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  • STOCKHOLM, Sept 15- Microsoft Corp said on Monday it has agreed to acquire Stockholm- based games developer Mojang and the company's wildly popular Minecraft video game franchise for $2.5 billion.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- Kenny G, the best-selling jazz musician who once played at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ball, wakes up every morning to Starbucks. Instead, the man whose real name is Kenny Gorelick obsessively checks the company's stock price.

  • Sept 5- Starbucks Corp on Friday announced two new types of stores aimed at capturing the growing demand for upscale reserve coffee and a separate test of an "express" store in Manhattan offering speedy service in a city where a " New York minute" is more like a nanosecond.

  • No, Seattle, home of Microsoft Corp and Amazon and fast becoming a second home for Silicon Valley companies looking to access the city's plentiful pool of relatively cheap tech talent. Microsoft alumni are now running the Seattle offices of Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Google Inc, and they look to their former employer as a source for new talent.

  • BERLIN, Sept 4- Fresh from acquiring Nokia's handset business, Microsoft unveiled the first of its new range of Lumia smartphones on Thursday, priced to challenge a market dominated by volume leader Samsung and Apple Inc..

  • Sept 3- Amazon.com Inc's finance chief plans to step down next summer after more than a dozen years at the post, the e-commerce company said on Wednesday, at a time when more investors have been complaining about skimpy profits and high spending.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. prosecutors, but the software company said it would not release any emails while it appeals the ruling.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. prosecutors. Preska had delayed enforcement of the government's search warrant so Microsoft could appeal.

  • *Ukraine tensions add safety bid. Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of bringing troops into the southeast of the country in support of pro- Moscow separatist rebels. "It's all about Europe," said Ira Jersey, an interest rate strategist at Credit Suisse in New York.

  • BP says Whiting refinery still in production after fire Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:43 AM ET
    A gas truck pulls into the tanker farm at BP's refinery in Whiting, Indiana

    BP said its largest U.S. refinery, at Whiting, Indiana, continued to operate on Thursday morning following a blaze the night before.

  • Aug 28- An explosion shook BP Plc's Whiting, Indiana refinery, its largest in the United States, on Wednesday night but a resulting fire had been contained as of 9:30 pm local time, according to a report by WFLD-TV.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- Bitcoin is catching on at U.S. online merchants including Overstock.com and Expedia, as customers use a digital currency that just a few years ago was virtually unknown but is now showing some staying power.

  • BEIJING, Aug 28- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company.

  • Arch Venture Partners raises $400 million fund Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 27- Chicago- based Arch Venture Partners raised a $400 million fund to invest in early stage companies, the firm announced Wednesday, underscoring renewed investor confidence in the once moribund life sciences sector.

  • -Charles Schwab Corp. has lost a $15 million arbitration case against Morgan Stanley, which it accused of improperly recruiting brokers from a Schwab San Francisco branch who left with confidential information. Schwab accused Morgan Stanley of maliciously organizing an "actionable raid" of the branch.

  • LONDON, Aug 22- The London Stock Exchange Group said on Friday it would raise 938 million pounds in its first rights issue to part fund the acquisition of U.S. indexes group Frank Russell.

  • Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 2:37 PM ET
    Steve Ballmer

    Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stepped down from the company's board.

  • High-fives! Ballmer steals show at Clippers rally Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:23 AM ET
    Steve Ballmer, former chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., speaks to fans as he is introduced as the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, California on Aug. 18, 2014.

    Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.

  • Aug 11- Search engine Google Inc and five Asian telecom and communications companies have agreed to invest about $300 million to develop and operate a trans-Pacific cable network connecting the United States to Japan.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 11- A global gauge of equities rose for a second straight day on Monday, posting its largest daily advance in four months on bets on a reduced risk of direct conflict between Russia and Ukraine.