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The total net worth of U.S. households pushed further into record territory, climbing by $1.7 trillion in the second quarter of 2017, to $96.2 trillion.

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Born in the ashes of WWII, the secretive German supermarket chain Aldi offers shoppers limited choices and rock-bottom prices—a formula expected to roil an American grocery market already undergoing dramatic change.

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The White House signed off on the use of a government jet to take Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife to an event last month in Louisville, Ky., prompting a review by the agency’s watchdog.

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U.S. oil is trading at the biggest discount to the global price in two years, helping extend a boom in crude exports from American shale fields to refiners in Europe and Asia.

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The company is suddenly in the crosshairs of lawmakers pushing to crack down on exemptions that allow social-media companies to operate beyond the norms of political campaigns.

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The average tractor-trailer travels less than 7 miles on a gallon of diesel, making it one of the least-efficient vehicles on the road. Spurred by pollution regulations and sluggish demand, truck makers are trying to change that.

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Goushi Kataoka was the talk of Japan’s markets Thursday after a surprise rebellion at his first Bank of Japan policy meeting, when he cast the sole vote against the board’s decision to sit back and do nothing.

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The number of Americans applying for new unemployment benefits fell last week, countering forecasts for nationwide claims to rise following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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KB Home says it will cut its chief executive’s annual bonus by 25% after a recording surfaced this week purportedly of the CEO berating neighbor Kathy Griffin in an expletive-laced tirade with sexist and antigay language.

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The editor of the website formerly known as the Huffington Post, which has faced stagnant reader traffic, is trying to promote a redefined mission with a “Listen to America” bus tour.

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The European Union said it is ready to propose new tax taxes on companies like Facebook and Google by next spring if there isn’t “adequate global progress” toward a rewrite of corporate tax rules at an international level.

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Prompted by the proliferation of drones, international aviation authorities on Friday will kick off a first-of-its-kind symposium soliciting industry ideas about potential global operating standards.

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One of the largest managers of pharmaceutical benefits in the U.S. says it will start limiting the duration and dose of some prescriptions for opioid painkillers, in an effort to combat widespread addiction.

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Whole Foods will change the way companies can sell and market their products beginning next year, banning ‘brand advocates’ from stores and pushing sellers to pitch to the grocer’s Austin, Texas headquarters.

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Daimler AG plans to invest $1 billion in its Alabama manufacturing operations and start production of a fully electric sport-utility vehicle, a move that comes as the German auto maker expands its U.S. footprint and global electrification drive.

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China’s escalating war on bitcoin trading resulted in a travel ban of sorts for two executives from the country’s largest commercial exchanges.

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Toys “R” Us Inc.’s bankruptcy filing has sparked a rout in some of the company’s debt, as investors grapple with the fallout from the unexpected move.

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Google’s $1.1 billion deal with HTC carries risks, but the internet giant needs more scale if it is to maintain its influence in the smartphone business.

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Cnet
By: Roger Cheng

The deal allows Google to hire certain HTC employees, many of whom already work with Google on Pixel phones.

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Tech Crunch
By: Catherine Shu

 The $1.1 billion cooperation deal announced today between HTC and Google ended months of speculation, but prompted new questions. Chief among them is if the agreement and cash infusion can save HTC, which has struggled with a series of...

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TheVerge
By: Vlad Savov

HTC and Google have just made official a $1.1 billion agreement whereby a substantial proportion of HTC’s smartphone design and engineering team will move to work for Google. While the specific details of the deal have not yet been disclosed, one...

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Arstechnica
By: Ron Amadeo

Enlarge The Google and HTC deal is official, it's just not quite what we were expecting. Google isn't buying HTC outright, à la Motorola, but is instead Google and HTC have "signed an agreement" to send some of HTC's employees over to Google,...

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After weeks (months, and years) of speculation, HTC has announced that its "Powered by HTC" R&D division -- the team behind Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones -- will be purchased by Google with $1.1 billion in cash....

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Fast Company
By: Michael Grothaus

The company announced that it purchased “a team of HTC talent” from HTC’s Pixel phone division, which will now move and work in-house at Google helping design mobile phones. The HTC unit developed the Google Pixel and Pixel XL...

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Fortune
By: Robert Hackett

The Taiwanese company helps make Google's Pixel phones.

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Tech Crunch
By: Darrell Etherington

 Google and HTC have entered into an agreement where certain HTC employees will join Google. As part of the transaction, HTC will receive $1.1B USD in cash from Google. Google will also receive non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual ...

