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  • BRASILIA, Oct 20- President Dilma Rousseff has gained some ground, but remains locked in a fierce battle for votes with rival Aecio Neves ahead of the Oct. 26 runoff to Brazil's presidential election, a new poll showed on Monday. The leftist incumbent has 46 percent of voter support against 43 percent for Neves, according to the survey by polling firm Datafolha.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 20- Facebook Inc and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg have sued several lawyers who represented Paul Ceglia, claiming they helped the upstate New York entrepreneur pursue a fraudulent lawsuit to extort a 50 percent stake in the social networking company. Ceglia, a wood pellet salesman from Wellsville, New York, is not a defendant in Facebook's...

  • SEATTLE, Oct 20- Microsoft Corp's new Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology industry's biggest earners, with a total compensation package worth $84.3 million this year, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Monday. The massive stock awards, valued at $79.8 million overall, were designed to keep Nadella at Microsoft...

  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 20- America Movil, Latin America's biggest phone company, on Monday said it holds nearly 60 percent of Telekom Austria after its extended offer for the Austrian company closed last week. The purchase increases the sway billionaire businessman Carlos Slim holds over the Austrian phone company, after the initial offer period saw Slim's America...

  • Oct 20- Generic drugmaker Actavis Plc and France's Sanofi SA are among the suitors for privately held Omega Pharma NV, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Other bidders for the Belgian consumer healthcare company include Perrigo Co and private German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim GmBH, the sources told Bloomberg.

  • Oct 20- Banks should defer bonus payments for 10 years and tap the bonus pool to pay any regulatory fines, a top Federal Reserve official said on Monday, taking aim at continued lapses across the industry even after the 2007-9 financial crisis. New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley said banks should move toward paying employees in debt...

  • VANCOUVER, Oct 20- British Columbia is set to unveil the details of its long-awaited liquefied natural gas tax regime within days, which could sway investment decisions on several proposed export terminals in the Canadian Pacific Coast province. All told, there are 17 LNG terminals proposed for British Columbia's rugged coastline, with major players like...

  • District Judge Shira Scheindlin in New York ordered Wyly and the estate of his late brother Charles to pay damages of $187.7 million plus interest to the SEC, after a jury found them liable for fraud in May. The SEC has since said the total, including interest, should be $299.4 million, which is one of the largest awards ever sought from individual defendants in a U.S....

  • Oct 20- International Business Machines Corp reported a marked slowdown in business in September and abandoned its 2015 operating earnings target on Monday, as weak client spending and a slumping software sector weighed down quarterly revenue. IBM shares fell nearly 7 percent to a three-year low, a blow for legendary investor Warren Buffett whose Berkshire...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 20- Apple Inc forecast a strong holiday quarter after a better-than-expected 16 percent jump in iPhone sales, and the strongest growth in Mac computer shipments in years helped the company surpass Wall Street's targets. Shares of Apple rose 1.3 percent to about $101.10 in after-hours trade. Some investors hope that Apple's recently forged...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 20- Texas Instruments Inc posted third-quarter results above expectations and its CFO said business was healthy, in contrast to recent concerns on Wall Street about a possible slowdown in chip demand. Texas Instruments' quarterly results on Monday came after Chandler, Arizona- based Microchip on Oct 9 warned of weak demand in China that would...

  • In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Jordan Peixoto said the SEC "intentionally and strategically" singled him out by pursuing an administrative proceeding to force a settlement, rather than sue him in federal court. In a Sept. 30 complaint, the SEC alleged that Peixoto made $47,100 in December 2012 by trading illegally in Herbalife put options, after...

  • Oct 20- U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc said on Monday it has reached agreement with Shire Plc to officially call off its proposed $55 billion purchase of the Irish company, and will pay Shire a $1.64 billion breakup fee for walking away from the deal. AbbVie, which last week said its board of directors had withdrawn its recommendation to proceed with the Shire purchase,...

  • TORONTO, Oct 20- Amaya Gaming Group Inc, which has pivoted to focus on the fast-growing online gambling market, said on Monday it is exploring a sale of its Cadillac Jack subsidiary that makes slot machines and electronic bingo games for casinos. Amaya said its strategic review process will consider varied alternatives for the Cadillac Jack business with the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 20- Microsoft Corp will provide free cloud-computing and research applications to qualified medical researchers working on the Ebola virus, the software company's chief executive said on Monday. Azure is the name of Microsoft's cloud-computing platform, essentially a group of datacenters that allow users to access large amounts of...

  • *Dow recovers from IBM earnings miss. NEW YORK, Oct 20- A measure of global equity markets rose on Monday after strong U.S. corporate results lifted Wall Street, despite a quarterly earnings miss from IBM, building on positive sentiment that grew out of a surge in Japanese shares. On Wall Street, IBM shares closed down 7.1 percent at $169.10.

  • Two manufacturers with significant exposure to oil markets, General Electric Co and Honeywell International Inc, said in interviews they did not see any short-term impact, but that sustained lower prices could alter the picture. They include Emerson Electric Co, which sells equipment such as valves, as well as automation software and services to help manage...

  • Oct 20- Amazon.com Inc signed a multi-year deal with Simon& Schuster Inc, the second major Big Five book publisher it has been negotiating with on the price of e-books, Business Insider reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. Online book retailer Amazon had been in talks with Simon& Schuster since July over pricing. Amazon had been locked in a war...

  • *IBM slumps after quarterly results. NEW YORK, Oct 20- U.S. stocks ended higher on Monday on investor hopes for a strong earnings season, but IBM's disappointing results limited gains. IBM shares slumped 7.1 percent to $169.10, the biggest drag on both the Dow and S&P 500, after third-quarter earnings fell well short of Wall Street expectations.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- U.S. officials will examine how to boost efficiency of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve now that domestic energy production is booming, according to a letter from a Department of Energy official. "DOE believes that a broad, long-range strategic review of the SPR needs to be accomplished," Christopher Smith of the DOE Office of Fossil Energy,...