• Dec 23- Sony Corp is considering a sale of its Sony/ATV Music Publishing unit, which owns the rights to most of the Beatles' songs, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing the company's leaked internal emails. The unit, which Sony owns jointly with deceased pop star Michael Jackson's estate, is estimated to be worth $1.5 billion- $2 billion, the Journal said.

  • Dow 101: The Dow and how it works Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    Its exclusive roster runs from American Express to Walt Disney. Charles H. Dow created his index, in part, to make the market easier to understand. The original Dow Jones industrial average had 12 big businesses including American Cotton Oil, National Lead and Laclede Gas Light Co. Dow first published his average on May 26, 1896; later that year, The Wall Street...

  • CHICAGO— Tribune Media sold a 60- acre parcel of land where the printing facility for the Baltimore Sun is located for $46.5 million. Over the summer the company once known as the Tribune Co. split its publishing business from its broadcast operations, now called Tribune Media Co.. Tribune Media has 42 owned or operated local television stations, including WGN...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 20- The European Central Bank should start buying government bonds to tackle poor investor confidence and low inflation in the euro zone, governing council member Luc Coene said in an interview published on Saturday. The Belgian central bank chief said the bank had already waited too long, and that this could be one tool to spur economic activity in...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Western sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last "for a very long time," possibly decades, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Vedomosti newspaper. Russia's economy is heading for recession, dragged lower by sanctions imposed by the West over Ukraine and weak oil prices, a cornerstone of state revenues.

  • Scaife children to file next month in trust beef Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— A judge has given the children of late billionaire newspaper publisher Richard Mellon Scaife until Jan. 16 to file documents in their quest to have trustees detail how money was spent from a $210 million trust their father controlled. Scaife's children, Jennie Scaife, of Palm Beach, Florida, and David Scaife, of Pittsburgh, believe they were entitled...

  • Myanmar: Magazine must go with the river's flow Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    State-run newspapers published an Information Ministry announcement Tuesday telling the Irrawaddy Publishing Group that it must change the names of its two publications named after the Irrawaddy River to use the spelling "Ayeyawady." That's what the former ruling junta renamed the river in 1989, when it also changed the country's name from Burma to...

  • ZURICH, Dec 15- Outraged reporters at Switzerland's oldest newspaper appeared on Monday to have foiled an attempt to install an editor with links to a leading right-wing party in a tussle that reflects a wider battle over the direction of Swiss politics. Reporters learned at the weekend that Markus Somm, editor at the rival Basler Zeitung and author of a...

  • Judy Blume book for adults to be released in June Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Judy Blume is returning to the grown-up section. The author's first adult novel since 1998 is coming out in June. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Monday that the novel "In the Unlikely Event" will be set in the early 1950 s in Blume's native New Jersey and will tell of a series of mysterious plane crashes.

  • Novel by Nobel laureate Modiano set for US in 2015 Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 8:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A recent work of fiction by Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano will be published in the U.S. late next year. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Sunday that it has acquired "So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood". The publisher calls it a "haunting novel of suspense" set, like much of Modiano's work, in Paris.

  • BAGHDAD, Dec 6- A senior Iranian official has confirmed his country carried out air strikes in neighbouring Iraq against Islamic State fighters at the request of Iraqi authorities, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported. It quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour as saying the strikes were not coordinated with the United States, which is also...

  • New Republic editors quit as CEO aims to disrupt Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 3:54 PM ET
    Franklin Foer, right, the literary editor of The New Republic, with Chris Hughes, the magazine’s owner, in New York.

    New Republic editors Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier abruptly resigned in the face of a disagreement over the magazine's direction, NYT reports.

  • Authors to court: Google should pay for scans Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    Google's effort to scan millions of books for a digital library violates copyright law, a group of authors told a U.S. appeals court.

  • Promote thyself the new social way  Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    Discussing the art of self-promotion in a high tech world, with Guy Kawasaki, "The Art of Social Media" author.

  • Kirk Douglas' obit published by mistake Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 7:57 AM ET
    Actor Kirk Douglas.

    Veteran actor Kirk Douglas is not dead, contrary to what an obituary that appeared on People magazine's website might have you believe.

  • Children's books 'good for the soul': CEO  Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 6:41 AM ET

    Richard Johnson, Bonnier Publishing CEO, discusses the future of the children's book industry.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 24- Russia may suggest cutting its oil production by around 15 million tonnes a year and expects OPEC to limit its output as well, Kommersant daily newspaper said, citing sources. Before OPEC meets later this week in Vienna, Russia has spoken to members Venezuela and Saudi Arabia about the need to support the oil market and hopes to press its message on...

  • BRASILIA, Nov 21- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will name banker Joaquim Levy as her new finance minister, three leading newspapers reported on Friday, signaling a shift toward more market-friendly policies that could breathe life into a stagnant economy. Levy, head of the asset management arm of Brazil's second largest private bank Bradesco SA and a...

  • Amazon, Hachette finally reach deal  Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    Andrew Albanese, Publisher's Weekly, discusses the pact signed between Amazon and Hachette for print and digital book.

  • KIEV, Nov 14- Ukraine plans to buy up to 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia by the end of the year and up to 1 bcm in 2015, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said in an interview with newspaper Novoye Vremya.