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Vietnam Legacy: Finding G.I. Fathers, and Children Left Behind

Vietnam Legacy: Finding G.I. Fathers, and Children Left Behind | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
For veterans longing to salve the scars of an old war and their half-Vietnamese children wanting to know their roots, the need to find one another has become more urgent than ever.
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AWCSF & FAU Boca Raton hosts 'Women in Politics' panel discussion

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A high-powered panel of women engaged in South Florida politics will discuss issues related to the topic of “Women in Politics” at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) on Tuesday February 21 from 3:30PM-4:50PM . The panel discussion aims to inspire men and women of all ages, to consider a career in politics or related fields to make a difference in our community. Panelists will discuss personal success stories, challenges, and share their advice on overcoming adversity in the political world.

The panel discussion is being co -sponsored by The Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter, Florida Atlantic University, FAU Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at FAU, FAU School of Communication & Multimedia Studies News & Events and is being eld on the FAU campus. The event is free and open to the public. Ilene Prusher, an international journalist and FAU lecturer, will moderate the panel discussion which will include:

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Anti-Hillary Rap Group Cozies Up To Libertarian Women

Anti-Hillary Rap Group Cozies Up To Libertarian Women | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Alternative hip hop group Freenauts, an Anonymous-inspired outfit of anarchist musicians, is releasing two new singles today focused on singing the praises of libertarian females.   By Jacob Engels  

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Politicians, advocates call for answers in fatal shooting of grandfather

Politicians, advocates call for answers in fatal shooting of grandfather | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Chinese-American civil rights groups and federally elected officials are stepping up pressure on authorities in Virginia who are investigating the Jan. 26 death of a 60-year-old man who was fatally shot by a security guard.

The efforts, which include a petition drive and speaking with state lawmakers, come more than two weeks after Jiansheng Chen was killed while sitting in his minivan in Chesapeake, Virginia, less than a mile away from his home.

Jiansheng Chen. Courtesy of the Chen Family

No one has been charged in the shooting, and the guard has not been identified.

House Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY), Donald McEachin (D-VA), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) issued a joint statement Tuesday about the case, saying they were concerned over the circumstances surrounding Chen's death.

"Many questions remain and need to be answered, and we call on local authorities to conduct their investigation thoroughly and expeditiously," the statement reads. "We must know how a game of Pokémon Go turned into a fatal shooting."

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Social Chats SouthFL: Happy Valentine's Day - Social Chats

Social Chats SouthFL: Happy Valentine's Day - Social Chats | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Social Chats SouthFL with Tonya Scholz and Jason Pelish of Massive Impressions Online Marketing Company chat about celebrating Valentine’s Day. Comments comments
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How to ease the pain of paying for elder care

How to ease the pain of paying for elder care | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Almost $7,000 a year. That’s what the average American family caregiver spends each year on household, medical and other expenses for a loved one. That’s according AARP’s Family Caregiving and Out-of-Pocket Costs: 2016 Report.

This spending crosses generations. Baby boomers spend 13 percent of their annual income on unpaid caregiving, while people age 71 to 91, often called the Silent Generation, spend 25 percent, mostly on spouses or partners. 

GenXers, (age 35 to 50) spend 24 percent of their annual income on caregiving, usually for parents, while millennials (age 18 to 34) spend the largest percentage, at 27 percent. That’s a bit of a surprise when you consider millennials often get a bad rap for mooching off of their parents

 
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Love and Relationship Advice For Your Biggest Passion -- Your Business

Love and Relationship Advice For Your Biggest Passion -- Your Business | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Valentine's Day might best be known for heart-shaped boxes and romantic overtures, but there are plenty of business lessons to learn from February 14, too. For example, the Guiness Book of World Records lists a hot-spring hotel in Yamanashi, Japan, as the oldest company in the world. But, St. Valentine is several hundred years older and relevant worldwide in 2017, almost two millennia after his death -- now that's some serious branding. 

Entrepreneur is showing off some of our best Valentine's Day content, from learning how to use love in your management style, to deciding whether to start a business with your spouse and breaking down the chocolate industry.  

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Be Mine: A Brief History of Valentine's Day Marketing

Be Mine: A Brief History of Valentine's Day Marketing | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

When I was in grade school, Valentine’s Day was one of my favorite holidays. There were cards. There was the possibility that your crush actually liked you back. And, there was the chocolate -- so, so much chocolate.

