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Fox News: The House That Rupert Built Fox News: The House That Rupert Built

Fox News Channel, known by most as Fox News, is a cable and satellite news television channel that is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. As of August of last year, some 97,186,000 American households received the Fox News Channel. The channel, which broadcasts primarily from studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City, was created by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch hired former NBC executive Roger Ailes as its founding CEO. It launched on October 7, 1996, to 17 million cable subscribers It grew during the late 1990s and ... Read More

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Fantasy Sports Fantasy Sports

Robert Traversa, Chief Financial Officer of MGT Capital Investments, Inc.(NYSE MKT: MGT), talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about his company’s position in the lucrative daily fantasy sports gaming industry. Fantasy sports dates back to the 1960s when a Harvard University sociologist and his colleagues launched a “baseball seminar” and kept rosters that earned them points based on professional players’ actual batting averages and entire season stats. During the latter part of the 20thcentury, participation in these fantasy games in ... Read More

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Stocks Stack Up Best Gain Of 2014, Oil Rout Resumes After Respite Stocks Stack Up Best Gain Of 2014, Oil Rout Resumes After Respite

The following is an excerpt from Steve Schaefer | December 18, 2014 | Forbes.com | The Dow Jones industrial average enjoyed its best one-day gain of 2014 Wednesday, and it turns out that was nothing. A day after gaining 288 points, the index surged 421 points, or 2.4%, to 17,778, in its best gain since late 2011. The move, which doubled in a late-day surge, easily outpaced Wednesday’s advance, which followed the statement and remarks from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who signaled ... Read More

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Putin Accuses the West of Trying to Sideline Russia Putin Accuses the West of Trying to Sideline Russia

The following is an excerpt from Time.com | December 18, 2014 | He says Western sanctions are a factor in Russian economic crisis MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia’s economic woes within two years, pledging to diversify the gas-dependent economy and persuade businesses to help prop up the collapsing ruble. While using a litany of accusations against the West, Putin acknowledged that Western economic sanctions over Russia’s course on Ukraine was just one factor behind the Russian economic crisis, ... Read More

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Beyond The Sony Hack: How Companies Can Clamp Down On Cyberattacks Beyond The Sony Hack: How Companies Can Clamp Down On Cyberattacks

The following is an excerpt from Ben Fox Rubin | December 18, 2014 | cnet.com | Data breaches are on the rise, but cybersecurity experts say employees and companies can still make broad changes to cut back on hacks. A surge in cyberattacks this year has surely rattled both businesses and the consumers they depend on. But don't let fear rule the day: there are ways for executives and employees to lessen the chances of their companies becoming the next Sony, Home ... Read More

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France Seeks To Ban ‘e-joint’ France Seeks To Ban ‘e-joint’

The following is an excerpt from AFP.com | December 16, 2014 | France sought to stamp out a new electronic cigarette containing cannabis, launched Tuesday with the claim it provides all of the relaxation but none of the mind-altering effects of marijuana. Health Minister Marisol Touraine said the product would "incite the consumption of cannabis" and that she intended approaching the courts to ban it. "I am opposed to such a product being commercialised in France," she said on RTL radio. The product was ... Read More

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Oil Stocks – An Incredible Opportunity For 2015 Oil Stocks – An Incredible Opportunity For 2015

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writer © Warren Kaplan 2011-2014 December 18, 2014   The selling in oil stocks has been excessive. Everyone who breathes air knows that the price of gasoline is down from a year ago because oil prices have collapsed. From my point of view, I feel oil will go lower, perhaps to the $40-$45 range and then settle down and very slowly nibble its way up. That said, I am seeing stocks like PGH and PWE sell at 20% of ... Read More

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U.S. Stocks Jump as Fed Signals Patience U.S. Stocks Jump as Fed Signals Patience

The following is an excerpt from Corrie Driebusch | December 17, 2014 | WSJ.com | U.S. stocks closed sharply higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve retained its pledge to keep interest rates low for a “considerable time.” The Fed statement, as well as a rally in energy stocks, propelled the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index to their biggest percentage gains since 2013 and snapped a three-day losing streak for stocks. Trading volume was the third-highest of any day ... Read More

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Hacked Sony Ex-Employees Sue For Privacy Violations Hacked Sony Ex-Employees Sue For Privacy Violations

The following is an excerpt from Samuel Burke and David Goldman | December 17, 2014 | CNN.com | Two former Sony Pictures employees have sued the company for failing to protect their private information in the mega-hack. The plaintiffs say their Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, salary history and reasons for leaving the company were made public in the hack. They say that Sony had been a frequent hacking victim and lacked sufficient safeguards to protect their employees' data. The plaintiffs are seeking to ... Read More

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Sony Cancels The Interview Christmas Release Following Terror Threats Sony Cancels The Interview Christmas Release Following Terror Threats

The following is an excerpt from Laura Bradley | December 17, 2014 | Slate.com | The biggest theater chains in the U.S. decided not to show Sony Pictures Entertainment’s The Interview on its planned opening night, Dec. 25, following terror threats posted online Tuesday by a group that claims it was also behind the massive hack that leaked internal Sony documents. Sony responded to the move by cancelling the planned Christmas release of the film. “ light of the decision by the ... Read More

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