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  • SEOUL, South Korea— Global stock markets were dented Tuesday by downbeat economic data from Europe ahead of major earnings reports and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 dropped 0.8 percent to 7,049.37 and Germany's DAX declined 0.7 percent to 11,955.50. BRITISH GDP: Britain's economic growth slowed to a quarterly rate of...

  • BEIJING, April 28- China's Tencent Holdings Ltd launched on Tuesday an operating system for internet-connected devices such as TVs and watches that is open to all developers, taking on domestic rivals Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Xiaomi Inc in the smart hardware space. This model mirrors Google Inc's Android mobile OS, and could help Tencent replicate the U.S....

  • The Blake Lively fantasy romance "The Age of Adaline" opened solidly with $13.2 million, coming in third behind the Sony comedy "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," which made $14.8 million in its second week of release. 2. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," Sony, $14,776,726, 3,633 locations, $4,067 average, $43,224,910, 2 weeks. 4. "Home," 20th Century Fox, $8,005,648, 3,311 locations, $2,418...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 26- Nothing, it seems, and certainly not Blake Lively, can get "Furious 7" to slam on the brakes. The Lionsgate/Lakeshore release had been projected to pull in $12 million and cost $30 million to produce. Reviews for "Age of Adaline" were mixed, but the picture still managed to secure a third-place finish primarily by appealing to females, who comprised...

  • NEW YORK— "Furious 7" enjoyed a victory lap over the weekend, becoming only the third film ever to make $1 billion internationally and leading the domestic box office for the fourth straight week. The Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment release came in third with $13.4 million. The Sony comedy "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" held up stronger than expected to take second...

  • Box Office: 'Furious 7' Races Past 'Age of Adaline' Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, April 26- Nothing, it seems, and certainly not Blake Lively, can get "Furious 7" to slam on the brakes. The Lionsgate/Lakeshore release had been projected to pull in $12 million and cost $30 million to produce. Despite pot shots from Seth MacFarlane, Sony's "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" held up better than many analysts projected, finishing second in its sophomore...

  • TOKYO, April 25- Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp has raised its operating profit estimate for fiscal 2015 to 300 billion yen, or four times its previous estimate, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. Expectations for higher sales of display sensors used in mobile phones and the Playstation gaming console were the reason Sony raised its forecast, the...

  • *Fifty line up at one Tokyo store, more in Berlin. NEW YORK/ TOKYO, April 24- The Apple Watch launched quietly around the world on Friday without the usual frenzy or fanfare for an Apple Inc rollout, as a handful of boutiques in major cities like Tokyo and Paris sold the timepiece- but not for purchase at its own stores. Shops included The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris,...

  • *Fifty line up at one Tokyo store, more in Berlin. TOKYO, April 24- A small group of Japanese tech-addicts lined up in Tokyo to become the first consumers to buy the Apple Watch from selected stores on Friday, but there was no sign of the frenzy that usually accompanies Apple Inc product rollouts. They include The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris, Maxfield in Los...

  • TOKYO, April 24- A group of former top Sony Corp executives has delivered an unusually blunt critique to the firm's chief executive Kazuo Hirai, accusing him of losing sight of innovation by focusing on cost-cutting. At a meeting at Sony's Tokyo headquarters last Thursday, five former executives, including PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, took Hirai to task...

  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage decreases Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading:. HNI Corp. fell 11.0 percent to $51.27. MarineMax Inc. fell 8.6 percent to $24.40.

  • Asian stocks mostly advanced on Thursday despite data showing China's factory activity at a one-year low.

  • Sony raises profit view on bumper videogame sales Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 8:41 PM ET

    Sony raised its earnings estimates for the second time in three months, citing higher than expected sales of video games and digital cameras.

  • Is Sony finally reaping restructuring results?   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 8:34 PM ET
    Is Sony finally reaping restructuring results?

    Damian Thong, division director and senior analyst of Japan Technology at Macquarie Securities, discusses news that Sony raised its earnings estimates for the second time in three months on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. House passes cyber-threat information bill Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 6:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 22- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it easier for private companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with each other and the government without fear of lawsuits. "At some point, we need to stop talking about the next Sony, the next Anthem, the next Target, the next JP Morgan Chase and the...

  • House passes bill designed to thwart cyberattacks Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    In a statement, the White House praised the bill that passed Wednesday while also expressing concerns, arguing that the liability protections in some cases went too far and could ultimately reduce the incentive for companies to report breaches. The White House also called for language ensuring that data is not shared by businesses to thwart competition.

  • Early movers: BA, KO, TMO, NLSN, AN & more Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 7:58 AM ET
    Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Sony raises earnings outlook   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 6:33 AM ET
    Sony raises earnings outlook

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell on Sony's shifting fortunes.

  • TOKYO, April 22- Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp on Wednesday raised its earnings estimates for the second time in three months, citing higher-than-expected sales of camera sensors and videogames. Sony said it probably made an operating profit of 68 billion yen in the year ended March 31, compared with 26.5 billion yen a year earlier.

  • House could pass cyberthreat bill Wednesday Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 6:49 PM ET
    A pedestrian carries an umbrella while walking past the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington.

    The House is expected to pass a long-awaited bill that would make it easier for companies to share information about cybersecurity threats.