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US jobless claims post largest rise in more than a year
WASHINGTON, The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, posting the biggest gain in more than a year, but the underlying trend continued to point to a strengthening labor market.
US Jobless Claims Rose to 274000 Last Week  Wall Street Journal
Applications for US jobless aid climb, but still near lows  Morganton News Herald
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US regulator seeks end to mandatory arbitration
WASHINGTON A U.S. consumer watchdog on Thursday proposed new rules to block credit card companies, banks and other companies from forcing customers to waive their rights to join class action lawsuits and only settle disputes through arbitration.
Proposed rules could make it easier for consumers to sue companies  Washington Post
Is This the End of Mandatory Arbitration?  STLtoday.com
Ford invests $182 million in Silicon Valley tech firm
DETROIT - Ford said Thursday it is investing $182 million in Pivotal, a Silicon Valley-based software development company, to gain access to cutting edge software development expertise that the automaker admits it would struggle to develop on its own.
Ford Invests in Pivotal to Soup Up Its Software  Wall Street Journal
Ford invests $182.2 million in software company Pivotal  Reuters
Kellogg's First-Quarter Profit Fell 33%
Kellogg Co. said its first-quarter earnings fell 33% in the latest quarter as lower revenue, dinged by currency translations, and higher interest expense hurt the company's bottom line.
Kellogg's sales decline, but profit tops forecasts  Washington Post
Kellogg beats 1Q profit forecasts  seattlepi.com
CANADA STOCKS-Futures gain as oil prices rise
May 5 Canada's main stock index was set to open higher on Thursday, tracking gains in oil prices as a huge wildfire near Canada's oil sands region and escalating tensions in Libya stoked concerns of a near-term supply shortage.
Oil Gains Second Day as U.S. Production Slides Most in 8 Months  Bloomberg
Oil Rallies as Investors Shrug Off Rise in US Stockpiles  Wall Street Journal
'DreamWorks Will Absolutely Continue To Make Animated Films': Comcast Tries To ...
Brian Roberts and other Comcast execs are doing their best to allay fears associated with the company acquiring DreamWorks Animation, holding a meeting to talk directly with the animation studio's employees.
Katzenberg, Comcast execs seek to reassure DreamWorks Animation staff  Los Angeles Times
IAC Video Unit Loss Narrows, Vimeo Hits 697000 Paying Subs  Hollywood Reporter
Alibaba Sales Surge as Chinese Consumers Defy Economic Gloom
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. posted a 39 percent surge in revenue as China's dominant e-commerce operator shrugged off a slowing economy with promotions to woo cash-rich consumers.
Alibaba's revenue rises 39 percent as more shoppers buy online  Reuters
Alibaba Profit, Earnings Increase  Wall Street Journal
Bitcoin 'creator' backs out of coin move 'proof'
The entrepreneur who has claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin has reneged on a promise to present new "proof" to support his case.
“Satoshi Nakamoto” hired David Bowie's PR agency for his big reveal  Quartz
'Bitcoin creator' Craig Wright won't be publishing any more ...  VentureBeat
Tesla's Elon Musk Just Doubled His Already Outrageous Goal
Sometimes, it seems like Tesla is not one company, but two. Right now is one of those times. The first Tesla is the game-changing company reinventing the car to be gas free, self-driving and packed full of as many software innovations as an app-jammed ...
With sleeping bag, Elon Musk oversees aggressive goals for Tesla's ...  MLive.com
May 4, 2016: The Day Tesla Changed The World  Gas 2.0
Fannie Mae Will Pay Treasury $919 Million After Reporting Profit
Fannie Mae will make a $919 million dividend payment to the U.S. Treasury Department after reporting a first-quarter profit driven by fees for guaranteeing loans against default and credit-related income.
Fannie Mae to Pay $919 Million Dividend to Treasury as Profit Falls  Wall Street Journal
Fannie Mae posts $1.1B profit in 1Q; paying $919M dividend  Tulsa World