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A customer tries his Vision Pro at the launch of the product at a store in Los Angeles on Friday.
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 4, 2024
Vision Pro headset is Apple's next Mac and TV combined
The $3,500 headset, which blends 3D content with a view of the outside world, landed in the company’s physical U.S. stores on Friday.
Disney CEO Bob Iger
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 29, 2023
Disney CEO Bob Iger says company is ready to start building
CEO Bob Iger said the company is poised to begin building its business again, after a year of restructuring.
A union team captain reacts after SAG-AFTRA approved a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to bring an end to the 118-day actors strike, at a brewery in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 9, 2023
Hollywood actors reach tentative deal with studios to end strike
The deal also provides protections against unauthorized use of images generated by artificial intelligence.
The Disney store in Times Square, New York, on Oct. 29
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 9, 2023
Disney tops earnings forecasts as Iger sets 'building' phase
Disney now says it is on track to achieve $7.5 billion in annualized savings
Disney said its parks, experiences and products segment has expanded at a combined annual growth rate of 6% since fiscal 2017, and generated $32.3 billion in operating income over the last 12 months.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 21, 2023
Disney to nearly double parks spending to $60 billion
Disney CEO Bob Iger and Josh D'Amaro, the company's parks chief, announced the accelerated pace of investment at a gathering of Wall Street analysts.
The agreement to settle an epic battle between Walt Disney and Charter Communications over distribution rights is ushering the end of the lucrative, decades-old pay-television bundle and creating a template for future deals that includes streaming services.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 15, 2023
Disney and Charter deal reshapes media landscape, executives say
The deal over distribution rights is ushering the end of pay-television bundles and creating a template for future deals that includes streaming services.
Disney and cable giant Charter Communications are negotiating over how much Charter will pay Disney to carry its channels.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 6, 2023
Behind the Disney-Charter dispute over the future of TV
Media companies are trying to build profitable streaming services while cable providers feel like they're subsidizing a business that cannibalizes them.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 29, 2023
From caterers to cowboy outfitters: Writers' strike hits Hollywood economy
It remains unclear how long the work stoppage will last. No new talks are scheduled between major Hollywood studios and the writers.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news / Focus
May 5, 2023
Hollywood insiders predict writers' strike to drag on through summer
The dispute represents a clash between writers, who see themselves working more but earning less in the streaming era, and studios attempting to rein in costs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech / FOCUS
May 14, 2022
Do spam bots really comprise under 5% of Twitter users? Elon Musk wants to know.
Independent researchers have said the number of spam bots could be as much as 15% of users, a discrepancy that could affect the Tesla chief's $44 billion deal for the social media company.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 28, 2022
‘Take the money … and run’: Elon Musk's quick deal for Twitter highlights weaknesses
Directors lacked confidence in new CEO Parag Agrawal's ability to deliver a higher return than what Musk offered, clearing the way for the decision to sell.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Feb 23, 2022
Spotify's Joe Rogan saga highlights the challenges of moderating podcasts
Podcasting's open, accessible nature is a key feature of the medium, but for some in the industry the difficulty of moderating content isn't a license not to.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Jan 21, 2022
Microsoft faces challenge cleaning up Activision Blizzard’s culture
After the acquisition closes, Microsoft will look take a more active role by hiring advisers, bringing in law firms or mandating sensitivity training.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 19, 2021
Reddit IPO to test social media platform's 'meme' stock hype
The San Francisco-based company filed confidentially last week with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering.

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At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
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