iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Super Bowl 50 is here, which means one thing (besides football) -- commercials!
Here's a round up of some of the commercials airing during the big game.
Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen get political as they team up for the "Bud Light Party."
In this ad, actor T.J. Miller sits at a bar and takes insults from a Shock Top beer tap.
Two of the best lines in the ad are:
"You look like an unemployed Civil War general."
"You look like you're about to get evicted from your parents' basement."
The Kia Optima commercial features Christopher Walken in a couple's walk-in -- or “Walken" -- closet.
Snickers channels Marilyn Monroe for a "Happy 50th birthday" message to the Super Bowl.
Amazon's first-ever advertisement for the big game stars Alec Baldwin and Dan Marino and features Amazon's Echo speaker, which has been a surprise hit for the company.
Colgate shows support for water conservation instead of just advertising for toothpaste in its Super Bowl ad.
Skittles’ Super Bowl 50 ad, “Portrait,” stars Steven Tyler and was inspired by Skittles fans making things out of the multicolored candy.
This is only the second time Skittles has advertised in the Super Bowl.
Mountain Dew said its “Puppymonkeybaby” ad will debut during Super Bowl 50, marking the first in-game ad for Mountain Dew in more than 15 years.
Abby Wambach, Serena Williams and Tony Hawk are just a few of the famous faces in the Mini commercial.
Singing sheep take over in this Honda commercial.
Acura keeps it simple in this ad for the Acura NSX.
LG's "Man from the Future" ad stars Liam Neeson.
T-Mobile's "Restricted Bling" ad features rapper Drake.
Ryan Reynolds stars as many different characters in this spot for Hyundai -- an ad that's sure to convince any woman to purchase the car.
Axe released this 30-second spot called "Find Your Magic."
Avocados From Mexico
In this hilarious ad from Avocados From Mexico, aliens get a tour of a museum on Earth that features extinct human ideas -- like the Rubik's cube, emojis, commercial seating on airplanes and even TV star Scott Baio.
Heinz's ad shows a stampede of (hot) dogs running toward various Heinz products.
For Super Bowl 50, celebrate 20 years of Pokémon.
In this PSA for Budweiser, actress Helen Mirren speaks out against drunk driving.
See comedy stars Key and Peele in an ad for website builder Squarespace.
In the Pepsi spot, Janelle Monáe dances through the history of the soft drink.
The Schick Hydro ad shows the power of its "Robot Razors."
seewhatmitchsee/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Twitter as you know it may soon be a thing of the past.
The social media company plans to introduce a new version of its timeline, featuring an algorithm that reorders tweets based on what it believes people most want to see. BuzzFeed News first reported the algorithmic timeline in June and now says that the change could happen as soon as next week.
It was not immediately clear whether the change would be mandatory or simply an option.
Users of the platform didn't take kindly to the rumored change, as the hashtag #RIPTwitter was the number one trending topic in the United States and worldwide Friday night into Saturday.
In November, Twitter eliminated the popular "favorites" option and the gold star that accompanied it in favor of "likes" and a pink heart. The company also says it is considering a rethinking of its 140 character limit.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The latest jobs report pulled the major indexes lower at the close on Friday with major tech stock sell-offs.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 211.75 (over 1 percent) to close at 16204.83.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 146.42 (about 3 percent) to end the session at 4363.14, while the S&P 500 closed at 1880.02 down 35.43 (nearly 2 percent) from its open.
Crude oil slid over 2 percent on Tuesday, moving the price to hover at $30 a barrel.
According to the U.S. Labor Department, there was a slowdown in job creation in January with about 151,000 jobs created. Experts were anticipating somewhere around 180,000 jobs to be created after the end of 2015 posted strong gains. The good news is the unemployment rate was pushed down to 4.9 percent, its lowest since February 2008. Plus, there was wage growth of about 2.5 percent in the past year with the average wage jumping to $25.39 an hour in January.
