Financial news on December 19, 2009

Business and Financial news
Executive at Barclays Defends Pay

Robert E. Diamond Jr. said that high performance, not greed, was behind his big paydays. Read more..

By LANDON THOMAS Jr - The New York Times

Factors to Weigh in Deciding Where to Get Care

Some cancers can be treated successfully at a community hospital, while others may require the specialization of a major cancer center. Read more..

By NATASHA SINGER - The New York Times

Google Said to Be Near a Yelp Deal

In a sign that Google is interested in broadening its reach in the local business market, the search giant is in acquisition talks with Yelp, the review site for local businesses. Read more..

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER - The New York Times

Inside Dope

Tonic for the crossword-addled brain. Read more..

By PATRICK MERRELL - The New York Times

Ryanair Ends Boeing Talks, to Benefit of Shareholders

The Irish airline Ryanair said Friday that it had pulled out of talks to buy 200 aircraft from Boeing, and would now trim its investment plans starting in 2011. Read more..

By NICOLA CLARK - The New York Times

Theme Parks See Potential in Asia

The global downturn put some U.S. theme parks into bankruptcy and upended plans for new ones in the Middle East. But in Asia, a development boomlet is under way. Read more..

By SONIA KOLESNIKOV-JESSOP - International Herald Tribune

Toys ‘R’ Us Trims Losses by Making a Hamster Hot

Toys “R” Us is identifying and promoting the next hot toy as part of a new commitment to service and supply that is helping it achieve a turnaround. Read more..

By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM - The New York Times

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