• Here's what dominated Wikipedia's most-read articles last year
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    Here's what dominated Wikipedia's most-read articles last year

    The online encyclopedia showcases just how powerful Hollywood can be, with nearly all of its top 10 stories connected to the entertainment industry.

  • Earnings, Davos — What to know in the week ahead
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    Earnings, Davos — What to know in the week ahead

    It is a shortened trading week and investors will be focused on earnings and the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos, Switzerland.

  • Macron Has a Plan to Lure Tech Talent to France
    Bloomberg

    Macron Has a Plan to Lure Tech Talent to France

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.Emmanuel Macron’s pre-Davos summit for tech executives will hold some goodies for startups.In the third edition of his “Choose France” summit on Monday, timed to catch global CEOs in Paris on their way to the Swiss Alps’ World Economic Forum, the French president will detail measures in his 2020 budget that have improved stock options for startups in France.Macron will also plug a revamped visa regime that will give fast-track papers to tech workers for French or foreign companies and a new benchmark index, the French Tech 120, to promote the nation’s most promising ventures.Snap’s Evan Spiegel, who was given French nationality in 2018, EU digital Commissioner Thierry Breton, Netflix Inc.‘s Reed Hastings, Google’s You Tube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Lime’s Joe Kraus and other leaders from Mexico, Nigeria, Sweden, Turkey and the U.K. will attend the forum in Versailles.Entrepreneurs and executives at some of Europe’s most successful technology startups have been urging local governments to change laws to make employee stock options more attractive, in order to better compete with Silicon Valley. Macron, his Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Digital Minister Cedric O and 17 ministers will present the government’s latest measures.In November 2018, about 30 chief executives of companies including iZettle AB, Funding Circle Ltd., Supercell Oy, TransferWise Ltd., Blablacar and U.S.-based Stripe Inc., signed an open letter saying a patchwork of different rules in various European countries makes it complicated and costly for employers to dole out stock options.The French 2020 budget law, voted late last year and enacted on Jan. 1, has two major measures already to make stock options of startups more attractive. First the conditions of the so-called BSPCE, an employee shareholding tool equivalent to a stock options, have been sweetened: they will get a discount compared to the price investors paid at the last fund raising.Also, employees of foreign startups with a base in France will be able to get stock options calculated on the parent company’s performance, not just the French branch, minister Cedric O unveiled in a statement late last year, as he said France seeks to attract more tech workers and companies.“What France has done is fantastic, but we really need a pan-European solution,” Martin Mignot, Partner at Index Ventures, which has stakes in BlablaCar, told Bloomberg. “Currently, startups face the same problems every time they expand into a new country. Talk to any entrepreneur and they tell you it’s madness, it is slowing them down and it is putting them at a disadvantage to large companies.”Macron has attempted to lure more investors to France ever since his years as an economy minister in 2014, via taxes, visas, benchmark indexes, bilingual schools and the French way to welcome new comers.In September he created the “Next 40,” a listing of France’s top 40 startups with the strongest growth potential. While only a few of them are currently “unicorns,” with values topping $1 billion, the government said it expect more of them to scale.Read more: Napoleon, Chateaus on Display as France Seeks Venture CapitalOne of the key measures taken by Macron was a 30% flat tax on capital revenues from securities, savings, capital gains, and other sources. That measure got him into trouble with some of his citizens protesting against inequalities in the Yellow Vests movement that started in December 2018.The statistic institute Insee said the increase in inequality in 2018 was linked to a sharp rise in investment incomes, which benefited from the introduction of a flat tax the same year.Still, Macron has also toughened his stance on issues like taxes and privacy. He brought it up with Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook in his first months as president and repeatedly to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Macron is currently in a tug of war with U.S. President Donald Trump over his tax on digital giants.Amazon.com Inc., like other tech companies, will make their first payment of France’s new tax on digital giants in a few weeks. The government enacted a 3% levy on large tech groups that is retroactively effective from Jan. 1, 2019.(Updated with comment from Index ventures)\--With assistance from Natalia Drozdiak.To contact the reporter on this story: Helene Fouquet in Paris at hfouquet1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Giles Turner at gturner35@bloomberg.net, Vidya RootFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Warren Buffett Isn’t Buying Much, but He Has Bought 2 Special TSX Stocks
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    Warren Buffett Isn’t Buying Much, but He Has Bought 2 Special TSX Stocks

    Warren Buffett has invested in Suncor and Restaurant Brands stock even though he has made very few major acquisitions lately.

  • Adobe Systems (ADBE) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    Adobe Systems (ADBE) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

    In the latest trading session, Adobe Systems (ADBE) closed at $349.74, marking a +1.26% move from the previous day.

