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Review: The bad guys get organized in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include a Russian spy trying to regain control; a world in which a historical band never existed; a documentary about another famous performer; reboots of a couple of classic franchises; and the latest chapter in a search for power.

Review: What you see is not always what you get in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include an upgraded scary classic; a new take on a comic book standard; a couple of movies that take unexpected paths; another chapter in a cutthroat saga; and an origin story no one knew they wanted.

Review: They have their own way of doing things in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include a new take on the courtroom drama; the second film in sci-fi trilogy; a special anniversary release; a gripping mystery thriller; the second season of a manly competition; and some variations on young adult drama.

Review: New on DVD for November 8 Special

This week’s releases include some very different martial arts films; a drama that never stops surprising; the anniversary edition of a classic; and one of the best cartoons not made for children.

Uber raises $1.2 billion for expansion in Asia

Yesterday Uber was able to close a $1.2 billion round of financing, and investors are valuing the company at $40 billion.

Snapchat may be valued at $10 billion

Snapchat, a photo-sharing service, is in talks with investors about an investment that would value it at billions of dollars.

Drugmakers ordered to pay $9 billion for hiding cancer risks

Japan's biggest pharmaceutical company has been hit with a $6 billion penalty for concealing cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug while Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's co-defendant in the case, was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages.

Showtime's 'Billions' pits hedge fund titans against U.S. attorney

Will "Billions" be to Wall Street what "House of Cards" is to Washington?

Canada's growing video game industry pumps billions into economy

Canada is home to more than 300 video game companies. The country now has the third largest video game development industry in the world.

Yahoo ordered to pay billions by Mexican court

A Mexican court has order the search engine Yahoo to pay billions of dollars. Yahoo says that the court has ordered them to pay $2.7 billion.

Justin Bieber reaches 3 billion YouTube views, breaks record

Justin Bieber has broken another record. This time he has made history by becoming the first person to receive 3 billion views on YouTube.

Obama to announce billions of funding for Middle East countries

As part of President Obama’s speech on Thursday on the Middle East and North Africa, he is expected to announce a huge economic aid package for Tunisia and Egypt. The two countries have seen dictators give up their power.

Forcing the world's richest folks to give half of it away

New York - Wouldn't we all like to donate half our estates to charity? Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, two of the richest men around, are urging other wealthy people to donate half of their net worth to philanthropic causes.

Report: Afghans forced to pay billions in bribes

On Tuesday the United Nations released a report that said Afghans were forced to pay bribes worth almost a quarter of Afghanistan's GDP last year.

Avatar Hits $1.6 Billion Worldwide

Avatar has exploded in strength worldwide after being the top movie in the world for a fifth consecutive weekend and now the movie is catching up fast with Titanic, the all-time top movie ever.

California Requests Billions From U.S.

California's governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, asked for more than six billion dollars in federal funds in his state-budget proposal Friday and warned that without the aid state health and welfare programs will be threatened.

Billions of U.S. aid to Pakistan diverted, India concerned

Only a fraction of the $6.6 billion in U.S. aid sent to Pakistan between 2002 and 2008, meant for the war on terror, has actually reached Pakistan's military, and it has India worried about how the money may have been spent.

U.S. Senate Approves $42.9 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

The United States Senate has passed the Department of Homeland Security Approprations Bill with a price tag of $42.9 billion.

Milky Way Galaxy has billions of 'Earth-like' planets

Scientists participating at an American conference announced there could be at least 100 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy.

Exxon Mobil posts record profits of $45.2 billion in 2008

Exxon Mobil Corp. released their annual financial report on Friday and showed a record $45.2 billion profit for the year 2008, beating their own record they set last year. Income decreased from $11.7 billion to $7.8 billion.

Study: One Billion Frogs Consumed Each Year

An analysis of UN trade data shows up to one billion wild frogs are consumed each year. Researchers worry the amphibian population may be affected considerably in the near future.

US spends $52 billion annually on nuclear weapons arsenal

A Carnegie Institute for Peace study reveals that the United States spends $52 billion a year to maintain, upgrade and operate its nuclear weapons arsenal.

Buffett to Invest $3 Billion in G.E.

It looks like Warren E. Buffett is at it again and this time he is buying into the bluest of blue-chip companies at a very steep discount.

Helmsley's remaining billions also goes to the dogs

Leona Helmsley caused a stir before she died and is sparking controversy even after her death. The lawyer managing Helmsley’s trust said that nearly $5 to $8 billion dollars will be used exclusively for the welfare of dogs.

Americans donate $300 billion to charities in 2007

Despite economic woes in the country, U.S. citizens donated more than $300 billion to charities worldwide in 2007. About 75 per cent of donations came from individuals.

Still Going…Writedowns Hit $120 Billion

Writedowns have been greater-than-expected from Swiss bank UBS, along with reports from some Japanese institutions. The total amount of subprime and CDO-related writedowns has increased to $120 billions, according to estimates.

The US Aging Infrastructure Becoming More Evident - Cities Struggle To Address Issues

In the wake of the recent New York steam pipe explosion & the collapse of the I35W bridge in Minnesota, it is becoming more and more evident that the US is in a serious state of disrepair. Around $1.6 trillion is needed over the next 5 years.

Latest Iraq Gaffe: Billions in Oil Missing

Between 100,000 and 300,000 barrels a day of Iraq's declared oil production over the past four years has gone missing. An upcoming Government will say the oil was probably siphoned off through corruption or smuggled out.

Auditors Report Billions in Reconstruction Waste and Fraud in Iraq

"Government auditors told Congress Thursday that waste and fraud in the reconstruction of Iraq have been rampant. "

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