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WordPress.com owner buys all-in-one messaging app Texts.com for $50M

TechCrunch: M&A

WordPress.com and Tumblr owner Automattic is adding another company to its portfolio with today’s news that it has acquired the all-in-one messaging app Texts.com for $50 million. The app brings all your messaging apps together in a single dashboard, including iMessage, Slack, WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, Messenger, LinkedIn, Signal, Discord and X, with plans for more […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Can I Still Make A Move This Year?

H. Friedman Search

Questions start coming in this time every year regarding the timing to make a move. With bonus season looming right around the corner, candidates ask me, “Can I still make a move this year?” The answer of course depends on where you want to move. This blog is going to explore the exit strategy that is appropriate as we round the end of 2023. However, this year the question is more complicated than usual with the unforeseen exit of a major player in our public finance space.

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Quarterly Cartel Catch-Up: Recent Developments in Criminal Antitrust for Busy Corporate Counsel ? 3rd Quarter 2023

JD Supra: Mergers

The third quarter of 2023 was eventful for both domestic and international cartel enforcers. In the United States, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to revamp policies to sharpen its enforcement efforts. On October 4, 2023, the Deputy Attorney General announced a safe harbor for merging parties to self-report criminal violations—not just antitrust violations—for up to six months after the transaction closes.

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'The bond vigilante is coming back,' UBS strategist says

CNBC: Investing

The "bond vigilantes are coming back" as investors continue to sell amid the prospect of a growing fiscal deficit, according to UBS Asset Management's Kevin Zhao.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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After $43B valuation, Databricks acquires data replication startup Arcion for $100M

TechCrunch: M&A

Databricks has remained a hot startup at a time when interest from investors has cooled across the ecosystem. Just last month the company raised $500 million at an eye-popping $43 billion valuation. That would be big money anytime, but especially in the current fundraising climate. With that kind of dough in its coffers, the company […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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A Roadmap to the CTA’s Game-Changing Reporting Requirements

JD Supra: Mergers

Beginning on January 1, 2024, many U.S. legal entities and foreign entities registered to do business in the U.S. will be required to report information about themselves, their beneficial owners, and their company applicants pursuant to the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA).

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Wall Street hikes forecasts for anti-obesity drug sales to $100 billion and beyond. A look at the numbers

CNBC: Investing

Citi notched its estimate for incretin drug sales to $71 billion by 2035, up from its prior estimate of $55 billion. That view seems conservative. Here's why.

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Memory chip maker SK Hynix, a shareholder of Kioxia, opposes a merger with Western Digital

TechCrunch: M&A

A long-expected merger of two of the world’s biggest memory chip companies — Western Digital and Japan’s Kioxia — may be hampered by one of Kioxa’s shareholders, SK Hynix. The South Korean chipmaker said during its earnings call today that it would not agree to a combination of the two players. “SK Hynix is not […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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U.S. dollar gains as risk sentiment sours, Treasury yields rise

Global Banking & Finance

U.S. dollar gains as risk sentiment sours, Treasury yields rise By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) -The U.S. dollar edged higher against a basket of currencies on Wednesday, as investors’ appetite for riskier currencies faded following lacklustre corporate results that raised worries over the economic outlook, and as Treasury yields rose.

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Predictions You Can Rely On: How Data Drives Successful Financial Forecasting

Speaker: Robbie Bhathal, Founder & CEO, and Matthew Acalin, Head of Credit Intelligence

In today's volatile financial environment, how confident are you in your company’s financial forecasting? To get the most accurate cash predictions that will lead to long-term financial survival, real-time data is critical. Innovative cash management strategies can lead to better credit opportunities, more sustainable growth, and long-term financial prosperity.

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Is Planet Merger Control becoming uninhabitable? - Observations on the increasingly shaky statics of international merger control

JD Supra: Mergers

Merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions are facing ever longer regulatory reviews and an increasingly uncertain outcome. Less than a decade ago, it seemed we were on a clear path to substantial international convergence, and the "community" understood that it is difficult to hold transactions together over long periods of regulatory uncertainty, so various initiatives to speed up global deal reviews were considered.

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‘Big Short’ Michael Burry takes a victory lap after calling the tech-led market correction

CNBC: Investing

Michael Burry, best known for calling the subprime mortgage crisis, added a new notch in his belt by predicting the latest market correction.

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Chevron to Acquire Hess for $53 Billion in Latest Major Oil Deal

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The acquisition marks further consolidation of the oil industry and highlights the confidence that energy companies have in the future of fossil fuels.

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UK to release experimental jobless data instead of standard numbers

Global Banking & Finance

UK to release experimental jobless data instead of standard numbers LONDON (Reuters) -Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) said it would publish an experimental adjusted estimate of Britain’s unemployment rate on Tuesday, instead of its usual labour market survey which has suffered from a falling response rate.

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.

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[Video] What You Need to Know About the New FTC and DOJ HSR Changes

JD Supra: Mergers

Continuing a more aggressive posture toward corporate mergers, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission recently announced new HSR rules that dramatically change and expand the amount and type of information that needs to be submitted with HSR filings. How will this impact future M&A activity and Second Requests? Brian Rafkin, counsel in Akin’s antitrust and competition practice, joins the podcast to examine the new HSR rules and their potential implications.

