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Netflix’s Movie Blitz Takes Aim at Hollywood’s Heart
“Roma” is just the start of the company’s film plans. Traditional studios and multiplex chains are wondering if the strategy will cause people to skip theaters.... More >>

Nashville’s Star Rises as Midsize Cities Break Into Winners and Losers
Nashville and others are thriving thanks to a mix of luck, astute political choices and well-timed investments, while cities like Birmingham, Ala., fall behind.... More >>

Mediator: More Powerful Than a Russian Troll Army: The National Enquirer
Now that the supermarket tabloid has admitted to prosecutors that it did political dirty work for Donald Trump, here’s a look at its unlikely power.... More >>

Tech Workers Got Paid in Company Stock. They Used It to Agitate for Change.
Workers at tech companies like Amazon are starting to use the stock grants that they were paid to turn the tables on their employers.... More >>

Facebook’s Version of YouTube Takes Shape With Pranksters, Magicians and Cartoons
The tech giant sees Facebook Watch, with its rising number of videos from internet stars, as a key to future growth.... More >>

Nissan and Renault Face Leadership Crisis After C.E.O. Is Jailed
Carlos Ghosn’s arrest leaves the Franco-Japanese car alliance that revolved around him in limbo. There is no clear plan to fill the power vacuum.... More >>

Investors Have Nowhere to Hide as Stocks, Bonds and Commodities All Tumble
For the first time in decades, every major investment has fared poorly. The question is whether trouble in the markets will undermine economic growth.... More >>

Education Dept. Cancels Plan for New Student Loan System and Will Try Again
Legal challenges forced the agency to scrap bids for a new website and other tech changes aimed at simplifying the repayment process for millions of borrowers.... More >>

HQ Trivia and Vine Co-Founder Colin Kroll Dies, Apparently of Overdose, Police Say
Mr. Kroll was found facedown on his bed after a woman called 911 and asked the police to check on him in SoHo.... More >>

Some Kotex Tampons Recalled After Coming Apart and Leaving Parts Inside the Body
A defect in certain lots of Kotex tampons has caused some users to seek medical attention, their manufacturer said.... More >>

Advertising: Digital Data Gives Billboard Owners More Reason to ‘Love a Good Traffic Jam’
The average one-way trip for commuters in the U.S. is close to a half-hour — plenty of time for marketers to target them in new ways through old media.... More >>

With Interest: The Week in Business: Apple Expands in Austin, and the Fed Gears Up on Interest Rates
It's back to the drawing board on Britain’s floundering Brexit attempt. And the border wall is a sticking point in talks on continued funding of the U.S. government.... More >>

Health Law Could Be Hard to Knock Down Despite Judge’s Ruling
Legal scholars on opposite sides of previous Obamacare court decisions find the legal argument in this one shaky.... More >>

How McKinsey Has Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments
At a time when democracies and their basic values are increasingly under attack, the iconic American company has sometimes served clients in ways that directly counter American interests.... More >>

8 Places Where Smartphones Tracked People’s Movements
A New York Times investigation showed that data from over a million devices in the New York area exposed people’s daily habits.... More >>

As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price
A phony business the Trumps created to siphon wealth from their empire drove up the rent for thousands living in their buildings.... More >>

Times Insider: Three Months in the Advice Mines
What I’ve learned from being our Sunday Business “Work Friend” advice columnist.... More >>

Past Tense: Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess.
Steve Jobs tried to create a manufacturing culture in Silicon Valley. As one former Apple engineer put it, "It wasn't great for business."... More >>

What Is Talc, Where Is It Used and Why Is Asbestos a Concern?
Here's what you need to know about talc and the health-related claims surrounding it.... More >>

Asbestos Opens New Legal Front in Battle Over Johnson’s Baby Powder
Johnson & Johnson says its product is safe. But asbestos, a carcinogen that can exist underground near talc, was a concern inside the company for decades.... More >>

Star Economist at Harvard Faces Sexual Harassment Complaints
Roland Fryer’s ascent in the economics field was swift. Now he is embroiled in investigations into his workplace behavior.... More >>

Big Swings in Stock Market Are at Their Highest Level Since 2011
Stocks across Wall Street are enduring one of the most prolonged periods of volatility of the past decade.... More >>

Education Dept. Will Cancel $150 Million in Student Debt After Judge’s Order
About 15,000 students who attended schools that closed will have their federal loans automatically eliminated. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos fought the change.... More >>

