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4/10/2017: White House on edge as 100-day judgment nears

“One hundred days is the marker, and we’ve got essentially two-and-a-half weeks to turn everything around,” said one White House official. “This is going to be a monumental task.”

3/26/2017: White House blame game intensifies as Trump agenda stalls

The ever-present focus on Priebus was on full display during a communications office meeting last month. Press secretary Sean Spicer, a Priebus lieutenant, became so visibly upset over a story about the chief of staff that some were startled by his reaction, according to a person familiar with the matter. (Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House spokeswoman, denied that happened, and dismissed the notion that the press office had taken extra steps to protect Priebus.)

2/26/2017: Sean Spicer targets own staff in leak crackdown

Last week, after Spicer became aware that information had leaked out of a planning meeting with about a dozen of his communications staffers, he reconvened the group in his office to express his frustration over the number of private conversations and meetings that were showing up in unflattering news stories, according to sources in the room.

Upon entering Spicer’s office for what one person briefed on the gathering described as “an emergency meeting,” staffers were told to dump their phones on a table for a “phone check,” to prove they had nothing to hide.

1/31/2017: White House ices out CNN

The White House has refused to send its spokespeople or surrogates onto CNN shows, effectively icing out the network from on-air administration voices.

“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” said a White House official, acknowledging that CNN is not such a place, but adding that the ban is not permanent.

A CNN reporter, speaking on background, was more blunt: The White House is trying to punish the network and force down its ratings.

“They’re trying to cull CNN from the herd,” the reporter said.

1/22/2017: Trump struggles to shake his erratic campaign habits

One person who frequently talks to Trump said aides have to push back privately against his worst impulses in the White House, like the news conference idea, and have to control information that may infuriate him. He gets bored and likes to watch TV, this person said, so it is important to minimize that.

12/27/2016: ‘Profitable’ Washington Post adding more than five dozen journalists

Still, according to sources, we can figure that the Post newsroom will grow by more than 60 jobs — or 8 percent — an astounding number in this day and age. Such contrarian additions, of course, come at a time when newsroom staff reductions are the rule across daily journalism.

10/28/2016: The moments Pence’s plane flirted with disaster

POLITICO spoke with six people who were aboard the plane, granting anonymity in some cases so they could speak candidly.

10/8/2016: RNC lawyers look at options for replacing Trump

The Republican National Committee is taking the weekend to reevaluate its strategy while lawyers examine the legal hurdles to replacing Donald Trump with another nominee, according to Republicans in touch with the committee.

6/18/2016: Apple won’t aid GOP convention over Trump

Apple has told Republican leaders it will not provide funding or other support for the party’s 2016 presidential convention, as it’s done in the past, citing Donald Trump’s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities.

Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month, Apple decided against donating technology or cash to the effort, according to two sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.

6/17/2016: Trump’s performance raises hard question: Who’d want to be his VP?

Ironically, the presumptive nominee’s own toxicity is making the job of finding a vice presidential nominee that much easier, because the short list is so short. Multiple high-level Republican sources said it is topped by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions a distant third and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin also in the mix.

5/31/2016: Shady accounting underpins Trump’s wealth

“I know Donald, I’ve known him a long time, and it gets under his skin if you start writing about the reasons he won’t disclose his returns,” said one prominent hedge fund manager who declined to be identified by name so as not to draw Trump’s ire. “You would see that he doesn’t have the money that he claims to have and he’s not paying much of anything in taxes.”

Another source is identified as “another ultra-high net worth individual who also reviewed the filings and declined to be identified by name to avoid Trump’s wrath.”

5/25/2016: Where the Obamas are living in D.C. after the White House

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will lease the 8,200-square-foot mansion owned by Joe Lockhart and Giovanna Gray after the first family leaves the White House in January, sources told POLITICO Playbook on Wednesday.

5/19/2016: Manafort to GOP aides: Trump’s ‘behavior can be changed’

Donald Trump’s newly empowered chief strategist sought to convince top GOP congressional officials on Capitol Hill that Trump can compete for the Latino vote, exploit Hillary Clinton’s weaknesses and become a Reagan-esque figure in the party, according to attendees and sources familiar with the meeting.

4/20/2016: Treasury’s Lew to announce Hamilton to stay on $10 bill

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday will announce a decision to keep Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill and put leaders of the movement to give women the right to vote on the back of the bill, sources tell POLITICO.

Treasury will also announce that it plans to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the sources said. There will also be changes to the $5 bill to depict civil rights era leaders.

4/9/2016: Political ‘Hunger Games’ roils Trump’s inner circle

Donald Trump’s campaign overhaul has inflamed an internecine struggle among three of his closest advisors, creating an atmosphere that multiple sources likened to a political “Hunger Games.”

According to interviews with more than a dozen people on or close to the campaign, staffers are increasingly dividing themselves into competing factions aligned with Trump’s three top officials …

Few named sources in this piece.

