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  • Long Beach Register folds after 16 months Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 8:47 PM ET

    LONG BEACH, Calif.— The owners of the Orange County Register say they ended publication of the Long Beach Register on Sunday. Freedom Communications launched the Long Beach Register 16 months ago and the Los Angeles Register this year as part of its aggressive effort to enter the huge newspaper market of neighboring Los Angeles County, currently dominated by...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ BEIJING, Dec 29- The settlement of China's anti-trust probe into Qualcomm Inc is likely to intensify global scrutiny of the firm's highly profitable patent licensing business, and may even call into question its worldwide contracts with smartphone makers such as Apple and Samsung. Any deal is likely to include a record-breaking fine, as well as...

  • Dec 28- Sony Pictures said "The Interview" has earned more than $15 million in online sales and another $2.8 million in theaters, an impressive return made possible by the publicity surrounding the cyberattack blamed on North Korea. The film that triggered the devastating cyberattack on the studio last month, which the United States says was launched by North...

  • Dec 28- The board of American Apparel Inc has received a letter from British buyout firm Lion Capital, pushing it to explore strategic options include a sale, a source familiar with the situation said on Sunday. Lion Capital, a former lender to the retailer, has the right to nominate two of American Apparel's nine board seats. Representatives for American Apparel...

  • Dec 28- Apple Inc said its iTunes store is now carrying Sony Corp's "The Interview", the film that angered North Korea and triggered a cyberattack against the studio. Sony Pictures released the movie online via Google Inc's YouTube and Google Play, Microsoft Corp's Xbox gaming console and a Sony dedicated website first made the movie available last week after...

  • Dec 28- Apple Inc said its iTunes store is now carrying Sony Corp's "The Interview", the film that angered North Korea and triggered a cyberattack against the studio. "We're pleased to offer' The Interview' for rental or purchase on the iTunes Store," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said in a statement. The news comes after Sony Pictures released the movie online via Google...

  • The Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview," meanwhile, wowed with $15 million from its 2 million online rentals and purchases. The final installment in Peter Jackson's trilogy marched to the top spot once again with an estimated $41.4 million take across the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Added Rentrak's senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian: "The...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— The owner of a Utah company that administers self-directed retirement accounts has agreed to settlements over the misappropriation of $24 million in clients' funds. Curtis DeYoung accepted liability for repaying $19.8 million plus $3.5 million in interest as part of deals reached with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 27- A previously undisclosed hacking campaign against military targets in Israel and Europe is probably backed by a country that misused security-testing software to cover its tracks and enhance its capability, researchers said. The attack program relied on software usually sold by Boston- based Core Security to companies and other...

  • BOSTON, Dec 27- Sony Corp worked for a third day on Saturday to restore services to its PlayStation online gaming network after a Christmas Day cyberattack shuttered access to some customers, including holiday recipients of new game consoles. "If you received a PlayStation console over the holidays and have been unable to log onto the network, know that this...

  • BOSTON, Dec 27- Sony Corp worked for a third day on Saturday to restore services to its PlayStation video gaming network after disruptions that a hacker group said it caused in a Christmas Day attack. It was Sony's second high-profile encounter with hackers this holiday season following the unprecedented attack on its Hollywood studio, which Washington has...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 26- "The Interview" took in more than $1 million in a limited Christmas Day release, a solid showing that could be quickly eclipsed by the money Sony Pictures makes with its groundbreaking online debut of the raunchy comedy. After large movie theater chains refused to screen the comedy following threats of violence from hackers who opposed the...

  • Founder of huge defense contractor SAIC dies Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 5:28 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO, Calif.— J. Robert Beyster, a scientist-turned-entrepreneur who founded a small technology firm called Science Applications International Corp. and built it into one of the largest, most influential defense contractors in the country, has died at age 90.. Beyster died Monday of natural causes at his San Diego home, according to a statement from his...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Sony's PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning. Microsoft's Xbox Live service, which also went down Thursday, was back online Friday although the company reported reported problems with...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 26- "The Interview" took in more than $1 million in a limited Christmas Day release, a decent start for the raunchy comedy that appeared dead after Sony Pictures pulled it from theaters last week following a devastating cyberattack blamed on North Korea. Sony Pictures also released the movie online via Google Inc's YouTube and Google Play,...

  • Dec 26- U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc will relaunch its Roadster model with a new battery pack that will increase the distance the car can travel on a single charge by nearly two-thirds to more than 400 miles. The company's shares rose 2.8 percent to $228.44 in late afternoon trading on the Nasdaq. Tesla will demonstrate the enhanced range for the new...

  • Tesla plans to demonstrate the higher range with a drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles— about a 400- mile trip— early next year. Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk tweeted about the upgrade Thursday and Tesla posted more details on its website Friday. The larger battery has a range of 265 miles, according to EPA testing.

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Dec 26- With high-speed rail in the United States long on plans and short on construction, a Texas company is aiming to fast-track service between Dallas and Houston. The Texas Central Railway Company plans to use private investment and Central Japan Railway bullet train technology to run a line between two of the largest U.S. cities.

  • Sony is in uncharted waters now with the film, which earned $1.04 million from 331 locations on Thursday, according to studio estimates, in addition to the untold VOD grosses. "Considering the incredibly challenging circumstances, we are extremely grateful to the people all over the country who came out to experience" The Interview "on the first day of its...

  • Cellphones cut off, Ohio suburb weighs bankruptcy Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 11:24 AM ET

    EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio— East Cleveland has long been one of the poorest cities in the state, a model for what urban decay looks like— streets filled with blighted and boarded-up homes and tired commercial districts. East Cleveland in recent years lost two of its biggest employers and the income taxes paid by those who worked there. East Cleveland has been there...