WhatsApp to Share User Data With Facebook

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The messaging service WhatsApp will start sharing phone numbers and other data with Facebook, a shift in policy after vowing little would change when the app was acquired by the social network less than three years ago.

Monsanto Shelves Plans for New GMO Cotton Seeds in India

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Monsanto said that it has withdrawn an application to sell a new variety of genetically modified cotton seed in India because of its concerns over the country’s attempts to restrict the biotechnology business.

Sears Posts Loss as Lampert Provides More Aid

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Sears Holdings posted another quarterly loss amid sliding sales, and the retailer said it would accept another $300 million of help from its chief executive’s hedge fund.

Fed Officials to Meet With Activists Before Jackson Hole

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When Federal Reserve officials gather for the Kansas City Fed’s high-profile policy conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo. this week, some of them will start with an unprecedented event.

China Moves to Ease Foreign Concerns on Cybersecurity Controls

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China is taking a more inclusive tack in imposing cybersecurity standards on foreign technology companies, allowing them to join a key government committee in an effort to ease foreign concerns over planned domestically-set controls.

Mixed-Up German Data Pose Challenge for Investors

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As soon as investors gain any measure of confidence, a piece of information arrives to challenge it. The surprise decline in Germany’s Ifo index is the latest example.

Indian Firm Admits 'Error' After Target Cuts Ties Over Cotton Dispute

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Welspun India said it would modify its supply chain and review its practices to address accusations it sold fake Egyptian cotton sheets to U.S. retailers.

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall Further

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The number of Americans applying for their first week of unemployment compensation fell again last week, the latest sign that a strengthening labor market is helping the economy rebound from a sluggish first half of the year.

Viacom May Tighten Reins on Paramount

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Paramount Chief Executive Brad Grey and his team are under pressure from the Viacom board to defend their film record and present a turnaround plan.

U.S. Durable-Goods Orders Rebounded in July, Jumping 4.4%

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Demand for long-lasting factory goods rebounded in July—with durable-goods orders leaping 4.4%—in a sign the manufacturing sector could continue to stabilize in the second half of the year.

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