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  • Deregulation at heart of Japan's robotics revolution Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    Japan, with the world's largest robot population, is awakening to a crisis as its lead in robotics comes under threat from better-coordinated efforts abroad.

  • Google to launch its app store in China - The Information Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:15 PM ET

    Nov 19- Google Inc plans to launch Google Play app store in China, The Information news website said, citing several people familiar with the matter. Some of Google's web services remain blocked in China and the features will not be available in the foreseeable future, the report said. Google is reportedly looking to launch in collaboration with a partner.

  • The rise of the social entrepreneur     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:55 PM ET

    How the next generation of entrepreneurs are solving social issues, with Ankur Jain, Humin founder and CEO.

  • Deregulation at heart of Japan's new robotics revolution Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 20- Neurosurgeon Tetsuya Goto had just begun testing a robot to perform brain surgery when he discovered Japan was moving to tighten regulations that would shut down his seven-year project. Japan, with the world's largest robot population, is now awakening to a crisis as its lead in robotics- one of its last areas of technological prominence- comes...

  • Apple to offer Beats music service in iPhone, iPad - FT Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    Nov 19- Apple Inc will bundle the subscription music service it bought from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, the Financial Times reported. Google Inc said last week that YouTube is rolling out a long-awaited paid monthly music subscription service called YouTube Music Key. Apple, which bought music streaming and audio equipment company...

  • Apple's Mac comeback     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    Walter Mossberg, Re/code co-executive editor, discusses what's behind the revival of Apple's Mac computer sales.

  • Timberlake becomes co-owner of audio tech company Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Justin Timberlake wants to make sure you have a 20/ 20 sound experience when you listen to music: He's now a co-owner of the audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc.. Its website showcases examples of songs pre- and post-AfterMaster enhancement, including Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." Ryckman and Yakus...

  • Netflix to launch in Australia, New Zealand in March Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    Nov 18- Video streaming service provider Netflix Inc said it would expand into Australia and New Zealand in March. Netflix, which will offer original shows such as "Marco Polo" and "BoJack Horseman", said details on pricing, programming and supported devices would be available later. With more than a quarter of its 53 million customers outside the United States in...

  • CNBC's Kate Rogers reports the Global Entrepreneurship Index reveals the U.S. leads, followed by Canada and Australia, and its women and millennials leading the charge in the start-up movement.

  • Powermat: Evolution of wireless charging     Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    Former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, discusses his new role as CEO of Powermat Technologies and the performance of new BlackBerry CEO John Chen.

  • HELSINKI, Nov 18- Finland's Nokia launched a new brand-licensed tablet computer on Tuesday which is designed to rival Apple's iPad Mini, just six months after the company sold its ailing phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. "With the agreement with Microsoft, as is customary, we have this transition and we can't do smartphones...

  • Hawaii lava flow inspires student innovation Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 12:51 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Lava flowing from a Hawaii volcano is inspiring innovative ideas from schoolchildren on how to deal with its effects. Students from Pahoa's Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science charter school came up with an idea for an air scrubber for volcanic smog, or vog. As of Monday, Pahoa's ACE Hardware was selling parts for the scrubber for $100, the Honolulu...

  • Actavis to spend $66 billion on Allergan Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    Actavis, which is buying Botox-maker Allergan for $66 billion in one of the biggest acquisitions announced so far this year, plans to stay committed to developing new products. Actavis and the company it outbid for Allergan, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, both have grown rapidly in recent years through multibillion dollar acquisitions of other drugmakers.

  • But with budgets already under pressure and deeper cuts looming in fiscal 2016, it remains uncertain if the Pentagon can win support in Congress to speed up the acquisition process and turn the new technologies into game-changing weapons. They are also urging Pentagon officials to keep slashing back bureaucracy, ease barriers for arms exports, and...

  • Pfizer to offer contraceptive for developing world Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 4:54 AM ET

    A major collaboration between Pfizer and several global aid groups is aiming to provide financing to make a new version of an injectable contraceptive, the NYT reports.

  • EyeLock's security breakthrough     Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    EyeLock develops advanced iris authentication technology for business, government and consumers. CEO James Demitrieus, discusses the functionality of his scanners.

  • Dan Niles: Apple's best cycle in 4 years     Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    Discussing Apple's new product cycle and what's driving the stock right now, with Dan Niles, Alpha One Capital Partners.

  • Craft brings romance to beer biz: AB InBev CEO     Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    Carlos Brito, Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO, discusses the state of the international beer business and innovation at AB InBev

  • Quirky products for your smart home     Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 7:43 AM ET

    Ben Kaufman, Quirky founder & CEO, talks about innovative products coming to the marketplace that will help consumers create a connected home.

  • Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer making gift to Harvard Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts— Harvard University has announced that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, a Harvard graduate, is supporting a major initiative to significantly expand its computer science studies. Ballmer is joining Harvard President Drew Faust and Cherry Murray, dean of its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, at noon on Thursday to...