4/5/2015: Trump campaign in disarray

“Presidential campaigns are a team sport, and he doesn’t have that mentality,” one high-level GOP operative said. “That’s why they’re missing a lot of these opportunities that are passing them by. [Trump] might be a great quarterback, but every quarterback still needs a strong offensive line.”

3/21/2016: Marco Rubio rejected ‘unity ticket’ with Ted Cruz

It’s unclear whether Cruz’s campaign brass views a partnership with Rubio as realistic or quixotic. In Rubio’s orbit, according to three sources, it’s seen as an outright nonstarter — with Rubio telling his team he isn’t interested.

1/10/2016: Gabby Giffords to endorse Clinton amid gun feud with Sanders

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords will endorse Hillary Clinton, a person familiar with her plans confirmed.

8/14/2015: Joe Biden strategy for White House run taking shape

With his blessing, confidants to Vice President Joe Biden have begun strategizing about travel to early primary states and identified potential donors who could bankroll a campaign even as he remains undecided about whether to pull the trigger on a late-entry 2016 run for president.

The moves are a sign that after months of speculation, Biden is taking a few significant if small steps toward a presidential campaign, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

Status: Unverified

8/8/2015: Roger Stone quit, wasn’t fired by Donald Trump in campaign shakeup

Donald Trump made the surprising announcement Saturday afternoon that he was firing his top adviser, Roger Stone, but, hours before that, the political consultant’s friends told POLITICO that he was actually quitting.

Status: Unverified

6/28/2015: John Kasich to announce presidential bid July 21

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will jump into the crowded Republican presidential field on July 21 at the student union at his alma mater, The Ohio State University, in Columbus, advisers tell POLITICO.

Status: We’ll find out on July 21.

6/23/2015: Chris Christie to announce 2016 bid as early as next week

Chris Christie is in the final stages of preparing his 2016 presidential bid, with a formal announcement possible as soon as next week, according to several sources familiar with the discussions.

Status: We might find out next week.

6/9/2015: Behind the Jeb Bush campaign shake-up

“The leading cause of professional death in the Jeb Bush entourage is Sally’s inability to control you,” said a political operative who has worked with Bradshaw in the past. “But she is fiercely loyal to Jeb, the point of the spear, no nonsense.”

The changes at the top weren’t the only recent personnel moves. Matt Lira, a former National Republican Senatorial Committee official and one of the party’s top digital strategists, decided to depart recently under unclear circumstances. Lira, according to a source, felt that the Bush campaign was too focused on TV advertising and not enough on building a digital presence – which is what he’d planned to do. Bush’s team would only say that Lira had done some work for the political team, but it wouldn’t say what that was or why he left.

As in any campaign reshuffling, there are conflicting accounts about the level of squabbling and back-stabbing that took place, but most sources familiar with the campaign’s inner workings agreed that both Kochel and Bradshaw had different personalities that sometimes didn’t mix.

Status: Unverified

4/30/2015: Clinton Foundation in campaign tailspin

A handful of deep-pocketed donors are reconsidering their gifts to the $2 billion Clinton Foundation amid mounting questions about how it’s spending their money and suggestions of influence peddling, according to donors and others familiar with the foundation’s fundraising.

One major donor who contributed at least $500,000 to the foundation last year said a 2015 donation is less likely because of revelations about sloppy record-keeping and huge payments for travel and administrative costs.

“There are a lot of factors and the reputational is among them,” said the donor, who did not want to be identified discussing philanthropic plans that have not been finalized. “We had some questions about how the money was being spent — and that was long before the problems were in the press.”

Status: Unverified

4/20/2015: New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research

Some Times reporters view the agreement as unusual, sources there said.

Status: Several unnamed sources in this story.

4/7/2015: Obama holds private meeting with journalists on Iran

President Barack Obama held a private meeting with reporters and liberal columnists at the White House on Monday to discuss the administration’s Iran policy, sources with knowledge of the meeting told the On Media blog.

Status: Unverified

4/6/2015: Rand Paul and the media: No love story

“He still has pretty thin skin when things get tough,” one reporter who has covered Paul for years and asked to speak on background said. “He doesn’t hide his displeasure and anger very well and that can do you in. He’s probably overly sensitive to some of the coverage.”

Another reporter for a major national paper wondered whether Paul, an ophthalmologist, suffers from what a lot of doctors experience, “a sense of never being questioned in their professional lives.”

Status: Unverified opinion/speculation

3/23/2015: Hillary turns down invite to secretive donor meeting

But other sources with knowledge of the plan characterize it as more aligned with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the dream presidential candidate for many Democracy Alliance members, than with Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate. And for some liberals, it foreshadows an emerging rift that could hamper efforts up and down the ballot in 2016, and possibly lay the groundwork for a liberal version of the tea party, resulting in years of factionalism.

Sources say the club invited former Secretary of State Clinton to speak behind closed doors at the San Francisco meeting, which runs April 12-15 at the Four Seasons hotel. She declined, citing a scheduling conflict — perhaps not surprising, given that she’s expected to launch her presidential campaign around that time. Sources say the group might ask her to record a video message, but Clinton’s office had no knowledge of such plans.

