New York City Raids Condo Building in Crackdown on Airbnb Rentals

New York City law-enforcement officers swarmed a Manhattan condominium last month, issuing 27 notices of violations in one of the largest crackdowns on short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbnb.
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At Netflix, Who Wins When It’s Hollywood vs. the Algorithm?

As the video-streaming company plunges deeper into original production, its Los Angeles wing is doing the once-unthinkable: overriding the metrics.
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Trump Tariffs Pit Auto Companies Against Each Other

Fights are emerging across the auto industry over who should bear the costs of tariffs, and driving some companies to sue their partners.
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Walt Disney Posts Record Annual Profit

Disney turned in a strong financial performance in the latest period, as its parks-and-resorts and studio-entertainment segments helped it deliver record profit and revenue for the year.
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In Silicon Valley, Saudi Money Keeps Flowing to Startups

Silicon Valley startups are continuing to negotiate deals with Saudi Arabia and take its capital from its partner SoftBank, amid controversy over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi that has clouded the kingdom’s role as a major global technology investor.
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Dell Discusses Sweetening Tracking-Stock Offer With Large Shareholders

Dell Technologies has been contacting large shareholders of an affiliate about sweetening a roughly $ 22 billion bid to buy them out before the unpopular deal goes to a vote next month.
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Under Armour’s #MeToo Moment: No More Strip Clubs on Company Dime

Under Armour employees received an email earlier this year that upended a longstanding company practice: They could no longer charge visits to strip clubs on their corporate cards. Strip-club visits were symptomatic of practices women at Under Armour found demeaning, current and former employees say.
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Amazon in Late-Stage Talks for HQ2 Location

Amazon.com has progressed to late-stage talks on its planned second headquarters with a small handful of communities including northern Virginia’s Crystal City, Dallas and New York City.
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Hate Speech on Live ‘Super Chats’ Tests YouTube

YouTube’s Super Chat, which allows users to pay to have comments amplified during streaming videos, generates revenue but can contain racist comments and hate speech.
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Apple Shares Stumble, but Company Keeps Trillion-Dollar Valuation

Apple shares stumbled as investors fretted over the iPhone maker’s financial outlook for the important holiday quarter and the company’s decision to stop reporting device unit sales.
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Apple Reports Record Results but Weak Revenue Outlook

Apple reported another quarter of record revenue and profit, but its shares fell in after-hours trading following the company’s lackluster sales guidance for the key holiday quarter.
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EPA Allows Farmers to Keep Using Bayer’s Controversial Weedkiller

The EPA extended by two years its approval of XtendiMax, a version of the herbicide dicamba made by Bayer, which some farmers and researchers have blamed for damaging millions of acres of crops.
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That Big Mac and Coke Now Comes With a Side Order of Inflation

From paint to air tickets to handbags, the prices of consumer items are going up as industries pass along higher costs. A long period of low inflation appears to be over.
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U.K. to Roll Out First-of-Its-Kind Digital Tax

The U.K. said it will move ahead with plans to introduce a first-of-its-kind tax on locally generated revenue by large technology firms—the most concrete attempt yet by an industrialized nation to rewrite the world’s tax code for the digital era.
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IBM to Acquire Red Hat for About $33 Billion

International Business Machines agreed to buy software-and-services company Red Hat for about $ 33 billion in its biggest acquisition ever, a deal that IBM hopes will boost a cloud-computing business central to Chief Executive Ginni Rometty’s effort to revive the tech giant.
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Chinese Firms Snap Up U.S. Sites to Process Scrap

Chinese companies are setting up shop in the U.S. to obtain the scrap paper and plastic their government has deemed too dirty to import.
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After Months of Struggle, NBC’s $69 Million Bet on Megyn Kelly Flames Out

An outcry over remarks Ms. Kelly made on the air about blackface Halloween costumes on Tuesday proved the last straw in the anchor’s rocky stint on the ‘Today’ show. NBC canceled her show Friday. Negotiations “about next steps” continue, her lawyer said.
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At Netflix, Radical Transparency and Blunt Firings Unsettle the Ranks

