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Billionaire’s Secret Buyout Formula: 110 Instructions and an Intelligence Test

Robert Smith’s private-equity firm revamps software companies by following detailed protocols; ‘their process is like a factory’<p>Billionaire investor Robert Smith believes corporate buyouts can be reduced to a formula.<p>His private-equity firm, Vista Equity Partners, has codified that notion into 110 …

Private Equity

China’s new $15bn tech fund emulates SoftBank’s Vision Fund

THE story of China Merchants Group began in the 1870s. After its defeats in the Opium wars, the Qing government tried to learn from the West by …

Venture Capital

Chinese and US tech giants go at it in emerging markets

TWO contests are under way in which titans holding billions in their thrall vie for global domination. One is unfolding on Russian football pitches …

Emerging Markets

Unsupervised learning demystified

Unsupervised learning may sound like a fancy way to say “<i>let the kids learn on their own not to touch the hot oven”</i> but it’s actually a …

Machine Learning

Two Titans’ Rocky Relationship Stands Between Comcast and Fox - WSJ

At one point last fall, Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts and other top executives at the cable giant thought they were near the deal of a lifetime to buy Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment assets.<p>Then everything went quiet. Mr. Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox postponed phone calls and didn’t …

Media Industry

Google runs into more flak on artificial intelligence

DISCOVERING and harnessing fire unlocked more nutrition from food, feeding the bigger brains and bodies that are the hallmarks of modern humans. …

Artificial Intelligence

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint to Cut Off Data Providers After Customer Locations Were Revealed

Wireless giants plan to end partnerships with data aggregators amid privacy concerns<p>The four major U.S. wireless carriers--Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. pledged to stop selling the locations of individual customers to two middlemen amid accusations that …

Verizon

KKR continues mega-deals with $9.9B Envision agreement

Less than two weeks after lining up the biggest PE-backed software deal since the recession, KKR has announced an even larger move.

Everything You Need to Know About Artificial Neural Networks

The year 2015 was a monumental year in the field of artificial intelligence. Not only are computers learning more and learning faster, but we’re …

The market for driverless cars will head towards monopoly

THE race to bring driverless cars to market is fierce and crowded. All the leading carmakers are in the field: on May 31st SoftBank’s Vision Fund …

Unicorns in waiting: These startups could pass the billion-dollar mark in the next year

We’ve gathered the 29 US VC-backed companies that have reached valuations between $500 million and $999 million so far in 2018. By this time next …

Artificial intelligence is awakening the chip industry’s animal spirits

SUPERCOMPUTERS usually fill entire rooms. But the one on the fifth floor of an office building in the centre of Bristol fits in an average-sized …

DOJ and AT&T Clash Over Impact on Consumers of a Time Warner Deal

AT&T would have too much market power if it gets control of Time Warner’s programming, the Justice Department said; AT&T said that’s preposterous<p>WASHINGTON—The Justice Department and AT&T Inc. traded legal jabs Thursday as a federal judge opened proceedings on whether the telecom giant’s planned …

Time Warner

Bests and Bloopers From the Year in Deals

The Journal's deals team weighs in on who scored and who didn't in 2017<p>2017 was a dramatic year in the world of deals, from surprising buy of Whole Foods Market to planned acquisition of for nearly $70 billion to chief executive declaring an “ass-whooping” over activist investor . Here, the …

Silver Lake, Silicon Valley Deal Pioneer, Plays Unaccustomed Role: Predator

Private-equity firm, in a departure from custom, is backing Broadcom’s hostile bid for Qualcomm<p>Broadcom Ltd. has drawn a lot of attention with its $105 billion hostile takeover bid for rival chip maker Qualcomm Inc. Behind the scenes, Silver Lake is also playing a major role backing Broadcom, in an …

Private Equity

Disney Agrees to Buy Key Parts of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 Billion Deal

Move seen strengthening Disney’s streaming, television businesses<p>21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch invited Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger to his winery in Los Angeles last month as the executives were trying to nail down a deal that would mark a turning point in both …

