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France's Iliad Makes Bid for T-Mobile US

online.wsj.com — French upstart telecommunications company Iliad SA has made an offer for T-Mobile US Inc., in a bold bid to counter an offer for the country's fourth-largest wireless carrier by Sprint Corp., said people familiar with the matter.
Jul 31, 2014

France's Iliad bids for T-Mobile US despite having market value of only $16B - half of Softbank/Sprint's $32B offer m.us.wsj.com/articles/franc…

Jul 31, 2014

Shares of AT&T and Verizon fall 2% on @WSJ report that French telecom upstart Iliad has bid for T-Mobile: on.wsj.com/1oedbpl

Jul 31, 2014

RT @guerreraf72: Great scoop @WSJ RT @JamieHeller: Iliad bid for Sprint target, now confirmed,on.wsj.com/1oedbpl $ild.fr $tmus $s

Jul 31, 2014

RT @guerreraf72: Great scoop @WSJ RT @JamieHeller: Iliad bid for Sprint target, now confirmed,on.wsj.com/1oedbpl $ild.fr $tmus $s

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Oil Shipment Cracks Decades-Old Ban

online.wsj.com — A tanker of oil from Texas is preparing to sail for South Korea this week, the first unrestricted sale of unrefined American oil since the 1970s. How that $40 million shipment avoided the nearly four-decade ban on exporting U.S.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @dkberman: See that green tanker? Today it became the first ship to export U.S. oil in nearly 40 years. on.wsj.com/1nWlvzO pic.twitter.com/vXyhUCtQti

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RT @dkberman: See that green tanker? Today it became the first ship to export U.S. oil in nearly 40 years. on.wsj.com/1nWlvzO pic.twitter.com/vXyhUCtQti

Jul 31, 2014

RT @dkberman: See that green tanker? Today it became the first ship to export U.S. oil in nearly 40 years. on.wsj.com/1nWlvzO pic.twitter.com/vXyhUCtQti

Jul 31, 2014

RT @dkberman: See that green tanker? Today it became the first ship to export U.S. oil in nearly 40 years. on.wsj.com/1nWlvzO pic.twitter.com/vXyhUCtQti

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Smartphones Become Next Frontier in Cybersecurity

online.wsj.com — Mathew Solnik says he can take over a smartphone from 30 feet away without alerting the user or the phone company. Then, he can turn the phone into a live microphone, browse its contacts or read its text messages.
Jul 31, 2014

"A new frontier in cybersecurity: The computers masquerading as phones in consumers' pockets" on.wsj.com/1k8YRn0

Jul 31, 2014

Be afraid! Your smartphone isn't a mini-computer. It's a juicy target for hackers. online.wsj.com/articles/smart… by @dannyyadron

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Sumo Wrestlers Find Plane Seats a Bit Snug

blogs.wsj.com — Sumo's Nagoya tournament came to a close on Sunday with yokozuna Hakuho claiming his 30 th career championship, going 13-2 and beating Harumafuji on the final day. But the wrestlers have no time for rest, with many stables heading straight to their training camp in preparation for the next tournament in Tokyo that begins on Sept.
Jul 31, 2014

LOL Sumo Wrestlers Find Plane Seats a Bit Snug on.wsj.com/1ocRDJQ via @wsjasia

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Fall Designer Handbag Trend Is Fur

online.wsj.com — If anything can be deemed utterly superfluous, it's a fur handbag. Tucking one's wallet and keys in mink or beaver is an act of pure let-them-eat-cake extravagance. So it makes sense that fur handbags would be a big trend for fall. Designers are competing to outdo one another in luxury.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @WSJ: Expect a trend in furry handbags that resemble animals – like this $3,500 Fendi 'Monster' on.wsj.com/1o7VmwF pic.twitter.com/WjkWcxapJA

Jul 31, 2014

Furbies for your arm: Warm and fuzzy handbags are all the rage - mink backpacks, broadtail totes. Watch me here: on.wsj.com/1ocAPCA

Jul 31, 2014

"A fur handbag is chubby, and it can risk being mistaken for a pet." on.wsj.com/1ocAPCA

