The late ticker
Sunday 03 August 1997
MICROSOFT has completed its acquisition of WebTV Networks Inc for $425m (pounds 260m) after approval by the US Justice Department. This allows Microsoft to expand into TV-based Internet devices and to continue its dominance of the software. WebTV produces systems to browse through the Internet on TV using a remote control and set-top box.
US company General Electric shuffled some top managers in a move that renewed speculation about who will succeed its chief executive John Welch when he retires in 2000. James McNerney, 47, steps up to become head of GE's aircraft engines unit.
David Calhoun, 40, the head of GE's transportation systems business, replaces Mr McNerney as head of GE Lighting.
THE upmarket New York fashion retailer Barney's, which has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings since last year, received court approval to delay until tomorrow the deadline for selecting a buyer for the stores so that it can negotiate a higher bid. This is the second time Barney's has delayed choosing a buyer. Hong Kong-based Dickson Concepts, which owns Harvey Nichols, is said to have bid $240m for the company. Other bidders are Texas Pacific and Heico Acquisitions, controlled by Chicago financier Michael Heisley.
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
From rainforests and reefs to beaches and boat trips
The Silicon Valley awards which treat scientists like rockstars
comedy'Fresh Meat' star sees off stiff competition from Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican to win top prize
Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
North Korea: First Kim Jong-un orders execution of uncle - now it emerges that victim's wife was involved in decision to execute him
Humans are not smarter than animals - we just don't understand them
Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told
Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
- 1 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 2 Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 3 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram
- 4 Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told
- 5 Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
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