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  • NEW YORK/ TORONTO, Dec 17- BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. "The conversation about BlackBerry has changed in the last year," Chief Executive John Chen said as he launched the Classic at Manhattan's...

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic device on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The Waterloo, Ontario- based mobile technology said the new device, which bears a striking similarity to its once-bestselling Bold and Curve...

  • BlackBerry CEO: Our strategy with new phone Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    BlackBerry says the BlackBerry Classic features a familiar design with greater security, speed and performance.

    Here's why the new BlackBerry, the Classic, "will further change how people think about BlackBerry," says CEO John Chen.

  • The hackers, who said they were also responsible for seizing control of Sony Corp's computer system last month, on Tuesday warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, and darkly reminded moviegoers of the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks on the United States in 2001.. A Sony spokeswoman had no immediate comment on...

  • NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The New York premiere of "The Interview" canceled. The Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed GOP. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security.

  • LOS ANGELES— Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. Included in the latest breach are emails from Sony Pictures co-chair and CEO Michael Lynton, as well as specific threats against patrons of the comedy, which depicts an assassination attempt against North...

  • Sony facing 2 suits by ex-workers over data breach Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:55 PM ET

    It contends that the latest data breaches are especially "surprising and egregious" because Sony Pictures has been repeatedly attacked over the years, including a 2011 hack that revealed millions of user accounts on Sony's PlayStation video-game network. The case filed by Susan Dukow and Yvonne Yaconelli alleges Sony violated California laws meant to...

  • The Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed GOP. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security. Carmike Cinemas, which operates 247 theaters across the...

  • Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod prices Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    OAKLAND, Calif.— A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores. The eight-member jury in U.S. District Court handed Apple a victory by rejecting a claim from attorneys for consumers and iPod...

  • In what is Sony's most detailed description on the types of data stolen, the company listed information such as social security numbers, credit card details, bank account information, healthcare information and compensation and other employment-related information. Hackers attacked Sony's computer network last month and released sensitive data over...

  • *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...

  • SEOUL, Dec 16- LG Electronics Inc, the world's No. 2 television maker behind South Korean compatriot Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, said on Tuesday it will launch quantum dot television sets in early 2015.. Japan's Sony Corp is so far the only major TV maker selling quantum dot models. Dow is building a factory in South Korea to make quantum dot material using...

  • NEW YORK/ SEATTLE, Dec 15- Corporate lobbyists, news organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp on Monday in the software company's legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer data stored overseas. The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge's order that...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 15- Technology companies Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, AT&T Inc and more than 20 others are supporting Microsoft Corp in the software company's legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer data stored overseas. A U.S. judge ruled in late July that Microsoft must turn over a customer's emails stored in a data center in Ireland to U.S....

  • Atari's 'E.T.' game joins Smithsonian collection Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— One of the "E.T." Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian. Museum specialist Drew Robarge made the announcement Monday in a blog post.

  • Riverbed Technology accepts $3.6B takeover bid Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Private equity firm Thoma Bravo and a Canadian teacher pension will pay about $3.6 billion to take Riverbed Technology private a couple months after the computer networking equipment maker promised a thorough review of its business. The San Francisco company said Monday that its stockholders will receive $21 in cash for each share from Thoma...

  • *Net was 347.5 mln yuan, revenue 26.6 bln yuan. BEIJING, Dec 15- Privately owned Xiaomi Technology Ltd Co booked 347.5 million yuan in net profit last year, according to a regulatory filing that showed the world's No.3 smartphone maker grappling razor-thin margins. "They're growing so fast and so lean, I wouldn't be surprised even if they were losing money," said...

  • Zumtobel to focus more on software, CEO says Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 2:12 AM ET

    VIENNA, Dec 15- Austrian lighting group Zumtobel will increasingly focus on providing packages of services rather than just hardware, Chief Executive Ulrich Schumacher told magazine Trend. "We will develop increasingly in future into a software supplier, a kind of Google of the lighting industry," he was quoted as saying in an interview published on Monday.

  • *Court banned Xiaomi selling in India on Dec. 10. *Xiaomi was fastest growing vendor in India. MUMBAI/ BEIJING, Dec 14- The court order that banned Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi from selling its phones in India has halted its breakneck expansion into the world's fastest growing major smartphone market and could be just the start of a string of patent challenges.