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Amazon surprises with $214 mn quarterly profit
NEW YORK: Amazon surprised the market Thursday with a quarterly profit far better than anticipated for the online giant known for investing for the long term.
Amazon shares rally 12% after profit returns  USA TODAY
Bezos' newly found frugality helps Amazon beat expectations  New York Post
Northrop 2015 Forecast Tops Estimates as Bomber Award Looms
(Bloomberg) -- Northrop Grumman Corp., vying with two larger defense contractors for a U.S. bomber contract to be awarded this year, predicted a 2015 profit that exceeded analysts' estimates.
Northrop Grumman expects international markets to drive growth  Reuters
Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Pledge Boost in Spending and Exports  Nasdaq
GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares edge up after Wall Street gains
TOKYO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Friday, talking heart from a late earnings-led surge on Wall Street even as continuing concerns about global growth tempered gains.
Asia underpinned by late Wall Street advance  Financial Times
Asian shares mixed after Japan inflation slows  Economic Times
What the Tech Industry Really Looks Like for Women
People on social media were outraged on Thursday with a Newsweek cover that depicts a woman whose dress is being lifted by a computer cursor.
Quinn: Silicon Valley in the gender hot seat again  San Jose Mercury News
The Bible proves to be a big seller for Newsweek  CNNMoney
Ducey defends decision on rideshare businesses
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is defending his decision to tell state officials to stop enforcing a law that requires those who offer rides for money to meet the standards required for taxi drivers.
Arizona stops ticketing Uber, Lyft drivers as new governor, Legislature work ...  Fox Business
US judge says Lyft drivers may be entitled to employee benefits  Reuters
Google Downplays Importance of the Web Browser Search Box, Which Is Crazy
Let's say you want to find out what time the Super Bowl starts. Do you go to or, and then type "super bowl time" into the search box on the page?
Google takes hit on slower-than-expected growth  GlobalPost
Google CFO tries to ease latest earnings blow  The Seattle Times
Valeant to buy worldwide rights to Dendreon's Provenge
Jan 29 (Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said it would buy the worldwide rights of Dendreon Corp's Provenge drug and certain other assets through a "stalking horse" deal for $296 million.
Valeant Pharmace to buy Dendreon Corp's prostate cancer vaccine Provenge ...  Economic Times
Valeant to Buy Prostate-Cancer Drug From Dendreon  Nasdaq
Oil prices slip as output remains high, producers slash costs
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices dipped on Friday following slight gains in the previous session and analysts said the outlook remained weak, with production high and producers reducing operating costs to adjust to lower export revenues.
US Oil Prices Drop Below $44 a Barrel in Intraday Trading for First Time ...  Wall Street Journal
Fight to lift crude export ban grows  Tribune-Review
Feds auction 550 acres off Massachusetts for wind energy
BOSTON (AP) - U.S. officials on Thursday auctioned off leases to more than 550 square miles of federal waters off the Massachusetts coast to two companies hoping to develop wind energy projects.
Massachusetts Wind Leases Sold for Fraction of Prior Sale Price  Bloomberg
The US is auctioning enough offshore wind to power the state of Connecticut  Quartz
'Anonymized' credit card data not so anonymous, study shows
WASHINGTON. Credit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included - and this is after companies ...
Study shows credit card metadata is not as anonymous as thought  ZDNet
Just four bits of credit card data can identify most anyone  The Star Online