Status: Unverified

3/18/2015: Hillary Clinton’s personal BlackBerry less secure

Some of the security deficit for Clinton’s BlackBerry can be attributed to predictable differences between an enterprise security system managed by a staff of IT professionals and a homebrew system like Clinton’s, administered by an individual or a small staff, people familiar with BlackBerry enterprise security told POLITICO.

Status: Unverified

3/9/2015: Feds interviewed Harry Reid for Robert Menendez probe

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid voluntarily interviewed with Justice Department lawyers and FBI agents a year ago as they were investigating Sen. Robert Menendez for possible corruption, according to sources familiar with the matter.

There is no indication that authorities believe Reid acted improperly or that he might be ensnared in the case: He hasn’t met with investigators since he spoke with them in the spring of 2014, or appeared before a grand jury looking into the allegations against Menendez, the sources said.

Status: Unverified

2/8/2015: The Brian Williams plan: Wait and hope

The plan was an effort to buy time for NBC, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Status: Unverified

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6/28/2017: White House-media relations at breaking point as Spicer searches for replacement

“Here’s a good rule,” one of the senior administration officials told CNNMoney. “The people who are going out there in front of cameras saying they’re being considered — those people probably aren’t being considered.”

3/16/2017: Sean Hannity once pulled a gun on Juan Williams

Still, Hannity’s version of entertainment can go too far. Last year, after ending one of his many spirited on-air arguments with liberal contributor Juan Williams, Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams, according to three sources with knowledge of the incident. He even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body. (Hannity was just showing off, the sources said, but the unforeseen off-camera antic clearly disturbed Williams and others on set.)

1/10/2017: Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him

Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

7/13/2016: Sean Hannity flew Gingrich to Trump meeting

Newt Gingrich, a finalist on Donald Trump’s vice presidential shortlist, flew to Indianapolis to meet with Trump on a private jet provided by Fox News host Sean Hannity, two sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

The Fox News host flew the former House speaker to Indianapolis early Wednesday morning to meet with the Republican nominee as he holds late-stage meetings with his VP finalists, the sources said.

6/15/2016: Grand jury to investigate Orlando shooter’s widow

Federal investigators digging for clues in the Orlando nightclub massacre are zeroing in on Noor Salman, the widow of gunman Omar Mateen.

What did Salman know of his plans and what might she have done to stop him? Authorities have been trying to pin her down after she apparently gave conflicting statements about what she knew of his intentions in the hours before the attack.

A U.S. attorney plans to bring evidence before a federal grand jury to determine whether charges will be brought, according to two law enforcement officials.

5/19/2016: EgyptAir Flight 804: Airline official says debris not from plane

Checks of the passenger manifest have so far resulted in no hits on terror watch lists, officials with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

4/19/2016: Under new management, Trump insiders ask what’s Corey Lewandowski’s role?

Asked by reporters as he was casting his ballot in the New York primary, Trump said the reorganization of his campaign is going “very smooth.”

But sources familiar with Trump’s staff shakeup tell CNN campaign manager Lewandowski’s role is no longer as clearly defined.

“They sort of have to figure out what Corey’s role is,” one campaign adviser said. “Corey has just never run a national campaign before.”

4/19/2016: Data from San Bernardino phone has helped in probe

Hacking the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone has produced data the FBI didn’t have before and has helped the investigators answer some remaining questions in the ongoing probe, U.S. law enforcement officials say.

4/7/2016: Mashable lays off staff in ‘strategic shift’ toward video

The staff was informed of the decision late Thursday morning, ten minutes after receiving an email requesting that they attend an impromptu meeting. Three sources who spoke with CNNMoney said they were caught totally unaware by the decision.

3/16/2016: Donald Trump’s dominance — and the late establishment effort to stop it

As Trump eyed Lewandowski, who would become his campaign manager, he skimmed through a list of the other strategists he’d interviewed, posing one key question: “Are you better than all these guys?”

“I believe I am,” Lewandowski replied, according to two sources with knowledge of the conversation.

Trump asked Lewandowski if he was the best operative in New Hampshire, according to one source with knowledge of the conversation. He answered that he was the best in the country.

2/11/2016: ‘Sophisticated’ laptop bomb on Somali plane got through X-ray machine

The explosive device built into a laptop computer that detonated last week on a Somali passenger jet was “sophisticated” and got past X-ray machines at the Mogadishu airport, a source close to the investigation told CNN, raising concerns about security measures at airports across Africa and internationally.

10/20/2015: ESPN poised for big job cuts

ESPN is on the verge of mass layoffs.

The sports network will inform employees about the cutbacks on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the plan said.

An ESPN representative declined to comment on Tuesday evening. Earlier in the day Bloomberg News reported that up to 350 employees, or 4.3% of its 8,000 positions, will be affected.

6/17/2015: Brian Williams expected to stay at NBC

Brian Williams is down, but not out.

NBC and Williams have come to a tentative agreement that will keep Williams at the network after his six-month suspension ends in August.

