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Tidal’s wave is breaking

Tony Wagner Apr 23, 2015
$1.7 billion

That’s the budget for a planned NFL stadium, approved by the city of Carson, California on Tuesday. Similar plans went through in Inglewood earlier this year. There are a few franchises weighing a move to Los Angeles after about 20 years with no NFL presence in the city. While a team could make a killing on luxe suites and skyboxes, moving to LA is a big expense, and teams in smaller markets like Green Bay enjoy devoted fans and healthy profits.

$56 million

That’s what Jay Z paid for Aspiro and its streaming music service Tidal. Despite the massive star-power behind it and a promise to pay artists more than rival services, Tidal seems to be failing after about a month, the Guardian reported, dropping off the top 700 App Store chart. Meanwhile, Spotify and Pandora are still going strong.

September 10, 1963

The date Marvel Comics published Avengers #1, and the world first met the super-team. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” hits theaters next week, and the Wall Street Journal has analyzed 50 years of Avengers comic book covers, showing how color palettes, technique and printing technology have evolved. 

$1.5 trillion

That’s the estimated buying power of Latinos in the U.S., and big brands are taking notice. Target has begun reaching out to millennial Latinos with a new campaign called “#SinTraduccion,” focused on words and ideas that don’t always translate.

8 million

That’s how many taxpayers were disconnected from the IRS phone lines this season, up from 360,000 last year, the Washington Post reported. Agency officials say budget cuts and additional expenses from enforcing the health care bill were to blame. According to a report by House Republicans, the IRS spent $134 million less on customer service this year, all told.

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