Talking Biz News Today – Oct. 6, 2020

Some of Tuesday’s top business news stories:

Associated Press

Pandemic pushes start of holiday shopping earlier than ever, by Joseph Pisani, Anne D’Innocenzio

Group sues to block California boardroom diversity law, by Brian Melley


Companies just did $1 trillion in deals despite the pandemic. Here’s why, by Julia Horowitz

Exxon briefly dethroned as America’s most valuable energy company, by Matt Egan

The Wall Street Journal

Bristol to Pay $13.1 Billion for Heart-Drug Maker MyoKardia, by Jared S. Hopkins

Food Makers Add Staff, Capacity as Pandemic Persists, by Heather Haddon


Walmart signs trio of drone deals as it races to play catch-up with Amazon, by Melissa Repko

Teens are buying fewer clothes, less food as their spending hits two-decade low, by Lauren Thomas


Google renames business software package Workspace, by Paresh Dave

SAP pledges to spend more on social, diverse businesses

News about business journalism

Rest of World hires Matsakis from Wired

NYFWA’s Financial Follies becoming an all-video event

Fortune’s Lashinsky to be EIC of World 50

Adweek hires Kaplan as story desk editor

Bobkoff joins Axios as executive producer of podcasts

Whitaker-Moore joins Axios as managing editor

WSJ hires USA Today’s Patterson

What’s the strategy behind Wired’s games coverage?

New Variety editor Earl is focused on content