LinkedIn's stock sunk nearly 44 percent, its worst single-day loss ever, a day after the social media site reported a weak outlook for 2016. Despite beating investors' expectations with EPS and revenue, LinkedIn said in its fourth-quarter report that revenue in quarter one would hit the $820 million mark, lower than the Wall Street-anticipated $867 million. Forbes also attributed the stock slump to an economic slowdown in other countries (Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia) as well as a fall in online sales, such as its premium subscription service.
A patent licensing deal between GoPro Inc. and Microsoft caused Go Pro Inc.'s shares to soar over 5 percent in after hours trading. According to a statement from Microsoft, the agreement involves file storage and other system technologies. President of Microsoft Technology Licensing Nick Psyhogeos said, "Microsoft’s licensing of personal wearable technologies is seeing strong demand as we partner with companies from all industries to optimize solutions for their customers around the globe.”
Lyst(NEW YORK) -- Barbie isn't the only one with a new look.
Just days after the announcement of Barbie's newly expanded "Fashionista" line, which includes tall, curvy and petite dolls, the U.K. based e-commerce website Lyst released a photo of their version of a modern-day Ken doll collection, which shows Ken re-imagined with different heights, skin tones, hair textures and body types.
Lyst decided to create their Ken doll "Fashionisto" collection after noticing a demand for an updated Ken doll on Twitter following the release of the new Barbie dolls.
"Twitter users demanded to see Ken’s matching makeover, so fashion shopping site Lyst decided to bring body-positive Ken to life, embracing a more realistic version of manhood in 2016," the company said in a press release.
The "Fashionisto" Ken lineup includes "Beach DadBod Ken, Bearded Hipster Ken, and Balding Ken, alongside black, Asian and petite Kens," according to the release.
Katherine Ormerod, editorial director at Lyst, told ABC News that although the "Fashionisto" line of Ken dolls is just a visualization right now, consumers have flocked to the idea and are enthusiastic about the production and sale of the dolls in real life.
"We've been inundated with requests for us to produce and sell the dolls, which gives a real insight into the appeal of the more diverse Kens," Ormerod said. "Hipster Ken seems to be the favorite by a long way.... It's clear from the response that the world needs more Kens."
Ormerod noted that the company used the new Barbie lineup as a starting point and attempted to mirror some of Barbie's changes, while adding in some "distinctly male realities" in order to create their realistic and body-inclusive "Fashionisto" line.
"Real men don't all look like Ken, just as real women don't all look like Barbie — so it's about time the doll was more reflective and a bit more body positive," Ormerod said. "Men need plastic role models too. Ken has been a top menswear influencer for over 50 years, but like Barbie, he needs a makeover every now and again."
Amazon(NEW YORK) -- How's this for making your Super Bowl weekend a little more enjoyable?
Amazon's Echo speaker can now hail an Uber, order a pizza and play music from Spotify.
The tremendously popular Echo, which is a hybrid between a speaker and a personal assistant, debuted its three new skills this week.
Want to start using the new tricks? Here's what you'll need to do.
Open the Alexa app and set the speaker's location under settings. Next, enable the Uber skill, link your account and you're all set. When it comes time to leave, say: "Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride" and you'll be on your way in minutes.
Premium Spotify users can link their account through the Alexa app. After that, DJ Alexa will take care of any requests. Simply say: "Alexa play today's hits on Spotify" and you're all set to jam out to more than 30 million songs available on the service.
After downloading the Domino's app, choose your go-to order to save. Next, enable the Domino's skill in the Alexa app, link your account and you're all set. When a pizza craving hits, just say, "Alexa, open Domino's and place my easy order."
You can also check on the status of your pie by saying, "Alexa, ask Domino's to track my order."
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Labor released the jobs report for January 2016, and the numbers are worse than economists predicted. Employers added 151,000 jobs in January as opposed to the 185,000 economists expected, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The unemployment rate dropped from 5.0 percent to 4.9 percent.
