NYSE:TWTR). At first, the thought process seems pretty logical, but again we're still in the rumor stage and nothing has been confirmed.
Google could nail it at a relatively reasonable price in the $50 to $60 range. Now if Twitter were trading at $50 to $60, Google would then have to pay $75 to $80 per share. According to Bloomberg, announced deal premiums are 50% in 22% of cases. Given the high profile nature of a potential Twitter acquisition, it's safe to assume that the deal premium will exceed 50%.
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Source: Bloomberg Research
So, if Google wants to take action, it should take action now. Twitter is significantly cheaper from its all-time highs. Furthermore, I don't anticipate the stock to decline any further as the recent resignation of Dick Costolo put a floor underneath the stock price.
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Source: Amigobulls
Silicon Valley M&As can be a little different from other industries, as one of the most prevalent tactics of boards unwilling to sell is to stay silent. Even if an offer sheet for a reasonable amount were to surface, the board of directors will not tell the remaining shareholders unless the offer is really compelling and the board intends to take the offer. However, the firm attempting to swallow the company has the opposite incentive. The acquiring firm wants to pay less and get the deal done as quickly as possible. So, to do this, they spread rumors of a potential merger in advance. They then layer the minefield so that the opposing board has to eventually capitulate on the back of institutional shareholders wanting a quick exit. Money today is better than money in three to five years.
We saw a similar story play out with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) in 2008. Top executives at Microsoft leaked that they were going to buy out Yahoo. However, Yahoo was able to maintain its independence at the detriment of Yahoo shareholders as the market crash hammered them. However, Yahoo had already sowed the seeds of a promising future by owning a huge chunk of Alibaba. Knowing today's Microsoft, it would have held on to 40% of China's biggest e-commerce platform. So, in hindsight Ballmer was right, he should have bought Yahoo at all cost, but he was right for the wrong reasons. And he walked away from one of the most lucrative deal tables of all time. Owning 40% of Alibaba would have added $75 billion to Microsoft's valuation at the time of Alibaba's IPO.
So, historically speaking, sometimes big deals do work, and in the case of Twitter, it might work even if the valuation is a bit expensive.
Twitter has become significantly cheaper from its all-time highs and is in the midst of a CEO transition. Perfect timing for Google as it has tons of cash sitting on its balance sheet and it's sitting idly. Over the next five years Google will have $150 billion in cash, short-term equivalents and liquid assets (according to my estimates and assuming it doesn't make a major acquisition). Google doesn't have many other options. Absorbing another tech company of its size would garner scrutiny of antitrust regulators, and buying back shares at its currently high valuation isn't the best use for its cash.
Also, Twitter's biggest shareholder is Chris Sacca, a former Google executive. Google won't have much trouble winning over the company's biggest shareholder given Chris has deep Google and Twitter roots. Perhaps Dick knew about this potential deal, and that's a contributing factor to why he left. Perhaps he doesn't want to work for Google.

Home users of Windows 7 and 8.1 will get the Windows 10 upgrade for free, but there are a few conditions


Windows 10 arrives on July 29

Home users of Windows 7 and 8.1 will get the Windows 10 upgrade for free, but there are a few conditions.

