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  • *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..

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    Japan’s New Tech Generation

    Every Wednesday, a bar in central Tokyo hosts an unusual speed-dating event. There are drinks and plenty of coy looks. But the young people at the bar aren’t here for romance. The NYT reports.

  • Bond movies have beat do-or-die odds for 50 years

    LOS ANGELES-- Over the last 50 years, the owners of the James Bond movie franchise have had heart-stopping crises as thrilling as the ones that face their fictional secret agent. "Cubby used to say, `This is the goose that laid the golden egg, keep it safe,'" said Broccoli's youngest daughter, Barbara, now the series' co-producer, in a phone interview from London. "

  • DUBAI, Oct 2- State-owned Dubai Real Estate Corp. has taken over the management of Zabeel Investments, the indebted firm owned by Dubai's crown prince, the chief executive of Investment Corporation of Dubai said on Tuesday. It owns the lavish Zabeel Saray hotel on Dubai's man-made Palm Jumeirah island.

  • TOKYO, Oct 2- Japan's Nikkei share average was set to rise on Tuesday after data showed U.S. manufacturing expanded in September, beating expectations, while a softer yen should lend support to export-driven stocks.

  • S.Korea-Market Factors to watch on Oct 2

    SEOUL, Oct 2- Following is a list of events in South Korea as well as news stories and press reports that may influence financial markets. TOP STORIES> Cheaper smartphones boost Sony, Microsoft in Europe.

  • HIGH-TECH MEDICAL DEVICES: Sony's new alliance with Olympus will focus on producing endoscopes and other surgical tools packed with the Japanese electronic maker's three-dimensional imaging and super-clear "4 K" display technologies. NEW CHALLENGE: Sony said it's not clear when the alliance's first products will become available.

  • *Moody's says that Sony Corporation's alliance with Olympus Corporation will make it more challenging for Sony to reduce its high leverage in a timely manner.

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    Movie Studios: Have They Gone the Way of Dinosaurs?

    Several factors have fundamentally disrupted the economic and power dynamic of the traditionally studio dominated entertainment industry.

  • Goldman Sachs and the $580 Million Black Hole

    THE business deal from hell began to crumble even before the Champagne corks were popped. The $580 million sale of Dragon Systems had just been approved by its board and congratulations were being exchanged. But there was a sense that something was amiss, the New York Times reports.

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    Game Over For Consoles, While Mobile Wins Big

    Another month, another slew of bad numbers for the traditional videogame industry as consumers shift to mobile and social games. 

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    Sun Valley's Scarlet Letter

    Companies with unfinished deals or problematic headlines have avoided the conference, usually a hotbed of affable networking among heavy-hitters.

  • Netflix

    Netflix stock has tumbled more than 70 percent in the past year since killing its hybrid subscription plan and jacking up prices for DVD and video access. With streaming costs and competition on the rise, can Netflix stay on top?

  • Nintendo Wii U Console Demo

    Now, as Nintendo's next generation console system prepares to launch later this year and the handheld 3DS device starts to get its legs under it, it's hoping to get back to black.

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    As Nintendo prepares to launch its latest videogame console this holiday season – and Microsoft and Sony continue to prep theirs for an expected 2013 launch – a new competitor for the living room is threatening to steal their thunder.

  • While the Independence Day holiday is over, the media and tech industry is readying its own brand of fireworks as a veritable who's who of executives and up-and-comers descend on a tiny town in Idaho for Allen & Company's idyllic Sun Valley Conference.

  • Publisher: Take-Two Interactive SoftwareShares of Take-Two jumped nearly 20 percent in the week after the first "Bioshock" was released in 2007. It was more than a critical darling, it was a game with legs at retail. By March 2010, it had sold 4 million copies. A sequel by a different development studio did so-so, but with original designer Irrational Games back at the helm, fans are already lining up to get their hands on the game when it comes out in late February.
    The Most Anticipated Videogames of 2013

    The video game industry will roll out some of its biggest guns next year — and the expected launch of new console systems from Microsoft and Sony could make a big year even bigger.

  • Samsung Trumps Apple as Asia’s Most Valued Brand

    Samsung Electronics has emerged as the most valued brand by consumers in Asia, ending a four-year reign by Japanese competitor Sony and ahead of close rival Apple, according to a survey by research firm Nielsen and media magazine Campaign Asia-Pacific.

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    Stocks to Watch: BBBY, NOW, GM & More

    Take a look at some of Friday's midday movers: