Afternoon Coffee: AB InBev and SABMiller Reach Tentative Merger Deal, USDA Preps for Return of Bird Flu

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Anheuser-Busch InBev has offered to purchase competing beermaker SABMiller for $104 billion, according to a tentative deal between the companies. If the merger goes through, it will create a company responsible for 30% of global beer sales.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing for a return of the avian-influenza, or bird flu, that wiped out more than 48 million birds earlier this year. The department is hiring veterinarians and other temp workers, looking at using a bird-flu vaccine and increasing employee training to respond to the expected industry threat.

Facebook will launch an e-commerce section to its app. The Shopping section will be part of the app’s “Favorites” section and include a personalized assortment of products the Facebook user may be interested in.

Volkswagen announced plans to change its diesel-engine technology in Europe and North America “as soon as possible.” It also plans to reduce investments in its main passenger car band to cut company costs.

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