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Business News Roundup, March 21
Gannett has named Joanne Lipman as the editor in chief of USA Today, one of the country’s biggest newspapers. Lipman has been with Gannett since December 2015 and will keep her chief content officer position....
The auto industry better watch for robots, Cramer says
On Monday, France's PSA Group announced an agreement to buy Opel from General Motors in a deal valuing the business at 2.2 billion euros, or $2.3 billion. This move will mark the automaker's official...
Here are some mind-blowing stats about Apple’s incredible run
Apple's run from the bottom to a record-high closing has been nothing short of incredible. Apple closed on Monday at $133.29 a share, surpassing its record closing high price of $133, set in February...
Business News Roundup, Jan. 31
Starbucks says it’s partnering with Amazon’s voice service to offer “on command” ordering. Starbucks is also launching a beta test of voice ordering through its iPhone app. The Seattle company says the...
‘Anticyclonic gloom’ and 40C heat on its way
Melbourne has been the latest city struck by summer?s unpredictable weather. Following a weekend of intense heat and humidity, over 100mm of rainfall moved in from the north-east. Credit: Various via Storyful...
Buy Amazon on its new convenience store disruption, Cowen says
Cowen reiterated its outperform rating on Amazon shares due to the company's strong growth potential in the food category and the launch of its physical grocery store business. Amazon revealed its first...
Weird ‘seesaw’ of weather conditions coming
This Severe Weather Update updates information on severe heatwave conditions forecast for Queensland and northern New South Wales. Courtesy: Youtube/Bureau of Meteorology The forecast for Monday afternoon...
Cyber Monday: Grab a Google Home for just $99 while you can
Smart speakers are all the rage, but with costs just this side of pricey, perhaps you've been holding off on buying one. That, or maybe you're not quite sold on Amazon Echo, even with its Cyber Monday...
Fake shopping apps offer back door for thieves
There is no better time than the holidays for scammers to prey on smartphone users. Consumers on this Cyber Monday will fill their digital shopping carts in record numbers. Online sales today are expected...
The best Tesco Direct Cyber Monday deals 2016
Tesco is one of the UK's leading retailers, well known for Marmite and Pot Noodles, but did you also know that it sells games consoles and tellies and that? No? Well it does, and it goes in for Black...
Dealmaster: It’s Cyber Monday! Bring on the deals
reader comments 1 Share this story Greetings, Arsians! It's Cyber Monday, one of the busiest online shopping days of the year! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, the Dealmaster is here with a big...
The best Pokémon Sun and Moon deals on Cyber Monday are at Target and Toys ‘R’ Us
To say that Battlefield 1 or Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare are the hottest games of 2016 would be forgetting the Energizer battery of video games: Pokémon. And, doesn’t Nintendo know it: deals on the...
Cyber Monday iPhone 7 deals: save £125 with these cheapest ever voucher deals
On Black Friday, some of the best deals were on the iPhone 7. And these deals are continuing until the end of Cyber Monday. So if you've been hanging on to see if the iPhone 7 would get cheaper, you've...
Google Pixel phone deal: save £50 with this Cyber Monday discount
Cyber Monday is just as good a time to buy a new phone as Black Friday. The only difference is that these phone deals expire at midnight on on Monday so you're running out of time to bag a smartphone...
Astronomer explains flashes in southwest Florida sky
A streak of light that crossed the sky in southwest Florida on Monday night was likely a bolide, an official at the Everglades Astronomical Society confirmed. A bolide refers a special type of fireball...
Large hailstones, monster storm on the way
Brace yourself for a wet afternoon in Sydney. Picture: John Grainger A SEVERE thunderstorm warning is in place for parts of New South Wales warning of dangerous lightning strikes and large hailstones over...
Hottest November day for three years
It is going to be a hot day in Melbourne expected top of 38C. Picture: Nicole Garmston THE mercury looks set to bust through 40C in parts of Victoria on Monday as the state experiences its hottest November...
Business News Roundup, Nov. 15
General Electric Co. agreed to buy ServiceMax, a Pleasanton cloud software company, for $915 million to expand its digital operations and enhance equipment maintenance. The deal will help GE automate...
Business News Roundup, Oct. 25
Netflix Inc. is increasing a bond offering to $1 billion from $800 million as investors hanker for a piece of the deal that will help fund the streaming company’s content expansion, according to a person...
Time Warner CEO says only AT&T approached with offer
By Jessica Toonkel and Supantha Mukherjee Time Warner Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said on Monday that AT&T Inc was the only company to make a takeover approach for the media group. AT&T said on Saturday...
Business News Roundup, Oct. 18
Netflix is testing the financial limits of its streaming video service as the rising cost of producing original programming pushes up subscription prices. The latest reminder came Monday with the company’s...
