Avista Capital Partners has bought overbuilder WideOpenWest for between $800 million and $850 million. WideOpenWest competes directly with Comcast and Time Warner Cable in several markets including Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.
ESPN said six companies -- Cisco Systems, Molson Coors Brewing Co., General Motors, Hilton Hotels, Nike and Visa -- have signed deals to advertise on its forthcoming Mobile ESPN wireless service. Under the deals, each company's logo will appear on mobile phone screens via billboards, banner ads and other formats.
LGBT people and their allies helped to change Ford's position this week, according to Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese. The company received tens of thousands of e-mails on the subject, an unmistakable signal that fairness and equality will be expected of corporations that hope to prosper in the U.S., according to Solmonese.