Trump administration announces $16 billion farm aid plan to offset trade war losses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a $16 billion farm aid package to offset losses from a 10-month trade war with China and said payment rates to farmers would be determined by where they farm rather than what crops they grow. The package, the bulk of which Continue Reading

Zendesk buys Smooth to support customer messaging across multiple platforms

Customer service software provider Zendesk announced Wednesday it had acquired Smooch Technologies, a messaging platform focused on conversations between businesses and their customers. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but Zendesk SVP Shawna Wolverton told TechCrunch that Smooch’s entire team is being offered positions with Zendesk. Why we Continue Reading

Wynn Resorts ceases talks with MGM to sell $2.6 billion Massachusetts casino

FILE PHOTO: The Encore Casino, built by Wynn Resorts in Everett, Massachusetts, U.S., April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo (Reuters) – Wynn Resorts Ltd said on Tuesday the company has decided to stop talks with MGM Resorts International to sell its Encore Boston Harbor casino. “After careful consideration we have agreed Continue Reading

Exclusive: Elliott Management opposes airline Azul on Avianca Brasil bankruptcy plan

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management is opposing a new plan by Brazilian airline Azul SA to purchase some of the routes operated by financially troubled rival Avianca Brasil for $145 million, according to a legal document seen by Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A318-100 airplane of Continue Reading

Seven reasons why your rankings dropped and how to fix them Search Engine Watch

Do you know the triumph when your content finally hits the first page of Google and attracts significant traffic? Unfortunately, nobody is safe from a sudden drop in rankings. The thing is that the reasons for it may be different and not obvious at all. In this post, you’ll discover what Continue Reading

Bank staff flagged Trump, Kushner transactions for watchdog: NYTimes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank AG recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving entities controlled by President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog, the New York Times reported on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump Continue Reading

Blog Post Length, Link, and Share Benchmarks & Trends

Do longer blog posts tend to garner more backlinks and social shares compared with shorter blog posts? Does headline length correlate with the popularity of posts? What share of posts generate the bulk of engagement? To find out, Backlinko teamed up with BuzzSumo to analyze more than 912 million blog Continue Reading

Philly refiner defers retirement fund payments to employees – letter

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Philadelphia Energy Solutions will defer retirement payments to union members until next year, the company said in a letter to the union last week, the latest sign the refiner is struggling to find its financial footing after emerging from bankruptcy less than a year ago. The Continue Reading