Twitter shares will to be down to $10 in 2017…and that’s when bidders could strike: Analyst
Twitter shares will struggle to reach $10 in 2017, making it attractive acquisition target then despite failing to be bought out this time around, according to one analyst. Shares in the social media...
33C scorcher today — but it won’t last
Hurricane-like winds swept through Melbourne, Australia, on October 9, killing at least one person and injuring eight others, reported The Age. The storm knocked out power in 100,000 homes across the southern...
Cramer on how Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff sees Twitter differently
CNBC's Jim Cramer said Monday that Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff sees Twitter's utility differently following a report that said the company may be interested in buying the social platform. Last Friday,...
Business News Roundup, Sept. 13
An engine fan blade that showed signs of metal fatigue broke off, causing the emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines jet last month, investigators say. The plane landed in Florida after shrapnel from...
Findings on Wells Fargo ‘highly disturbing,’ Moody’s says
Revelations that Wells Fargo & Co. employees opened more than 2 million unauthorized accounts are “highly disturbing” and could hurt holders of the bank’s debt, Moody’s Investors Service said. The “deficiencies”...
3 children survive nearly 14-metre fall from Ferris wheel
Three children are recovering after falling nearly 14 metres from a Ferris wheel in Greeneville, Tennessee.“One basket flipped over and made contact with the other one,” Greeneville Police Detective Capt....
Business News Roundup, Aug. 2
Virgin Galactic says it has received an operating license for its space tourism rocket from the Federal Aviation Administration. Virgin Galactic says the operating license awarded by the FAA’s Office...
Pilots’ union seeks ouster of Southwest CEO after IT outage
DALLAS — Two major unions at Southwest Airlines are demanding that the carrier replace CEO Gary Kelly because of the technology outage that caused the airline to cancel or delay thousands of flights in...
Wild weather lashes southern Australia
It’s been a rough day for Victoria and South Australia. VICTORIA is bracing for more damaging winds after almost 300 people needed to phone for help during wild weather on Monday. An SES spokeswoman told...
NFL: Optimizing Monday nights
After analyzing more than 20 years of Monday Night Football viewership, researchers have developed an optimization model that shows how its schedules could be improved despite the uncertainty that schedule...
Yep, the cold weather is back
Twins Lyla and Klay Morris, 16 months, appeared unimpressed with the return of winter at the weekend. Picture: Mark Scott WINTER returned with a vengeance across Australia’s east at the weekend and the...
Business News Roundup, June 14
The feature, standard on the 2017 GMC Acadia SUV, monitors the rear doors. If either door is opened and closed within 10 minutes of the vehicle starting, or if they’re opened while it’s running, the Acadia...
Five of the coolest Apple reveals from WWDC
Apple put a stake in the ground Monday, aiming to school rival mobile technology companies with some flashy new features. Programmers got a preview of Apple's latest software products at WWDC, the company's...
Solar plane on world tour arrives in Arizona on Monday
The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 arrived in the suburb of Goodyear, just to the southwest of Phoenix, shortly before 9 p.m. PDT on Monday. The aircraft took off from Mountain View in northern California...
Yelp rises after Einhorn investment
Yelp's most recent quarterly report marked the company's fourth consecutive quarter of losses.(Photo: Kathy Willens, AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Yelp shares rose more than 6% in after-hours trade Monday after...
Apple delays earnings report for Bill Campbell’s memorial
SAN FRANCISCO – Apple will announce quarterly financial results one day later than planned next week, to avoid reporting on the day of a memorial service for Silicon Valley business leader Bill Campbell,...
Streaming rivals, bring it on: Netflix co-founder
"When we were starting … it was a DVD-by-mail business," said Randolph, who was Netflix's first CEO. He was on the board until 2004. "We never imagined that we could take down Blockbuster and that we...
YP Holdings plans first-round bid to merge with Yahoo - source
(Reuters) - YP Holdings LLC, the digital advertising business of what was formerly called Yellowpages.com, is planning to submit a first-round bid on Monday to merge with Yahoo Inc , a source familiar...
Yahoo shares up 2%, Time Inc., Softbank reportedly interested
Investors bid up Yahoo shares Monday after two reports indicated new parties interested in potentially buying parts of the troubled Net company. Yahoo (YHOO) shares were up 1.5% Monday to $37.02, running...
Smaller iPhone expected Monday as Apple counters drop in phone sales
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc is expected to launch a smaller, cheaper iPhone on Monday aimed at emerging markets and possibly China, the world's biggest buyer of smartphones, as it looks to reverse...
Business News Roundup, Feb. 23
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed Monday to press on with his 3-year-old effort to bring the developing world online, even after Indian regulators banned one of the pillars of the campaign. Indian regulators...
Business News Roundup, Feb. 9
The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are registered manned aircraft. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a legal forum on Monday...
