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  • SEATTLE, Oct 12- Microsoft Corp opened its Windows 8 operating system for pre-orders on Friday, setting the price for an upgrade to the full version of the software at $70 for a DVD pack. Shoppers can reserve the software pack at Microsoft's own stores, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples and elsewhere.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 12- Microsoft Corp opened its Windows 8 operating system for pre-orders on Friday, setting the price for the full version of the software at $70 for a DVD pack. Shoppers can reserve the software pack at Microsoft's own stores, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples and elsewhere.

  • TOKYO, Oct 12- Sony Corp's long-term debt rating was lowered one notch by Moody's Investor Service to the second-lowest investment grade because of weak profitability in products ranging from televisions to mobile phones. The downgrade to Baa2 follows a similar cut to Sony's credit standing by Standard& Poor's last month.

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    "Young audiences are exercising an influence on what gets made way out of proportion to their numbers in the population," writes the author who examines what's happening to the movies.

  • But the high-pitched row between Beijing and Tokyo over their ownership is exacting a growing toll on Japan, threatening to send its recovery from last year's disasters into reverse.

  • ABU DHABI, Oct 9- Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. has settled a $107.13- million legal claim it filed against indebted Zabeel Investments, which is owned by the crown price of Dubai, two sources said.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- Liam Neeson thriller "Taken 2" captured the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts over the weekend with a brawny $50 million take from theaters in the United States and Canada.

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    The Indian diaspora has opened new potential markets for Bollywood films. Ordinarily this would signal an investment opportunity, but some are urging caution.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- Hutchison 3 G will seek to convince doubting EU regulators of the merits of its 1.3- billion-euro bid for France Telecom's.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Critics don't like "Taken 2," but Liam Neeson's action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans as the original movie was. "Taken" went on to become a $145 million smash for Neeson, the Academy Award-nominated star of " Schindler's List" who has become an unlikely action hero in his 50 s.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- Liam Neeson thriller "Taken 2" captured the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts over the weekend with a brawny $50 million take from theaters in the United States and Canada.

  • The sequel starring Liam Neeson as a former CIA agent who gets captured in Istanbul pushed last weekend's winner, family flick " Hotel Transylvania," to second place. "Taken 2" was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. Sony Corp's movie studio distributed " Hotel Transylvania."

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    Cybercrime is becoming increasingly commonplace and insidious and yet, time and time again, corporate America appears ill-prepared.

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    Take a look at some of Fridays morning movers.

  • TOKYO, Oct 5- Sony Corp said it has halted sales of its Xperia tablet PCs, a month after its launch, after discovering gaps between the screen and the case that make some of the machines susceptible to water damage.

  • TOKYO, Oct 5- Sony Corp has halted sales of its Xperia tablet PCs, which the Japanese electronics firm launched to compete with Apple Inc's iPads, after finding some models had low water resistance, Jiji News Agency said on Friday.

  • LOS ANGELES-- In an Oct. 3 story about the James Bond franchise, The Associated Press erroneously reported that all of MGM's owners booked a loss on $5 billion in loans to the studio backing the franchise. In fact, whether the owners gain or lose in the deal will depend on how much they can reap from their ownership stakes and for how much they obtain the bonds.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- British buyout mogul Guy Hands heard a panel of U.S. judges pick away at his lawyer's arguments in an appeal of the fraud case he lost to Citibank over his takeover of music group EMI.

  • *James Bond films celebrate 50 years on Friday. LONDON, Oct 4- As a new documentary shows, the real story behind the James Bond film franchise is almost as dramatic as the 007 fantasies themselves, full of twists and turns, personality clashes, heroes, villains, beautiful women and narrow escapes.

  • DUBAI, Oct 4- Indebted Zabeel Investments, which is owned by Dubai's crown prince, has reached a $956- million debt deal with lenders, according to al-Khaleej newspaper on Thursday. A Dubai government official confirmed this week that the management of Zabeel had been taken over by state-owned Dubai Real Estate Corp..