Chief Economist Megan Greene, however, says not to worry. Greene believes the numbers are still good despite missing the headline expectation because the report indicates employers are hiring in high wage sectors.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Levi's is behind the hottest trend in denim.
The company's newly-launched "wedgie fit" jeans help boost one's booty with specially-designed cups that enhance and lift one's backside, hence the "affectionate and cheeky name," Jonathan Cheung, senior vice president of global design at Levi's, said in a press release. “The Wedgie is inspired by women that were downsizing a vintage 505."
Dubbed by Levi's as the "cheekiest jeans in your closet," the jeans are meant to hug your waist and hips in order to showcase your best assets.
Reality star Kylie Jenner posted a photo on Instagram while wearing the wedgie jean.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- At least three major Ponzi schemes are currently scamming American investors, according to Harry Markopolos, the man whose warnings about the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme were ignored by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).
“I’m working on three multi-billion dollar Ponzi schemes today,” Markopolos told ABC News, including one that he says will be bigger than Madoff’s. "You can’t stop them."
Markopolos, who declined to identify the names of the scams until he provides the information to government investigators, now runs his own private financial fraud detection business and continues to work as an adviser for federal law enforcement agencies.
“Everybody wants to believe in the holy grail of finance, risk-free returns, and they keep investing in Ponzi schemes,” he said.
Markopolos first submitted evidence he had developed as a financial analyst for a Boston investment firm to the SEC in May 2000, eight years before the Madoff fraud was revealed, but the government agency “never actually conducted a Ponzi scheme examination or investigation of Madoff,” according to the Inspector General for the SEC.
On the day of the Madoff arrest, Markopolos said he felt no joy.
"There was no joy in this case ever," he said. "It’d be impossible, given what happened to the victims and given how many lives were destroyed.”
“I think the only happy moment was being able to testify before Congress on how woeful the SEC’s budget was, their lack of training, the lack of proper staffing," he said.
SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro declined to be interviewed for this report. Instead, the SEC provided a statement saying, "Significant reforms have been made to reduce the chance that such frauds could go undetected in the future, including stepped up surveillance, new safeguards for investor assets, increased use of industry experts and establishment of an enhanced whistleblower program. The SEC aggressively pursues Ponzi schemes and similar misconduct."
The SEC said in the last six years it has brought more than 600 enforcement actions involving Ponzi schemes and other frauds against more than 2,000 individuals and companies.
After Madoff, the second biggest Ponzi scheme uncovered by the SEC and the FBI was run by a one-time fitness club salesman, Allen Stanford, convicted of bilking more than 20,000 investors out of $7 billion. Stanford is serving a 110-year prison sentence.
Despite speculation at the time that someone inside the SEC was being paid off by Madoff, Markopolos said he saw no evidence of that, nor did the Inspector General.
“I have never though that the SEC was corrupt. I didn’t think they had people that were smart enough to be crooked,” Markopolos said.
Madoff and his associates took full advantage of the SEC ineptitude, according to Keith Kelly, the now-retired FBI case agent in the Madoff investigation.
At one point, Madoff’s right-hand man, Frank DiPascali, described to Kelly how he and Madoff found the SEC investigators had left their briefcases in a Madoff conference room overnight.
“Bernie and Frank go down to the conference room, open it up, look in the SEC’s briefcases and they read the questions they are about to be asked the next day,” Kelly recounted.
He said DiPascali and Madoff had plenty of time to print up new documents to satisfy the SEC’s questions. The only problem was the documents came off the printer warm to the touch.
“So they had to put it in the refrigerator to cool it off and then they passed it among themselves to give it a wear and tear look,” Kelly said.
An investigation by the SEC Inspector General found “that despite three examinations and two investigations being conducted, a thorough and competent investigation or examination was never performed.”
Madoff’s spin was never challenged by the SEC investigators, the Inspector General found.
“When Madoff provided evasive or contradictory answers to important questions in testimony, they simply accepted as plausible his explanations,” the Inspector General wrote.
