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Cybersecurity

Security software maker Veracode taps banks for IPO

Veracode, a cyber security company that helps companies protect Internet applications from hackers, has selected underwriters to lead a potential initial public offering that could value it between $600 million and $800 million, according to people close to the matter.

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Sony Corp's President and Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai

Lions Gate tried to discuss merger with Sony, leaked emails show

Movie maker Lions Gate Entertainment Corp executives last summer tried to meet with Sony Corp CEO Kazuo Hirai to discuss a possible merger or acquisition, according to emails found in documents stolen by hackers.

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Amgen

Amgen's new leukemia drug to carry $178,000 price tag

Amgen Inc on Wednesday said its new type of treatment for a deadly form of leukemia would cost about $178,000 when it becomes available on Thursday, which would make it one of the world's most expensive cancer drugs.

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Protest against fracking

New York bans fracking after health report

New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday.

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Trader

Wall Street rallies after Fed statement; S&P has best day this year

The S&P 500 scored its best day since October 2013 on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the economy and said it would take a patient approach toward lifting interest rates.

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Solar Farms

U.S. slaps hefty duties on solar goods from China, Taiwan

The United States on Tuesday confirmed steep import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan, in a decision that could inflame trade tensions between the two countries.

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Capitol Building

Senate passes bill temporarily renewing tax breaks

Dozens of temporary tax breaks, including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits, were renewed by the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday, putting to rest worries that further delays in dealing with the so-called tax extenders might foul up the approaching tax-filing season.

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''The Interview'' cast members

New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

The New York premiere of "The Interview", a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theater chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group.

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Philips

Philips to buy medical device maker Volcano for $1.2 billion including debt

Philips (PHG.AS) will acquire Volcano Corp (VOLC.O), a U.S.-based medical device maker, for $1.2 billion including debt, to expand in the image-guided therapy market.

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Uber

Uber says only some employees have access to 'God View'

Taxi service provider Uber Technologies Inc said only some of its employees have access to "God View", or a real-time aerial view of the movement of its cars.

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U.S. judge OKs Seattle artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit

A U.S. judge has allowed a Seattle artist's intellectual property lawsuit to go forward over her claims she was cheated out of possibly millions of dollars from the sale of "Angry Birds" pet toys she designed, her attorney said on Tuesday.

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Apple

Apple wins digital music U.S. antitrust trial

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) won an antitrust trial on Tuesday when a U.S. jury decided the company did not act improperly when it restricted music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store.

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National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center

No credible sign of plot on theaters over Sony movie: U.S. officials

Two U.S. security officials cast doubt on a threat against theaters planning to show Sony Corp's (6758.T) controversial movie about an assassination of the leader of North Korea, but police across the country vowed on Tuesday to take extra precautions.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple says online store in Russia is down due to rouble fluctuations

Apple (AAPL.O) confirmed on Tuesday that it has taken down its online store in Russia due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the rouble.

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Fort McMurray, Alberta

In Canada's oil sands, a boomtown starts feeling the chill

The boomtown in the heart of Canada's oil sands region is getting nervous. Fort McMurray, surrounded by the boreal forest of northern Canada, has long drawn thousands with jobs that paid six-figure salaries to a region that produces more crude than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

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