The decision, described by people with knowledge of the plan, ends months of speculation that Williams could leave NBC altogether.

Status: Unverified — we might find out Thursday.

6/9/2015: Authorities search farms, fields for signs of New York escaped killers

The cell phone of Clinton Correctional Facility employee Joyce Mitchell was used to call several people connected to prison break fugitive Richard Matt, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Tuesday.

Status: Unverified

5/19/2015: Biden’s son being treated at hospital

Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau, the former attorney general of Delaware, was being treated at a military hospital outside of Washington on Tuesday.

The vice president’s office said Beau Biden was receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Officials did not specify what he was being treated for, though a source with knowledge of the Biden family called the situation “serious.”

Status: Unverified

5/11/2015: U.S. officials: Assad losses in Syria could become ISIS gains

“The conflict in Syria remains highly fluid, despite recent gains claimed by opposition forces and extremist groups,” a U.S. intelligence official with direct knowledge of the situation in Syria told CNN, noting that a number of factors were at play.

“Years of conflict — including defeats, victories and lessons learned — have hardened the various armed opposition groups and extremist elements involved in the Syrian conflict,” the official said. “It would appear that these groups, whether composed of locals or foreign fighters, are able to leverage their experience to field effective fighting forces and more advanced tactics.”

He added, “The regime’s apparent lack of success in recent offensives in southern Syria suggest moderate opposition forces may be more coherent — even if they are not yet able to compete directly with extremist elements.”

He pointed to three “emerging blocs of the opposition forces” — ISIS, other extremists and moderates — “that collectively pose a more direct threat to Assad compared to last year.”

Status: Unverified

5/6/2015: Baltimore police investigation doesn’t support some of prosecution’s charges

The Baltimore police investigation into the death of Freddie Gray doesn’t support some of the charges, including the most serious, filed by the Baltimore City State’s Attorney, potentially allowing lawyers representing the police officers the opportunity to undercut the prosecution, according to officials briefed on the two probes.

Status: Unverified

4/9/2015:  No forced entry to Hatton Garden heist building, London police say

People with knowledge of the area have speculated that cash and jewels were probably taken. Some jewelry businesses reportedly stored some of their jewels in the boxes rather than leaving them in their stores over the holiday weekend.

Status: Unverified

4/5/2015: Public accounting near for Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner has decided not to take any disciplinary action against the editors or fact-checkers involved in the story’s production, according to people with direct knowledge of the decision.

Status: Partially confirmed — “A spokesperson for Wenner told CNN that Erdely will continue to write for Rolling Stone.”

3/9/2015: Clinton to take on email controversy soon

Hillary Clinton plans to address the controversy surrounding her use of a personal email on a private server while serving as America’s top diplomat “as soon as within 48 hours,” sources close to the former secretary of state say.

Status: Unverified

2/10/2015: NBC’s fact-checking of Brian Williams will be finished ‘sooner rather than later’

One NBC source said the process will be finished “sooner rather than later.”

Status: Unverified

3/23/2014: Source: Flight 370’s altitude dropped after sharp turn

Military radar tracking shows that the aircraft changed altitude after making a sharp turn over the South China Sea as it headed toward the Strait of Malacca, a source close to the investigation into the missing flight told CNN. The plane flew as low as 12,000 feet at some point before it disappeared from radar, according to the source.

Status: Still unverified  

 

3/21/2014 : First on CNN: Intelligence from field has White House ‘very concerned’ about Russia invading more of Ukraine – possibly soon

Based on intelligence, Obama administration officials are very concerned the Russians are not being truthful when they say their forces near Ukraine’s eastern and southern borders are merely there for training exercises, sources tell CNN.

Status: Still unverified

 

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4/18/2017: Fox Is Preparing to Cut Ties With Bill O’Reilly

Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, according to people close to the situation.

A final decision on Mr. O’Reilly’s fate could come as early as the next several days, the people said.

3/30/2017: Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity

Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

2/12/2017:
Mike Flynn’s Position Grows Tenuous in White House

The White House is reviewing whether to retain National Security Adviser Mike Flynn amid a furor over his contacts with Russian officials before President Donald Trump took office, an administration official said Sunday.

Mr. Flynn has apologized to White House colleagues over the episode, which has created a rift with Vice President Mike Pence and diverted attention from the administration’s message to his own dealings, the official said.

“He’s apologized to everyone,” the official said of Mr. Flynn.

12/29/2016: Snap’s IPO Roadshow Message: We’re the Next Facebook, Not the Next Twitter

When Snap Inc. goes on the road next year to market its initial public offering, it will be touting more than its popular virtual-messaging service.

Evan Spiegel, the company’s 26-year-old founder, is expected to figure prominently in conversations with investors during the marketing process, known as a roadshow, according to people familiar with the matter.

10/21/2016: AT&T-Time Warner Talks Could Set Off Deal Frenzy

Apple Inc. a few months ago approached Time Warner Inc. about pursuing a combination, and though the discussions didn’t progress beyond a preliminary stage, Apple is now monitoring the situation, people familiar with the matter said Friday.

