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Oct 7, 2016

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line podcast, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest news from the investment and financial world.

The hosts 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) for $5.5 billion. The combined company will create an outdoor retail giant consisting of 180 stores and 40,000 employees.

For all the details on the merger, go here: Bass Pro Shops Will Acquire Cabela's in $5.5 Billion Deal

Maddy and Ryan also touched on Amazon’s 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.

Find out more here: Amazon Finally Bans Reviews for Free or Discounted Products

On the topic of e-commerce, the hosts took a look at Facebook’s 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.

You can find that story here: Facebook Blames "Technical Issue" for Illegal Listings on Marketplace

Finally, Maddy and Ryan covered Google’s 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?

Here’s our full coverage on all of Google’s new toys:

  1. Don't Forget About These Other 3 New Google Devices
  2. Google's New "Home" Internet of Things Device Challenges Amazon Echo
  3. Here's What You Need to Know About Google's Pixel Smart Phone

As always, thanks for checking out this week’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, and make sure to check back next week for even more news from the investment and financial world!

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