No. 152: Mixed earnings, the Shack shakes and welcome mental viagra

TG it’s F: A great end to the week everybody and don’t forget to rehydrate. These work. And hope you had a chance to catch the Comet Swift-Tuttle meteor shower last night. Tonight’s also a possibility. The particles burning up in the atmosphere right now flaked off the comet as long ago as 1079.

Today is National Middle Child Day. Enjoy it if you are one – it’s all the attention you’re ever going to get.

Happy birthday: Francois Hollande and Mark Knopfler. Cecil B. DeMille would be 135.

He was tired: Hofstra grad Michael Chalavoutis was working two jobs and studying for a shot at medical school when he realized he needed a lift. Enter Alpha Wolf, his brain-focused energy drink that takes on the mental fatigue of life.

Not a secret: Comtech has won another $7.6 million in Pentagon funding for its Secret Internet Protocol Router and Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point systems.

Earnings: BioSpecifics Technologies, Long Island’s oldest life sciences firm, continues to impress. Cemtrex also looking good following its May acquisition of Germany’s Periscope. Applied DNA had a down Q3 as its exposure to the seasonal textile sector took its toll.

Food for thought: The Amagansett Food Institute has a few ideas to chew on.

Party like it’s 1999: Don’t forget the big, big Innovate-LISTnet joint tech networker, Aug. 30, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Jewel, completely free if you don’t drink anything. With LI Visual Professionals and the IEEE Computer Society. (You don’t get more diverse networking than that.)

The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

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Job report: More than half of NYC employers say they’d rather hire an intern than a full-time college grad.

POTUS, wired: You can now text President Obama via Facebook Messenger. (Registering is a bitch, though.)

It’s the Donald: People have stopped eating at Wendy’s because of indecision in the presidential race. At least that’s how Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor explains his firm’s quarterly drop in sales.

Could be true: Shake Shack also missed on sales for the quarter, posting a paltry 4.5 percent increase when analysts were looking for 5.4 percent. (Down 6% but analysts say buy it on the bounce.)

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Prime target: Wal-Mart’s $3.3 billion acquisition of e-commerce juggernaut Jet.com was big news, but the larger story may be what Amazon is up to in the delivery space.

Oops: An appeals court upheld the right of states to stop municipalities from offering broadband internet services, a big victory for the broadband industry and a defeat for FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and consumers.

“The efforts of communities wanting better broadband should not be thwarted by the political power of those who, by protecting their monopoly, have failed to deliver acceptable service at an acceptable price,” Wheeler said in a statement.

Not related: Google Fiber wants to start testing wireless Internet service in a dozen or so cities.

Or this: Bill Maris has stepped down as CEO of Google Ventures, becoming the third senior executive to leave since the firm reorganized itself as Alphabet.

Also: Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, says she will be leaving the company in the coming weeks to focus on her soon-to-launch health and wellness startup Thrive Global. Thrive landed Series A funding last week.

And: The NYT may kill the print versions of its Sunday magazine and book section as it fights ad revenue declines.

De-pressed: Gawker Media held a bittersweet pizza party this week toasting the firm’s 14 years of independence. The company goes on the block next week following the Hulk Hogan sex-tape lawsuit that drove founder Nick Denton into bankruptcy. “It was a hell of a party, $1,000 budget notwithstanding,” one reveler told Politico’s Joe Pompeo.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.