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Slippery Slope

With more than 30 percent of all of the Eurozone's government debt trading on a negative interest rate, it could put the world's economy on a slippery slope, the UK Telegraph reports.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 28: Live Streaming on the Rise

Snapchat growing in UK, streaming service usage increases; Happy Returns partners with Paper Source

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Jacobs Lands U.K. Contract

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., the second-largest engineering company in the U.S., announced a contract to provide engineering services for Total UK Ltd., Europe's largest oil refiner.

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Ebola Fears in U.K.

The death of an airline passenger traveling from Sierra Leone to the United Kingdom aroused fears that the deadly disease may have crossed the Atlantic Ocean. The passenger jet that carried the deceased passenger has been quarantined and the cause of death has not been determined, the Daily Mirror said.

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Hackers Demand Ransom from Hollywood Hospital

After crippling the computer systems of the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, hackers are demanding a $3.6 million ransom, according to Business Insider. Computer systems at the hospital have been useless for more than a week, and some patients had to be transferred to other hospitals.

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Northrop Opens British Outpost

Northrop Grumman Corp. said it has created a United Kingdom-based operation that will spearhead of the company's activities in the UK defense, security, civil government and commercial sectors, the company said Tuesday.

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Engaged: Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and actress-model Jerry Hall are getting married. The BBC reports that the couple got engaged over the weekend in Los Angeles, where they attended the Golden Globe awards. The marriage is the fourth for Murdoch, 84, and the first for Hall, 59, who lived with Mick Jagger for 23 years and bore four children by him.

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TIAA-CREF to Buy Nuveen Investments

TIAA-CREF has agreed to buy Nuveen Investments for $6.25 billion including debt, in the retirement- and financial-services behemoth's largest acquisition ever, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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My Favorite Sites

Favorite websites of Denny Lanfear, Chief Executive, Toxweb

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LegalZoom Acquires British Law Firm for International Expansion

LegalZoom of Glendale has agreed to buy British law firm Beaumont Legal for an undisclosed amount, as part of its planned 2016 expansion into the United Kingdom.

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Silicon Beach Report March 15: Snapchat Posts Ad Referencing Domestic Violence, Stock Drops 4 Percent

Snapchat posts ad referring to domestic violence, stock drops 4 percent; Newegg becomes retail partner of Red Bull Gaming Sphere; and SpaceX wins $290 million government contract.

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CBRE Buys London Multifamily Developer Telford Homes for $337 Million

Downtown-based CBRE Group Inc. plans to acquire Telford Homes Plc.

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Stocks Fall in Light Trade

Stocks ended lower on Thursday, as investors ignored generally benign economic data and looked ahead to 2006 with a mix of optimism and concern.

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Ad Dollars Flow to Pirated Video Sites

More ad dollars than ever before, in most cases inadvertently, are backing video websites with pirated TV and movie content, thanks to the rise of automated ad-buying technologies, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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J2 Global Makes Dutch Acquisition

Hollywood online service provider J2 Global Inc. said that it has acquired Dutch cloud storage firm Backup Connect BV.

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New-Home Building Is Shifting to Apartments

The share of new homes being built as rental apartments is at the highest level in at least four decades, the Wall Street Journal reports, as an improving jobs picture spurs younger Americans to form their own households but tighter lending standards make it more difficult to buy.

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Sony Increases Investment in UK Children’s App

Sony Pictures Television Networks upped its investment in London-based Hopster, a subscription app for young children, according to an April 25 announcement.

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Winter Chills Job Gains, Service Sector

Businesses added only 139,000 jobs in February, private payroll processor ADP said today, adding to concerns that the labor market continued to struggle last month amid extreme winter weather, USA Today reports. The U.S. nonmanufacturing sector also saw sharply slower activity last month, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Rogers & Cowan Opens Office to Promote U.S. Films in U.K.

As film studios increasingly depend on overseas box office to meet profit expectations, public relations firm Rogers & Cowan has decided to open a UK film division.

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Business Briefs: Lions Gate, Jakks Pacific, Sony Pictures Digital

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. acquires British film distributor Redbus Film Distribution Ltd. for about $35 million in cash and stock, and other briefs about L.A. companies.