  • With market at record highs, eyes on reports from chipmakers
    Reuters

    With market at record highs, eyes on reports from chipmakers

    Reports from Netflix, Intel and Texas Instruments next week may hint at what is to come in the December quarterly earnings season, with some investors wary of possible danger signs that could knock Wall Street after its latest surge to record highs. The S&P 500 has gotten off to a strong start in January, up 3% so far this year, fuelled by a truce in the U.S.-China trade war, low interest rates and signs the economy remains healthy. Analysts on average expect reports to show S&P 500 earnings per share fell 0.8% in the fourth quarter, with technology earnings seen up 0.6%, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

  • Consumers are starting to feel streaming fatigue, analyst says
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    Consumers are starting to feel streaming fatigue, analyst says

    As yet another streaming service enters the heavily saturated space, one Wall Street analyst says consumers might be starting to feel streaming fatigue.

  • Q4 Earnings Season Showing Revenue Momentum
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    Q4 Earnings Season Showing Revenue Momentum

    Q4 Earnings Season Showing Revenue Momentum

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  • Have Insiders Been Buying Tradeweb Markets Inc. (NASDAQ:TW) Shares?
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    Have Insiders Been Buying Tradeweb Markets Inc. (NASDAQ:TW) Shares?

    We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. The...

  • Netflix opens Paris office, plans new French-language series
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    Netflix opens Paris office, plans new French-language series

    U.S. television streaming company Netflix has opened a new Paris office and plans to develop more than 20 original French-language productions in 2020, it said on Friday. Launched in 2014 in France - where it employs 40 people, and has existing operations in Paris - Netflix has developed 24 French titles, including six films, nine series and three documentaries. Netflix has seen its customer base grow quickly in recent years thanks to a rich catalog of movies and series, allowing it to grab market share from long-established local pay TV operator Canal+ - a unit of media conglomerate Vivendi - which had 16.2 million subscribers at the end of 2018, including 8.3 million in mainland France.

  • Take Five: A week in central banking
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    Take Five: A week in central banking

    Geopolitics overshadowed monetary policy for the first time in many months in early January. Japan, Canada, Norway and the European Central Bank (ECB) are not expected to make any changes, while it is unlikely China will act again so soon after its early-January reserve ratio cut for banks. The ECB, however, will launch its first strategy review since 2003 to rethink an inflation goal that has not been met for seven years.

  • Hyatt (H) Launches Hotel in Waco, Texas, Expansion on Track
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    Hyatt (H) Launches Hotel in Waco, Texas, Expansion on Track

    Hyatt (H) announces the opening of Hyatt Place Waco-South in Waco, TX. The company's efforts to expand presence worldwide are noteworthy.

  • Hilton (HLT) Launches Lifestyle Brand 'Tempo by Hilton'
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    Hilton (HLT) Launches Lifestyle Brand 'Tempo by Hilton'

    Hilton (HLT) fortifies presence with the launch of a new lifestyle brand, Tempo, by Hilton.

  • Boston Scientific Gets a Boost From New Products, Buyouts
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    Boston Scientific Gets a Boost From New Products, Buyouts

    Boston Scientific's (BSX) recent takeovers of BTG, NxThera, Claret Medical, VENITI and Augmenix make us optimistic about their positive synergies to be added to the company portfolio.

  • TechnipFMC Retains Spin-Off Date, Expects to Boost Prospects
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    TechnipFMC Retains Spin-Off Date, Expects to Boost Prospects

    TechnipFMC's (FTI) move to split into two entities is seen as a strategic effort to explore different markets and enrich potential benefits.

  • S&P 500 Up 1000 Points in a Month: 10 Stocks Boosted the ETF
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    S&P 500 Up 1000 Points in a Month: 10 Stocks Boosted the ETF

    The S&P 500 touched the 3,300 mark on Jan 16, having added 1000 points in less than a month. Which stocks led to the ETF rally.

  • This Dividend Growth King Is on Sale — But Not for Long
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    This Dividend Growth King Is on Sale — But Not for Long

    Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR)(NYSE:QSR) is unsustainably undervalued and could be headed to new heights in the new year.

