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What Kind of Crazy Acquisition Could Apple Be Saving Up For? As Apple's stash of cash grows, so does the possibility that the world's most valuable company will use some of the money for a huge acquisition that would expand its empire beyond iPhones and other gadgets.

What Kind of Crazy Acquisition Could Apple Be Saving Up For?

The company currently holds more than a quarter-trillion dollars it could use to go shopping. So far, the guessing game has primarily focused on possible targets such as Netflix and Tesla Motors. Either deal could make sense, given Apple's long-running interest in providing a TV service to consumers and its more recent work on self-driving cars.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below But in recent months the takeover talk has swirled around whether Apple might do something even more dramatic by making a bid for Walt Disney Co. Such a combination would create the world's first company worth $1 trillion. Apple doesn't discuss specific companies that it might buy, but it's exploring far and wide, according to Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri. McDonald's Is Rolling Out Table Service Nationwide. The misery of TurboTax capitalism: How private companies give big government a bad rep. I hate paying taxes.

The misery of TurboTax capitalism: How private companies give big government a bad rep

And so, it turns out, does Donald Rumsfeld, who complains that despite his “possession of a college degree, retention of an experienced tax accounting firm, and earnest application,” he lacks “confidence that” his “returns and payments are properly completed.” He’s not alone, he writes in a recent letter to the IRS. “Millions of Americans find the U.S. tax code and the forms so complex that they will individually pay between several hundred and several thousand dollars this year to hire a professional to help them file their taxes.”

‘Size matters’: Marriott to buy Starwood, creating the world’s largest hotel company. Play Video1:15 Marriott buys Starwood for $12.2 billion The merger will create the world's largest hotel company, uniting brands like Sheraton, Westin and St.

‘Size matters’: Marriott to buy Starwood, creating the world’s largest hotel company

China—not online porn—is why Playboy is dumping nude photographs. No one is happy to end up in family court.

China—not online porn—is why Playboy is dumping nude photographs

But the new Miami-Dade County Children’s Courthouse is surprisingly soothing. Light streams through multicolored windows, and children can climb on a bear statue in the building’s atrium. A peaceful atmosphere also prevails in the courtroom of Judge Cindy Lederman, where the focus is on reducing trauma for young children caught up in the legal system. United Airlines Apologizes To Passengers Who Slept In Canadian Military Barracks. United Airlines has apologized and refunded fares to customers whose flight from Chicago to London was grounded on Friday due to a maintenance issue, forcing them to spend the night in Canadian military barracks.

United Airlines Apologizes To Passengers Who Slept In Canadian Military Barracks

People aboard the flight say the company put its 11 crew members up in a hotel after an emergency landing in Goose Bay, Canada, while the 176 passengers were bused to the Goose Bay Air Base. There, they say, they spent the night in cold military barracks and weren't updated on their flight status. "Once we landed there was nobody at all from United Airlines to be seen anywhere," Lisa Wan, a passenger aboard Flight 958, told NBC News.

"No United representative ever reached out to anybody -- no phone calls, no human beings, nothing. Airline Revenues. Microsoft CEO Tells Women To Trust The System And Not Ask For Raises [UPDATED] Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella caused a stir on Thursday when he told an audience of tech industry women they should trust they will get raises when they deserve them -- despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Microsoft CEO Tells Women To Trust The System And Not Ask For Raises [UPDATED]

Why Wal-Mart Is Betting Big On Being Your Local Urban Grocer. A customer shops for groceries with her son at the Wal-Mart on H Street in Washington, D.C.

Why Wal-Mart Is Betting Big On Being Your Local Urban Grocer

Emily Jan/NPR hide caption itoggle caption Emily Jan/NPR Wal-Mart made its name by going big: massive super centers with gallon jars of pickles and rows and rows of lawn chairs and tires. Its future may depend a lot on going small. It's investing in smaller stores in densely populated urban neighborhoods, where customers buy fewer items at a time. Customers like Donna Thomas, who walked over to a Wal-Mart near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on her lunch break from her job as an executive assistant at Comcast. Walmart to boost staff morale by playing less Celine Dion - Americas - World - The Independent. Earlier in the year it announced that it was raising minimum wages, and now it is to mercifully stop forcing staff to listen to the same songs over and over again in-store.

Walmart to boost staff morale by playing less Celine Dion - Americas - World - The Independent

According to Fortune, U.S. Amazon Quietly Pulls ISIS Magazine From Site - The Onion - America's Finest News Source. Amazon boss Jeff Bezos defends company's workplace culture. The world's biggest online retailer is firing back against reports of an abusive corporate culture.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos defends company's workplace culture

A New York Times report over the weekend described a demanding and degrading environment at Amazon. Amazon's boss Jeff Bezos wrote in a memo to staff that the "article doesn't describe the Amazon I know". The New York Times article quoted one former employee who said: "Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk.

" 'Bruising' workplace The report included testimonials from 100 current and former employees who depict a "bruising" workplace at Amazon, where employees are expected to "toil long and late". Some claimed the company edged out workers who were suffering from personal crises, including miscarriages and cancer. The article also said that the culture calls for employees to respond to emails after midnight. A press representative for Amazon said: "While we generally do not comment on individual news stories, we quickly saw current Amazon employees react. " Amazon's relentless work culture is because it's the startup that never grew up. I once had the opportunity to ask a former very high-level executive with Amazon what it had been like to work with Jeff Bezos.

Amazon's relentless work culture is because it's the startup that never grew up

Jeff Bezos, Orwellian overlord: Why his defense of Amazon’s “bruising” workplace culture is so hard to swallow. Employees crying at their desks. Dear Jeff Bezos: My husband needed therapy after working for Amazon. If you’ve been thinking about applying for any of the US government’s expedited screening programs for frequent fliers—Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, and the like—don’t put it off any longer. The process is easier than you might imagine, and the benefits are as good as people say. Theconversation. In virtually every science fiction novel or film, there is an evil corporation which dominates the world – from LexCorp in the Superman franchise to Weyland-Yutani in Alien. Their masterminds tend to hide their ambitions behind stretched smiles and a language of care. That is, until the story’s protagonist exposes their plans and saves the world by exposing the evil afoot.

Theconversation. In what is fast becoming a regular negotiating tactic, Amazon has halted pre-orders of DVDs and Blue-Ray discs of some Disney movies. This includes titles such as “Maleficent,” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. The fight between Amazon and Disney however is really about contractual terms and follows a similar disagreement with Warner Brothers earlier this year where it stopped pre-orders of “The Lego Movie” and other titles. The aggressive approach to negotiating terms with its partners has been honed by Amazon through its ongoing, and increasingly bitter dispute with book publisher Hachette over the price Amazon wants to charge for eBooks. Amazon argues against collusion. Amazon's hachette job evokes George Orwell in ebook price fight.