 

Little did I know that the roots of this holiday bore little-to-no resemblance to my childhood experience of it. We were never taught that Valentine's Day actually originated with an arguably gruesome ancient festival, where there was no chocolate or exchange of cute, red-and-pink cards.

 

But love it or hate it, those are the types of things we associate with the holiday today. After all, there's a reason why roughly 114 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year -- it's what's become expected of us. So how the heck did we get from an ancient Roman festival, to a holiday that compels many of us to spend no less than $147 on celebrating it? That story, it turns out, is thousands of years old -- but we'll try to condense it....


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Amanda Zantal-Wiener shares the roots of Valentine's Day marketing, and how it wasn't always about cards, flowers, and chocolate.

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India’s TATA to build mn coffee plant in southern Vietnam

India’s TATA to build mn coffee plant in southern Vietnam | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A multinational conglomerate from India has plans to build a US$50 million coffee plant in Binh Duong, Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Parvathaneni Harish announced during his visit to the southern province on Friday.As part of the visit, Ambassador Harish and Consul General Smita Pant met with Secretary of Binh Duong Party Committee Tran Van Nam and the provincial chairman Tran Thanh Liem, discussing cooperation in the fields of information technology, renewable energy and capacity building.With Indronil Sengupta, a representative of Indian conglomerate TATA among the attendees, the Indian ambassador informed Binh Duong authorities of the group’s proposal to invest $50 million on setting up a freeze dried instant coffee plant in the province.The plant is expected to be located at the VSIP-II Industrial Park, with a capacity of 5,000 tons per annum, the Consulate General of India said in a press release on Friday.The Indian ambassador also invited the provincial leaders to participate at the forthcoming Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam-Myanmar Business Conclave in Jaipur, India later this month.Following meeting with local officials, Ambassador Harish also paid a visit to the VSIP-I Industrial Park, touring the manufacturing facility of Godrej Vietnam.
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Marathon Pharmaceuticals to Charge $89,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Drug After 70-Fold Increase

Marathon Pharmaceuticals to Charge $89,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Drug After 70-Fold Increase | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Marathon Pharmaceuticals will charge $89,000 annually in the U.S. for a decades-old steroidal drug that was approved for U.S. sale for the first time on Thursday, a price that is as much as 70 times higher than the drug’s price overseas.
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Twitter says it has reaccelerated its user base -- but overall growth is flat

Twitter says it has reaccelerated its user base -- but overall growth is flat | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Twitter Inc. says it has fixed its user growth problem, but it posted relatively flat monthly active user growth and refused to disclose the numbers behind the growth.
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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos was asked if he’ll run for president, and this is what he said

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos was asked if he’ll run for president, and this is what he said | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos recently paid a reported $23 million for the biggest home in Washington, D.C., a move that prompted Billboard’s Stephen Witt, in a recent interview, to ask the media-shy exec whether he has designs on the White House.

Here’s what the world’s 5th-richest man, according to Forbes, had to say:

‘Oh, no. I don’t think so… I love my life. I love being an inventor. I love Blue Origin, my space company. I love The Washington Post… basically I have a very full life. And I really like it.’Jeff Bezos
 

Witt then asked how he feels about President Donald Trump, whom Bezos once accused of “eroding our democracy.” But he didn’t bite.

“Well, I’m, you know...” he paused, looking down and remaining quiet for a moment. “I feel that this interview is about music.”

True. The interview was mostly about music and Amazon’s AMZN, +0.47%  role in ushering in what Steve Boom, VP of the company’s music division, calls “the Golden Age” of the music industry.

Boom and Bezos grabbed the 12th spot on Billboard’s “2017 Power 100” list of “visionary label bosses, tech gurus, artist managers and media moguls.” They earned that distinction primarily through the success of Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant and gateway to its vast music library.

“At this point in the marriage of voice-activation technology with music, I can tell you it’s already working,” Bezos said. “The next gigantic growth area for the music industry is the home.”

Some may wonder if that home growth includes the White House.

