will acquire medical publisher
, making it the world's leading publisher of medical information.
Once, twice, three times a merger... The
talks with marketing professors Raj Sisodia of
George Mason University
and Jagdish Sheth of
about their forthcoming book,
The Rule of Three
. The book argues that "in any mature market, three giant companies generally wind up with at least 60% of the business."
South China Morning Post
is close to finalizing its eagerly awaited Chinese mainland power joint venture with utility
Ahhh, the sweet smell of a megamerger! Well, maybe not. The
, a company whose strength is in incontinency products, such as drainage and colostomy bags, and
, the footcare people, plan to merge to create a health-care giant for the more mature customer. "Iain Cater, chief executive of Seton, said: 'The good news in society is that we are living longer. The bad news is that more is going wrong with us. We have never been shy of selling to the elderly.' "
"I thought geez,
-- what the heck do they want with us?" said Chip Schulz, a worker at
Belvidere, Ill., plant. Check out what the workers at Chrysler's Neon assembly plant in Belvidere have to say. In the
reports that "
is preparing to lay off as many as 15,000 employees when its merger with
is completed." Both companies are expected to make significant workforce reductions as the result of the merger.
Just Plain Madness
Whatever happened to protesting through your vote? The
reports that "a cleaner at a village hall in Romania faces charges of witchcraft after being caught burning a candle on a stone and cursing council leaders. The mayor sacked her and confiscated her broom."
." It's here, it's real and chances are you've already experienced it. Heed this very special
It would be different if the E in EU stood for Ernie... Rubber ducks may soon be banned from European bathtubs following a
report that says bath toys, teethers and other PVC products are often made using phthalates, which can cause long-term harm if they get into the bloodstream. Also in the
South China Morning Post
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