9/22/2016: Facebook Overestimated Key Video Metric For Two Years

Big ad buyers and marketers are upset with Facebook Inc. after learning the tech giant vastly overestimated average viewing time for video ads on its platform for two years, according to people familiar with the situation.

7/25/2016: Apple Taps Bob Mansfield to Oversee Car Project

Apple Inc. has tapped a highly regarded senior executive who helped bring to market many of Apple’s signature products to oversee its fledgling automobile project, according to people familiar with the matter.

Bob Mansfield had stepped back from a day-to-day role at the company a few years ago, after leading the hardware engineering development of products including the MacBook Air laptop computer, the iMac desktop computer, and the iPad tablet. Apple now has Mr. Mansfield running the company’s secret autonomous, electric-vehicle initiative, code-named Project Titan, the people said.

7/10/2016: Cuomo Weighs Taking Action to Undermine de Blasio’s Re-Election Bid

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2017 re-election bid draws closer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is strategizing whether and how to work against his fellow Democrat, a move that would pose a threat to the mayor’s campaign but carry its own political risks for the governor.

Mr. Cuomo has dissected Mr. de Blasio’s poll numbers with political allies, weighing whether the mayor can be defeated, according to people familiar with the matter.

6/30/2016: Apple in Talks to Acquire Jay Z’s Tidal Music Service

Apple Inc. is in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, a streaming-music service run by rap mogul Jay Z, according to people familiar with the matter.

5/23/2016: Tencent in Talks With SoftBank to Buy Majority Stake in ‘Clash of Clans’ Maker Supercell

Chinese Internet major Tencent Holdings Ltd. is in talks with SoftBank Group Corp. to buy the Japanese telecommunications giant’s majority stake in Supercell Oy, the Finland-based maker of some of the world’s most popular mobile games, according to people briefed on the discussions.

5/18/2016: Theranos Voids Two Years of Edison Blood-Test Results

Theranos Inc. has told federal health regulators that the company voided two years of results from its Edison blood-testing devices, according to a person familiar with the matter.

5/11/2016: Nissan Considers Buying a Third of Mitsubishi Motors

Nissan Motor Co. is considering buying about a one-third stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for about 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion) to become the latter company’s single largest shareholder, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

5/8/2016: Twitter Bars Intelligence Agencies From Using Analytics Service

Twitter Inc. cut off U.S. intelligence agencies from access to a service that sifts through the entire output of its social-media postings, the latest example of tension between Silicon Valley and the federal government over terrorism and privacy.
The move, which hasn’t been publicly announced, was confirmed by a senior U.S. intelligence official and other people familiar with the matter. The service—which sends out alerts of unfolding terror attacks, political unrest and other potentially important events—isn’t directly provided by Twitter, but instead by Dataminr Inc., a private company that mines public Twitter feeds for clients.

4/26/2016: Facebook Developing Camera-First Format

Facebook Inc. is developing a stand-alone camera app to encourage its 1.6 billion users to create, and share, more photos and videos, people familiar with the matter said.

A prototype of the app developed by Facebook’s “friend-sharing” team opens to a camera, similar to disappearing photo app Snapchat, the people said. Another planned feature allows a user recording video through the app to begin live streaming, they added.

4/18/2016: Verizon, Hearst Close to Buying Complex Media

Verizon Communications Inc. and Hearst Corp. are close to buying Complex Media, the online publisher whose readership skews toward young males, according to people familiar with the matter.

4/9/2016: Facebook to Highlight Messenger at F8 Conference

Facebook Messenger is getting down to business.

At its annual F8 developer conference this coming week, Facebook Inc. will feature enhanced tools for commerce over its Messenger app, according to people familiar with the matter. The new offerings will use so-called chatbot technology to help users order goods and services through the app, the people said.

3/28/2016: Sony Plans New PlayStation for Graphics-Heavy Games

The days of waiting six or more years between videogame-console releases are coming to an end.

Sony Corp. is planning to sell a more powerful version of its PlayStation 4 machine to handle higher-end game experiences, including virtual reality, people familiar with the matter said, while continuing production of its existing console that has so far sold more than 36 million units world-wide.

1/24/2016: Twitter to Revamp Leadership Under CEO Jack Dorsey

Mr. Dorsey, who was previously chairman of Twitter, had told the company that one condition of returning as CEO was that the entire board must eventually be replaced, according to one of the people familiar with the matter.

1/22/2016: Apple Veteran Overseeing Electric-Car Project Leaving Company

The Apple Inc. veteran tasked with spearheading the company’s efforts to build an automobile is leaving the company, according to people familiar with the matter.

Steve Zadesky, a 16-year Apple veteran who has been overseeing its electric-car project for the last two years, has told people he is leaving the company. The timing of his departure isn’t clear. He is still at Apple for now.

A person familiar with the matter said Mr. Zadesky’s departure was for personal reasons and wasn’t related to his performance. Mr. Zadesky didn’t immediately respond to a message sent through LinkedIn.

