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  • S&P 500 futures lost about 4 points on the disappointing weekly initial jobless claims number. Sovereign debt issues, which popped up again yesterday, are back down in a big way today: Portugal down 3.2 percent, Spain down 2.6 percent, Greece down 1.7 percent. European banks are weak.

  • Futures fell sharply Thursday after a surprise jump in jobless claims, a disappointing signal on the employment front ahead of Friday's jobs report.

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, Feb. 4.

  • GTA: San Andreas

    The  success of Lara Croft and the “Tomb Raider” franchise is a cautionary tale for the video game industry—one that Take Two Interactive Software could learn from.

  • Oscar Awards

    The Academy doubled the number of nominees for best picture to 10. No surprise "Avatar", "The Hurt Locker", "The Blind Side", "Precious", Inglorious Basterds and "Up in the Air" were on the list.

  • Sony Building

    Sony Pictures Entertainment is feeling the pinch of online piracy and the decline of DVD sales. The movie studio announced on Monday that it will lay off 450 employees, or 6.5 percent of its workforce, and also plans to close 100 open positions. It will start handing out pink slips in March.

  • Wii

    The music industry was almost killed — and ultimately saved — by it. The home video industry is growing because of it. But when it comes to video games, digital distribution is not really making much of an impact.

  • Apple iPad

    The news is out, Apple's iPad will compete with e-Readers, portable game devices, and it will create a whole new category of portable video players. The good news for content creators is the fact that it'll sell for $499.

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    This is a live blog from Jim Goldman who is in San Francisco attending an event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where it is expected Apple will unveil and share details of its newest product, The iPad.

  • Steve Jobs revolutionized the music business, creating a new way for consumers to listen to music on the go, and buy songs.

  • Workers apply the Apple logo to the exterior of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in preparation for an Apple special event January 26, 2010 in San Francisco, California.

    So here we go. About 24 hours to go until one of the most hyped products in Apple's history finally goes public. And that's saying something, especially after iPhone a few years back.

  • Avatar movie character

    James Cameron's sci-fi spectacular replaced his maritime melodrama as the biggest international release of all time during the weekend and is on the verge of claiming its worldwide crown, which also includes North American receipts, distributor 20th Century Fox said on Sunday.

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    As the iPhone has become a more powerful force in the video game industry, it's not just customers that Apple is stealing away. More and more developers are switching allegiances as well.

  • Republican State Sen. Scott Brown exits the debate hall following a senatorial debate at the University of Massachusetts January 11, 2010 in Boston.

    The implications of the shock win by Republican Scott Brown in the  Massachusetts Senate election are sure to be far-reaching, and the result leaves President Obama with a long list of tough choices.

  • Sony Building

    In a surprise move on Wednesday, Sony  unveiled its Motion Controller technology, a direct competitive threat to Microsoft's Project Natal, and way, way ahead of schedule.

  • Avatar

    James Cameron's "Avatar," from 20th Century Fox spacer, is on its way to beat "Titanic" and become the biggest movie at the box office ever. Over the three day weekend "Avatar" won nearly $55 million at the box office in the U.S. and Canada and another $129 million from overseas, putting its total at $1.12 billion international and half a billion in the US.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    The video game industry was down 8 percent compared to the 2008 sales numbers, with sales of $19.7 billion. It was the first time since 2002 that video game companies as a whole have posted notable negative growth.

  • Stocks closed higher, pushing the Dow average to a fresh 15-month closing high, as investors bought financial, technology and pharmaceutical shares.

  • Netflix

    Netflix has been on a run, announcing deal after deal to make digital access to its movie library available to subscribers from their televisions.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stock index futures are currently pointing to a modestly higher open for Wall Street on Wednesday, following Tuesday's mild selloff that saw the S&P 500 post its first losing session of 2010.