The Japanese investment firm SoftBank is behind some of the biggest deals in Silicon Valley. Photo: Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

"SoftBank was behind four of the five biggest venture capital deals globally in the third quarter of 2017, according to a new report by PwC and CB Insights," per Recode.

Why it matters: "The Japanese investment firm has been raising the stakes in Silicon Valley with its enormous infusions of cash."

Quantifying conference-call mentions ... "Amazon has replaced Google as the company others are most worried about: It's the new corporate boogeyman," by Recode's Rani Molla:

  • "Both have long elicited fear, admiration and inspiration as evidenced by the frequency with which both companies are cited on conference calls across industries."
  • "Amazon was mentioned 2,090 times this year on publicly available corporate conference calls ... up 11 percent from last year ... Google (or Alphabet) was mentioned in about 1,500 company conference calls, down 19 percent from 2016."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  5. Business: Retail sales return to pre-coronavirus trend.
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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.