After revealing Windows 10 eight months ago, Microsoft has finally announced a release date for the free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1: July 29, just eight weeks from now. This is a little earlier than expected, and there are a few strings attached. First, this date is for the upgrade only. Microsoft has not announced availability of the retail version of Windows 10 or of a standalone download. So, if you prefer to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows, or if you want to download the update once to install on multiple devices, or if you want to obtain it on release day and install it later, you will have to wait a little longer. Second, the version for cell phones, dubbed Windows 10 Mobile, is not a part of this scheme; its release date has not been announced.
The process works like this: Starting today, a Windows icon will pop up in your system tray if you are eligible for the upgrade. This icon comes courtesy of system update KB3035583, which installs an app called Get Windows 10. If you click the icon, the app window will open, and you can make a reservation for your download of Windows 10. Presumably this process enables Microsoft to gauge how many download servers it will need to handle the launch. You can also request an email confirmation, and you can cancel your reservation at any time. If you don't make a reservation now, you can still schedule a download of Windows 10 later on (though the offer of a free upgrade expires after one year).
Windows 10
Microsoft estimates that it will take anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour to process the Windows 10 upgrade. The time to actually download it will depend on your connection speed and how much infrastructure Microsoft has put in place to handle the launch. Microsoft says that making a reservation will also allow it to transmit some installation files ahead of time, in the background. This is designed to ease the burden on its servers on release day, and to reduce installation time for you. The total download size for the upgrade to Windows 10 will be around 3GB.
Microsoft says that if your PC can run Windows 7 or 8.1, it should be able to run Windows 10. This update won't be like the jump from XP to Vista. The Get Windows 10 app that handles the upgrade process will also confirm that your PC is compatible. You can try Windows 10 in a virtual machine right now -- consult our handy guide and decide if you want to take the plunge.
People who are currently using the Windows 10 Insider Preview will need Windows 7 or 8.1 on their PC to get this free upgrade. Otherwise, Microsoft will probably shut off access at some point, as it did with the preview version of Windows 7. And if Microsoft detects that your version of 7 or 8.1 has been pirated, it will not schedule a download of the Windows 10 upgrade for you.
First announced on September 30, 2014, Windows 10 will introduce a number of major changes, including:
  • The transition from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge, which will be able to run add-ons designed for Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome
  • An update to DirectX 12
  • A unification of the platform to allow the same program to run on a desktop, tablet, and phone
  • The ability to run iOS and Android apps in Windows

About Tom McNamara

Tom is the senior editor covering Windows at Download.com.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Suzanne Somers - Television's real hero in the war of salaries


MEMPHIS TN (IFS) --  It's only fitting that one of America's greatest television actors was the tip of the spear in the late 1970's who plunged herself and her career into the fire to get a higher pay rise for herself and other actors of that day.  It's also amazing, that the new television actors of today do not realize that it was Ms. Somers who caused them to get major money for their talents today for their prime time work.  Yet little glory goes to this brave warrior for helping make their lives so much better.  She did not reap the benefits of her fight like the other actors that follow behind her.

Suzanne Somers Biography
Television Actress, Pin-up (1946–)


NAME
Suzanne Somers
OCCUPATION
Television Actress, Pin-up
BIRTH DATE
October 16, 1946 (age 68)
EDUCATION
Lone Mountain College
PLACE OF BIRTH
San Bruno, California
MAIDEN NAME
Suzanne Marie Mahoney

Suzanne Somers is an American actress known for her role in the TV sitcom Three’s Company as well as for promoting health and fitness books and equipment.
IN THESE GROUPS

Synopsis

Suzanne Somers is an American actress born on October 16, 1946 in San Bruno, California. She gained fame and pin-up status for her role as a bubbly blond in the TV hit series Three’s Company (1977). She took on several other acting roles in the 1980s. Around the same time, Somers expanded her career by promoting and popularizing the ThighMaster exercise equipment. Somers revealed in 2001 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and then caused controversy when she chose alternative treatments. Somers continues to author books and sell clothing, jewelry and fitness equipment.

Early Life

Model, actress, businesswoman and writer Suzanne Marie Mahoney was born on October 16, 1946, in San Bruno, California. The daughter of an abusive alcoholic father, Somers briefly attended Lone Mountain College in San Francisco before dropping out after becoming pregnant. After marrying and divorcing her child’s father, she sought out modeling and acting work in San Francisco.

For years, Somers supported herself and her son with odd jobs and small acting parts. She met her future husband Alan Hamel while working on the game show The Anniversary Game in the late 1960s. One of her most famous early roles, however, was the mysterious girl in the thunderbird that Richard Dreyfuss chases after in the George Lucas 60s nostalgia film American Graffiti. Around this time, she also wrote a volume of poetry with the tantalizing title Touch Me, which attracted the attention of Johnny Carson. Somers became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Her biggest career breakthrough came in 1977 as one of the stars of the hit sitcom Three’s Company with John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt. On the show, she played the bubbly, goofy Chrissy Snow, who became viewed as one of television’s quintessial “dumb blondes.” Around this time, she married Alan Hamel, who also became her manager. Following a salary dispute, Somers was eventually written off in 1981.

