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On this day in 1876, Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.

Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, leaders of the Sioux tribe on the Great Plains, strongly resisted the mid-19th-century efforts of the U.S. government to confine their people to reservations. In 1875, after gold was discovered in South Dakota’s Black Hills, the U.S. Army ignored previous treaty agreements and invaded the region. This betrayal led many Sioux and Cheyenne tribesmen to leave their reservations and join Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in Montana. By the late spring of 1876, more than 10,000 Native Americans had gathered in a camp along the Little Bighorn River–which they called the Greasy Grass–in defiance of a U.S. War Department order to return to their reservations or risk being attacked.

In mid-June, three columns of U.S. soldiers lined up against the camp and prepared to march. A force of 1,200 Native Americans turned back the first column on June 17. Five days later, General Alfred Terry ordered Custer’s 7th Cavalry to scout ahead for enemy troops. On the morning of June 25, Custer drew near the camp and decided to press on ahead rather than wait for reinforcements.

At mid-day, Custer’s 600 men entered the Little Bighorn Valley. Among the Native Americans, word quickly spread of the impending attack. The older Sitting Bull rallied the warriors and saw to the safety of the women and children, while Crazy Horse set off with a large force to meet the attackers head on. Despite Custer’s desperate attempts to regroup his men, they were quickly overwhelmed. Custer and some 200 men in his battalion were attacked by as many as 3,000 Native Americans; within an hour, Custer and every last one of his soldier were dead.

The Battle of Little Bighorn–also called Custer’s Last Stand–marked the most decisive Native American victory and the worst U.S. Army defeat in the long Plains Indian War. The gruesome fate of Custer and his men outraged many white Americans and confirmed their image of the Indians as wild and bloodthirsty. Meanwhile, the U.S. government increased its efforts to subdue the tribes. Within five years, almost all of the Sioux and Cheyenne would be confined to reservations.
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Brian Wilson - 1969-1982 - Preview to the Next Stage Documentary

"Beware the lollipop of mediocrity; lick it once and you'll suck forever."

🍭 Brian Wilson was born on June 20, 1942
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Lil Wayne has finally sold his Miami Beach mansion — for almost half of his original asking price. The singer listed his 15,101 square-foot waterfront home at 94 Lagorce Circle on Miami Beach in April 2015 for $18 million. A month earlier, police had swarmed onto the property, responding to a report of four people shot at the home. The call turned out to be a hoax.

But the nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom proved hard to unload, despite perks such as a rooftop skate park, a professional recording studio and a shark lagoon. The final sale price was $10 million, or $662 per square foot.

Wayne purchased the home in 2011 for $11.6 million. No word yet on whether the new owner is keeping the sharks.

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Among the iPhone’s Biggest Transformations: Apple Itself - The Wall Street Journal

Ten years later, the iPhone has altered the way people work and play—and remade Apple 🍎 SAN FRANCISCO—Since Apple Inc. launched the iPhone in June 2007, the smartphone revolution it unleashed has changed the way people work and socialize while reshaping industries from music to hotels.

It also has transformed the company in ways that co-founder Steve Jobs could hardly have foreseen.

Ten years later, the iPhone is one of the best-selling products in history, with about 1.3 billion sold, generating more than $800 billion in revenue. It skyrocketed Apple into the business stratosphere, unlocking new markets, spawning an enormous services business and helping turn Apple into the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.

But it also created enormous challenges for Apple, raising the bar for innovation and turning a company that thrived on its self-image as scrappy underdog into an industry leader, with a workforce more than six times what it was.

“The company has grown in every dimension and holding it together is very, very tough,” said Horace Dediu, a former Nokia executive and technology analyst with Asymco. Apple has to balance sustaining the iPhone business with preserving employees’ passion to create new products, he said, and “that’s really hard.”

The iPhone boom has overshadowed Apple’s other products, making the company dependent on one product line for two-thirds of its sales. That means any big stumble with the iPhone could be calamitous.