Buzzwords and anxiety fill the hallways as Hollywood giant tries to maintain a winning culture amid breakneck growth; the ‘N-word’ scandal gets ‘sunshined.’
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Altria Will Pull Its E-Cigarette Pods From the Market

Altria Group said it would pull its e-cigarette pods from the market and discontinue the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in response to mounting concerns about a surge in underage use of similar products.
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Manufacturers See Signs of New Risks

Rising costs, a stronger dollar and concerns over growth in China are posing new challenges for U.S. manufacturers.
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Caterpillar Pushes Profit Higher

Caterpillar reported higher profit thanks to price increases and rising sales, offsetting higher costs to make and ship its machinery due in part to metal tariffs.
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The Steel Industry Gets What It Wants on Tariffs

U.S. steelmakers prevailed in their push for the Trump administration to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. The industry also succeeded in a later effort to make some tariffs disappear.
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Bull Market’s Latest Hurdle: Slowing Sales Growth

Firms from BlackRock to IBM report disappointing quarterly sales, citing such factors as cautious customers, rising costs and a stronger dollar.
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Defense Firms Struggle With Security-Clearance Backlog

An exacerbated workforce crunch for makers of warships, jet fighters and cybersecurity systems is forcing them to resort to workarounds to finish Pentagon orders.
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Amazon Revisits Some Cities as HQ2 Decision Looms

Amazon executives have made a fresh round of visits to several of the 20 finalists for its $ 5 billion second-headquarters project, fueling added anticipation as it nears a decision in a process that has stretched over more than a year.
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In the Fight Against Fake News, Facebook’s Fact-Checkers Struggle to Keep Up

The social network’s algorithms scan billions of posts each day in hopes of flagging misinformation before it goes viral; humans play a supporting role, but in the end they simply can’t keep up.
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Constellation CEO Rob Sands to Step Down From Corona Brewer

Rob Sands, the third in his family to lead the upstate Victor, N.Y. company, will step aside as chief executive on March 1, entrusting Constellation’s future to one of his lieutenants, Bill Newlands.
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Advertisers Allege Facebook Failed to Disclose Key Metric Error for More Than a Year

Facebook knew of problems with how it measured viewership of video ads for more than a year before it disclosed them in 2016, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by some advertisers.
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A Drama CBS Can’t Cancel—the One in Its Boardroom

CBS sought to turn the page on upheaval when Leslie Moonves stepped down as chairman and chief executive. Instead, the boardroom drama continued.
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Sears Set to File for Bankruptcy, With Its Survival in Question

As Sears plans to file for chapter 11 protection, the big question is whether a smaller Sears emerges from bankruptcy or whether the filing leads to a liquidation and a final end to the storied chain.
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Edward Lampert’s Non-Strategy to Save Sears

The hedge-fund veteran spent far less than his rivals on store remodels and expansion, and was reluctant to commit capital to fresh ventures.
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Sears, Lenders Nearing Deal to Keep Some Stores Open

Sears Holdings is inching closer to a deal with lenders about a bankruptcy plan that would close at least 150 stores and provide a lifeline loan to keep a small footprint of around 300 locations open.
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Big Lenders Make Push to Liquidate Sears

Some of Sears’s biggest lenders are pushing for the troubled retailer to liquidate rather than try to reorganize through the bankruptcy process
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Google Privacy Upgrades Could Jolt Gmail App Developers

Google’s plan to put more limits on access to Gmail user data is likely to disrupt business for scores of app developers whose services are based on the world’s most popular email service.
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Ackman Reveals Stake in Starbucks

William Ackman said his activist hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management LP has built a roughly 1.1% stake in coffee giant Starbucks Corp.
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Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public

Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network, though it didn’t find evidence of misuse. The company opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny.
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Retailers Rush to Fill Holiday Hole Left by Toys ‘R’ Us

After the collapse of Toys “R” Us, billions of dollars of holiday toy sales are up for grabs. Retailers are vying for a piece of the action.
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Ford to Cut Jobs as It Reorganizes Salaried Workforce

