A federal judge’s ruling on Thursday reflects the fallout from an appeals court decision in December that narrowed the definition of what constitutes insider trading.

The service, the United States Patent Utility, which charges a monthly subscription, has attracted a handful of initial users including Microsoft.

City National Corporation, a private and commercial bank known as “Hollywood’s banker” is being sold in a cash and stock deal.

Battery Ventures, a venture capital firm with offices in Boston, Menlo Park, Calif., and Israel, has hired Dharmesh Thakker, a former Intel Capital managing director, as a general partner.

The private equity firm says it could not get deal financing on favorable terms. Shares of the retailer tumble.

Morning Agenda: Davos Takes Up Gay Rights

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 by

The issue of gay rights is on the formal agenda for Davos. | Regulatory actions in China hit shares. | PepsiCo and Nelson Peltz announce a truce. | The apparent murder of a hedge fund manager by his son and the price of privilege.

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Citic in Deal to Sell $10 Billion Stake

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 by

The deal brings together three of Asia’s biggest conglomerates, and comes as the Chinese government has been pushing state-owned companies to become more competitive and open themselves to outside investment.

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Stocks plunged 7.7 percent, the largest one-day decline since 2008, after regulators cracked down on borrowing to invest in shares.

No longer just the domain of intelligence agencies, “hacktivists” or criminal gangs, there is a growing cottage industry of ordinary people hiring hackers for much smaller acts of espionage.

Bank of America Posts 11% Decline in Profit

Thursday, 15 January 2015 by

The lower earnings of $3.05 billion, or 25 cents a share, reflected a weaker performance in some core businesses like trading and mortgage banking.

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