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    Apple Inc (AAPL) has acquired Metaio, a German company whose software melds the physical world and computer-generated elements into video displays, according to a corporate filing that surfaced on Thursday. Metaio's augmented-reality software is used in applications in retail, industrial and automotive markets.

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    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which enforces antitrust law, filed a lawsuit on Friday aimed at stopping the $1.9 billion merger of Steris Corp and Synergy Health (SYHEF), the agency said. The two companies both provide contract sterilization services using radiation for medical devices, the FTC said.

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    For about a year, retail industry watchers have pegged Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) as a potential buyout target, but such a deal may have seemed a bit far-fetched, until now. On May 15, Leonard Green & Partners disclosed in a 13F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it had accumulated nearly 1 million shares in the Union, N.J.-based retailer.

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    Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi is considering buying cognac maker Louis Royer, people familiar with the matter said, potentially locking horns with a Philippine tycoon for the French firm amid a forecast rebound in Asian demand for luxury spirits.

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    Does a mega merger in the auto industry have wheels? . Fiat-Chryser CEO Sergio Marchionne fueled more speculation about a deal. In remarks Thursday from his native Italy, Marchione said that he was "absolutely certain that before 2018 there will be a merger."

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    Shares in French cancer drugmaker Cellectis (CLLS) hit an all-time high on Friday on hopes it would be the latest in a string of bid targets in the healthcare sector, after reported interest from companies including Pfizer . The Financial Times, citing people familiar with the matter, said Cellectis (CLLS) was in potential sale talks with a few suitors, including U.S.-based Pfizer, although no outcome was ce...

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    Malaysia's state fund 1Malaysia Development has signed a deal securing $1 billion in funding from Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Company and its Aabar Investments unit ahead of a June 4 deadline to repay a loan to an international bank syndicate.

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    Some of the biggest investors in Vodafone (VOD) say they are open to a European tie-up with Liberty Global (LBTYA), as the British company is now in a stronger position to negotiate a deal with John Malone's cable group. Shares in the world's second largest mobile operator hit a 14-year high last week after Liberty's billionaire chairman Malone said a much-mooted union would be a "great fit" for his company.

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    Synergy Health Plc (SYHEF) : * Steris (STE) and Synergy welcome a full judicial review of competitive effects of combination. * FTC has informed synergy that FTC intends to seek to block proposed combination. * Announces that they will contest FTC's attempt to block their proposed combination. * Synergy will be allowed to declare a special dividend of 15.8 pence per share.

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    The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. * The New York Stock Exchange is preparing a new plan to make it easier to buy or sell thinly traded stocks, to counter slow midday trading and uneven liquidity.

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    The Egg & I has been flipped to rival First Watch Restaurants, nearly doubling the acquirer's size and creating a major force to reckon with in the quick-rising breakfast restaurant category. The Deal reported in March that Denver-based The Egg & I, owned by E&I Holdings, was working with John Goldasich of Birmingham, Ala.-based boutique investment bank Arlington Capital Advisors on a sale.

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    - Lawyers for Sysco Corp (SYY), the No. 1 U.S. food distribution company, told a judge that competition from regional rivals would prevent the company from raising prices if it is allowed to buy US Foods Inc, the market's No. The Federal Trade Commission sued in February to temporarily stop Sysco's (SYY) $3.5 billion bid for US Foods while an internal FTC judge heard the case.