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.

Verizon Adds Users as Rivals Lurk

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Verizon said it has its largest slug ever of iPhone customers coming off contract this holiday season—as many as 3.1 million—giving rivals a big opening to poach customers from the nation’s largest carrier.

McDonald's Earnings Plunge 30%

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McDonald’s vowed to make fundamental changes to its business after reporting a worse-than-expected 30% drop in quarterly profit driven by problems in nearly every major part of its business.

Coke to Cut Billions More in Costs

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Coca-Cola Co. unveiled a broader cost-cutting program as it posted a 14% drop in earnings and warned it doesn’t expect to meet its previous financial targets. The beverage giant again reported lackluster soda volume.

Harley-Davidson Posts Strong Retail Sales

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Harley-Davidson Inc. posted lower earnings and revenue during the third quarter as motorcycle shipments declined as expected.

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.

China's Auto Sales Gains Slow

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China’s government-backed auto industry association is reappraising its outlook for 8% unit group this year and will likely lower its projection for auto sales this year for a second time.

AbbVie, Shire Terminate Deal

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AbbVie and Shire terminated their $54 billion deal, killing the year’s biggest agreed-upon merger amid a U.S. government push against so-called inversion deals.

Omnicom Profit Rises

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Advertising company Omnicom posted a stronger-than-expected 24% increase in earnings in the third quarter, helped by revenue growth in all markets.

IPhone 6 Recharges Apple's Growth

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Apple said its quarterly profit rose 13%, and it predicted record holiday sales, as strong demand for its new larger-screen iPhones helped to overcome sluggish iPad sales.

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