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EMC Weighs Merger, Other Options

online.wsj.com — Data-storage giant EMC Corp., under pressure from a shareholder activist and faced with the expected retirement of its longtime chief executive, is considering options that could include a merger deal with a rival, according to people familiar with the matter.
Sep 22, 2014

EMC held merger talks with HP, still weighing strategic options on.wsj.com/1qlkBYY via @WSJ

Sep 21, 2014

RT @danacimilluca: EMC, fresh off abortive merger talks with HP, explores deal options. Dell tie-up possible? Scoop with @joannlublin on.wsj.com/1qlkBYY

Sep 21, 2014

RT @JoannLublin: I helped break another scoop! Data-storage giant EMC weighs strategic options, including merger. on.wsj.com/1qlkBYY via @WSJ

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Can I Survive a Weekend Without Football?

online.wsj.com — Friday evening I left Journal Sports World Headquarters™ in a melancholy fog. It had been another dreary day of accusation and obfuscation in the NFL. A few blocks up Sixth Avenue, Roger Goodell had delivered a news conference in which he was asked much and answered little.
Sep 21, 2014

After what just happened to Ike Taylor, I wish I'd joined you RT @jasonWSJ: The Weekend I Quit Watching Football on.wsj.com/1moDjUs

Sep 21, 2014

RT @brianstelter: "The previous Sunday, I had tried to watch the NFL on my phone when I was at the zoo w/ my son. The ZOO." @JasonWSJ: on.wsj.com/1C25KLJ

Sep 21, 2014

RT @jasonWSJ: For @WSJ: The Weekend I Quit Watching Football. (don't worry: this high horse is a rental) on.wsj.com/1C25KLJ

Sep 21, 2014

RT @jasonWSJ: For @WSJ: The Weekend I Quit Watching Football. (don't worry: this high horse is a rental) on.wsj.com/1C25KLJ

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Can Alibaba Keep Growing Without Sacrificing High Profit Margins?

online.wsj.com — HONG KONG--Through its successful U.S. listing, Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. became one of the most valuable technology enterprises in the world. But the real success of Alibaba's initial public offering will depend on whether it can keep growing without sacrificing its high profit margins of more than 40%.
Sep 21, 2014

Can Alibaba keep growing without sacrificing high profit margins? on.wsj.com/1C1ba9D via @WSJD

Sep 21, 2014

RT @yunheekim22: Can Alibaba keep growing without sacrificing high profit margins? on.wsj.com/1C1ba9D Photo: AP pic.twitter.com/xtA0aZswQD

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Prosecutors Press On With Bridge Probe Tied to Chris Christie's Office

online.wsj.com — The federal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures isn't over, as attorneys for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's staff respond to subpoenas and witnesses are called to testify before a special grand jury, said people familiar with the matter. The results of U.S.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @mattkatz00: Reports of Bridgegate's death have been greatly exaggerated, says @heatherhaddon on.wsj.com/1rftvwo Investigation is "very much ongoing"

Sep 21, 2014

Reports of Bridgegate's death have been greatly exaggerated, says @heatherhaddon on.wsj.com/1rftvwo Investigation is "very much ongoing"

Sep 21, 2014

RT @aaronzitner: The federal bridgegate investigation of Chris Christie is "very much ongoing," prosecutor's rep says. on.wsj.com/1rftvwo @heatherhaddon

Sep 21, 2014

RT @aaronzitner: The federal bridgegate investigation of Chris Christie is "very much ongoing," prosecutor's rep says. on.wsj.com/1rftvwo @heatherhaddon

Sep 21, 2014

The federal bridgegate investigation of Chris Christie is "very much ongoing," prosecutor's rep says. on.wsj.com/1rftvwo @heatherhaddon

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Chinese Overseas Buying Increasingly Shifts to Private From State

online.wsj.com — China has been Asia's top buyer of overseas assets for years, but inside the country, the pendulum of buyers is shifting. Instead of state firms armed with billions of dollars pursuing oil to mining assets, China's buyers are increasingly the companies helmed by homegrown entrepreneurs on the lookout for Western brands and technology.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @WSJ: Chinese overseas buying by private firms reached a record high of $23 billion last year on.wsj.com/1obZWXS pic.twitter.com/l4cDU7e9hd

Sep 21, 2014

RT @WSJ: Chinese overseas buying by private firms reached a record high of $23 billion last year on.wsj.com/1obZWXS pic.twitter.com/l4cDU7e9hd

Sep 21, 2014

Chinese overseas buying increasingly shifts to private from state on.wsj.com/1rfcXEG via @WSJ

Sep 21, 2014

"The theme of outbound China M&A has changed." Chinese overseas purchases increasingly shifts to private from state. on.wsj.com/1rfcXEG

Leaders Restart Climate Talks

online.wsj.com — World leaders embark Tuesday on the first new round of global climate talks since a push in 2009 failed to reach binding agreements. The meeting on the sidelines of a gathering of more than 100 world leaders and prime ministers at the United Nations comes amid indications politicians are still not ready to make the economic sacrifices at home...
Sep 21, 2014

China, India to Skip UN Effort to Jump Start Climate-Change Talks online.wsj.com/articles/leade…

Sep 21, 2014

RT @willmauldin: Global leaders gather at the United Nations to plot the new climate strategy. My story: m.us.wsj.com/articles/leade… #climatemarch #ClimateWeek

