Posted by Shirley Brady on May 19, 2014 07:01 AM
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AT&T announced Sunday its board approved a $48.5 billion deal to buy DirecTV, including a plan to sell its $6 billion stake in regional phone giant América Móvil to avoid regulatory conflicts. Also on Sunday, AT&T relaunched the Cricket Wireless brand, which kills off its Aio Wireless prepaid service that launched last year.
AstraZeneca rejects Pfizer's latest $117 billion bid.
YouTube reportedly is acquiring Twitch for about $1 billion.
Johnson Controls divests auto interiors business to SAIC, China's biggest automaker.
Apple is expected to announce this week its $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics.
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Posted by Dale Buss on May 13, 2014 09:39 AM
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AT&T said to be in “advanced talks” to acquire DirecTV for $50 billion.
Coca-Cola increases stake in Keurig to become largest shareholder.
Google must delete some sensitive information if asked, Europe rules.
FCC Chairman will revise net-neutrality rules to prevent “fast lanes” as activist campaign ramps up.
Forever 21 dives deeper into cheap, trendy clothes with new F21 Red retail concept.
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Chrysler posts huge net loss after costs of completing merger with Fiat.
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Posted by Dale Buss on May 12, 2014 09:33 AM
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Citroen becomes second automaker to name female CEO.
Disney aims to expand Frozen success to other platforms.
Hillshire Brands acquires Pinnacle Foods in $6.6 billion deal.
Ford tries to avert launch problems in big new-product year as it issues two more recalls on Escape.
Samsung reports chairman is stable after heart attack and surgery as company sets sights on biotech.
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Apple/Beats tie-up (still unconfirmed) faces skeptics.
AT&T interest in DirecTV reportedly heats up.
Audi strives to maintain lead despite product trough.
BMW triples carbon-fiber capacity in US plant.
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Posted by Dale Buss on May 5, 2014 09:36 AM
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Target chairman and CEO resigns in wake of data breach.
Coca-Cola shakes up marketing ranks, and drops controversial ingredient from Powerade.
Apple faces legal challenge by Swatch over iWatch name.
Fiat Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne readies five-year plan.
P&G takes legal action in drive to protect Crest Whitestrips.
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Posted by Dale Buss on May 2, 2014 09:14 AM
Apple, Facebook lead Big Tech brands fighting data requests as White House panel calls for big data reforms to protect privacy.
AstraZeneca rejects raised bid by Pfizer as "inadequate."
Avon reaches settlement of bribery probe.
Bayer eyes Merck’s OTC consumer business.
Burberry officially has a new CEO in Christopher Bailey as Angela Ahrendts takes retail reins at Apple.
Coca-Cola pressured by Warren Buffett on executive pay.
Exxon sticks with Russia drilling despite geopolitical tensions.
Fiat faces tough turnaround in Europe.
GM recalls 50,000 Cadillac SUVs, returns to bankruptcy court to fend off suits.
News Corp. acquires Harlequin Books for HarperCollins.
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Posted by Dale Buss on March 10, 2014 09:32 AM
Google looks to repeat Android success with wearable devices.
Instagram inks ad deal with Omnicom worth up to $100 million.
MasterCard and Visa form payment-security group.
AT&T and T-Mobile rejigger wireless prices.
American Airlines and JetBlue end sales partnership.
Biomet files for IPO.
Boeing inspects undelivered Dreamliners for cracks and braces for any tarnish from Malaysian Airlines disaster.
Buffalo Wild Wings ramps up tablet rollout.
Cars.com goes on block for $3 billion.
Caterpillar and Sany argue over which is No. 1 in China excavator market.
Chipotle is asked to do sustainability reporting.
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Posted by Dale Buss on March 3, 2014 09:14 AM
PepsiCo exec slams Nelson Peltz for financial criticism as Pepsi Max "Test Drive 2" pulls four million viewers in two hours.
Dell goes back to B2B roots with latest campaign.
Newsweek restarts printing presses.
12 Years a Slave takes Best Picture at Oscars for Fox Searchlight.
AmEx focuses on busy-mom market with new rewards card pitched by Tina Fey.
Audi risks wan presence at Geneva Motor Show as BMW recovers.
Boston Market reduces sodium in core items.
Cadillac makes a splash at the Geneva Motor Show.
Chrysler exceeds estimates with February sales increase.
Forbes is being eyed by foreign buyers.
Foursquare, GroupMe bow out of SXSW.
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Posted by Dale Buss on October 9, 2013 08:47 AM
Yum! Brands profit drops a staggering 68 percent.
Brooks Brothers plans to open restaurant.
Samsung unveils phone with curved screen but sees US back Apple instead in portion of IP dispute.
A123 Systems shifts to focus on supplying batteries for hybrids, not EVs.
Fazoli's debuts fast-casual concept.
Ford tests driverless-car parking.
Fox News sees new primetime anchor Megyn Kelley draw large, older audience.
Jamba Juice downgrades outlook.
Jimmmy Choo co-founder ready to launch another blockbuster brand.
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