Disney brings the Force with 'Star Wars' game, TV show push

Walt Disney Co is ramping up its first major push to promote the "Star Wars" franchise it purchased from George Lucas in 2012, blitzing consumers this year with a mobile game, animated TV show and an expanded line of toys and clothes.

Shake Shack picks JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley to lead IPO

Shake Shack, the fast-food restaurant chain that has developed a cult following for its 'Shackburgers', 'flat-top' hot dogs and eponymous shakes, has selected JPMorgan Chase & Co(JPM.N) and Morgan Stanley (MS.N) to lead a proposed initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.

China taps South Korea for ideas in Qualcomm antitrust case

Chinese antitrust officials have met with their South Korean counterparts to discuss violations by U.S. chipmakerQualcomm Inc (QCOM.O), sources said, as Beijing reaches out to regulators overseas to complete a case that could result in record fines at home.

U.S. existing home sales rise at fastest pace in 10 months

Americans resold their homes in July at the fastest pace in almost a year, a sign the housing market was gaining steam again after a year-long slump.

After Russia targets McDonald's, businesses wonder who's next

Russia said on Thursday it was investigating dozens of McDonald's (MCD.N) restaurants, in what many businessmen said was retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine they fear could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism.

OnBeep Raises New Funding Worth $6.25M

San Francisco-based startup OnBeep has announced a new Series A round of $6.25 million in new funding to build what it calls “beautiful wearable communication devices that unite groups and allow teams to collaborate more fluidly in real time”.

Obama campaign manager is Uber’s new SVP for Policy and Strategy

Ride-sharing app platform company Uber announced on Tuesday the appointment of David Plouffe as its new Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy. Plouffe is a political strategist best known as Barack Obama’s campaign manager in 2008. He also served the White House as Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor from 2011-2013.

U.S. mortgage applications rise in latest week

Applications for U.S. home mortgages rose last week as demand for refinancing increased, an industry group said on Wednesday. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, rose 1.4 percent in the week ended August 15.

Despite lip service, Silicon Valley venture capital still a man’s world

When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay, Sheri Atwood expected all kinds of suggestions - but not the tip she got from a female investor who suggested she dye her blonde hair darker to be taken more seriously by venture capitalists.

Citigroup seeks to exit Japanese retail banking

Citigroup Inc (C.N) is preparing to sell its Japanese retail banking operations, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday, as it waves the white flag on a venture plagued by regulatory troubles and anemic lending.

Argentina says proposed debt swap aims to protect investors

Argentina's plan for making payments on its sovereign bonds via a local bank aims to protect the vast majority of creditors who participated in two debt restructurings, Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said on Wednesday.

WebLinc garners $6 M Series A funding from Safeguard Scientifics for digital ecommerce platform

E-commerce platform provider WebLinc announced on Tuesday that it raised $6 million in a Series A financing round from Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. The funding would reportedly go towards plans for the company's aggressive growth.

Google to launch YouTube Music Key premium subscription service

YouTube is set to launch a new premium music service called YouTube Music Key. Android Police noted that since last year, there were rumors of a YouTube music service that will let users pay a monthly subscription to access its full library of music and music videos without advertising.

Northern and Shell Ventures awards advertising subsidy to online rental startup OpenRent

The deal would have OpenRent launch a national television advertising campaign and other media channels through the Northern & Shell Media Group in its bid to significantly increase the number of new landlords who have been utilizing its platform.

Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids

Google Inc is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and give their parents control over how the service is used, according to media reports.

U.S. consumer prices rise modestly in July

U.S. consumer prices barely rose in July as declining energy costs partially offset increases in food and rents, which could give the Federal Reserve ammunition to keep interest rates low for a while.

Goldman to face Libya's sovereign wealth fund in court over trades

Goldman Sachs (GS.N) and Libya's sovereign wealth fund are set to meet in a London court over claims the Wall Street bank exploited a position of trust by encouraging the fund to invest more than $1 billion in trades that ended up worthless.

Heinz to tighten supplier controls in China after infant food scare

U.S. foodmaker H.J. Heinz Co said on Tuesday it will tighten controls over ingredients suppliers in China after it was forced to recall some infant food products from Chinese store shelves due to excess levels of lead.

Sensata to buy Schrader as Europe adopts tire pressure sensors

Sensors and electrical controls maker Sensata Technologies Holding NV said it would buy Schrader International to meet growing demand for sensors to monitor car-tire pressure.

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