Ford Motor has informed its global salaried workforce of a planned reorganization that will cut jobs, part of Chief Executive Jim Hackett’s broader plan to squeeze costs and improve efficiencies at the struggling auto maker.
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Auto Makers Consider Shifting Manufacturing to North America

Foreign car makers are considering moving more manufacturing to North America from overseas plants after the trade deal.
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Mark Cuban Prodded Tesla’s Musk to Settle SEC Charges

A 15-minute phone call from billionaire Mark Cuban helped break an impasse between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and federal securities regulators on charges that he misled investors in a tweet saying Tesla would go private at $ 420 a share.
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Honda to Invest $2.75 Billion in GM’s Self-Driving Car Unit

Honda Motor is investing $ 750 million in General Motors’ self-driving car unit, with plans to commit an additional $ 2 billion in the coming years, in an effort to jointly develop a fully autonomous car for mass production.
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Tesla Meets Model 3 Production Goal, Struggles With Deliveries

Tesla met its third-quarter production goal for its Model 3 sedan but struggled to deliver the cars to customers, underscoring the operational challenges ahead for CEO Elon Musk and his electric-car company.
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GE Ousts CEO Flannery After Missed Targets

General Electric ousted CEO John Flannery after about a year in the job, a surprise move as the conglomerate revealed that deeper problems in its troubled power unit would cause it to miss targets for the year.
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Elon Musk to Step Aside as Tesla Chairman in SEC Deal

Elon Musk has reached a settlement with the SEC that allows him to stay on as Tesla CEO but requires that he step aside from the chairman role for three years. He has agreed to pay a $ 20 million fine.
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Musk Views SEC Allegation as Flawed

Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes he had a verbal agreement in place with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign-wealth fund to help finance a plan to take the auto maker private, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Facebook Finds Security Flaw Affecting Almost 50 Million Accounts

Facebook discovered a security flaw affecting almost 50 million accounts, the company said Friday. A problem in its code allowed outsiders to take over users’ accounts.
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Jeff Bezos’s Space Startup to Supply Engines for Boeing-Lockheed Rocket Venture

Blue Origin, the space-transportation company run by Jeff Bezos, has won a contract to provide engines for a potential rival’s next-generation rocket, further roiling a tumultuous industry and vaulting Mr. Bezos into the lucrative market for Pentagon satellite launches.
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21st Century Fox to Sell Sky Stake to Comcast

21st Century Fox said it would sell its 39% stake in Sky worth roughly $ 15 billion to Comcast Corp. after losing an auction for full control of the European pay-TV giant.
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Qualcomm Accuses Apple of Funneling Secrets to Rival Intel

Qualcomm accused Apple of funneling proprietary information to rival chip maker Intel, broadening a long-running legal battle.
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Sears CEO Pushes a Rescue Plan to Avoid Bankruptcy

CEO Edward Lampert wants creditors to restructure about $ 1.1 billion of debt due in 2019 and 2020.
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Companies Buy Earnings Gains by Buying Back Stock

Companies’ record stock repurchases this year are causing profits to appear stronger and fueling the stock market’s record run.
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Comcast Beats Out Fox to Acquire Sky

Comcast topped 21st Century Fox in a weekend auction for Sky, winning the British broadcaster with a $ 38.8 billion bid that ends a monthslong takeover battle and promises Comcast a greatly expanded international footprint.
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U.S. Probes Drugmakers Over Free Services

Federal prosecutors are probing whether big drugmakers including Sanofi, Gilead Sciences and Biogen potentially violated laws by providing free services to doctors and patients.
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Comcast, Fox to Settle $35 Billion Takeover Battle for Sky in Auction

Comcast and 21st Century Fox will settle their takeover battle for Sky in a weekend auction run by British regulators, setting up a dramatic climax to a 21-month sale process that has pitted some of the world’s biggest media giants against each other.
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AutoNation’s Outspoken Chief Executive to Step Down Next Year

AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson, who stood out in the tight-lipped auto industry for his outspoken personality, will step down after leading the U.S.’s largest dealership chain for nearly two decades.
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DOJ Opened Probe of Tesla After Musk’s Going-Private Tweet

Tesla said it received a “voluntary request for documents” from the Justice Department, which came after CEO Elon Musk’s tweet about taking the electric-car maker private.
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Time Magazine’s Financials Show the Benioffs Inherit a Publication Under Pressure

With their acquisition of Time magazine, Salesforce.com co-founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne will inherit a publication racing to find digital revenue to offset a steep erosion in the print business.
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Amazon Investigates Employees Leaking Data for Bribes

Amazon.com is investigating internal leaks as it fights to root out fake reviews and other seller scams from its website.
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Cord-Cutters Beware: Streaming TV Prices Are Marching Higher

Streaming services like DirecTV Now and Sling TV have added millions of customers by promising big savings over traditional cable and satellite-TV subscriptions. But prices are going up.
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Leadership and Life Lessons from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos tries never to schedule a meeting before 10 a.m. and likes to make a small number of high-quality decisions daily.
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At Campbell Soup, Heirs Hold the Key as Activist Tries to Remake Board

Activist Daniel Loeb’s campaign to replace Campbell Soup’s board needs backing from descendants of the man who invented condensed soup. They hold at least 45% of the company’s stock.
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CBS ’60 Minutes’ Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Depart

Jeff Fager, the executive producer of “60 Minutes” and one of the most powerful figures in television news, is leaving CBS after he “violated company policy,” the company said.
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Steel Workers Demand Higher Pay as Tariffs Lift Profits

Workers at two top U.S. steelmakers are demanding higher compensation as tariffs on foreign metal push prices and profits to their highest point in years.
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Snap’s Strategy Chief Imran Khan to Leave Company

Snap Chief Strategy Officer Imran Khan is leaving, the latest senior member of CEO Evan Spiegel’s circle to exit as the social-media company faces challenges growing its number of users.
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The 5G Race: China and U.S. Battle to Control World’s Fastest Wireless Internet

A new wireless era promises to transform how people use the internet, and two countries are fighting over who dominate. At stake are billions of dollars in royalties, a head start in developing new technologies and national security.
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To Shatter the Glass Ceiling, Don’t Force It

Before California Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation that would require public companies based in the state to put a certain number of female directors on their boards, he should consider how ineffective such quotas have been, writes columnist John Stoll.
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Verizon’s Internet Boss Tim Armstrong in Talks to Leave

The leader of Verizon Communications’ media and advertising business is in talks to depart, leaving unfinished the task of building the unit into a digital content giant.
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CBS Directors Negotiating Exit of Chief Executive Moonves

The independent board members of CBS are negotiating the exit of CEO Leslie Moonves and asking for assurances of autonomy from controlling shareholder National Amusements.
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Justice Department Nearing Antitrust Approval of Health Mergers

Antitrust enforcers are preparing to give the green light to two major deals in the health-care industry, CVS Health’s planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna and Cigna’s planned purchase of Express Scripts.
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Amazon Hits $1 Trillion Valuation

Amazon followed Apple to become the second U.S. company to reach $ 1 trillion in market value, reflecting the online retailer’s striking transformation from a profitless bookseller into a disruptive force of commerce and society.
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Chinese Billionaire Denies Wrongdoing in Sex Misconduct Arrest, His Lawyers Say

JD.com Chief Executive Liu Qiangdong denies any wrongdoing in connection with his arrest on suspicion of sexual misconduct in Minneapolis, and it’s likely no charges will be filed, his attorneys said.
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WPP Taps Company Veteran as CEO

The choice of Mark Read to succeed Martin Sorrell caps a monthslong search at the world’s largest advertising firm.
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The Art of the Trade Deal: Chinese Paintings and Antiquities Caught in U.S.-China Fight