And most damning, was the failure of the SEC staff to make a single phone call to confirm that the shares of stock Madoff claimed he had bought actually existed.
“Had any of these efforts been fully executed, they would have led to Madoff’s Ponzi scheme being uncovered,” the Inspector General concluded.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Google's artificial intelligence system is set to take on the world champion of Go -- a game with trillions of possible moves -- in a live showdown that will be streamed on YouTube.
The search engine giant's AlphaGo computer program already swept the European champion of Go, a complex game with trillions of possible moves, in a five-game series, according Demis Hassabis, head of Google's machine learning, who announced the feat last month in a blog post that coincided with an article in the journal Nature.
Hassabis revealed the plan for the YouTube Go championship, which will pit Google's computer against champion Lee Sedol in a best-of-five tournament taking place March 9 through 15 in South Korea.
While computers can now compete at the grand master level in chess, teaching a machine to win at Go has presented a unique challenge since the game has trillions of possible moves. It's estimated there are 10 to the power of 700 ways a game of Go could be played. By comparison, chess has around 10 to the power of 60 possibilities, according to researchers.
Go, a board game that was played in ancient China, pits two players against each other. The players take turns placing black or white stones on a grid, with the object of dominating the board by surrounding the other player's pieces. The stones can't be moved unless they are surrounded or are captured by the other player.
Google said last month its program won 99.8 percent of games against other programs designed to play Go -- giving it a nearly perfect record.
The team was able to perfect AlphaGo by setting up two neural networks. One network would be able to predict the next move while the other would predict the outcome, Hassabis said. The program got smarter by learning about games played by human experts while also playing thousands of games between its neural networks, allowing it to better master Go.
The development shows how stunningly smart computers are becoming but it also has real-world applications, Hassabis said.
"While games are the perfect platform for developing and testing AI algorithms quickly and efficiently, ultimately we want to apply these techniques to important real-world problems. Because the methods we’ve used are general-purpose, our hope is that one day they could be extended to help us address some of society’s toughest and most pressing problems, from climate modelling to complex disease analysis," he wrote in his blog post.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also announced last month his team is making strides with an AI system. He said his team is "getting close" to creating a system that can master Go.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Silicon Valley is putting its high-tech touch on Super Bowl 50 to make game day an experience unlike any other.
The road to this year's Super Bowl wouldn't have been possible without the Bay Area's most high-profile tech companies, including Apple, Google, Intel and Hewlett Packard, among others, who helped raise $30 million for San Francisco's bid committee, according to the mayor's office.
The showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, this Sunday -- a venue that reflects the spirit of its high-tech neighbors.
Here's a look at some of the technology that will help power this year's Super Bowl Sunday:
Levi's Stadium, which opened its doors in 2014 and has a capacity of 68,500, boasts free Wi-Fi from XFINITY by Comcast. Fans are never more than 10-feet from a Wi-Fi signal when in their seats thanks to one access point being installed for every 100 seats.
How Levi's Stadium Will Handle the Technological Load
The stadium is outfitted with 400 miles of cable and 1,300 Wi-Fi access points to support the massive load of data being sent by fans in the stadium. The Fan Experience
Fans lucky enough to be at Super Bowl 50 will also get the VIP treatment through the Super Bowl 50 app, which will allow them to order drinks that can be delivered to them without ever requiring them to leave their seats.
San Francisco 49ers fans have already enjoyed the feature in the Levi's Stadium app. One change for the Super Bowl: Food won't be delivered but fans can instead place an order for pick-up, expediting the process and making sure they don't miss a moment of the game. Tech Not to Bring
It will come as no surprise that drones are on the contraband list for the Super Bowl. The Federal Aviation Administration has also issued temporary flight restrictions within a 32-mile radius of the stadium on game day. The restrictions will be in effect from 2 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Budweiser unveiled its commercial for Super Bowl 50 on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday.
The brewer allowed GMA to go behind the scenes of for the making of the spot that features the return of the familiar Clydesdales — but the tone is very different from the brand’s earlier commercials that showcased the horses and cute, lovable puppies.