1/13/2016: Merger Talks Intensify Between Large Cooperative Banks in Italy

Merger talks between large cooperative banks in Italy are intensifying as two lenders circle Banca Popolare di Milano Scarl with a view to a potential tie-up.

People familiar with the matter say Banca Popolare di Milano, a small lender based in the wealthy Lombardy region, is in separate talks about merging with either cooperative bank Banco Popolare SC or UBI Banca SpA, Italy’s fourth- and fifth-largest lenders by assets, respectively.

1/5/2016: Twitter to Expand Tweet’s 140-Character Limit to 10,000

One of Twitter’s most beloved features is set to change: The company is planning to extend its 140-character limit to as many as 10,000, according to a person familiar with the matter.

12/1/2015: Yahoo Board to Weigh Potential Sale of Internet Business

The fate of troubled Internet portal Yahoo Inc. may be decided in a marathon series of board meetings this week.

Yahoo’s board plans to weigh a potential sale of the company’s core business during a series of meetings beginning Wednesday and continuing through Friday, people familiar with the matter said.

10/27/2015: Walgreens Nears Deal to Buy Rite Aid

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is in advanced talks to buy Rite Aid Corp. in a deal that would unite the nation’s second- and third-largest drugstore chains.

A deal is expected to be announced Wednesday, according to people familiar with the matter. Rite Aid had a market value of more than $6 billion Monday afternoon, meaning that with a typical premium, a takeover deal could value the company at close to $10 billion. That doesn’t include its hefty debt load, which totaled $7.4 billion in August.

10/4/2015: Apple Co-Founder’s Allies Take Aim at Hollywood Over ‘Steve Jobs’

Four years after Steve Jobs’s death, a new movie is reopening a debate over the Apple Inc. co-founder’s legacy.

Mr. Jobs’s allies, led by his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, say the film “Steve Jobs,” and other recent depictions, play down his accomplishments and paint Mr. Jobs as cruel and inhumane. Ms. Jobs repeatedly tried to kill the film, according to people familiar with the conversations. She lobbied, among others, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which developed the script but passed on the movie for financial reasons, and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures, which is releasing the $33.5 million production on Friday.

9/21/2015: Apple speeds up electric car work

Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a “committed project” and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with the matter.

8/31/2015: BuzzFeed is laying groundwork for major expansion in Los Angeles

BuzzFeed is eyeing a big expansion in Los Angeles.

The rising digital media star is in discussions to lease a century-old former Ford auto factory on the southeastern edge of Los Angeles’ downtown, according to people familiar with the talks.

The 250,000-square-foot potential lease suggests large West Coast ambitions for the company, which is hot off a $200 million investment from NBCUniversal that valued it at around $1.5 billion. BuzzFeed is considering multiple options in addition to the former Ford factory, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Status: Unverified

7/21/2015: Audi, BMW and Daimler near deal to buy Nokia mapping service

A group of German auto makers agreed to pay slightly more than €2.5 billion ($2.71 billion) for Nokia’s digital mapping service, prevailing over Silicon Valley bidders in a battle for a key enabling technology for self-driving cars.

German luxury car makers Audi, a unit of Volkswagen AG, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG, and BMW AG have agreed in principle to purchase the telecommunications group’s digital mapping service Nokia Here, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Status: Unverified

7/9/2015: ESPN tightens its belt as pressure on it mounts

A decline in subscribers as customers trim their cable bills, coupled with rising content costs and increased competition, has ESPN in belt-tightening mode, people familiar with the situation say.

Status: Unverified

6/21/2015: Dollar Shave Club is valued at $615 million

Lots of videos go viral. Few prove as lucrative as Michael Dubin’s.

Three years ago the Dollar Shave Club founder launched his company with a hilarious video poking fun at the pain and expense of shaving. The video has been viewed 19 million times.

Today the mail-order razor business is valued at $615 million after closing a new $75 million funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified 

6/17/2015: Fitbit IPO prices at $20 a share, above expectations

Fitbit Inc., the maker of wearable fitness-tracking devices, priced its initial public offering at $20 a share, above already raised expectations, according to a person familiar with the offering.

The deal raised about $732 million for the company and some of its shareholders by selling 36.6 million shares, according to the person familiar with the deal, and gives Fitbit a valuation of about $4.1 billion. That total doesn’t count a so-called overallotment option, which gives underwriters the opportunity to sell additional shares under certain circumstances.

Status: Unverified

6/17/2015: Elizabeth Warren intervenes in search for New York financial regulator

The search to replace New York’s former top financial regulator, Benjamin Lawsky, has attracted the involvement of one of the banking industry’s harshest critics: U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.).

In recent weeks, Ms. Warren has placed calls to top staffers for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others assigned to identify a successor to Mr. Lawsky, according to a person with direct knowledge of the search process. Ms. Warren’s advice: Tap Rohit Chopra, the student loan ombudsman and assistant director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which she helped start up and initially ran.

