Last-Minute Moves Before Tax Man Calls

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Weekend Investor: As April 15 nears, taxpayers face new provisions and a harder time getting help from the IRS. Here’s how to avoid pitfalls.

Silicon Valley Venture Firm Prevails in Sex-Bias Suit

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A jury said prominent venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers didn’t sexually discriminate or retaliate against a former female partner, in a closely watched case that raised questions about the treatment of women in Silicon Valley.

Yahoo, Microsoft Extend Search-Deal Talks

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Yahoo and Microsoft agreed to push back the deadline for renewing their Web search alliance another month, as the two sides hash out whether and how to revise an alliance that has sparked friction.

Intel in Talks to Buy Chip Maker Altera

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Intel is in advanced talks to buy Altera—a maker of programmable semiconductors used in phone networks and cars—in a deal that would be the computer chip-making giant’s largest takeover ever.

Barrick Chairman Got Almost $13 Million in 2014

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Barrick Gold Chairman John Thornton received almost $13 million in total compensation for his role at the gold miner, a company that has seen investor disquiet over executive compensation in recent years.

Lifestyle Lift Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

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Plastic-surgery chain Lifestyle Lift filed for Chapter 11 protection, 3½ weeks after abruptly shutting down its business and laying off its staff of nearly 400.

Dow to Merge Chlorine Business With Olin

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Dow Chemical said it would split off a significant portion of its chlorine business and merge it with Olin in a deal valued at $5 billion. The deal’s value of $5 billion includes $2 billion in cash.

BlackBerry Posts Surprise Profit

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BlackBerry said a plan to revive its fortunes remains on track, even though revenue in its latest quarter fell 32% and was well below expectations.

Lifestyle Lift Considers Bankruptcy After Shutting Down Most of Business

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Lifestyle Lift, a nationwide chain of cosmetic surgery centers, abruptly shut down the majority of its business Monday and said it is considering filing for bankruptcy.

Investing Lesson of 1937: Hold Some Cash

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Sure, yields are puny. But when stocks next tumble, the value of cash will be clear, says columnist Morgan Housel.

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