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Investigators Probe the Ways a Swiss Broker Courted Libyan Business

online.wsj.com — At a luxury villa in the Moroccan desert, an international brokerage firm hosted getaways for Libyans connected to the country's oil-rich sovereign-wealth funds. The men spent their days lounging poolside and nights partying at clubs in Marrakesh.
Jul 14, 2014

RT @WSJ: Investigators probe the ways a Swiss broker courted Gadhafi-era Libyan business on.wsj.com/1n18epi

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Party Talk: Broker Chat With Libyans About Partying in Morocco

blogs.wsj.com — As authorities look into brokers' efforts to win business in Libya, they are scouring thousands of pages of transcripts of electronic-chat sessions and emails. The transcripts, some of them reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, show London-based brokers from Switzerland-based Tradition Financial Services discussing ways to impress their Libyan clients, including taking them on trips to Marrakesh, Morocco, and inviting them to a London lingerie-modeling party.
Jul 14, 2014

RT @WSJeurope: Marrakesh trips, lingerie-modeling, organic viagra, hookers: How brokers pitched for Libyan deals on.wsj.com/1sSwjxV

Jul 14, 2014

What was Tradition's Marrakesh Express like? These chat transcripts via @davidenrich leave little to the imagination on.wsj.com/1qy1htT

Jul 14, 2014

RT @aliceemross: Nice RT @davidenrich Tradition brokers in their own words: "yup we are classy people." on.wsj.com/1qy1htT

Jul 14, 2014

Nice RT @davidenrich Tradition brokers in their own words: "yup we are classy people." on.wsj.com/1qy1htT

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White House Ratchets Up Push For Highway Funding

online.wsj.com — WASHINGTON-The White House this week will try to mobilize support for a large-scale package to fund highway and bridge construction and other infrastructure programs, but prospects in Congress are dim as lawmakers push for a temporary measure to avoid a funding lapse.
Jul 14, 2014

RT @damianpaletta: White House wants you to send in photos of bad roads & traffic. Hopefully this doesn't lead to dangerous selfies. http:/…

Jul 14, 2014

#White House wants you to send photos of bad roads & traffic.This means nothing will get done in MI today (rimshot) on.wsj.com/1nwH7Bn

Jul 14, 2014

White House mobilizes support to fund infrastructure, will publish "interactive transportation map" on.wsj.com/1nwH7Bn

Jul 14, 2014

RT @damianpaletta: White House wants you to send in photos of bad roads & traffic. Hopefully this doesn't lead to dangerous selfies. http:/…

Jul 14, 2014

White House to issue executive action Thursday that it says will spur more private investment in infrastructure. on.wsj.com/1nwH7Bn

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Google Directors Wanted Page, Brin to Court Facebook Employees

blogs.wsj.com — Google considered having its cofounders personally recruit Facebook workers and instituted a policy to make counteroffers within an hour to workers offered jobs by Facebook, according to newly released documents in a closely watched case alleging big tech companies colluded to suppress wages.
Jul 14, 2014

The personal touch. @JeffElder On Emails that reveal how Google execs plotted against Facebook. on.wsj.com/1qyNdjM $GOOGL

Jul 14, 2014

RT @allisonlichter: Google wanted Larry Page and Sergey Brin to personally court Facebook employees, documents show. on.wsj.com/1qyNdjM via @JeffElder

Jul 14, 2014

RT @WSJD: Google directors wanted Larry Page and Sergey Brin to personally court Facebook employees, docs in class action show. on.wsj.com/1qyNdjM

Jul 14, 2014

Google wanted Larry Page and Sergey Brin to personally court Facebook employees, documents show. on.wsj.com/1qyNdjM via @JeffElder

Jul 14, 2014

RT @JeffElder: Emails reveal how Google execs plotted against Facebook. New docs posted in big class action tech case. on.wsj.com/1qyNdjM

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At Bundesbank, a New Approach to Transparency

online.wsj.com — FRANKFURT-Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann reassured thousands of Germans who attended a weekend festival on the bank's grounds that interest rates won't stay at their current record lows any longer than absolutely necessary. However, he reminded visitors--who flocked to the headquarters of the country's revered central bank for a two-day extravaganza of food, music and children's games mixed with serious policy talks-that Germany...
Jul 14, 2014

Bundesbank holds "a two-day extravaganza of food, music and children's games." When is the Foggy Bottom Fed Fest? online.wsj.com/articles/at-bu…

Jul 14, 2014

RT@gksteinhauser There was the World Cup and then there was the Bundesbank festival -- with 28,000 visitors! on.wsj.com/U9ji7i

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Facebook, Twitter Set Usage Records for World Cup Final

blogs.wsj.com — Less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup final, most of the world's soccer fans are focused on the numbers 1 and 0 - the score line by which Germany defeated Argentina in the hard-fought contest Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Jul 14, 2014

Facebook, Twitter Set Usage Records for World Cup Final murph.me/1q9ySym @wsj

Jul 14, 2014

Huh. The Facebook number struck me as low given the global reach of the game and total FB users. @newley m.us.wsj.com/articles/BL-DG…

Jul 14, 2014

@WSJ: Facebook and Twitter score at the #WorldCup. There were 618,725 tweets per second during the final on.wsj.com/1raetJ5

Jul 14, 2014

RT @newley: Twitter (618K tweets/min) & Facebook (280M interactions) set usage records in #WorldCup final: blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/07… http://t.…

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Citigroup to Pay $7 Billion to Resolve Mortgage Probe

online.wsj.com — Citigroup Inc. struck a $7 billion deal to settle allegations it sold shoddy mortgages in the run-up to the financial crisis. The bank said it will pay a total of $4.5 billion in cash and provide $2.5 billion in consumer relief. The cash portion consists...
Jul 14, 2014

