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Chicago, IL—October 7, 2016—Zacks Friday Finish Line is a podcast hosted weekly by Zacks Editor Maddy Johnson and Content Writer Ryan McQueeney that takes on the week’s biggest news from the financial and investment world.

Will Google’s Pixel Phone Be a Game Changer?

Welcome to Episode #15 of the Zacks Friday Finish Line Podcast!

A Hunting & Fishing Mega Merger

This week, Maddy and Ryan started the show with a look at a big story for all the hunters and fishers out there. On Monday, Bass Pro Shops announced that it was acquiring Cabela’s Inc. (CAB - Analyst Report) for $5.5 billion. The combined company will create an outdoor retail giant consisting of 180 stores and 40,000 employees.

Amazon Bans Incentivized Reviews

The hosts also touched on Amazon’s (AMZN - Analyst Report) decision to ban incentivized reviews. After a recent study discovered that customers who received products for free or at a reduced cost were creating noticeably bias reviews, Amazon moved quickly to shut the practice down.

Facebook Marketplace

On the topic of e-commerce, Maddy and Ryan took a look at Facebook’s (FB - Analyst Report) new “Marketplace” re-selling platform. The social media giant launched its Craigslist competitor this week, only for its debut to be marred by numerous posts advertising drugs, animals, and adult services.

New Google Hardware

Finally, the hosts covered Google’s GOOGL) big hardware-announcing event this week. The hosts looked at all the new products, including the Google Home the Pixel phone. It’s clear that Google is ushering in its newest era of software and hardware integration, but will it work?

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