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  • UPDATE 1-Spotify to start offering videos Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:53 PM ET

    A new recommendation function, similar to what rival Pandora Media Inc offers, will let people pick channels based on lifestyle activities, like "songs to sing to in the shower," or "100 plus hits form the 1980 s," the Stockholm- based company said. In a splashy event in New York, Spotify founder and Chief Executive Daniel Ek highlighted the discovery nature of the...

  • Disney has first store in China as Shanghai location opens Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Disney says it has opened its first store in China, calling its new Shanghai location the largest Disney Store in the world. It characters and products from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar along with a music and projection show, a Mickey Mouse- shaped roof, and sculpted hot air balloons. At the end of its last fiscal year, The Walt Disney Co. says there were...

  • Disney store opens in Shanghai   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Disney store opens in Shanghai

    Disney opens its first store in China, its largest in the world.

  • SEATTLE, May 20- Microsoft's plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren't interested. Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with...

  • Nielsen's top programs for May 11-17 Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 5:10 PM ET

    1. "NCIS," CBS, 14.94 million. 2. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.61 million. 7. "Survivor," CBS, 9.61 million.

  • Disney's Star Wars windfall: $2.2B for George Lucas Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 10:41 AM ET
    Filmmaking legend George Lucas (front L) of Disney's Lucasfilms poses with Stormtroopers (back) and Yoda (front R) characters from Lucas' Star Wars films at the opening of Disney's Lucasfilms' new animation production facility, the Sandcrawler in Singapore on January 16, 2014.

    George Lucas probably isn't regretting the deal he made with Disney for his Lucasfilm group after shares rise 70 percent.

  • For the highest-paid CEOs, the party goes on Monday, 18 May 2015 | 10:28 AM ET
    John Malone, Liberty Media Corp.

    The New York Times reports in its Equilar ranking that executive pay is at its highest since it started keeping track in 2006, NYT reports.

  • A cappella girls beat homicidal robot at box office Monday, 18 May 2015 | 8:27 AM ET
    The Avengers unite against Ultron in the film “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

    "Pitch Perfect 2" hit all the right notes at the box office, snagging first place on the charts with $70.3 million debut.

  • Market's new biggest fear: Economic stall Monday, 18 May 2015 | 7:42 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Wednesday's Fed minutes along with housing data might cause turbulence.

  • Investors watch for more signs of economic stall Monday, 18 May 2015 | 5:58 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Next week's Fed minutes along with housing data might cause turbulence.

  • LOS ANGELES— The ladies of "Pitch Perfect 2" hit all the right notes opening weekend, amassing a $70.3 million debut, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. The Elizabeth Banks- directed sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit and video-on-demand phenomenon cost Universal Pictures only $29 million to produce and was expected to open in the $50 million range.

  • A fantasy sports fan play about to pay $1 billion Saturday, 16 May 2015 | 9:30 AM ET
    DraftKings founders (left to right) Paul Liberman, Jason Robins and Matt Kalish

    DraftKings is soon to hit $1 billion in prizes. Better still, the fantasy sports betting site expects to award $1 billion in 2015 alone.

  • DraftKings founders (left to right) Paul Liberman, Jason Robins and Matt Kalish

    Jim Cramer spoke to the co-founders of CNBC's Disruptor 50 innovative company DraftKings, which makes fantasy betting a reality.

  • DraftKings looks to change the game in sports   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 6:30 PM ET
    DraftKings looks to change the game in sports

    Is DraftKings the king of fantasy drafts? Jason Robins, co-founder and CEO, and Matt Kalish, co-founder, discuss the company's platform and pipeline, with Mad Money's Jim Cramer.

  • How Snoop hot-boxed ad buyers and other hoopla Friday, 15 May 2015 | 2:30 PM ET
    Snoop Dogg attends his listening party in New York.

    Admit it: Business meetings are pretty dour, save a few notable events. The upfronts and digital newfronts are one of those spectacles.

  • Guess what Big Media pitched the ad guys Friday, 15 May 2015 | 12:08 PM ET
    Dolly Parton performs at the NBC Upfront Presentation, May 11, 2015.

    If you missed this year's upfront presentations, here are some key takeaways.

  • For Hollywood bottom line, sequels win Friday, 15 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    A still image from the movie "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

    As the summer season hits, sequels promise to be big business for Hollywood studios, according to box office data.

  • Nielsen's top programs for May 4-11 Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 3:55 PM ET

    1. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.6 million. 2. "NCIS," CBS, 14.5 million. 3. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.4 million.

  • NEW YORK— Another week, another audience win for CBS. The Nielsen ratings company handed CBS its 11th straight prime-time win in viewership last week, with 13 of the Top 20 programs. Longtime late-night star David Letterman notched a prime-time win of his own with a CBS retrospective looking back on his decades hosting the "Late Show" as he prepares to retire on May...

  • Walt Disney Co's ESPN has sued to stop Verizon Communications from making its sports channel part of an add-on option for customers of its new Custom TV package, a legal fight that has been the talk of industry conferences and discussions with investors and analysts. Distributors see slimmer plans as a lifeline to a generation that watches online services...