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Sony's 'Interview' fetches $15 million online in four days

Dec 29, 2014

Sony's 'Interview' fetches $15 million online in four days

“The Interview” earned more than $15 million in online sales in its first four days of distribution as Sony bypassed a wide theater release amid concerns from major cinema chains about threats of violence. The movie, a farce about a plot to kill the ...

Dec 29, 2014

Regional banks face stress test for ultra-low rates

The Financial Services Agency has begun stress tests on regional banks to determine how much their earnings would suffer if long-term interest rates remain near record lows under the Bank of Japan’s loose money policy, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the ...

Dec 29, 2014

Sony says PlayStation still has problems, gradually coming back online

Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Network suffered connection problems for a fourth straight day since hackers attacked the video game network, and the company said on Sunday that service was gradually being restored. The hacker activist group known as Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for disrupting ...

Dec 29, 2014

U.S. farmers brace for labor shortage under new immigration policy

Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the leading U.S. grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama’s executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation. Thousands of the state’s farmworkers, ...

Flamboyant AirAsia boss confronts first major crisis

Dec 29, 2014

Flamboyant AirAsia boss confronts first major crisis

Malaysian mogul Tony Fernandes, who transformed a floundering carrier into Asia’s biggest budget airline, faces his first major crisis after an AirAsia plane went missing Sunday with 162 people on board. AirAsia is credited with starting a revolution in the skies of Southeast Asia ...

PlayStation Network back online after hack

Dec 28, 2014

PlayStation Network back online after hack

Sony’s PlayStation reported that its network is back online and claimed that it had been attacked, three days after it and Microsoft’s Xbox went down in an outage. An allegedly coordinated Christmas Day hack brought down the gaming consoles, both hot gifts for the ...

Dec 28, 2014

Suzuki set to reclaim minicar title from Daihatsu

Suzuki Motor Corp. was likely Japan’s top seller of minicars this year, topping the list for the first time in eight years thanks to brisk demand for the Suzuki Hustler, industry sources said. Suzuki and rival Daihatsu Motor Co. compete fiercely in the market ...