Citigroup and U.S. Justice Department agree to a $7 billion settlement over sale of toxic mortgage securities: on.wsj.com/1jr3xnY

Jul 14, 2014

RT @WSJ: Breaking: Citigroup, U.S. government settle for $7 billion over mortgage securities. on.wsj.com/1m9Wsmh

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The Password Is Finally Dying. Here's Mine

online.wsj.com — The password to my Twitter account, which has been mine since 2007 and through which I have published more than 51,000 tweets, is "christophermims." Knowing that won't help you hack it, however. In fact, I'm publishing my password to make a point: The password is finally dying, if we want it to.
Jul 14, 2014

RT @LizRappaport: My pal Amy says, "'Password protected" is the biggest scam in the history of scams." The Password Is Finally Dying.. online.wsj.com/articles/the-p…

Jul 14, 2014

About our post-password future, device-based authentication, codes and "smart rings." More to be revealed this fall: on.wsj.com/1ra1ZRQ

Jul 14, 2014

My pal Amy says, "'Password protected" is the biggest scam in the history of scams." The Password Is Finally Dying.. online.wsj.com/articles/the-p…

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Chinese Prosecutors Indict Investigative Team

online.wsj.com — BEIJING-Chinese prosecutors indicted a foreign husband-and-wife investigation team for illegally obtaining private information on Chinese citizens, in a case that has drawn attention to their work with U.K. drug giant GlaxoSmithKline PLC and to China's judicial system.
Jul 14, 2014

RT @bspegele: This is a story expats in China should be following. Prosecutors Indict Investigative Team via @WSJ. on.wsj.com/1mA3p51

Jul 14, 2014

This is a story expats in China should be following. Prosecutors Indict Investigative Team via @WSJ. on.wsj.com/1mA3p51

Jul 14, 2014

The Glaxo saga in China takes a new turn with indictments against husband-and-wife investigators online.wsj.com/articles/chine…

Jul 14, 2014

RT @NiuB: Chinese Prosecutors Indict Investigative Team Known for GlaxoSmithKline Work - WSJ on.wsj.com/1oy6LSJ by @lburkitt

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Singapore Rejigs Anti-Gambling Ad After Germany’s World Cup Win

blogs.wsj.com — As Germany snatched victory in Sunday's World Cup final, Singaporeans recalled sullen, young "Andy," the fictional boy in an anti-gambling advert, whose savings had fueled his father's wager on a Germanic triumph. Andy feared for his money and told friends he wanted Germany to be crowned the world's soccer champions in a month-long ad campaign prior to the tournament's dramatic title-decider.

Berliners Bask in World Cup Glory

online.wsj.com — BERLIN-They rang their bike bells with abandon, belted out pop music a cappella by the Reichstag, and even crossed the street on red. For the first time since 1990, Germans had a World Cup title to celebrate. The 1-0 victory Sunday over Argentina fit neatly into a moment in which Germans are becoming increasingly aware of their country's geopolitical and economic resurgence.
Jul 14, 2014

Germans crossing on red and the deafening tinkle of bicycle bells: the scene last night in Berlin online.wsj.com/articles/berli…

Jul 14, 2014

In their quest for perfection, German fans say team could have done better: 'There could have been earlier goals.' on.wsj.com/1scEyHH

Shire Gets Revised AbbVie Takeover Proposal

online.wsj.com — LONDON-Shire PLC said Monday it has received a new takeover proposal from AbbVie Inc. valued at more than $53 billion, which it would be willing to recommend to shareholders. Shire, which specializes in drugs to treat attention-deficit disorder and rare diseases, added that it is now in detailed talks with AbbVie over the terms of the new proposal.
Jul 14, 2014

Shire says it is willing to recommend AbbVie's revised $53 billion takeover proposal @hesterplumridge on.wsj.com/1oVkLYf via @WSJ

Jul 14, 2014

RT @JamieHeller: Messrs. Pearson, Ackman must be doing a jig now that Shire moving into AbbVie's arms, removing Allergan target on.wsj.com/1oVkLYf

Jul 14, 2014

Messrs. Pearson, Ackman must be doing a jig now that Shire moving into AbbVie's arms, removing Allergan target on.wsj.com/1oVkLYf

Empty Trading Floors Fray Nerves on Wall Street

online.wsj.com — UBS AG's trading floor in Stamford, Conn., once teemed with traders occupying a space equal to two football fields. The Guinness World Records recognized it as the biggest such facility on the planet. And the Swiss bank used it to showcase its Wall Street credentials.

World Cup Final: Germany vs. Argentina Live

blogs.wsj.com — Let's begin by muting our expectations. The last thing we want to do is to drive readers' hopes of this game unrealistically high.* So let's admit it: it's hard to see in advance how this game can live up to 32 days of hype. (Seriously, a whole month of nothing but soccer!
Jul 13, 2014

RT @WSJ: #GER celebrates as they become first European team to win #WorldCup on South American soil: on.wsj.com/1nulth8 pic.twitter.com/DRtoQ2lHwx

Jul 13, 2014

RT @WSJ: Breaking: Germany defeats Argentina 1-0 in extra time of the World Cup final on.wsj.com/1jp82PC

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Bond Insurer Takes On Detroit

online.wsj.com — DETROIT-Detroit expected a bruising battle with everyone from major banks to municipal unions when it filed its bankruptcy case last year. But its most persistent adversary has turned out to be a scrappy bond insurer that represents just 5% of the city's debt.
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