Top Headlines - part 64

Patents Dispute Between Apple, Samsung No Nearer To Resolution

Patents Dispute Between Apple, Samsung No Nearer To Resolution

BUSINESS

  • Australian court lifts ban on sales of Samsung Galaxy
  • French court rejects bid to prevent sales of iPhone 4S
  • $5 billion business relationship between firms at risk

The complex patents battle between Samsung Electronics Co and Apple Inc is showing no signs of coming to an end.

In recent news, an Australian court lifted the ban on Samsung selling its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia, just in time for Christmas. The ruling came just one day after a Paris court rejected Samsung's attempt to prevent Apple's iPhone 4S from being sold in France.

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IBM Boosts Cloud Analytics with DemandTec Acquisition

IBM Boosts Cloud Analytics with DemandTec Acquisition

BUSINESS

  • IBM to takeove DemandTecfor $440 million
  • IBM’s will expand its Smarter Commerce initiative with DemandTec price and promotion analytics software
  • IBM announced last year a $20 billion budget for mergers and acquisitions through 2015

IBM Corp has validated a definitive plan for a $440 million takeover of DemandTec Inc, which will add online trend-based business tools to its services. The two companies agreed a cash buyout price of $13.20 per share, which is about 57% higher than California-based DemandTec’s closing price the day before the announcement.

The deal is expected to be concluded in the first quarter of 2012.

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Brazil Budget Airline Gol Gets $100 Million Investment Boost from Delta

Brazil Budget Airline Gol Gets $100 Million Investment Boost from Delta

FINANCE

  • Delta to take 3% stake in Gol along with board seat
  • Gol capital boosted by 280 million reais ($160 million)
  • Gol announced 844 million reais ($482 million) net loss in October

Delta Air Lines will invest $100 million in Brazilian budget airline Gol Linhas Aereas to give the company a financial boost against its Latin American rivals. The carriers agreed to a deal in which Delta will buy Gol’s American depository receipts and acquire shares for 22 reais each, equivalent to 47% more than the closing price of shares early last week.

This will boost Gol’s capital by up to 280 million reais, or $160 million.

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Exxon Mobil Report: Will Global Energy Demand Jump 30% by 2040?

Exxon Mobil Report: Will Global Energy Demand Jump 30% by 2040?

WORLD

  • Natural gas supply to increase 60% in 30 years, replacing coal in second place
  • Renewable energy demand to quadruple to meet 15% of demand
  • Hybrid vehicles to make up 40% of all vehicles by 2040

A new report produced by Exxon Mobil shows that the world's consumption of oil, nuclear and natural gas is set to increase over 30% in the next 30 years due to rising population and environmental measures to limit coal use.

The world’s population is also set to grow around 30% to 9 billion by 2040, matching the predicted growth in energy consumption.

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Japan’s Government May Opt for $39 Billion Tepco Bailout

Japan’s Government May Opt for $39 Billion Tepco Bailout

BUSINESS

  • Taking four reactors offline could cost $15.5 billion, potentially bankrupting Tepco
  • 12,000 gallons of radioactive water seeped from Fukushima nuclear plant
  • Tepco shares plummet 15% amid talk of government bailout

The Japanese government is considering plowing $13 billion into Tokyo Electric Power in 2012 to nationalize the company.

The state fund injection of $13 billion was a minimal estimate, with a higher estimate of over $25 billion, reaching as much as $38 billion over a four-year period. The company’s shares fell over 15% on the back of talk of the government bailout.

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Oil: Saudi Arabia crude output reaches 30-year high

Oil: Saudi Arabia crude output reaches 30-year high

WORLD

  • Saudi Arabia announces oil production of over 10 million barrels per day
  • OPEC to reach oil target deal for 2012, demand estimated at 30 million bpd
  • Oil stockpiles put pressure on oil futures, Brent falls $1.30 a barrel

Saudi Arabia says its oil output has reached a 30-year high of almost 10.050 million barrels per day (bpd), amid EU talks considering placing a ban on oil from Iran. The nation's oil output came close to 10 million bpd in August, and neared 9.5 million barrels in September, October and November.

Analysts are interpreting the announcement as a message to the market that demand is high and production should be in keeping with demand. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet on December 14 in Vienna to address production policy.

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JC Penney Buys Part of Martha Stewart Team To Drive Mini-Stores and E-Commerce

JC Penney Buys Part of Martha Stewart Team To Drive Mini-Stores and E-Commerce

FINANCE

  • J.C. Penney Gains near 17% Stake, 2 Board Chairs from Martha Stewart Living
  • Martha Stewart Living Shops to Open in 2013
  • J.C. Penney's Holiday Sales Down, Q3 Losses
  • J.C. Penney Hires PMK-BNC for Public Relations

US retail department store giant J.C. Penney has announced a partnership with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. to the tune of $38.5 million. As part of the agreement, J.C. Penney paid $3.50 per share to own a 17% stake in the company and an additional 12% premium to Martha Stewart Living's closing price. J.C. Penney will also hold two seats on the board of the company.

In return, Martha Stewart Living and J.C. Penney are working together to open Martha Stewart Living mini-stores and an e-commerce website that are set to be launched by February 2013.

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Citigroup Accepts $400 Million Charge in Q4 To Cut 4,500 Jobs

Citigroup Accepts $400 Million Charge in Q4 To Cut 4,500 Jobs

BUSINESS

  • Citigroup to cut 1.5% of its global workforce
  • Citigroup to continue investing in emerging markets - Brazil, China, India
  • Citigroup to fill as many as 70 new positions in Asia

At an investor conference earlier this week, Citigroup Inc.’s CEO Vikram Pandit announced that the company will eliminate 4,500 more jobs to reduce costs in light of continued drops in revenue and record-low market conditions.

For severance and other charges, Citigroup have to pay out $400 million in the fourth quarter. According to Pandit, the job cuts will be made over the next few quarters and represent approximately 1.5% of its global workforce.

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Xbox Update Helps Boost Microsoft Revenue Growth

Xbox Update Helps Boost Microsoft Revenue Growth

BUSINESS

  • Microsoft releases update to Xbox 360 with improved interface and enhanced voice controls
  • Xbox 360 outsold Wii by nearly 400,000 units in November
  • Microsoft sold just under 1 million Xbox 360 units during Black Friday week

Microsoft has released an update to the Xbox 360 that provides the console with an improved interface and enhanced voice-recognition controls. The changes take the Kinnect Hub of the current interface to the next level, providing users with greater ability to control the console with their hands and voice.

Visually, the interface now contains many elements already found on Windows phones and planned to be included in Windows 8. It also integrates Bing, the Microsoft search engine.

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Pfizer's Axitinib Kidney Cancer Drug Gets Green Light from FDA Advisory Committee

Pfizer's Axitinib Kidney Cancer Drug Gets Green Light from FDA Advisory Committee

BUSINESS

  • Advisory committee to FDA votes 13-0 to approve new renal cancer drug axitinib
  • Drug study participants lived an average of 2 months longer than on other treatments
  • Pfizer could see $576 million in sales by 2014 if axitinib is approved for sale by FDA

An advisory committee to the Federal Drug Administrative voted 13-0 to approve Pfizer Inc.’s new kidney cancer drug axitinib. Axitinib is intended for advanced renal cancer patients whose treatment failed while using other drugs.

However, the FDA still needs to approve the drug before it can be sold, but the group normally approves drugs suggested by its advisory committee.

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