Advertising's New Frontier: Talk to the Bot

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This month, Kik, a popular chat app among teens in the U.S., launched a feature that could be the future of advertising: people conversing directly with brands via bots.

Audi Cuts Prices of Spare Parts in China

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Audi on Saturday announced price cuts for spare parts of up to 38% in China, the company's largest market, as the Chinese government steps up its scrutiny of foreign luxury-car makers.

An $800 Sneaker Plays Hard to Get

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The sudden appeal of Buscemi sneakers, a year-old shoe that costs $800 a pair, marks a new chapter in conspicuous consumption, fueled by social media, celebrities and purposefully tight supplies.

Abundant Grain Ripples Through U.S. Farming Industry

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A tidal wave of grain looms over the U.S. agricultural sector, spelling bounty for some companies and challenges for others.

Hilton Books Upgraded Technology

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Hilton is placing a $550 million bet that hotel guests increasingly will use smartphones to choose rooms, check in and even unlock doors.

Hospira Bidding for Danone Medical-Nutrition Unit

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Hospira has emerged as a bidder for Danone's medical-nutrition unit in a deal that could be worth about $5 billion and mark the latest in a flurry of so-called inversion deals.

There's No Flying in Drone School

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With a coming boom expected in the unmanned-aircraft industry, universities and colleges are scrambling to train pilots. But thanks to government rules, they can't actually get the devices off the ground.

High Hopes Ride on IPO in Wake of Smithfield Deal

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If the initial public offering of Chinese pork producer WH Group goes through as expected Tuesday, it will be one of the first things to go right for the company since its purchase of Smithfield Foods last year.

Are Shippers Responsible for Content?

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U.S. case against FedEx will explore whether the company conspired to distribute controlled substances

Cotton Price Unravels as Supplies Rise

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Cotton prices have retreated to the lowest level in nearly five years as investors worry that global production could overwhelm demand for the fiber.

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