Feb 6 The following are the top stories on the
New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these
stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
* Court documents offer a look at the inner workings of
Standard and Poor's, which the U.S. government says inflated
credit ratings with dire consequences for the entire economy.
* Dell Inc, seeking to revive itself after years of
decline, said on Tuesday it had agreed to go private in a deal
led by its founder and the investment firm Silver Lake.
* U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Congress
to quickly pass a new package of limited spending cuts and tax
increases to head off substantial across-the-board reductions to
domestic and military spending set to begin on March 1, but his
appeal for more revenue was dismissed by Republicans.
* Liberty Global Inc, the international cable
company owned by American billionaire John Malone, agreed on
Tuesday to buy the British cable company Virgin Media Inc
for about $16 billion.
* Law firm Debevoise & Plimpton's move to get out of the
estate-planning business comes as the legal industry continues
to emphasize more profitable practices.
* Twitter confirmed on Tuesday that it was acquiring Bluefin
Labs, a company that analyzes online chatter about TV shows and
companies and sells its findings.
* Jim O'Neill, the economist who a decade ago coined the
term "BRICs" - the acronym for the emerging growth economies in
Brazil, Russia, India and China - plans to retire from Goldman
Sachs Group Inc later this year, the firm announced on