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  • Oct 25- The White House official brought in to fix the U.S. government website created to enable Americans to buy insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law said on Friday that healthcare.gov will be working smoothly for most users by the end of November.

  • MILAN, Oct 25- Telecom Italia is considering a capital increase and the scrapping of its dividend amongst the options for overhauling its heavily indebted balance sheet, two sources close to the matter said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- World equity indexes edged down on Friday but were near five-year highs as strong earnings from major U.S. technology companies propelled Wall Street to another day of gains.

  • As risk in corporates rises, banks are new safe play Friday, 25 Oct 2013 | 12:51 PM ET

    Carl Icahn, having seen David Einhorn's agitation result in Apple issuing a US $17 bn bond in April to pay for part of a US $100 bn shareholder capital return program, said he had increased his stake in the company- and repeated calls for the tech giant to make an additional US $150 bn worth of share buybacks.

  • Oct 25- Toyota Motor Corp reached a deal on Friday to resolve a lawsuit in the United States over unintended acceleration issues, one day after a jury found the Japanese carmaker liable and ordered it to pay $3 million for defects that caused a 2007 fatal crash.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week, scheduled events, and the Reuters stories related to them. *Bank of Japan/New Zealand/Egypt central bank decisions Oct. 31. *India central bank monetary policy review/ Hungary rate decision Oct. 27.

  • Facebook's tips on using social media came as politicians geared up for a 2014 general election and as Congress prepared to vote on legislation that could severely restrict the way companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google operate in Brazil.

  • Oct 25- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Abbott Laboratories' MitraClip medical device, used to stop heart valve leakage in patients deemed unable to endure valve repair through open heart surgery, the company said on Friday. "We think longer term in the U.S., could be a $500 million product," said RBC Capital Markets analyst Glenn Novarro.

  • *Volvo and Electrolux slip after earnings reports. LONDON, Oct 25- European equities ended slightly lower on Friday, with Telecom Italia leading the telecoms sector down on concerns of a capital hike by the Italian company and Volvo hurting industrials after reporting a sharp drop in profits.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp will team up to bid on the Pentagon's next-generation long-range bomber, the companies said on Friday, setting their sights on a project U.S. Air Force leaders have called a top acquisition priority.

  • ABIDJAN/ ACCRA, Oct 25- This year's drop in world gold prices has been deeply sobering for West African countries, from established producer Ghana to promising newcomer Ivory Coast, whose prospects of mineral wealth are being snatched away.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Republican Senator Rand Paul plans to put a "hold" on the nomination of Janet Yellen to be chair of the Federal Reserve, CNBC reported on Friday, a move that would force supporters to round up 60 votes in the 100 seat Senate to confirm her. Democrats control the Senate 55-45 and would need only five Republicans to support Yellen.

  • *Amazon and Microsoft rally after results, lifting Nasdaq. Microsoft Corp was the leading point gainer on the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 as profit and revenue reported late Thursday exceeded expectations, sending shares up 5.9 percent to $35.72.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 25- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission should not waste time drafting rules to force companies to disclose information like campaign contributions or government payments for energy projects, a top SEC official said Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp will team up to bid on the Pentagon's new long-range bomber, a program that Air Force leaders single out as one of their top acquisition priorities, sources familiar with the plans said Friday.

  • Shares of Tesla Motors Inc have soared more than 410 percent this year as the electric car maker, run by billionaire Elon Musk, beat Wall Street's earnings estimates and forced hedge fund managers who had shorted the stock to buy it to cover their positions.

  • Carrefour names Brazil boss to speed expansion Friday, 25 Oct 2013 | 12:01 PM ET

    *Brazil plans entail store renovation, expansion. *Firm looking at all options to accelerate in Brazil- source. PARIS, Oct 25- Carrefour, the world's second-biggest retailer, named a new boss in Brazil on Friday as it seeks to accelerate its expansion in its largest market after France.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 25- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission should not waste time drafting rules to force companies to disclose information like campaign contributions or government payments for energy projects, a top SEC official said Friday. The SEC did not appeal the decision, saying instead it would rewrite the rule.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- The chief executive of outsourcing firm Serco has quit as part of a major reorganisation aimed at rebuilding its reputation with its biggest customer, the British government, following a series of scandals.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp will team up to bid on the Pentagon's new long-range bomber program, sources familiar with the company's plans said on Friday.

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