Sep 21, 2014

RT @willmauldin: Global leaders gather at the United Nations to plot the new climate strategy. My story: m.us.wsj.com/articles/leade… #climatemarch #ClimateWeek

Democrats Urge Michelle Obama to Hit the Trail

online.wsj.com — As the midterm campaigns heat up, Democratic candidates are turning to the White House for help and an injection of star power. But it is the first lady, not President Barack Obama,-who in some places is emerging as the more sought-after campaigner.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @ColleenMNelson: Democrats urge Michelle Obama to hit the trail, saying the president's sagging popularity limits where he can help on.wsj.com/1C1SPtl

Sep 21, 2014

RT @ColleenMNelson: Democrats urge Michelle Obama to hit the trail, saying the president's sagging popularity limits where he can help on.wsj.com/1C1SPtl

Sep 21, 2014

Democrats want to see Michelle Obama on the campaign trail. And her husband? Not so much. on.wsj.com/1C1SPtl via @ColleenMNelson

Will 'Gotham' Signal Change at Fox?

online.wsj.com — In Fox's new reality show "Utopia," 15 people are thrown together in a remote Southern California locale and charged with creating a perfect society from the ground up. It is a daunting task, not unlike that faced by Gary Newman and Dana Walden, chairmen of the Twentieth Century Fox Television production studio, who two months ago were assigned to oversee the Fox broadcast network, a sibling company, as part of a broader...

U.S., Allies Training Kurds on Using Sophisticated Weaponry

online.wsj.com — ERBIL, Iraq-The U.S. military and its allies have launched an urgent effort to train Kurdish forces to use sophisticated weapons that the West is expected to supply in the coming months for a stepped up counteroffensive against the extremist group Islamic State.

Dangers Aside, Railways Reshape Crude Market

online.wsj.com — In May 2008, a locomotive with a grizzly bear painted on its side pulled into a railroad siding next to an abandoned grain elevator in the ghost town of Dore, N.D. The engine, property of the Yellowstone Valley Railroad, hitched up a couple of tank cars of crude from nearby oil wells and set off on a thousand-mile journey to Oklahoma.

Alibaba Success May Be Mixed Blessing to Street

online.wsj.com — It took a conference room full of bankers and executives from Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. more than nine hours to hash out the final sale of the Internet giant's $25 billion stock offering.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @JamieHeller: Wall Street pulled off a historic IPO, but on Alibaba's terms. Is equal economics the future for IPOs? on.wsj.com/1sfWwKL @telisdemos

Sep 21, 2014

Wall Street pulled off a historic IPO, but on Alibaba's terms. Is equal economics the future for IPOs? on.wsj.com/1sfWwKL @telisdemos

Renren Seeks China's Next Innovation

online.wsj.com — BEIJING--Joseph Chen is seeking China's next innovation. The 44-year-old U.S.-educated entrepreneur is the founder of Renren Inc., a Chinese social-media service. To counter larger rivals such as Weibo Corp. and WeChat mobile-app owner Tencent Holdings Ltd., Mr. Chen is guiding U.S.-traded Renren toward fast-growing parts of China's Internet business, such as mobile games and online video.
Sep 21, 2014

How does the state of innovation in China compare with Silicon Valley? Joseph Chen, CEO of Renren tells @CRTejada on.wsj.com/1C12EYg

Should Mortgage Lending Standards Ease?

online.wsj.com — As officials flag worries about a soft housing recovery, they face a hard question: Is the drag on housing due mainly to tight lending standards? Or is the real culprit weak demand because entry-level households have soft incomes, more student debt and little savings for a down payment?
Sep 21, 2014

RT @NickTimiraos: Policy makers are worried tight mortgage rules are stifling housing. Should standards ease? on.wsj.com/1reFM3Z pic.twitter.com/melbxyfbu3

Sep 21, 2014

Policy makers are worried tight mortgage rules are stifling housing. Should standards ease? on.wsj.com/1reFM3Z pic.twitter.com/melbxyfbu3

Sep 21, 2014

Is drag on housing due to tight lending or weak demand? on.wsj.com/1reFM3Z via @WSJ

Investors Bet on Asia Despite U.S. Rate Threat

online.wsj.com — A consensus is emerging among investors that some Asian markets can do well even with the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates on the horizon. Fund managers see stepped up corporate and economic overhauls by leadership in China and India this year, combined with relatively strong growth in Asian economies compared with the rest of the world, as reasons to be bullish.
Sep 21, 2014

As the Federal Reserve turns off the QE taps, investors in Asia are not all that bothered, frankly online.wsj.com/news/articles/… (via @Chao_Deng)

Sep 21, 2014

Higher U.S. interest rates are threatening money flows to Asia. But investors there remain bullish. on.wsj.com/1C1iLVP via @WSJ

State Probes Indexed Universal Life Sales Practices

online.wsj.com — New York's top financial watchdog has launched an investigation into sales practices surrounding the hottest new product in life insurance, according to a letter from the regulator's office reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. New York Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky is concerned that some insurance companies may be giving buyers overly optimistic projections of potential gains in the policies, known as indexed...
Sep 21, 2014

RT @BenLawsky: MT“@lesliescism: NY probing life-insur industry's hottest new product: policies tied to market indexes. on.wsj.com/1ql4D14 via @WSJ

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