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Oct 29, 2015

Pfizer in merger talks with Botox-maker Allergan: WSJ

By Natalie Grover and Christian Plumb

(Reuters) – Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc (PFE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) recently approached Botox-maker Allergan Plc (AGN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to discuss what could be the biggest takeover deal this year, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The healthcare sector has seen an unprecedented wave of deals since early 2014, from large drugmakers buying up smaller rivals, to consolidation among makers of generic medicines and tie-ups between insurers.

Jan 20, 2015

Amazon doubles down on entertainment with ‘indie’ movie bet

By Shubhankar Chakravorty and Christian Plumb

(Reuters) – Inc is making a high-stakes foray into the challenging realm of independent movies, the latest step in its attempt to move beyond simply distributing digital entertainment content to creating it.

Amazon said on Monday it was aiming to produce close to 12 movies a year for theatrical release which would then be available on its Prime video service within two months, significantly faster than the roughly one-year wait it normally faces to stream Hollywood releases.

Jan 19, 2015

Amazon builds on TV successes to enter movie business

By Shubhankar Chakravorty and Christian Plumb

(Reuters) – Inc is getting into the movie business, building on some early successes in TV productions, the latest sign of the Internet retailer’s eagerness to build itself into a major Hollywood player.

Amazon said on Monday it was aiming to produce close to 12 movies a year for theatrical release which would then be available on its Prime video service within two months, a huge drop from the roughly one-year wait it normally faces to stream Hollywood releases.

Sep 24, 2014

Cisco CEO Chambers rules out EMC takeover deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cisco (CSCO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Officer John Chambers on Wednesday said the networking company was not among the potential suitors for data storage products maker EMC Corp (EMC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which the Wall Street Journal has said is exploring options that include a sale.

Chambers, speaking at a Wall Street Journal breakfast, said he usually avoided commenting on potential deals but would make an exception in this case.

Sep 11, 2014

Verizon CEO says to launch Web TV product in 2015

NEW YORK, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc
plans to launch an Internet-based television service in
the first half of next year, its chief executive said on
Thursday, in a move intended to shake up traditional cable and
satellite TV services.

In January, Verizon bought an Intel Corp venture to
create a web-based TV service. The move raised expectations that
a viable alternative to cable TV service could finally become a
reality. Competition to create such a service has been
intensifying lately, with Sony Corp, Dish Network Corp
and DirecTV developing similar products.

Apr 22, 2014

For ‘Daily Show’ alum Oliver, ‘Last Week’ is ‘fresh turf to ruin’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Launching a weekly Sunday night news comedy show in an era of ever shorter news cycles is both a blessing and a curse, as John Oliver freely admits.

As he chooses current events topics to skewer, the bespectacled British comedian will have to pick over what other late-night shows, most notably “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where he used to work, have already feasted on.

Apr 16, 2014

A Minute With: John Oliver on channeling rage into comedy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – British stand-up comedian John Oliver can sound downright angry at times, even though his star is on the rise.

The 36-year-old Oliver has managed to parlay a successful stint filling in for Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” into a gig hosting a Sunday night news comedy show on HBO that debuts April 27.

Jan 8, 2014

Microsoft succession speculation focuses on internal candidates

SEATTLE/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Speculation over Microsoft Corp’s succession plans refocused on internal choices on Wednesday, a day after the leading outside candidate, Ford Motor Co CEO Alan Mulally, took himself off the list of potential CEOs at the world’s largest software maker.

A source close to the company said no appointment was likely until the last week of January or in February. The source asked not be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the process to select a successor to long-time CEO Steve Ballmer, who in August announced his plan to retire.

Sep 11, 2013

Vivendi says to decide on SFR spin-off early 2014

PARIS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Vivendi said it aimed to
decide early next year on whether to spin off its struggling
French telecoms unit SFR as the once-sprawling conglomerate
seeks to remake itself as a media group focused on music and

Vivendi set the deadline for a decision on a split between
media and telecoms and also named its largest shareholder
Vincent Bollore as vice-chairman of its board in a bid to defuse
a boardroom row.

Aug 21, 2013

Leverage crackdown puts spotlight on Credit Agricole, Deutsche

PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A regulatory crackdown on debt could hit Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) harder than expected and embroil Credit Agricole (CAGR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) despite the French bank’s insistence that its ownership structure reinforces its capital defenses.

Global regulators meeting in the Swiss city of Basel in June surprised banks with a new focus on leverage to measure risk, prompting banks holding large amounts of financial derivatives such as Barclays (BARC.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Deutsche Bank to either tap investors for more equity funding or make plans for yet another purge of assets to free up capital.

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      "New York-based editor in charge of banks, exchanges, insurers, asset managers and hedge funds coverage as well as separate team that reports on mergers and acquisitions. Previously led aerospace and defense team, also in New York. Was initially hired by Reuters in Milan, where I covered banks and insurers. Before that I was at Bloomberg for 8 years, including a 3 year stint in Sao Paulo."
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