CEO of French Oil Giant Total Dies in Moscow Plane Crash

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French oil company Total SA said Chairman and Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie died Monday in a plane crash at a Russian airport.

NSA Clears Samsung Devices

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Samsung said the NSA approved some of its mobile devices for use by government officials to carry classified information, a positive step for the smartphone maker’s struggling mobile division.

Adidas CEO Faced With Choice on Reebok

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Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer needs to decide if it’s better to welcome an unsolicited bid for the Reebok unit and cash out now on a nascent recovery in the brand or double down on a more pronounced rebound.

How Big Data Is Tracking City Life

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Researchers are bringing big data into the public sphere, aiming to improve quality of life, save money, and understand cities in ways that weren’t possible only a few years ago.

IBM Woes Point to a Fresh Overhaul

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IBM, two decades after successfully shifting its emphasis to software and computer services from hardware, is showing signs of needing another overhaul.

Japanese Electronics Get Lift From China

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China’s smartphone boom is being fueled by Japanese parts makers, a rare bright spot in Japan’s gloomy electronics industry.

GIC Buys Tokyo Office Property

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Singapore sovereign-wealth fund GIC has acquired prime office space in the Pacific Century Place Marunouchi building in central Tokyo for $1.7 billion.

Government Watchdog Recommends Review of Firm Facing Fraud Allegations

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The Government Accountability Office recommended the Department of Homeland Security consider stripping a $210 million contract from a major contractor, delivering a blow to the private company that carries out most background security checks for the U.S. government.

Sears Seeks New Cash Via Two Paths

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Sears is again turning to billionaire CEO Edward Lampert for funds, as the struggling retailer shores up its balance sheet ahead of the holiday season and seeks to reassure vendors worried about its health.

Staples Warns of Possible Data Breach

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Staples may be the latest retailer to be hacked, as the office-supply chain said it is investigating a possible card data breach.

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