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    With the 2015-2016 National Football League season about to kick off, daily fantasy sports Web sites including DraftKings and FanDuel will be attracting lots of attention for their splashy ads and supposedly giant payouts. Daily fantasy games represent a relatively small portion of the sports gaming industry. Still, the business has grown enough to attract some big names.

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    Sept 4 - BlackBerry : * To acquire Good Technology * Deal for $425 million * Says company anticipates the acquisition to be accretive to earnings and cash flow within the first year after closing * BlackBerry also expects to realize approximately $160 million in GAAP revenue from Good Technology in the first year * Source text for Eikon * Further company coverage.

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    BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY) said Friday it would buy closely held Good Technology Corp. for $425 million, in a move to further bolster the Canadian company's efforts to sell mobile security software to government and corporate customers. Stung by the dramatic drop in fortunes of its smartphone business since 2013, BlackBerry is betting in part on device-management software to reignite growth. Good Technology, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., competes with BlackBerry in offering software...

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    German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd has taken further steps in preparation of a stock market listing and has mandated more banks for the move, but it remains undecided on the timing of the deal, people familiar with the situation said.

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    BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY) shares rose about 4% in premarket trade Friday, after the mobile communications company said it has agreed to buy Good Technology for $425 million in cash. The deal will allow BlackBerry to offer "a unified, secure mobility platform with applications for any mobile device on any operating system-- supported with security that has been certified by governments around the world embedded in every component of the mobility infrastructure," BlackBerry said in a...

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    * Global insurers keen on distribution deals. * Eye access to extensive branch network. * Incumbent Allianz expected to bid to renew deal-sources. * CIMB keen for one combined bid for markets - sources. By Anshuman Daga and Yantoultra Ngui.

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    An asset-swap deal between Russian energy group Gazprom and German chemicals group BASF should not be interpreted as a sign of easing tensions over the Ukraine crisis, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday.

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    GVC Holdings PLC (GMVHF) said Friday it had clinched a deal to buy online gaming firm Bwin.party digital PLC for 1.12 billion pounds, beating rival bidder 888 Holdings PLC (EIHDF) to the post. GVC offered 25 pence a share in cash and 0.231 new GVC shares, in a reverse takeover deal. Bwin.party had originally agreed to a cash and share offer from 888 Holdings PLC (EIHDF) worth 104.09 pence a share in July, only for that to be countered by GVC in early August.

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    * Firms being bought had sales of $225 mln in year to June. * Deals to give Cipla first manufacturing plant in U.S. By Zeba Siddiqui. Indian drugmaker Cipla Ltd is set to buy two U.S. generics businesses in cash deals worth $550 million, it said on Friday, following rivals with a push to enhance its presence in the world's largest generics market.

