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  • STOCKHOLM, Sept 15- Microsoft Corp said on Monday it has agreed to acquire Stockholm- based games developer Mojang and the company's wildly popular Minecraft video game franchise for $2.5 billion.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 15- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd plans to increase the size of its U.S. initial public offering because of "overwhelming" investor demand, people familiar with the deal said on Monday.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, Sept 14- Russian mobile firms face being squeezed out of Ukraine after Kiev signaled it would favor European companies in future airwave auctions to curb Moscow's influence in the country.

  • LONDON, Sept 14- A chance to buy the candy empire of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is the kind of opportunity in a fast-growing market that would normally have multinational confectioners- like Nestle or Cadbury's parent Mondelez- drooling at the prospect.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, Sept 14- Russian mobile firms face being squeezed out of Ukraine after Kiev signalled it would favour European companies in future airwave auctions to curb Moscow's influence in the country.

  • *August data fans hard landing fears, fresh stimulus expected. BEIJING, Sept 13- China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August while growth in other key sectors also cooled, raising fears the world's second-largest economy may be at risk of a sharp slowdown unless Beijing takes fresh stimulus measures.

  • Next for Corporate America: Body wires and wire taps? Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 11:22 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 12- Wall Street executives may have personally escaped the wrath of the U.S. Department of Justice but executives at companies accused of foreign bribery schemes may not be so lucky.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- Hertz Global and Ulta Salon Cosmetics were among the biggest premarket movers on Friday, with both companies rallying on heavy volume. Shares of Hertz gained 4.6 percent to $29.03 a day after billionaire investor Carl Icahn won three board seats at the car renter.

  • *Western financial markets closed to Russia's largest banks. MOSCOW, Sept 12- They were the toast of Moscow- effortlessly enjoying fat earnings, double-digit lending growth and healthy margins.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 12- President Vladimir Putin took a break from his official duties to slip into a Russian Orthodox Church this week and light a candle for fighters killed in eastern Ukraine. "I left a candle for those who died defending people in Novorossiya," he told reporters after emerging from the Church of the Holy Trinity on a Moscow hilltop.

  • TOKYO, Sept 11- Rakuten Inc, Japan's largest e-commerce company, has been actively considering launching a service like website Airbnb that would provide a hub to rent apartments and homes in Japan to short-term guests, two people with knowledge of the developing plans told Reuters.

  • Sept 11- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn's son, Brett Icahn, has scrapped plans to start his own hedge fund firm and will continue staying with his father's firm, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday.

  • Icahn wins three board seats at Hertz, shares jump Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 5:44 PM ET

    Hertz invited Icahn's nominees onto the board less than four weeks after the New York- based investor announced that he had become the company's biggest investor with an 8.7 percent stake and that he planned to push management for changes.

  • Senator Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the tax-writing Finance Committee, said billionaire investor Warren Buffett called him recently to find out what Congress might do about companies that move abroad for tax purposes.

  • Hertz to appoint three Icahn nominees to its board Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    Sept 11- Car rental company Hertz Global Holdings Inc said it would add three directors nominated by billionaire investor Carl Icahn to its board.

  • Virgin Galactic pushes back first flight _ again Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:32 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Virgin Galactic has again pushed back its timeline for launching space-tourism flights from southern New Mexico's Spaceport America. When New Mexico first agreed to build the quarter-billion dollar spaceport with Virgin Galactic as an anchor tenant, officials predicted flights would start in 2011..

  • Montana coal railroad told to turn over documents Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    The 42- mile line would cost an estimated $400 million and provide access to the proposed Otter Creek coal mine near the Wyoming- Montana border. The Tongue River Railroad is co-owned by Otter Creek developer Arch Coal Inc. of St. Louis, BNSF Railway of Fort Worth, Texas, and candy-industry billionaire Forrest Mars Jr..

  • CARSON CITY, Nev., Sept 10- Nevada lawmakers convened in special legislative session on Wednesday to consider tax breaks and other incentives worth an estimated $1.3 billion to clinch a deal hammered out by Governor Brian Sandoval with Tesla Motors Inc. to build a massive battery factory in the state.

  • New Jersey lets MGM keep half of Borgata casino Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 5:56 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey— New Jersey casino regulators on Wednesday let MGM Resorts back into the Atlantic City casino market. MGM decided in 2010 to sell its stake and leave New Jersey rather than cut ties to an Asian business partner in Macau, but a buyer was never found.

  • *Tycoon's firm in JV talks with Mitsubishi arm- sources. SINGAPORE, Sept 11- Asia's richest man, Li Ka- shing, aims to buy his way into the global aircraft leasing business as his flagship investment firm holds talks with lessors on building a portfolio of planes, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.