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Hundreds of Chinese Nokia workers protest at Microsoft deal

By James Pomfret DONGGUAN, China (Reuters) - Hundreds of workers massed outside a Nokia factory in southern China on Wednesday to protest against what they called unfair treatment following the sale of the company's mobile phones business to Microsoft Corp.

Fed's Dudley repeats he is more optimistic about U.S. economy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley said in prepared remarks on Wednesday that he was more hopeful about the outlook for the U.S. economy, reiterating a view he expressed earlier in the week. (Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by James Dalgleish)

Lowe's raised forecast falls short of analysts' estimates

By Dhanya Skariachan (Reuters) - Lowe's Cos Inc's <LOW.N> quarterly profit slightly missed Wall Street estimates, and the No. 2 home improvement chain did not raise its fiscal-year outlook as much as analysts had hoped, sending its shares lower. Wednesday's news came the day after larger rival Home Depot Inc <HD.N> posted strong quarterly results and raised its forecast for the year for the third time in three quarters.

Time Warner Cable says to put investors first in any deal

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Time Warner Cable finance officer Arthur Minson, asked about a possible takeover approach from rival Charter Communications, said it would put the needs of its shareholders above anything else. Speaking at a Morgan Stanley conference in Barcelona, Minson declined to comment on speculation and rumor but when questioned whether there would be a logic to the deal, he said his main concern would be whether it would add value to his investors.

Verizon CFO sees no improvement in 2014 enterprise sector

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Verizon Communications <VZ.N does not expect to see any improvement in the enterprise sector next year because companies are held back by uncertainty over changes to tax laws. "The good news is that the macro enviro is not getting worse, but not getting better," Chief Finance Officer Fran Shammo told a Morgan Stanley conference in Barcelona. "In the U.S. we still have too much uncertainty around what tax reform looks like so until companies know what that looks like they are not investing."

Yahoo increases share buyback authorization by $5 billion

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said it has increased its share repurchase authorization by $5 billion and that it planned to offer $1 billion in convertible notes. Shares of Yahoo increased 1.6 percent to $35.17 in after hours trading on Tuesday following the announcement. (Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic)

Iran state media rejects Reuters investigation as 'disinformation'

By Isabel Coles DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's state news agency dismissed a series of reports by Reuters about a multi-billion dollar organization controlled by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as "disinformation" intended to undermine public trust in the Islamic Republic's institutions.

SurveyMonkey aims new product at businesses, hires first sales team

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Online company SurveyMonkey rolled out on Monday its new polling product aimed at business customers, the company said. The company also is hiring its first sales people to pitch the new SurveyMonkey Enterprise product directly to corporations and other large organizations. The product will also be available internationally.

Assailant opens fire at Paris newspaper HQ

PARIS (Reuters) - An assailant opened fire at the central Paris office of left-wing daily newspaper Liberation on Monday, seriously injuring one person before fleeing, a police official and staff at the newspaper said. The injured person was hit in the thorax, the official said, adding that the motive of the attacker, who was armed with a hunting rifle, was unclear. "He walked in, fired twice and left," Liberation's editorial manager, Fabrice Rousselot, told news television channel BFM TV.

Bidders for AIG unit ILFC in talks with financiers - Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Taiwanese tycoon Richard Tsai and Chinese financier Xiao Jianhua are in talks to help fund a long-delayed $4.2 billion purchase of U.S. insurer American International Group Inc's <AIG.N> aircraft-leasing unit, Bloomberg reported. Tsai's family and companies it controls could take a majority stake in the group that has agreed to buy International Lease Finance Corp (ILFC), Bloomberg said, citing three people with knowledge of the matter.
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