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Business Editor — Wall Street Journal
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Wall Street Journal's Business Editor. Running coverage including tech, media, health, resources, retail, transport and beyond. Kentuckian.

A $10 Death for Alexander Hamilton — I was with a friend at the teeming corner of Manhattan's 6th Avenue and 42nd Street: "This," I said, pointing at the madness of New York City, "is Hamilton's world." As fate would have it, I've been mesmerized by Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton for the past month.

Is Huffington Post Worth $1 Billion? — While the site is an operation of undeniable scale, it hasn't produced an operating profit Coaching legend John Wooden put it best: Never mistake activity for achievement. There is no disputing the activity of online news site Huffington Post. Some 214 million people a month read the website.

As Power Shifts, AT&T May Alter Yahoo Pact — In November 2001, Yahoo Inc. and AT&T Inc.'s predecessor, SBC Communications Inc., announced a partnership they touted as a "landmark strategic alliance" that would link the telecom and Internet worlds. SBC showcased the relationship by painting field-crew vans with Yahoo's logo and brash purple color.

Verizon-AOL: A War of All Against All — When Steve Jobs released the first iPhone in June 2007, Apple Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. were worth almost exactly the same in the public markets: About $115 billion. What came over the next eight years was one of the greatest transfers of power and wealth in corporate history.

Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer on Microsoft Search Deal, Alibaba Spinoff — Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer said that her company's newly reworked search partnership with Microsoft Corp. was structured to "put more pressure on Microsoft to make the product better," and that the tax-advantaged status of the company's scheduled spinoff of Alibaba and other assets was in good shape.

My Sold Kentucky Home: A College Basketball Fan’s Disillusionment — This was supposed to be my annual column for taunting the gimmick-riddled realm of Kentucky basketball. Then three weeks ago, a shock came across my Twitter feed. The starting point guard for my hometown squad-Louisville-was charged with raping two women in one night.

Seeking a Cure for Raging Corporate Activism — Not unlike unearthing a lost herbal remedy, Brian O'Kelley recently rediscovered an ancient treatment for cases of raging corporate activism. It's called tenure voting. First deployed in the 1980s and since fallen out of vogue, it's a simple concept with intriguing consequences for U.S. companies.

A Radical Idea for Activist Investors — Activist investors are like UPS drivers. They turn in only one direction. By now, the activists' rise is remarkable for its sheer scale and ferocity, with some $119 billion placed in their hands. Last year, they pursued 343 companies, up 27% from the year before, according to FactSet.

GE Vice Chairman Rice Says GE Portfolio ‘Has Never Had More Clarity’ — One of the top leaders of General Electric Co., John Rice, said that the company has "never had more clarity in its portfolio," defining the U.S. stalwart as "a company of world-class infrastructure businesses and a smaller but very well-equipped financial-services business."

Ontario Pension Fund Leader Calls All Asset Classes ‘Expensive’ — The head of one of the world's largest pension funds said that across asset classes, "everything is expensive." Ron Mock, who leads Canada's $141 billion Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, said that the plan would continue to seek out original and creative deals.
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Jun 23, 2015

Put another way...Facebook: 1.4 billion unpaid workers, worth $242 billion. Wal-Mart: 2.2 million paid workers, worth $234 billion. (@mims)

Jun 23, 2015

Facebook: 9,199 workers, $242 billion in value. Wal-Mart: 2.2 million workers, $234 billion.

Jun 17, 2015

Alexander Hamilton would duel over the idea that identity - not accomplishment - would land someone on the $10 bill.

Jun 17, 2015

There's a reason Airbnb is valued more than Marriott. It has 1.4 million listings and not a single bathroom to clean

Jun 17, 2015

Airbnb secrets: $900m in revenue in 2015, expected $10 billion by 2020. New valuation of $24b, greater than Marriott.

Jun 17, 2015

Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, UnitedHealth, Humana. The 5-way merger scrum explained in one chart.

Jun 12, 2015

Huffington Post's finances finally revealed: $168m in revenue. $10m in Ebitda. Would you value that at $1 billion?

Jun 11, 2015

Final scorecard for Twitter CEO Dick Costolo: Days as public CEO: 581 Stock performance: -20% Revenue growth: 239% User growth: 40% $TWTR

Jun 11, 2015

These two packages are exactly the same, except for one big, costly thing. Can you spot it?

May 28, 2015

New technology will allow IVF parents to livestream growing embryos directly to a smartphone.

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