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  • Facebook forms virtual-reality film studio Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 9:33 AM ET
    Attendees wait in line to get into the Oculus stand, January 6, 2015 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Facebook's Oculus VR is getting into movies with an in-house studio dedicated to making virtual-reality films.

  • PARK CITY, Utah, Jan 26- Facebook Inc's Oculus VR is getting into movies with an in-house studio dedicated to making virtual-reality films and will show its first short movie at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, the company said. Tapping talent from both Pixar, the animation studio behind computer graphics imagery films including "Toy Story" and " Monsters Inc,"...

  • More privacy sought for Obama healthcare website Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 6:15 AM ET
    HealthCare.gov website seen on Nov. 12, 2014.

    The Obama administration may need to make still more changes to protect consumer privacy on the government's health insurance website.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Most U.S. states expect to hit their revenue targets this fiscal year, but at least six states say they could fall short, the National Conference of State Legislatures said on Wednesday. Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Vermont all expect to miss their revenue forecasts, according to the report. New Mexico and Indiana are...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The eight states at the heart of the American shale oil revolution all grew faster than the U.S. national average over the last decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, underscoring the importance of oil production to the U.S. economy. North Dakota's private industry achieved a spectacular CAGR of 7.4 percent while Wyoming, Utah and...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for high-tech firms in the United States to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering. A bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, which is home to some of the companies that would benefit, would...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for high-tech firms in the United States to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering. A bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, which is home to some of the companies that would benefit, would...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 12- With nearly a quarter of U.S. energy shares' value wiped out by oil's six-month slide, investors are wondering if the sector has taken enough punishment and whether it is time to pile back in ahead of earnings reports later this month. "Things have changed a lot quicker than I thought they would," says Greg Doramus, sales manager at Orion Drilling in...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 12- With nearly a quarter of U.S. energy shares' value wiped out by oil's six-month slide, investors are wondering if the sector has taken enough punishment and whether it is time to pile back in ahead of earnings reports later this month. "Things have changed a lot quicker than I thought they would," says Greg Doramus, sales manager at Orion Drilling in...

  • Where to find the next office hotspots Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 11:48 AM ET
    Downtown skyline of Nashville, Tennessee

    Office space in New York, San Francisco and Washington has gotten pricey to buy into. Where do you go for the next opportunity?

  • NEW YORK/ SANTIAGO- A former board member of Chile's CFR Pharmaceuticals SA was charged on Monday by U.S. regulators with insider trading on information regarding Abbott Laboratories' $2.9 billion acquisition of CFR earlier this year. Hurtado earned nearly $500,000 in profits, according to the SEC. According to the SEC, Bilbao first learned of Abbott's...

  • "If people think this is just to raise the flag, it's not going to last long," said Christopher Flensborg, Head of Sustainable Products and Product Development for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, the Swedish bank that's the world's largest underwriter of green bonds. Green bonds used to come exclusively from AAA-rated organizations like the World Bank; the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The threat of a U.S. government shutdown began to lift on Saturday as Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate struck a deal for a vote on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, ending a dispute fueled by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. A similar situation began unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz and two other Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The U.S. Senate passed a five-day extension of federal funding on Saturday, staving off a government shutdown and buying lawmakers more time to resolve a fight over a longer, $1.1 trillion spending bill led by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. On Saturday, a similar situation looked to be unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz...

  • Health report card: Less smoking, too much eating Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 12:01 AM ET
    obesity over weight health

    Life expectancy is up, smoking is down, and obesity rates are on the rise again according to the new edition of America's Health Rankings.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- Executives at the biggest U.S. banks are sharing notes with each other before their next round of tests with federal regulators. Banks are struggling to figure out what exactly the U.S. Federal Reserve is looking for when it conducts its annual "stress tests," which measure how banks will hold up during times of economic turmoil, bank executives,...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 1- While North America has been gripped by controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline that would ship crude to the United States from the Canadian oil sands, a small Canadian company has been quietly digging in the oil sands of Utah with a secret weapon it thinks may end the environmental argument: citrus. The Calgary- based firm is developing...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 13- Oilfield Water Logistics LLC, which transports, treats and disposes of water for energy companies in the U.S. shale oil boom, said on Thursday it bought competitor WestWater Energy, the latest step towards consolidation in the fragmented sector. The acquisition means Dallas- based OWL, a recently formed company backed by a unit of private equity...

  • Cepheid receives grant to develop Ebola diagnostic test Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 7:50 AM ET

    Nov 13- Molecular diagnostics company Cepheid said it received a grant of up to $3.3 million, co-financed by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop a diagnostic test for the deadly Ebola virus. The Xpert Ebola test, which is expected to use saliva or a drop of blood to identify the virus, is likely to be offered on an...