Televisions reaching consumers this year will be able to tell what audiences are watching and relay the information to marketers over the Web, opening the door to new ad revenue as well as privacy concerns.
Investors in U.K water utility Severn Trent Plc were anticipating a windfall when news leaked in May of an impending takeover bid by a Canadian-led consortium. The next day, the stock jumped as much as 19 percent.
Stephen Elop, already an odds- makers’ favorite to take over as Microsoft Corp.’s next leader, just boosted his chances by helping orchestrate the $7.2 billion deal that makes him a senior executive at the software maker he once helped run.
With the $7.2 billion sale of its mobile-phone business to Microsoft Corp., Nokia Oyj is following a path trodden by Ericsson AB of Sweden in abandoning handset manufacturing to chase networking-equipment profits.
U.S. stocks rose, led by automakers and technology companies, as a Senate panel voted to authorize military action in Syria and the Federal Reserve said the economy maintained a “modest to moderate” pace of growth.