Adele’s ’25’ sells over 3 million copies in less than a week

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Adele’s soulful record, “25” has crossed 3 million sales in a single-week, a threshold other artists has ever come close to.

The only thing that can outmatch Adele’s voice is her sales.

The singer’s latest album, “25,” surpassed 3 million in U.S. sales on Wednesday, according to Nielsen Music — a sales-week threshold that is completely unheard of for the music industry.

The big numbers easily smashed the sales-week record held by *NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached,” which sold 2.4 million in 2000.

Adele blew through projections that had her week totals at 2.8 million to 2.9 million.

Her number could grow even larger seeing that Nielsen Music tracks sales to end of day Thursday.

The week’s final numbers will be reported on Sunday.

Related: Adele’s ’25’ breaks single week sales record

The sales streak comes at a time when the music industry is fragmented, streaming music services are catching on, and album sales have been slowing down.

Adele has been at the center of the streaming music debate when she held “25, which was released last Friday, from streaming music services like Apple Music and Spotify.

The numbers also come one year after Taylor Swift’s “1989” — which some music industry observers argued could be the last platinum album ever.

Related: Adele kills it on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jimmy Fallon

Adele’s fans had

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How to make Americans care about refugees

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As the global refugee crisis escalates, one startup is out to prove that there are plenty of Americans who want to help.

New York-based Hive, which launched in 2014, is funded by the United Nations Refugee Agency. Its primary mission is to engage more Americans with the plight of refugees.

“The United States is the largest donor of refugee relief. And the U.S. resettles more refugees than any other country,” said Brian Reich, Hive’s director.

But in terms of public awareness and fundraising, the U.S. is not at the forefront, said Reich.

“It’s not that Americans don’t support refugees,” said Reich. “It’s just not a topic that Americans overall are consciously thinking, talking or doing anything about.”

Hive wants to change that.

Related: Chobani founder fills his plants with refugees

In America, 10 million people donate annually to charities targeting global causes. But just 1 million support philanthropic efforts related to refugees, said Reich, citing Hive’s own analysis.

So Hive is using a two-pronged strategy to boost those numbers.

It’s using predictive data modeling to identify “hotspots” around the country where people are engaged in social issues like climate change, gay rights and refugees.

“We’re working with the same data team that was behind President Obama’s 2008 campaign,” said Reich.

To start, Hive looked at public records data for 280 million Americans to pinpoint cities where there is untapped support

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Donald Trump’s denial challenged by reporter

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Donald Trump says he doesn’t remember the reporter whose disability he is accused of mocking, but the reporter says that they had been “on a first-name basis for years.”

Trump has come under fire for what many believe was his public lampooning of the physical appearance of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.

Kovaleski has a chronic condition called arthrogryposis, which limits the movement of his arms.

During a speech Tuesday night, Trump moved wildly while referencing Kovaleski.

On Thursday, Trump denied that he was making fun of Kovaleski’s disability, and said he didn’t know him.

“Somebody at the financially failing and totally biased New York Times said that, over the years, I have met Mr. Kovaleski,” Trump said in a statement. “Despite having one of the all-time great memories, I certainly do not remember him.”

The Republican presidential candidate added that Kovaleski “should stop using his disability to grandstand and get back to reporting for a newspaper that is rapidly going down the tubes.”

In a story in the New York Times on Thursday, Kovaleski painted a different picture.

“Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years,” Mr. Kovaleski said. “I’ve interviewed him in his office. I’ve talked to him at press conferences. All

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Competency of Viacom billionaire Sumner Redstone questioned in court

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Sumner Redstone, the aging media mogul who controls Viacom and CBS Corporation, is a “living ghost” who is practically unable to make decisions for himself, according to allegations leveled in legal filings.

A court hearing is scheduled for Monday in an ongoing dispute over the 92-year-old billionaire’s care. Redstone is widely believed to be in poor health, but the details of his condition have been hotly disputed.

