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12/21/2017: Apple Is Developing an EKG Heart Monitor for Its Smartwatch

Apple Inc. is developing an advanced heart-monitoring feature for future versions of its smartwatch, part of a broader push by the company to turn what was once a luxury fashion accessory into a serious medical device, according to people familiar with the plan.

4/18/2017: Apple Readies iPhone Overhaul for Smartphone’s 10th Anniversary

Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look, according to people familiar with the matter. For the redesigned phone, Apple is testing a new type of screen, curved glass and stainless steel materials, and more advanced cameras, the people said.

1/18/2017: This Team Runs Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page

Typically, a handful of Facebook employees manage communications just for him, helping write his posts and speeches, while an additional dozen or so delete harassing comments and spam on his page, say two people familiar with the matter.

10/26/2016: Snapchat Seeks to Raise as Much as $4 Billion in IPO

Snapchat will seek to raise as much as $4 billion in its planned initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.

10/17/2016: How Apple Scaled Back Its Titanic Plan to Take on Detroit

Apple Inc. has drastically scaled back its automotive ambitions, leading to hundreds of job cuts and a new direction that, for now, no longer includes building its own car, according to people familiar with the project.

Hundreds of members of the car team, which comprises about 1,000 people, have been reassigned, let go, or have left of their own volition in recent months, the people said, asking not to be identified because the moves aren’t public.

10/5/2016: Jack Dorsey Is Losing Control of Twitter

A few days before Twitter’s Sept. 8 board meeting, as the company’s finance team readied a presentation, it received conflicting directions on a crucial question. Should their slides reflect Twitter’s prospects as an independent company or delve into the benefits of getting acquired?

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive officer, argued that the 10-year-old company should remain on its current course and work to capitalize on recent product improvements and success in streaming live video, people familiar with the discussions said. Ev Williams, a former CEO who has a history of clashing with Dorsey, was in favor of exploring a sale. Other directors agreed they had a fiduciary duty to consider that option. The board ultimately decided to consider takeover prospects after getting an expression of interest from a potential acquirer, which led it to hire Goldman Sachs and Allen & Co. to evaluate possible bids.

8/21/2016: Pfizer Said Close to $14 Billion Deal to Acquire Medivation

Pfizer Inc. is close to an agreement to buy Medivation Inc. for about $14 billion, people familiar with the situation said.

The deal may be announced as early as Monday, said the people, who asked not to be identified. The biotech company’s shares closed at $67.16 on Friday, giving it a market value of $11.1 billion.

8/18/2016: Apple Hits Roadblocks in Cutting Watch Ties to iPhone

Apple Inc. has hit roadblocks in making major changes that would connect its Watch to cellular networks and make it less dependent on the iPhone, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The company still plans to announce new watch models this fall boasting improvements to health tracking.

The updated versions will also be able to integrate GPS-based location tracking, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

7/28/2016: Apple Hires BlackBerry Talent With Car Project Turning to Self-Driving Software

Apple Inc. has hired the former head of BlackBerry Ltd.’s automotive software division as new leadership at the iPhone-maker’s car team places increased emphasis on developing self-driving technology, according to people familiar with the project.

7/22/2016: Trump Would Fund Super-PACs Aimed at Taking Down Cruz, Kasich

Donald Trump plans to create and fund super-PACs specifically aimed at ending the political careers of Ted Cruz and John Kasich should either run for office again, after both snubbed the Republican nominee during his party’s convention this week, a source familiar with Trump’s thinking told Bloomberg Politics on Friday.

6/30/2016: Disney Said in $3.5 Billion Deal for MLB’s Online Video Arm

Walt Disney Co. agreed to acquire a one-third stake in the video-streaming unit of MLB Advanced Media, in a deal valued at about $3.5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Disney, the owner of ESPN and ABC, will retain a four-year option to buy an additional 33 percent stake in the digital arm of Major League Baseball, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. WME-IMG, the parent of William Morris Endeavor and the owner of media properties including the Miami Open tennis tournament, was among the bidders for a stake in the business, the person said.