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Brazilian city's murder rate up 650% after police strike

Brazilian city's murder rate up 650% after police strike | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

A Brazilian city's murder rate has soared by 650 per cent with 52 homicides in just three days after police officers went on strike. 

Military troops had to be deployed in the state of Espírito Santo after looting, rape and murders broke out on Saturday amid the industrial action. 

The chaos has been compared to the 2014 thriller film The Purge, where people take advantage of the absence of law and order to carry out horrific crimes. 

With officers staging a walk-out over conditions and wages, thugs are running riot, with people running rampant with guns and machetes, shops being robbed, buses set on fire and dead bodies are left lying in the street. 

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'Fear for his life' led security officer to shoot 60-Year-Old grandfather, attorney says

'Fear for his life' led security officer to shoot 60-Year-Old grandfather, attorney says | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

An attorney for a Virginia-based security company said the shooting of a 60-year-old man last month was "justifiable" after a security officer felt his life was in danger when the man tried to run the officer down with his van.

Andrew Sacks, attorney for Citywide Protection Services, spoke to reporters Monday about the fatal shooting of Jiansheng Chen, who died after a Citywide officer discharged his firearm at Chen's van in the River Walk neighborhood of Chesapeake, Virginia.

"Our focus is on what happened that night," Sacks told NBC News following the press conference, adding that Citywide Protection Services was cooperating fully with ongoing investigations into the Jan. 26 incident, but wanted to counter any information out there that sought to misrepresent the company's actions.

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Media Advisory: High-Powered South Florida Panel Discusses "Women in Politics"

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Media Advisory: High-Powered South Florida Panel Discusses "Women in Politics". Association for Women in Communications SFL and Florida Atlantic University Host Panel Discussion: "Women in Politics" - PR12619008
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Vietnam's stock hits 9-yr high as focus returns to banks

Vietnam's stock hits 9-yr high as focus returns to banks | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Vietnam shares hit their highest since Feb 2008 on Wednesday, led by gains in financials, while most other Southeast Asian markets rose ahead of key U.S. economic data that could influence Federal Reserve's rate hike decision.    

The consumer price index is expected to have risen 0.3 percent in January after a similar gain in December, while retail sales are likely to have risen 0.1 percent in January after advancing 0.6 percent the previous month.

Vietnam index rose for a fourth straight session to close 0.8 percent higher. Trading volumes were 1.5 times the 30-day average.   

"It looks like basket trading in a couple of key stocks ...we are seeing a return to favour of some of the banks," said Fiachra Mac Cana, head of research at Ho Chi Minh Securities.    

"We are sitting on top of a major resistance line right now... we may see the markets consolidate at current levels," Mac Cana added.    

Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade added 3.5 percent to end at its highest in nearly 15 months. Vietcombank gained 0.8 percent.    

Vingroup JSC rose 4.6 percent to close at its highest since Sept. 30, 2016. The real estate company's stock traded heavily, clocking over four-times its 30-day average.    

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With 'The Great Wall' comes great challenges as China's influence in Hollywood grows

With 'The Great Wall' comes great challenges as China's influence in Hollywood grows | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

It all began with five photos.

Intended to tease what would end up becoming the largest U.S.-China co-production ever, Entertainment Weekly released the first look at "The Great Wall" last July, setting off a firestorm of criticism over the casting of Matt Damon as the apparent "hero" of China.

A trailer quickly followed but, by then, the backlash was already strong.

"Enough with the white savior complex," The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern tweeted.

From Angry Asian Man blogger Phil Yu: "Things You Can Count On: Hollywood can set a movie anywhere in the world, in any era of history, and always find a way to star a white guy."

And in a lengthy message on Twitter, actress Constance Wu blasted both the film and the industry that gave it its platform. "We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that [only a] white man can save the world," Wu wrote.

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Social Chats Finance with Tonya and Harry 2/09/2017 - Social Chats

Social Chats Finance with Tonya and Harry 2/09/2017 - Social Chats | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Social Chats Finance with Tonya Scholz and Financial Analyst, Harry Turkish chat about this week’s market views. Episode 2/9/17 Stories we chat about on today’s Social Chats Finance.  Comments comments
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This Valentine’s Day, give your love in memes

This Valentine’s Day, give your love in memes | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Today is Valentine’s Day.