Walt Disney Company

21st Century Fox Bidders Are Enticed by International Assets

The media empire is entertaining acquisition interest from companies including Comcast, Verizon and Sony’s entertainment unit, people familiar with the matter say<p>By<p>Joe Flint<p>Joe Flint<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JBFlint<p>Joe.Flint@WSJ.com<p>For Comcast Corp. and others interested in acquiring pieces …

Pay-TV

Sprint, Without T-Mobile Deal, Says It Will Spend Billions More on Network

Wireless carrier plans to increase outlays on network to $5 billion to $6 billion from $3.5 billion to $4 billion this fiscal year<p>Sprint Corp. said it would increase spending on its network, laying out its plan as a stand-alone company after talks to merge with T-Mobile US Inc. fell apart over the …

Republicans squabble over how to fund tax cuts | Financial Times

The Republican tax plan has been delayed this week by last-minute wrangling over how policymakers can make the numbers add up as they seek to limit …

Finance

The Inside Story of How the Sprint and T-Mobile Deal Collapsed, Again

After months of talks, billionaire Masayoshi Son was unwilling to give up control of his U.S. wireless network<p>During months of merger talks with T-Mobile US Inc., Sprint Corp. Chairman Masayoshi Son sought a way to merge the two wireless rivals without really having to hand over the keys.<p>There was …

Telecoms

Broadcom Plans Unsolicited Bid for Qualcomm

Potential deal would be enormous, given Qualcomm’s current market value of nearly $90 billion<p>Broadcom Ltd. is planning an unsolicited takeover approach to rival chip maker Qualcomm Inc., a bid that could be worth $100 billion but also faces steep odds of success.<p>Broadcom may launch its bid for …

Broadcom

New Trick for Reluctant Tech Unicorns: Bring the IPO to Them

Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings will seek a minority position in a private technology company<p>A group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs plans to launch an investment vehicle that will offer a richly valued technology startup an alternative route to public ownership.<p>The group, led by Chamath …

Venture Capital

Elliott Moves to Block Berkshire’s Oncor Bid; Buffett Stands Pat

Elliott buys small block of debt from Fidelity Investments; Buffett says it won’t raise Oncor offer<p>Hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. has purchased a slice of debt that would ensure the hedge fund’s ability to block Warren Buffett’s deal to buy power-transmission business Oncor, according to …

Investing

Shark Week meets Worst Cooks in America

FORGET your subscription to Netflix. Would you pay $5 a month for a collection of TV channels that gave you programmes such as “90 Day Fiancé”, “Pit …

Private Equity Takes Fire as Some Retailers Struggle

Vendors, landlords argue investors spurred companies to borrow heavily, accelerating their decline<p>A wave of retail bankruptcies washing through court has revived an old debate about the role of private-equity firms in accelerating the problems of companies in distress.<p>Payless ShoeSource Inc., …

Private Equity

Four Activists Challenge Plans to Carve Up DowDuPont

Jana Partners and Trian Fund Management join ranks of big-name investors challenging Dow Chemical CEO Liveris on post-merger plans<p>A quartet of well-known activist investors has lined up to pounce on plans to break up DowDuPont, the $150 billion chemicals behemoth that will be created by merging Dow …

Dow Chemical

Sprint Proposes Merger With Charter Communications

Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son seeks to create media and communications giant controlled by SoftBank<p>Sprint Corp. has proposed a merger with Charter Communications Inc. that would create a media and communications giant, upending industries that are already in the throes of dramatic change.<p>Since the …

Net Neutrality

Wipebook Pro

Whiteboards are a great creative outlet, neither as final as paper nor impersonal as digital. They also tend to stay in one place. Enter the Wipebook …

Copper Canyon Cocktail Bar

Hanging over the edge of a cliff with views of Basaseachic Falls, Copper Canyon Cocktail Bar would be not just a drinking and dining destination, but …

Food & Dining

Georg Jensen Koppel Watch

Understated. Elegant. Functional. The Georg Jensen Koppel Watch has been all these things since its debut in 1978, and they're no less true now. The …