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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ redeems Twentieth Century Fox’s final act

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

By any measure, it’s been a difficult time at Fox. The studio is preparing to downsize considerably as it is swallowed by Disney as early as the end of the month. So the one thing the 83-year-old studio wouldn’t want is to go out on a sour note. And Wednesday, it revealed it wasn’t – thanks to a most improbable savior.
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Spotify takes a big jump into the podcasting game

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 3:58 p.m.

Spotify is making a bigger bet on podcasts as it looks to bring a Netflix-like model of original programs to the audio world. The music-streaming pioneer gobbled up two podcasting companies, Gimlet and Anchor, on Wednesday.
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Apple stores have lost their luster, critics say

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

Apple is not just a giant of technology, it has also grown into one of the biggest American retailers, with more than 500 stores across five continents. But the shine of its signature stores has dimmed, and the shops are facing a pivotal moment – even before Apple announced this week that its retail chief will soon depart.
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United courts the well-heeled with more premium seats

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 4:35 p.m.

Now highly profitable after losing billions in the 2000s, they are plowing money into new planes, fancy seats with more legroom, airport lounges and other perks, many of which are aimed squarely at well-heeled travelers.