Bloomberg has reported that Verizon is close to renegotiating its deal to acquire Yahoo's internet assets. According to sources familiar with the matter, the $4.8 billion price tag for the acquisition “could be coming down by as much as $250 million.” Neither Yahoo or Verizon has confirmed this number yet. Last month Yahoo said the deal to sell to Verizon was “delayed but still on” as the company dealt with hacking controversies and a new reported investigation “by the Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations it was slow to tell its investors about the hacks.”
Shigenori Shiga, Toshiba chairman, has announced that he will resign due to the group's poor performance in its nuclear division. Ed Crooks, US energy editor, explains why the industry titan may now have to sell off part of its lucrative memory chip business.
Investors gave Apple a lift on Monday, sending the technology giant’s shares to $133.29, just above their previous record-closing high, as excitement grows for the 10th anniversary iPhone expected later this year.
Ever wondered how big is Alibaba? The Jack Ma led company, which is the biggest e-commerce company in China has left no stone unturned to emerge as one of the most valuable company in the world, surpassing its rivals Amazon and eBay. Today, Startup Stories features the wide range of businesses under Alibaba Holding Group.
President Trump held up Intel's plan to invest more than $7 billion in an Arizona factory as a win for his economic agenda. The mayor of Chandler simply calls it a win for his city where the plant is expected to generate thousands of jobs
Google, Facebook, Apple and multiple other tech giants have come together to formally condemn President Trump's travel ban, citing a violation of the constitution in a legal brief. CNN's Samuel Burke reports.
David Haigh, chief executive of Brand Finance, explains why Google has toppled Apple in the list of the world's most valuable brands – and how up-and-coming Chinese firms are starting to stake their places.
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Vodafone, the world's second-biggest mobile operator, said on Thursday that the rate of growth in its international business division had slowed, echoing a similar warning given by British rival BT last week.
BT, Britain's dominant fixed-line telecoms operator that provides networked IT and cloud services to companies and governments around the world, had said that it had seen a marked slowdown in its international order book, prompting it to take a more cautious approach to the sector.
Vodafone, reporting its third-quarter results on Thursday, said it was also seeing lower rates of growth in its global enterprise division, and said it was taking a more disciplined approach to agreeing contracts.
Neither spelled out whether the slowdown in spending was due to concerns by corporate customers for the global economy or whether it reflected competitive pressures from cloud service specialists such as Amazon Web Services.
“Global enterprise used to grow (around) 5 percent, now it's 2, so yes there is a deceleration,” Vodafone Chief Executive Vittorio Colao told reporters.
“What I hear, what I see is there is a pressure on revenues and we are a little bit stricter on the profitability of some contracts, so we don't always bid to the last penny to win.”
BT issued a major profit warning last week, with the business hit by a slowdown in British government work and an accounting scandal discovered in its Italian business.
The firm also said it had seen a drop in new work from multinational companies, forcing it to lower its growth forecasts for the unit.
“We're taking action to address this trend,” BT Finance Director Simon Lowth told analysts. “We are now more cautious on the outlook for the international markets for this year and next and we've revised downwards our expectations of future growth rates in this part of our business.”
IT research firm Gartner has predicted that spending on global communications services will rise by 1.7 percent this year, while it expects IT services to rise by 4.2 percent.
Toshiba Corp., facing a multibillion-dollar writedown in its nuclear power division, confirmed plans to spin off its chip unit, a step that will let the conglomerate sell off a stake in the business and raise much-needed cash. Bloomberg's David Ingles reports on “Bloomberg Markets.”
Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car. The agreement announced Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission covers statements Uber made from late 2013 until 2015 while trying to recruit more drivers to expand its service and remain ahead of its main rival, Lyft. The FTC alleged that most Uber drivers were earning far less in 18 major U.S. cities than Uber published online.
Amazon revealed plans to hire more than 100,000 people in the U.S. in the next 18 months, grabbing the spotlight as President-elect Donald Trump pushes companies to employ more Americans. Bloomberg’s Selina Wang reports on “Bloomberg Markets
Internet banking customer endure further frustration accessing accounts as bosses say they can not give a timescale for a fix.
Lloyds Banking Group says it is still working to identify a glitch that has left internet banking customers struggling to access their accounts online for a second day.
The problems – quite common within the industry – first arose on Wednesday morning, with account holders taking to social media to vent their frustrations ever since.
Lloyds said the problem appeared to be intermittent and was being seen across its network of banks including Halifax and Bank of Scotland, with both apps and online access suffering from the fault.
It is understood that some people unable to access their money have later been able to log in.
The bank said the vast majority of its customers did not seem to be impacted but the timescale for a fix was unclear.
“We have been having intermittent service issues with internet banking.
“We are working hard to restore a full service for our customers and apologise for any inconvenience caused,” a spokeswoman said.
Lloyds, as a group, has six million digital customers and they are not the first to suffer from such banking issues.
A series of industry failures – both online and in cash machine operations – has prompted a backlash from consumer groups, regulators and MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO – news) who have urged the sector to increase spending on their systems' resilience.
RBS (LSE: RBS.L – news) is among banks to have been fined for poor performance.
It was handed a £56m penalty over a computer outage in 2012.
Tesco Bank is the lender to have attracted regulatory interest most recently.
Sky News revealed on Wednesday how it had called in auditors to investigate the hacking attack last autumn in which customers had £2.5m fraudulently taken.
The Financial Times reported last month that the Financial Conduct Authority was exploring whether Tesco Bank had exposed its customers to fraud by issuing debit cards with sequential numbers.
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Just Eat, the takeaway app, failed to meet the City's appetite for growth over Christmas, prompting investors to slim down their shareholdings.
The company said in its annual update ahead of full-year results in March that overall orders across its territories were up 36pc in 2016, on a like-for-like basis. In the UK, the FTSE 250 company's main market, order growth was 31pc.
Analysts were disappointed by the figures, despite Just Eat's statement that it was in a “strong position to deliver full-year results in line with our previous financial guidance”.
Most analysts were expecting Just Eat to beat its guidance, however.
Barclays said the overall growth implied that Just Eat had fallen 400,000 orders short of its its expectations of 137 million. The miss was caused by a bigger than expected dip in takeaway demand over the Christmas period, the analysts claimed, and a further slowdown in the company's rapid expansion.
The non-UK takeaway business caused particular concern, with estimates suggesting orders had not grown sequentially for several quarters and that the end of 2016 was well below expectations.
Just Eat shares were trading down more than 6.5pc on the back of the update. David Buttress, its chief executive, said the board had continuing confidence in the business going into 2017.
Jefferies said that despite the disappointment there were “no real knocks” to the case for investment in Just Eat from the update. It said the company's slowing growth was “just a reality check as the guidance upgrade conveyor belt comes to a stop”.
Competition in the food delivery market has been intensifying, with venture capital-backed rivals to Just Eat – including Deliveroo and Uber – making headway.
Just Eat, which made its stock market debut nearly three years ago at 260p per share and now stands at more than double that, has responded by seeking to buy up smaller players.
Last month it announced a takeover of Hungry House, once its main challenger in the UK, for up to £240m. The deal is yet to face scrutiny from the Competition and Markets Authority.
Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, will start testing its new fleet of minivans on public roads in California and Arizona later this month, Waymo CEO John Krafcik revealed in a speech at the Detroit auto show Sunday.