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  • TOKYO, Aug 4- If Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder and CEO of SoftBank Corp needs a fresh strategy to fend off a surprise French counterbid for a prized U.S. telecoms target, he could do worse than ask budding entrepreneurs at the SoftBank Academia.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT / 4 P.M. EDT Sunday, 3 Aug 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Wall Street firms led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc are close to buying a stake in chat and instant messaging startup Perzo Inc in pursuit of an alternative to a similar application from Bloomberg LP, sources familiar with Goldman's plans say.

  • Aug 1- Botox maker Allergan Inc on Friday accused rival Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and billionaire investor William Ackman of violating securities laws by using insider information as they prepared a takeover bid for the drug company.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 1- Aereo Inc, the video streaming company that suspended service after the U.S. Supreme Court found it violated copyrights of television broadcasters, urged a federal judge to let it operate like a cable system, saying it likely would not otherwise survive.

  • PARIS, Aug 1- For all the surprise that has greeted French telecom group Iliad's bid for T-Mobile US, there is one thing a procession of broadband and mobile firms have learnt in recent years: don't underestimate Xaviel Niel.

  • Slot machine maker Scientific Games Corp will buy larger rival Bally Technologies Inc in a $3.27 billion deal, the latest in a consolidating U.S. gaming industry. The deal, which was put together in just over three weeks, will strengthen Scientific Games' casino management systems and table gaming products as well as help it expand in Australasia.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 1- Aereo Inc, the video streaming company that suspended service after the U.S. Supreme Court found it violated copyrights of television broadcasters, has urged a federal judge to let it operate like a cable system, saying it likely would not otherwise survive.

  • *Iliad bid $15 bln for 56.6 pct of T-Mobile US at $33/ share. PARIS/ FRANKFURT, Aug 1- Telecoms group Iliad has lined up BNP Paribas and HSBC to finance its bid for T-Mobile US, people familiar with the matter said, as it pursues a deal that could overturn expectations of industry consolidation in both the United States and France.

  • *Iliad lines up deal financing with BNP, HSBC- sources. *Iliad bid $15 bln for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile US at $33/ share. PARIS, Aug 1- French telecoms company Iliad has lined up financing for its $15 billion bid for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile US from BNP Paribas and HSBC, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK/ HOUSTON, July 31- Chemicals firm LyondellBasell, part of Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik's business empire, said it will quit buying "disputed" oil from Iraq- one day after Reuters identified it as the mystery American importer of Kurdish crude.

  • Ackman takes blame after hyped Herbalife talk flopped Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:02 PM ET

    BOSTON, July 31- Billionaire investor William Ackman called himself his "own worst enemy" in reviewing why last week's much hyped presentation on Herbalife Ltd.' s nutrition clubs failed to deliver the "death blow" he had originally promised.

  • NEW YORK/ HOUSTON, July 31- Chemicals firm LyondellBasell, owned by Ukraine- born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, has emerged as the mystery American buyer of Kurdish crude oil this year, but said on Thursday it will not be buying any more due to an ownership dispute.

  • France's Iliad confirms bid for T-Mobile US Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    PARIS, July 31- French low-cost telecommunications company Iliad SA confirmed on Thursday it had made a buyout offer for T-Mobile US Inc, rivaling an existing takeover offer from Sprint Corp. Confirming reports from earlier in the day it said in a statement it had offered $15 billion in cash for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile US at $33 per share.

  • NEW YORK, July 30- Chemicals firm LyondellBasell, owned by Ukraine- born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, appears to be the mystery American buyer of two cargoes of Kurdish crude delivered in May, according to U.S. government data and industry sources.

  • *New South Wales wants $10 bln for 49 pct of electricity network. Rooftop solar installations are booming and on-grid energy use is falling just as the government of New South Wales state prepares to offer a 49 percent stake in its electricity distribution network for around $10 billion, likely to one or more strategic investors.

  • LONDON, July 29- U.S. billionaire Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday that he will take a "significant" portion of the 1 billion euros worth of new shares being sold by Bank of Cyprus but that the complexities of the deal made it impossible to say how much at this point.

  • *Merck rises as results beat expectations, but Pfizer slips. Windstream Holdings jumped 12.8 percent to $11.88 in its busiest trading day on record after the company filed to spin off assets into a tax-efficient publicly-traded real estate investment trust.

  • *Pfizer, Merck rise as results beat expectations. NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. stocks rose Tuesday on news about a spinoff in the telecommunications sphere that sent most stocks in the sector soaring and on better-than-expected results from Pfizer and Merck.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St to rise on earnings, data weighs Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    *Pfizer, Merck rise as results beat expectations. NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. stocks were set to rise slightly at the open on Tuesday following better-than-expected results from companies such as Pfizer and Merck and ahead of data on consumer sentiment. Pfizer's higher-than-expected second-quarter earnings were helped by growing sales of its cancer medicines.

  • *Bank of Cyprus raises 1 bln euros from EU, US investors. LONDON/ NICOSIA, July 29- Bank of Cyprus, which has just raised 1 billion euros from investors, plans to sell up to 1 billion euros in bonds in September, chief executive John Hourican said, a move that would mark a rehabilitation of the euro zone's first bank to recapitalise using depositors' cash.