Asian shares up, Scottish vote seen lifting Europe

The British pound rose sharply after the Scottish independence vote indicated Scotland would remain in the United Kingdom, while Wall Street's overnight gains and Alibaba Group's red-hot initial public offering underpinned Asian shares.

Microsoft lays off 2,100, axes Silicon Valley research

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced on Thursday, as it moves toward its new CEO's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 percent of its workforce.

Europe

SAP agrees to buy expense software maker Concur for $7.3 billion

German business software maker SAP (SAPG.DE) said on Thursday it has agreed to acquire U.S.-based expense management software maker Concur Technologies Inc (CNQR.O) in an all-stock deal valued at $7.3 billion that expands its presence in internet-based software or so-called cloud computing.

IMF warns of risks from 'excessive' financial market bets

The global economy faces a growing risk from big financial market bets that could quickly unravel if investors get spooked by geopolitical tensions or a shift in U.S. interest rate policy, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

Apple faithful line up for latest, larger iPhones

Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.

SoftBank COO says no plan to invest in messaging app Line

SoftBank Corp has no plans to invest in messaging application Line Corp, Ken Miyauchi, chief operating officer of Japan's No. 3 mobile carrier, told reporters on Friday.

Siemens considers bid for Dresser Rand: reports

Germany's Siemens (SIEGn.DE) is considering a bid for compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand (DRC.N) that could potentially derail a merger between Dresser-Rand and Swiss pump maker Sulzer (SUN.S), according to several media reports on Friday.

Hyatt Hotels to sell 38 hotels as franchises for about $590 million

Hyatt Hotels Corp (H.N) said it will sell as franchises 38 select service hotels to a company organized by Lone Star Funds for about $590 million.

Luxembourg opens art freeport to lure super-rich

Private banking hub Luxembourg sought to lure more wealthy investors on Wednesday by opening a high-security center designed to look like a jewel box, where collectors can store and trade valuables without paying customs or sales tax.

Qualcomm shows off robot technology, but mum on China dispute

Qualcomm Inc executives showed off robots made with smartphone technology at an annual developer conference on Thursday, but they steered clear of talking about China, a key growth market where the chipmaker is entangled in an antitrust investigation.

Cerner and Athenahealth say integrating with Apple's mobile health service

Cerner Corp and Athenahealth Inc, two leading U.S. electronic health record providers, said on Thursday they are working with Apple Inc to develop applications that leverage Apple's mobile health service HealthKit.

Turquoise Capital Corp. Announces Proposed Qualifying Transaction

Vigil was incorporated in British Columbia on June 4th 2010 and is a Burnaby BC based research and development company specializing in the development of wireless sensor networks.

For Singapore, F1 race gets tourism back on track

Singapore will be counting on its marquee Formula One race to help make up for a 30 percent drop in Chinese tourists this year.

JetBlue names former British Airways exec CEO, shares rise

JetBlue Airways (JBLU.O) on Thursday named Robin Hayes, its current president and a former British Airways executive, to succeed Dave Barger as chief executive, sending the airline's shares up in after-market trading.

Wall Street sees holes in Fed's new policy-tightening plan

No sooner did the Federal Reserve reveal its plan for eventually tightening U.S. monetary policy than many on Wall Street flagged problems with the mechanics of the strategy, and said more adjustments would have to come.

Home Depot breach bigger than Target at 56 million cards

Home Depot Inc (HD.N) Thursday said some 56 million payment cards were likely compromised in a cyberattack at its stores, suggesting the hacking attack at the home improvement chain was larger than last year's unprecedented breach at Target Corp (TGT.N).

Dow, S&P 500 at records as Fed-driven rally continues

U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve kept intact its pledge to keep interest rates low, providing a backstop for investors that helped lift both the Dow and S&P to record highs.

Apple to unveil new iPads, operating system on Oct. 21: report

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct. 21, a Daily Dot report said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Toshiba says to cut 900 jobs in PC restructuring

Japan's Toshiba Corp (6502.T) said it would cut 900 jobs in a restructuring of its PC business that will include an exit from business-to-consumer operations in some regions.

ECB to dish out first round new ultra-long loans to boost lending

The European Central Bank will hand out the first round of its new four-year loans on Thursday, the flagship tool in a new stimulus package it hopes will stave off deflation and revive the ailing euro zone economy.

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