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  • March 31- YouTube pioneer Michelle Phan, who built a business empire around her popular makeup tutorials, on Tuesday debuted a global online network devoted to beauty, fashion and lifestyle that features original series by her and other creators. Phan launched the ICON network with Endemol Beyond, a premium channel network owned by Endemol Shine Group.

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Air Force must modify its annual "launch capability" contract with United Launch Alliance, to level the playing field for new competitors of the joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, senior U.S. Air Force and Pentagon officials told lawmakers on Wednesday. There'll have to be a change, "Hyten told the House Armed Services...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Air Force must modify an annual "launch capability" contract awarded to United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, given the advent of a new competitor, senior U.S. Air Force and Pentagon officials told lawmakers on Wednesday. Air Force Space Command Commander General John Hyten said acquisition...

  • *Agreement is latest Chinese acquisition in Italy. MILAN, March 22 (Reuters)- China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) is to buy into Pirelli, the world's fifth-largest tire maker, in a 7.1 billion-euro ( $7.7 billion) deal that will put the 143- year-old Italian company in Chinese hands. The deal agreed with Pirelli's top shareholders on Sunday is the latest in a...

  • *Agreement is latest Chinese acquisition in Italy. MILAN, March 22- China National Chemical Corp is to buy Pirelli, the world's fifth-largest tyre maker, in a 7.1 billion-euro deal that will put the 143- year-old Italian company in Chinese hands. The deal agreed with Pirelli's top shareholders on Sunday is the latest in a series of takeovers made in Italy by...

  • MILAN, March 19- Shares in Pirelli jumped as much as 5 percent on Thursday after an Italian daily said the tyre maker was working on a revamp plan that includes taking an Asian partner, the launch of a buyout offer and the de-listing of the group. According to Corriere della Sera, Pirelli Chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera wants to bring on board an Asian shareholder...

  • *Nintendo, DeNA untraded with buy orders after tie-up news Nintendo- related shares soar on new console hopes. Nintendo shares were untraded at 0220 GMT, but looked set to rise by its daily limit of 21 percent to 17,080 yen as the stock was flooded with buy orders after it and DeNA Co said they will jointly develop game applications. CLSA raised Nintendo's rating to'...

  • *Nintendo, DeNA to jointly develop, operate phone apps. *Nintendo has lost users to apps, console rivals. Nintendo, which already warned its annual operating profit would halve on weak console sales, said on Tuesday it was teaming up with online gaming firm DeNA Co Ltd to develop and operate gaming apps.

  • *Nintendo has lost users to smartphone apps, console rivals. TOKYO, March 17- Japan video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd and online gaming firm DeNA are teaming up to develop smartphone games featuring the likes of Super Mario, in a bid to retain users increasingly shunning their console and browser-based games. As a result, Nintendo will acquire a 10 percent stake in...

  • HOUSTON, March 16- A tentative national agreement to end a six-week strike at twelve U.S. refineries has struggled to win ratification at eight plants as workers and companies struggle to settle local issues, according to union officials. The deal reached on Thursday by the United Steelworkers and lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc to end the...

  • WARSAW, March 16- U.S. media group Scripps Networks Interactive agreed to buy a majority stake in Polish broadcaster TVN for 584 million euros, gaining a foothold in a TV advertising market where revenues beat the global average and grew 6 percent last year. Scripps, which owns the Travel Channel and the Food Network, said it would buy the 52.7 percent stake in...

  • CARACAS/ HOUSTON, March 13- A subtle change in office attire may be the most telling symbol of a quiet revolution taking place inside Venezuela's troubled economic engine, giant oil firm PDVSA. New posters inside its Caracas headquarters request employees don normal office wear, visitors say, a telltale sign of what could be the most sweeping changes in over a...

  • *Offer values TSB at 340 pence per share. LONDON, March 12- British challenger bank TSB has received a takeover approach from Banco Sabadell, valuing the business at about $2.6 billion and sending its shares soaring by nearly a quarter. Sabadell, Spain's fifth-biggest bank, has made a proposal of 340 pence in cash for each TSB share, subject to reaching agreement on...

  • MIAMI, March 11- The former chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd sued Richard Branson's Virgin Group in federal court in Miami for $300 million on Wednesday over plans by the British billionaire to launch his own luxury cruise line. Virgin Group announced the Bain Capital- backed cruise line project last December. As CEO of the new Virgin...

  • China stocks rise, banks lead; HK shares mixed Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 12:51 AM ET

    *China stocks up on signs of fresh money inflows. SHANGHAI, March 11- China's stock market edged up on Wednesday morning, led by financial shares on signs that fresh money is flowing into blue chips after their recent correction. In addition, the head of China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security told a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday that...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday said it will release plans within months for replacing the Russian-built RD-180 motors that now power some rockets used to launch military satellites into space, but said it would likely miss a 2019 congressional deadline to start using a new U.S. engine. Congress last year passed a law that requires the Air Force...

  • ADM cuts biodiesel output as industry hit by weak margins Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:23 PM ET

    WINNIPEG/ NEW YORK, Feb 25- Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world's top biofuels producers, has slowed North American biodiesel output, the latest sign the industry is battling uncertainty over U.S. renewable fuel policy while the oil rout curbs demand. The Chicago- based agri business has "temporarily" shifted production at its Velva, North Dakota, oilseeds...

  • Feb 23- First Solar Inc and SunPower Corp said they were in advanced talks to form a joint venture, which will hold some of their solar power-generating assets. First Solar's shares rose 10.4 percent, while SunPower's stock was up 11.8 percent in after-market trading on Monday. First Solar and SunPower said they intend to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...

  • Feb 23- First Solar Inc and SunPower Corp said they were in advanced talks to form a joint venture, which will hold some of their power-generating assets. The solar companies said they intend to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of limited partner interests in the "yield co.". First Solar's shares rose 10.4 percent,...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week on Sunday as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has said its U.S. workers will get a raise to at least $9 an hour, while West Coast port workers have reached a tentative deal for a new...