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.

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.

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.

New SkyMall Owner May Relaunch Catalog

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SkyMall got approval to proceed with a sale to C&A Marketing for $1.9 million. C&A said it plans to turn around the failed business and possibly reinstate the quirky catalog.

Motorola Has a Hit---in Brazil

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The Moto G has become the best-selling smartphone in Brazil, helping Motorola double its market share to 18% of unit shipments. The Moto G’s runaway popularity indicates the extent to which lower-priced, midtier cellphones will be increasingly important for vendors globally.

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