After being dumped from her hit show, Somers reinvented herself as an entertainer. She often played Las Vegas with such performers as Rich Little and Bobby Vinton. In 1987, Somers returned to television with the syndicated sitcom She’s the Sheriff, in which she played a woman who takes over her late husband’s policing duties in Lakes County, Nevada. Before the show went off the air in 1989, Somers published her memoir Keeping Secrets (1988), revealing her troubled childhood growing up with a verbally abusive alcoholic father and the lasting impact of his addiction on herself and her family.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Next Bank Shakeup - Deutsche Bank Bosses Resign

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China's exports fell for a third month in May, while imports slumped the most in three months, underscoring a sluggish domestic environment in need of more stimulus. Annual exports in May fell 2.5% while imports plunged 17.6%, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Monday. Many analysts have already penciled in sub-7% growth for the second quarter, raising the risk that the government will not meet its full-year growth target of around 7%. Shanghai closed up 2.2%.

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On Tuesday, index provider MSCI will decide whether to include China’s domestic markets in its widely followed emerging-market and global indexes. Rival index provider FTSE Group has already inaugurated transitional indexes for emerging markets to include Chinese A-shares, while S&P Dow Jones Indices said it would likely add the shares to its indexes in September. The new step will add a piece of a market that has some of the world's highest valuations and volatility to millions of foreign investors.

Japan's economy grew faster than initially estimated in the first quarter, dataon Monday showed, however doubts remain over whether the momentum can be sustained. GDP expanded at an annualized pace of 3.9% in January-March, higher than the preliminary reading of a 2.4% increase, and up from 1.5% in the October-December period. The upward revision reflects a better-than-expected rise in capital spending, alongside solid exports to the U.S. and China.

Turkey's financial markets were rattled on Monday after the country's governing Justice and Development Party, or AKP, lost its parliamentary majority after 13 years in power. With an uncertain period of a coalition- or minority-led government ahead, Turkey's stock market index, the BIS 100,plunged 8% at the open, while the lira fell almost 4% to a record low of 2.75 against the dollar. The vote also scuttled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bid to further centralize power by redrawing Turkey's constitution.
As talks between Greece and its creditors drag on, relations between Athens and its European partners seem to be getting worse, not better. Tensions over a cash-for-reform deal came to a head Sunday when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker accused Greek PM Alexis Tsipras of distorting what the creditors had proposed to make some headway in securing a deal for the country. It was also reported that Juncker refused a request from Tsipras to meet on Saturday after the Greek leader rebuffed the proposals as "absurd" and "irrational, blackmailing demands."

Leaders from the G7 industrial nations are scheduled to meet in the Bavarian Alps for a second day of a summit overshadowed by Greece's debt crisis and ongoing violence in Ukraine. On Sunday, leaders focused on global growth, climate change and the TTIP free trade agreement being negotiated between Washington and the EU. Today, the summit will discuss militant threats from groups like Islamic State and Boko Haram.

Stocks

Deutsche Bank purged its leadership on Sunday, appointing John Cryan as chief executive to replace co-CEOs Jürgen Fitschen and Anshu Jain. Cryan has been on the bank's supervisory board since 2013 and was a former chief financial officer of UBS. The move also follows recent CEO resignations at Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS), Standard Chartered (OTCPK:SCBFF), RBS, Barclays (NYSE:BCS), UBS, and Credit Agricole (OTCPK:CRARY). DB +6.4%premarket.

General Electric is close to an agreement to sell its private-equity-lending unit to Canada's largest pension fund, marking a major step in the industrial giant's retreat from banking, in one of the biggest finance takeovers since the credit crisis. The deal, which would include assets of more than $10B, may be announced by GE (NYSE:GE) and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board as soon as today.

