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  • If you subscribe to Dish's $20- a-month Internet TV service, Sling TV, you can order HBO for an extra $15 each month. For the moment, you can order HBO Now on Apple devices and through New York- area cable company Cablevision. The number of people who pay cable companies, satellite TV companies and telecommunications companies for TV access— the traditional pay-TV...

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- The Obama administration on Wednesday launched the first-ever sanctions program to financially punish individuals and groups outside the United States that are engaged in malicious cyber attacks. The executive order gives the administration the same sanctions tools it now deploys to address other threats- including crises in the...

  • Obama signs order creating new cyber sanctions program Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 8:59 AM ET

    The latter category could include state-owned corporations in Russia, China and elsewhere, setting the stage for major diplomatic friction if the sanctions are employed in that way. "We are excited about this new tool that will allow us to expose and isolate those behind malicious cyberactivity," said John Smith, who directs the Treasury Department division...

  • TOKYO, April 1- Japanese online game maker DeNA Co Ltd on Wednesday said it wants its new partnership with gaming giant Nintendo Co Ltd to yield titles that bring in over 3 billion yen a month. The alliance, announced on March 17, will bring Nintendo characters such as Super Mario and Donkey Kong to smartphones, and see their jointly developed games available...

  • NEW YORK— Since Apple shook up the music world with iTunes a little more than a decade ago, online music has exploded and become the central way many people enjoy and discover music. Internet services such as Pandora and Spotify have millions of users. Madonna, Rihanna and Beyonce are among the co-owners.

  • Charter nabs Bright House in latest pay-TV deal Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 8:52 AM ET

    Last year, Comcast said it was buying Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, and AT&T is purchasing DirecTV for $48.5 billion. Comcast says it works cooperatively with online video companies like Netflix and that content providers, not distributors like itself, currently have bargaining advantages. Charter buying Bright House, which hinges on regulators...

  • The Warner Bros. comedy "Get Hard" starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart arrived in second place with $33.8 million. 1. "Home," 20th Century Fox, $52,107,731, 3,708 locations, $14,053 average, $52,107,731, 1 week. 2. "Get Hard," Warner Bros., $33,803,253, 3,175 locations, $10,647 average, $33,803,253, 1 week.

  • Best Buy warns of profit hit as it consolidates Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 12:20 PM ET
    People walk by a Best Buy store in New York City.

    Best Buy plans to close some stores and consolidate its operations in Canada.

  • NEW YORK— Spotify is coming to the PlayStation, replacing Sony's own Music Unlimited service, as the company continues to expand the game console into an entertainment hub beyond video games. Sony says partnering with Spotify expands its music service to 41 countries, rather than the 19 available with Music Unlimited, and offers better tools for playlists and...

  • NEW YORK— Business was brisk at the weekend box-office, where the DreamWorks animated alien adventure "Home" beat out the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy "Get Hard" with a resounding debut of $54 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Though a distant second, "Get Hard" also opened strongly with an estimated $34.6 million, rewarding the Warner Bros. pairing of...

  • CHICAGO, March 28- Best Buy Co Inc plans to close some stores and consolidate its operations in Canada, the U.S. electronics retailer's second-largest market, in a move that will hurt earnings this year, the company said on Saturday. The move to a single brand will cut 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time jobs, and cost the company about US $200 million to US $280 million...

  • Communication startup Slack reports data breach Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:49 PM ET

    Slack provides communication tools that integrate with several third-party applications such as Google Inc's Hangout and Twitter. It counts New York Times Co, Spotify and airbnb among its customers. Cybercrimes have emerged as one of the biggest threat to businesses, with companies such as Sony Corp and Target Corp finding themselves at the receiving end in...

  • *Panasonic soars to the highest since Nov 2008. *Toshiba tumbles after SanDisk cut outlook. TOKYO, March 27- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday morning in choppy trade as investors bought stocks on the dips after the previous day's falls, while Panasonic Corp attracted buying after it announced an acquisition plan.

  • March 26- GameStop Corp forecast a weaker-than-expected profit for the full year, as demand for the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles fail to make up for falling sales of earlier versions. GameStop's new video game hardware sales fell 30.2 percent to $808.8 million in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, lower than the $844.8 million analysts had expected,...

  • NEW YORK, March 26- Verizon Communications Inc may rely largely on advertising for revenue from its upcoming online video service, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said in an interview. Original online programming on Verizon's service could use an "advertising-type" model, "not necessarily a consumer-pay model," Shammo said in the recent interview.

  • TOKYO, March 26- Japanese electronics supplier Panasonic Corp said it was ready to spend 1 trillion yen on acquisitions over the next four years, emboldened by a stronger profit outlook for its automotive and housing technology businesses. Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said at a briefing on Thursday that Panasonic doesn't have specific acquisition...

  • Asian equities were mostly lower on Thursday following a sharp selloff on Wall Street overnight and an escalation of political turmoil in Yemen.

  • *Market cautious on developments in Yemen; oil firms gain. TOKYO, March 26- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Thursday as investors sold semi-conductor and other hi-tech shares after their U.S. peers were sold off sharply following soft U.S. economic data. News that Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries had launched military operations in Yemen to beat back...

  • Nikkei tumbles as semi-conductor shares take hit Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:34 PM ET

    *Market cautious on developments in Yemen; oil firms gain. TOKYO, March 26- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Thursday as investors sold semi-conductor and other hi-tech shares after their U.S. peers were sold off sharply following soft U.S. economic data. Oil-related shares bucked the trend and rose 1.0 percent as oil prices firmed after Saudi Arabia and...

  • Incoming Dish CEO: 'We are not suicidal' Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Charles Ergen

    Incoming CEO Charlie Ergen says Dish Network isn't in any rush to unload the vast amounts of broadcast spectrum it has amassed since 2008.