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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 includes the surprise promise of a new film in the series in 2015..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..