Google policy head retools team for global lobbying push

Alphabet Inc’s Google is trying to plug a surge of public scrutiny around the world by overhauling how its policy office operates, with increased emphasis on having policy staffers and top company executives alike building relationships with governments, people familiar with the matter said this week.


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Clandestina Is Cuba’s First Independent Fashion Label. Its Founders Want ‘Global Domination.’

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Idania del Rio, co-founder of Cuba’s first independent fashion label Clandestina, wore a recycled T-shirt to the recent opening of her New York pop-up. With a ripped neck held together by many safety pins, the refurbished black Cincinnati Bearcats jersey resembled a sort of gender-neutral take on Elizabeth Hurley’s famous black Versace dress.

A publicist for the brand was quick to whisper that the salvaged top, like most Clandestina pieces, was “sustainable.”

The s-word has emerged as one of the Planet Fashion’s buzziest trends, with major players like Levi’s, H&M, and Kering pledging to release eco-friendly designs and initiatives. In Cuba, recycling clothes isn’t just in vogue—it’s been a way of life for more than half a century.

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ECB Joins Global Trend As Governing Council Discusses Rate Cuts

The European Central Bank turned dovish as expected in June, with the bank chief Mario Draghi confirming that the bank no longer has a rate-hike bias and that several policymakers raised the possibility of a deposit rate cut in the near future, as the global trade tensions hurt the economic sentiment in Eurozone.
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Airbnb Hires New Head of Global Diversity and Belonging

In an effort to move forward with efficiency and to further enact its most recent manifesto, Airbnb has hired Melissa Thomas-Hunt whose background is rooted in building inclusive, global teams. She comes from Vanderbilt University, where she served as vice provost for Inclusive Excellence.

In her previous role, Thomas-Hunt was responsible for helping advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in Vanderbilt’s academic research and community of almost 22,000 students, staff and faculty. Prior to her work at Vanderbilt, Thomas-Hunt served as global chief diversity officer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where she was focused on ensuring that the student community was seen, heard, valued, and supported.

In her role at Airbnb, Thomas-Hunt will lead the strategy and execution of global internal diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging programs for Airbnb’s 5,000 employees around the world.

“We aspire to be a global leader in diversity and belonging—not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s core to our mission,” said Brian Chesky, co-founder, CEO, and Head of Community in a statement. “To have the impact we want on the world, we have to start inside our own walls and make sure every employee at Airbnb feels like they belong. Melissa is a visionary in this space who has spent her career exploring the causes of inequality, finding solutions to promote inclusion, and producing real change. I am incredibly grateful that she has agreed to bring her leadership and expertise to Airbnb.”

At Vanderbilt, Thomas-Hunt’s research and teaching focused on organizational behavior and the factors that unleash, leverage and amplify the talents and contributions made by women and underrepresented individuals. Prior to that, she worked at IBM as a marketing representative and received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

“I felt deeply called by Airbnb’s mission and purpose. Increasing belonging is powerful, compelling and complex to operationalize,” said Thomas-Hunt in a statement. “By continuing to build a diverse and inclusive team around the world, we can help individuals shift and shape their trajectory to realize their full potential, and I am honored to join Airbnb to help achieve these goals.” 

In recent years, Airbnb has launched a series of initiatives like the Airbnb Community Commitment and Open Doors policies that help fight discrimination and promote belonging. Thomas-Hunt will advise Airbnb on these and other initiatives that are designed to work to fight bias and ensure the platform is open and fair for all hosts and guests.

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Despite the Trump Admin’s ‘All-Out Offensive,’ Huawei’s Global Smartphone Sales Soar

The belfry of Berlin’s landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, an imposing former imperial church that was preserved as a partial ruin after World War II, is now wrapped in a huge ad for Huawei, the Chinese electronics company. Unlike on previous occasions when something like this was tried, Berliners aren’t protesting.

The setup is symbolic of the ascent of Huawei Technologies outside the U.S., a trajectory that has not been changed by an all-out offensive against the company by the Trump administration. Although that onslaught mainly targets Huawei’s network equipment business–the U.S. tells its allies that the company’s equipment represents a spying threat–it could be expected to tarnish a brand that is China’s sixth and the world’s 48th most valuable, according to Kantar’s BrandZ ranking for 2018. That, however, doesn’t appear to be the case. Global consumers are delivering a quiet vote of no-confidence in Donald Trump’s U.S. The country where Apple’s iPhone was born may soon find itself in the bizarre position of shunning the global industry leader–a type of spiteful self-harm hardly befitting the global tech superpower.

