Harley launches growth plan, MGM bets on online joint venture, YouTube embraces vertical videos

Here’s a look at some of the companies the Yahoo Finance team will be watching for you today.

Harley-Davidson (HOG) is out with a new growth plan focusing on smaller urban stores, lighter bikes, and a new digital strategy. It’s all designed to boost sales, which have been sliding in recent years. They’re also designing a smaller bike for sale in Asia. Harley plans to launch its first electric motorcycle next year.

Casino giant MGM Resorts (MGM) is taking its chances with online sports betting. The company is partnering with GVC Holdings to create an online gaming joint venture. Each side plans to invest about $100M. GVC says the joint venture will quote “revolutionize the world of sports betting and online gaming.”

Google’s (GOOGL) YouTube is embracing vertical video. The site has updated its web player to support different aspect ratios when you watch on your desktop. That means enlarging the video, and scrapping those black bars, so it fits in your screen. While it won’t be perfect, our sister site Engadget says it should make the viewing experience a little less jarring.

Tesla (TSLA) is making a move into surfboards. Their webstore has sold out of this $1,500 surfboard. The official listing says it quote “features a mix of the same high-quality matte and gloss finishes” used on the cars. Only 200 are being made  and don’t worry Tesla owners. The company says they will fit in all model S, 3 and X cars.

  • Japan company admits falsifying data for quake shock absorbers
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    Japan company admits falsifying data for quake shock absorbers

    A company supplying equipment to protect major buildings in Japan from earthquakes has admitted falsifying data, authorities said Wednesday, stressing there was no immediate safety risk. Tokyo-based parts maker KYB and its unit Kayaba System Machinery falsified data linked to so-called "oil dampers

  • Bomb kills Afghan election candidate, wounds seven: officials
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    Bomb kills Afghan election candidate, wounds seven: officials

    A bomb placed under a sofa killed an Afghan election candidate on Wednesday, officials said, as deadly violence escalates ahead of the October 20 parliamentary ballot. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, which takes the number of candidates killed so far during the campaign season

  • London travellers face disruption as Heathrow rail line suspended
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    London travellers face disruption as Heathrow rail line suspended

    Rail travellers in and out of London faced disruption on Wednesday after damage to overhead power lines stopped trains running between the British capital and Heathrow Airport and destinations in the west of the country. Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, and London are linked by a fast rail connection

  • Report: Malaysia among 21 countries tarred by OECD for enabling tax dodgers
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    Report: Malaysia among 21 countries tarred by OECD for enabling tax dodgers

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has flagged Malaysia as among 21 nations offering easy citizenship or residency that allegedly fuelled the...

  • Police clear protesters as Indian temple prepares to accept women
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    Police clear protesters as Indian temple prepares to accept women

    Indian police on Wednesday cleared protesters trying to stop women accessing one of Hinduism's most sacred sites, a hilltop temple forced by judges to open its doors to all female pilgrims for the first time. The Supreme Court in September overturned a ban on women of menstruating age, between 10

  • Thai army chief says no need to intervene if politics stable
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    Thai army chief says no need to intervene if politics stable

    Thailand's new army chief on Wednesday did not rule out another military intervention if there was political conflict after the return of civilian rule in a general election next year. General Apirat Kongsompong, who took up his post this month, said the army was being closely watched and would

  • U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo lands in Ankara
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    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo lands in Ankara

    DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Ankara on Wednesday, journalists travelling with him reported.

  • Umno man: Zahid asked to present himself at MACC HQ tomorrow
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    Umno man: Zahid asked to present himself at MACC HQ tomorrow

    PETALING JAYA, Oct 17 — Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been asked to present himself to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters tomorrow afternoon, Datuk...

  • Umno man: MACC giving Zahid until tomorrow to surrender
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    Umno man: MACC giving Zahid until tomorrow to surrender

    PETALING JAYA, Oct 17 — Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been notified to surrender himself to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) by tomorrow, said Datuk Lokman Noor...

  • Longer Brexit transition period would not hurt Europe: Asselborn
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    Longer Brexit transition period would not hurt Europe: Asselborn

    BERLIN (Reuters) - It would not hurt Europe if Britain was allowed to remain in the European Union customs union and internal market beyond an agreed transitional arrangement, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said.