The iPhone’s success is best reflected in China, where a combination of good timing, smart manufacturing and strong branding have made Apple one of the most successful American companies in the world’s most populous country.
The iPhone hit Chinese shelves in 2009 as wages in that country were swelling. Apple—which relies on thousands of Chinese workers to assemble its products—benefited as Chinese consumers embraced the iPhone as a status symbol.
In 2006, all of Asia-Pacific outside of Japan accounted for 7% of Apple’s revenue. Last year, greater China alone made up 23% of revenue, and at $48.49 billion, was greater than Coca-Cola Co.’s total revenue world-wide.

The iPhone’s success in China has been so dramatic that analysts now worry Apple is too reliant on sales from the region).
The iPhone also spawned Apple’s second-largest business by revenue: apps and other services offerings.

Mr. Jobs didn’t plan that. In fact, he opposed it, said Scott Forstall, the company’s former head of software. As a result, Apple didn’t open the device to application developers until 2008, when it added the App Store and began taking 30% of each app purchase.

Since then, app sales have generated roughly $100 billion in gross revenue as Apple has registered more than 16 million app developers world-wide. The company also pushed into payments with Apple Pay and a music-subscription service, creating a $24 billion services business that is Apple’s second-largest after the iPhone and is growing rapidly.

Now, the iPhone is “the razor and the blades are the software services,” said longtime Apple adviser and Steve Jobs confidant Regis McKenna. “It creates this great annuity business.”

As sales surged, Apple staffed up. The company hired about 100,000 people in the 10-year span, bringing its global workforce to 116,000 from 18,000 in 2006. New workers were brought on to manage relationships with cellphone carriers, double the number of retail stores and maintain an increasingly complex supply chain.

The employees are spread across more than 100 buildings, creating a disparate workforce Apple has pushed to bring together with a new, $5 billion spaceship-style headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
Managing that explosive growth fell on the shoulders of Tim Cook, who succeeded Mr. Jobs, who died in 2011. The Duke University business school graduate and supply chain-expert has tried to preserve Apple’s unique culture by taking a more inclusive approach than his predecessor, seeking out more opinions from staff, while consistently saying Apple’s overriding goal is to make great products, echoing a mantra of Mr. Jobs.

“This is a huge undertaking now and requires a lot of talented people, and Tim’s built a team capable of managing a $200 billion company,” said Mr. McKenna. “We don’t know if Steve could have done that or not.”

Still, preserving Apple’s culture has been difficult. Before the iPhone, Apple sought to prove itself after nearly going bankrupt in the mid-1990s, said Alan Cannistraro, who worked at Apple from 2000 to 2012 before founding video startup Rheo.

“We felt like: Let’s show the world. We were the underdogs,” he said. But new hires didn’t inherit that attitude and it became “less of a mission-driven” place and “more function driven.”

Mr. Cook has committed to maintaining Mr. Jobs’s passion for doing the extraordinary as Apple pushed into new devices such as the Apple Watch and software tools for augmented reality.

Meanwhile, pressure intensified to make each iPhone model better than the last. As iPhone revenue fell for the first time in Apple’s fiscal 2016, and its market share dropped in China, Mr. Cook told analysts the key to regaining share was “innovating like crazy.”

“If we do a really great job of that, which we will, then I’m confident that we’ll do well,” he said.

Apple fans are waiting for the newest iPhone, the 10th anniversary model expected this fall, to see whether Mr. Cook makes good on that promise.

Questions about innovation have dogged Mr. Cook, whose operational prowess contrasts with Mr. Jobs’s talent as a visionary product developer.

The iPhone was so revolutionary it raised expectations that the company would introduce radical new products regularly, said Patrick Moorhead, a technology analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy. “That’s what I call the leadership burden,” Mr. Moorhead said.

That has made innovation more difficult in some ways, former employees said. Apple developed products that were linked to the iPhone, such as the Apple Watch and AirPod headphones, but was late to pursue hot internet-connected home devices like Nest’s thermostat and an intelligent speaker like Amazon’s Echo.