  • Hate TV Ads? Peacock May Change Your Mind
    Bloomberg

    Hate TV Ads? Peacock May Change Your Mind

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Comcast Corp.’s soon-to-launch Peacock service shows that advertising is the future of streaming TV. Consumers may be OK with that. On Thursday, the cable giant’s NBCUniversal entertainment division showcased Peacock to investors ahead of the app’s soft launch slated for April 15. Like Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max (and to some extent, the content-lite Apple TV+), Peacock offers a library of movies; older and current network TV shows, such as “The Office” and “This Is Us”; and original programming made exclusively for its streaming audience. But it differs from the other services in one significant way: Peacock’s primary source of revenue will be ads, not subscriptions, allowing viewers the option of streaming for free. Let’s face it, paying for individual streaming-video apps at $7, $13 and $15 a pop isn’t all that cord-cutting was cracked up to be. The streaming-TV subscription model is brand new and broken. One app isn’t enough, yet having multiple subscriptions can get so expensive customers are left to wonder why they even got rid of cable. The streaming wars haven’t been a delight for the entertainment giants and their shareholders, either: These new apps are extremely costly to build and to stock with content, and they’ll cannibalize the larger revenue streams generated by traditional TV networks. Put it this way: TV just seems to work better for everyone when the consumer is the product, able to be sized up by advertisers desperate for a few moments of our time in hopes of activating a shopping reflex.Anecdotally, it’s said that viewers can’t stand ads. But in fact, research has shown that the No. 1 gripe for video subscribers is how much they’re paying. In a survey of about 6,000 North Americans conducted for TiVo Corp. toward the end of last year, about 70% said their reason for cutting the cord was that pay TV was too expensive. A separate survey by Ampere Analysis Ltd. similarly found price to be by far the biggest motivator for consumers switching to ad-supported apps, and 39% said they don't mind seeing ads while they watch. “We continue to believe consumers do not hate ads,” Rich Greenfield, an analyst for LightShed Partners, wrote in a report this week. “They hate heavy ad loads of un-targeted, repetitive ads in contrast to Instagram where the ads feel more like content.” Peacock is promising just five minutes of ads per hour.Media companies developing streaming services shouldn't underestimate the power of “free,” my colleague Sarah Halzack and I wrote last year in a column highlighting the appeal of ad-supported streaming offerings, such as Tubi, The Roku Channel and Pluto TV, which is now owned by ViacomCBS Inc. But compared to the quality of those apps, Peacock doesn’t feel free — it has plenty of premium content, carefully thought-out navigation and features, and with the option to watch some programming live and other stuff on-demand. A fuller content library can be accessed with Peacock Premium for $5 a month, although Comcast subscribers — even those who only have internet service — can get that version at no extra cost. For $10 a month, Peacock can be ad-free. But Comcast is probably hoping everyone will opt for the ads. About 70% of Hulu’s subscribers are on its ad-supported version, Peter Naylor, who heads up advertising sales for Hulu, said at a conference last year. And according to LightShed’s Greenfield, Hulu makes more money from its ad-supported version than from its ad-free subscriptions.For Comcast, it’s about “light advertising and bundling,” Jeff Shell, the newly installed CEO of the NBCUniversal unit, said during Thursday’s presentation. It’s one of the first signs of ”the great re-bundling” that I wrote about in November, as media giants realize they need to do something about the big consumer pain point of streaming: too many subscriptions.Comcast predicts Peacock will have at least 30 million active accounts and $2.5 billion of revenue by 2024, and that Ebitda will break even by then. Walt Disney Co. estimates Disney+ will turn profitable that same year, but it will take at least twice as many subscribers paying about $7 a month to do so. Similarly, AT&T Inc. is forecasting HBO Max won’t start making money until 2025, even though its fee is $15 a month. Meanwhile, Netflix has insisted it won’t adopt ads, despite the company’s $19 billion of content obligations as it burns through billions of dollars of cash each year.Of course, if ads are the name of the game, the industry has work to do to make them less annoying. Hulu, which is controlled by Disney, has been on the forefront of trying new advertising methods that are less interruptive than traditional commercials. It rolled out “pause ads” last year, which promote a brand’s product on screen while a video is paused.Comcast may be the only media giant to fully embrace ads so far for its streaming debut, but others will probably transition to a model more like Peacock’s over time. After all, birds of a feather flock together.To contact the author of this story: Tara Lachapelle at tlachapelle@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at bewilliams@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tara Lachapelle is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering the business of entertainment and telecommunications, as well as broader deals. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Does Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?
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    Does Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?

    David Iben put it well when he said, 'Volatility is not a risk we care about. What we care about is avoiding the...

  • Why Apple (AAPL) Stock is a Strong Buy Heading into Earnings
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    Why Apple (AAPL) Stock is a Strong Buy Heading into Earnings

    With Apple's first quarter fiscal 2020 financial results due out on January 28, it's time for investors to see why AAPL stock appears to be a strong buy...

  • 3 Cloud Computing Stocks to Buy Now for Your 2020 Portfolio
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    3 Cloud Computing Stocks to Buy Now for Your 2020 Portfolio

    We found three cloud computing stocks with the help of our Zacks Stock Screener that investors might want to consider buying for 2020...

  • Zoom Video Communications (ZM) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    Zoom Video Communications (ZM) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

    Zoom Video Communications (ZM) closed the most recent trading day at $76.11, moving -1.08% from the previous trading session.

  • 6 Sector ETFs & Stocks to Watch on December U.S. Inflation
    Zacks

    6 Sector ETFs & Stocks to Watch on December U.S. Inflation

    These sector ETFs and stocks should benefit from decent price gains in the month of December.