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World Athletics are running the rule over whether to tighten regulations over Nike's controversial Vaporfly shoe, which is said to substantially improve performance but has been labeled by some as technological doping. The sports governing body is expected to reveal the results of its investigation by the end of January, and in a statement to Reuters said that "there needs to be greater clarity on what is permissible in elite sport and in competitions." The shoes in question have risen to prominence in recent months after a version were worn by Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge, when he became the first man to run a sub-two hour marathon in Vienna last year. Kipchoge is a fan of the shoes and its technology that Nike calls "a built-in secret weapon." Yannis Pitsiladis is a Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton breaks down just how far ahead the Vaporfly is of its rivals. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROFESSOR OF SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON, PROFESSOR YANNIS PITSILADIS "What we don't want is put a shoe on me or you and you can run almost as fast as an Eliud Kipchoge can with a normal shoe. Nike's own data that they've published now has shown that some individuals, the benefit in economy is up to 6%. And remember, this is individuals that were testing the shoe, they weren't individuals that the shoe was designed for." Other manufacturers have also released, or are developing, their own carbon-insoled shoes to rival the $250 Vaporflys, but they are all playing catch-up in this arms race for feet. In 2008, Speedo delivered its LZR speed suit which helped swimmers claim a host of world records before it was banned. Other technological leaps, such as skinsuits in skiing, hinged blades in speed skating and aero bars and disc wheels in cycling, survived to become standard equipment.
Wall Street is betting that the most popular U.S. technology and internet stocks can keep outshining the broader equities market but their latest rally leaves little room for error this earnings season. Investors dashed for the exits after Tuesday's less-than-stellar quarterly report from Netflix - the N in FAANG - an acronym for the group of U.S. tech companies that have been the biggest drivers of the bull market. Hopes remained high for the other FAANGs - Facebook, Apple, Amazon.com and Google parent Alphabet, as well as Microsoft, ahead of their financial reports.
Intel's (INTC) fourth-quarter 2019 results benefit from growth in the data-centric businesses, driven by robust adoption of high-performance products, including Xeon Scalable processors.
Dillard's (DDS) unveils an activewear brand, Antonio Melani Active. This lifestyle brand is likely to help the company grab a share of the fast-growing activewear market.
Robust adoption of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) graphics cards and EPYC deal wins are expected to have driven top-line growth in fourth-quarter 2019.
J&J (JNJ) announces mixed Q4 results. Roche's (RHHBY) lymphoma drug, Polivy and Novartis' (NVS) Mayzent for secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) get approval in Europe.
ServiceNow's (NOW) fourth-quarter 2019 results are likely to benefit from expansion in global footprint and clientele, both private and public.
Microsoft's (MSFT) fiscal second-quarter results are likely to reflect gains from strength in Azure and robust adoption of business productivity offerings.
Popular mobile video app TikTok said on Friday it has hired attorney Erich Andersen from Microsoft to serve as the company's global general counsel, reporting to president Alex Zhu. Andersen was most recently Microsoft's chief intellectual property counsel, bringing expertise in an area of key concern to TikTok as it builds out its music offerings. TikTok, owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, allows users to create and share short videos that can be set to snippets of songs from its music library.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) receives the European Commission's (EC) nod to the line extension of Stelara to treat six to 11-year-old pediatric patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.
Lam Research's (LRCX) fiscal second-quarter results are likely to benefit from strength in non-memory markets and robust equipment demand. However, PC volatility & competition may have been concerns.
Mastercard's (MA) Q4 earnings are likely to have benefited from higher switched transactions, increase in cross-border volume and gross dollar volume, and gains from acquisitions.