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TheVerge
By: Chris Welch

Google is making another big buy into smartphone hardware — or at least the people responsible for creating it. The company has just confirmed that it plans to acquire part of HTC’s mobile division team for $1.1 billion. “These future fellow...

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Mashable
By: Pete Pachal

The rumors are (mostly) true: Google is buying a part of HTC to beef up its hardware business. Google announced the agreement late Wednesday. Senior Vice President of Hardware Rock Osterloh wrote in a blog post that a "team of HTC talent" would join ...

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The New York Times
By: DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI

The deal bolsters Google’s ability to build mobile hardware and joins two companies already working together on one of Google’s upcoming Pixel phones.

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Thurrott
By: Paul Thurrott

Google is stealing away about 2,000 employees from struggling smartphone maker HTC for $1.1 billion in cash. The post Google Steals Away Key Smartphone Assets from HTC appeared first on Thurrott.com.

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TheVerge
By: Vlad Savov

Of the three most influential companies in smartphone design, Nokia fragmented into a million pieces after being bought out by Microsoft, Apple is still going strong, and Google just bought the third with its $1.1 billion deal with HTC. The reason...

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Phandroid
By: Andrew Myrick

Google and HTC have officially announced a new "cooperation agreement" which costs Google $1.1 billion to acquire the team who have worked on the Pixel lineup of devices.

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Facebook is adding more human reviewers to oversee its advertising system after a report showed that people could target ads at users interested in anti-Semitic and other hateful topics.

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Albertsons Cos. is buying the Plated meal-kit service, the first acquisition of a prepared-meals company by a national grocery chain as supermarkets scramble to keep shoppers coming to their stores.

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Tech Crunch
By: Sarah Buhr

 In a first for national grocery chains, Albertsons is buying the healthy meal kit delivery startup Plated for an undisclosed amount, brokered by Credit Suisse Group AG. Read More

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Fortune
By: Kirsten Korosec

This category is on fire.

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google is set to buy part of struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp., according to people familiar with the situation, part of the search giant’s latest effort to crack the handset market.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a recall to fix defective seat belts in about 50,000 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles.

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Revenue from recorded music accelerated in the first half of 2017 in the U.S. as more consumers shelled out for subscription streaming services.

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Billboard
By: Dan Rys

In what's now become a familiar story, the U.S. recorded music industry has seen revenue growth accelerate again in the first half of 2017, up 17...

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The strong euro is taking a bite out of European earnings, with the region’s companies bracing for more pain in the coming months and searching for ways to protect their bottom line.

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With low unemployment and an expected increase in e-commerce orders, retailers and logistics companies are starting early and going the extra mile to attract seasonal employees.

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Apple acknowledged problems with cellular connectivity in its newest smartwatch, raising questions about the device’s most significant feature days before it goes on sale in stores in the U.S. and other countries.

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Fortune
By: Don Reisinger

And it won't be fixed at launch.

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Fortune
By: Aaron Pressman

Apple says it may have a fix soon.

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Tech Crunch
By: Brian Heater

 The new Apple Watch is mostly an iterative update over its predecessor, but for one major feature: LTE. The addition of cellular connectivity has been touted as everything from “nice” to “game changing,” but reviewers...

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Mashable
By: Lance Ulanoff

Read more... {"player":{"description":"Embrace the new smartwatch...

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Inc
By: Anick Jesdanun

An hour of phone calls over LTE will drain your watch's battery.

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Inc
By: Associated Press

The company said it's working to find a fix.

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Fortune
By: Jonathan Vanian

It's got something to do with the Apple Watch.

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Cnet
By: Ben Fox Rubin

Our expert Scott Stein gives us the real scoop on Apple's latest products.

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The Federal Reserve announced it would initiate in October its long-telegraphed plan to shrink the portfolio of bonds acquired after the 2008 crisis and kept alive the possibility of raising rates by December.

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Mayors should think twice before writing a big check to bid for Amazon.com’s second headquarters, because the playing field between cities and companies has changed, Greg Ip writes.

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General Electric is grounding its corporate fleet of jets as new CEO John Flannery continues to look for ways to slash costs at the industrial giant.

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Sales of previously owned homes fell in August to the lowest level in a year, reflecting a shortage of homes on the market and a slowdown in the Houston area because of Hurricane Harvey.

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New accounting guidelines that urge local governments to record their total health care costs show they need more money to pay for it.

