Late Show With Stephen Colbert Wins Ratings Season

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THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT on CBS has overtaken “The Tonight Show” as the most watched late night program and will win the traditional broadcast season in viewers, according to Nielsen most current ratings through May 19. THE LATE SHOW currently leads “The Tonight Show” by +22,000 viewers (3.195m vs. 3.173m). This marks CBS’ …

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ESPN Says NBA Playoff Viewing Up 5%

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With the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors headed for a third straight NBA Finals matchup, the total live audience (television, plus streaming viewership) for the 2017 NBA Playoffs across ESPN and ABC was up five percent compared to 2016, according to Nielsen. The NBA Playoffs generated a total live audience of 4,488,000 average viewers, …

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IHS Markit to Join S&P 500

NEW YORK — IHS Markit will join the prestigious S&P 500 Index in June. IHS Markit provides critical information, analytics, and solutions for various industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. Headquartered in London, UK, the company will be added to the S&P 500 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Research & Consulting Services Sub-Industry index. …

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Joie de Vivre Opens First NYC Hotel

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NEW YORK — Joie de Vivre hotels is opening its first property in New York City. The Hotel 50 Bowery opens today in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood. The 229-room boutique hotel was developed by Chu Enterprises and is owned by two families with deep roots in the Asian community – the Harilela family in Hong Kong …

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Slice for Pizzerias Raises $15 Million

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NEW YORK — Slice, an online platform for independent pizzerias, has raised a $15 million Series B funding round led by GGV Capital with participation from existing investor Primary Ventures. The company has raised $20 million to date. Founded in 2010 by Ilir Sela, Slice is an online and mobile pizza ordering platform that connects …

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Citi Invests in Axoni

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NEW YORK — Axoni, a leading provider of distributed ledger technology to the financial services industry, announced that Citi has joined its Series A funding round, bringing the total amount raised to over $20 million. Citi joins a noteworthy group of Series A investors, including Wells Fargo, NEX Group, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Thomson Reuters., …

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Accenture Buys Media Hive

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NEW YORK – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired Media Hive, an e-commerce solutions provider based in Asbury Park, NJ with expertise in cross-channel commerce strategy, custom application development, and the creation of online and mobile retail experiences for any device. Terms of the deal weren’t released. The acquisition will strengthen the capabilities of Accenture Interactive …

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New Law Protects NY Freelancers

NEW YORK —Mayor Bill de Blasio has introduced the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, the first law of its kind in the country, which is now in effect. The Law gives freelance workers the legal right to written contracts, timely payment, and freedom from retaliation. Under the Law, freelance workers can now file a complaint with …

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