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9 minutes ago // The Washington Post

business Hungary hits pause on proposed Internet tax

Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orbn, is backing away from a proposed 150 forint 61 cent-per-gigabyte tax on Internet usage that has contributed to repeated street protests in his country.

9 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

business Exxon posts surprise profit jump on refining

ExxonMobil Corp. profits rose 3 percent in the third quarter as strong refining performance offset lower revenues from falling oil prices and production.

10 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

business Sony Posts Hefty Loss

Sony reported a $1.2 billion loss after writing down the value of its struggling smartphone business, but strong PlayStation sales brightened up the quarterly report.

11 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

business Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes

Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen $1.2 billion last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink.

16 minutes ago // Reuters

business UBS cannot arbitrate with Nasdaq over Facebook IPO - court

NEW YORK, Oct 31 Reuters - A divided U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected UBS AG's bid to compel Nasdaq OMX Group Inc to arbitrate a dispute over how the exchange operator handled Facebook Inc's May 2012 initial public offering.

16 minutes ago // Reuters

business UPDATE 1-Imperial Oil profit jumps 45 pct as income from refining surges

Oct 31 Reuters - Imperial Oil Ltd, Canada's second largest integrated oil producer and refiner, reported a 45 percent jump in third-quarter profit as it refined more crude oil at higher margins.

16 minutes ago // The New York Times

business Wall St. Gets a Big Assist From Bank of Japan

Markets jumped in early trading after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced a fresh stimulus to bolster the countrys flagging economy.

19 minutes ago // Reuters

business Exxon, Chevron results boosted by refining as oil prices slip

Reuters - A surge in refining profits boosted quarterly results at Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp , helping to offset declining oil and gas production and falling crude oil prices.

21 minutes ago // Reuters

business Wall St. opens higher on surprise BOJ stimulus

NEW YORK Reuters - U.S. stocks rose at the open on Friday as markets rallied globally after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program just days after the Federal Reserve wound down its own package of U.S. economic incentives.

24 minutes ago // Reuters

business WRAPUP 1-Exxon, Chevron results boosted by refining as oil prices slip

Oct 31 Reuters - A surge in refining profits boosted quarterly results at Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp , helping to offset declining oil and gas production and falling crude oil prices.

24 minutes ago // CNN

business Fix for airbags: Deadlier than the problem?

Critics question Toyota's plans to disable airbags when it runs out of replacements.

25 minutes ago // Reuters

business UPDATE 1-Spirit AeroSystems beats estimates, raises 2014 forecast

Oct 31 Reuters - Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc, a supplier to Boeing Co, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher margins, and the company raised its full-year profit forecast for the second time as planemakers boost production.

25 minutes ago // Reuters

business CANADA STOCKS-TSX opens higher after BOJ boosts stimulus

TORONTO, Oct 31 Reuters - Canada's main stock index opened higher on Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised markets by increasing stimulus measures, helping drive gains in most major sectors. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 83.27 points, or 0.58 percent, at 14,541.96 shortly after the open. Reporting by John Tilak

25 minutes ago // Reuters

business US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens higher on surprise BOJ stimulus

NEW YORK, Oct 31 Reuters - U.S. stocks rose at the open on Friday as markets rallied globally after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program just days after the Federal Reserve wound down its own package of U.S. economic incentives.

25 minutes ago // UPI

business U.S. producers say study backs end of oil export ban

Daniel J. GraeberWASHINGTON, Oct. 31 UPI -- Global crude oil markets drive prices at the U.S. pump, meaning it's time to end the ban on oil exports, a consortium of U.S. oil companies said.

26 minutes ago // ABC

business US Stocks Open Higher, Following Gains in Asia

US stock indexes rise in early trading, following big gains in Asia on new Japan stimulus

30 minutes ago // Reuters

business Oshkosh posts higher quarterly profit, offers in-line 2015 view

Oct 31 Reuters - Oshkosh Corp reported a higher quarterly profit on Friday as strong sales of aerial access equipment and concrete mixers to builders in North America offset continued weak sales of tactical vehicles to the U.S. Defense Department and other military customers.

