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  • LOS ANGELES— The composer for "Game of Thrones" is swapping the sword-filled realm of Westeros for the alien-plagued world of Sera. Emmy- and Grammy-nominated Ramin Djawadi has crafted the score for "Gears of War 4," the forthcoming fifth installment in the intergalactic shooter series for Xbox One and PC. The game, out Oct. 11, is set 25 years after "Gears of War 3" and...

  • Aug 26- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn was lately in talks to sell his stake in nutritional supplement maker Herbalife Ltd to a group that included hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, the Wall Street Journal reported. Jefferies and Herbalife were not immediately available for comment and Carl Icahn could not be immediately reached outside regular U.S. business...

  • Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum, which groups producers and consumers, in Algeria from Sept. 26-28. Speaking publicly for the first time since talk about freezing production surfaced in the last few weeks, Al-Falih said there have not yet been any specific discussions...

  • Instead, he reported it to Citizen Lab, an internet watchdog, setting off a chain reaction that in two weeks exposed a secretive Israeli cyberespionage firm, defanged a powerful new piece of eavesdropping software and gave millions of iPhone users across the world an extra boost to their digital security. "It feels really good," Mansoor said in an interview from...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 26- Chinese powerhouse Didi Chuxing's acquisition of Uber Technologies Inc's China operations marked the biggest move yet toward consolidation in an industry that many investors and Silicon Valley pundits view as a winner-take-all game. On the day the Didi deal was announced earlier this month, Uber board member Bill Gurley said Uber's...

  • Theranos has filed a notice of intent to appeal sanctions imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the company's lab in Newark, California, the privately held company said late Thursday. CMS revoked a key certificate for the lab in July and terminated the facility's approval to receive Medicare and Medicaid payments for all services.

  • Instead of clicking, he forwarded the message to researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab. Experts at Citizen Lab worked with security company Lookout and determined that the link would have installed a program taking advantage of a three flaws that Apple and others were not aware of. "Once infected, Mansoor's phone would have become a digital spy...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- Volkswagen AG has agreed to spend more than $1.2 billion to compensate its 650 U.S. dealers for their losses from the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal, two sources briefed on the matter said on Thursday. "We believe this agreement in principle with Volkswagen dealers is a very important step in our commitment to making things right...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- Tesla Motors Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy solar panel installer SolarCity Corp, moving closer to its goal of creating a carbon-free energy and transportation company. The Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday that the deal was approved. Tesla shares closed down 0.7 percent at $220.96 and SolarCity shares ended 0.6 percent...

  • SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Brocade Communications Systems Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $10.5 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $576.3 million.

  • SANTA BARBARA, Calif. _ QAD Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $600,000. On a per-share basis, the Santa Barbara, California- based company said it had profit of 3 cents. QAD expects full-year earnings in the range of 38 cents to 48 cents per share, with revenue ranging from $277 million to $283 million.

  • SAN RAFAEL, Calif. _ Autodesk Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $98.2 million in its fiscal second quarter. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $512.1 million. For the current quarter ending in November, Autodesk expects its results to range from a loss of 27 cents per share to a loss of 22 cents per share.

  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. _ Pure Storage Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $59.6 million in its fiscal second quarter. For the current quarter ending in November, Pure Storage said it expects revenue in the range of $187 million to $195 million. Pure Storage shares have fallen 24 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO _ Splunk Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $86.6 million in its fiscal second quarter. Fourteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $200.6 million. For the current quarter ending in November, Splunk said it expects revenue in the range of $228 million to $230 million.

  • Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum, which groups producers and consumers, in Algeria from Sept. 26-28. Speaking publicly for the first time since talk about freezing production surfaced in the last few weeks, Al-Falih said there have not yet been any specific discussions...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- Volkswagen AG has agreed to spend more than $1.2 billion to compensate its 650 U.S. dealers for their losses from the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal, two sources briefed on the matter said on Thursday. The settlement includes about $1.2 billion in payments for the reduction in value of VW dealerships, and additional payments for...

  • LOS ANGELES, Aug 25- Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih does not believe it is necessary for any "significant intervention" in oil markets at this time, he told Reuters following a speech on Thursday. Talks are scheduled in Algiers, Algeria, in September to discuss a global output freeze pact. Al-Falih said there have not been any specific discussions on...

  • AssetMark Inc of Concord, California, agreed to pay $500,000, the largest penalty among the 13 firms, the SEC said. The penalties are based on the fees each firm earned from F-Squared's flagship "AlphaSector" strategy, a customized model for allocating investors' assets in exchange-traded funds, stocks and bonds, the SEC said. In 2014, F-Squared admitted to...

  • "We believe this agreement in principle with Volkswagen dealers is a very important step in our commitment to making things right for all our stakeholders in the United States," Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen North America, said in the statement. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer gave the attorneys until the end of September to submit a final...

  • Instead, he reported it to Citizen Lab, an internet watchdog, setting off a chain reaction that in two weeks exposed a secretive Israeli cyberespionage firm, defanged a powerful new piece of eavesdropping software and gave millions of iPhone users across the world an extra boost to their digital security. "It feels really good," Mansoor said in an interview from...