This is our annual opportunity to bungle the things we say and fail to make clear the ways we feel. Love is ugly, strange, and inarticulable. It is not nice or fair, but it is the main thing anyone cares about, and it’s good to have a holiday where we say that out loud as a group. But what is the best way to do it?

Every year, we’re stuck with the same handful of options for expressing our most embarrassing inner monologues about the people in our lives. Those choices, as dictated by the forces of capitalism, are chocolate, flowers, Hallmark cards, songs written and performed by Phil Collins, framed photographs of key life moments, songs written and performed by Sting, or tickets to a romantic comedy starring a TV personality and a former action hero.

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Infographic: Valentine's Day By the Numbers - Column Five

Infographic: Valentine's Day By the Numbers - Column Five | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Are you among the 62% of adults who say they celebrate Valentine’s Day? Discover the history of the most romantic day of the year in this infographic created in collaboration with History, and find out just how much sparkling wine, chocolate and candy Americans purchase in its honor.
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Petitions call for prosecution of security guard who killed 60-year-old Chesapeake man

Petitions call for prosecution of security guard who killed 60-year-old Chesapeake man | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

More than 5,000 people have signed petitions calling for charges to be filed against a security guard who fatally shot a 60-year-old Chinese man last month in the River Walk neighborhood.

Supporters on Monday delivered a portion of the petitions to Commonwealth’s Attorney Nancy Parr’s office, said Harry Zhang, president of the Organization of Chinese Americans, Eastern Virginia chapter. Parr said she has received a flier, several sheets of paper with signatures and an emailed petition.

 

“We want to push the case forward,” Zhang said, adding that supporters wanted prosecutors to “hear the voice from the community.”

Two supporters also met with police Chief Kelvin Wright on Monday, according to Officer Kelly Elliott, police spokeswoman. Wright told them the case remains under investigation and that police and prosecutors will give an update when the investigation is done, she said. They did not discuss specifics of the case, but supporters told the chief they had “serious concerns” and want justice for Jiansheng Chen, Zhang said.

Chen was sitting in his minivan about 11 p.m. Jan. 26 outside the Riverwalk Clubhouse in the 700 block of River Walk Pkwy. when a security guard confronted him, police said. They argued, and the guard fired through various windows of the van, police said.

Chen died at the scene. Greg Sandler, his family’s lawyer, has said he was playing “Pokemon Go” at the time.

 

Andrew Sacks, an attorney for Chesapeake-based Citywide Protection Services, has said a company guard shot Chen in self-defense.

No charges have been filed and the guard’s name has not been released.

Zhang said several petitions have been circulating, including a local petition and another on change.org that had over 5,000 signatures as of Monday night. The petitions call for prosecutors to bring charges against the security guard, Zhang said.

 

He also planned to give Parr a letter signed by him and three others representing a group of local Chinese Americans and community organizations, asking for a town hall meeting.

“We would like to work with the police department on a protocol in dealing with situations where there are language barriers,” the letter says.

Zhang provided The Virginian-Pilot with a letter signed by 101 organizations – such as the American Chinese Heritage Association and American Chinese Culinary Federation – calling for a “thorough, fair, and transparent investigation.” It was addressed to Parr, Wright, Mayor Alan Krasnoff, the attorney general, governor and senators and delegates of the General Assembly.

“Chen’s family, their community, and all citizens in the society concerned about the use of deadly forces deserve nothing less than the truth,” the letter says.

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Why we won't stop talking about Lin vs. Kobe

Why we won't stop talking about Lin vs. Kobe | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Five years ago Friday, Jeremy Lin dropped 38 points on national TV against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. But for Asian Americans all over the country, he also did so much more than that.
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Media Advisory: High-Powered South Florida Panel Discusses "Women in Politics"

Media Advisory: High-Powered South Florida Panel Discusses "Women in Politics" | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it