31 minutes ago // Reuters

business BRIEF-U.S. appeals court rejects UBS bid to compel NASDAQ to arbitrate dispute over Facebook IPO

Oct 31 Reuters - U.S. appeals court rejects UBS AG bid to compel arbitration over

32 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

business How to Pump Up a Roth IRA

After-tax contributions to a workplace 401k can be shifted into a tax-free Roth account, the IRS says.

33 minutes ago // ABC

business AbbVie Hikes Forecast, Tops Street Expectations

Drugmaker AbbVie hikes 2014 forecast, topping Street expectations, also beats 3Q predictions

34 minutes ago // Reuters

business Dollar General extends tender offer for Family Dollar again

Oct 31 Reuters - Dollar General Corp extended for the second time its tender offer to acquire shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc, as less than 4 percent of Family Dollar's shares had been tendered so far.

35 minutes ago // The Telegraph

business The truth about our record low interest rates

As the Prime Minister says he wants low rates "forever", here's why monetary policy is stimulating the economy more than we think

35 minutes ago // The Telegraph

business E-Car: electrifying UK drivers one car at a time

Chris Morris, founder and managing director at E-Car, talks with Francine Lacqua about the UK's first electric vehicle pay-per-use car club

36 minutes ago // ABC

business Exxon Defies Low Oil Price With Refining Strength

Exxon posts surprise 3Q profit jump on refining, chemicals as oil price, production falls

36 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

business Consumer spending drops in September as income growth slows

Americans unexpectedly opened their wallets less in September, with spending posting its first drop in eight months as income growth slowed, the Commerce Department said Friday.

37 minutes ago // The Times of India

business Odisha government issues show cause notice to 21 industries

Odisha government has issued show-cause notices to 21 major industries, including central public sector companies Nalco and HAL, who defaulted in paying water cess since 2005-06, officials said.

38 minutes ago // BBC

business VIDEO: Can Indian consumers shop for less?

The BBC's Yogita Limaye asks if ordinary people are witnessing a real change in the cost of living due to slowing inflation.

40 minutes ago // BBC

business VIDEO: Is data the next frontier in Africa?

With the vast majority of people choosing mobile phones over fixed lines, is data the next logical focus for Africa's telecommunications business?

40 minutes ago // The Independent

business Sony posts 1.2bn loss on decline in Chinese mobile business

Sony has reported a huge second-quarter loss after writing down the value of its mobile handsets business in the face of margin-slashing competition from China.

40 minutes ago // MSNBC

business Chocolate Poses Real Doggy Danger On Halloween

Your pooch might have a cute costume on but that doesn't mean he should get candy like other trick or treaters.

41 minutes ago // BBC

business VIDEO: Zimbabwe's crocodile farms

Crocodile farming in Zimbabwe is an expensive, niche business, as the BBC's Brian Hungwe finds out.

43 minutes ago // ABC

business Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs to Fix Air Bags

Nissan recalling 2 Infiniti SUVs to fix air bag inflators that can explode with too much force

43 minutes ago // The New York Times

business U.S. Consumer Spending Falters; Wage Gains Highest Since 2008

U.S. consumer spending fell for the first time in eight months in September, suggesting the economy lost some momentum heading into the fourth quarter.

47 minutes ago // The Times of India

business 350 electronic toll plazas by Dec; some NHs to go toll-free

The government on Friday announced a two major reforms in the road sector modernising 350 toll plazas across the country with electronics facility and making highways with less than Rs 50 crore investment toll-free that are expected to save Rs 60,000 crore in fuel bills.

47 minutes ago // The Telegraph

business Lego Minecraft unboxed in 30 seconds

Lego gives The Telegraph an exclusive look at its new Minecraft sets ahead of their UK launch on Saturday

48 minutes ago // Reuters

business U.S. consumer spending falters; wage gains highest since 2008

WASHINGTON Reuters - U.S. consumer spending fell for the first time in eight months in September, suggesting the economy lost some momentum heading into the fourth quarter.