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IDP Eductaion mulls 2014 IPO in Australia

Australia-based IDP Education, the world's largest provider of international student placement, is considering the sale of its shares through an initial public offering (IPO) in 2014.

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'Ransomware' likely hitting jackpot with bitcoin surge

Cryptolocker thieves are taking advantage of the $1,000 surge of the Bitcoin value by spreading malware that threatens to encrypt computer data and collecting anonymous Bitcoin ransom from unwitting victims.

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Malaysian consortium secures GBP790 million syndicated financing for Battersea acquisition and development

The Malaysian consortium made up of Sime Darby Property, SP Setia Bhd and the Employees Provident Fund, have secured GBP790 million in syndicated funding to acquire the Battersea Power Station in the United Kingdom.

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Seedrs crowd-raise GBP500,000 for international expansion

UK equity-based crowdfunding platform Seedrs announced that it is crowd-raising GBP500,000 using its own site to reach out to European investors and startups outside of the UK.

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Glaxo SmithKline completes Aspen stake sale

London-based pharmaceutical giant Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) completed the sale of its 28.2 million shares in Aspen Pharmacare at ZAR250 per share, raising a total of USD694 million in proceeds.

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Britain's WPP denies bid for IPG takeover

Britain-based advertising group WPP denied a report from The Daily Mail's that the company is planning a takeover bid for US-based marketing group Interpublic (IPG).

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LivingSocial compensates for 40-hour outage using discounts

Coupon website LivingSocial offered a 25% discount on selected deals for its US and Canadian clients following a rare 40-hour outage that crippled its website, apps, and merchant center.

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KKR to raise GBP1.5 billion in Pets at Home IPO

UK-based pet retailer Pets at Home will be put up for an initial public offering by American multinational private equity firm KKR & Co LP. Said listing would be worth GBP1.5 billion.

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Foresight acquires UK solar plant for GBP43.7 million

Foresight Solar Fund bought Wymeswold Solar Plant located in Leicestershire for GBP43.7 million in a deal financed from initial public offering (IPO) proceeds raised in October.

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KPMG launches USD100 million investment fund for big data analytics

KPMG launched its new USD100 million investment fund, London-based KPMG Capital, which would help identify and develop big data analytics firms all over the world.

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Autodesk plans to buy Delcam for GBP172.5 million

Autodesk Inc. revealed its intention to acquire UK-based software giant Delcam for GBP172.5 million.

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M/A-COM to acquire Mindspeed for UDS272 million

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings agreed to purchase communications chip maker Mindspeed Technologies Inc. for USD272 million.

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Marks and Spencer sales drop to 1.3%

The UK clothing retailer has yet released new clothing collection for women causing a drop in sales.

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UK Prime Minister flaunts housing plan and rights on exit agreement

UK Prime Minister David Cameron flaunted his new housing plan at the start of his campaign for the 2015 elections last Sunday, said a Reuters report.

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Homebuilding approvals increase 49% in UK

According to a Bloomberg report, as the UK government sought to boost mortgage lending and building permits became easier to get, home building approvals increased 48% in the country.

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