Salesforce’s Talks to Buy Slack May Herald More Work-From-Home Deals

Salesforce has approached Slack about a deal, DealBook hears, confirming a report in The Wall Street Journal. A takeover could be announced as soon as this week. The potential deal is a bet on remote working, an area that bankers tell us will be a hot spot for consolidation in the months ahead, as highly valued software companies look to roll up the fragmented market for collaboration tools.

Work practices may never return to pre-pandemic norms. Or at least that’s the premise behind moves like the one Salesforce is making, with companies hoping to cash in on the shift by assembling a suite of services to make remote working easier. Slack had a market capitalization of about $17 billion before news of the potential deal broke, and it’s now worth around $23 billion. Until the recent pop, it had recorded relatively muted growth

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Now Is Your Chance to Buy a Tiny Home Thanks to Amazon’s Black Friday Sale

You already know you can buy pretty much anything you want on Amazon, and you definitely know you can buy it for less during its Black Friday sale extravaganza. But did you know that some of its biggest savings are on the tiniest homes?



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During Black Friday weekend, you can save $2,290, or nearly 20 percent, on the Claudia Cabin Kit from Allwood. The tiny home kit comes with everything you need to build a 209 square-foot cabin, including Nordic spruce floor and roof construction materials, pre-finished doors and windows, and all required the nails, screws, and handles, plus a door lock for safety.



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Buy It! Allwood Claudia 209 Square Foot Cabin Kit Garden House, $9,700 (orig. $11,990); amazon.com

Uses for a tiny house are practically endless, especially now that most of us are home more than ever before. It

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Best Black Friday 2020 ad scans: Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Sam’s Club and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

This year just like every year, the best way to prep for Black Friday is the retailer’s circular ads in newspapers. Fortunately, thanks to the internet you don’t have to buy the paper and just look at their website — or below — and check out ad scans. These days, major retailers like Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Kohl’s and a slew of others publish their own ad scans on their own websites and to their own schedules, to help beat the holiday shopping hype drums for their hottest deals. Scans of Black Friday ads are no longer borrowed from the pre-Thanksgiving week Sunday paper, nor do they solely hype “doorbuster” sales. Instead, we’ve got a mix of online

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Best Buy Continues Gains From Home Products, Online Sales

Best Buy Co. continued benefiting from online sales and items that help consumers work, learn and cook from home during the coronavirus pandemic, pushing sales up 21% in the latest quarter.

The retailer on Tuesday reported $11.85 billion in third-quarter sales, up from $9.76 billion in the same three months last year and beating Wall Street estimates. Comparable online sales nearly tripled in the U.S., its largest market.

Domestic comparable sales rose 23%, while international comparable sales rose 27%. Comparable sales include those from stores temporarily closed or operating a curbside-only model during the quarter due to Covid-19.

Big-box retailers have generally fared well during the pandemic, enticing shoppers with a one-stop place to shop, especially for in-demand product categories such as electronics, home-improvement supplies and food. In contrast, many department stores and apparel retailers—already weakened by the shift to online shopping in recent years—have struggled after having to close

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IKEA on sustainability, furniture hacking, new trials and the Buy Back initiative

IKEA is working towards its goal of becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030.



a sign on the side of a road: IKEA is working towards becoming fully circular and climate positive by 2030. Buy Back is how IKEA hopes to change unsustainable consumption patterns.


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IKEA is working towards becoming fully circular and climate positive by 2030. Buy Back is how IKEA hopes to change unsustainable consumption patterns.

Everyone’s favourite flat pack furniture store recently announced its new Buy Back initiative – which, as the name implies, will see IKEA buy back unwanted IKEA furniture from customers and resell it as second-hand in store. The scheme was scheduled to launch on Black Friday but, with England’s second lockdown and temporary store closures, it has been postponed until January 2021.

Buy Back is just another step towards how IKEA hopes to be a driving force behind changes in unsustainable consumption patterns and making more from less – and there’s a long way to go. So, over a Zoom video call, we talked all things ‘sustainable’ with Hege

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The best early Black Friday deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, and more stores



a stop sign: Black Friday lands next week but shoppers can already save big on TVs, headphones, stand mixers, vacuums, and more.