In the market for 5G network equipment, mobile operators often find it difficult to replace Huawei products because the Chinese company has spent years building an edge in the emerging technology. But the smartphone market is so competitive that only one company in it, Apple, has significant profit margins. There are plenty of alternatives to Huawei phones, many with similar specifications and at lower prices. And at least since December, when Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was detained in Canada at the request of the U.S., the U.S. government has been running an influence campaign against the company.

Yet Huawei’s sales in its biggest segment, the consumer one, have been booming. The company is now “within striking distance” of absolute leadership in smartphone sales, as the market analytics company IDC noted this week. In the first quarter of 2019, Huawei’s unit sales increased 50.3% year-on-year, while most other major vendors’ dropped.

Unlike some of the unit sales leaders, such as Oppo and Vivo, Huawei did not draw a large majority of its sales from China. According to IDC data, half of the company’s unit sales in the latest quarter occurred in the home market. Europe, the Middle East, and Africa provided a further 33% of the sales–only slightly less than for Samsung Electronics, the current, declining market leader.

Huawei achieved this in part by closely tracking Samsung’s offerings and pricing strategy in every region. According to Bloomberg Intelligence, its phones are, on average, just a tiny bit cheaper than the Korean competitor’s everywhere except China, where Huawei’s leadership is assured, and Canada and Japan, where the price differences are more stark.

But, especially since last year, Huawei has grown explosively in the high-priced segment. It offerings, especially the 2018 Mate 20 Pro released in October, have been getting rave reviews and top rankings–often above Apple’s flagship models. One reason is the partnership with German premium camera manufacturer Leica. It has led to impressive results, especially in low-light photography, where reviewers deem top-range Huawei phones to be far ahead of the competition.

Huawei’s flagship phones are priced uncompromisingly in line with competitors, but in an era of incremental improvement, they deliver tangible advantages, especially when it comes to photography. With Samsung forced to delay its first foldable phone after reviewers discovered multiple problems, Huawei has a chance to strengthen its position by offering the first such device. The technological robustness is unsurprising: Last year, Huawei spent 14.1% of revenue on research and development, compared with Apple’s 5.3% and Samsung’s 7.5%.

In absolute terms, Huawei spends about as much on marketing as on R&D–its selling and administrative expenses reached 105.2 billion yuan ($ 15.6 billion) last year. Although that’s less than Apple’s $ 16.7 billion and Samsung’s $ 28 billion, it’s still an enormous budget, especially given that Huawei doesn’t need to market its products in the U.S. Despite numerous attempts, it has failed to establish a relationship with any of the U.S. mobile carriers, which sell 90% of all phones.

Much of Huawei’s marketing spending is focused on Europe, where it’s been opening flagship stores, plastering city centers with ads (I’ve seen huge ones everywhere I’ve traveled recently, from Denmark to Romania) and engaging in projects like the one with the Memorial Church. Berliners aren’t demonstrating against it as they did in 1999, when advertising first covered the belfry, because the church has explained it’s the only way it can collect most of the 4 million euros ($ 4.5 million) necessary for the belfry’s renovation. The church’s foundation discussed the Huawei contract after the U.S. campaign began but decided to go through with it, deeming the American accusations against the company “vague.”

Whether Huawei is employee-owned, as it claims, or state-controlled, as American researchers have recently claimed, whether it’s the Chinese government’s Trojan horse in consumers’ pockets or merely a smart, fierce competitor in a tough market, it’s well-positioned to overtake Samsung as the unit shipment leader in smartphones–despite having sold just $ 70 million worth of phones in the U.S. last year. As it makes this power grab, it’s doing its best to fix a problem that has confounded Samsung: How to extract more profit from innovation, as Apple does, instead of competing on price. Last year, its gross margin reached 38.6%, about the same as Apple’s 38.3% and more than the 37.8% Samsung is projected to record this financial year.

At this point, the only way for the U.S. to try to derail Huawei would be to slap on it the kind of sanctions that were briefly imposed on another Chinese vendor, ZTE Corp., last year: a ban on the use of any U.S. technology. But even then, Huawei would fight back. It has made a conscious effort to produce as many components as possible in-house, including crucial ones like processors. It recently announced that it had developed its own operating system in case it’s banned from using Alphabet‘s Android.

