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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 24- Google Inc's decision to screen Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" may help legitimize its YouTube platform as a serious rival to paid video streaming services, Netflix and Amazon.com Inc. Sony Pictures made the controversial film available online on Wednesday, expanding distribution of a comedy that triggered a destructive...

  • The film was available for rental on Google Inc's YouTube site as of early Wednesday afternoon. Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before the hastily scheduled premiere at some 320 independent theaters. He added that Sony had first reached out to Google, Microsoft "and other partners" on Dec. 17, the day the studio said it had no future...

  • Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before its scheduled premiere at some 320 independent theaters. He added that Sony had first reached out to Google, Microsoft "and other partners" on Dec. 17, the day the studio said it was canceling the movie's Christmas Day release. The showing is a chance for Google and Microsoft, which have been bit...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 24- U.S. consumers have not turned out in force for the final shopping days before Christmas, suggesting that traditional retailers will just meet industry sales forecasts in a season marked by deep discounts and growing encroachment from online rivals led by Amazon.com Inc.. "The past weekend will not save this holiday season," said Craig Johnson,...

  • ( (Adds comment from Google and White House). Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, the studio said, a day after agreeing to release it at some 200 independent theaters. The showing is a chance for Google and Microsoft, which have been bit players in a VOD market dominated by Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and cable and satellite operators, to raise their...

  • "Really it started almost at the level of cold-calling, talking to people who really hadn't spoken to us in a long time," said Nagisa Manabe, who joined the USPS in May 2012 as chief marketing and sales officer from Coca-Cola Co after a career in the private sector. With further drops in its traditional bread-and-butter products ahead, the USPS wants to capitalize on...

  • Amazon's Prime Now put to the test  Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    CNBC's Han-Ting Wang needs a last minute gift, so he tries Amazon's new one-hour delivery in Manhattan.

  • Microsoft is rushing to catch Amazon in the cloud Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:32 AM ET
    A pedestrian walks past the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash.

    Microsoft won the software game by selling its Windows suite to the biggest companies. Scott Guthrie's job is to reach some of the smallest.

  • Cramer: Competition + stocks = Cold-blooded killer Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 6:11 PM ET
    Facebook headquarters

    Price competition might be a good thing for the consumer, but Jim Cramer recommends running far from the stocks—especially in this sector.

  • Hot tech gifts for the holidays Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:24 AM ET
    A SteadiDrone QU4D aerial drone fitted with a GoPro video camera.

    These tech gifts will be very popular under the Christmas tree this year.

  • Last-minute delivery: FedEx, UPS gear up for rush Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET
    FedEx workers sort packages at a FedEx global hub.

    Delivery companies, as well as USPS, brace themselves for last-minute shipping orders as the Holiday season reaches peak. The NYT reports.

  • Is it time to buy your kid a drone for Christmas? Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 9:27 AM ET
    A DJI Innovations Phantom remote-controlled drone

    Even amid safety and privacy concerns, drones are "flying" off store shelves. Why? Mass productions has made them more affordable.

  • Shoppers to splash $690K a minute on Christmas Day Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 9:17 AM ET
    An employee wears a festive hat as she re-packs a tablet device on the semi-automated processing line at an Argos goods distribution center, operated by Home Retail Group in the U.K.

    Rather than spending the day playing board games on Christmas Day, Britons will be hitting their tablets and phones in an online shopping frenzy.

  • #Give me money: Donating via social media Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    Socially conscious start-ups are re-imagining how we interact and donate to charities by using technology and social media.

  • Recalls this week: Bean bag chairs, toy monkeys Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:38 PM ET

    DETAILS: Bean bag chairs sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Kroger, Meijer and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon, Bean Bag Company, Groupon, Kohls, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, Wayfair and other online retailers. They were sold between January 2010 and October 2013 for up to $40. FOR MORE: Contact Comfort Research at 844-578-8933 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET...

  • Not done shopping? Try these last-minute strategies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    So you missed the holiday deadline for free standard shipping. Oops. Try these last-minute gifting strategies.

  • Dec 19- Shares of cancer drug developer Juno Therapeutics Inc soared as much as 65 percent in their market debut on Friday, capping a big year for biotech IPOs. Shares were priced at $24 per share, above the expected $21- $23. As of Sept. 30, Seattle- based Juno had raised about $314 million in private venture funding from investors including Amazon.com Inc co-founder...

  • Where would Cisco (and its CEO) be without her? Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:49 AM ET
    Debbie Gross and John Chambers.

    Few people in tech worked harder over the past 24 years than Debbie Gross. She's executive assistant to John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco.

  • In the end, the deal survived only after Taser dropped Amazon.com Inc as the data storage provider for the year-long project. The fact that Amazon did not have a data center in Britain was a deal breaker for British officials, according to Taser. The case is an example of the challenges that Amazon faces as it works to expand its cloud computing business, known as...

  • A look at Michigan road funding plan Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    In May, voters would be asked to increase the state's 6 percent sales and uses tax to 7 percent and eliminate the sales tax on motor fuel, generating a net $588 million— mainly for $300 million for schools and nearly $100 million for local governments. The plan also would bar the Legislature from spending School Aid Fund revenue on public universities, an issue for...