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BC Partners to acquire PetSmart for $8.7 billion.

Sony Pictures demands that news agencies delete “stolen” data.”

Hostage taking in Sydney cafe sparks fears of Islamist-linked attack.

FBI warns that Iranian hackers may target U.S. energy and defense firms.

Not so fast: Spanish newspapers want Google News back.

Xiaomi to invest $200 million in Chinese home appliance giant Midea.

France bans UberPop from January 1.

China acquits a teenager of murder—18 years after executing him.

36 coolest gadgets of 2014

Bitcoin wallet Coinbase gets an official iOS app.

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Back to School: Your guide to “private equity tax games”

Linden eyes $500 mln first close on Fund III.

Cooledge’s $18.4 mln funding may signal tipping point for LED market.

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