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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 9- Viacom Inc's Chief Executive Philippe Dauman rattled investors by lashing out at critics on a conference call, but his comments were not nearly as outrageous as those of some other heads of companies. In his first public remarks since being tapped last week to replace Sumner Redstone as Viacom's executive chairman, Dauman took umbrage with...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— As the digital advertising market booms and demand for smartphones wanes, Alphabet Inc. could soon dethrone Apple as the world's most valuable company. At the end of trading on Thursday, Apple's market value stood at $522 billion; Alphabet was worth $515 billion. Apple then boasted a market value of $643 billion, almost twice Google Inc.' s $361...

  • EIHEIJI, Japan Dec 30- Deep in a forest near Japan's western shore, a 13th century Buddhist temple where Steve Jobs once dreamed of becoming a Zen monk has teamed up with a Tokyo skyscraper builder to seek the commercial enlightenment of foreign tourist dollars. Japan's temples have long been business and tech-savvy, offering lucrative services like funerals...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 27- "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" showed few signs of flagging over Christmas weekend, barreling past the $1 billion mark globally at a faster clip than any film in history. Paramount reunited "The Other Guys" stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in the comedy "Daddy's Home" with strong results. The look at a stepfather's attempts to outshine his wife's...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 13- Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea" sunk at the box office, mustering up a measly $11 million after debuting in 3,103 theaters. With an $100 million production budget, the film will likely result in a steep write down for Warner Bros., the studio behind the seafaring epic. "We stand behind Ron and his vision for the story," said Jeff Goldstein, Warner...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 13- Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea" sunk at the box office, mustering up a measly $11 million after debuting in 3,103 theaters. With an $100 million production budget, the film will likely result in a steep write down for Warner Bros., the studio behind the seafaring epic. The studio did catch a break over Thanksgiving when "Creed" emerged as a sleeper...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 10- Nominations were announced on Thursday for the 2016 Golden Globe awards for movies and television. Following is a list of key film nominees for the awards, which the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will hand out at a Jan. 10 ceremony in Los Angeles hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais. Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl".

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 29- Moviegoers said goodbye to Katniss Everdeen and welcomed back Rocky Balboa, a series of farewells and reunions that powered Thanksgiving box office receipts above last year's holiday. The previous two "Hunger Games" films have both debuted the week before Thanksgiving and gone on to rule multiplexes over the holiday. If "Mockingjay- Part 2' s"...

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 29- Moviegoers said goodbye to Katniss Everdeen and welcomed back Rocky Balboa, a series of farewells and reunions that powered Thanksgiving box office receipts above last year's holiday. The previous two "Hunger Games" films have both debuted the week before Thanksgiving and gone on to rule multiplexes over the holiday. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer...

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 22- "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2" dominated the weekend box office. The series made up some ground overseas, picking up $147 million after debuting in nearly every significant foreign territory, including China. That left it with a worldwide haul of $247 million, less than the $274.9 million global kickoff enjoyed by "Mockingjay- Part 1" and far...

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 22- "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2" dominated the weekend box office with the final film in the science-fiction franchise debuting to $101 million. The series made up ground overseas, picking up $147 million after debuting in nearly every significant foreign territory, including China. The Night Before, "a bawdy comedy with Seth Rogen and...

  • Nov 20- Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs, is the lead investor who funded the buyout of News Corp's money losing digital education business Amplify earlier this year. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp said Sept. 30 that it had sold Amplify to a management team backed by a group of private investors for an undisclosed sum.

  • $40M donation to hospital where Jobs received transplant

    An anonymous donor gave a $40 million gift to the hospital that performed late Steve Jobs' liver transplant.

  • Nov 11- Udacity, run by Google X research lab cofounder Sebastian Thrun, raised $105 million in "Series D" funding that valued the online education provider at $1 billion. The funding round was led by German media group Bertelsmann, with Scottish investment firm Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective- a charitable organization run by Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell...

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 1- Illustrating the limits of star power, "Our Brand is Crisis" and "Burnt" were both roundly rejected by audiences despite the presence of Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper. Warner Bros. distributed the $28 million production. "We're proud of the movie, we had higher expectations, and we're obviously disappointed," said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros....

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 1- Illustrating the limits of star power, "Our Brand is Crisis" and "Burnt" were both roundly rejected by audiences despite the presence of Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper. It cost roughly $20 million to make and was directed by John Wells. "It's a small film and we didn't spend a ton of money on it, but we were obviously hoping for more," said Erik Lomis, the...

  • Technology veteran: Focus on big-picture Monday, 26 Oct 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    Ali Rowghani, former chief operating officer of Twitter

    Start-up incubator Y Combinator shifted more investing influence to Ali Rowghani. He told CNBC why he's playing the waiting game.

  • Steve Jobs movie flops Monday, 26 Oct 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Steve Jobs movie flops

    The new 'Steve Jobs' film about the Apple co-founder disappointed at the box office in its opening weekend.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25- It was a pre- Halloween massacre at the multiplexes. hen the dust settled it was Ridley Scott's "The Martian" in first place, adding $15.9 million to the Fox release's impressive $166.4 million domestic haul. Sony's "Goosebumps" showed some endurance in its second weekend, slipping a mere 35% to end the period with $15.5 million.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25- It was a pre- Halloween massacre at the multiplexes. When the dust settled it was Ridley Scott's "The Martian" in first place, adding $15.9 million to the Fox release's impressive $166.4 million domestic haul. Sony's "Goosebumps" showed some endurance in its second weekend, slipping a mere 35% to end the period with $15.5 million.