* Online auctioneer eBay Inc. agreed to buy Corrigon Ltd., a developer of visual search technologies, for an undisclosed sum. After closing of the deal, the Corrigon team will become part of eBay’s structured data organization and will be based in eBay’s Development Center in Netanya, Israel, according to a post on the eBay website.
* Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc., Apple Inc. and Walt Disney Co. reportedly will not submit bids for Twitter Inc. Sources said that Google explored the possibility of a takeover but decided against participating in the bidding process, while Apple and Disney are also out of contention, leaving Salesforce.com Inc. to be the leading contender for the microblogging site, Recode reports.
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* Meanwhile, Twitter plans to wind up talks about the company's sale by Oct. 27, the date it reports its third-quarter financial results, Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the details. The company has reportedly informed potential buyers and expects to receive binding acquisition offers in the next two weeks.
* Netflix Inc. appointed former Universal Television President Bela Bajaria vice president of content, effective Nov. 1. In this role, Bajaria will oversee the streaming giant's television and film licensing from major U.S. studios as well as co-production partnerships with major U.S. networks, the company said.
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* Disney is exploring technologies that could help the media giant distribute its content to consumers, the New York Post reports, citing the company's CEO Bob Iger. While speaking at an event, Iger said Disney is "fortunate" to have assets like Disney Channel (US), ABC (US), ESPN (US), Pixar, Marvel, "Star Wars" and Lucasfilm, but it is not enough without access to the consumers.
* Toy maker Hasbro agreed to settle a $5 million lawsuit filed by FOX News Channel (US) anchor Harris Faulkner over a hamster doll that allegedly looked like her, the New York Post reports. While terms of the settlement agreement were reportedly not disclosed, Hasbro has agreed to discontinue the toy, which was also named after Faulkner.
* Yahoo! Inc. is contesting a report that claimed the company developed a software program to scan Yahoo Mail accounts for U.S. intelligence, Bloomberg News reports. Calling the earlier report "misleading," the internet company said it narrowly interprets "every government request for user data to minimize disclosure. The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems."
* Alphabet unit Nest Labs' founder and CEO Tony Fadell has left the company, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company tapped Marwan Fawaz, a former executive vice president at Motorola Mobility, as its new CEO.
The day ahead
Early morning futures indicators pointed to a lower opening for the U.S. market.
In Asia, the Hang Seng rose 0.69% to 23,952.50, and the Nikkei 225 was up 0.47% to 16,899.10.
In Europe as of midday, the FTSE 100 was down 0.13% to 7,023.83, and the Euronext 100 fell 0.35% to 884.03.
On the macro front
The jobless claims report, the EIA natural gas report, the Fed balance sheet and the money supply report are due out today.
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