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8/6/2016: Nissan In Talks With Panasonic, Others to Sell Battery Operations

Nissan Motor Co is in talks with Panasonic Corp and overseas companies, including Chinese firms, over the possible sale of its controlling stake in a car battery manufacturing venture, sources said.

Two people with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday that the Japanese automaker wants to sell its 51% stake in Automotive Energy Supply Corporation, which makes lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. The company is jointly owned by NEC Corp.

3/24/2016: Snapchat Buys Bitmoji Maker

Snapchat has agreed to acquire Bitstrips, the Toronto-based maker of personalized emojis known as bitmojis, Fortune has learned from multiple sources.

One of the sources says that the deal is valued “in the ballpark” of $100 million, via a mix of cash and stock.

3/19/15: How Goldman Sachs does SXSW

Off the record, he told me, Goldman threw the party for some fluffy non-answer reason I cannot write because I agreed to talk off the record. “What’s the on-the-record answer?” I asked. “We never go on the record,” he said.

Status: Unverified (obviously)
Several anonymous sources in this story: bankerly types, a venture investor, and one party-goer.

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3/11/15: Twitter bans nonconsensual intimate photos, a.k.a. ‘revenge porn’

Earlier this year, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo sent a memo out to company employees admitting the company “sucks at dealing with abuse.” A Twitter employee involved in the roll-out of the revenge porn ban says the ban was in the works long before Costolo’s email went out, and that it will be one of many updates the company is doing in the safety area.

Status: Unverified

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5/17/2016: I worked on Facebook’s Trending team – the most toxic work experience of my life

Working at Facebook, even as a contractor, was supposed to be the opportunity of a lifetime. It was, instead, the most toxic work experience of my life.

The entire piece is written by an anonymous source.

4/21/2015: Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘seriously wounded in air strike’

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, sources have told the Guardian.

A source in Iraq with connections to the terror group revealed that Baghdadi suffered serious injuries during an attack by the US-led coalition in March. The source said Baghdadi’s wounds were at first life-threatening, but he has since made a slow recovery. He has not, however, resumed day-to-day control of the organisation.

Status: Unverified

3/9/15: Hillary Clinton eyes campaign launch in early April with plans to staff up in Iowa

Hillary Clinton is closing in on April 1 as the operational start date of her long-awaited presidential campaign, multiple sources with knowledge of Clinton’s growing operation in Iowa have told the Guardian.

Status: Clinton announced her bid for the White House on April 12.

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6/9/2016: Here’s more evidence that Snapchat is working on a secret hardware product

A source familiar with the matter tells Business Insider that the company is “serious” about making a hardware play, though the person would not share details about the specific product.

4/18/2016: The Apple Car is reportedly being developed in a secret Berlin lab

Apple could be developing the Apple Car in a secret Berlin lab, according to a report from Frankfurter Allgemeine.

The German publication said on Monday that it had “learned from informed sources that Apple is running a secret laboratory for the development of an automobile — and this in the middle of Berlin.” The laboratory is reportedly home to 15 to 20 staff with backgrounds in engineering, software, hardware, and sales.

4/2/2016: The inside story of how Amazon created Echo, the next billion-dollar business no one saw coming

The average latency of existing voice-recognition technology at the time was around 2.5 to three seconds, so the Echo team initially set the goal at two seconds, according to an early team member.

1/13/2016: The most important day of the year on Wall Street is near

It looks as if the first couple of banks will announce bonus numbers this week.

All the details below are from people with knowledge of the schedules at the banks.

8/16/2015: There’s an internal joke at Google that sums up the company’s big change

“The internal joke within [Google] was if you’re not moving your desk every six months, something was very wrong with the company,” this ex-employee who requested to remain anonymous said in an interview with Business Insider.

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7/8/2015: Twitter’s revenue boss Adam Bain is the board’s top candidate for next CEO

Twitter’s board is leaning towards picking an insider to be the company’s next CEO, and the company’s revenue boss Adam Bain is under more serious consideration than anyone on the very short list of outsiders, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Bain is the “number one candidate that the board is focused on right now,” this person said. “It’s Bain’s to accept or reject.”

Status: Unverified

6/14/2015: Jack Dorsey is the only person who can be Twitter’s next CEO

One former executive at Square who knows Dorsey well thinks he will never leave Square, and believes he’d like to run both companies. “It wouldn’t be easy, but he could do it.” He thinks the desire is there, and this is a trial run to see how well both companies do under his leadership.

Status: Unverified

5/15/2015: Hulu picks up Fox’s canceled ‘Mindy Project’

One individual with knowledge of the situation told BI, “The show is creatively vibrant and has a passionate, upscale, loyal audience, and it is a top performer on Hulu. So, this makes a lot of sense.”

