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Cake: The new favorite mode for American political debate?

An Oregon bakery was fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding. A Louisiana man posted a video to the Internet lambasting a local Wal-Mart for not making a cake with a Confederate flag on it. "Cake has had symbolic meaning in this country," even aside from politics, said Stephen Schmidt, food historian and writer for the Manuscripts...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press
UPDATE 1-Cloud services seen growth driver for Amazon

July 24- Amazon.com Inc's shares surged more than 20 percent in early trading on Friday, adding more than $46 billion to the company's market value, after strong growth in the e-commerce giant's cloud business drove a surprise quarterly profit. The company's market capitalization soared to more than $270 billion, overtaking that of Wal-Mart Stores, the...
Source: Reuters | By: Eileen Soreng
Amazon's Prime Day draws big virtual crowd, frustrates some shoppers

July 15- Merchants participating in Amazon.com' s much-advertised "Prime Day" sale saw an 80 percent rise in U.S. sales from a year earlier, according to preliminary data from e-commerce researcher ChannelAdvisor, although the event also drew ire from some shoppers. The one-day sale on Wednesday for members of Amazon's $99 per year Prime subscription service is...
Source: Reuters | By: Yashaswini Swamynathan
UPDATE 1-"Kindergarten" as weary euro ministers divide over Greece

*Rift spreads across Europe, including within governments. BRUSSELS, July 12- Caught between the rock of throwing good taxpayers' money after bad in Greece and the hard place of opening a dangerous crack in their common currency, tempers frayed among euro zone ministers meeting at the weekend. Such was the "tough, even violent" atmosphere, in the words of one...
Source: Reuters | By: Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski
FTC eyeing Apple's charges for rival music apps

U.S. government antitrust regulators are looking into whether Apple's treatment of rival streaming music apps is illegal under antitrust law.
Source: Reuters
UPDATE 1-Lehman's Fuld defeats employee lawsuit over retirement losses

NEW YORK, July 10- A U.S. federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc employees seeking to hold onetime Chief Executive Richard Fuld liable for their retirement plan losses as the Wall Street bank plunged into its 2008 bankruptcy. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan rejected claims that Fuld breached an obligation...
Source: Reuters | By: Jonathan Stempel
Pao out as Reddit CEO: Co-founder Huffman returns

Ellen Pao is stepping down as Reddit CEO, and Steve Huffman, Reddit co-founder and its original CEO, is taking over immediately.
Source: Recode
Bases loaded  

The average pro baseball team is worth at least $1.2 billion. Still, the game isn't drawing younger fans. The Washington Post Senior Editor Marc Fisher and the Wharton School's Kenneth Shropshire discuss whether it's an aging audience, or something more ominous.
Source: CNBC.com
COLUMN-As China suspends reality, sit tight: James Saft

July 7- Only an excessively brave investor would bet that China's increasingly desperate moves to prop up its stock market won't work; only a fool would bet that they will. The proper place for anyone with any choice in the matter is on the sidelines, watching with concern as China, faced with a rapid implosion in its stock market, attempts to overawe would-be...
Source: Reuters | By: James Saft
Insurers choose partners, and dance floor shrinks

One of the most significant eras of consolidation in the history of the health insurance sector is underway. Will this M&A wave spur more deals?
Source: CNBC.com | By: Bertha Coombs