Technology, Media & Telecommunications Headlines

Fri, Dec 19 2014

UPDATE 2-U.S. judge rejects HP settlement in Autonomy shareholder case

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 19 - A federal judge on Friday rejected Hewlett-Packard Co's proposed settlement of shareholder litigation involving the information technology company's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc.

Stocks, M&A, Markets, Technology 19 Dec 2014

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

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Cirque du Soleil hires Goldman Sachs to look for partner

Dec 19 - Canadian performance company Cirque du Soleil has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc to help in its previously disclosed effort to find a strategic partner, a spokeswoman for the company said on Friday.

CME Group fines three firms for automated trading violations

CHICAGO, Dec 19 - CME Group Inc on Friday fined three Chicago-based proprietary trading firms for violations stemming from problems with automated trading systems.

EU mergers and takeovers (Dec 19)

BRUSSELS, Dec 19 - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:

EU clears IMS Health's buy of Cegedim subject to conditions

BRUSSELS, Dec 19 - The European Commission has cleared U.S. firm IMS Health's acquisition of parts of Cegedim of France subject to conditions, it said on Friday.

Confusion reigns in leveraged land

NEW YORK, Dec 19 (IFR) - Bankers specialising in leveraged loans and high-yield bonds say 2015 will start off in a similar fashion to 2014: with the same level of confusion about how to interpret US regulators' leveraged lending guidelines that have been in force for almost two years now.

Russia's richest man responds to Putin's call to bring assets home

MOSCOW, Dec 19 - Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov has transferred his holdings in mobile operator Megafon and iron ore producer Metalloinvest to Russian entities after President Vladimir Putin urged businessmen to bring their assets home.

BlackBerry closes acquisition of Germany's Secusmart

TORONTO, Dec 19 - BlackBerry Ltd said Friday it has completed its acquisition of Secusmart, a privately held firm that specializes in voice and data encryption.

PRESS DIGEST- Canada-Dec 19

Dec 19 - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.