Judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Samsung

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By Dan Levine - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) A U.S. judge rejected Apple Inc's latest bid for a permanent injunction against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in another sign of the diminishing impact of the smartphone patent wars. Apple won a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung earlier this year over … [Read more...]

Kleiner to invest in messaging startup Snapchat at near-$10 billion valuation – report

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer has agreed to invest in fast-growing messaging startup Snapchat at a valuation close to $10 billion (6.04 billion pounds), the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The … [Read more...]

Keaton on form in Venice festival opener “Birdman”


By Michael Roddy - VENICE (Reuters) Michael Keaton opened the 71st Venice Film Festival on Wednesday starring in "Birdman" as a washed-up actor of superhero movies trying to make a comeback, a bit like the former "Batman" star himself who gives the festival an opening lift. The film by Mexican … [Read more...]

Google buys video-processing service provider Zync Render

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(Reuters) Google Inc said it bought Zync Render, the visual effects cloud-rendering technology company behind "Star Trek Into Darkness." Rendering is the process of generating an image from a 2D or 3D model, or models, using computer programs. Zync provides online tools to render … [Read more...]

TiVo results beat estimates on strong subscriber growth


(Reuters) Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue due to strong growth in subscribers through cable TV partners such as Virgin Media in the UK, ONO in Spain, and Com Hem AB in Sweden. TiVo's subscriptions rose by a third to 4.8 million in … [Read more...]

Exclusive – OtterBox maker explores $2.5 billion-plus sale: sources

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By Greg Roumeliotis and Olivia Oran (Reuters) Otter Products LLC, the privately held company that makes the OtterBox protective cases for mobile phones, is exploring a sale that could value the company at more than $2.5 billion (1.51 billion pounds), including debt, according to people familiar … [Read more...]

RadioShack shareholder negotiating rescue package: Bloomberg

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(Reuters) RadioShack Corp's second-largest shareholder, Standard General LP, is negotiating a rescue package with investors to help the consumer electronics retailer ward off bankruptcy, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. RadioShack shares were up 7.3 percent at 77 … [Read more...]

Emmys TV audience drops to 15.6 million with Monday switch

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By Piya Sinha-Roy - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) After moving up a month and switching to a weekday evening, Monday's Primetime Emmy awards drew 15.6 million viewers, a drop from last year's Sunday night show despite a new host, a passionate kiss, and a touching tribute. This year's Emmy awards, which … [Read more...]

Apple planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015: Bloomberg


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Apple Inc is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying on Tuesday. The report comes as Apple struggles with declining … [Read more...]

Old Emmy favorites Breaking Bad, Modern Family top newcomers

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By Mary Milliken and Eric Kelsey - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) For all the talk about newcomers raising the game of television, the industry on Monday chose to bestow its top Emmys on the long-running shows "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" and long-time television actors who held off challenges from … [Read more...]

Amazon snaps up live video startup Twitch for $970 million

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By Deepa Seetharaman and Malathi Nayak - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Amazon.com Inc snapped up live-streaming gaming network Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash, marking the largest deal in the U.S. e-commerce company's 20-year history. The move, announced on Monday by the two … [Read more...]

British actor and film director Richard Attenborough dies: BBC

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LONDON (Reuters) British actor and film director Richard Attenborough died on Sunday at the age of 90, the BBC reported, citing his son. One of Attenborough's greatest achievements was making the cinematic tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, for which he won an Oscar for best director. But he also won … [Read more...]

Hip-hop mogul Suge Knight shot in Los Angeles

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(Reuters) Hip-hop music mogul Suge Knight was shot and injured early on Sunday morning at a nightclub in West Hollywood in an incident involving several victims, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. "We can confirm that the person known as Suge Knight has been identified as one of … [Read more...]

Guardians returns to reclaim U.S. box office win from Turtles

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(Reuters) Marvel's hit space adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy" returned to win the domestic box office race in its fourth week of release, slaying the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and ending the oversized reptiles' two-week reign at the top of the charts. "Guardians," which also became the … [Read more...]

eBay considering PayPal spinoff – report

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(Reuters) eBay Inc is considering a spinoff of PayPal, its fast-growing payments unit, as soon as next year, tech news website The Information reported, citing sources. Shares of the online retailer jumped nearly 4 percent to $55.48 at midday. eBay told potential candidates for the position of … [Read more...]

Class action against Facebook attracts 60,000 users

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VIENNA (Reuters) An Austrian law student said his class action challenging Facebook for alleged privacy violations had gathered support from 60,000 users and passed its first legal review. Max Schrems, who already has a case involving the social network pending at the European Court of Justice, … [Read more...]

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