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    France's Bpifrance public investment bank on Wednesday sold a 2 percent stake in French telecom operator Orange in a deal worth about 801 million euros. Bpifrance said it was selling about 53 million Orange shares via an accelerated private placement to institutional investors.

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    Call it audacious, but Amazon (AMZN)  is betting that consumers will be willing to pay $5 apiece for buttons that allow them to quickly order more stuff. On Wednesday, the Seattle-based company announced that Prime members will be able to purchase a Dash Button for $4.99, following a limited period where select Prime members were able to receive a button for free.

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    Microsoft (MSFT) rolled out Windows 10 Wednesday, making the new operating system available to the vast majority of the PC and Windows tablet universe. For those who were frustrated by Windows 8, this should be a welcome update. So how do you jump on board?First things first: You should figure out if you can upgrade and how much it's going to cost.Most Windows-based PCs out there should be able to upgrade, but not all of them will be able to do so for free. If you're still among the portion of the Microsoft-using world that uses Windows Vista or Windows XP, you'll have to buy the new system for $119. If you're working with a computer that's running one of those systems, chances are that it's also probably pretty old. Microsoft (MSFT) has some technical specification requirements on its Web site that you should check out if you fall into this category.[Microsoft (MSFT) makes amends for past mistakes with Windows 10]Windows users who are already running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 should be eligible for a free upgrade for the next year -- so you can wait to install if you want, but don't wait forever. Those folks should be able to download the new system for free straight from their desktop, via the "Get Windows 10" app that will appear in the lower-right corner of their screen. Follow the instructions in that app and you should be good to go.If you don't have the "Get Windows" app or haven't gotten any notification about upgrading, don't worry. Microsoft (MSFT) is rolling out the upgrade in phases, since having everyone downloading a system at the same time could be overwhelming for its systems. But if you want to make sure you're going to get one down the line, check to make sure that your computer is set to get automatic updates.To do that, you should head to your settings menu and click on the section that refers to updates -- "Windows Update" in Windows 7 or "Update and recovery" in Windows 8.1 -- to turn on the option to receive important updates.For those who really want a hard copy of the update, or those who may be looking to install Windows 10 on a newly built PC, Microsoft (MSFT) is offering some of those in retail stores. Users who want a little extra help installing will also be able to visit retailers such as Best Buy (BBY), which are running promotions to help people install Windows 10.It's always a good idea to backup important files before you start installing any new system, so be sure to get those key documents, photos or other files onto an external drive or into the cloud before you hit the "Install" button. People are reporting that upgrading takes anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour, so go ahead and grab a snack while you wait.After Windows 10, Microsoft (MSFT) is going to change the way it updates its operating system, making smaller, more frequent updates rather than letting a couple of years go by between major releases. So, in theory, you won't have to ever do this sort of thing again; future updates should just come to your computer automatically.






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    A peso bond from Mexico's Telesites had the market's full attention on Wednesday, injecting some life into the region's moribund primary markets. The cell tower spinoff of telco America Movil is poised to raise its targeted Ps15bn after launching a Ps3.5bn 10-year at Mbonos plus 190bp, a Ps4.5bn floater at TIIE plus 50bp, and an inflation-linked 15-year at 155bp over the government Udibono curve.

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    Telecom Italia will offer TV series and movies from Netflix (NFLX) to its clients after a deal the Italian phone group said would help spur demand for faster Internet in the euro zone's No. 3 economy.

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     Media ratings company Nielsen  is enjoying its biggest two-day climb in over a year and a half, gaining over 7.6% after its second-quarter earnings beat Wall Street expectations.The jump is a something of a pick-me-up for Nielsen, which has been criticized by many of the world's largest media companies and advertisers for allegedly being slow or incapable of capturing audience growth on digita...

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     T-Mobile is scheduled to announce its earnings results for the second quarter of 2015 before the market open on Thursday. Analysts are expecting a year-over-year decrease in earnings per share, but a year-over-year increase in revenue for the 2015 second quarter. T-Mobile has been forecast to post earnings of 18 cents per share on revenue of $7.94 billion for the second quarter of 2015.

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    Microsoft (MSFT) will end support for Windows 7 in early 2020. Microsoft Corp.' s Windows 10 launch won't be the savior the PC industry is seeking-- but the death of Windows 7 in a few years might be. The company's unprecedented decision to offer the Windows 10 upgrade free-of-charge to consumers and some businesses helps solidify Microsoft (MSFT) as a cloud software company.

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    Software developer Citrix Systems (CTXS) late Tuesday reached a settlement with activist hedge fund Elliott Management's Paul Singer in a deal that includes bringing on a dissident board member, removing its longtime CEO, and potentially selling off a key unit. As part of the deal, Citrix's (CTXS) chief executive, Mark Templeton, announced he will retire after 14 years at the helm.

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    Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) were gaining 2.6% to $46.53 Wednesday following the release of the software giant's Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 is now available to download for free for users with a PC running Windows 7 and Windows 8. While the OS is now available, some users may have to wait to download Windows 10 as Microsoft (MSFT) is rolling out the release over time.

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    France's Bpifrance public investment bank said Wednesday it is selling 2 percent of French telecom operator Orange shares in a deal a banking source said was worth about 805 million euros. Bpifrance said its stake holding arm was selling 53 million Orange shares via an accelerated private placement to institutional investors.

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    Updated from 12:16 p.m. to reflect the name of the product is Yahoo Livetext, not simply Livetext. Yahoo (YHOO)! At an event in New York, Adam Cahan, Yahoo!'s senior vice president of Video, Design and Emerging Products, unveiled the service. Yahoo (YHOO)! The app goes live tomorrow in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and Canada on both iOS, as well as Android.

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    Like many consumers, I've mostly stopped listening to the radio — mainly because I rarely drive anymore and many of my favorite shows are available as online podcasts.But AT&T (T) customers who miss listening to FM channels will soon be able to flip on their local stations and listen live anytime they want. That's because starting with every new Android phone it sells in 2016, AT&T (T) will be activating the receiver inside that's designed to tap into FM signals.Many smartphones today already come with FM chips. In other countries, these get turned on. But not all cellular carriers in the United States support FM radio out-of-the-box. Sprint (S) only began "lighting up" those FM chips in 2013.Now AT&T (T) is the latest telecom company to add support for FM radio, partnering with the company NextRadio to offer access to radio programs that come to you over the traditional airwaves rather than the Internet. NextRadio is an app that adds an FM tuner to your smartphone, letting you select and change channels."This is a big milestone for the radio industry," said NextRadio in a statement, "and shows working together and supporting this initiative is paying off."Radio stations have been asking regulators to make turning on FM chips a mandatory requirement for cellular service providers. But Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has said he wants to leave that decision to the telecom companies.The National Association of Broadcasters, which represents radio stations in Washington, welcomed AT&T's (T) deal with NextRadio on  Tuesday, calling it a "new beginning in mobile technology."Of course, cellular providers have an incentive to discourage radio listening so that consumers will rely more on Internet streaming — a medium that has taken off with services such as Spotify and Rdio.AT&T (T) didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.