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    Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) were gaining 2.6% to $46.53 Wednesday following the release of the software giant's Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 is now available to download for free for users with a PC running Windows 7 and Windows 8. While the OS is now available, some users may have to wait to download Windows 10 as Microsoft (MSFT) is rolling out the release over time.

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    France's Bpifrance public investment bank said Wednesday it is selling 2 percent of French telecom operator Orange shares in a deal a banking source said was worth about 805 million euros. Bpifrance said its stake holding arm was selling 53 million Orange shares via an accelerated private placement to institutional investors.

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    Updated from 12:16 p.m. to reflect the name of the product is Yahoo Livetext, not simply Livetext. Yahoo (YHOO)! At an event in New York, Adam Cahan, Yahoo!'s senior vice president of Video, Design and Emerging Products, unveiled the service. Yahoo (YHOO)! The app goes live tomorrow in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and Canada on both iOS, as well as Android.

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    Like many consumers, I've mostly stopped listening to the radio — mainly because I rarely drive anymore and many of my favorite shows are available as online podcasts.But AT&T (T) customers who miss listening to FM channels will soon be able to flip on their local stations and listen live anytime they want. That's because starting with every new Android phone it sells in 2016, AT&T (T) will be activating the receiver inside that's designed to tap into FM signals.Many smartphones today already come with FM chips. In other countries, these get turned on. But not all cellular carriers in the United States support FM radio out-of-the-box. Sprint (S) only began "lighting up" those FM chips in 2013.Now AT&T (T) is the latest telecom company to add support for FM radio, partnering with the company NextRadio to offer access to radio programs that come to you over the traditional airwaves rather than the Internet. NextRadio is an app that adds an FM tuner to your smartphone, letting you select and change channels."This is a big milestone for the radio industry," said NextRadio in a statement, "and shows working together and supporting this initiative is paying off."Radio stations have been asking regulators to make turning on FM chips a mandatory requirement for cellular service providers. But Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has said he wants to leave that decision to the telecom companies.The National Association of Broadcasters, which represents radio stations in Washington, welcomed AT&T's (T) deal with NextRadio on  Tuesday, calling it a "new beginning in mobile technology."Of course, cellular providers have an incentive to discourage radio listening so that consumers will rely more on Internet streaming — a medium that has taken off with services such as Spotify and Rdio.AT&T (T) didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.






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    Altice, the holding company of tycoon Patrick Drahi, will likely take a breather on telecom acquisitions in the short-term as it focuses on closing a cable deal in the U.S., said its chief executive on a conference call. Chief Executive Dexter Goei also appeared to close the door on making another run at buying Bouygues Telecom, after its 10 billion euro bid was rebuffed in June.

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    Updated from 9:04 a.m. with Wednesday stock prices. Yelp's  dropping profits and worrying changes to the company's advertising strategy led to bad reviews from analysts Wednesday. For the second quarter, the San Francisco-based online review service reported a loss of $1.3 million, or an adjusted 12 cents per share, on revenue of $133.9 million.

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    Yesterday's hot trend, tomorrow's buyer's remorse. Though cable providers still have plenty of subscribers-- roughly 101.7 million Americans, in 2014, according to research firm IBISWorld-- those numbers are declining. The firm predicts that cable providers will lose a net of around one million subscribers for each of the next several years, reaching 97 million in 2019..

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    Like many team coaches, Mark Zimmerman oversees practice sessions, analyzes game footage and makes sure his players get along. Only his players use keyboards, not muscle, as they compete in videogame contests with the hope of reaching lucrative championship matches that draw thousands of spectators to arenas and millions more online. Last spring, 6,200 students from 460 colleges in the U.S. and Canada participated in Activision Blizzard Inc.' s "Heroes of the Dorm," whose...

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    'The big events are already bigger than the biggest in sports'. If you think videogames are a nerdy pastime for out-of-shape boys gathered around laptops in their parents' basements sipping on cola, you are sorely mistaken. Competitive gaming, known as electronic sports, or eSports, is a global phenomenon valued in the billions of dollars.

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    Microsoft Corp (MSFT) launched its much-awaited Windows 10 operating system at midnight on Wednesday. Windows 10, which comes almost three years after the launch of the company's last operating system, will be available as a free upgrade in 190 countries for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 operating systems, the company said.

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    Predicting the 2016 election is guesswork, but predicting which television broadcaster will attract the most political advertising dollars doesn't have to be. Analysts say political campaigns, political action committees and SuperPACs will still pay a premium for two things: best-in-market news programs and affiliate stations in states with the most closely-split electorates.