With Huawei second in global smartphone unit sales, it should be hard for Americans to understand why a company whose products are so popular in the rest of the world is, for all intents and purposes, absent from the U.S. market. Surely many U.S. customers, given an opportunity to buy Huawei phones from carriers, would be as unimpressed by the government’s spy paranoia as their peers in Europe or Latin America. If Huawei ever reaches the top spot, the question will loom even larger.

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Measles accelerates to second-highest level in US in 25 years and over 100,000 global cases

The number of measles cases in the United States made its biggest jump of the year, with 90 new cases reported in just one week, according to numbers released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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IMF Cuts Global Growth Forecast On Trade Tensions, Policy Uncertainty

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday slashed the global growth forecast for this year, citing the trade tensions, weaker business confidence, tighter financial conditions and higher policy uncertainty. The Washington-based global lender cut the growth forecast for this year to 3.3 percent in its latest World Economic Outlook, or WEO, which is released twice a year.
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Global shares rose on Friday
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Google launches global council to advise on AI and tech ethics

SAN FRANCISCO — Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Tuesday it was launching a global advisory council to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. The council, which is slated to publish a report at the end of 2019, includes technology experts, digital ethicists, and people with public policy backgrounds, Kent Walker, Google’s…
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Leading a nation in grief, New Zealand’s stoic Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attracts global praise

The man who opened fire on two New Zealand mosques last week may have succeeded in killing 50 people, but the country’s leader has promised to deny him the one thing he truly wanted: Notoriety.


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Scientists back temporary global ban on gene-edited babies

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Global peace is impossible without female negotiators

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HRH the Countess of Wessex hosted an exclusive International Women’s Day reception at Buckingham Palace today to shine a spotlight on the vital role women play globally in building peace, and announcing her commitment to championing the UK’s work on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI).

Over recent months, The Countess has met with several key figures working to support women’s role in the peace-building process, from academics and the diplomatic community, to NGOs and survivors. She also met with those working to respond to sexual violence in conflict – including Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Denis Mukwege, who works in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a gynaecologist, where he treats victims of sexual violence first-hand at his clinic.

‘There is nothing like speaking to someone, who, as a gynaecologist, has treated hundreds of victims of the kinds of rape and abuse that defies belief’, she said of the profound effect her conversation with him had had on her.’

‘Dr Mukwege painstakingly stitches these women back together and does what he can to care for them. It is so desperately sad therefore, that many of them end up back at his clinic only months later. I asked him what the biggest barrier to ending this kind of terror in DRC was, and he told me, “The silence…” This is another reason for holding today’s event. We must ensure that the silence that hides pain and suffering is turned into voices of hope and a reason to continue to act.’

L-R: Dr Sophia Close, Mossarat Qadeem, Irene Fellin, Palwasha Hassan, Sanam Naraghi, HRH The Countess of Wessex, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. Image Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Mossarat Qadeem is a Member of the Global Peacebuilder Network, who co-founded an organisation to prevent violent extremism in Pakistan. Speaking exclusively to Marie Claire at today’s event she said, ‘I’ve spent 14 years meeting with extremists, suicide bombers and the women within their families to help bring about peace. A young boy I speak to will tell me his own mother stitched his suicide vest for him. The mothers and women within these communities have been so influenced by certain voices preaching extremism that they are prepared to let their sons die. One boy said to me, “Ok, I understand what you’re saying but what can I tell my mother?” So I replied, “Send her to see me”. First she was angry and told me I was an infidel. But I spoke to her at length, too, about embracing peace and why – today she too has become a peacemaker, working with me. Real change is possible.’

The event focussed on promoting women’s role at the centre of peace processes. This includes as mediators; supporting women building peace at the grassroots level; and helping all survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, including children born of rape.
The event also promoted the role of women peacebuilders in conflict-affected countries and Commonwealth countries highlighting some staggering statistics about how vital it is to have women at the heart of peace negotiations.

Did you know?

  • When women participate in peace processes, the resulting agreement is 35% more likely to last at least 15 years.
  • The participation of society groups, including women’s organisations, makes a peace agreement 64% less likely to fail.
  • Higher levels of gender equality are associated with a lower propensity for conflict, both between and within states.
  • Despite women’s critical contributions to security, their representation in peace processes has lagged.