Last month, Redstone made Viacom (VIA) CEO Philippe Dauman his “agent” by signing an “advance health care directive” document, thereby removing Redstone’s ex-girlfriend Manuela Herzer.

In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Herzer said Redstone “lacked the mental capacity” to do so. She is seeking control over his health care decisions.

Last month’s directive document shows that Redstone’s name is signed with an illegible scrawl, according to an image of it reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Herzer’s suit — filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court — also described Redstone as “vacant, expressionless and out of touch,” basically unable to talk, and yet “fixated on having sex on a daily basis.”

Redstone’s lawyers, his physician and Dauman disputed many of Herzer’s claims in other legal filings on Wednesday. Numerous media reports this week on the court fight made the text of the documents widely available online.

Dauman described Redstone as “engaged and attentive” when the two men spent time together earlier this month.

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This $5 computer sold out in a day

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Raspberry Pi has raised the bar on low-cost computing again.

The UK-based educational nonprofit released a new, tiny computer on Thursday for $5, the Raspberry Pi Zero, and sold out of it online within a day.

That’s $30 cheaper than its original Raspberry Pi model, which went on sale in 2012. And $4 less than the CHIP, which raised more than $2 million on Kickstarter earlier this year.

“We were amazed at the rush on stores that happened as soon as we announced the release,” Liz Upton, Raspberry Pi’s head of communications, told CNNMoney in an email.

Raspberry Pi even gave away 10,000 devices for free with a copy of its December magazine, The MagPi. Issues of the magazine are now sold out too.

“More Zeroes are being built at the moment and we’ll keep making them, but we think it’s going to be a little while before we’ll be able to keep up with demand!” Upton said.

So why all the fuss?

The Raspberry Pi made a name for itself as the maker of the world’s smallest and cheapest computer in 2012. Essentially, Raspberry Pi computers are just motherboards that can be built to power robots, and used to create connected devices.

Like the foundation’s first two products, the Raspberry Pi Zero

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If Scarface had a condo, it might look like this place near T.O.

If Tony Montana were looking for a place to live near Toronto, he might consider a lavish penthouse that’s on the market for almost $12 million.

1 Cordoba Drive, a 16,000-square-foot unit at Steeles Avenue and Bathurst Street, in the Toronto suburb of Vaughan, is being pitched as “a palatial residence adorned with impeccable appointments and architectural details.”

And photos accompanying a listing by Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd. certainly deliver on that promise. They reveal features such as a steel spiral staircase, marble floors and a bathroom with twisted pillars.

The home is a spectacular property with four bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and a few small amenities like a pool with a retractable glass roof, a bar, a private elevator, a 30-seat dining room and two gourmet kitchens.

It’s 16,000 square feet of luxury that would surely please Al Pacino’s famous gangster character.

The penthouse was previously listed at $14 million.

But maybe there’s a rich buyer out there who will take it for a couple million less.

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3 stocks on sale this Black Friday

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Black Friday is a day when you can find some tremendous deals, assuming you’re willing to fight through the crowds.

So, to commemorate the occasion, we look at three stocks that are also on sale. As a bonus, you don’t have to risk your safety and well-being to buy them.

1. TransCanada

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TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP)(NYSE:TRP) has certainly gotten its fair share of headlines thanks mainly to the now-rejected Keystone XL pipeline. But beneath the surface, this is actually a very strong company. It operates critical infrastructure, makes revenue from long-term contracts, and should benefit from increased pipeline demand in the United States.

Yet investors have punished the stock, thinking that low oil prices will seriously hurt the company. As a result, its dividend now yields nearly 5%, good enough for ninth place on the SP/TSX 60. But TransCanada has grown its dividend very consistently and still plans to increase its payout by 8% per year over the next two years.

2. Amaya

Amaya Inc. (TSX:AYA)(NASDAQ:AYA) is the parent company of PokerStars, the runaway leader in online poker.

