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21st Century Fox in Talks to Buy Rest of U.K.'s Sky for $14 Billion

1 hour 9 min ago
21st Century Fox is in late-stage discussions to buy all of Sky PLC, the U.K.’s market-leading pay-TV provider, in a $14 billion deal, as Fox moves to consolidate its holdings.
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Poultry Producers Face Scrutiny Over Chicken Price Index

2 hours 38 min ago
Chicken-companies will get another chance in coming days to smooth investors’ ruffled feathers over questions about poultry pricing that have pressured share prices.
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Coke CEO Muhtar Kent to Step Down

3 hours 28 min ago
Coca-Cola said Friday that Muhtar Kent would resign from his role as chief executive in May 2017, to be succeeded by James Quincey, the beverage company’s president and operating chief.
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Apple's Mysterious AirPods Delay Marks Rare Misstep

3 hours 50 min ago
Three months after trumpeting the AirPods as a breakthrough technology, Apple still hasn’t made them available. The company says it needs time before the wireless airbuds are ready for consumers.
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For Vodafone, Being No. 2 Could Be Best

4 hours 34 min ago
U.K.-based Vodafone, the world’s second-biggest mobile carrier by subscribers, aims to be one of two ‘premium’ players—it doesn’t matter which—in each of its 26 countries.
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Luxury Watchmakers Steel for Christmas

5 hours 22 min ago
Luxury watchmakers have this year introduced stainless-steel and lower-priced watches in the face of falling demand for their more expensive products.
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Snapchat Parent Met With Potential Investors Ahead of Planned IPO

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:31pm
Executives at Snap Inc. have held a series of meetings with potential investors in recent weeks ahead of the virtual-messaging company’s hotly anticipated IPO, according to people familiar with the discussions.
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Facebook's Plan to Keep Zuckerberg in Control Was Flawed, Lawsuit Says

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 6:16pm
Shareholders allege director Marc Andreessen privately coached the CEO by text message on how to win over other members of the board.
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U.S. Regulators Step Up Pace of Takata Air Bag Recall

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 6:14pm
U.S. highway safety regulators increased pressure on auto makers to address millions of rupture-prone Takata Corp. air bags, setting new deadlines for recalling and repairing devices linked to numerous deaths and injuries.
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Nielsen and Foursquare Partner to Tie Digital Ads to In-Store Visits

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 4:15pm
Measurement firm Nielsen and location data company Foursquare are teaming up to help marketers better understand when online advertising drives people into physical stores.
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Goldman's Cohn Is Leading Candidate for Top White House Economic Post

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 4:08pm
Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn is the leading candidate to serve as director of the White House National Economic Council, two Trump transition advisers said Friday, putting alums of the prominent Wall Street investment bank into the top two economic jobs of the new administration.
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U.S. Regulators May Allow Phone Calls During Flights

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 1:31pm
Federal regulators are considering allowing airline passengers in coming years to routinely make phone calls during flights—so long as travelers are warned in advance about potential midair distractions.
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Barely Half of 30-Year-Olds Earn More Than Their Parents

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 1:06pm
About 51% of American 30-year-olds earn more than their parents did, an enormous decline from the early 1970s and even rapid economic growth won’t do much to reverse the trend.
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Trump Cabinet Picks Signal Deregulation Moves Are Coming

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 11:57am
Business leaders are predicting a dramatic unraveling of regulations on everything from overtime pay to power-plant emission rules as Donald Trump seeks to fill his cabinet with determined adversaries of the agencies they will lead.
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Trump Picks Fast-Food Executive Andy Puzder as Nominee for Labor Secretary

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 11:42am
President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday named fast-food executive Andy Puzder as his choice for labor secretary.
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South Africa's Sibanye Gold to Buy Stillwater Mining for $2.2 Billion

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 11:25am
South Africa’s Sibanye Gold plans to buy U.S. palladium and platinum miner Stillwater Mining for $2.2 billion, the company’s first foray outside of Southern Africa and latest move to diversify beyond gold mining.
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Prolific Inventor Obtained Hundreds of Patents

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:10am
Larry Fullerton, an electrical engineer and inventor, maintained a low profile while obtaining hundreds of patents for creations including coin sorters and collision-prevention devices. He died Nov. 24 at his Alabama home at 65.
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Getting 50-Somethings to Pay for Streaming Music

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:07am
Hooking older consumers on paid streaming is important for the music industry, which is counting on revenue from subscription streaming services to replace declining CD and download sales. Music Aficionado, launched in January, is one site trying to promote streaming to the senior crowd.
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Never Forget Your Passwords Again

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 9:23am
How to set up Dashlane or LastPass and securely log in to services on all your devices; Joanna Stern explains.
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Bayer Teams Up With Versant to Develop Stem-Cell Therapies

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 7:50am
Bayer and U.S. healthcare investor Versant Ventures plan to establish a stem-cell research company called BlueRock Therapeutics, with initial joint funding of $225 million.
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