Cloud and data analytics stocks extend losses after bloodbath
Shares of companies offering data analytics and cloud services, including Tableau Software Inc, fell sharply again on Monday amid worries that their customers were cutting spending.Tableau shares fell...
WhatsApp drops annual 99¢ fee, vows service will remain ad-free
Warner Bros.Facebook's lip-service 69p ($1) annual subscription fee for its WhatsApp messaging service has been dropped by the company. However, the Mark Zuckerberg-run free content ad network has promised...
Toshiba to discuss restructuring steps on Monday
TOKYO Toshiba Corp said on Monday it would discuss its restructuring measures and it may announce the impact on its business for this fiscal year ending March. The Nikkei business daily reported over...
Best holiday shopping deals: 'Time is running out' edition - CNET
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us. Green Monday is December 14. No matter what you call it, though, there are still some great Christmas and Hanukkah tech deals out there. But you need to hu...
Get ready for Green Monday. It's Black Friday Part 2 - CNET
You survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But now it's time to brace yourself for Green Monday.Watch CNET Update to learn about the biggest online shopping day of December. After Monday, there's only...
Brazilian e-commerce gets uplift with Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Despite the economic crisis that Brazil is currently experiencing, local consumers flocked to stores online to buy products and services during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday events.Business generated...
Cyber Monday deals on PCs, tablets, and TVs extend into Cyber Week
Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals have, in some cases, become rolling deals that extend beyond two designated days at the end of November. Many Black Friday deals were kept active over the weekend and...
Business News Roundup, Dec. 1
Federal Reserve officials have moved to prevent the central bank from bailing out failing companies, a power it exercised during the 2008 financial crisis. The Fed governors voted 5-0 Monday at a public...
Online Shoppers Spent Nearly Half A Billion Early Cyber Monday, Sales On Track To Hit $3 Billion
Though the lines have blurred around Cyber Monday, as retailers have extended their online discounts and savings both before and after the traditionally large online sales day, Cyber Monday is still...
Target website suffers Cyber Monday crash
Target’s website crashed Monday as it struggled to cope with a high volume of Cyber Monday traffic. “please hold tight,” explained a note on the Target.com. “So sorry, but high traffic's causing delays....
Tech Five: Amazon's big shopping day begins
The Amazon Fulfillment Center prepares for the holiday rush in Hemel Hempstead, England.(Photo: Jeff Spicer, Getty Images) It's a big day for several retailers and online shoppers, as Cyber Monday kicks...
Cyber Monday: The best TV deals for Cyber Monday 2015
TV deals for Cyber Monday, including 4KTV discounts, are becoming reasonable in 2015, as US retailers begin driving bargains for thin, ultra high-definition televisions.That's why we searched the internet...
Tech Five: Post-split HP 2016 forecast on tap
Hewlett Packard Enterprise President and CEO Meg Whitman poses for photos outside the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.(Photo: Richard Drew, AP) Wall Street is interested to hear from executives...
Walmart is moving ‘Cyber Monday’ to Sunday – Here’s why
Walmart is moving "Cyber Monday" to Sunday because people now have fast internet in their homes, the U.S. retailer said on Monday. All 2,000 of Walmart's Cyber Monday deals will begin on Sunday November...
Anonymous hackers declare war on IS
The Anonymous Youtube video declaring a cyber war on the Islamic State group garnered more than 1.3 million views by Monday afternoon The Anonymous internet hacking network declared war on the Islamic...
Daily Briefing, Nov. 3
In a day when the Dow Jones industrial average moved into positive territory for the year, HP Inc.’s personal computer and printer business was more attractive to investors than Hewlett Packard Enterprise,...
TalkTalk 'will not waive fees'
TalkTalk has said it will only waive termination fees for customers wanting to end their contracts if money is stolen from them. News that the TalkTalk website had been hit by a "significant and sustained...
Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt: We 'can't guarantee' ads won't appear next to offensive content
Google may not be able to guarantee advertisements won't appear next to offensive content, but it is working on a solution that "can get pretty close," according to Alphabet's executive chairman Eric...
This is Amazon Alexa on a phone, and it isn’t threatening Siri anytime soon
Alexa works well on a smartphone. It was able to quickly answer a question about the weather and read me my daily news briefing. I even turned off my living room lights from work. Still, it's not as good...
Google Maps gets real-time location sharing
reader comments 28 Share this story With their permission, contacts will just start showing up on Google Maps. Ways to start location sharing: (left) from the app navigation drawer, and (right) from the...
Analysts warn that Google's ad troubles may affect near-term revenue
Google's ad troubles are becoming a bigger concern to Wall Street, but analysts have yet to go completely negative on the company because of it. Both Mizuho and Bank of America Merrill Lynch warned on...
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