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December 4, 2017

CVS Health to buy Aetna, the languages you can learn quickly.

Executives Assess the Republican Tax Plan

NYT - Paywall

One executive believes in the economic logic of cutting corporate taxes to 20% from 35%, but worries about how the Republicans in Congress are pushing through tax bills quickly and without the support of Democrats. Can a business count on the provisions of a law that the other side might try to rewrite in a couple of years?

The Languages You Can Learn in Under a Year

Quartz

Many of us desire to learn another language, whether for professional or personal development. According to U.S. diplomatic training guides, there are many languages that Americans should be able to learn in under a year. Of the easiest languages to learn: French, German, and Spanish. Not surprisingly, Japanese and Arabic are among the most difficult.

3 Cyber Security Predictions for 2018

Tech.Co

There will be more Internet of Things attacks, with the growing popularity of Google Home and Alexa. New, larger ransomware attacks will become increasingly dangerous. And travel data breaches (attacks aimed at travelers and online shoppers) will also increase.

CVS Health to Buy Aetna for $69 Billion

Business Insider

The deal creates a new type of company that includes a health insurer, a retail pharmacy, and a company that negotiates prescription drug prices with drugmakers called a pharmacy benefits manager. It's the biggest merger to happen in the US in 2017.

This Tech Company is the Best Company to Work for Right Now

Fast Company

Once again Google tops the list of the 50 best companies to work for in 2017, according to Comparably. Workplace perks include never-ending snacks and gourmet food, the ability to bring your dog to work, free rides, and free massages.