Merrill Rethinks Dow Jones News, As Pos 95 Dies

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Merrill Lynch & Co. may soon reduce its reliance on Dow Jones & Co.'s Dow Jones News Service, a.k.a. Broadtape, which has for many years been the core source of news for its 19,000 retail quote system users. In advance of the move, the firm is checking out news alternatives from several different vendors, including Reuters and Knight- Ridder. However, judging by remarks recently attributed to Merrill officials in the general press, the firm may be more interested in hyping its subscription t

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