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Jan 13, 2012

GPS dogtags and sacred kangaroos: hits and misses at CES

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – This year’s Consumer Electronics Show turned out to be the largest on record, despite a slow economy and what many industry pundits agree is a dearth of genuine scene-stealers.

But as with most years, avid – and hardy – attendees can always find a few gems that stand out from the inevitable tidal wave of headphones, Internet-enabled home appliances and gadget casings.

Jan 12, 2012

GPS dogtags and glass PCs: the show’s hits and misses

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – This year’s Consumer Electronics Show turned out to be the largest on record, despite a slow economy and what many industry pundits agree is a dearth of genuine scene-stealers.

But as with most years, avid – and hardy – attendees can always find a few gems that stand out from the inevitable tidal wave of headphones, Internet-enabled home appliances and gadget casings.

Jan 12, 2012

Wynn shares slide as lawsuit stokes Macau concern

LOS ANGELES, Jan 12 (Reuters) – A legal dispute
between the founder of Wynn Resorts Inc (WYNN.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and his
longtime partner raised questions about the state of the U.S.
casino company’s fast-growth Macau business, sending its shares
down more than 5 percent on Thursday.

Wynn Vice Chairman and major shareholder Kazuo Okada sued
the company in Nevada, accusing it of blocking his attempts to
review its business accounts despite repeated requests.

Jan 6, 2012

Analysis: U.S. casinos, vendors eye big online-poker stakes

By Deena Beasley and Edwin Chan

(Reuters) – Louis Castle has been preparing for this moment for months.

Even before the Justice Department effectively gave the green light for states to legalize online gambling, the Shuffle Master Inc chief strategy officer had assembled a design team for a multiplayer gaming platform, kicked off a hiring plan, and made preparations to launch the company’s maiden interactive division this year.

“Come February, you’ll see a lot of activity in Nevada around legal online gaming. Some people will jump, we’ll certainly be ready,” said Castle, who joined Shuffle Master in October from Zynga. “The question is which companies will want to go first.

Dec 30, 2011

New details rekindle HP-Hurd flap

By Jim Finkle and Edwin Chan

(Reuters) – Former Hewlett Packard CEO Mark Hurd made increasingly aggressive romantic advances over several years toward an independent contractor who later accused him of sexual harassment, according to claims in a letter from her lawyer obtained by Reuters.

The letter, ordered unsealed and allowed to be made public for the first time since the scandal emerged last year, outlined in intricate detail accusations by TV starlet and HP contractor Jodie Fisher that Hurd had wined and dined her, then allegedly sought sexual favors in return for employment.

Nov 30, 2011

Corning slashes outlook in glass glut, shares drop

Nov 29 (Reuters) – Corning Inc slashed its
fourth-quarter profit outlook and warned that a major South
Korean client was reneging on its contract as LCD glass supply
outstrips demand, triggering an 11 percent share price plunge.

Corning, struggling to cope with a glut of display glass as
global TV sales sputter, now expects consolidated-equity
earnings to dive 30 percent quarter-on-quarter, compared with a
5 percent decline anticipated previously.

Nov 16, 2011

Apple, with eye on media, names Disney’s Iger to board

By Poornima Gupta and Edwin Chan

(Reuters) – Apple Inc moved to shore up its board after the death of Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs, appointing Walt Disney Co chief executive Bob Iger to its board to propel its media ambitions.

Iger brings sector expertise and Disney’s clout as the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerate to bear, as Apple prepares to step up a fight with the likes of Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc over content and its distribution.

Nov 16, 2011

Disney CEO Iger on Apple board, Levinson chairman

Nov 15 (Reuters) – Apple Inc moved to shore up its
board after the death of Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs,
appointing Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger to
its board to propel its media ambitions.

Iger brings sector expertise and Disney’s clout as the
world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerate to bear,
as Apple prepares to step up a fight with the likes of
Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc over content
and its distribution.

Nov 3, 2011

MGM Resorts’ Q3 fails to inspire, shares slide

Nov 3 (Reuters) – MGM Resorts International
narrowed its losses, but failed to live up to heightened
expectations as gambling and spending on the Las Vegas Strip
recovered, sending its shares down nearly 6 percent.

The operator of the Bellagio, CityCenter and MGM Grand
reported a smaller third-quarter loss and a slight revenue
beat. But rival Las Vegas Sands Corp comfortably
surpassed Wall Street’s expectations last week.

Oct 27, 2011

Las Vegas Sands’ Q3 impresses Street, eyes Asia

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted better-than-expected revenue in Asia and rode a rebound in U.S. growth on Thursday, calming fears that economic weakness would discourage leisure travel and gaming.

Sands’ numbers helped dispel fears its Asian cash cow — Macau — would suffer if China slows or chokes off a lucrative flow of gamblers from the world’s second largest economy.

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