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Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Cars Globally

Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Cars Globally

BUSINESS

Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest automaker, is recalling 1.75 million vehicles globally for three separate defects.

This is the automaker’s fourth global recall this year, bringing the number of vehicles recalled to 5.3 million in the United States alone. The global number of recalled vehicles is unknown, Toyota said.

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Iliad Drops Pursuit of T-Mobile, Shares Rise

Iliad Drops Pursuit of T-Mobile, Shares Rise

BUSINESS

  • Bid is second rejected by T-Mobile
  • T-Mobile fastest-growing mobile carrier
  • T-Mobile owner feels company better alone

Iliad SA, France’s smallest mobile carrier, saw its shares rise 13% after it abandoned a bid for the fourth-largest U.S. wireless-service provider, T-Mobile US Inc.

The carrier first expressed interest in T-Mobile in July.

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Kmart Offers Customers Credit Monitoring After Security Breach

Kmart Offers Customers Credit Monitoring After Security Breach

BUSINESS

  • Breach affected unknown number of customers
  • Malware affected retailer’s systems for a month
  • Other major retailers have suffered security breaches

Discount chain Kmart, owned by Sears Holding Corp., is offering customers free credit monitoring services after its payment systems were affected by malware. Anyone who used a credit or debit card at one of Kmart’s 1,200 stores between Sept. 1 and Oct. 9 are eligible.

The security breach occurred in early September but wasn’t discovered until Oct. 9. The type of malware used by the hackers was not detectable by anti-virus programs, the company said.

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J.C. Penney Revises Forecast, Announces Sales Strategy

J.C. Penney Revises Forecast, Announces Sales Strategy

BUSINESS

  • September sales were lower than expected
  • Sales still higher than 2012
  • New sales strategy to focus on three areas

 

 

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Google: Google+ Here to Stay

Google:  Google+ Here to Stay

BUSINESS

  • Head of social media says rumors about Google+ untrue
  • Google+ not trying to compete with other social networks
  • Changes being made to Google+

Google+ is here to stay, contrary to rumors, Google’s new head of social media, David Besbris said in an interview with Re/Code.

The rumors began in April when Besbris’s predecessor, Vic Gundotra, left Google unexpectedly after seven years and the company seemed to be focusing its attention elsewhere.

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Walmart Partners with Health Insurance Provider

Walmart Partners with Health Insurance Provider

BUSINESS

  • Insurance to be added during open enrollment periods
  • Service to be available at more than half of U.S. stores
  • Walmart wants to move into healthcare industry

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is partnering with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to present U.S. Walmart customers with health insurance options Oct. 10 through Dec. 7.

The program is called Healthcare Begins Here, and DirectHealth.com licensed agents will explain Medicare plans from 13 firms and individual plans from 300 carriers.

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Hewlett-Packard to Split Into Two Companies

Hewlett-Packard  to Split Into Two Companies

BUSINESS

  • Each company to focus on different services
  • Job cuts under current CEO to reach 55,000
  • Company Nearly Split in 2011

Hewlett-Packard Co., the largest technology-industry company, will soon be split in two listed companies in order to focus on each company’s strengths.

HP Inc., the current Printing and Personal Systems Group, will sell PCs and printers. Its revenue is forecasted to be $57.2 billion with an operating profit of $5.4 billion. The company may explore related technologies including 3D printing.

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Sears to Raise Funds by Selling Shares in Canada Unit

Sears to Raise Funds by Selling Shares in Canada Unit

BUSINESS

  • Retailer hopes to raise $380 million
  • Funds needed for holiday inventory
  • Sears has had years of financial struggles

American retailer Sears plans to raise $380 million between mid-October and late-November by selling a 51% stake in Sears Canada to existing shareholders to raise much needed funds before the Christmas season.

Forty million shares were approved by the board of directors for the offering.

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Alcatel-Lucent Sells Equipment Business to Chinese Investment Company for $254 Million

Alcatel-Lucent Sells Equipment Business to Chinese Investment Company for $254 Million

BUSINESS

  • Company in highly competitive market
  • Chinese seem willing to invest
  • Alcatel-Lucent creating new technologies

French equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has completed the sale of its IP telephony and Ethernet switching equipment business to industrial investment company China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center for $254 million.

The sale is part of Alcatel-Lucent’s Shift Plan, which began in June 2013, whose goal is to cut costs, generate asset sales and reestablish the company as a specialist in IP, Cloud and Ultra-Broadband Access.

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PayPal and eBay to Split in 2015

PayPal and eBay to Split in 2015

BUSINESS

  • eBay investor urged split
  • eBay CEO says time is right for split
  • PayPal facing competition from other mobile payment systems

Online auction house eBay Inc. announced payments business PayPal will be spun off into a publicly traded company in the second half of 2015, allowing the businesses to be nimble and evolve to changing market conditions.

Activist hedge fund magnate Carl Icahn, who is eBay's sixth-largest shareholder, had urged the companies to split, saying PayPal would receive a huge premium and a split would remove conflicts of interest.

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