So what’s the UK doing for women peacebuilders?

  • The UK is supporting civil society women peacebuilders at the grassroots level globally through funding to the UN Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund and to NGOs working in each of our NAP focus countries through the International Civil society Action Network and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth office committed £1.6 million to increasing women’s participation in peace processes at the Commonwealth Summit in April 2018, including support to the network of Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC), implemented by Conciliation Resources.

Why it matters?

  • We know that societies with representative and inclusive leadership tend to be more stable, secure and prosperous. This is why it is worth making the case and securing support for these women.
  • The event at Buckingham palace brings together leading international peace builders to focus on the role of women in conflict-affected countries and Commonwealth countries. This is in line with the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and Foreign and Commonwealth office objectives on promoting women’s inclusion in peace processes.

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Stocks Move Notably Lower On Global Economic Concerns – U.S. Commentary

Extending the downward move seen in the previous session, stocks saw considerable weakness during trading on Thursday. With the drop on the day, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 pulled back further off the more than four-month intraday highs set on Monday.
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Adtalem Global Education CEO Lisa Wardell on Being Intentional In Your Career

Lisa Wardell is the president and CEO of Adtalem Global Education and is on the 2019 Black Enterprise “The Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” list. Wardell is the only black women CEO of an S&P 500 company. 

Intentionality is a term we hear frequently in business, but it’s originally a philosophical term. It’s defined as “the quality of mental states (e.g., thoughts, beliefs, desires, hopes) that consists in their being directed toward some object or state of affairs.” To me, that means purposefully putting thoughts into actions to drive measurable results.

I have attempted to be intentional in my career by performing well in my current position, and by consistently seeking feedback and incorporating that guidance into my professional life. I seek out mentors to help me build my leadership skills, and use sponsors to assist me in advancing my career. I also set goals for one, three, and five years out, and regularly revisit those goals to keep myself on track.

As the president and CEO of Adtalem Global Education, I have the opportunity to practice intentionality on a much larger stage, leading a nearly $ 3 billion organization of 18,000 people. I seek intentionality on three focus areas: creating a performance culture, effecting diversity and inclusion, and solidifying our mission-driven focus. Measurement is an important part of being intentional, and in creating a performance culture to meet our objectives, I’ve tied executive compensation to both diversity and inclusion outcomes and to the pursuit of top talent; for top talent is intentional about their own performance and in leading teams that do so with the organization’s mission in view.

Intentionality in our three focus areas is reflected in our financial performance—Adtalem’s stock price has more than tripled in 2.5 years—and intentionality is reflected in our leading education policies, academic standards, and life-long learning programs that contribute to the global workforce in a meaningful way.

Active intentionality isn’t always easy to accomplish; even CEOs get push back. When I said I wanted every recruiting search to include ethnically diverse candidates, I was told there may not be enough qualified candidates to accomplish that goal. Of course, we know better and our organization reflects it. Our board of directors is now 44% African American and 67% combined women and people of color (POC). The Adtalem leadership team has gone from nominally diverse to 40% POC, 47% women, and 80% combined. And our pipeline of talent for future leaders is deep and growing. Recruiting is aided because talented, diverse candidates flock to a talented and diverse workforce.

While there is always more to do as Adtalem drives toward its global education mission, I’m proud our team’s intentionality is delivering improved performance by a workforce that’s reflective of those we serve in global education. Acting intentionally holds power and promise: the power to achieve our professional and organizational goals, and the promise of building stronger global communities.

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Drake Global Recording Artist Of 2018

IFPI, the organization that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, named Drake the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2018.

This is the second time that the Canadian rapper is winning the prestigious title, his first being in 2016.

It was the global success of his fifth album, “Scorpion”, that boosted Drake’s sales record.

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Ahead of MWC next week, new data illustrates global smartphone slowdown

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When you consider the latest global smartphone marketshare data from Gartner, which highlights a protracted industry slump in terms of handset sales, it starts to put things in perspective — Samsung, for example, deciding it needs to dramatically shake things up and give something new a try, like a foldable phone.

Gartner’s newly released data shows, among other things, that global smartphone sales was essentially flat during the recent holiday quarter — up just 0.1 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, with 408.4 million units shipped.

