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Google Profits Surge on Strong Ad Demand
Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL 0.51 % rode strong advertising demand to a 24% increase in profits, as it continues to capture users and advertisers shifting to mobile.
Google's moonshot projects lost $859 million last quarter  CNNMoney
Amazon's Already Large Distribution Empire Keeps Expanding  New York Times
Amazon Posts Another Blockbuster Profit Inc. AMZN 2.16 % reported another record profit and its fifth-straight quarter in the black as it continued to reap new sales from Prime memberships and its relentless push to deliver goods ever faster.
Amazon sets third straight record profit, stock barely moves  Business Insider
Amazon, once a big spender, is now a profit machine  The Verge
Oracle to gain cloud clout with NetSuite deal; Ellison profits
Oracle Corp (ORCL.N) said on Thursday it would buy NetSuite Inc (N.N) for about $9.3 billion, a deal that gives it a bigger share in the fast-growing cloud computing business and also means a big payday for billionaire Larry Ellison.
Oracle does what we all expected and snaps up NetSuite  Computerworld
Oracle just bought a company Larry Ellison mostly owns, entitling him to $3 ...  Business Insider
CBS Beats Quarterly Earnings Expectations as Retransmission Revenue Soars
Chief executive Leslie Moonves said Thursday during a conference call that All Access and Showtime OTT have more than 2 million subscribers between them.
CBS' Q2 earnings rise on higher licensing, distribution revenues  USA TODAY
CBS Profit Up on Content Licensing Fees, Retransmission Revenue  Wall Street Journal
Weekly jobless claims increase in week ended July 23
The number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits last week rose from a three-month low, consistent with the Federal Reserve's view of a stronger job market.
Metro jobless rate jumps with season  Atlanta Journal Constitution
US jobless claims rise; labor market still strong  Reuters
Ford's darkest day in 5 years
The No. 2 U.S. auto maker warned on Thursday of a growing list of global risks and suggested the previously-roaring American market may have peaked.
Ford (F) CEO Fields 'Staying Focused,' He Tells BloombergTV
Ford posts record first half, but warns of rocky road ahead  LeftLane News
Helicopter Money: Why Some Economists Are Talking About Dropping Money From ...
For years, central banks have been doing everything they can think of to try to get higher inflation and stronger growth. The next step just may be a metaphorical helicopter, high above Tokyo.
'Helicopter money' might weaken currencies more than QE as sky's ...  Reuters
Central Banks Might Just Be Crazy Enough For Helicopter Money  Seeking Alpha
Union Chief Says American Pushing Pilots to Speed Up Flights
DALLAS - The pilots' union president said Thursday that American Airlines is reducing its safety margin by "manipulating" flight plans with tactics that include faster speeds.
American's Pilots Warn of Consequences From New On-Time Push  Skift
Why Alere Inc. Climbed 21% Today
The company is reassuring investors that a new investigation into its billing practices isn't a big deal. Todd Campbell. (TMFEBCapital).
Alere, facing criminal probe, clings to Abbott deal  Crain's Chicago Business
Alere Stock Goes Nuts, Abbott Likely Still Picking Up The Tab  Seeking Alpha
Dollar General Buys Former Walmart Express Store Flops
And will relocate 40 existing Dollar General stores. Express stores might have bee a flop for Walmart, but Dollar General isn't complaining.
Dollar General Buys Former Walmart Express Stores in Coal Hill, Mulberry  Arkansas Business Online
Retailer buying 12 of the 16 shuttered Wal-Mart Express stores in N.C.  Triad Business Journal (blog)