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11 EU banks will reportedly flunk their stress tests.

  That’s according to Spanish news agency EFE, ahead of the European Central Bank publishing the hotly-anticipated results this weekend. The ECB promptly issued a statement that dismissed the speculation—”no final results have been sent to banks involved,” it said.
2 hours ago

Heineken’s wet European summer.

  Third-quarter revenue for the world’s third largest brewer rose only 0.2% to €5.1 billion ($6.5 billion) from last year, due in part to a rain-soaked summer that saw Europeans drink less beer.  
2 hours ago

Total selects a new CEO.

  The French oil major held an emergency board meeting to choose a successor to Christophe de Margerie, who was killed in a Moscow plane crash. In fact, it selected two successors—board member Thierry Desmarest will become chairman and Patrick Pouyanné, head of the group’s refining and chemicals unit, will become CEO. De Margerie had held both posts.
8 hours ago

The Washington Post’s legendary editor, Ben Bradlee, dies at 93.

  Bradlee ran the Post newsroom for 26 years beginning in 1965. He oversaw the uncovering of the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon and the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which exposed the US governent’s secret history of the Vietnam war.
October 22, 2014

Yahoo scrapes through the third quarter.

  The tech giant’s mobile operations boosted results after generating $200 million in revenue in the period. Total revenue excluding partner sites was $1.09 billion—1.5% higher than last year and higher than estimates. But as one analyst put it: “To have 1% growth be better than expected says something about Yahoo at the moment.”
October 21, 2014
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8 hours ago

Taylor Swift’s white noise tops the charts.

  The singer accidentally released an eight-second track filled only with static, ahead of her highly anticipated album which is due out next week. It immediately became the top seller on iTunes in Canada.
2 hours ago

A Chicago voter warned Obama not to touch his fiancé.

  The president kissed her instead.  

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