After Sony Hack, Hollywood Searches for a New Villain

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Ripples from Sony Pictures’ decision not to release its controversial comedy “The Interview” immediately reached other entertainment projects in the works as producers and studios sought to distance themselves from productions involving North Korea.

Toledo Rallies to Remain Jeep's Home

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Without being asked, Toledo, Ohio, is putting together incentives to help it remain the home of the Jeep Wrangler, a vehicle with deep economic and emotional ties to the area, in a sign of how cities aggressively offer aid to corporations.

Forget the Mall: Buy Direct From China

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The Game: Amazon and Wal-Mart have long been America’s main conduits for cheap, mass-produced goods from China’s factory floors. But who needs stores anymore? You can buy direct, writes Dennis Berman.

Deezer Names New CEO

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Deezer, the French music streaming service, has appointed a new boss as it prepares for a full-scale launch in the already crowded U.S. market.

Macmillan, Amazon Reach New Deal

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Chinese Car Maker BYD's Shares Plunge

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An executive at Warren Buffett-backed BYD Co. said the company’s operations were normal despite shares in the Chinese electric-car maker falling as much as 47% on Thursday.

Cuba-U.S. Thaw Could Heat Up Cigar, Rum Sales Fights

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If the Obama administration’s move to normalize ties with Cuba does lead to an end to the U.S. embargo, it could reignite battles over the U.S. rights to sell two of the island’s most prized exports: cigars and rum.

France's Atos to Buy Xerox IT Outsourcing Unit

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Computer-services company Atos SA will buy Xerox’s information technology outsourcing business for $1.05 billion in cash, a deal that would bolster the French company’s position in the U.S.

Unilever Drops Mayonnaise Suit

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Unilever PLC on Thursday said it is withdrawing a high-profile lawsuit it filed against a California food startup over the marketing of mayonnaise.

American Apparel Approached About Possible Takeover

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American Apparel has been approached by Irving Place Capital about a possible takeover, according to people familiar with the matter.

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