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TPG and Graydon Carter Tried to Buy Vanity Fair

Graydon Carter, backed by TPG, “floated” the idea of buying Vanity Fair a couple of years ago, while Carter was still editor of the magazine, according to this deep dive by New York magazine into Conde Nast. The Newhouse family-owned publisher rejected the approach but the article hints that the family might be open to selling the entire company. There’s some reason to think that, as the...

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SPAC Merger Class of 2020 Is Trading Better Than 2019
SPAC Merger Class of 2020 Is Trading Better Than 2019
Special purpose acquisition companies are the hottest investment phenomenon of the year. But they’re not a surefire way to make money, as many lose value after they merge with operating businesses. The good news is that the SPACs that have completed mergers this year are trading better than last year’s crop, according to new data. Forty three percent of the stocks of companies...
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Slack Deal Could Fulfill Salesforce Chief’s Decade-Old Vision
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Salesforce co-founder and CEO Marc Benioff has long had a vision of replacing email with new forms of collaboration software, though his attempts to build that future have mostly fizzled.
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The Information’s Guide to 10 Must-Stream TV Shows
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Facebook Has a Recipe For Better Social Media. Why Isn’t The Company Using It?
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