Facebook, Google and Microsoft and other Internet companies have been paying broadband-service providers for connections to get faster and smoother access into their networks. Netflix has been reluctant.
Nike is encouraging developers to build apps for its FuelBand digital bracelet by giving them aggregate data from customers. Its part of a push for the sportswear giant to reposition itself as a technology company.
Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, nagged by the stagnant European market, is intensifying its push into China and the U.S., with plans to launch a U.S. online shopping presence after long delays.