The 2020 Alpina B7 Has Tech and Power in Spades

The 2020 Alpina B7 Has Tech and Power in Spades

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Aftermarket tuners, like cover bands, are hit or miss. Some put an original and unexpected spin on something you’re familiar with, while others define the phrase “less than the sum of its parts.” Alpina falls into the first category by re-interpreting BMW’s greatest hits with more distortion. The B7, its flagship model, is not merely a 7 Series with a body kit and fancy-looking wheels. It’s not a substitute for the non-existent M7, either. Outwardly, it’s an unclassified species of super-sedan that wraps performance, comfort, technology, and exclusivity into one. I can’t think of a better place to get acquainted with it than the Bavarian roads it was developed on, so that’s the region I set out to explore after picking up a blue 2020 B7 – one of the…
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Global Stocks Wobble as Earnings Season Gets Under Way

Global Stocks Wobble as Earnings Season Gets Under Way

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• U.S. Treasury yields fall • Crude oil prices rise Asian stocks mostly weakened Wednesday after President Trump’s comments in a White House cabinet meeting signaled enduring tensions with China over trade and technology. In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 switched between small losses and gains ahead of another day of major U.S. earnings. A dealer at KEB Hana Bank in Seoul. Photo: jeon heon-kyun/Shutterstock Bank of America ‘s results are due Tuesday and investors will want to know whether low interest rates have benefited its consumer business, as they have for other major U.S. banks. Netflix , eBay and Alcoa are due to report later in the day. U.S. stocks fell from a record high Tuesday after Mr. Trump said the government would examine national-security concerns around Google’s ties…
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Asus Zephyrus M GU502GV Review: A Gaming Laptop That Lacks Direction

Asus Zephyrus M GU502GV Review: A Gaming Laptop That Lacks Direction

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Buying a new gaming laptop is like trying to decide what take-out to order from Caviar. A seemingly endless array of options, all nearly identical but subtly different, can leave you feeling paralyzed. You know one is better than the rest. But which one? Asus’ Zephyrus M wants to be the one, but it doesn’t do much to make your decision easier. Our review unit, bearing the model name GU502GV, is available for $1,850 through Best Buy (and is sometimes on sale for less). It’s a mid-range laptop, yet not a value leader. It serves up Nvidia’s RTX 2060. That’s a respectable GPU, but the most affordable laptops with it can be had for several hundred less. Why should gamers buy the Zephyrus M instead of Dell’s G7 Gaming, HP’s…
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Chinese Esports Group Backed by Tencent Raises $775 Million in U.S. IPO

Chinese Esports Group Backed by Tencent Raises $775 Million in U.S. IPO

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A Chinese video-streaming service raised $775 million through a Nasdaq listing, capitalizing on the growing popularity of watching others play games on the internet. The initial public offering by DouYu International Holdings Ltd. was the biggest this year by a Chinese company in the U.S., ahead of the $645 million IPO of cafe chain Luckin Coffee Inc. DouYu offers both desktop and mobile apps, and counts China’s Huya Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch among its peers. DouYu, which is backed by Chinese internet heavyweight Tencent Holdings Ltd. , sold 67.39 million American depositary shares at $11.50 apiece, at the bottom of an indicative price range of $11.50 to $14.00 a share, it said in a statement. Its shares will start trading on Wednesday. The IPO values the company at nearly…
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Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which Prime Day Deal Is Better?

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which Prime Day Deal Is Better?

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Prime Day 2019 is going strong on its second day, with early reports of vastly higher sales volumes than past years, for Amazon and the roughly 250 additional merchants who joined in. Shoppers are buying smart home devices in record numbers. The increase in sales is likely due in part to Walmart and Google’s aggressive partnership for the summer sales event. By cutting prices more than two weeks before Prime Day began on Google Nest smart home products, the joint Walmart and Google effort may have given Amazon extra incentive for its Amazon Echo smart home deals. Finding great deals isn’t only about looking at the lowest price – although that’s a huge part of the hunt. We also want to compare deals on the most popular products across platforms,…
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Why This Pizza Stock Is Going Cold