Jul 31, 2014

RT @WSJ: Expect a trend in furry handbags that resemble animals – like this $3,500 Fendi 'Monster' on.wsj.com/1o7VmwF pic.twitter.com/WjkWcxapJA

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Target Taps PepsiCo Executive as New CEO

online.wsj.com — Target Corp. is bringing in PepsiCo Inc. executive Brian Cornell as its new chief executive, turning to an outsider for the first time in its history to repair a battered corporate culture and navigate a sea change in Americans' shopping habits.
Jul 31, 2014

Target puts an outsider in the CEO spot for the first time in its history. on.wsj.com/1o6Gtuh via @WSJ

Jul 31, 2014

Target taps PepsiCo exec (and former head of Sam's Club + Michael's) as its new CEO: on.wsj.com/1o6Gtuh by @pziobro and @JoannLublin

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The Earth From Space: Guess the U.S. City at Night

blogs.wsj.com — Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have captured stunning views of Earth from space. That is, when they're not busy making repairs to the station, researching 3-D printing in space, or playing soccer. They take many of those photos when the Earth is draped in the darkness of night.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @TaylorUmlauf: Quiz: Can you guess which American city pictured at night is which? on.wsj.com/1uL3k3U (Photos by @NASA) pic.twitter.com/GzkrCmJnVg

Jul 31, 2014

Earth From Space: Guess the U.S. city at night from these images taken by astronauts at the int'l space station. on.wsj.com/1uL3k3U

Jul 31, 2014

Thought I'd have been better at this one: Guess the U.S. City at Night on.wsj.com/1uL3k3U (Photo: @NASA) pic.twitter.com/9fo2JpdI2v

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Nomura’s BES Misstep

blogs.wsj.com — A tough day for bank analysts at Nomura. Early Thursday, the Japanese investment bank sent out a note to clients recommending that they buy equity in Banco Espirito Santo SA. Within hours, the stock price had tumbled more than 50% to €0.17 per share.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @dumav: Nomura called Banco Espirito Santo a "Buy", then watched the stock fall more than 50% on.wsj.com/1rSTU4k via @WSJMoneyBeat

Jul 31, 2014

RT @WSJmarkets: Early today, Nomura recommended clients buy Banco Espirito Santo SA. Within hours, BES had fallen more than 50%: on.wsj.com/1rSTU4k

Jul 31, 2014

RT @WSJmarkets: Early today, Nomura recommended clients buy Banco Espirito Santo SA. Within hours, BES had fallen more than 50%: on.wsj.com/1rSTU4k

Jul 31, 2014

RT @debtnerd: Nomura says buy BES shares.. shares promptly drop 50%... got any more tips? on.wsj.com/1rSTU4k by @JosieCoxWSJ

Jul 31, 2014

Nomura, which recently demanded collateral or repayment of loan to Espirito Santo Intl, tells clients to buy #BES on.wsj.com/1rSTU4k

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Wall Street vs. Brookings on the Decline in Unemployment, Round 1

blogs.wsj.com — Every month since the fall of 2012, the Brookings Institution has published a forecast for the path of the unemployment rate over the next six months. These forecasts are a familiar past-time for economists, but Brookings has a bold claim: their model "can outperform the Fed and professional forecasters."

Stewart, Colbert Take on Tax Inversions

blogs.wsj.com — The hottest trend in cross-border M&A - so-called tax inversions - played a starring role on the late night comedy show circuit Wednesday night. Both The Daily Show and Colbert Report tackled inversions - or deals where U.S. companies buy European firms to get a lower tax rate - during their opening segments.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @erikholmwsj: Stephen Colbert on inversions: "It’s like me adopting an African child and then claiming myself as his dependent" on.wsj.com/1u3Qxp8

Jul 31, 2014

RT @erikholmwsj: Stephen Colbert on inversions: "It’s like me adopting an African child and then claiming myself as his dependent" on.wsj.com/1u3Qxp8

Jul 31, 2014

RT @WSJMoneyBeat: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert both weighed in on the tax inversion trend last night. on.wsj.com/1u3Qxp8 via @maureenmfarrell

Jul 31, 2014

RT @erikholmwsj: Stephen Colbert on inversions: "It’s like me adopting an African child and then claiming myself as his dependent" on.wsj.com/1u3Qxp8