6/2/2016: Snapchat Passes Twitter in Daily Usage

Snapchat Inc. has 150 million people using the service each day, said people familiar with the matter. That makes the four-year-old messaging app more popular than Twitter Inc. by daily active users.

Snapchat has been growing quickly, boosted by its popularity among young people. The app had 110 million daily users in December, said the people, who asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to speak about the numbers.

5/16/2016: Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit

Twitter Inc. will soon stop counting photos and links in their 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.

5/10/2016: Sports Authority Reorganization Hopes Fade as Bid Deadline Looms

Sports Authority Inc.’s hopes to avoid liquidation are fading.

With bids for Sports Authority’s assets and leases due Wednesday, Modell’s Sporting Goods Inc. has backed away from a potential deal for the chain that would have kept some of the stores operating under their current name, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

New York-based Modell’s, the only potential buyer to express interest in keeping the Sports Authority brand going, had been in talks with the company and its creditors for weeks, said the people, asking not to be named because the negotiations are private. It walked away because the two sides couldn’t agree on a price, the people said.

5/4/2016: Apple to Revamp Streaming Music Service After Mixed Reviews, Departures

Apple Inc. is planning sweeping changes to its year-old music streaming service after the first iteration of the product was met with tepid reviews and several executives brought in to revive the company’s music strategy departed.

Apple is altering the user interface of Apple Music to make it more intuitive to use, according to people familiar with the product who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. Apple also plans to better integrate its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service, the people said. The reboot is expected to be unveiled at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The changes will be accompanied by a marketing blitz to lure more customers to the $10-per-month streaming service. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

4/26/2016: The Real Story of How Amazon Built the Echo

Bezos declined an interview request to discuss the speaker’s development, but 10 current and former Amazon employees agreed to talk, mostly on the condition of anonymity because they hadn’t been authorized to do so by the company. This is the story of what they built.

4/21/2016: Univision Said Eyeing Second Half of Year for $1 Billion IPO

Univision Holdings Inc., the largest Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S., is aiming for the second half of the year for its initial public offering that could raise as much as $1 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The New York-based company is waiting for better market conditions to sell its shares to the public, the people said, asking not to be named because the discussions are private. No final decision has been made on the timing of the deal, the people said.

4/7/2016: Verizon to Proceed With Yahoo Bid, Google Weighs Offer

Verizon Communications Inc. plans to make a first-round bid for Yahoo Inc.’s Web business next week, and is willing to acquire the company’s Yahoo Japan Corp. stake to help sweeten the offer, according to people familiar with the matter.

Google, the main division of Alphabet Inc., is also considering bidding for Yahoo’s core business, a separate person said.

3/23/2016: Murdoch May Get Boost in Australia TV Battle With Netflix

A plan by billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to gain control of Australia’s largest pay-television provider would give the company a freer hand to accelerate price cuts and buy new shows to compete with Netflix Inc.

News Corp. and Telstra Corp., the joint owners of pay-television service Foxtel, are considering a deal that would reduce Telstra’s stake in the venture and take News Corp.’s to 51 percent, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

9/2/2015: Twitter CEO search gains urgency as stock slips, executives exit

Pressure on Twitter Inc.’s board is mounting.

In the three months since the company started searching for a new chief executive officer, the stock has slipped 22 percent and several product executives have left. A leading internal candidate, according to people close to the board, is interim leader and co-founder Jack Dorsey — who’s already CEO at a company on the verge of an initial public offering.

Twitter’s board meets Thursday and plans to discuss the results from the search so far, said the people, who asked not to be named because the process is private. Investors are getting impatient for directors to make a decision, or at least give a detailed update on the process, said Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co.

7/24/2015: Square said to file confidentially for initial public offering

Square Inc., the mobile-payments company founded and led by Jack Dorsey, the interim chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., filed confidentially for an initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Unverified

7/21/2015: Apple iPhone shipments, revenue forecast miss estimates

Apple is working on a new larger-screened version of the iPad that could appeal to corporate customers looking to use the device as a replacement for a laptop computer, people familiar with the plans have said.

