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May 3, 2011

‘Thor’ thunders into superhero movie summer

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) – “Thor”, the first of several superheroes debuting on movie screens this summer, hits U.S. theaters on Friday with out-sized hopes resting on the Norse deity’s expansive shoulders.

Hollywood is praying that the God of Thunder and Marvel Comics staple will electrify a dismal 2011 box office, and squeeze more life out of a superhero genre that — with some of the most iconic characters already established franchises — is beginning to look tired.

Apr 19, 2011

Intel, VMWare give downtrodden tech sector a lift

SAN FRANCISCO, April 19 (Reuters) – Strong results from a
clutch of technology heavyweights, led by top global chip maker
Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and “cloud computing” specialist VMware Inc
(VMW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), may give the battered U.S. tech sector a boost.

International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) also blew past
Wall Street targets, raising its profit forecast and citing
strong sales of mainframe computers and brisk business in
emerging markets.

Mar 17, 2011

Apple clobbered by rare Wall St downgrade, Japan looms

LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A rare Wall Street downgrade stoked fears that Apple Inc’s torrid growth is slowing and sent its shares sliding for the second straight day as nervous investors ponder the impact on the tech industry from Japan’s largest-ever earthquake.

The world’s largest technology company lost about $14 billion of value on Wednesday after JMP Securities’ Alex Gauna downgraded the stock, pointing to a sharp pullback in sales growth at Apple’s largest Asian contract manufacturer as a sign that business was also slowing at the iPhone and iPad maker.

Mar 16, 2011

Apple hit by rare Wall St. downgrade as Japan looms

LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A rare Wall Street downgrade stoked fears that Apple Inc’s torrid pace of growth is slowing, sending shares in the world’s largest technology company sliding for the second straight day.

Apple lost about $13 billion of value in Wednesday trade after JMP Securities’ Alex Gauna downgraded the stock, citing also uncertainty about how the aftermath of the largest earthquake to hit Japan — which accounts for 6 percent of Apple’s sales and is a major source of electronic components — will affect it.

Feb 28, 2011

Natalie Portman wins Oscar for “Black Swan”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Natalie Portman won the Oscar as best actress on Sunday for her role as an unhinged ballerina in the thriller “Black Swan,” while fellow nominee Annette Bening went home empty-handed for the fourth time in her career.

The 29-year-old Israeli-American actress, considered the leading favorite after dominating other film awards shows leading up to the Oscars, was visibly overwhelmed as she expressed her gratitude in a trembling voice, and occasional stammer.

Feb 23, 2011
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Apple sightings…at your local cineplex

Searching for Apple’s secret sauce? Perhaps you need look no further than Hollywood for the key to their runaway success over the past decade.

According to the advertising mavens at brandchannel.com, the consumer electronics titan’s products — Macs, iPods, iPhones — cameo-ed in almost a third (10) of the 33 movies that topped the U.S. box-office charts in 2010, ranking first among all product placements last year.┬áNike, Chevrolet and Ford tied in second place.

Feb 23, 2011
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Apple’s Cook: visionary or able lieutenant?

Apple’s COO and — many say — CEO-in-waiting Tim Cook has presided over a near-doubling of Apple’s margins over the past decade. Known as a supply chain maven and operations specialist, Cook has stepped up to the plate during CEO Steve Jobs’ three medical absences.

On Wednesday, Cook is expected to face questions about the company’s succession plan during Apple’s annual shareholders’ meeting at 1 Infinte Loop.

Jan 18, 2011

Wall Street ponders Apple without Steve Jobs

BOSTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Is Steve Jobs really worth just $6 billion?

Apple Inc’s revelation that its visionary CEO is taking his third medical leave of absence, this time for an indefinite period, sent shares in the world’s most prominent tech company barely 2 percent south, or roughly the same amount higher or lower on any other day.

There may never be a better time for Jobs to take a bow.

The company is kicking off 2011 on a roll, a cash-generating machine with surging sales of its iPad and iPhone. Wall Street has prognosticated a rise of more than 50 percent in quarterly revenue to $24.4 billion after a bumper holiday season.

Jan 7, 2011

Growing pains, hiccups greet tech’s old guard

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang learned firsthand how pervasive — and demanding — mobile devices can be.

When he tried to demonstrate a tablet computer at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday, so many people in the audience had their devices connected to the Web that the network collapsed and his presentation short-circuited after a few minutes.

Dec 10, 2010

Community Health makes $3.3 bln play for rival Tenet

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Community Health
Systems Inc (CYH.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has offered to buy Tenet Healthcare Corp
(THC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for $3.3 billion and create the country’s largest
hospital chain, but Tenet rejected its larger rival’s
unsolicited bid as “opportunistic” and “inadequate.”

Shares in Tenet soared nearly 50 percent in extended trade.
Including debt, the deal is valued at some $7.3 billion,
Community Healthcare said in a statement.

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      "Based in Los Angeles, I oversee company news coverage of much of the U.S. West Coast, including such corporations as Apple, Google and Microsoft. Previously, I was bureau chief for Hong Kong and Shanghai and oversaw coverage for all corporations in China and Hong Kong."
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