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  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 30- Walt Disney Co has agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd and the ``Star Wars'' franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, a b lockbuster deal that adds one of the most beloved franchises in entertainment history to Disney's lineup.

  • Oct 30- Walt Disney Co has agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd and the ``Star Wars'' franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, a blockbuster deal that adds one of the most beloved franchises in entertainment history to Disney's lineup.

  • *Nonfarm payrolls seen rising 125,000 in October. WASHINGTON, Oct 30- U.S. job growth likely picked up in October, but not enough to prevent the unemployment rate from rising off a near four-year low, although that might not matter for next week's presidential election.

  • *Deal is half cash, half stock. Oct 30- Walt Disney Co said on Tuesday that it had agreed to buy film maker George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd and the ``Star Wars'' franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock. Lucas, a Hollywood icon known for exercising control over the most minute details of the fictional universe he created, will remain as a creative consultant.

  • Oct 30- DineEquity Inc, the owner of Applebee's and IHOP restaurant brands, on Tuesday reported third-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations, helped by a gain on the sale of restaurants to franchisees. In recent weeks, chains such as McDonald's Corp, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc and Buffalo Wild Wings Inc have posted disappointing results.

  • UPDATE 4-Apple software, retail chiefs out in overhaul Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 7:24 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Monday pushed out the powerful head of the company's mobile software products group, sources said, in a major management shake-up that also claimed the recently hired chief of the retail stores division.

  • UPDATE 3-Apple software, retail chiefs out in overhaul Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Monday replaced the heads of its software and retail units in the company's biggest executive shake-up in a decade following embarrassing problems with its new mapping program and unpopular store-related decisions.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Advanced Micro Devices Inc plans to use technology from Britain's ARM Holdings Plc to make energy-efficient processors for servers, a growing business that the troubled chipmaker hopes will help offset weakness in the struggling PC industry.

  • *EBay to take pretax restructuring charge of $15 mln. PayPal, the online payment pioneer owned by eBay Inc, said on Monday the full-time jobs would be eliminated as it combines nine product-development groups into one. EBay will take a $15 million pretax restructuring charge in the fourth quarter related to the job reductions.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Stanford University alumni with entrepreneurial streaks may be particularly well placed to pay off their $41,250 tuition bills, according to a new report on venture funding. That compares to $3.8 billion by Harvard alumni, whose rank was boosted by former student Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook, CB Insights said.

  • Stanford alumni raise the most venture-capital cash Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 11:00 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Stanford University alumni with entrepreneurial streaks may be particularly well placed to pay off their $41,250 tuition bills, according to a new report on venture funding. That compares to $3.8 billion by Harvard alumni, whose rank was boosted by former student Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook, CB Insights said.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- A handful of individual super-donors, business groups and unions have poured more than $350 million into California ballot initiatives ahead of the Nov. 6 election, underscoring the extent to which the state's system of ``direct democracy'' has morphed into a big-money battleground.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook on Monday replaced the heads of its software and retail units in the company's most sweeping executive shake-up in a decade following embarrassing problems with its new mapping program and unpopular store-related decisions.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc said on Monday its iPhone software chief and its head of retail would leave, a major executive shake-up that follows embarrassing problems with the company's new mapping software and disappointing quarterly results.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc said on Monday its head of iPhone software and its head of retail would leave, the biggest shake-up in the technology company's executive ranks since Tim Cook became chief executive last year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- A handful of individual super-donors, business groups and unions have poured more than $350 million into California ballot initiatives ahead of the Nov. 6 election, underscoring the extent to which the state's system of ``direct democracy'' has morphed into a big-money battleground.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- For some homeowners, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy could bring a whole second round of troubles. You may be unpleasantly surprised: After Hurricane Irene hit in August 2011, more insurers tucked hefty wind and hurricane deductibles into their policies.

  • *Microsoft showcases new Windows Phones. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday demand for the company's new Windows 8 operating system, released to the public on Friday, was running at a higher rate than its last release, Windows 7..

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday sales of the company's new Windows 8 operating system, released to the public on Friday, were running at a higher rate than its last release, Windows 7..

  • Google unveils first 10-inch Nexus tablet Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 6:03 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Google Inc unveiled a larger version of its Nexus-branded tablet computer on Monday, and updated its mobile gadget and online content offerings as competition with Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp heats up ahead of the holiday sales season.