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Cast of AMC Studios' hit series, "The Walking Dead"

AMC Networks buys 49.9 percent stake in BBC America

AMC Networks Inc (AMCX.O) said on Thursday it agreed to pay $200 million for a 49.9 percent stake in BBC America and would take operational control of the cable television channel.

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Apple ponders sapphire options, leaves door open for GT

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Thursday it is studying options for sapphire supply and might work again with GT Advanced Technologies Inc (GTATQ.PK) if the distressed supplier can reduce production costs for the scratch-resistant material.

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Online Shopping

Digital River to be acquired by investor group for $840 million

E-commerce services provider Digital River Inc said on Thursday it entered into an agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by Siris Capital Group LLC for about $840 million.

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Airbnb

Airbnb valued at $13 billion as it discusses employee stock sale: WSJ

Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc valuation is set to be valued at $13 billion, up from its $10 billion valuation in March this year, as it discusses an employee stock sale, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

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Deliveries

UPS, FedEx seek ways to manage massive peak season package bulge

Determined not to repeat a holiday season that left millions of packages delivered too late and customers seething, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) and FedEx Corp (FDX.N) are investing heavily in new infrastructure - but the continued dynamic growth of e-commerce will test those efforts.

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Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II

Lockheed, Pentagon reach $4 billion deal for more F-35 jets

Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and U.S. defense officials have reached agreement on the terms of a contract worth about $4 billion for an eighth batch of 43 F-35 fighter jets, sources familiar with the deal said on Thursday.

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US Federal Reserve

Fed lays out scenarios for 2015 bank stress tests

The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Thursday it would assume wider corporate bond spreads and a higher oil price in the most strenuous scenario it will use in next year's run of its annual check of banks' health.

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Satya Nadella

Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, cloud profits up

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins largely intact.

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Job Fair

U.S. jobless claims data point to firming labor market

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the underlying trend firmly pointed to strengthening labor market conditions.

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Norwest Venture Partners

Norwest Venture Partners Expands Presence With New Investment Team Hire and Office in San Francisco

Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), a global, multi-stage venture and growth equity investment firm, today announced that Sean Jacobsohn has joined the firm as Principal. A venture investor and former SaaS executive with broad technology, sales and business development expertise

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Abbott Laboratories Logo at their headquarters

Abbott, Mylan silent on why changing tax-inversion terms

Drugmakers Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N) and Mylan Inc (MYL.O) on Wednesday declined to explain in detail why they changed the terms of a $5.3 billion deal in which Mylan will buy part of Abbott's overseas generics business and reincorporate for tax purposes in the Netherlands.

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Boeing

Boeing books first sales to Iran since 1979

Boeing said on Wednesday it had sold aircraft-related goods to Iran Air in the third quarter, marking the first acknowledged dealings between U.S. aerospace companies and Iran since the 1979 U.S. hostage crisis.

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Pharmaceutical

Advent, Avista near deal for UCB's Kremers Urban

A consortium of buyout firms Advent International Corp and Avista Capital Partners is in advanced talks to acquire UCB SA's (UCB.BR) U.S. generic drugs unit Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc, according to people familiar with the matter.

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DirecTV headquarters building

FCC pauses clock on AT&T-DirecTV, Comcast-TWC merger reviews

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday paused its informal "shot clock" deadline on the reviews of the proposed mergers of AT&T Inc (T.N) and DirecTV (DTV.O) and of Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N) over the issue of confidential programming agreements.

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Google

Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

GOOGL.O) launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way.

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