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Blow to Yukos claimants as Dutch quashes $50 bln award

Den Haag - Russia won a major legal victory Wednesday when a Dutch court overturned a ruling awarding a record $50 billion in damages to the former shareholders of the now-dismantled Russian oil giant Yukos.

Alaska Airlines could wrap up deal for Virgin America by Monday

Seattle - Alaska Airlines appears to be victorious in its bidding war with JetBlue to buy Virgin America, the low-cost cross-country airline founded by flamboyant British billionaire Richard Branson.

Philippine crucifixions a big money spinner

San Pedro - The men being nailed to crosses in a Philippine village were seeking salvation, but for corporate sponsors and small-time vendors the Good Friday event was all about quick riches.

U.S. arrest of scandal-tainted Turkey tycoon enthrals Erdogan critics

Ankara - It has all the ingredients of one of the soap operas that keep Turks hooked for weeks. A flamboyant young businessman who rose fast, a superstar singer wife, and intrigue that goes to the dark heart of Turkish politics.

How Japan's first dressmaking school changed women's lives

Toukyo - Born out of a drive to make Western-style clothing accessible, Tokyo's Bunka Fashion College unleashed a sartorial and social revolution among Japanese women after it opened nearly a century ago.

Op-Ed: Startups on the rise despite weak economy

Since the recession, small businesses have faced numerous challenges such as higher taxes, Obamacare, and lack of funding from banks.

Op-Ed: Modern SEO now requires a multi-pronged approach

Over the past decade, the Web has become an increasingly crowded place for marketers to promote their products and services. As such, search engine optimization (SEO) has become a critical way to climb up Google's search rankings and attract new business.

Trade seen as key to return to normality in NE Nigeria

Kano - The annual rains are approaching in northeast Nigeria but with farmers having fled the Boko Haram conflict and their fields fallow, it's feared another planting season will come and go.

Op-Ed: No Smoking Day highlights government actions against cigarettes

March 9 is No Smoking Day in the UK, and the digital world is filling up with advice on how to quit inhaling and exhaling all that nicotine.

Op-Ed: Virtual firms bet on digital to change education industry

The educational system is entering the digital age, and its tradition-based practices — such as rote memorization of school lessons, academic tenure, and union protections — are giving way to disruptive methods of giving lessons to today's students.

Op-Ed: Shutterstock adapting to changes in digital photography

In December, Shutterstock launched a beta version of Shutterstock Editor, a free tool for editing photos that incorporates quick ways of adjusting images even before they are downloaded.

Uber expands carpool service and offers free rides

In just a year and a half of competing in the carpool industry, San Francisco-based Uber is expanding its new service in several localities in the east Bay Area, the company announced earlier this week.

Op-Ed: Real Estate enters digital age with crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has shown how technology can help investors and operators to raise capital, but its adaptation in real estate could significantly shakeup how investments are made in empty lots, houses, and commercial buildings.

Op-Ed: How blogging can help your business

Mobile, social media, and convoluted jargon have made digital content and brand communications into a more complex world.

All-day breakfast cracks a major winner for McDonald's

New York - McDonald's all-day breakfast offerings are less than a year old but are already having a measurable effect on the highly competitive fast-food marketplace.

Sony profit boosted by PlayStation 4, sales may be double Xbox's

Sony Corp. posted a 33.5 percent jump in profit over the last quarter this week despite struggling to succeed in its smartphone and consumer electronics businesses. The PlayStation 4 led the sales as the console continues to prove popular.

Russia ends probe against tycoon Yevtushenkov

Moscow - Russian authorities have closed the criminal case against billionaire tycoon Vladimir Yevtushenkov, his company said Thursday, after seizing some of his assets and briefly arresting him in a 2014 money laundering probe that scared investors.

Decision day for Oakland Raiders could come as early as Wednesday

Oakland - The storied Oakland Raiders football team could decide by Wednesday whether to stay in the San Francisco Bay Area or move back to Southern California, where it played in the 1980s and early 90s.

Goodbye to the dollar billionaires of the 1990s

Think of Wall Street, "dot coms," technology stocks — all big in the 1990s. But today? It would seem that most of the dollar billionaires of this era are no longer as wealthy.

Top China exec in New York after disappearance: company

Bejing - The billionaire boss of one of China's largest private companies, who was last week was rumoured to be detained by authorities, has traveled to New York, his company said Friday.

Billowing smoke from Avon refinery alarms East Bay residents

Martinez - Equipment failure at a Northern California oil refinery sent black smoke soaring and caused local officials to issue health warnings Tuesday afternoon in Martinez.

Russian prosecutor accuses US secret services over graft claims

Moscow - Russia's top prosecutor on Monday accused both a major Western investor who fell out with the Kremlin and the US secret services of being behind an opposition film alleging serious corruption among his family members.

Golden State Warriors get green light to return to San Francisco

San Francisco - San Francisco supervisors voted 10-0 to approve construction of a new $1 billion arena on the city's southern downtown shoreline to lure the NBA champion Golden State Warriors basketball team back to the city by the bay.

Japan slammed for fuelling illegal ivory trade

Toukyo - A conservation group slammed Japan Thursday for fuelling illegal ivory trading and smuggling through poor law enforcement.

Turkish interests in Russia squeezed after jet downing

Moscow - Workers rounded up, businessmen questioned, a cultural centre closed: the Turkish community in Russia appears to be under pressure a week after Ankara downed one of Moscow's jets.

Microsoft unveils 'PowerPoint for apps' to let anybody code apps

Microsoft has publicly announced a new Office tool designed to simplify the process of creating mobile apps. Known as PowerApps, the aim of the business-grade program is to let anyone create a working native app without learning code.

Blast outside Greek industry association, no injuries: Source

Atenas - A bomb exploded early Tuesday outside the offices of Greece's industry association in Athens, causing damage but no injuries, a police source said.

Op-Ed: Data scientists identify influential consumers who increase sales

New York - Data scientists have identified a new group of influential consumers who can increase sales for any business. This group of consumers use emotions to influence brand loyalty with others.

The budding business of bud in Colorado

Denver - While states battle governing bodies to allow the marijuana craze to pass, Colorado is enjoying immeasurable financial success while realizing a much easier to stomach crime rate.

Rise of the robotic journalist: Welcome to the future Special

For reporters on the business or sports beat, some stories can be boring, monotonous, and stressful all at once. The stories can seem rather…robotic. As well they might, because some stories are being written by robots.
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Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is in production 363 days of the year, only closed on Christmas and New Years day. The company produces one beer only - Pilsner - which was selected to fill a gap in the craft beer market.
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Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is in production 363 days of the year, only closed on Christmas and New Years day. The company produces one beer only - Pilsner - which was selected to fill a gap in the craft beer market.
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Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is in production 363 days of the year, only closed on Christmas and New Years day. The company produces one beer only - Pilsner - which was selected to fill a gap in the craft beer market.
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Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is in production 363 days of the year, only closed on Christmas and New Years day. The company produces one beer only - Pilsner - which was selected to fill a gap in the craft beer market.
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