Status: Unverified

5/6/2015: Google has a secret ‘bench’ program that keeps executives at the company even when they’re not leading anything

[Brian] McClendon is a “towering figure” within Google but is “on the bench” as he figures out his next move, people close to the company say, though it is unclear whether he will start a new project at Google or leave the company entirely.

Many unnamed sources in this story. In order of appearance:
1. people close to the company
2. one former Google executive
3. sources
4. the former Google executive
5. the former Googler
6. another former Google employee
7. another source
8. people with knowledge of the matter
9. another former Google manager
10. the person
11. another former Google employee
12. the person
13. the former Google executive
14. the person

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5/3/2015: Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook are at war over the future of news

Noto was likely trying to direct message Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. And the company he was interested in buying was, tech industry sources tell Business Insider. is a media start-up that’s received more than $10 million in financing to become the publication of choice for millennials. The sources say Twitter made a loose verbal offer to buy the start-up late last year and that a dollar amount nearing $90 million was discussed. But Mic wasn’t interested, and the brief talks never went any further.

Status: Unverified

5/1/2015: Twitter is in talks to buy mobile news app Circa

Twitter is in serious acquisition talks with mobile news app Circa, sources with knowledge of the discussions told Business Insider.

Status: Unverified

4/9/2015: Hillary Clinton will announce her 2016 campaign this weekend

A source with knowledge of Hillary Clinton’s plans has confirmed that she will officially announce her 2016 presidential bid on Saturday or Sunday. This will be imminently followed by campaign travel.

Status: Verified

3/9/2015: Twitter quietly bought a video startup that hasn’t launched yet, Periscope

Last month, Twitter acquired a startup that hasn’t launched yet, Periscope, which is building an app for streaming video from your phone.

A source familiar with the deal confirmed the acquisition to Business Insider but declined to say the size or makeup of the deal (cash versus stock, or some combination of the two). This person says the deal has been 100% closed for weeks. One investor source says the acquisition amount was “sizeable,” above $50 million. Another says it fell between $75 and $100 million. A third says the deal was “small-ish.” Size is all relative, we guess.

Status: Partially verified: We know Twitter bought Periscope, but we don’t know the price.

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6/9/2015: Target corporation accidentally announces unapproved dividend increase, share buyback

An announcement that Target Corporation (TGT) would beef up shareholder rewards caused a stir in the markets when it appeared briefly on the retailer’s website late in the trading day Tuesday — then abruptly disappeared. Sources familiar with the incident say the link was inadvertently posted. Official news is pending a vote Tuesday night in San Francisco on company matters.

Status: Unverified

3/4/2015: HBO in talks with Apple to be launch partner for coming web service ‘HBO Now’

HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. HBO and streaming partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media are working to have the standalone service, called “HBO Now,” ready to launch in April in conjunction with the premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones,” according to sources familiar with their plans.

Status: Unverified

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2/6/2018: Tronc Preparing To Sell The Los Angeles Times

Parent company Tronc Inc. is preparing to sell the Los Angeles Times. A source familiar with negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity confirms to NPR that a sale is in the works.

1/3/2017: House GOP Votes To Strip Independence From Congressional Ethics Office

House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke out against the move, according to a source in the room who said Ryan stated that “there’s a bipartisan way to better reform the office.”

7/7/2016: Bernie Sanders Expected To Endorse Hillary Clinton On Tuesday

Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton on Tuesday at an event in New Hampshire, a Democratic source with knowledge of discussions between the two campaigns tell NPR’s Tamara Keith.

6/12/2016: Orlando gunman pledged allegiance to ISIS before attack

2/11/2016: Jihad Rehab Program To Get Second Participant

A 20-year-old Eagan, Minn., man could become the second person to enter the country’s only jihadi rehab program.

Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State, and while he awaits sentencing, three sources familiar with the case tell NPR that he is likely to join a defendant named Abdullahi Yusuf in the emerging de-radicalization program in the Twin Cities.

1/18/2016: U.S. Investigating Disappearance Of Americans In Iraq

Alice Fordham (0:23): “A U.S. official has confirmed to NPR that the three missing Americans were subcontracted by a group called General Dynamics, which is contracted by the defense department here in Baghdad.”

3/3/2015: Probe of Ferguson police uncovers racist comment about Obama

A federal civil rights investigation of the Ferguson, Mo., police force has concluded that the department violated the Constitution when it policed to raise money and with a racial bias toward African-Americans, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the report.

Status: Verified