PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - Aug 27

Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:55am EDT
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Aug 27 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

* As Detroit prepares to defend its plan next week to exit bankruptcy, city leaders have received an unusual offer: Why not mortgage all the Van Goghs, Picassos and other works in the Detroit Institute of Arts? A company called Art Capital, which makes loans backed by artwork, has told the city it is willing to lend it up to $3 billion, roughly 10 times the exit financing Detroit is now contemplating, using the museum's art as collateral. But the city's response is silence. (

* Allergan Inc, the Botox maker fending off a hostile takeover attempt by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc and Pershing Square Capital Management, has set a date for a special meeting at which shareholders will have the opportunity to vote out a majority of the board. In a filing with the Delaware Chancery Court, Allergan said the meeting would take place on Dec. 18. (

* Google Inc announced Tuesday that it bought Boston-based Zync Inc, the maker of Zync Render, a "cloud-based rendering software." Google wouldn't say how much it paid for Zync. The company will integrate Zync's data and technology into the Google Cloud Platform, and move off Inc Web Services. (

* A cross-border fast-food deal has united Warren Buffett with one of his favorite investors. Buffett's conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway, is helping finance Burger King Worldwide Inc's $11.4 billion takeover of the Canadian restaurant chain Tim Hortons Inc by buying $3 billion of preferred shares in the new company. (   Continued...