From the Wires

Facebook wins EU approval to buy WhatsApp

Bloomberg: Facebook Inc. will acquire WhatsApp Inc. for about $19 billion.

U.S. jobless claims drop

Reuters: The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell, indicating the labor market may be tightening.

Coke, Pepsi launch competing stevia sodas

CNNMoney: The biggest soda companies in the world released low-calorie drinks with stevia, a plant used as sweetener.

U.S. private payrolls increase

Bloomberg: Private companies hired 213,000 workers in September as the labor market continues to strengthen.

U.S. construction spending declines in August

Reuters: Construction spending dropped 0.8% to an annual rate of $960.96 billion.

Johnson & Johnson to acquire Alios BioPharma

NYT: The company announced it would buy the biotechnology company for $1.75 billion in cash.

JAB Holding to buy Einstein Noah

Bloomberg: The investment firm will acquire the bagel shop chain for $374 million.

DreamWorks Animation may have a Japanese suitor

NYT: It was reported that SoftBank Corporation offered $3.4 billion to acquire the animation studio.

Yahoo, AOL propose merger

Reuters: A pairing could help the companies compete in their core advertising business, but strong growth would remain elusive.

Cadillac brand to rename its vehicles

WSJ: In an attempt to revive the struggling luxury brand, General Motors plans to rename the vehicles.

Early memory lapses could be signs of dementia

CNN: New research suggests that doctors should pay closer attention to self-reported memory complaints from their older patients.

Jimmy John's chain reports data breach

Reuters: The sandwich restaurant chain said there was a potential security breach involving customer credit and debits cards at 216 locations.

Apple pulls iOS software update

WSJ: The company is investigating reports of issues with the iOS 8.0.1 update.