Apple Will Update iPhones in China to Avoid a Ban on Sales
The company said it would update the software of iPhones in China to try to resolve a legal dispute that threatens to block certain iPhone sales there.... More >>

The Year of Reckoning at CBS: Sexual Harassment Allegations and Attempts to Cover Them Up
The network has undertaken a companywide re-evaluation in the wake of the #MeToo movement that has forced three powerful men out of their jobs because of workplace conduct.... More >>

How a National Security Investigation of Huawei Set Off an International Incident
The chief financial officer was arrested after a yearslong American inquiry into the Chinese telecommunications company.... More >>

The Weekly Standard, Pugnacious to the End, Will Cease Publication
The decision to shutter the conservative magazine was contentious, with one of its founders calling the closing a “murder” and “an entirely hostile act.”... More >>

The Workologist: When a Manager in Another Department Ignores Your Emails
An employee looking to make a switch gets no response and wonders if it’s because he’s the wrong “type.” Here’s how to stop brooding and take useful action.... More >>

LVMH Buys Belmond, Luxury Hotel Owner, as Rich Shoppers Spend More on Travel
As wealthy millennial customers shift their money from goods to experiences, the world’s biggest luxury group is acquiring the company behind the Hotel Cipriani and Orient Express.... More >>

Facebook Says Bug Opened Access to Private Photos
The announcement is the latest in a string of problems the social network has had with consumer data.... More >>

Your Money: The Simplest Annuity Explainer We Could Write
We define immediate annuities, fixed annuities, variable annuities and index annuities, plus give you questions to ask salespeople.... More >>

What Amazon Could Learn From Google in New York City
Amazon’s arrival in New York City has been loud. But Google has been quietly expanding in Manhattan for years, with few complaints from residents.... More >>

gender letter: Sisterhood in the Halls of Congress, and You’re Invited
The Democratic newcomers have a message for you: We’re cool, we’re transparent and we’ve got each others’ backs.... More >>

Your Money Adviser: Of a Certain Age? You May Need to Withdraw Money From a Retirement Account
The government requires people to start taking a certain amount of cash, known as a required minimum distribution, at 70. A formula determines how much.... More >>

Work Friend: I Am Begging You to Stop Sleeping With Your Co-Workers
Are literally all of you hooking up, or what?... More >>

Times Insider: Uncovering What Your Phone Knows
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, an investigative reporter for The Times, explains how reporters discovered some of the information mobile apps collect.... More >>

New Zealand Rebukes Google for Airing Name of Suspect in Backpacker’s Killing
A court had suppressed the man’s name under a legal provision meant to guarantee fair trials for defendants in the country.... More >>

Wall Street Is Battered by Worsening Economic Outlook in China
Disappointing retail sales and industrial output figures in China helped drag markets down.... More >>

China’s Economy Slows Sharply, in Challenge for Xi Jinping
Car sales are falling. Housing is slow. Workers get three-month unpaid vacations. For Chinese leaders, pressure for a trade deal with President Trump is rising.... More >>

DealBook Briefing: What Economists Are Worried About for 2019
What are the biggest threats to the U.S. economy next year, and will the country fall into a recession?... More >>

After Yellow Vests Come Off, Activists in France Use Facebook to Protest and Plan
Away from the street protests, demonstrators have built thriving communities in Facebook groups, which are helping to fuel the Yellow Vests.... More >>

As Labor Market Tightens, Women Are Moving Into Male-Dominated Jobs
Widening opportunities do not automatically translate into better pay or a decline in gender discrimination.... More >>

CBS Paid the Actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle Harassment Claims
Ms. Dushku told investigators she was written off the hit series ‘Bull’ after enduring sexual harassment on the set. Lawyers scolded CBS for its ‘antiquated’ views.... More >>

Who’s in the Middle of a Spat Between the U.S. and China? Canada
Canada is in a tricky spot, boxed in the middle between its two largest trading partners, and worried about having to choose sides.... More >>

Chase for Talent Pushes Tech Giants Far Beyond West Coast
Amazon and Google are aggressively opening offices outside of their Silicon Valley and Seattle hometowns. On Thursday, Apple said it would invest $1 billion in Austin, Tex.... More >>

G.E. to Spin Off Its Digital Business
The move is an effort to create a sustainable business from G.E.’s ambitious and costly foray into the software industry.... More >>



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