‘Dark Phoenix’ was a giant bomb that hurt Disney earnings

This summer, “Avengers: Endgame” became the No. 1 box office cash cow of all time. Three of this summer’s top five movies globally so far are Marvel character movies: “Endgame,” “Captain Marvel,” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” Six of the top 10 biggest U.S. opening weekends belong to Marvel movies. But not every superhero movie in 2019 is a guaranteed hit. “Dark Phoenix” was a giant bomb. The movie had a worldwide box office haul of $252 million. It was such a bomb that it lost money for Disney in the third quarter. — Yahoo! Finance

Dayton shooter's ex-girlfriend: 'I'm not shocked he did something horrific'

The ex-girlfriend of the Dayton shooter says she's "not shocked he did something horrific." Connor Betts opened fire early Sunday morning in a popular nightlife area of Dayton, killing nine people before police shot and killed him. Adelia Johnson says she and Betts dated from March to May. Betts was studying psychology in college and that's why, at first, she didn't think much of his fascination with violence. "I didn't think he would go shoot strangers. Especially his sister," Johnson said. "He was interested in what makes terrible people do terrible things." But looking back, there were red flags. On their first date, he showed her a video of a mass shooting. She broke up with him in the spring. — CBS News

Why the 'A' in Chick-fil-A is capitalized: There's a hidden message in Chick-fil-A's logo.

When Truett Cathy was coming up with the name for his iconic chicken sandwich in the early 1960s, he decided to play on the phrase "chicken fillet." "I began to reflect on the product, which was the best part of the chicken — a boneless breast," Cathy writes in his book, "Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People." He continued: "It occurred to me that the best cut of beef is a fillet; why not call ours a chicken fillet? Or chick fillet? Or Chick-fil-A?" The decision to capitalize the "A" was a conscious choice on Cathy's part, an attempt to represent "top quality." — Business Insider

Now you can choose how fast Alexa talks on your Amazon Echo

Amazon is launching a new ability for its Alexa smart assistant: the ability to choose how fast it talks. By saying “Alexa, speak slower” or “Alexa, speak faster,” you can, well, get Alexa to speak slower or faster. Amazon says there will be seven different speeds for Alexa, two slower than the default and four that are faster. You can also say “Alexa, speak at your default rate.” Amazon is touting the feature as something that helps with accessibility, and that certainly is a possible benefit. In a press release, Sarah Caplener, the head of Alexa for Everyone, is quoted as saying the slower speeds are for “hard of hearing and older customers” while the faster speeds are a boon to “customers who are blind or low vision,” because they “are used to consuming audio content and want to be able to listen more quickly.” — The Verge

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