  • Britain's May confronts EU leaders amid Brexit crisis
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    Britain's May confronts EU leaders amid Brexit crisis

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May faces a Brexit showdown with frustrated EU leaders Wednesday with talks to agree an orderly break-up at an impasse. This week's summit in Brussels was billed as a "moment of truth" for negotiations on Britain's exit from the bloc -- but it seems

  • Insight: How Russia moved into Central Africa
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    Insight: How Russia moved into Central Africa

    When Central African Republic (CAR) pleaded for help last year to fight marauding militias, former colonial ruler France offered guns it had seized off Somalia. By early February, Russia had sent nine planes with weapons along with dozens of contractors to train local soldiers and secure mining projects

  • Gazette Pasir Panjang as a state park before damage is done, says environmental group
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    Gazette Pasir Panjang as a state park before damage is done, says environmental group

    IPOH, Oct 17 — Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) field officer Meor Razak Meor Abdul Rahman today suggested that Pasir Panjang in Segari Manjung is gazetted as a state park intermediately. He was...

  • 58 Australian fairy penguins slaughtered in suspected dog attack
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    58 Australian fairy penguins slaughtered in suspected dog attack

    Wildlife officials in the southern Australia on Wednesday announced an investigation into the mass death of 58 penguins they believe were killed in a dog attack. The carcases of the fairy penguins -- the world's smallest penguin species -- were found strewn across a beach in Tasmania, a island-state

  • Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza following rocket fire
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    Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza following rocket fire

    Israel launched raids against targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian territory that caused damage in a southern city, the Israeli army said. "Israeli jets started to attack terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip," the Israeli army said. Six sites

  • Najib says Singapore prefers Causeway, Malaysia may face challenge for ‘crooked bridge’
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    Najib says Singapore prefers Causeway, Malaysia may face challenge for ‘crooked bridge’

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government may have a tough time convincing Singapore to agree to its “crooked bridge” idea to connect the two countries, Datuk Seri Najib Razak...

  • Nearly half the world lives on less than $5.50 a day: World Bank
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    Nearly half the world lives on less than $5.50 a day: World Bank

    Despite progress in reducing extreme poverty, nearly half the world's population lives on less than $5.50 a day, with a rising share of the poor in wealthier economies, the World Bank said Wednesday. In a twice-yearly report, the bank took a broader look at poverty to see where countries were lagging

  • Ka Siong: MCA must recruit young, educated, professionals for revival
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    Ka Siong: MCA must recruit young, educated, professionals for revival

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — MCA presidential candidate Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said the best way to revive the party is by recruiting young educated members and white collar professionals. In his party...

  • Now not right time for ‘crooked bridge’, Azmin says
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    Now not right time for ‘crooked bridge’, Azmin says

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 ― Datuk Seri Azmin Ali today downplayed the Johor mentri besar's suggestion to revive the “crooked bridge” to Singapore, saying the current economic situation is not...

  • Pompeo says Saudis committed to complete probe into journalist's disappearance
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    Pompeo says Saudis committed to complete probe into journalist's disappearance

    Saudi Arabia has committed to conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday before departing the kingdom for Turkey. Pompeo said he would meet with President Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital Ankara

  • Watching the rights of smokers go up in smoke
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    Watching the rights of smokers go up in smoke

    COMMENTARY, Oct 17 ― Over the years, the government has tried many ways to discourage smoking. Hiking up the prices of cigarettes (although it is still cheaper than in many other countries),...

  • Wider Image: Mothers of babies afflicted by Zika fight poverty, despair
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    Wider Image: Mothers of babies afflicted by Zika fight poverty, despair

    Nearly three years after a Zika outbreak in Brazil caused thousands of cases of microcephaly and other devastating birth defects in newborns, Reuters returned to check on the mothers and their children.     Zika, the first mosquito-borne virus known to damage developing fetuses, has since disappeared

  • Nauru refugee camp doctor removed as pressure on Australia mounts
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    Nauru refugee camp doctor removed as pressure on Australia mounts

    The chief doctor at an Australian offshore detention centre was removed Wednesday for "breaching rules", her employer said, as Canberra sought to stem criticism of the deeply controversial immigration camp on Nauru. The private company contracted by Australia to provide healthcare at a camp

  • After long hiatus, Rio's ballet dancers return to the stage
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    After long hiatus, Rio's ballet dancers return to the stage

    Ballet is a world conjuring images of luxury and entertainment, a preserve for the cultured, the elite. The Art Nouveau building that is Rio's Municipal Theater rises in the center of the coastal city. Built in the early 20th century, it was inspired by Paris’s ornate Opera Garnier.