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Oracle agrees to buy Arlington energy data firm Opower for $532 million
Arlington-based energy analytics company Opower said Monday that it has struck a $532 million deal to sell itself to computing behemoth Oracle.
Oracle's Opower Acquisition Reflects Continued Push Into Cloud  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Oracle Is Buying Opower for $532 Million. Here's Why the Deal Could Be ...  Greentech Media
WORLD WIDE WEB How Amazon Convinced You To Pay Up for Shopping
Amazon is clearly entering its Prime. Meaning, of course, its $100 annual membership program, now a decade old, which has accomplished the remarkable feat of convincing millions of people to pay an annual fee for the privilege of, well, shopping.
Amazon looks unstoppable. Here are five things that could slow it down.  Re/code
Amazon's First-Quarter Results Should Silence Critics  InformationWeek
Who created bitcoin? The long search may not be over
FILE - In this Thursday, March 13, 2014, file photo, Ken Lo, CEO of ANXBTC Bitcoin Exchange, points to the screen of his Bitcoin ATM during a demonstration in Hong Kong.
Bitcoin's creator unmasks himself _ well, maybe  Business Insider
Bitcoin claim ripples through virtual currency world  Phys.Org
Asian stocks pare earlier gains, yen soars as risk aversion grows
HONG KONG Asian stocks erased earlier gains and the Japanese yen rallied to a fresh eighteen-month high on Tuesday as investors grew doubtful about global central banks' ability to boost growth through aggressive policy easing.
FX5: New Highs For Gold And Yen As Dollar Struggles  Forex Market (blog)
BoJ Made A 'Fateful Miscalculation'; What's Next For JPY ...  eFXnews
UPDATE 1-HSBC Q1 profit falls 14 pct on weak trading, but beats expectations
... * Q1 pretax profit $6.1 bln vs $4.3 bln avg expected by analysts. * Revenue from commercial banking unit rises 2 pct in Q1. * CEO Gulliver confident of hitting cost target by end-2017 (Adds details of results, share price).
HSBC's Quarterly Profit Beats Estimates as Costs Contained  Bloomberg
HSBC Earnings Hit by Market Volatility  Wall Street Journal
Philips to List Lighting Unit After Failing to Find Buyer
Royal Philips NV is planning to list its historic lighting division after the Dutch manufacturer of medical scanners and shavers failed to find a buyer after searching for at least half a year.
Philips to seek IPO for Philips Lighting  Reuters
Philips says to spin off lighting branch in 'historic' IPO  Phys.Org
UBS Profit Misses Estimates on Lower Wealth, Trading Income
UBS Group AG said first-quarter profit plunged 64 percent, missing analyst estimates, as market turbulence eroded earnings at the wealth-management and securities units.
UPDATE 1-UBS posts Q1 profit slump, but net new client assets well ahead of ...  Reuters
UBS Profit Hurt by Wealth Management Decline  Wall Street Journal
Uber's partnership with Alipay goes global
Uber today expanded its partnership with Alipay, a Chinese payment app owned by Alibaba that boasts 450 million active users. The partnership will allow Chinese travelers to pay their Uber fares using Alipay in any of the 68 countries where Uber does ...
Uber Expands a Big Partnership To Lure Chinese Customers  Fortune
Alipay Users Can Now Use it to Hail Uber Cars World-Wide  Wall Street Journal
Australia cuts interest rates to turn back global deflation tide
SYDNEY Australia's central bank cut interest rates to an all-time low of 1.75 percent on Tuesday, the first easing in a year as it seeks to restrain a rising currency and insulate the economy from creeping deflation.
Short Sellers Under Fire in Australia as RBA Spurs Stock Rally  Bloomberg
Asia markets mostly up, with Australia shares jumping as RBA cuts rates  CNBC
Amazon's new Prime Now site offers same-day deliveries on web as well as mobile
Tim Cook: In a few years people will say, 'How could I have ever thought about... Next Story. Instapaper founder's new Mac app can automatically quit distracting software · Tech · Web · Amazon.
Amazon finally brings its one-hour Prime Now delivery service to the web  Re/code
Amazon launches a Prime Now website  Engadget