Verizon sells its media business

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Verizon just sold AOL and Yahoo for $5 billion, and the new company will be known as ‘Yahoo’ going forward Verizon is selling AOL and Yahoo for $5 billion.The new owner is private equity firm Apollo Global Management.Going forward, AOL and Yahoo will be known solely as Yahoo.Read the story.

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Adidas is requiring some ad agencies to pay back more than 10% of their earnings, squeezing small firmsAdidas has toughened its payment terms for some ad agencies, Patrick Coffee reported.It’s calling for some agencies to pay back more than 10% of the money they make from Adidas.Some agency execs said the practice is unusual and puts financial pressure on small and midsize firms.Read the story.

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