Status: Unverified

6/9/2015: New York rent controls hang in the balance

People familiar with the talks don’t expect the de Blasio administration to get its way on a key issue: ending “vacancy decontrol”—the practice of exempting regulated apartments from rent controls once their rents hit a threshold, currently $2,500, and letting them go for market rates. Mr. de Blasio wants to end vacancy decontrol and put a cap on rent increases, a move championed by liberal lawmakers as crucial to strengthening rent laws.

Status: Unverified

5/28/2015: J.P. Morgan aims to cut 5,000 jobs

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is cutting more than 5,000 jobs in an effort to trim costs and become more efficient.

The cuts already have begun, according to people familiar with the decision, and are part of a broader industry move toward Internet and mobile banking. The bank will cut at least 2% of its current workforce in the next year.

Status: Unverified

5/25/2015: GM likely to face criminal charges over ignition switches

Federal prosecutors are likely to bring criminal charges against General Motors Co. over an ignition-switch defect linked to more than 100 deaths, but they still have to hash out key issues with GM including whether the auto maker will need to plead guilty and how big a fine it will have to pay, people familiar with the matter said.

Prosecutors have conveyed to GM that a settlement is likely and have had initial conversations about a deal in recent months, but the contours have yet to be set, some of the people familiar with the matter said.

One of the major sticking points between prosecutors and the company is likely to center on whether GM will plead guilty or enter a so-called deferred-prosecution agreement, they said. The size of the fine is also likely to be a point of contention, they said.

Status: Unverified

5/18/2015: Behind Apple’s move to shelve TV plans

Investor Carl Icahn said he expects Apple Inc. to introduce an ultra-high-definition television in 2016. But after nearly a decade of research, Apple quietly shelved plans to make such a set more than a year ago, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apple had searched for breakthrough features to justify building an Apple-branded television set, those people said. In addition to an ultra-high-definition display, Apple considered adding sensor-equipped cameras so viewers could make video calls through the set, they said.

Status: Unverified

5/15/2015: FBI delves into dubious Avon bid

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the origins of an apparently bogus takeover offer for Avon Products Inc. filed with regulators Thursday that rattled traders and raised questions about the U.S. public securities filing system.

The FBI inquiry is in its initial stages and comes amid a parallel civil probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which shared information with the FBI about the matter, according to people familiar with the situation. FBI involvement is an indication those responsible for the apparently fake filing may have violated criminal statutes.

Status: Unverified

5/11/2015: Blue Apron seeking $2 billion valuation in new funding round

Blue Apron Inc. is assembling the ingredients for a multibillion-dollar valuation.

The New York-based startup, which ships boxes of pre-measured ingredients to home cooks, is in talks to raise money from investors at a valuation of around $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

5/8/2015: Uber seeks to raise up to $2 billion in new funding

Uber Technologies Inc., the world’s most highly-capitalized private startup, plans to raise yet another large round of funding.

The ride-sharing company has briefed investors on its plans to raise about $1.5 billion to $2 billion in new funding, two people familiar with the matter said. Uber expects the new round of funding to value the company at $50 billion or higher, the people said, though they said Uber’s plans could change.

Status: Unverified

5/1/2015: Facebook offers to let publishers keep revenue from certain ads

Facebook Inc. is offering to let publishers keep all the revenue from certain advertisements, in a bid to persuade them to distribute content through the social network, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

4/29/2015: FBI helped facilitate ransom for U.S. hostage killed in drone strike

The Federal Bureau of Investigation helped facilitate a 2012 ransom payment to al Qaeda from the family of kidnapped aid worker Warren Weinstein, senior U.S. officials said, in an unsuccessful bid to secure the release of the American, who was killed in January in a U.S. drone strike.

Status: Unverified

4/29/2015: Apple Watch: Faulty taptic engine slows roll out

A key component of the Apple Watch made by one of two suppliers was found to be defective, prompting Apple Inc. to limit the availability of the highly anticipated new product, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

4/28/2015: SEC investigating whether Bank of America broke customer-protection rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Bank of America Corp. broke rules designed to safeguard client accounts, potentially putting retail-brokerage funds at risk in order to generate more profits, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

Status: Unverified

4/19/2015: Comcast strives to save merger with Time Warner Cable

Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. are slated to sit down for the first time on Wednesday with Justice Department officials to discuss potential remedies in hopes of keeping their $45.2 billion merger on track, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: We’ll find out April 22.

4/12/2015: U.S. widens role in Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen

The U.S. is expanding its role in Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen, vetting military targets and searching vessels for Yemen-bound Iranian arms amid growing concerns about the goals of the Saudi-led mission, according to U.S. and Arab officials.

Status: Unverified

4/12/2015: Behind Time Warner chief’s ‘cord-cutter’ pitch

Only 3% of respondents who had the HBO TV channel said they would drop it for the Web version, say people familiar with the poll.

Status: Unverified
Quite a few anonymous sources in this story.

4/6/2015: Viacom takes $785 million charge on cable woes

The layoffs affected as many as 400 people, according to people familiar with the matter, while the shows being written down include reruns of “CSI,” “Entourage” and “Community,” among others. Charges include an accounting change for programming such as reality and game shows that are losing their allure faster than in the past.