Status: Unverified

7/7/2015: Ferrari said to pick UBS to manage New York Stock listing

Ferrari SpA, the supercar maker being spun off by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, picked UBS Group AG to help manage its initial public offering in New York later this year, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Unverified

6/26/2015: Apple suppliers start making iPhones with Force Touch

Apple Inc. has started early production of new iPhone models with a feature called Force Touch, which senses how hard users are pressing down on a screen, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Unverified

6/22/2015: NYC’s de Blasio said to reach deal with council for more police

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are close to agreeing on a $78 billion budget that would increase the number of police officers while suppressing overtime costs, said two people familiar with the talks.

While an exact number hasn’t been determined, it will be fewer than the 1,000 new officers that council members have sought, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly because the negotiations are continuing. An agreement could be announced as early as Monday or Tuesday night, they said.

Status: Now confirmed

5/18/2015: Jawbone gets a loan and a leash

Jawbone, the San Francisco maker of wearable technology, recently got a hefty $300 million investment from BlackRock, the largest and one of the most trusted asset management companies in the world.

But the investment wasn’t a $300 million cash infusion, I learned recently. According to documents filed in California and to people close to the deal, BlackRock is giving Jawbone, which makes speakers, Bluetooth headsets and fitness trackers, a $300 million loan.

Status: Unverified

5/12/2015: Charter still in active talks to buy Bright House Networks

Charter Communications Inc. continues to work on a takeover of Bright House Networks LLC, seeing the deal as a precursor to a bid for Time Warner Cable Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said.

The companies are in active discussions to reach a new deal, the people said, during an exclusivity period that lasts through most of May. The talks may continue even after that exclusivity ends, the people said.

Status: Somewhat verified

5/6/2015: Greek banks are having trouble trading foreign currencies

Greek banks are increasingly being hampered from trading currencies, one of most liquid markets, as international dealers cut back credit lines and costs soar, according to people with knowledge of the trades.

Status: Unverified

4/30/2015: Avon profit misses estimates as North American sales suffer

Unit sales in the region plunged 25 percent last quarter, worse than any other location. Avon has been considering a sale of the business or some other deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

4/29/2015: Salesforce said to work with bankers to field inquiries

Salesforce.com Inc. is working with financial advisers to help it field takeover offers after being approached by a potential acquirer, people with knowledge of the matter said.

There is no certainty any deal will transpire, the people said, asking not to be named because the information is private. The people didn’t identify potential acquirers. Bankers may help rebuff any suitor or work out an eventual sale, one of the people said.

Status: Unverified

4/24/2015: Charter advisers said to contact Time Warner Cable for talks

Advisers for Charter Communications Inc. have reached out to Time Warner Cable Inc. to begin friendly talks on an acquisition after Comcast Corp. withdrew its bid for the company, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Somewhat verified

4/23/2015: Comcast plans to drop Time Warner Cable deal

Comcast Corp. is planning to walk away from its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said, after regulators planned to oppose the deal.

Status: Verified

4/20/2015: Elon Musk had a deal to sell Tesla to Google in 2013

Earlier in 2013 the company was struggling to turn preorders of its vehicles into actual sales. As Musk put his staff on crisis footing to save Tesla, he also began negotiating a deal to sell the company to Google through his friend Larry Page, the search giant’s co-founder and chief executive officer, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal. Tesla spokesman Ricardo Reyes and Google spokeswoman Rachel Whetstone declined to comment. “I don’t want to speculate on rumors,” Page said when I asked him if Google had considered buying Tesla, adding that a “car company is pretty far from what Google knows.”

Status: Unverified

4/9/2015: Altera rejects Intel’s buyout offer of about $54 a share

Altera Corp. rejected an offer of about $54 a share from Intel Corp., breaking off talks to be acquired by the world’s largest chipmaker, people familiar with the negotiations said Thursday.

Status: Unverified

4/2/2015: I want my Snapchat TV

Five days before the March 25 broadcast premiere of Big Time in Hollywood, FL, a new Comedy Central show produced by actor Ben Stiller, the network released its first episode on Snapchat. In January the messaging app, known mostly for letting its young users share annotated photos that vanish shortly afterward, added a “Discover” feature, a menu of free channels from 11 media companies that publish video clips and news stories directly to Snapchat. Two people who work for Snapchat’s channel partners say their daily video clips and written stories average more than 1 million viewers; they declined to discuss specific viewership numbers or revenue. Big Time won’t be Comedy Central’s last Snapchat premiere, says Senior Vice President Steve Grimes.