Chinese antiquities and art have become ensnared in the brewing trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies, rattling dealers, collectors and curators in the specialized art market.
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Coke Takes On Starbucks With $5.1 Billion Coffee Deal

Coca-Cola said it would buy British coffee-shop chain Costa for $ 5.1 billion, diversifying further from its soft-drink roots and marking the latest bet by a major consumer-goods company on coffee.
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Campbell Soup to Sell Global Business and Fresh Unit

Campbell Soup plans to sell its international and refrigerated-foods businesses, abandoning efforts to expand into fresh food and leaving the door open to a full sale.
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California Moves to Mandate Female Board Directors

California legislators passed a bill that requires major companies based in the state to put female directors on their boards.
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Global Car Sales Hit Speed Bump

After nearly a decade of growth, new-vehicle sales in the world’s largest auto markets are entering their first sustained slowdown since the financial crisis amid trade frictions.
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Toyota Investing $500 Million in Uber in Driverless-Car Pact

Toyota is set to invest about $ 500 million in Uber as part of an agreement by the two companies to work jointly on driverless-vehicle development.
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Beyond Soda: How and Why Your Beverage Options Are Exploding

A proliferation of beverages that don’t fit within traditional drink categories is causing problems for retailers, confusion for shoppers and a challenge for manufacturers that are trying to keep pace with changing consumer tastes.
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America Has Fallen Out of Love With the Sedan

Long a symbol of the American open road, the classic sedan is fading in the rearview mirror as millions of drivers migrate to sport-utility vehicles, prompting auto makers to rework their lineups. One cause is the shifting relationship between people and their automobiles.
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Defense Companies Run Space Race

Defense and aerospace companies are accelerating plans to develop new types of missiles and satellites in an effort to capitalize on President Trump’s proposed military branch devoted to space warfare.
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Alibaba Sales Jump 61%, Fueled by Online Spending

Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba reported a 61% increase in sales, as Chinese consumers continued to spend on the internet despite slowing economic growth.
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Target’s Sales Growth Highest in More Than a Decade

Target said same-store sales rose at the fastest rate in more than a decade, buoyed by efforts to improve locations and e-commerce capabilities as well as a booming economy.
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Some Tesla Suppliers Fret About Getting Paid

Tesla’s tumultuous year has fueled concern among some of its suppliers about the auto maker’s financial strength after production of the Model 3 car drained some of its cash.
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Canada’s Auto Capital Caught in Crossfire of Trade Dispute

In Windsor, Ontario, angst is rising that the border town’s ties to the U.S. auto industry, already strained by steel tariffs, could soon be ruptured by President Trump’s threatened tariffs on Canadian-made cars.
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What Your Car Knows About You

Auto makers can now collect large amounts of data from internet-connected vehicles, from location to driving habits.
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Trump Asks SEC to Study Six-Month Earnings Reporting

President Trump asked the SEC to consider scaling back how often public companies report results, a change some executives support as promoting longer-term planning, but that some investors charge could reduce transparency.
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Tencent’s Rout This Year Has Wiped Out Over $175 Billion in Market Value

Tencent’s selloff has sparked fears of a broader contagion for tech stocks around the world.
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Farming Anxiety Grows as Federal Aid Remains Unclear

Farmers fretting over a trade conflict sparked by President Trump’s tariffs may soon get more details on the $ 12 billion worth of aid that the administration has pledged, as their concerns mount over market losses.
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Musk’s Tweets Face More Scrutiny After Saudi Disclosure

Elon Musk’s revelations that he talked to Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to provide cash to take Tesla private gives regulators more ammunition to fault how he disclosed the proposal.
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Musk Met With Saudi Fund About Taking Tesla Private

Tesla’s Elon Musk said he has been in talks with a Saudi sovereign-wealth fund about taking the electric-car maker private and believes two-thirds of shareholders would remain with the company.
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Google Woos Partners for Potential China Expansion

While Google’s search engine remains blocked in China, the company is courting allies there by providing tools and support to a growing number of app developers, manufacturers and advertisers in the region.
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IBM Bet Big on Using Watson to Improve Cancer Care. It Has Fallen Short.