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A last-chance push by Republicans to scrap the Affordable Care Act is gaining momentum but still faces formidable odds because some key moderate GOP senators are wavering in their support just days before a possible vote.

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Pfizer filed suit against Johnson & Johnson alleging it has thwarted biosimilar competition to its arthritis drug Remicade by effectively preventing health insurers, hospitals and clinics from offering Pfizer’s lower-priced copy.

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Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond fell 13% to $23.62 after hours Tuesday after the home goods retailer slashed its full year outlook and widely missed earnings and sales expectations in its second quarter.

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Apple Inc. unshackles the Apple Watch Series 3 from your iPhone by giving it its own cellular connection—but the device still isn’t a fully stand-alone wrist computer.

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Mashable
By: Lance Ulanoff

Let’s talk about the red dot. The hint of bright color on the Apple Watch Series 3 digital crown serves no function. It’s just a bold reminder that this wearable doesn’t need your iPhone to do its job, thank you very much. SEE...

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For those awaiting their new Apple Watch Series 3, be prepared for some connectivity issues. The Verge's Lauren Goode reports that during her review of the new smartwatch, it frequently struggled to connect to LTE and often linked to an unknown ...

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Tech Crunch
By: Matthew Lynley

 There are a lot of reports hitting the ‘net this morning in reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3, which indicate that there are some LTE connectivity issues — causing Apple to take a small dip this morning and a speed bump in its...

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As the West grapples with a decline in brick-and-mortar retail, Dubai’s mega malls are becoming entertainment destinations to attract customers.

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General Mills said its revenue declined for the ninth straight quarter, as sales of Yoplait yogurt and cereal brands continued to sink.

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A bipartisan group of states investigating the opioid painkiller industry and the causes of widespread addiction have demanded fresh documents from drugmakers and distributors.

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Thyssenkrupp of Germany and Tata Steel of India agreed to combine their European steel activities in a move that would create the region’s second-largest steel producer.

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Cockpits featuring touch-screen controls, historically considered unreliable in severe turbulence, offer some of the most promising safety enhancements for future airliners, according to new European research.

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Swedish auto maker Volvo is doubling its investment in its first U.S. plant to a total of $1 billion, a bet that its nascent comeback in the U.S. market has staying power.

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A.P. Moeller-Maersk said it would sell it tankers unit to its controlling shareholder for $1.17 billion, the latest move by the Danish conglomerate to break up its sprawling operations.

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Toshiba decided to sell its chip business to a Bain Capital-led group—which includes Apple and Dell Technologies—for more than $18 billion, although there is still opposition to the deal.

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Fortune
By: Reuters

A last-minute dramatic twist to a highly contentious auction.

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FedEx said a cyberattack earlier this year dented earnings in its first quarter by roughly a third, prompting the package delivery giant to cut its profit forecast for the rest of the fiscal year.

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Competition may have brought down Toys “R” Us. But the debt that three Wall Street firms took on to acquire the company—and the way the ownership group was constructed—left them without a fighting chance.

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Ford Motor Co. said it would temporarily idle production lines at five North American plants, including three in the U.S., the latest in a series of moves by U.S. auto makers to cope with slowing vehicle sales and rising industry capacity.

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You don’t need a fancy new iPhone to benefit from many of the latest OS tricks.

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Tech Crunch
By: Romain Dillet

 After reading back the preview I wrote back in June, the dominant tone was that iOS 11 is so different that it takes a while to get used to it: I’m not going to lie to you. It takes time to get used to those new gestures. I’m not...

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Small Business Trends
By: Michael Guta

The new iOS 11 features will include augmented reality functionality, a scan and sign app, and enhanced maps. Is your small business ready?

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Last year's iOS 10 was all about refining Apple's mobile experience -- it was "like polishing a pearl," I noted at the time. Now, with iOS 11, Apple is focusing even more on its big-screen iPad experience, but at the same time...

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With multitasking, ARKit and more AI smarts, iOS 11 is one of Apple's biggest iOS updates yet. It just started rolling out around the world, so don't be surprised to see a message on your iPhone or iPad soon. If you've been...

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Mashable
By: Mark Kaufman

When Apple's Live Photos first hit the scene with the launch of the iPhone 6S in 2015, it collectively blew everyone's mind.  Now, with the new iOS 11 update, you can turn those photos into GIFs. Here's how it's done: 1. Open the Photos App and ...

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Fox News and its parent company have filed a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit from a contributor who claimed he was misquoted in an article about the murder of a Democratic National Committee employee.