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  • Dec 18- U.S. industrial conglomerate General Electric Co plans to release its first feature film through video streaming devices like Roku and Apple TV in a marketing effort that raises the bar for sponsored content. In addition, GE will launch other videos to complement the film, such as interviews with Nas and a segment with former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey...

  • Bookmate: Aim to innovate the reading experience  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:44 PM ET

    Simon Dunlop, Founder at Bookmate, says it wants to combine social and mobile to introduce a different reading experience and explains why the Moscow-based e-reading platform is entering the Singapore market.

  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has...

  • BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones— and most smartphone customers— have embraced touch screens. With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user. And that is true, "CEO John Chen said at the gadget's launch event, tellingly held...

  • Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado was poised Wednesday to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. That's because the Colorado grants are outside the usual federal channels for approving studies on pot, a process some say stymies marijuana research.

  • *Dow Chemical to supply quantum dot material to LG. SEOUL, Dec 16- South Korea's LG Electronics Inc will launch a new range of high-tech TVs in early 2015, beefing up its line-up while it strives to cut costs that make its prized light-emitting diode sets too expensive for most consumers. A spokesman for the world's No. 2 TV maker after domestic rival Samsung...

  • MSNBC launches Shift, new online news channel Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK— MSNBC on Monday launched a new online service featuring Web-only fare. One-hour programs include the Washington- oriented "The Briefing" with Luke Russert, " Krystal Clear," with Krystal Ball discussing women's issues and a look at the week in popular culture called "So Popular!" Shift follows last month's introduction of CBSN, a digital streaming network...

  • Volvo to launch online car sales in marketing shift Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 15- Volvo Car Corp said it will start selling vehicles online as it rolls out new models to compete with German luxury rivals such as BMW. "The plan is to have all our car lines in all our markets offered digitally," Volvo sales chief Alain Visser said in an interview. But Volvo has assured its 2,000 global dealerships, half of which are in Europe, that it has no...

  • China’s e-cigarette boom lacks oversight for safety Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 1:59 PM ET
    Chinese workers packing electronic cigarettes at a factory in Shenzhen

    E-cigarette manufacturers in China, which supplies about 90 percent of e-cigarettes globally, operate with little oversight, raising health concerns.

  • Disruptors under fire  Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    Some disruptors aren't just shaking up their larger competitor, they're also drawing criticism from consumers, reports CNBC's Julia Boorstin.

  • American Museum of Natural History plans addition Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The American Museum of Natural History has announced plans to build an addition to house a new science and education center. The $325 million Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation is slated to open in 2019, the museum's 150th anniversary. Chicago- based Studio Gang Architects has been selected to design the addition.

  • Roomiest Subaru Legacy debuts for 2015 Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    Traction-improving all-wheel drive comes standard on the mid-size Legacy, which has a starting retail price of $22,490. Many other cars with all-wheel drive are from luxury brands such as Audi and BMW and carry much higher price tags. The new Legacy, which has a roomier and quieter interior than its predecessor, is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine.

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Drugmakers are finally getting more bang for their scientific buck, with the rate of return on pharmaceutical research and development increasing for the first time since 2010.. So far this year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which acts as gatekeeper to the world's biggest market, has approved 35 new products, up from 27 in the whole of 2013...

  • NASA and Houston hospital work on spacesuit issue Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 1:04 AM ET

    The bulky garment ended up in the state-of-the-art research lab after NASA sought innovative ways to pinpoint problems with its spacesuits in the wake of an Italian astronaut nearly drowning in his helmet during a 2013 spacewalk on the International Space Station. NASA hopes the advanced imaging equipment in the lab, including a CT scanner attached to a...

  • Citi's Apple optimism  Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    Citi upped its price targets on Apple. Jim Suva, Citi senior analyst, discusses Apple's gross margin trends and why he sees soft iPad sales in the coming quarters.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 5- The Pentagon's chief weapons buyer on Friday said he was urging U.S. arms makers to spend more on research and development, arguing that investment in new technology would pay off as the United States seeks to ensure its future military readiness. Northrop Grumman Corp this week announced a $3 billion share repurchase authorization, while L-3...

  • Uber's $41b valuation ridiculous or realistic?  Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    Digging into Uber's whopping $41 billion valuation, with Mark Hake, Hake Capital Management, and Andrew Romans, Rubicon Venture Capital.

  • Want to sell flowers or braid hair? Get a license  Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:20 PM ET

    CNBC's Kate Rogers provides insight to licensing requirements for small businesses, including florists, hair braiders and teeth whiteners.

  • Kohler's new $5,000 toilet  Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 7:32 PM ET

    Larry Yuen, APAC & EMEA President, Kitchen & Bath of Kohler, discusses the brand's new high-tech toilet.

  • Dec 3- Google Inc plans to roll out child-friendly versions of its most popular products in a bid to be "fun and safe for children", USA Today reported, quoting Pavni Diwanji, the company's vice president of engineering. The company will likely create specific versions of its search, YouTube and Chrome products for children aged 12 and under, USA Today reported,...