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  • 'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. In addition, the founders of Mojang, the Swedish company behind "Minecraft," aren't staying with Microsoft.

  • "No Good Deed" collected $24.5 million in domestic ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak. "Guardians" became the first film of 2014 to bring in more than $300 million at North American theaters, distributor Walt Disney Co said.

  • 'No Good Deed' defeats 'Guardians' at theaters Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    The Sony thriller "No Good Deed," which stars Elba as an escaped convict and Taraji P. Henson as the innocent he terrorizes, opened on top of the box office with $24.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. "It's a movie that we really loved and felt that it was going to win," said Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer.

  • Nikkei hits 8-month high as weak yen lifts exporters Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 10:16 PM ET

    *Nikon, Sumco, automakers lead gains. TOKYO, Sept 12- Japanese share prices rose for the fifth straight session to an eight-month high on Friday, with exporters leading the gains on the yen's weakness.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 11- Verizon Communications Inc plans to launch an Internet-based television service in the first half of next year, its chief executive said on Thursday, in a move intended to shake up traditional cable and satellite TV services. In January, Verizon bought an Intel Corp venture to create a web-based TV service.

  • Asian indices traded mixed on Thursday, overlooking a positive handover from Wall Street.

  • TOKYO, Sept 11- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to an eight-month high on Thursday as the weak yen lifted sentiment and a meeting between the central bank governor and prime minister boosted expectations of additional easing in the long-term.

  • TOKYO, Sept 11- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near eight-month high on Thursday morning as the weak yen lifted sentiment ahead of a meeting later in the day between the central bank governor and prime minister fuelled expectations for additional easing.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 10- Time Warner Inc and CBS Corp signaled on Wednesday that they were increasingly open to one day making HBO and Showtime available directly to consumers over the Internet without a subscription to a cable television service.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:07 PM ET

    Regional airlines not sharing in majors' success. DALLAS— For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

  • Apple's smartwatch: Timely idea or clocked out? Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    Smartwatches have been around for a few years, but makers such as Samsung and Sony have failed to make them a runaway hit. Citi Investment Research estimates the market for smartwatches will be $1.4 billion to $1.8 billion this year and could grow to $10 billion by 2018..

  • One step for Apple, one leap for mobile payments Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:53 PM ET
    Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple Pay product on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif.

    Analysts believe Apple's new payment system could finally drive mass adoption of paying with phones.

  • 'Halo' creators' 'Destiny' tops sales expectations Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:14 PM ET
    Scene from "Destiny"

    The video game's sales, which equate to roughly 9 million copies sold, were even higher than most analysts had forecast.

  • Sept 10- The addition of a mobile payments service to Apple Inc's next iPhone could help to boost sales of the larger-screen phones and claw back market share lost to mobiles running on Google Inc's Android platform.

  • Apple payments service may boost sales of larger iPhones Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    Sept 10- The addition of a mobile payments service to Apple Inc's next iPhone could help to boost sales of the larger-screen phones and claw back market share lost to mobiles running on Google Inc's Android platform.

  • Microsoft nears $2B deal for 'Minecraft': WSJ Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 6:05 PM ET
    Minecraft

    Microsoft Corp is in serious discussions to buy Mojang AB, the Swedish company behind the popular "Minecraft" video game, The Wall Street Journal said.

  • CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept 9- Apple Inc unveiled a watch, two larger iPhones and a mobile payments service on Tuesday as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook seeks to revive the technology company's reputation as a wellspring of innovation.

  • CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept 9- Apple Inc unveiled the "Apple Watch" alongside two new iPhones with sharper and larger displays on Tuesday, calling the wearable device the next chapter in its history. Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi estimated on Tuesday that if Apple were to sell 30 million watches at $250 each, it would add about $7.5 billion to its revenue.

  • CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept 9- Apple Inc unveiled two new iPhones on Tuesday with sharper and larger displays, moving into a market segment dominated by arch-rival Samsung Electronics. Apple is expected to introduce its first new product since the iPad in 2010, a smartwatch, later on Tuesday.

  • Sept 9- Apple Inc is expected to unveil its first new device in four years, the iWatch, in a gala event on Tuesday that may also mark its long-awaited entry into mobile payments and deliver a larger iPhone.