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Comcast Eyes Netflix Territory; Cable Provider Seeks Rights to ‘Despicable Me 2,’ to Show Free to Subscribers

Comcast Eyes Netflix Territory

Cable Provider Seeks Rights to ‘Despicable Me 2,’ to Show Free to Subscribers

BEN FRITZ

Updated Feb. 12, 2014 6:26 p.m. ET

Comcast Corp. CMCSA +0.44% is looking to edge in on Netflix Inc. NFLX -1.17% ‘s territory—with the help of its own movie studio.

The cable giant is in talks to acquire the pay-television rights to “Despicable Me 2,” a film produced by Comcast’s Universal Pictures, in a deal that appears to mark the first entrance of a cable provider into that business. Read more of this post

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Pernod versus Rémy: battle of the booze-makers

February 11, 2014 7:20 am

Pernod versus Rémy: battle of the booze-makers

By Adam Thomson in Paris

Pernod Ricard and Rémy Cointreau share more than a passing resemblance. Both are French, both make cognac and other spirits and both founding families retain important stakes. They also both have offices in Paris – in Haussmann-era buildings, less than two miles apart. Read more of this post

There is no such thing as the banking profession; Self-inflicted injuries result from a lack of both common purpose and shared values

Last updated: February 12, 2014 7:13 pm

There is no such thing as the banking profession

By John Gapper

Self-inflicted injuries result from a lack of both common purpose and shared values

Antony Jenkins’ efforts to change the culture of Barclays by cutting bankers’ pay are on hold. At its investment bank, it is paying bonuses that are 13 per cent higher to “compete in the global market for talent”. The bank’s chief executive wants to reform the pay of US and Asian investment bankers but it is beyond his control. Read more of this post

Everything I Know About Investing I Learned From My Drivers’ Ed Teacher

February 12, 2014, 11:00 AM

Everything I Know About Investing I Learned From My Drivers’ Ed Teacher

JASON ZWEIG

Kids who grow up in farm country learn how to drive early.

When I was a teenager in the mid-1970s in the foothills of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, I and all my friends drove tractors and bashed-up jalopies through the hayfields and on the dirt roads long before any of us had a learner’s permit or a driver’s license. Read more of this post

A Stanford recipe for bloat-free expansion

February 12, 2014 3:56 pm

A Stanford recipe for bloat-free expansion

Review by Andrew Hill

Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less, by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao, Crown Business, $26

How to get big without getting bloated is one of the greatest challenges facing growing businesses. Start-ups want to know how they can expand without adding layers of deadening process. At the same time, large companies want to know how to replicate the creativity and in­novative prowess of start-ups without triggering an anarchic free-for-all. Drawing on the authors’ own and others’ insights, Scaling Up Excellencepromises many answers to those pressing questions. Read more of this post

EMs are paying the price of ETF liquidity; Volatility inflamed by ability of exchange traded funds to exit quickly; Chances are high of mass exodus from EM; No framework for co-ordinating an orderly reversal of flows

February 12, 2014 10:05 am

EMs are paying the price of ETF liquidity

By John Authers

Volatility inflamed by ability of exchange traded funds to exit quickly

Are exchange traded funds the best way to invest in emerging market equities?

Last week, I wrote a column arguing that the structure of ETFs, which allows trading through the day, had contributed significantly to the scale of the recent sell-off in emerging markets, and was helping to make the sector more volatile. Read more of this post

Accountants PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY face taming moves; Are the Big Four accounting leviathans about to be tamed?

February 12, 2014 6:32 pm

Accountants PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY face taming moves

By Sam Fleming

Are the Big Four accounting leviathans about to be tamed?

Even as their revenues ascend to fresh records, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY are struggling to navigate new legal and regulatory pitfalls in two of their most important markets – China and the European Union.

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On Wednesday the four networks’ Chinese affiliates were preparing to appeal a US decision to bar them from working for any US-listed Chinese companies for six months. The spat between the two countries threatened to check progress for the accountancies in one of their fastest-growing regions, as well as souring broader commercial relations between the nations. Read more of this post

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