A high-powered panel of women engaged in South Florida politics will discuss issues related to the topic of “Women in Politics” at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) on Tuesday February 21. The panel discussion aims to inspire young women, as well as women of all ages, to consider a career in politics or related fields to make a difference in our community. Panelists will discuss personal success stories, challenges, and share their advice on overcoming adversity in the political world.The panel discussion is being co -sponsored by the Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter , Florida Atlantic University FAU Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at FAU, FAU School of Communication & Multimedia Studies News & Events and is being held on the FAU campus. The event is free and open to the public. Ilene Prusher, an international journalist and FAU lecturer, will moderate the panel discussion which will include:U.S. Congresswoman Lois J. Frankel (21st District of Florida) City of Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie West Palm Beach Mayor, Jeri MuoioEmily Gentile, candidate for Boca Raton City CouncilConstance Scott, FAU Director, Local Relations EVENT: Panel discussion “Women and Politics”DATE/TIME: Tuesday February 21st, 2017 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. (doors open at 3:25).LOCATION: Business Building, Lecture Hall KH 102, FAU - 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton 33431PARKING: Free parking available outside the Business Building.###About Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter (@AWCSF):Association for Women in Communications South FL chapter connects communicators in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties, facilitating its members’ integration into the business matrix of South Florida and promoting their personal and professional advancement. Helping to cultivate the complex relationships that bridge all communications disciplines, the AWC South Florida interfaces networking and professional development to equip its members to excel in their fields. For more info: http://awcsouthflorida.org ; Twitter.com/awcsf ; Facebook.com/awcsf; Instagram.com/awcfThe National Association for Women in Communications (@AWC):Association for Women in Communications celebrated 100 years of accelerating women communicators’ careers in 2009, cementing its position as the oldest and most comprehensive professional association in the industry. For more info: http://womcom.org ; Facebook.com/AWCNational ; Twitter.com/AWCConnectAbout Florida Atlantic University: 
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.</iframe





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The most valuable brands in the world, in one chart

The most valuable brands in the world, in one chart | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Six years after it lost the crown to Apple Inc., Google Inc. has reclaimed the title of the most valuable brand in the world. For Android fans, the reversal of fortune is especially gratifying given that much of Apple’s luster was largely due to the success of its iPhone.

“Google won out mainly because Apple’s fall was even more dramatic. The iPhone company saw its value drop by 26%,” said HowMuch.Net.

As of 2017, Alphabet’s GOOGL, +0.07% GOOG, +0.17%  Google brand is worth $109.47 billion, and Apple AAPL, +0.46%  is valued at $107.14 billion.

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“The market is volatile and their survival is precarious. Huge, wealthy brands can stumble and shrink to a ghost of their former selves,” HowMuch said.

Brand value is more than just how much money companies are worth, according to the cost-estimating website. It also captures the abstract quality of how much confidence consumers have in the brand, as well as name recognition.

Following closely on Apple’s heels is Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +0.48%  at $106.37 billion. AT&T Inc. T, +0.45%  comes in at fourth with $87.2 billion and Microsoft Corp.MSFT, +1.30%   rounds out the top five at $76.27 billion, underscoring the dominance and the prestige of U.S. brands across the globe.

Samsung 005930, +0.00% the Korean conglomerate that makes everything from Galaxy smartphones to apparel, was sixth with a brand value of $66.2 billion. The only other non-American brand to crack the top 10 list was Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, at $47.8 billion, Brand Finance data show.

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Snapchat will spend $1 billion on Amazon cloud services

Snapchat will spend $1 billion on Amazon cloud services | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Snap Inc, owner of the popular Snapchat app, said it expected to spend $1 billion over the next five years to use Amazon's cloud services, in addition to the $2 billion cloud contract it already has with Google.

Snap may eventually invest in building its own infrastructure, it said on Thursday, in an amendment to a filing related to its planned stock market debut in March.

The company, which filed its IPO registration statement a week earlier, is looking to raise $3 billion.

Snap could be valued at between $20 billion and $25 billion, giving the company the biggest valuation in a U.S. technology IPO since Facebook.

Venice, California-based Snap has said it relies on Google Cloud to host the vast majority of its computing, storage, and bandwidth.

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MAPS - PRESS RELEASE: First Participant Treated in First-Ever Trial of Marijuana for Chronic PTSD in Veterans

MAPS - PRESS RELEASE: First Participant Treated in First-Ever Trial of Marijuana for Chronic PTSD in Veterans | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.MAPS furthers its mission by: Developing psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medicines; Training therapists and working to establish a network of treatment centers; Supporting scientific research into spirituality, creativity, and neuroscience; and educating the public honestly about the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana.
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