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Business Editor — Wall Street Journal

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

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.

AT&T Reviewing DirecTV Unit’s Name — AT&T Inc. has put the name of its DirecTV unit under review, according to company chief executive Randall Stephenson. In an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mr. Stephenson said the U.S. telecommunications company is considering whether a name change-perhaps to a simple "AT&T"- makes sense for the country's...

L’Oréal CEO Says Strong Dollar Boosts Earnings — DAVOS, Switzerland-The chief executive of the world's largest cosmetics company, L'Oréal SA, said that a strong dollar and weak oil prices were boosting the French group's profit and revenue. In an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jean-Paul Agon said that the dollar's strength would flow directly to the bottom line of...
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May 28, 2015

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

May 28, 2015

If you're transfixed by the FIFA scandal and aren't following London's best soccer writer @marcotti, you're just not trying hard enough.

May 28, 2015

This one chart explains the revolution that has swept lethally through American business.

May 27, 2015

Activists rule the world: S&P 500 firms now spend more in dividends and buybacks than

May 27, 2015

The amazing visual history of how 64 local cable firms became 6 national behemoths.

May 26, 2015

The amazing visual history of how 64 local cable firms became 6 national behemoths.

May 19, 2015

@aarthib And arguably one quarter for a nascent business should not be the last word. But then again, why not disclose before IPO?

May 19, 2015

@aarthib Agreed, that should be the case. It's the marketing line that is most worrisome. As a ratio, they have to spend more to make more.

May 19, 2015

$ETSY numbers reveal why the stock is down 18%. It's becoming less efficient, not more efficient, as it gathers scale

May 19, 2015

In the end, Mad Men was not as big as the media made it to be. Its finale drew in 3.3m viewers. The Sopranos? 11.9m.

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