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The next AI winners may be these old economy companies embracing the revolution

CNBC: Investing

Investor Nancy Tengler says a search for more traditional companies embracing digitization could help investors find less ovious beneficiaries of the AI boom.

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BuzzFeed in Advanced Talks to Sell Complex, Backtracking on Digital Media Bet

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

BuzzFeed is negotiating a sale of much of Complex Networks for under $140 million, less than half of what it paid to acquire it two years ago.

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Exclusive-Shell cuts low-carbon jobs, scales back hydrogen in overhaul by CEO

Global Banking & Finance

Exclusive-Shell cuts low-carbon jobs, scales back hydrogen in overhaul by CEO By Ron Bousso LONDON (Reuters) – Shell will cut at least 15% of the workforce at its low-carbon solutions division and scale back its hydrogen business as part of CEO Wael Sawan’s drive to boost profits, it said on Wednesday.

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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Antitrust & Competition Life Sciences Quarterly Update - Q3 2023

JD Supra: Mergers

The FTC’s Amgen/Horizon Lawsuit Ends With a Whimper - We covered the FTC’s investigation into (and litigation challenging) Amgen’s $28.3 billion acquisition of rare disease specialist Horizon Therapeutics in our Q1 and Q2 updates.

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Starboard may be poised to build value amicably at contract research firm Fortrea

CNBC: Investing

Activist Starboard Value recently disclosed a position in Fortrea Holdings. The firm may be able to take a friendly approach to building shareholder value.

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Redefining Payments: Curlec by Razorpay Gains License to Acquire Merchants in Malaysia

Razorpay

We’ve always believed that every touch point for a business, when accepting payments online, needs to be easy to use, efficient, and fast. Earlier this year, having taken this vision beyond India’s borders, we announced our International Payment Gateway, developed for the Malaysian market – Curlec by Razorpay. With the digital payments market in Malaysia projected to soar by an impressive 17.06% between 2023 and 2027, culminating in a market volume of $41.74 billion in 2027, t

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Microsoft extends cloud lead over Alphabet with focus on OpenAI, big clients

Global Banking & Finance

Microsoft extends cloud lead over Alphabet with focus on OpenAI, big clients By Aditya Soni (Reuters) -Microsoft is outstripping Alphabet in the race to make money from generative artificial intelligence through early bets on OpenAI and focus on big clients, raising worries that the Google parent could lose share in the cloud-computing market.

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How to Leverage AI for Actionable Insights in BI, Data, and Analytics

In the rapidly-evolving world of embedded analytics and business intelligence, one important question has emerged at the forefront: How can you leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance your application’s analytics capabilities? Imagine having an AI tool that answers your user’s questions with a deep understanding of the context in their business and applications, nuances of their industry, and unique challenges they face.

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EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation: is Your Company Ready?

JD Supra: Mergers

As of October 12, 2023, notification obligations under the European Union’s (EU’s) groundbreaking Foreign Subsidies Regulation No. 2022/2560 (FSR) have started to apply, with wide-ranging implications for businesses operating in and with the EU.

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These stocks are trying to solve a major shortcoming of weight loss drugs: Shrinking muscle mass

CNBC: Investing

Piper Sandler analyst Allison Bratzel said the loss of lean muscle while taking GLP-1 drugs is "a major shortcoming" that could have bigger consequences.

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Tradeweb and FTSE Russell partner to offer enhanced fixed income pricing and index trading products

The TRADE

Tradeweb Markets and LSEG’s FTSE Russel have entered a strategic partnership to develop enhanced fixed income index pricing and index trading products. The pair aim to offer improved pricing across a wider range of fixed income securities, which FTSE Russell will administer as benchmarks. This will build upon their existing collaboration on benchmark pricing for UK gilt and European government bonds, with the goal of delivering robust, algorithmic and reliable pricing.

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Dollar rises as US business activity ticks up in October

Global Banking & Finance

Dollar rises as US business activity ticks up in October By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) -The dollar rose against a basket of currencies on Tuesday as a slew of fresh economic data highlighted the strength of the U.S. economy relative to the United Kingdom and the European Union. U.S.

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Embedded Analytics Insights for 2024

Organizations look to embedded analytics to provide greater self-service for users, introduce AI capabilities, offer better insight into data, and provide customizable dashboards that present data in a visually pleasing, easy-to-access format. To better understand the factors behind the decision to build or buy analytics, insightsoftware partnered with Hanover Research to survey IT, software development, and analytics professionals on why they make the embedded analytics choices they do.

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Brussels Regulatory Brief: October 2023

JD Supra: Mergers

Antitrust and Competition - European Commission Prohibits US$1.7 Billion Merger in Online Travel Agency Sector - On 25 September 2023, the European Commission (Commission) prohibited, under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (EU Merger Regulation), a merger in the online travel agency sector.

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Here are the most oversold stocks due for a bounce following the market's tough week

CNBC: Investing

CNBC Pro used FactSet data to screen for the most overbought and oversold names in the S&P 500 based on their 14-day relative strength index, or RSI.

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UK gets top spot in Europe for venture capital funding

Growth Business

By Dom Walbanke on Growth Business - Your gateway to entrepreneurial success British start-ups have attracted $15bn of venture capital investment so far this year – the highest in Europe – according to research. A report from HSBC Innovation Banking (formerly Silicon Valley Bank UK) and Dealroom found British start-ups came ahead of France and Germany, which raised $8bn and $7bn respectively.

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