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SoftBank Succeeds in Tender Offer for Large Stake in Uber

SoftBank Succeeds in Tender Offer for Large Stake in Uber

​SoftBank has succeeded in its bid to buy a large stake in Uber at a steep discount, after the ride-hailing company’s investors and employees tendered shares equal to about 20% of the company.

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How Baker Mayfield Exposed College Football’s Quarterback Problem

How Baker Mayfield Exposed College Football’s Quarterback Problem

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy, but only after walking on at two schools. Why does football struggle to identify the sport’s most important players?

Published 3 weeks ago

Looking to Prepay Property Taxes? Check Local Timetables First

Looking to Prepay Property Taxes? Check Local Timetables First

For homeowners seeking to maximize their property-tax deduction before the Republican tax law takes effect in January, best to pay attention to your local tax departments.

Published 3 weeks ago

Some of the World’s Largest Employers No Longer Sell Things, They Rent Workers

Some of the World’s Largest Employers No Longer Sell Things, They Rent Workers

A new analysis conducted for The Wall Street Journal shows that some of the world’s largest employers are now large outsourcing companies.

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Italy’s President Calls National Elections as Country Grapples With Economic Pain

Italy’s President Calls National Elections as Country Grapples With Economic Pain

Italian President Sergio Mattarella signed a decree Thursday to dissolve parliament and send the country to fresh elections next year, setting the stage for a vote in a country still coming to terms with years of economic pain and buffeted by anger with traditional parties.

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China Wants to Make Better Movies. So It Turned to the Guy Who Made ‘Die Hard 2’

China Wants to Make Better Movies. So It Turned to the Guy Who Made ‘Die Hard 2’

Renny Harlin, known for big-budget B-movies has become a dedicated instructor in China’s push to become a global cultural force, helping the country build on its huge domestic box office to find that elusive overseas commercial hit.

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The Transformation of the American Farm, in 18 Charts

The Transformation of the American Farm, in 18 Charts

The shift to specialization, fed by technology and competition, has boosted profits. It has also left farmers more vulnerable to price busts like the one currently sweeping the Farm Belt.

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Apple’s Not-Quite Trillion-Dollar iPhone

Apple’s Not-Quite Trillion-Dollar iPhone

The iPhone maker’s stock price has soared, but is unlikely to repeat the performance.

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An Open-Office Survival Plan

An Open-Office Survival Plan

Workplaces are tearing down walls and with them any sense of decorum. A guide to tuning it out and focusing in.

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Mexico’s Army of Bodyguards Draws Scrutiny After Televisa Executive’s Killing

Mexico’s Army of Bodyguards Draws Scrutiny After Televisa Executive’s Killing

The killing of a prominent Televisa executive during a robbery shocks a nation where the wealthy are usually immune to spiralling violent crime.

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South Korea Considers Shuttering Bitcoin Exchanges

South Korea Considers Shuttering Bitcoin Exchanges

Investor frenzy has worried the country’s authorities, who are concerned about growing speculation—and the risk investors could lose money from sharp price declines or from cyber attacks on digital currency exchanges.

Published 3 weeks ago

Italy braces for election test

Italy braces for election test

President Mattarella set to dissolve parliament and trigger two-month campaign

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Insurers Poised to Raise Prices After Costly String of Natural Disasters

Insurers Poised to Raise Prices After Costly String of Natural Disasters

One of the costliest years for natural disasters puts some U.S. insurers in a position to do what they haven’t done in years: raise prices.

Published 3 weeks ago

Winners and losers in the sharing economy

Winners and losers in the sharing economy

We are entering an era in which consumers will value access over ownership

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Power Plants Bloom Even as Electricity Prices Wilt

Power Plants Bloom Even as Electricity Prices Wilt

A glut of gas flowing out of U.S. shale fields is fueling a power plant construction boom in several northeastern states, despite fierce competition that has caused wholesale electricity prices to plummet.

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