Shire is considering a £12.4B takeover of Swiss rival Actelion (OTCPK:ALIOY), Europe's biggest biotech firm, the Sunday Times reported. Actelion, which makes treatments for rare diseases, has rebuffed the overture, which has been going on for a several weeks. SHPG -2% premarket.

Although M&A has accelerated sharply since the financial crisis, the government's pace for reviewing proposed deals is slowing. In such deal reviews concluded this year, more than 10 months elapsed, on average, between a transaction's announcement and a yes-or-no decision by the FTC or Justice Department. That's an increase from an average of seven months in recent years. Recent notables: Comcast's (NASDAQ:CMCSA) bid for Time Warner (NYSE:TWC); Applied Materials' (NASDAQ:AMAT) deal for Tokyo Electron (OTCPK:TOELY); Sysco's (NYSE:SYY) planned acquisition of U.S. Foods.

Monsanto has now offered to pay a $2B reverse break-up fee to Syngenta (NYSE:SYT) if it cannot obtain global regulatory approvals to acquire the company, and reiterated that it would sell any overlapping business to obtain clearance for the deal. Despite the new proposal, Syngenta seems to have rejected Monsanto's (NYSE:MON) approach, calling it the "same inadequate price" ($45B in cash and stock) with the same flawed view of execution risks.

Panasonic plans to send hundreds of its employees to Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) Gigafactory in Nevada from this autumn to prepare for production of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, which it confirmed will start sometime next year. Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) also said it expects to invest around ¥60B ($478M) in the current fiscal year through March in its automotive business, which includes the Gigafactory and a joint development project with Spanish auto parts maker Ficosa International.

Google's new mobile phone payment service, Android Pay, will not garner any transaction fees from credit card companies, WSJ reports, possibly putting pressure on Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to drop or lower its charges for Apple Pay. Dominant payment networks, Visa (NYSE:V) and MasterCard (NYSE:MA), recently standardized their "tokenization" card-security service and made it free, preventing payment services, such as Google (GOOGGOOGL), from charging fees to issuers. Separately, Apple is expected to unveil its new music service and better tools to build apps for its smartwatch at its annual gathering of developers in San Francisco today.

Samsung Electronics plans to offer a mobile payments function in a smartwatch to be launched in the second half of the year, Electronic Timesreports. The South Korean firm has previously said its Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) Pay mobile payments service, which supports NFC technology, will become available for "select partners" in July.

Earthquakes that have rocked the Dallas-Fort Worth area are putting two major oil and gas producers on the spot, as Exxon Mobil's (NYSE:XOM) XTO Energy subsidiary and EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) face scrutiny from Texas regulators in their use of injection wells to dispose of wastewater from fracking operations. The state's energy regulator, the Railroad Commission of Texas, is set to begin a series of hearings in Austin this week to assess some oil companies' role in causing the temblors.

Brazil's Veja reported on Friday that local P-E firm 3G Capital is considering a bid for Diageo (NYSE:DEO), just three months after striking a deal to merge existing holding H.J. Heinz with Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT). Over the weekend, however, advisory firm Evercore stated a near-term bid for Diageo is "highly unlikely," as the company will not sell itself for less than $90B (vs. $74.2B as of Friday's close). DEO -3% premarket.
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Today's Markets:
In Asia, Japan flat at 20457. Hong Kong +0.2% to 27316. China +2.2% to 5132. India -0.9% to 26523.
In Europe, at midday, London -0.1%. Paris -0.6%. Frankfurt -0.5%.
Futures at 6:20: Dow -0.1%. S&P -0.1%. Nasdaq -0.2%. Crude -0.7% to $58.73. Gold +0.5% to $1174.20.
Ten-year Treasury Yield -2 bps to 2.38%
Today's economic calendar:
10:00 Labor market condition index
12:30 PM TD Ameritrade IMX
Notable earnings before today's open: BRLIDATEMTNPRGNSHLD
Notable earnings after today's close: CASYCBKFCELHRBHQY,KANGLAYNPBYPLAYSBTPLMUNFI