Top Headlines - part 3

California Issues Permits for Self Driving Cars

California Issues Permits for Self Driving Cars

BUSINESS

  • Three other states have issued permits
  • Self operating vehicles use sensor technology
  • California put new regulations in place before issuing permits

California has become the fourth state to issue permits for testing self driving vehicles on state roads.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles permit is $150 for 10 vehicles and 20 drivers. An additional 10 drivers can be added for $50.

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United Airlines Offers Flight Attendants $100,000 Buyout

United Airlines Offers Flight Attendants $100,000 Buyout

BUSINESS

  • Airline hopes 2,100 accept offer
  • Buyout helps prevent future layoffs
  • United only airline to experience quarterly loss

American carrier United Airlines, a unit of United Continental Holdings Inc.,is offering flight attendants a $100,000 lump-sum buyout to prevent future layoffs.

The airline employees 23,000 flight attendants and hopes 2,100 accept the offer.

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Apple iPhone 6 Sets Record for Presales

Apple iPhone 6 Sets Record for Presales

BUSINESS

  • Sales 2 million more than iPhone 5
  • Model not available in all nations Sept. 19
  • Demand is usually greater than supply for Apple Products

Presales for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reached 4 million during the first 24 hours, according to Apple Inc., breaking the record set by the iPhone 5 which sold 2 million in 24 hours.

If sales kept pace all weekend, up to 10 million iPhone 6s were sold. Analysts say the volume of orders reflects customers’ demand for larger screens.

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Lululemon Reports Better than Expected Second Quarter

Lululemon Reports Better than Expected Second Quarter

BUSINESS

  • Online sales helped maintain sales levels
  • Company on track to open new stores
  • Dispute with company founder resolved

Canadian yoga-wear manufacturerLululemon Athletica Inc. reported better than expected earnings for the quarter ending Aug. 3.

Profit fell to $48.7 million while revenue grew 13% to $390.7 million. Sales remained stagnant. Same stores sales decreased 5% while Internet sales increased 30%.

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Apple Pay Ready to Roll Out in U.S.

Apple Pay Ready to Roll Out in U.S.

BUSINESS

  • Apple to receive cut of credit card fees
  • Less than 20% of Americans use mobile payment
  • Rest of world will need to wait for Apple Pay

Apple Inc.’s new Apple Pay mobile payment system will debut in October in the United States. It works by allowing users to pay for purchases with a tap of their iPhone.

The service is similar to those offered by PayPal, Amazon, Google and Facebook, and it is exclusive to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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FTC Suing Pharmaceutical Companies over AndroGel

FTC Suing Pharmaceutical Companies over AndroGel

BUSINESS

  • Companies accused of preventing generic version of drug
  • Generic company compensated with cholesterol drug
  • FTC trying to stop pay-to-delay deals

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has filed a federal lawsuit accusing three pharmaceutical companies with preventing a generic version of testosterone replacement drug AndroGel in reaching market.

According to the lawsuit, AbbVie Inc. and its partner Besins Healthcare Inc. filed baseless patent infringement lawsuits against generic drug companies, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Perrigo Company Plc, in order to delay a generic version of AndroGel. AbbVie then entered into a pay-for-delay settlement agreement with Teva, the world’s largest generic drug company, which was given the rights to AbbVie’s cholesterol drug, Tricor.

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Electrolux Purchases GE Appliances for $3.3 Billion

Electrolux Purchases GE Appliances for $3.3 Billion

BUSINESS

  • Sales moves GE closer to its business goals
  • Electrolux to better compete against Whirlpool
  • Electrolux to make future purchases

Swedish appliance company AB Electrolux has purchased GE Appliances for $3.3 billion, moving GE closer to its goal of streamlining and focusing solely on its core infrastructure business.

Electrolux is the parent company of the brands Electrolux, Hotpoint, Eureka and Frigidaire.

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Net Neutrality Group, Major Websites to Take Part in Day of Action

Net Neutrality Group, Major Websites to Take Part in Day of Action

BUSINESS

  • Sept. 10 to be slow Internet day
  • Net neutrality to be decided soon by Federal Communications Commission
  • Dozens of activist groups protesting in Washington D.C.

Several major websites and net neutrality activist groups are partnering together for a day of action Sept. 10 over what could potentially become a slower, divided Internet.

Websites taking part include WordPress, Mozilla, iFixIt, Kickstarter, Vimeo, Reddit, Etsy, Tumblr and Foursquare, according to Internet advocacy group Fight for the Future. Visitors to those sites will be asked to make their opinion known to policy makers.

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CVS Changes Name, Ends Tobacco Sales

CVS Changes Name, Ends Tobacco Sales

BUSINESS

  • Name change reflects commitment to health
  • Drug store chains adding services to gain customers
  • Tobacco sales ending nearly a month early

CVS, the United States’ second-largest drugstore chain, is changing its name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health, effective immediately, to better reflect the chain’s commitment to consumer health.

The retail business will continue to be known as CVS/pharmacy, and signage won’t change.

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1-800-Flowers Buys Harry & David for $142 Million

1-800-Flowers Buys Harry & David for $142 Million

BUSINESS

  • Acquisition adds to company’s gift offerings
  • Harry & David had rebounded from bankruptcy
  • New company to be worth $1 billion

Online florist 1-800-Flowers Inc., one of the largest providers of flower deliveries,has agreed to purchase gift basket retailer Harry & David Holdings Inc. for $142.5 million in cash, adding to its gift offerings.

The deal includes not only Harry & David’s brands, website and retail locations but its orchards and its Medford, OR, headquarters and manufacturing-and-distribution facilities. A warehouse-and-distribution facility in Hebron, OH, also is included in the deal.

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