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  • Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 12:57 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Its Christmas Day release was canceled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea. Sony released "The Interview" Wednesday on a variety of digital platforms— Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 24- Google Inc's decision to screen Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" may help legitimize its YouTube platform as a serious rival to paid video streaming services, Netflix and Amazon.com Inc. Sony Pictures made the controversial film available online on Wednesday, expanding distribution of a comedy that triggered a destructive...

  • Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday— an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "It has always been Sony's intention to have a national...

  • Los Angeles cracks down on tow truck bandits Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Residents of Los Angeles and some other major cities have another headache to add to their commuting woes— tow truck "bandits" who arrive unsolicited at an accident scene, tow away cars and hold them for ransom for big bucks. The cluster of cases recently led the city and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which tracks such complaints nationwide, to...

  • No bail for Uber driver accused of sex assault Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    Alejandro Done, 46, of Boston, waived his right to a dangerousness hearing in Cambridge District Court and will be held until his next scheduled court hearing Jan. 26. Prosecutors say Done picked up the woman from a Boston residence Dec. 6. The woman had been out with friends and had summoned an Uber driver to take her to her Cambridge home.

  • Sony tries to save face with 'Interview' flip-flop Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:13 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Sony's flip-flop on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields. Although analysts don't believe the decision will have any effect on Sony's image, it will at least give the movie-going public a chance to vote with their wallets and send North Korea a...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A group led by Apple and Microsoft has sold about 4,000 technology patents to patent management company RPX Corp. for $900 million. Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony formed the Rockstar Consortium to buy the patents for $4.5 billion, outbidding Google Inc. for the rights to technology used in many mobile devices.

  • Jerry Brown named a former adviser on Tuesday to be the next head of California's troubled utilities commission, replacing a regulatory chief accused of back-channel dealings with utilities. Michael Picker, a former adviser to Brown on renewable energy and a former board member of a California utility, was Brown's pick to lead the California Public...

  • Russian opposition faces Internet censorship Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    MOSCOW— Supporters of Russia's most prominent opposition leader on Tuesday revived their campaign to stage a protest near the Kremlin, despite government attempts to hamper their efforts by Internet censorship. Last week, prosecutors asked a court to sentence Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's chief foe, to 10 years in prison for allegedly...

  • PG&E discloses more emails with state regulators Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 6:17 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California's largest power utility released a dozen more emails Monday that it said showed improper back-channel discussions between the utility and top state regulators. The emails date back to 2010 and feature a Pacific Gas& Electric Co. executive who has since left the company, Brian Cherry, describing private discussions with California...

  • Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 6:55 AM ET

    DETROIT— Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit's atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Jones and others in this makeshift community of seven tents— believed to be the only tent city in Detroit— say they have nowhere else to go. But San Francisco is on much firmer financial ground than Detroit, which shed $7 billion in debt during bankruptcy.

  • *Taiwan seeks to block access to Uber. TAIPEI/ SHANGHAI, Dec 22- Uber Technologies Inc is under fire in Taiwan and the Chinese mainland mega city Chongqing over concerns that it and its drivers are not appropriately licenced, adding to a string of official complaints aimed at the fast-growing U.S. start-up. But an investigation in Chongqing- a city with a third more...

  • Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    American citizens have been allowed to visit Cuba on such "people to people" trips since 2011, one of President Barack Obama's first moves toward detente with the communist-run island— provided their scheduled activities are sufficiently educational, and down time is kept to a minimum. President Barack Obama has said the U.S. is easing the rules on visiting...

  • US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    American businesses have begun imagining ways to capitalize on last week's announcement that the United States will restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade with one of the last surviving Communist regimes. Their more ambitious plans would require that Congress lift the U.S. embargo on most exports to Cuba. All that said, Cuba experts have a...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 20- Satellite TV provider DISH Network Corp and Comcast Corp's SportsNet have reached a deal allowing the cable giant's regional sports networks to remain on-air for DISH subscribers, the two companies said on Saturday. The two pay-TV companies have been in negotiations over whether DISH would drop Comcast's regional sports network,...

  • DISH, Comcast SportsNet reach deal in regional dispute Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 20- Satellite TV provider DISH Network Corp and Comcast Corp's SportsNet have reached a deal allowing the cable giant's regional sports networks to remain on-air for DISH subscribers, DISH said on Saturday. The two pay-TV companies have been in negotiations over whether DISH would drop Comcast's regional sports network, threatening access...

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 19- A U.S. judge on Friday rejected Hewlett-Packard Co's proposed settlement of shareholder litigation involving the information technology company's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco wrote that the settlement may not have been fair for shareholders because it broadly released HP from...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Radical environmentalists were found in contempt of court Friday for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society he...

  • Celebrities react to latest Sony hack developments Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:40 PM ET

    Latest reaction from Hollywood and beyond to the Sony hacking scandal and President Obama' s remarks Friday that the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview":. We stand by our director members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and hope that a way can be found to distribute the film by some means, to demonstrate that our industry is not...