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Oath is Dead

Oath, the bizarre name given to Verizon’s digital media subsidiary, is losing its name next year and will officially become Verizon Media Group on January 8, 2019. Oath was formed on June 23, 2017 when Verizon purchased Yahoo for $4.48 billion. It merged the Internet site with its own content division that included AOL, Techcrunch […]

Magazine News

Meredith Selling Fortune for $150 Million

DES MOINES, Iowa  and NEW YORK — Meredith Corporation is selling the FORTUNE media brand and business magazine for $150 million cash to Fortune Media Group Holdings Limited, wholly owned by Thai businessman Chatchaval Jiaravanon. The transaction is expected to close later this year. Mr. Jiaravanon’s family owns Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group (www.cpgroupglobal.com), an international conglomerate […]

Music News

Billboard Names Ariana Grande Woman of the Year

NEW YORK — Music news magazine Billboard has named Ariana Grande its 2018 Woman of the Year. The award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and activist will accept the honor at the 13th annual Women in Music dinner and awards ceremony on December 6 in New York City. The event, held in conjunction with the release of […]

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Woodward Trump Book Sets Sales Records

NEW YORK — Publisher Simon & Schuster announced that Bob Woodward’s FEAR: TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE sold a total of more than 750,000 copies through Tuesday, September 11, the first day the book went on sale.  The combined sales figure includes pre-orders and first day sales of print books, ebooks, and audiobooks in both […]

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AT&T Completes Time Warner Buy

AT&T has completed its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc., just two days after a federal judge ruled against objections to the deal by the Department of Justice. The deal brings together global media and entertainment leaders Warner Bros., HBO and Turner with AT&T’s strong presence in technology and its video, mobile and broadband […]

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Starbucks Launches Prepaid Card With Chase

Starbucks has partnered with Chase to launch a new prepaid debit card. The Starbucks Rewards Visa Prepaid Card is the first prepaid or debit product where you can earn Stars (reward points) outside of Starbucks. It is the only general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid product that allows you to earn Stars for purchases you make […]

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MGM Buying Empire City Casino for $850 Million

MGM Resorts, owner of the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas and 28 casinos around the country, has agreed to purchase the Empire City Casino in Yonkers and racetrack for $850 million. MGM Resorts is purchasing the facility with its real estate investment trust MGM Growth Properties (MGP).  MGM Resorts and MGP have entered into an […]

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Accenture to Spend $200 Million on Education, Training

NEW YORK — Consulting firm Accenture plans to spend more than $200 million over the next three years to help train and educate disadvantaged people with job skills for the digital age. “As a technology leader, we have an obligation to apply new scalable technology solutions to help solve complex societal challenges,” said Pierre Nanterme, […]

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E-Trade Reports April Trading Activity

NEW YORK — E*TRADE Financial Corporation has released its Monthly Trading Activity Report for April 2018. Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs) for April were 249,939, a 12 percent decrease from March and a 28 percent increase from the year-ago period. Derivatives represented 35 percent of DARTs during the month. The Company added 188,056 gross new […]

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NY Times Adds Asia Tech Columnist

The NY Times has hired Li Yuan, a China tech columnist at The Wall Street Journal, to be its first Asia technology columnist for the Business section. She starts in May and will be based in Hong Kong. Li has been a China tech columnist at WSJ since 2015, writing a weekly column called China […]