PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - Oct 3

Thu Oct 3, 2013 1:02am EDT
 
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Oct 3 (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.

* Facebook Inc and Twitter both see the social conversation around television as a way to increase use of their sites and win a bigger piece of advertisers spending, which eMarketer estimates will be $171 billion across all types of media this year in the United States. ()

* In their first meeting since a budget impasse shuttered many federal operations, President Obama told Republican leaders on Wednesday that he would negotiate with them only after they agreed to the funding needed to reopen the government and also to an essential increase in the nation's debt limit, without add-ons. ()

* Federal and state officials moved Wednesday to strengthen the computer underpinnings of the new online health exchanges, which proved inadequate to handle a flood of consumer inquiries that began as soon as the system opened on Tuesday and continued into the next day. ()

* Cerberus Capital Management LP is seeking a confidentiality agreement that would allow it to examine the books and internal operations of BlackBerry Ltd, a person briefed on Cerberus's plans said on Wednesday. ()   Continued...