A Minute With – Steve Carell on his creepy turn in Foxcatcher


By Mary Milliken - BEVERLY HILLS Calif. (Reuters) Hollywood makeup wizardry made comic Steve Carell unrecognizable for his latest star turn as heir John du Pont in director Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher." The film, which opens in U.S. theatres on Friday, portrays the tragic relationship between du … [Read more...]

Blackberry has no immediate plans to crack ‘sensitive’ China market

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By Gerry Shih and Matthew Miller - BEIJING (Reuters) Blackberry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen sees Asia as key to reviving the loss-making smartphone maker's fortunes but expanding in the region's biggest market China, where security data concerns are rife, is currently not a priority. Chen, who … [Read more...]

Darker Hunger Games won’t lose viewers, star Jennifer Lawrence says

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By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) -Hooded people are shot dead in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1", third in the dystopian fantasy films aimed at teenage girls that had its world premiere on Monday, but star Jennifer Lawrence does not think the darker plot will lose viewers. The tribute … [Read more...]

Live Nation, Vice to launch digital music platform


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment and youth media company Vice have formed a joint venture to launch a digital platform that delivers live music, documentaries, and other programming to online and mobile audiences, the companies said on Wednesday. The platform will … [Read more...]

YouTube launches paid music subscription service

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(Reuters) Google Inc's YouTube is rolling out the long-awaited paid monthly subscription service called YouTube Music Key. The subscription for the ad-free service will start at $7.99 per month and will allow users to watch videos offline and listen to music while other apps are … [Read more...]

AT&T to pause fibre spending on net neutrality uncertainty

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By Marina Lopes - WASHINGTON (Reuters) AT&T Inc will stop investing in new high-speed Internet connections in 100 U.S. cities until regulators decide whether to enact tough "net neutrality" rules proposed by President Obama, Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson said on Wednesday. The … [Read more...]

Twitter considers crafting new apps, improving messaging

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Twitter Inc is considering creating additional mobile applications beyond its core messaging service and video app, Vine, as it vies with Facebook Inc and other social media for a large and growing smartphone audience. Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo said at his … [Read more...]

Alibaba reports record $9 billion Singles’ Day sales

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By Adam Jourdan - HANGZHOU China (Reuters) E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd reported more than $9 billion in sales on China's Singles' Day on Tuesday, illustrating the buying power of the Chinese consumer and the importance of the event in the retail calendar. Real-time figures on a … [Read more...]

Facebook says messenger service has half a billion users

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(Reuters) Social networking site Facebook Inc said its messaging service is being used by more than half a billion people, a few months after it was separated from the main Facebook app. (http://bit.ly/1u1Xw4o) Facebook said in April users would need to download a separate app for Messenger, … [Read more...]

Obama pressures FCC for strong net neutrality rules


By Alina Selyukh - WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday pressured the federal communications regulator to toughen its planned Internet traffic rules (aka, net neutrality), saying higher-fee "fast lanes" should be banned and Internet providers should be overseen more like … [Read more...]

Big Hero 6 vanquishes Interstellar to lead North American box office


By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud (Reuters) "Big Hero 6," Walt Disney Co's animated superhero film featuring a flying robot, clocked $56.2 million (35.36 million pounds) in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales to lead the weekend box office, topping director Christopher Nolan's space adventure, … [Read more...]

U2’s Bono defends under-fire music streaming services

DUBLIN (Reuters) Irish rocker Bono has defended Spotify from criticism it pays too little to people who create music, saying digital music streaming services are opening up new ways for musicians to reach their public. "I see streaming services as quite exciting ways to get to people. In the end, … [Read more...]

CBS launches online live-streaming news service


(Reuters) CBS Corp launched a digital streaming news network, CBSN, that will show live, anchored news coverage for its streaming customers. CBSN will be available on CBSNews.com and through connected devices such as Amazon.com Inc's Fire TV and Roku TV, CBS said. The company launched a … [Read more...]

Lenovo second-quarter profit climbs but disappointing revenue sends shares lower

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By Gerry Shih - BEIJING (Reuters) Lenovo Group Ltd reported quarterly revenue that missed analyst estimates, with a decline in smartphone sales curbing investor optimism about the world's biggest maker of personal computers (PCs) turning into a force in mobile devices. Lenovo's earnings came at … [Read more...]

AC/DC drummer charged with attempting to procure murder in New Zealand

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) New Zealand police on Thursday charged AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd with attempting to procure murder, threatening to kill and possession of narcotics. The 60-year-old Australian entered no plea to the charges during a brief court appearance in Tauranga, about 200 kilometres (124 … [Read more...]

Time Warner revenue rises on Turner networks, HBO growth

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(Reuters) Time Warner Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by higher subscription fees for channels offered by its Turner Broadcasting and Home Box Office businesses. Shares of the company, which also raised its adjusted profit growth forecast for 2014, rose 3 … [Read more...]