12/28/2017: Apple and Amazon in talks to set up in Saudi Arabia
Apple and Amazon are in licensing discussions with Riyadh on investing in Saudi Arabia, two sources told Reuters, part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s push to give the conservative kingdom a high-tech look.
7/3/2017: Trump considering lawyer for White House Russia role: sources
President Donald Trump is considering adding a veteran Washington lawyer to the White House counsel’s office to deal with Russia-related issues, people familiar with the matter said.
Ty Cobb, a white-collar defense lawyer with the firm of Hogan Lovells and a former federal prosecutor, met with Trump about a week ago, another person said.
1/17/2017: Restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese prepares IPO
The parent of Chuck E. Cheese has begun preparations for an initial public offering (IPO) that could value the U.S. restaurant chain at more than $1 billion, including debt, people familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.
11/15/2016: Snapchat files for IPO
BREAKING: Snapchat has filed confidentially for its IPO – sources
10/4/2016: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence
Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.
The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.
8/17/2016: Clinton Foundation hired cyber firm after suspected hacking: sources
Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable foundation hired the security firm FireEye to examine its data systems after seeing indications they might have been hacked, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
6/25/2016: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos
Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process.
The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States.
YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said.
6/8/2016: Senator Warren to endorse Clinton, sources say
Senator Elizabeth Warren will soon endorse presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and, while not currently interested in serving as her running mate, has not ruled it out, several sources close to Warren told Reuters.
4/12/2016: VW plans bonus cuts after diesel scandal pressure
Volkswagen may make significant cuts to bonuses for senior managers, people familiar with the matter said, in an attempt to resolve an internal dispute over executive pay following the diesel emissions scandal at the German carmaker.
4/2/2016: Alaska Air nears deal to buy Virgin America for over $2 billion: source
Alaska Air Group Inc (ALK.N) is nearing a deal to acquire Virgin America Inc (VA.O) for more than $2 billion, having outbid JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O), a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday.
4/1/2016: Amazon, Microsoft look for big data role in self-driving cars
Amazon.com and Microsoft are in talks to supply cloud computing to digital mapping business HERE, owned by a group of German carmakers developing self-driving cars, sources familiar with the matter said.
Amazon is also considering becoming a shareholder in HERE, two sources said.
2/14/2015: Obama will not push through SCOTUS nomination this week
1/21/2016: Barclays to slash about 1,000 investment bank jobs worldwide
The memo did not give details on how many jobs will be affected but people with knowledge of the matter said 1,000 positions would be axed, the majority of them in Asia, a region where falling trading volumes and stronger competition from local banks has hit profits.
1/10/2016: Sean Penn meeting, silver screen dreams help Mexican drug lord’s downfall
A secretive meeting that Hollywood star Sean Penn orchestrated with Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman in a jungle hideout late last year helped Mexico’s government catch the world’s most wanted drug lord, sources said.
11/26/2015: Alibaba in talks with Hong Kong’s SCMP Group for media assets
Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has approached the publisher of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper to discuss buying its media assets, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
10/2/2015: U.N. forced to halt planned humanitarian work under Syria ceasefire deal
A source with knowledge of the ceasefire talks said Russia’s bombing campaign put the deal in jeopardy, however, adding that breaches of the ceasefire were likely to upset Iran.
The source said the airstrikes may have targeted areas within the ceasefire zone and also hit the Homs-Hama highway, forcing the withdrawal of a U.N. team who were due to monitor the truce.
7/7/2015: Reignited Springer-ProSieben merger push faces familiar hurdles
Germany’s top TV broadcaster and the country’s biggest newspaper publisher are again testing the waters for a potential merger that would need to negotiate the same regulatory hurdles that derailed a deal a decade ago.
Broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 (PSMGn.DE) and Axel Springer (SPRGn.DE) have reignited talks with the aim of consolidating their push into digital media markets, sources said late on Monday.
5/19/2015: Altice eyes U.S. with TWC, Suddenlink buys
French telecommunications group Altice SA has held talks to buy Time Warner Cable Inc, and is close to buying smaller peer Suddenlink, moving into the U.S cable market, according to people familiar with the matter.
The negotiations with Suddenlink are more advanced and a transaction could be announced later this week, the people said. That deal could be worth $10 billion, including debt, the people added. Time Warner Cable has a market capitalization of $44.5 billion.
5/7/2015: Microsoft has no plans to pursue Salesforce
Microsoft Corp currently is not weighing an offer for Salesforce.com Inc, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, dampening speculation that Microsoft could be drawn into bidding for the cloud software company.
Bloomberg News, citing people with knowledge of the matter, reported earlier this week that Microsoft was evaluating a bid for Salesforce after the latter was approached by another unnamed would-be buyer.
Microsoft considers Salesforce’s current market valuation expensive, one of the people said. It is possible that Microsoft could review a bid for Salesforce in the long term, the other person said.
The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.
4/21/2015: Top Mylan shareholders seek deal with Teva
Some of the top investors at Mylan NV, including Paulson & Co, are encouraging its board of directors to consider a takeover proposal from rival Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Inc, according to people familiar with the matter.
A handful of these investors have expressed their support in recent weeks for the creation of the world’s largest generic drug maker by sales, these people said, declining to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
4/18/2015: SunGard to explore possible $10 billion sale
Financial technology company SunGard Data Systems Inc is preparing to appoint financial advisers to explore a sale that could value it at as much as $10 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.
4/2/2015: IBM hired advisers to deal with restless investors
Some top shareholders of IBM, disappointed by 11 straight quarters of falling revenues, are seeking help from activist investors to shake up the company, but have been turned down by both Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square and Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
3/31/2015: Cablevision to make $1 offer for New York Daily News
U.S. cable T.V. operator Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N) is planning to make an offer for the New York Daily News as early as this week, valuing the troubled tabloid at just $1, according to a person familiar with the matter.
3/27/2015: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations
Big Wall Street banks are so upset with U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said.
Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party’s tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.
2/9/2015 : Netanyahu considering changes to Congress speech after criticism
“The issue has been under discussion for a week,” said a source close to the prime minister’s office. “(Netanyahu) is discussing it with Likud people. Some say he should give up on the speech, others that he should go through with it.”
2/4/2015 : Four possibly killed in Libya oilfield attack
Four local employees were possibly killed after an armed attack at the al-Mabrook oilfield in Libya this week, a French diplomatic source on Wednesday.
Status: Still unverified
2/2/2015 : Goldman Sachs’ CNR to ship coal via public Colombia port
Goldman Sachs mining affiliate CNR has reached a deal with a public port in Colombia to load its coal shipments which have been suspended for a year after its own docks fell foul of environmental regulations, a port source told Reuters on Monday.
Status: Still unverified
3/20/2014 : Special report: Iraqi forces, images, testify to atrocities in new fighting
A Special Forces soldier on a break in Baghdad this month showed Reuters images on Facebook that are popular with the Iraqi military. The photos showed what he said were dead ISIL fighters in Ramadi. One was splattered in blood. Slogans boasted that the Iraqi forces had “trampled on ISIL’s sniper rats.”
Just back from the front, the soldier – hair dirty, voice tired – used his smartphone to pull up another Facebook picture of a soldier standing over a corpse. The dead man’s body was splayed out in black jeans, his arms stretched above his head in the dirt. A slogan read: “The Golden Division keep trampling them.”
Status: Still unverified
3/20/2014 : Airbnb in funding talks valuing it at about $10 billion: source
Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc is in advanced talks with private equity firms including TPG Capital Management LP to raise funds that would value the company at about $10 billion, a person briefed on the matter said Thursday.
Status: Still unverified