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  • ROYALTY RATE FOR MICROSOFT CORP TO USE GOOGLE INC'S PATENTS CORRECTLY SET BY LOWER COURT- U.S.

  • COURT OF APPEALS IN CALIFORNIA RULES LOWER COURT JUDGE PROPERLY VALUED GOOGLE PATENTS IN LICENSING DISPUTE WITH MICROSOFT- DECISION.

  • July 30- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc has reached out to potential bidders including InterContinental Hotels Group Plc and Wyndham Worldwide Corp after it decided to explore a sale, according to people familiar with the matter. Intercontinental and Wyndham declined to comment. A tie-up between Intercontinental and Starwood could take the form of...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, July 30- Vale SA, the world's biggest iron ore producer, returned to profit in the second quarter, bolstered by higher output and cost cuts as it kept up pressure on Australian rivals in its fight for market share. A big part of the improved result was a reduction in cash costs, with Vale lowering its cost of producing a tonne of iron ore to $15.8 per tonne,...

  • LONDON, July 30- Hopes the worst is over for big banks' financial market trading look premature, with the latest snapshot of earnings and volumes suggesting the pressure on these operations remains intense. "FICC revenues for the Coalition Index will decline in Q2 this year versus Q2 last year, and the first half versus the first half last year," said George...

  • July 30- European private equity firm PAI Partners said on Thursday it had agreed to sell Swissport International to China's HNA Group, a deal that will help the Swiss air cargo handler broaden its reach in Asia. HNA Group, the owner of China's Hainan Airlines, will pay 2.7 billion Swiss francs for Zurich- based Swissport. "The acquisition by HNA will enable the...

  • *Some optimists see historical parallels with Japan. LONDON, July 30- China's $2 trillion equity rout may not be over yet but some foreign investors, far from fleeing a volatile market dominated by small-time traders, are swimming against the tide and buying more shares. Some in this small band of optimists see historical parallels with Japan, where the stock...

  • *Russia, OPEC did not discuss coordination. *OPEC received no request for extraordinary meeting. Oil has dropped about 15 percent this month and halved in value in the past year but neither OPEC nor Russia, the world's top producer, have cut output to support prices, hoping cheaper oil will hit U.S. shale and other rival sources.

  • Oil has lost more than $10 a barrel over the past month, with global benchmark Brent nearing a six-month trough earlier this week and U.S. futures near four-month lows, amid a global glut, resurgent dollar and recent stock market tumble in China. Brent was up 50 cents, or 1 percent, at $53.88 a barrel by 10:27 a.m. EDT, extending its slight rise in the previous session.

  • WASHINGTON— In a story July 29 about U.S. regulations and big game hunting, The Associated Press erroneously referred to The Human Society of the United States. It is The Humane Society of the United States. WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is ready to assist Zimbabwe in its investigation of an American dentist's killing of a protected African...

  • OSASCO, Brazil _ Banco Bradesco SA on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $1.46 billion. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 28 cents per share. Banco Bradesco shares have decreased 28 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Skechers, Mondelez jump after profits beat expectations. July 30- U.S. stocks fell in late morning trading on Thursday as earnings from Facebook and Procter& Gamble disappointed investors and data showed that the economy expanded at a slower-than-expected pace in the second quarter. Procter& Gamble's 3.7 percent fall dragged down the Dow, after the company...

  • NEW YORK _ Hudson Global Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $13.9 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. For the current quarter ending in September, Hudson Global said it expects revenue in the range of $105 million to $115 million. Keywords: Hudson Global, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- The International Monetary Fund can participate in discussions over the latest financial rescue for Greece but cannot officially join the talks until after the fiscally beleaguered nation has agreed to comprehensive reforms, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. The FT report, citing a confidential summary it obtained of the IMF...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can start drilling into the region's oil zone. The 13 Greenpeace protestors, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River early on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten...

  • LONDON, July 30- Commercial crude stocks across the United States rose by 105 million barrels early this year to peak at 490 million barrels, the highest level in eight decades. Working storage capacity at refineries, tank farms and underground storage facilities in the United States has increased by 85 million barrels, almost 19 percent, since 2011..

  • July 30- Time Warner Cable Inc said on Thursday it was working towards closing the deal with Charter Communications by the end of the year. Charter said in May that it would buy Time Warner Cable in a cash-and-stock deal, which valued the larger rival at $78.7 billion. Regulatory obstacles had earlier sunk Comcast's bid for Time Warner Cable.

  • MOSCOW— OPEC and Russia say they expect the global oil market to become more balanced and stable next year after the recent sharp drops. OPEC decided in June not to cut production, in a bid to retain its share of the global market in the face of a boom in shale oil production in the U.S. Russia, which is not part of OPEC but is the world's top crude producer and depends...

  • BELGRADE, Serbia— The head of Serbia's state lottery has resigned following allegations of a fraud during a live ticket draw this week. The company head, Aleksandar Vulovic, said Thursday he was stepping down out of "moral obligation. Lottery is very popular in Serbia, a Balkan country with a poor economy and widespread corruption.

  • GURGAON, India _ MakeMyTrip Ltd. on Thursday reported a loss of $6.9 million in its fiscal first quarter. On a per-share basis, the Gurgaon, India- based company said it had a loss of 16 cents. MakeMyTrip shares have decreased 38 percent since the beginning of the year.