Big Blue spent billions on its Watson artificial intelligence product with a focus on cancer care. Sometimes, it didn’t say more than doctors already knew. In other cases, Watson was tripped up by a lack of data in rare or recurring cancers and rapidly evolving treatments.
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Tesla Board’s Independence Faces Tough Test

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Sumner Redstone Trust Restricts Sale Options for CBS, Viacom

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Tesla’s Board Has Met Several Times to Discuss Going-Private Proposal

Tesla’s board has met several times over the past week to discuss Elon Musk’s proposal to take the company private in what would be the biggest buyout in history.
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Musk Says in Tweet He Is Considering Taking Tesla Private

Tesla CEO Elon Musk jolted financial markets with a surprise tweet suggesting he is considering taking the electric-car maker private. Trading in Tesla shares was halted.
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Musk Says in Tweet He Is Considering Taking Tesla Private

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GM Cuts Different Type of Health-Care Deal

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Profits Surge at Big U.S. Firms

America’s biggest companies are reporting some of the strongest earnings growth since the recession, boosted by lowered tax rates and a robust U.S. economy that is fueling demand across industries.
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SEC Drops Probe of Exxon’s Disclosures on Climate Change

The SEC dropped a probe into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about the risks that climate change and greenhouse-gas regulations posed to its business.
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Hiding Russian Money Offshore Was Easy. Quitting Was Harder.

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Apple’s Revenue, Earnings Top Estimates

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CBS to Appoint Law Firm to Handle Probe Into Moonves Allegations

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Consumers See Price Increases as Tariffs Hit Manufacturers

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How Sellers Trick Amazon to Boost Sales

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CBS Board to Probe Allegations of Misconduct by CEO Moonves

CBS’s independent board of directors said they would investigate allegations of personal misconduct by the media company’s chief executive, Leslie Moonves, in response to claims in an as-yet-unpublished New Yorker article.
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Facebook Suffers Worst-Ever Drop in Market Value

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Amazon Continues Its Profitable Run

Amazon continued its streak of profitability, easily topping $ 1 billion for the third straight quarter, as the company extends its dominance in online retailing and draws gains from its flourishing cloud-computing business.
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Qualcomm to Abandon NXP Deal Amid U.S.-China Tensions

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Facebook Revenue Falls Short

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AT&T Offsets Losses at DirecTV With Gains in Wireless, Warner

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Google’s Ad Business Helps to Offset European Fine

Google parent Alphabet posted profits that surpassed analysts’ estimates despite a $ 5 billion charge to cover a fine by European regulators.
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Comcast Drops Bid for Fox Assets, Will Pursue Deal for Sky

Comcast said it was dropping its pursuit for most of 21st Century Fox, ending a bidding war with Walt Disney, but said it would continue its pursuit of European pay-TV giant Sky PLC.
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Samsung to Launch Foldable-Screen Phone Early Next Year

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Google Hit With Record $5 Billion EU Fine in Android Case

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GE Still Wrestles With a Big Problem: GE Capital

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Uber Faces U.S. Probe Over Alleged Gender Discrimination

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Boeing, Airbus Strain to Deliver the New Jets They Have Promised

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The Problem With Innovation: Big Companies Are Hogging All the Gains

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This Company Aims to Deliver DNA on Demand

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Exxon, Once a ‘Perfect Machine,’ Is Running Dry

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DOJ Appeal of Time Warner Deal ‘Changes Nothing,’ Says AT&T CEO

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U.S. Appeals Ruling Allowing AT&T-Time Warner Merger

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Comcast Expected to Raise Sky Offer, After Fox Sweetened Bid

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PepsiCo Reports Slowing Decline in Beverage Sales

PepsiCo’s beverage sales in North America fell for the fourth quarter in a row, but it posted a slight gain in net revenue, helped by its domestic snacks business and overseas divisions.
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Tariff Dispute Threatens Exports of American-Made Cars

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Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws by 2020

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For China, Tech Giant Tencent Is a National Champion and a Threat