This is a very good business to be in. Online poker is a very high-margin business, and PokerStars pays very little tax because of its domicile in the Isle of Man. Better yet, its market share lead should be safe, since other sites cannot offer the same breadth of games,

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Best Buy Canada breakdown on Black Friday

TORONTO — One of Canada’s largest tech retailers has incurred the wrath of Black Friday shoppers who say a website malfunction prevented them from taking advantage of the annual markdowns.

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The online backlash against Best Buy Canada began shortly after the company tweeted Thursday night that its Black Friday sales were in effect.

By midnight, many were complaining that the site wouldn’t allow them to make purchases and tweeting photos of themselves shopping on competitors’ websites.

Some suggested that the retailer, which also owns the Geek Squad computer support company, should be able to avoid tech-related problems on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Best Buy Canada posted on its website about 15 minutes after midnight that it had encountered an “issue” but expected to be up and running soon. It asked shoppers to be patient as staff tried to fix the problem.

An update 2 1/2 hours later said “many” customers were now able to complete their purchases and that it was working to resolve any lingering technical issues.

But many online had jumped ship much long before then.

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“Waiting for your site to work. Wandered over to Amazon. SAME PROMOS, and a working website! #bestbuy,” one person tweeted earlier.

“I bought my stuff from Walmart. Same prices and their site works,” another person said on Twitter.

“@BestBuyCanada you ARE

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Postmedia execs pocketed $1M in bonuses as company slashed jobs

Executives at Postmedia Network, Canada’s largest publisher of daily newspapers, took in bonuses totalling more than $1 million this year even as the company slashed its workforce in an attempt to stem deep losses.

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The six executives earned the bonuses, ranging from $400,000 for CEO Paul Godfrey to $25,000 for National Post president Gordon Fisher, for their work on Postmedia’s acquisition of the Sun chain of newspapers, according to a company filing.

– ANALYSIS | Post-Sun merger a doubtful pursuit of synergy

Godfrey also earned a performance bonus of $118,750 for meeting certain financial targets, against a base salary of $950,000.

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Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey earned $518,750 in bonuses this year even as his company eliminated jobs and racked up losses.

Postmedia publishes the National Post as well as daily broadsheet newspapers in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and many other cities and towns, as well as the Sun tabloids. It reported a $263-million loss for its most recent fiscal year on revenues of $750 million.

Employees at the company have undergone at least two rounds of job cutting this year. In February, Postmedia slashed its national reporter positions and offered voluntary buyouts to journalists at the Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and Windsor Star in Ontario. Then in June it offered buyouts to staff at the Vancouver Sun and

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The Latest: Black Friday around the U.S.

Shoppers began feasting on deals on Thanksgiving, but just how hungry they’ll remain is yet to be seen.

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Analysts have questioned whether Black Friday is losing its cachet as retailers have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving. On Friday morning, the turnout was tame at some stores around the country.

Here’s how the start of the holiday shopping season is playing out. All times are EST, unless otherwise specified. Check back often.


Friday, 10:30 a.m.: Teens feast on badly needed deals

Teenagers dominated the Black Friday crowd at the mall in Pleasanton, California.

Sarah Fehrnstrom, 13, said she spent $130 on sweat shirts, pants, makeup and perfume in a couple hours. And she wasn’t done. Her budget was $300 for the day of marathon shopping.

“It’s hard to get money as a teenager,” Fehrnstrom said. “When there’s sales, we come out.”

Fehrnstrom and three of her best friends arrived at 5 a.m., wearing sweats and flip-flops for comfort and speed.

— Scott Smith, Associated Press, Pleasanton, California.

Friday, 9 a.m.: Too late already?

Ashley Walton says her $200 budget on Black Friday was the same as last year, but it didn’t buy as much this year because the best sales were the night before.

“It’s Black Thursday now,” Walton said, leaving the Capitol City Mall in suburban Harrisburg with her hands full of shopping bags.

The 27-year-old didn’t go shopping on Thanksgiving because she was in a “turkey coma,”

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