Why This Pizza Stock Is Going Cold

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Same-store sales at Domino’s Pizza slowed in the latest quarter amid increasing competition from delivery companies. Photo: Steven Senne/Associated Press Updated July 16, 2019 4:32 pm ET Investors are losing their appetite for Domino’s Pizza . Shares fell 8.7% Tuesday, compared with the S&P 500’s 0.3% decline, after the Michigan-based pizza chain reported weaker-than-expected sales for the second quarter. The figure that investors homed in on: same-store sales. They grew 3% in the U.S. in the quarter, almost a full 4 percentage points less than they did for the comparable period in 2018. The faltering momentum seemed to overshadow the broader trend for Domino’s, which said Tuesday that it has posted same-store sales growing in the U.S. for 33 consecutive quarters. One possible culprit? Delivery apps. Domino’s, like rivals Papa…
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Walmart Post-Prime Day Sale: 4K TV, Apple, and Nintendo Switch deals

Walmart Post-Prime Day Sale: 4K TV, Apple, and Nintendo Switch deals

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Prime Day 2019 has come to an end for Amazon, but that doesn’t mean the deals are over. Though Prime Day deals have officially ended, some major retailers have taken it upon themselves to keep the savings going. In fact, Walmart has been butting heads with the online retail titan for the last few weeks — even going so far as to launch it’s own massive sale a day earlier. Walmart’s Prime Day sale lasts all day today, extending a whole extra day beyond Amazon’s shopping extravaganza. The Walmart sale is pretty robust, but the site is a little bit more difficult to navigate than Amazon’s. However, if you know where to look, there are a ton of great 4K TV, Apple Watch, and Nintendo Switch discounts to be had.…
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IAC to Invest $250 Million in Car-Sharing App Turo

IAC to Invest $250 Million in Car-Sharing App Turo

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IAC/InterActiveCorp will pay $250 million for a stake in Turo Inc. in a deal that values the burgeoning peer-to-peer car-sharing company at more than $1 billion.The cash from Barry Diller’s IAC will be used to fuel Turo’s growth as the race to capture market share in the still-nascent vehicle-sharing industry heats up, IAC officials said in interviews this week. The deal will make IAC Turo’s largest shareholder.San Francisco-based Turo generated roughly $250 million in revenue in 2018, according to a person familiar with the company’s finances. Turo, which currently has 10 million members and nearly 400,000 listed vehicles, allows people to rent out their cars online or through its app. Founded in 2010, the company is now in 49 states and 5,500 cities except New York, where such rentals can’t…
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Red Bull Breaks the Record for Fastest-ever Pit Stop in an F1 Race

Red Bull Breaks the Record for Fastest-ever Pit Stop in an F1 Race

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Imagine your local auto mechanic servicing your car in the time it takes you to sneeze and wipe up any residue from around your nostrils. That’s how quickly the Red Bull F1 team changed all of the tires on a car at the British Grand Prix on Sunday, bagging it the record for the fastest-ever pit stop in a Formula 1 race. The finely tuned procedure took a mere 1.91 seconds to complete, breaking the previous record, set by McLaren in 2016, by just 0.01 seconds. The Red Bull team achieved the record when it brought French driver Pierre Gasly into the pits on Lap 12 to give his car a new set of hard tires. The super-fast changeover helped Gasly go on to secure fourth place in the race…
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A Gigantic Gold Coin Makes Its Way to Wall Street

A Gigantic Gold Coin Makes Its Way to Wall Street

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Richard Hayes left a $45 million coin on the streets of Manhattan all day Tuesday, but he wasn’t particularly worried about a thief carting it off.The coin—with Queen Elizabeth’s profile pressed onto one side and a mid-hop kangaroo on the other—is beyond the wiles of the average pickpocket. It measures nearly 32 inches in diameter and is almost 5 inches thick.Oh, and it weighs about 2,200 pounds. (That is more than 32,000 troy ounces, for the precious-metals buffs out there.) Share Your Thoughts Do you have a rare or special coin? What is it and how did you get it? Join the conversation below. Mr. Hayes is the chief executive of the Perth Mint, one of the world’s largest gold refiners. He flew to the U.S. from Australia with the…
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