Status: Unverified

4/1/2015: Turner and Dish reach new distribution pact

The two companies negotiated through Tuesday evening, past the deadline of their current short-term agreement, to wrap up a deal that will keep Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting channels such as TBS, TNT and truTV in Dish homes.

The deal includes a way to subscribe to HBO through Sling TV, Dish’s Web TV service. A person familiar with the matter said Dish is unlikely to be a distributor at the launch of HBO Now, the standalone app, although Dish does have the right to do so as part of the deal.

Status: Unverified

3/29/2015: Obama ramps up lobbying on Iran as deadline looms

As negotiations with Iran on a nuclear deal come down to the wire, the White House is ramping up a yearlong campaign to persuade lawmakers and the public to support an agreement.

In recent days, officials have tried to neutralize skeptical Democrats by arguing that opposing President Barack Obama would empower the new Republican majority, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Status: Unverified

3/22/2015: Charges against Sen. Robert Menendez expected as early as this week

Federal investigators are preparing to file criminal charges against Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey as early as this week, after a legal battle over how much the Constitution shields lawmakers and their aides, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Status: We’ll find out this week.

3/16/2015: Apple plans web TV service in fall

Apple Inc.’s lofty plans to build an online television service are coming into sharper focus.

The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to people familiar with the matter. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV, they said.

Status: Unverified

3/12/2015: The WSJ’s ‘people familiar with the matter’

Daring Fireball points out an example of anonymous sourcing in the Wall Street Journal. In this case, the source was wrong.

3/5/2015: Google wireless plan has one catch

Google Inc.’s planned wireless service may launch by the end of March, but it will work only on the company’s latest Nexus brand smartphone and not on other phones using Google’s Android operating system, people familiar with the matter said.

Status: Unverified

3/3/2015: NBCU plans subscription comedy video service

The comedy service would likely feature full episodes of NBC shows such as “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon and “Saturday Night Live.” The company also plans to invest in original series for the service and may enlist its TV stars to create exclusive content, according to the people familiar with the plans. NBCU is considering various possible price points—one range under consideration is $2.50 to $3.50 per month, one of the people said.

Status: Unverified

2/26/2015: Google, reaching for revenue, will allow search ads in Play store

The Google vice president in charge of the Play store, Jamie Rosenberg, has focused on getting more content and apps in the store, and improving the user experience, before accepting ads or sponsorships, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified
I don’t understand the need for an anonymous source here.

2/17/2015: Apple orders more than 5 million watches for initial run

Apple has asked its suppliers in Asia to make a combined five to six million units of its three Apple Watch models during the first quarter ahead of the product’s release in April, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

2/16/2015: New European rules roil global online gambling industry

But according to people familiar with the matter, another of the industry’s biggest competitors, Amaya Gaming Group Inc., is still in talks regarding the acquisition of the company or parts of it.

Status: Unverified

Two other instances of anonymous sourcing in this story.

2/16/2015: Ukraine, France, and Germany wanted a quicker start to the cease-fire

Ukraine, France and Germany wanted a much quicker start to the cease-fire, according to people familiar with the talks.

Status: Unverified

2/6/15: RBC plans selling Caribbean wealth-management assets

Royal Bank of Canada is in talks with several bidders for parts of the Caribbean wealth-management business that it is exiting as part of a pullback in the Caribbean and Latin America, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

2/2/15: Staples, Office Depot in advanced talks to merge

Staples Inc. and Office Depot Inc. are in advanced talks to combine, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be a major step toward consolidating the retail market for pens, paper and other office supplies.

Status: Confirmed

3/23/14 : Top JP Morgan Executive in China Expected to Resign

One of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s top China executives is expected to resign amid a probe of the U.S. bank’s Asian hiring practices, according to people familiar with the situation.

Status: Still unverified 

3/23/14 : Apple in talks with Comcast about streaming-TV service

Apple Inc. is in talks with Comcast Corp. about teaming up for a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment on Comcast’s cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the Web, people familiar with the matter say. 

Status: Still unverified

3/23/14 : US scurries to shore up spying on Russia

I lost count of how many anonymous sources this article references.

3/21/14 – CitiBike, needing millions of dollars, looks for help

Leaders of Citi Bike are moving quickly to raise tens of millions of dollars to rescue the popular bike-share program as it loses money, according to people familiar with the matter. Citi Bike’s bright blue bicycles have become a seemingly indispensable part of some city neighborhoods, but its managers don’t believe it can survive if it doesn’t become more appealing to tourists and expand to new neighborhoods, the people familiar with the matter said.

Status: Still unverified 

3/20/14 :  Airbnb In Advanced Talks to Raise Funding at a $10 Billion Valuation

Airbnb Inc. is in advanced talks to raise funds that would value the online home-rental company at more than $10 billion and place it among the world’s most valuable startups, according to several people familiar with the process.

Status: Still unverified