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    The following are mergers under. APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS. -- U.S. real estate services provider DTZ to acquire U.S. peer Cushman & Wakefield. -- Evo Payments International, Raiffeisen Bank Polska and Czech lender Raiffeisenbank to jointly control two new subsidiaries with merchant acquiring and acquiring processing services transferred from the two banks.

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    The investor group offering to buy out security software company Qihoo 360 Technology Co (QIHU) is considering cutting its offer after China's stock-market rout lowered valuations, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. Qihoo 360 (QIHU) said in June it had received a buyout offer from chief executive and some investors for $77.00 in cash per ADS.

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    U.S. private equity firm Carlyle is in advanced talks about buying Innovation Group (INVGF) for 40 pence a share in cash, valuing its equity at almost 500 million pounds, the British software company said on Friday. Innovation, which provides software and services to help insurers process claims, said the talks may or may not lead to a deal.

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    The following bids, mergers, acquisitions. ** Mitsubishi Corp's decision to spend $1.1 billion for one fifth of Olam International is a key vote of confidence that will allow the Singapore agri-trader to exploit M&A opportunities thrown up by the slump in the global commodities market.

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    Sharp Corp (SHCAF) said it was considering various options for its liquid crystal display business after a report said it may sell a majority stake in the struggling operations to rival Japan Display Inc. Sharp could spin off the business into a joint venture in which it would hold less than 50 percent, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Friday.

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    Sprint (S) is offering DirecTV customers a tremendous deal, potentially worth hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.The country's fourth-largest cellular carrier says it will give DirecTV subscribers a year's worth of free wireless service if they switch their cellphone plans to Sprint.The promotion takes explicit aim at AT&T (T), whose recent purchase of DirecTV made it the country's biggest pay-TV provider. Rolling out a new plan to consumers this month, AT&T (T) said it would give DirecTV customers a $300 credit if they made AT&T (T) their wireless company, too.Now Sprint (S) is attempting to one-up AT&T (T) with its own offer. The year-long deal gives you unlimited talk, text and 2 GB of monthly data per line. After the year is up, the company said in a release, customers will start paying at the following rates for the same package of features:1 line — $50 a month 2 lines — $90 3 lines — $120 4 lines — $150 5 lines — $180Based on these prices, switchers with five lines could save as much as $2,160 over the next year for their cell service. The window for signing up begins Friday and runs through the end of September.DirecTV customers "shouldn’t have to settle for AT&T (T) wireless," said Kevin Crull, Sprint's (S) chief marketing officer.AT&T (T) fired back Thursday, likening Sprint's (S) promotion to a "desperate Hail Mary pass to a petite defensive lineman."Sprint (S) has been struggling ever since the company lost its bid to purchase T-Mobile last year. Short on cash and bleeding subscribers, the carrier slipped to last place this month in the four-way war playing out among the nation's wireless providers.






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    Bouygues SA's nascent turnaround doesn't signal France's long-awaited telecoms recovery. The Paris-based conglomerate Thursday raised its 2015 guidance for Bouygues Telecom after better-than-expected quarterly earnings; Bouygues (BOUYF) stock promptly jumped. The outlook is brightening as Bouygues (BOUYF) gets closer to finishing moving its wireless subscribers to new pricing packages and contracts.

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    - Britain's largest music copyright collective PRS for Music has sued SoundCloud for copyright infringement, saying the online audio-streaming firm did not agree on a licensing deal, the Financial Times reported.

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    Glitch makes it harder to trade in and out of funds. Computer problems plagued the U.S. asset-management industry for a fourth consecutive day Thursday, as Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (BK) said it was still working to correct a glitch that caused hundreds of mutual and exchange-traded funds to miscalculate the value of fund assets. The bank said in a statement that the performance of the accounting platform it uses to price fund securities, the SunGard InvestOne platform operated by...

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    Sprint's offer is only available from Aug. 28 through Sept. 30. Sprint Corp. is taking the wireless price war to a whole new level. The carrier said it would give away a free year of wireless service to DirecTV subscribers who switch to Sprint--a direct attack on AT&T Inc., which recently completed a $49 billion acquisition of the satellite TV provider.

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    Financial services software provider SunGard apologized on Thursday for the collapse of an accounting system that disrupted the orderly flow of pricing on billions of dollars of assets at a number of U.S. mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.

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    Software company Autodesk Inc. (ADSK) on Thursday said it lost $235.5 million, or $1.04 a share, in the second quarter, versus earnings of 13 cents a share a year ago. Adjusted for one-time items, the company reported earnings of 19 cents a share in the quarter, compared with 35 cents a share a year ago. Revenue declined to $610 million, down 4% compared with a year ago.