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American Business News for 9 Dec 2016

Board member trampledMark Zuckerberg has a knack for getting his way with Facebook's board -- and it involves a lot of texting. This spring, Facebook's 32-year-old chief executive feverishly texted with board member Marc... Andreessen as he pushed for an unusual privilege: the right to sell most of his stock while still keeping control over the company....
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Watch Out. Samsung Could SoonAfter the huge blunder with its iconic series of smartphones, Samsung's boat is in deep waters. Is towing the line of other successful companies going to be its only damage control strategy?
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What Trump Should Learn FromThe electric power industry is rife with speculation about President-elect Donald Trump's potential impact on renewable energy. During his campaign, Trump expressed doubts about the economics of... renewable energy, saying wind and solar were "very, very expensive" and so forth. Despite these and similarly skeptical statements from Trump about renewable energy,
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What's Hot In Luxury TravelFrom New Zealand to Mongolia and Newfoundland, top luxury travel agents talk hot trends and destinations for 2017 travel. Biking is the new golf.
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The Australian government on Friday approved the sale of the nation's largest cattle empire to Australia's richest woman and her Chinese business partner, ending a drawn-out battle over foreign... ownership …
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Lawsuits accuse four national retail chains of using deceptive ads to make customers think they're getting a bargain
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China will step up air forceGuang Niu/Getty Images Chinese air force planes are likely to increase the number of flights close to Taiwan after its president’s controversial telephone call with president-elect Donald Trump,... escalating threats to the self-governed island, according to military analysts. China’s military has already flown a series of flights close to the island in recent months as it tries to ratchet up pressure on Taiwan’s independence-leaning government. Concerns that the US may shift its policy towards Taiwan are likely to further increase the number of flights close to the island, the observers said. Beijing was infuriated by the call between Trump and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, fearing that it undermines US policy that the island is part of one China. The phone call came after the US...
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China's producer prices rose the fastest in more than five years in November as prices of coal, steel and other building materials climbed.
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OPEC countries 'tend to cheat'REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina OPEC succeeded in pulling off what many thought was impossible, overcoming mutual disdain and mistrust to reach a deal on reducing its oil output. Oil prices skyrocketed on the... news, up more than 12 percent since the agreement was announced last week. But what if there is much less to the deal than meets the eye? What if OPEC does not actually follow through on the promised production cuts? Several days of strong price gains ran into a wall of skepticism on Tuesday, after fresh datashowed that OPEC’s November production was much higher than anticipated. The cartel’s output jumped from 33.6-33.8 million barrels per day (mb/d) in October to a record high 34.19 mb/d in November. The gains came from Angola, Gabon, Indonesia, Libya, Nigeria, Iran and Iraq. If OPEC is...
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(Reuters) - 3M Co , the maker of Scotch tape and Post-it notes, said it had entered into agreements to sell its identity management business to Amsterdam-based digital security company Gemalto for... $850 million.
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Trump in the White House aSome say having Donald Trump in the White House is a "great thing" for the already-hot hotel business.        
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State officials have scheduled a meeting for cattle farmers in two northern Michigan counties where herds recently tested positive for bovine tuberculosis. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and... Rural Development …
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The Financial Times reports that British Brexit Secretary David Davis told London financial-sector bosses that he is "not really interested" in seeking a transitional deal with the European Union to...
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The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

Business Insider - 9 Dec 2016 11:58
The 10 things in advertisingEsteban Felix AP/Press Association Images Good morning. Here's everything you need to know in the world of advertising today. 1. Facebook is taking yet another page out of Snapchat's playbook by... letting people create their own location-based camera filters. Facebook's camera frames work almost identically to Snapchat's geofilters. 2. Online junk food ads targeting children have been banned in the UK. The ban applies to the advertising of high fat, salt, or sugar (HFSS) food or drink products targeting under-16s across all non-broadcast media. 3. New research shows marketers are failing to make use of all available data to turn them into actionable insights, Marketing Week reports. The study came from IBM and was carried out by Econsultancy. 4. Media buyers are cooling on Snapchat Live...
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How Holiday Marketing UsesThe holiday season means something different for marketers. It still represents is a time to understand how festive feelings translate to consumer buying decisions. These are five psychological... principles that make a strong festive marketing campaign
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Oil futures move higher again on Friday as traders looked ahead to a key weekend meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC countries about whether or not to cut oil production.
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Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people...
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Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people...
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The Millionaire Anti-ApartheidMathews Phosa, South African Lawyer, multimillionaire businessman and political activist speaks about ANC's failure and reiterates why he wants President Jacob Zuma resigns
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Why Asia's HealthcareWhy does it seem like there's such a shortage of unicorns in Asia's healthcare as compared to the e-commerce, food, or fashion industries? Especially when healthcare is something that people would... never ever sacrifice nor compromise?
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Trump missed his $100 millionThomson Reuters WASHINGTON/NEW YORK
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For many in the craft beer game, it's time to get big or get out, says Jason Notte.
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Purplebricks bucks the trend

MoneyWeek - 9 Dec 2016 11:07
It's been a difficult year for traditional estate agents, but investors are flocking to the online newcomer, says Ben Judge The post Purplebricks bucks the trend was first published on MoneyWeek.
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US man charged with killing© AFP/File FABRICE COFFRINI A 75-year-old California man was charged with the chilling 1978 murder of a young British couple who had been sailing on his boat in the Caribbean Sea. Silas Duane Boston... allegedly beat and bound Christopher Farmer and his girlfriend Peta Frampton, attaching weights to their bindings and covering their heads with plastic bags before dumping them alive overboard in a fit of rage. The murders took place between June and July 1978 and their corpses were found on about July 8 floating at sea off the coast of Guatemala. A probe into their murders went cold even though Boston was interviewed a number of times by investigators about disappearances. The case, worthy of a crime novel or horror movie, was relaunched thanks to an investigation into the 1968 disappearance...
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Japan ratifies Pacific tradeTOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the... 12-nation trade pact. Upper house lawmakers approved the TPP on Friday, heeding Abe’s calls to push ahead with it despite Trump’s rejection of the free-trade initiative championed by...
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