Titled “Not Backing Down, Since 1876,” this commercial shows the horses pulling the Budweiser wagon though fog as well as images of celebration and a close-up of the beer being served.
“This year’s commercial is very bold, very confident,” Brian Perkins, Budweiser’s vice president, told GMA. “There are thundering hooves, rippling muscles. It’s the same bold conviction. Same bold voice. Just expressed in a fresh and creative way.”
GMA was there when the Clydesdales were being groomed.
“They are some of the most majestic animals you’re ever going to see. They’re larger than life,” Perkins said, adding: “People are going to want to talk about this one.”
Peshkova/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Lufthansa Airline, Delta and Carnival Cruise Line are among the travel companies stating that employees can change their schedules to avoid work in areas affected by the Zika virus outbreak.
The three travel companies confirmed to ABC News Thursday that they either had policies in place or amended policies that concerned employees to avoid Zika-affected countries.
The mosquito-borne Zika virus has spread throughout the Americas since it was first detected in Brazil in May 2015. It usually causes mild symptoms including rash, fever and fatigue that resolve in a week. However, the virus has been associated with a worrying rise in a dangerous birth defect called microcephaly in Brazil.
A Delta Airlines spokesman sent a statement to ABC News clarifying that the company has a standing policy to work with crew members who have health concerns and that they have given the option to crew members to change travel plans to avoid any country affected by the Zika virus.
"Since mid-January we've offered the option for any crew member (pilot and flight attendant) with concerns to swap out a scheduled trip if traveling to areas flagged by the CDC," Delta said. "I will also tell you that a small number of crew members have swapped trips to date."
A Carnival Cruise Lines spokeswoman said employees on ships or in ports are "being provided various options to preclude them from working in Zika affected geographies."
Additionally, an official from Lufthansa Airlines told ABC News that the company has a standing policy that an employee can decline traveling to an area if they are concerned about their safety. The company also has a standing policy that pregnant employees do not work on flights for the duration of their pregnancy.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised pregnant women to reconsider traveling to any country where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. The agency has also advised women considering pregnancy to talk to their health care providers before visiting a country affected by Zika virus and to take precautionary measures if they decide to visit a Zika-affected area.
kzenon/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- The winning lottery ticket for a $63 million jackpot possibly sits forgotten in someone’s desk drawer or glove compartment.
The deadline for the winner to claim the money for the "Super Lotto Plus," and become a millionaire, is Thursday at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Russ Lopez, deputy director of corporate communications for the California Lottery, told ABC News that 5 p.m. is a hard deadline, and after that it will be too late to claim the jackpot.
"We have unclaimed money all the time, on an average it's about $20 million a year. People just forget they bought a ticket. They misplace it. It's not on their mind. We want people to immediately sign the back of their ticket and then put it somewhere important that they will remember," Lopez told ABC News.
The $63 million unclaimed ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven located at 20871 Lassen Street in Chatsworth, California, lotto officials said, noting the winning numbers were 46-1-33-30-16 and the Mega number 24. The unclaimed money does not go to waste if a winner does not come forward.
“According to the Lottery Act, all unclaimed prizes automatically go to California public schools,” Lopez said. "The Lottery money is largely unrestricted. That means that schools can use it for non-mandated programs such as computer labs and workbooks.”
“We’re talking about California with about 1,100 K-to-12 school districts and each district has many schools. According to our law, we have to equally divide that money to every school so that money becomes very modest. Last year, we gave $1.39 billion, but after it's divided up between schools, it's very modest so our public schools and our teachers still need a lot of help."
As the clock ticks down on the deadline to win the $63 million, Lopez addressed reports that the California Lottery denied the prize to a person who claimed to have the winning ticket.
"We want people to win and we want people to get their prize money. It's good for our business. We want people to win their prizes," Lopez said. "If we deny them, it is because we have done a very thorough investigation."