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Brother, Can You Spare a Job?

online.wsj.com — 'California Comeback!" is the favorite slogan of Gov. Jerry Brown and other Sacramento politicians cheering a temporary budget surplus provided by a roaring stock market. But California also has the highest poverty rate in America at 24%. Is California really back? I wanted to see firsthand what that comeback looks like for many Californians.
Jul 31, 2014

The Republican gubernatorial candidate who went homeless for a week: Brother, Can You Spare a Job? on.wsj.com/1ocYnXY via @WSJ

Jul 31, 2014

RT @ryanchittum: that’s not a social program RT @WSJopinion: Neel Kashkari: The best social program in the world is a good job. online.wsj.com/articles/neel-…

Jul 31, 2014

that’s not a social program RT @WSJopinion: Neel Kashkari: The best social program in the world is a good job. online.wsj.com/articles/neel-…

Jul 31, 2014

Brother, Can You Spare a Job? Cali's GOP candidate for governor spends a week homeless. Fascinating. Scary. on.wsj.com/1ocYnXY via @WSJ

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The Fed’s Wage Watch

blogs.wsj.com — The debate over how much slack is in the U.S. labor market is heated, but its resolution will be clear: When wage growth heats up, the economy will have absorbed enough jobs to push inflation higher. Labor Department figures out Thursday suggest this may have finally begun.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @philizzo: A concise explanation why the normally boring employment cost index was interesting and more important today on.wsj.com/1uLp3Zq

Jul 31, 2014

RT @philizzo: A concise explanation why the normally boring employment cost index was interesting and more important today on.wsj.com/1uLp3Zq

Jul 31, 2014

A concise explanation why the normally boring employment cost index was interesting and more important today on.wsj.com/1uLp3Zq

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Asset Managers May Avoid More Oversight

online.wsj.com — WASHINGTON-A panel of top financial industry overseers is considering a move away from labeling individual asset managers as systemically important and requiring more oversight, according to people familiar with the matter, a potential victory for the industry that pushed back against the designations.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @amacker: FSOC may move away from considering "systemically important" label for asset-management firms on.wsj.com/1oeqczh w/ @vgmac

Jul 31, 2014

RT @pensionsnews: Financial Stability Oversight Council May Not Label @BlackRock, @Fidelity as 'Systemically Important' on.wsj.com/1oeqczh via @WSJ #SIFI

Jul 31, 2014

RT @amacker: FSOC may move away from considering "systemically important" label for asset-management firms on.wsj.com/1oeqczh w/ @vgmac

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Ukraine Crisis Spurs Reversal in German-Russian Ties

online.wsj.com — Three days after the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin for at least the 30th time since the Ukraine crisis erupted. She had a blunt message, according to people briefed on the phone conversation: Call me if you have progress to report in defusing the conflict.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @MMQWalker: Merkel phoned Putin 30x. Lost patience. Said 'call me if you have progress to report.' on.wsj.com/1ocYpPR by @AntonWSJ @AlanCullison

Jul 31, 2014

RT @MMQWalker: Merkel phoned Putin 30x. Lost patience. Said 'call me if you have progress to report.' on.wsj.com/1ocYpPR by @AntonWSJ @AlanCullison

Jul 31, 2014

Smart WSJ piece on how Merkel & Putin’s partnership collapsed over MH17. online.wsj.com/articles/ukrai…

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Domino’s New Secret Weapon in India: Spicy Banana Pizza

blogs.wsj.com — Domino's Pizza is the largest foreign-food chain in India and plans to stay on top by molding its menu to appeal to local palates. It's latest innovation: Spicy banana pizza. As Domino's sets up shop in smaller Indian towns, its topping options are getting regional makeovers.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @alexvtunzelmann: Offence against humanity & against nature MT @Preetika_Rana Domino’s India: spicy banana pizza on.wsj.com/1qMwqhG

Jul 31, 2014

Domino's introduces spicy banana pizza in India and a little part of me dies. Via @Preetika_Rana blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/…

Jul 31, 2014

In possibly the biggest food crime since canned spaghetti, India rolls out the banana pizza on.wsj.com/1n5TKik pic.twitter.com/yGHDRTvl6g

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