Status: Unverified

3/30/2015: Doctor tied to Menendez said to face federal charges soon

A Florida eye doctor is expected to soon face federal criminal charges as part of a corruption inquiry into U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, according to two people familiar with the case.

Status: Unverified

3/27/2015: Spotify said in talks to add podcasts to challenge Apple

Spotify Ltd. has held talks with potential content partners to add podcasts to its music-streaming service, challenging Apple Inc. in a business it dominates, according to people briefed on the matter.

Status: Unverified

3/23/2015: Slack is said to be in funding talks at $2 billion-plus value

Slack Technologies Inc., whose software helps people collaborate at work, is in talks with investors to raise financing at a valuation of more than $2 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Status: Unverified

3/17/2015: Moonves said to have mulled Time Warner deal as CBS plots future

CBS Corp. Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves has been preparing for the future — and how Time Warner Inc. might be part of it.

Moonves and his counterpart at Time Warner, Jeff Bewkes, discussed the idea of combining their companies in meetings last year, three people with knowledge of the matter said. Bewkes wasn’t interested, said two of the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions were private.

Status: Unverified

3/6/15: Dong Energy said to weigh spinoff or sale of oil and gas unit

Dong Energy AS, the Danish state-owned utility, is considering spinning off or selling its oil exploration and production unit, three people with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Unverified

2/23/15: Viacom said to plan companywide job cuts as TV ratings decline

Viacom Inc. will cut staff across the company as it grapples with shrinking audiences and advertising sales at cable channels such as MTV and Comedy Central, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Status: Unverified

2/19/15: Rubles pile up for exporters after Russia asks for currency help

OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s largest miner, and steelmaker PAO Severstal are among exporters converting more of their dollars and euros into local currency, according to company filings and people with knowledge of the situation. It’s a policy encouraged by the government to help stabilize the ruble after its 47 percent plunge last year.

Status: Unverified

2/19/15: Barclays said to shrink bonus pool to less than 2 billion pounds

Barclays Plc will shrink its 2014 bonus pool more than 17 percent to less than 2 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) as the U.K.’s second-largest lender cuts back its investment bank, a person with knowledge of its compensation strategy said.

Status: Unverified

2/18/15: Vice CEO Smith spent $300,000 on Vegas feast after blackjack

Vice Media Inc. Chief Executive Officer Shane Smith paid for a $300,000 Las Vegas dinner last month, according to a person who asked not to be identified because the meal was private. Smith, a Vice co-founder, had been on a lucky gambling run, the person said.

Status: Unverified

The New York Times wrote about this too.

2/8/15: Oil advances after OPEC lowers outlook for U.S. output

United Steelworkers will resume talks on a national labor contract for 30,000 oil workers on Feb. 10, said two people with knowledge of the negotiations.

Status: Unverified

2/4/15: Twitter reaches deal to show tweets in Google search results

In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they’re posted, thanks to a deal giving the Web company access to Twitter’s firehose, the stream of data generated by the microblogging service’s 284 million users, people with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday.

Status: Confirmed

2/2/15: Source: Google is developing its own Uber competitor

Google is preparing to offer its own ride-hailing service, most likely in conjunction with its long-in-development driverless car project. Drummond has informed Uber’s board of this possibility, according to a person close to the Uber board, and Uber executives have seen screenshots of what appears to be a Google ride-sharing app that is currently being used by Google employees.

Status: Still unverified  

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4/5/2018: U.S. willing to talk trade with China, no session set yet

The United States is willing to negotiate with China on trade, but only if talks are serious, as previous attempts produced little progress, a senior U.S. official told Reuters late on Thursday as trade tensions between the two nations escalated.

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.

Status: Unverified

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.

Status: Unverified

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.

Status: Unverified

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.

Status: Unverified

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.

Status: Unverified

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.

Status: Unverified

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.

Status: Unverified

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.

Status: Unverified

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.”

Status: Unverified

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