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  • UPDATE 1-Biota's flu drug fails mid-stage study Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    Aug 1- Biota Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental influenza drug failed to meet the main goal in a mid-stage study. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in April pulled out of a contract to support the drug's development with $231 million, after which the company said it would stop work on the drug.

  • TAMPA, Fla., July 31- Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld said on Thursday they are ending a longtime marketing partnership, as the airline faces pressure from animal rights groups critical of the marine life conditions at its popular tourist attractions.

  • July 30- Weight Watchers International Inc said it expected 2015 profit to take a hit as it cuts down on marketing expenses to focus on technology upgrades to better compete with diet apps and calorie-counting gadgets. Weight Watchers raised its full-year profit outlook to $1.65- $1.85 per share from $1.45- $1.70 per share.

  • July 30- Diamond rings on display at Nordstrom's flagship Seattle store are not for sale. It is the first time the company has turned to brick and mortar in its 15- year history, showcasing products in two Nordstrom stores.

  • *Sales growth strong in Europe, but declines in Americas. *Europe business offers narrower range, sells more clogs. BERLIN, July 30- The success of Crocs Inc in Europe, where the U.S. shoemaker has focused on its trademark colorful foam clogs rather than branching into other products, proves the brand has a future despite difficulties at home, its European head said.

  • Carlyle nears $5 billion deal for Acosta -source Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 28- Carlyle Group LP is in advanced talks to acquire Acosta Sales and Marketing, in a deal that could value the consumer goods marketing agency at close to $5 billion including debt, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.

  • *Novo expects to launch in first EU markets in H1 2015. *Shares in Novo rise 1.6 percent. Prospects for degludec- already on sale separately in Europe under the brand name Tresiba- and the new combination with Victoza are critical for Novo, which is the world's biggest insulin maker.

  • Thinkmodo disrupts with viral videos     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    Thinkmodo co-founders James Percelay and Michael Krivicka, discuss disrupting digital advertising through the viral videos they create. They also showcase their "popinator" and "shaving helmet" creations.

  • Thinkmodo: Zombies, drones & devil babies     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    Thinkmodo co-founders James Percelay and Michael Krivicka, discuss making money from viral videos.

  • EXCLUSIVE-Allegations of GSK corruption spread to Syria Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    LONDON, July 24- GlaxoSmithKline faces new allegations of corruption, this time in Syria, where the drugmaker and its distributor have been accused of paying bribes to secure business, according to a whistleblower's email reviewed by Reuters.

  • July 22- Netflix Inc's planned expansion in Europe will set the video streaming company up for growth, but will increase content and marketing expenses in the near term, analysts said.

  • Netflix's Europe expansion seen eating into profits Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    July 22- Netflix Inc's planned expansion in Europe would set the video streaming company up for growth, but would increase content and marketing expenses in the near term, analysts said.

  • Healthy snacks take on corny junk marketing Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    Bolthouse Farms will be setting up 'healthy snack stations' in stores with marketing ploys borrowed from junk food. USA Today reports.

  • JOHANNESBURG, July 18- South African pension manager Alexander Forbes priced its stock market listing in the middle of its marketed range on Friday, raising 3.7 billion rand in Africa's second-largest initial public offering this year. The pricing points to fairly strong demand when the company lists on the Johannesburg bourse next Thursday, a trader said.

  • Sir Martin Sorrell likes rejected TW-Fox merger Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, says a Time Warner-Fox merger would be "really interesting" for advertisers due to easy access and distribution.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 15- When Imperial Tobacco Group Plc agreed Tuesday to buy a group of brands from Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc as part of their merger, the British company insisted the assets include Lorillard's blu e-cigarette unit.

  • Porn sponsors & eSports not a match made in gaming Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 1:15 PM ET
    Visitors cheer for international teams during the tournament of the computer game 'League of Legends' on May 8, 2014 in Paris.

    After a streaming porn site offered to sponsor competitive gaming, many gaming groups indicated the sponsorship could violate policies.

  • NEW YORK, July 14- A $6 billion takeover to create the biggest oil producer in the Bakken shale may also open up new opportunities for some big traders who ship oil from North Dakota and Montana to market.

  • Cloud computing wars hit Silicon Valley billboards Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    The 45-mile stretch between San Francisco and San Jose has long been fertile ground for tech underdogs to rent out billboards and attack competitors.

  • *Airbus to launch revamped and rebranded A330- sources. LONDON, July 12- Suspense over the appearance of America's newest combat jet, a diplomatic chill between the West and Russia and the re-launch of an Airbus jet with a surprise tweak in its name could make the Farnborough Airshow one of the least predictable for years.