Black Friday lands next week but shoppers can already save big on TVs, headphones, stand mixers, vacuums, and more.

  • Every year, Black Friday occurs the day after Thanksgiving. This year, several sales have already started weeks in advance of the shopping holiday.
  • Black Friday lands on November 27, but shoppers can already save big on TVs, headphones, stand mixers, vacuums, and more from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.
  • See more: 7 stores that offer price matching — and everything you need to know about their Black Friday and Cyber Monday policies.
  • Read Insider Reviews’Black Friday 2020 deals and Cyber Monday 2020 deals coverage for more savings .

2020 cares little for precedent and that includes the Black Friday and Cyber Monday schedule. Historically, the enormous shopping event kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, but this year, sales have already begun and may last through the first week of December.

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Zurich in Talks to Buy MetLife’s U.S. Home, Car Insurance Unit

(Bloomberg) — Zurich Insurance Group AG said it’s in talks to buy MetLife Inc.’s U.S. property and casualty unit, which offers coverage for homes and automobiles.



a large building: Signage is seen partially replaced on the north side of the MetLife Building in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. MetLife Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on November 1.


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Signage is seen partially replaced on the north side of the MetLife Building in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. MetLife Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on November 1.

“Zurich subsidiary, Farmers Group Inc., is proposing to acquire the business in conjunction with the Farmers Exchanges,” the Swiss insurer said Friday in a statement. “The terms of any transaction are subject to negotiations and there can be no assurance that a transaction will take place.”

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Reuters reported earlier that the companies were in advanced talks, citing people familiar with the matter. It said that the deal could fetch close to $4 billion and be announced as early as December.

A MetLife spokesman declined to comment.

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Best early Black Friday 2020 deals: Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and more

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  • Every year, Black Friday occurs the day after Thanksgiving. This year, several sales have already started weeks in advance of the shopping holiday.
  • Black Friday lands on November 27, but shoppers can already save big on TVs, headphones, stand mixers, vacuums, and more from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.
  • See more: 7 stores that offer price matching — and everything you need to know about their Black Friday and Cyber Monday policies.
  • Read Insider Reviews’ Black Friday 2020 deals and Cyber Monday 2020 deals coverage for more savings.

2020 cares little for precedent and that includes the Black Friday and Cyber Monday schedule. Historically, the enormous shopping event kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, but this year, sales have already begun and may last through the first week of December.

While we

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IKEA Australia to buy back old furniture at DOUBLE the standard rate for a limited time only


By Cindy Tran for Daily Mail Australia

23:28 19 Nov 2020, updated 23:31 19 Nov 2020

  • IKEA Australia is offering to buy back old furniture at double the normal rate
  • The Buy Back Black Friday initiative will run from November 24 to December 3
  • Customers can upcycle used IKEA goods in exchange for store credit
  • In turn, shoppers will be able to buy pre-loved furniture in the store’s ‘As-Is’ area 

IKEA Australia is offering to buy back old furniture pieces at double the standard price in exchange for store credit.

The Buy Back Black Friday initiative will run from Tuesday, November 24 to Thursday, December 3 in all stores across the country.

Customers can upcycle used IKEA goods at double the value compared to the normal Buy Back price of the products, depending on the condition of the piece.

In turn, shoppers will be able to buy the pre-loved furniture

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How to buy a home remotely

A: The best way to look for a house when you are far away is to work with a good real estate agent in the town who understands your wants, needs, motivations and specific parameters (including price range, location and elimination issues).

You can certainly view properties on your phone once they become available, but you’ll need someone you can trust who can go to the property and tell you whether the property is a possibility or is worth the trouble of making a bid sight unseen.

Real estate technology companies have built many interesting options when it comes to experiencing a home online. You can see dozens of photos, a blueprint-like layout, videos, virtual tours and even 3-D tours. You can even use Google Street View to get a sense of what the street looks like and what the other homes in the neighborhood look like.

Even if

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