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  • Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Many of the Amazon Fire phone's features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices. But in a number of cases, Amazon's technology is more comprehensive and reliable, showing that innovation is often about rethinking old ideas. On iPhones and Android devices, each icon takes you to a different app.

  • Nikkei flat as investors avoid risk on Gaza worries Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:03 PM ET

    *Ukraine tension eases but Gaza worries keep investors risk averse- analysts. TOKYO, July 23- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Wednesday morning as investors avoided risk due to geopolitical concerns in the Gaza Strip, which offset upbeat sentiment from gains in U.S. and European markets overnight.

  • In the Gaza Strip, Israeli jets, tanks and artillery continued to pound Gaza as the death toll from a two-week conflict topped 500. Malaysia has reached an agreement with the leader of the separatist group to retrieve the bodies of the victims from last week's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as well as the plane's two black boxes, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday.

  • Box office top 20: 'Apes' holds reign with $36.3M Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 9:05 PM ET

    1. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," 20th Century Fox, $36,254,310, 3,969 locations, $9,134 average, $139,207,154, 2 weeks. 3. "Planes: Fire& Rescue," Disney, $17,509,407, 3,826 locations, $4,576 average, $17,509,407, 1 week. 4. "Sex Tape," Sony, $14,608,152, 3,062 locations, $4,771 average, $14,608,152, 1 week.

  • *Swatch Group seen posting weak H1 results this week. ZURICH, July 21- Swatch Group chief Nick Hayek has already spent months playing down the likely impact of Apple Inc's long-rumored iWatch launch, but that may not deter further questions on the issue when the Swiss watchmaker delivers results this week.

  • July 21- CBS Outdoor Americas Inc said Monday it would buy the billboard business from Van Wagner Communications LLC, a privately held company with outdoor advertising in New York's Times Square and on buses on the Las Vegas strip, for $690 million in cash.

  • July 21- CBS Outdoor Americas Inc said it would buy some outdoor advertising businesses from privately held U.S. billboard company Van Wagner Communications LLC for $690 million in cash. CBS Outdoor, whose customers include Apple Inc, McDonald's Corp and Sony Corp, went public in late March.

  • Another new big release, Walt Disney Co's animated "Planes: Fire and Rescue," grabbed third place with $18 million, while the comedy "Sex Tape" took in $15 million for the No. 4 spot.

  • 'Apes' rules U.S. box office for second weekend Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 12:36 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, July 20- Sci-fi sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" beat a horror flick, an animated family film and an adult comedy to keep its grip on the U.S. and Canadian box office title for a second straight weekend.

  • 'Apes' outmuscles 'The Purge' at box office Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    20th Century Fox's science fiction sequel outmuscled a trio of new films to top the North American box office for the second-straight week with $36 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Universal's low-budget sequel to last year's surprise hit, "The Purge," opened with $28.4 million, down from the $34.1 million the original scared up on opening weekend.

  • Teen metal band plans book after Sony label deal Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The teen metal band Unlocking the Truth, which recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony, plans to release a book next year. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group, said Friday that it would publish a book written by the Brooklyn trio chronicling the group's "path to success."

  • LOS ANGELES, July 17- Microsoft Corp intends to wind down Xbox Entertainment Studios, a source familiar with its plans said, becoming the first major tech company to give up on making original shows in a battle for the living room couch.

  • July 17- Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it would slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, this year. April 2014- The chipmaker said it had cut 1,500 jobs in Costa Rica. January 2014- Announced plans to reduce its global workforce of 107,000 by about 5 percent this year.

  • July 15- The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating possible pricing coordination among music publishing companies as it reviews the decades-old rules that govern the cost of licensing songs, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • PARIS/ BOSTON, July 14- Insurers are eagerly eyeing exponential growth in the tiny cyber coverage market but their lack of experience and skills handling hackers and data breaches may keep their ambitions in check.

  • Guardians could open galaxy of riches for Disney Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | 6:38 PM ET
    Filmmaker James Gunn, actors Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana from Marvel Studios movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.

    When Disney bought Marvel in 2009, it did so without two popular franchises. Spider-Man is licensed to Sony, while 21st Century Fox owns X-Men.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, July 13- "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," a sequel about highly intelligent apes that battle with humans for dominance, has knocked the giant "Transformers" robots out of the top spot on U.S. and Canadian movie charts. The 3 D "Apes" movie collected $73 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from Rentrak.

  • 'Planet of the Apes' thumps chest with $73M debut Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | 11:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The monkey business is a good business to be in at the box office. The 20th Century Fox sequel easily surpassed the $54.8 million opening to 2011' s "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the reboot of the fabled chimp franchise.

  • Brooks' music coming to digital via his own site Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he's doing it his own way. The 52- year-old country star remains one of music's top-selling artists, with 134 million albums sold, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The first city on his tour will be announced on July 15, according to Sony.

  • July 10- Online music sharing service SoundCloud Ltd is close to a deal with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group for licenses to continue playing their songs and avoid potential legal disputes, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the matter.