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    (Adds details, company news) LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) - European shares were likely to open sharply lower on Friday after strong gains in the previous session, with investors waiting for a widely-watched U.S. jobs report that could provide hints about the timing of an expected interest rate hike. Economists expect the U.S. economy to have produced 220,000 new non-farm jobs last month, continuing the robust employment creation of the past five years. The jobs report is due at 1230 GMT. "Today's non-farm payrolls are surely to be interpreted as bearish," Jonathan Sudaria, dealer at London Capital Group, said in a note. "If it beats expectation, we're going to sell-off on the fears of a rate hike, and if it's weak; it'll be put down to another indicator of a faltering global economy." Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open 84 to 93 points lower, or down as much as 1.5 percent; Germany's DAX to fall 170 to 176 points, or as much as 1.7 percent; and France's CAC 40 to drop 81 to 84 points, or as much as 1.8 percent, on Friday. COMPANY NEWS BASF BASF and Gazprom have agreed to revive a deal to swap gas assets that had collapsed in late 2014 that will see BASF exit gas trading and storage and see the Rusian energy giant expand into Western Europe, BASF said on Friday. COMMERZBANK Commerzbank said its Chief Risk Officer Stefan Schmittmann had requested that his contract be terminated at the end of the year. DEUTSCHE BOERSE Deutsche Boerse said it raised 200 million euros for the takeover of 360T in the placement of treasury shares. RIB SOFTWARE The company announced plans to raise its capital by 7.8 percent to raise funds to extend its iTWO platform and continue growing internationally. SOFTWARE AG The software company announced plans to buy back shares worth up to 70 million euros. SANOFI Genzyme Corp, a unit of the French drug company, will pay $32.59 million and admit wrongdoing to resolve criminal charges over the unlawful distribution of the surgical device Seprafilm, the U.S. Department of Justice said. NEOPOST The French mail and shipping group confirmed its 2015 outlook on the back of higher sales in the second quarter. BOIRON The French homeopathy specialist posted a 5.3 percent rise in half-year sales but said it remained cautious on its outlook for 2015, citing geopolitical risks. CARMAT The French medical company said a third patient implanted with its articifical heart had returned home. MAJOR MACROECONOMIC DATA/EVENTS (GMT) : 0600 DE Industrial Orders 0645 FR Consumer Confidence 1230 US Non-farm payrolls ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0514 GMT: LAST PCT CHG NET CHG S&P 500 1,951.13 0.12 % 2.27 NIKKEI 17858.29 -1.78 % -324.1 MSCI ASIA EX-JP 389.18 -0.86 % -3.37 EUR/USD 1.1125 0.04 % 0.0004 USD/JPY 119.43 -0.52 % -0.6300 10-YR US TSY YLD 2.140 -- -0.03 10-YR BUND YLD 0.732 -- 0.00 SPOT GOLD $1,123.90 -0.08 % -$0.95 US CRUDE $46.14 -1.3 % -0.61 > Asian shares mixed as U.S. jobs report looms, ECB soothes > Wall Street rises in volatile session ahead of jobs data > Nikkei tumbles to fresh 7-month low as yen strengthens further > Prices edge higher on dovish ECB, U.S. jobs data eyed > Dovish ECB puts euro on the defensive, dollar awaits payrolls > Gold retains 2-day decline ahead of U.S. jobs data > London copper set for 2nd weekly gain > Oil prices dip, investors wait on cues from U.S. jobs data (Reporting by Atul Prakash)

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    Irish aircraft leasing firm Avolon Holdings Ltd (AVOL) said it agreed to be acquired for about $2.5 billion by Bohai Leasing Co Ltd, a unit of Chinese aviation and shipping conglomerate HNA Group. Avolon (AVOL) shareholders will receive $31 per share in cash, which is lower than the $32 per share the companies were discussing in exclusive talks in August.

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    Patriot Coal Corp's miners said they reached a prospective agreement with the buyers of the bankrupt company's assets, potentially ending a dispute that hung over the coal producer. The deals involve Blackhawk Mining LLC and the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, which have offered to buy the assets of the Scott Depot, West Virginia-based company.

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    Allergan PLC (AGN) said late Thursday it agreed to acquire privately-held AqueSys Inc. for $300 million cash. AqueSys makes medical devices that are placed in the eye to reduce pressure associated with glaucoma. Allergan (AGN) said that it will also pay milestone payments for regulatory approval and commercialization of AqueSys's XEN45 device, which is expected to get U.S. approval in late 2016 or early 2017. Allergan (AGN) plans to close the acquisition in the fourth quarter.

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    Amazon's cloud-computing arm said it has reached a deal to buy Elemental Technologies Inc., a firm that specializes reformatting video content. Amazon Web Services said the deal will help provide media and entertainment companies with options to scale their video infrastructures as they move more toward internet-based delivery of content. Elemental software helps take live or on-demand video normally for cable, satellite and other over-the-air broadcasts and format it...

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     Microsoft (MSFT) stock closed higher by 0.6% to $43.62 on Thursday after the company announced it will acquire VoloMetrix, an organizational analytics company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal comes a day ahead of Microsoft's (MSFT) keynote presentation at IFA 2015 in Berlin, a global tradeshow where the company is expected to present new hardware, including tablets, gaming devices and notebooks.