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Nov 5, 2015
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Facebook a master at hooking users on mobile habit

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. 

Facebook has become a master at exploiting smartphone addiction. The social network reported an average of more than 1 billion active daily users in September, a testament to its success in persuading people to check in on their mobile devices. Its reward was a rise in third-quarter advertising revenue of 40 percent over the same period a year earlier.

Nov 5, 2015
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Facebook a master at hooking users on mobile habit

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. 

Facebook has become a master at exploiting smartphone addiction. The social network reported an average of more than 1 billion active daily users in September, a testament to its success in persuading people to check in on their mobile devices. Its reward was a rise in third-quarter advertising revenue of 40 percent over the same period a year earlier.

Nov 4, 2015
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Time Warner leaving gate ajar for Fox return

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Time Warner may have left its henhouse gate open to Fox. Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes last year thwarted an $80 billion takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch’s rival media company with some bold projections. He’s now backing down from those claims and could be vulnerable to a fresh approach.

Nov 4, 2015
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Time Warner leaving gate ajar for Fox return

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Time Warner may have left its henhouse gate open to Fox. Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes last year thwarted an $80 billion takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch’s rival media company with some bold projections. He’s now backing down from those claims and could be vulnerable to a fresh approach.

Oct 29, 2015
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Fantasy sports embrace fantasy of self-regulation

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Fantasy is as fantasy does. The embattled $4 billion U.S. industry of imaginary sports-team ownership is hastily assembling a governing authority to keep watch over itself just as its two biggest firms, DraftKings and FanDuel, find themselves in the crosshairs. It’s a belated effort to ward off outside oversight. Self-policing organizations, however, often have more bark than bite.

Oct 29, 2015
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Fantasy sports embrace fantasy of self-regulation

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Fantasy is as fantasy does. The embattled $4 billion U.S. industry of imaginary sports-team ownership is hastily assembling a governing authority to keep watch over itself just as its two biggest firms, DraftKings and FanDuel, find themselves in the crosshairs. It’s a belated effort to ward off outside oversight. Self-policing organizations, however, often have more bark than bite.

Oct 28, 2015
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Did Watson randomly generate IBM’s weather deal?

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

IBM’s purchase of the majority of a bunch of Weather Co assets carries no clear strategic logic – not even a price tag. But it has created a golden opportunity for Chief Executive Ginni Rometty to distract her long-suffering shareholders with a litany of buzzwords. It’s as if Big Blue’s artificial intelligence resident Watson generated the deal.

Oct 28, 2015
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Did Watson randomly generate IBM’s weather deal?

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

IBM’s purchase of the majority of a bunch of Weather Co assets carries no clear strategic logic – not even a price tag. But it has created a golden opportunity for Chief Executive Ginni Rometty to distract her long-suffering shareholders with a litany of buzzwords. It’s as if Big Blue’s artificial intelligence resident Watson generated the deal.

Oct 23, 2015
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Pandora may need to change its tune

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. 

Pandora may need a new playlist. The internet music company blamed Apple’s new service for its slow growth in listeners during the third quarter. Pandora expects the effect to be short-lived, but investors cut the company’s value by a third on Friday. Buying a concert-ticket seller is one strategic change. Finding even more paying customers should be next.

Oct 23, 2015
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Pandora may need to change its tune

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. 

Pandora may need a new playlist. The internet music company blamed Apple’s new service for its slow growth in listeners during the third quarter. Pandora expects the effect to be short-lived, but investors cut the company’s value by a third on Friday. Buying a concert-ticket seller is one strategic change. Finding even more paying customers should be next.