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Nothing against omelets, yogurt or a classic bodega sandwich, but they’re not the only ways to start your day. Just look at other countries’ morning meals: In Korea, for example, brunch might mean a soothing bowl of broth, whereas in Israel, the first salad of the day hits the table at breakfast, not lunch. India…
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EMERGING MARKETS-Latam stocks, FX surge on global trade optimism, Brazil shines

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Krugman expects to see a global recession this year, warns ‘we don’t have an effective response’

There is a decent chance the world economy is headed for a recession in 2019, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.
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Stephen Colbert mocks Trump’s tweet about bringing back ‘global waming’

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Trump tweeted about global warming again.

On Monday night, the president said on Twitter that he wanted global warming wanted to “come back fast,” because of the freezing temperatures that have hit the midwest. Quick to correct him, and his spelling of “global waming,” however, was Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night.

“These temperatures are actually caused by global ‘waming’ sir. Polar vortex breaks up and dips out, it’s all predicted,” he said. “Besides, just because it’s cold now, it doesn’t mean climate change is a myth.”

Colbert turned the conversation to things that Trump wishes weren’t real, like the Mueller investigation, and a nervy Matthew Whitaker.  Read more…

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Odd duckbilled sea reptile thrived after ancient global calamity

In shallow warm seas about 247 million years ago in what is now China, an oddball marine reptile flourished in the aftermath of Earth’s worst mass extinction, possessing a duckbilled snout and unusually small eyes that made it resemble a platypus.


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IMF Chair Christine Lagarde cuts global growth forecast for 2019 to 3.5 percent

IMF Chair Christine Lagarde has cut the global growth forecast to 3.5 percent. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, she said the move was due to the high level of economic risks that are accelerating around the globe.
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Superbugs and antivaxxers make WHO’s list of 10 global health threats


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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks under a cloud as US political uncertainty adds to growth fears

Global stock markets were heading
into the year-end under a heavy cloud after another rout this
week as U.S. political uncertainty added to heightened concerns
over slowing global economic momentum.
Asian equities were shaky on Wednesday following the plunge
in Wall Street on Christmas eve in the face of a series of
unnerving U.S. political developments, including a U.S. federal
government shutdown and President Donald Trump’s increasingly
hostile stance towards the Fed


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Trump unleashed: Mattis exit paves way for global chaos

James Mattis just cut the world’s safety net.


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The global turmoil Trump fueled is poised to haunt him as markets fluctuate

US President Donald Trump unleashed a wave of global disruption on the way to the White House in 2016 — and now there are signs the anti-elite tide he surfed to the presidency could come back to hurt him.


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Huawei executive’s arrest puts more pressure on Trump and Xi as they grapple over the global order

While the arrest of Meng Wanzhou did not stem directly from trade talks, it made them more complicated and sensitive. It also served as a stark reminder of the deep frustrations that underpin Washington's relationship with Beijing.
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The 41st President led through a time of sweeping global change, including the collapse of the Soviet Union

Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94 in Houston, according to his spokesperson Jim McGrath.


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Technology is giving China’s retail sector a lead over its global peers, says JD.com vice president

High-end technologies like artificial intelligence are transforming China's retail space — and that's what sets the sector apart from the rest of the world, JD.com's Ling Chenkai told CNBC. 
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Global panel grills Zuckerberg for failing to appear at hearing

Lawmakers from around the world on Tuesday excoriated “frat-boy billionaire” Mark Zuckerberg for refusing to testify at their hearing in London — leaving his minions to take a brutal grilling next to an empty chair reserved for the CEO. Politicians from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Latvia and Singapore converged at the British Parliament…
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‘Venom’ just passed ‘Wonder Woman’ at the global box office

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As if to prove there’s no justice in the real world, Venom is on track to overpower two previous superhero box office titans — and possibly become one of the most profitable movies of its ilk.

After reaching $ 822 million in total global earnings over the weekend, Venom has eclipsed both Wonder Woman‘s $ 821 million and Spider-Man‘s $ 821 million. 

This might be cause for confusion and concern among superhero movie fans, since Venom received quite, uh, “mixed reviews” from critics and audiences alike.

Yet it’s still projected to become one of the most profitable big budget superhero movies yet after accounting for both its production budget and its gross earnings, according to Forbes. Read more…

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