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  • Disney Nears Pact to Acquire Assets From 21st Century Fox

    December 14, 2017 1:03 AM 14

    Deal would value assets Disney is acquiring at $60 billion, including debt Walt Disney Co. is close to a deal to acquire a large piece of 21st Century Fox Inc., people familiar with the situation say, in a pact that could help the entertainment giant accelerate its ambitions in streaming media, shore up its television business and grab hold of lucrative

  • How Language in Job Listings Could Widen Silicon Valley’s Gender Divide

    December 13, 2017 11:19 PM 15

    Want more women in your workforce? Stay away from ‘work hard, play hard,’ and no Ping-Pong Use of certain phrases like “whatever it takes” or “tackle” in job postings could affect who applies for tech jobs, possibly contributing to the lopsided gender makeup of the industry, new research suggests. Textio Inc., a Seattle-based software startup that analyzes

  • Nearly 5 Million Americans in Default on Student Loans

    December 13, 2017 10:55 PM 13

    Number surges in recent years despite strengthening economy The number of Americans severely behind on payments on federal student loans reached roughly 4.6 million in the third quarter, a doubling from four years ago, despite a historically long stretch of U.S. job creation and steady economic growth. In the third quarter alone, the count of such defaulted

  • Newman's Own Foundation furthers support for Harvey relief

    December 13, 2017 7:15 PM 13

    Newman's Own includes about 175 products, including the signature Olive Oil & Vinegar salad dressing. Newman's Own Foundation has committed $500,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The foundation, which is funded entirely through the profits and royalties of Newman's Own food products, has invited Galveston County Recovery Fund, Baker Ripley, Houston

  • Delta set to place huge order with Airbus

    December 13, 2017 6:25 PM 19

    In what would be a blow to American aerospace giant Boeing, Delta Air Lines is set to order around 100 jetliners from European rival Airbus, according to two people familiar with the deal. Atlanta-based Delta will announce a deal later Wednesday for the Airbus A321neo, the sources said. The agreement with Airbus maker will be accompanied by a planned

  • Bitcoin: Electrifying Investment, Lousy Currency

    December 13, 2017 6:17 PM 18

    Cryptocurrency’s wild ride shows it’s not ready to displace regular money If you own bitcoin, congratulations. Its explosive rise this year has earned you the right to gloat. Unfortunately, if you also thought bitcoin, or any cryptocurrency, would one day displace regular money, those prospects have never looked worse. Ever since an anonymous creator

  • U.S. Economic Expansion Could Become Longest on Record

    December 13, 2017 5:47 PM 16

    Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal see 43% probability of a recession in the next three years Forecasters are increasingly optimistic the U.S. economic expansion could continue beyond the 2020 presidential election, aided by Republican tax legislation that is expected to lift growth over the next several years. The slow-but-sturdy expansion

  • Target buys same-day delivery service with an eye on Amazon

    December 13, 2017 5:24 PM 17

    Target wants to offer same-day delivery service for online purchases. The traditional brick-and-mortar retailer announced a $550 million purchase of Shipt, which it said will bring same-day delivery to about half of its stores by early 2018. By next year's holiday shopping season, Target (TGT) expects to offer same-day delivery from a majority of its stores

  • PickUp USA Fitness basketball gym to debut in Houston

    December 13, 2017 3:45 PM 19

    PickUp USA Fitness, a basketball-focused gym at 11275 S. Sam Houston Parkway West, is preparing to open in February. The 15,000-square-foot gym will offer pick-up basketball games with referees, group basketball classes, private basketball training, basketball court rentals, weight and cardio equipment. "People will find that PickUp USA is a friendly

  • Racy Virtual-Reality Assistant Pulled After Questions Raised

    December 13, 2017 3:36 PM 8

    Baidu’s iQiyi apologizes for flirtatious secretary ‘Vivi’ and says the avatar was in beta testing BEIJING—A Chinese tech company pulled offline a virtual-reality avatar depicted as a flirtatious secretary in revealing clothes, hours after The Wall Street Journal asked whether such depictions encourage a view of women as sexual objects in the workplace