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Drugmakers Call Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug Study Positive

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From Movie Makers to Auto Makers, Companies Reckon With Trade Fight

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China’s ZTE Replaces Top Executives in Rush to Comply With U.S. Mandate

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Take Our Cheese, Please: American Cheese Makers Suffer Under New Tariffs

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Chairman of China’s HNA Dies in Accidental Fall From Cliff

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Glencore Shares Tumble on Subpoena

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U.S. Auto Sales Remain Strong, but Tariffs Could Squash Momentum

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New Era at Amazon’s Whole Foods Grates on Some Employees

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Facebook Gave Firms Special Access to Users’ Personal Data

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Auto Makers in the U.S. Brace for Additional Tariff From China

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The New Tech Avengers

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AT&T, Sprint Boost Customer Fees

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Hulu’s Fate Hinges on Outcome of Fox Bidding War

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Amazon Buys Online Pharmacy PillPack for $1 Billion

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Comcast Hunts for Additional Cash in Pursuit of 21st Century Fox Assets

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GE Narrows Focus to Power, Aviation in Latest Revamp

General Electric will spin off its health-care business and unload its ownership in oil-services company Baker Hughes, betting that the once-sprawling conglomerate can reverse a painful slump by further shrinking.
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Harley-Davidson to Shift Production Overseas to Offset EU Tariffs

Harley-Davidson plans to shift production overseas to avoid European Union tariffs on its iconic motorcycles, the latest manufacturer to reconfigure operations amid a widening global trade fight.
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Shari Redstone’s Path to Power

How heiress Shari Redstone overcame a falling out with her father to become the most significant female media owner in America.
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Police: Operator in Self-Driving Uber Crash Was Streaming ‘The Voice’

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Intel CEO Challenge: Pick From Thin Bench, or Look Outside

Brian Krzanich’s resignation this week leaves Intel’s board with a tough choice: Name the next CEO from a small pool of internal candidates, or go outside for the first time in the chip maker’s 50-year history.
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Intel CEO Resigns Over Relationship With Employee

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned after the company determined he violated company policy by having a past, consensual relationship with an Intel employee.
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Disney Sweetens Deal for Fox Assets, Topping Comcast Bid

Disney raised its offer to purchase most of 21st Century Fox to more than $ 70 billion in cash and stock, topping an unsolicited offer from rival Comcast.
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Verizon, AT&T, Sprint to Cut Off Data Providers After Customer Locations Were Revealed

Verizon Communications, AT&T and Sprint pledged to stop sharing customer locations with two data brokers after at least one company revealed individuals’ whereabouts without their consent.
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Disney Tests Pricing Power at Theme Parks

After raising some ticket prices for its theme parks by more than 20% over the past five years, Walt Disney will set a new benchmark this week when it offers die-hard fans the chance to attend a six-hour preview of a new attraction at Disneyland—for $ 299.
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U.S. Auto Makers Are Putting Smaller Engines Into Big Trucks So They Guzzle Less Gas

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UPS’s $20 Billion Problem: Operations Stuck in the 20th Century

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Apple to Stick With Cheaper Screens as Consumers Balk at iPhone X Price Tag

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A $15,000 iPhone-Hacking Box Has Apple Playing Defense

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Green Light for AT&T Deal Sets Up Comcast’s Fox Bid, Merger Frenzy

A court’s approval of AT&T’s merger with Time Warner paves a clear path for Comcast to bid for 21st Century Fox assets and could trigger a round of deal-making by smaller media companies trying to keep up with industry titans.
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Global Investment in Wind and Solar Energy Is Outshining Fossil Fuels

Spending on renewable energy is outpacing investment in electricity from coal, natural gas and nuclear, driven by falling costs of producing wind and solar power.
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A Year After Amazon Devoured Whole Foods, Rivals Are Pursuing Countermoves

Amazon.com’s acquisition has triggered change in the food industry, with major grocery chains offering home delivery while some food makers seek to better sell through the e-commerce giant.
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