“There was a real opportunity missed there,” said Mr. Cannistraro. Still, he said, Apple recognizes and supports innovative ideas internally and executes better than competitors. “The right ideas tend to be the ones that get through.”
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‪"When facing a single tree, if you look at a single one of its red leaves, you will not see all the others." 🍁 Takuan Sōhō‬
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On May 15th, we recognize a morsel of a thing. It’s National Chocolate Chip Day! 🍪 Have you ever wondered if an ingredient would work in a recipe? It is hard to imagine where we would be without the invention of chocolate chips.

In 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman Massachusetts must have been curious what a little bit of chocolate would add to her cookies. While working at the Toll House Inn, she added cut-up chunks of semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to a cookie recipe. The cookies were a huge success and in 1939 Wakefield signed an agreement with Nestle to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging. In exchange for the recipe, Wakefield received a lifetime supply of chocolate. The Nestle brand Toll House cookies were named for the Inn.

Nestle initially included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars. Starting in 1941, Nestle and other competitors started selling the chocolate in chip or morsel form.

Semi-sweet was the original flavor of chocolate chips. Today the chocolates come in bittersweet, semi-sweet, mint, white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white and dark swirled.

The imagination is the only thing limiting what recipes chocolate can be used. Today chocolate chips are used in a variety of baking methods from sweet to savory. Had Ruth Graves Wakefield never wondered what a few chopped up chunks of chocolate would be like in her baking, we wouldn’t even have chocolate chip cookies.

🍪🍫🍪🍫 HOW TO OBSERVE 🍪🍫🍪🍫

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Young Designer Timothy Baldacci has shared his superyacht concept with us that earned him a place amongst the Top 6 finalists in the Young Designer of the Year competition recently hosted by Boat International and Oceanco.

The brief that was presented to the designers this year called for the exterior styling of a modern and elegant 80-metre vessel. The yacht would have a low profile and was to include a limousine tender to be used for the transport of up to eight guests.

Baldacci drew his inspiration from the Ardea Alba, or Great Egret bird, and managed to work the S-like shape of its neck into the exterior profile of the yacht. The superstructure consists nearly entirely of glass surfaces and plays with the future capabilities of this important material.
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Developer Simon Karam has submitted plans to the city of Miami’s Urban Development Review Board for a 78-story tower in Brickell.
Karam’s City Center Properties LLC wants to build a mixed-use retail and residential skyscraper on the site of what’s now a Burger King-anchored shopping strip near Brickell City Centre. Between entitlements, permitting and securing approvals, the developer hopes to break ground during the middle of next year, Karam told The Real Deal last month.
He also has FAA approvals for 960 feet for the site at 10 Southwest Eighth Street. It’s also surrounded by the Related Group’s Brickell Heights and SLS Lux, three new high-rise towers. Brickell City Centre, which opened its 500,000-square-foot shops in November, has also added a hotel, two condo towers and office space to the area.
Karam’s plans call for 392 residential units, 66,618 square feet of retail space on four floors, 464 parking spaces and bicycle parking. Karam told TRD the units will be condos. The LEED Silver building is being designed by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates.
City Center Properties LLC paid $6.1 million for the Burger King retail building, where other tenants include La Sandwicherie, and Chandi Liquors, in 2006. The land totals 34,166 square feet.
Simon Karam and his brother Antoine Karam develop through their firm, the Karam Group. “We try to buy in urban, high-intensity sites,” Simon Karam told TRD last month, when he purchased the gas station at 720 Southwest Second Avenue for $8 million. He also owns the CVS-anchored shopping strip directly behind the gas station, which brings his total on that block to 2.23 acres.
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"I'm just riding this train as long as I can. As long as I'm having fun, I'll do it. When it stops being fun, I'll try something else. Maybe I'll open up a chain of Popeye's Chicken."

- Gabrielle Union was born on October 29, 1973 🐔 American Actress

Gabrielle Monique Union is an American actress. She began her career in 1990s, appearing on television sitcoms, before landing supporting roles in teen comedy films She's All That and 10 Things I Hate About You. via Wikipedia
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An African Leopard In The Londolozi Private Game Reserve 🇿🇦 South Africa 📷 #Bing Image by Sergey Gorshkov 💻 Minden Pictures
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