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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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4/18/2017: 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