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With the exception of Shrek, above, Dreamworks Animation never enjoyed
the commercial success of rival Pixar

DreamWorks shares plunge after merger talks with Hasbro end

Hollywood studio behind Shrek reportedly seeking $3 billion valuation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos

Japanese economy falls into surprise recession

Japanese PM likely to call for snap elections next year and delay tax hike

Apple hits new market cap record high of $667 billion

Shares in technology giant Apple extended gains on Friday, propelling the company's market capitalisation to an all-time high of $667 billion.

Twitter shares plunge on 'junk' investment grade

Credit rating agency S&P gave the social network a rating below investment grade noting Twitter may not have positive cash flow until 2016

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel finally moves out of his dad's beach house...to $3m LA home

The 24-year old famously turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook for the photo-sharing app

BlackBerry not keeping up with Kim Kardashian as CEO John Chen rules out deal

BlackBerry CEO says company is interested in technology, not celebrity

Nestle apologises after tweet likens missing Mexican students to 'crunchy' chocolate bar

Nestle's Crunch Mexico twitter account poked fun at tragedy in tweet branded 'tasteless' and 'insensitive'

Kim Kardashian's mobile game makes $43m in three months

Users have spent more than 5.7 billion minutes playing game

Mushroom hot-pot with tofu

Chinese police seize 10 tonnes of 'toxic' tofu in latest food scare

Authorities fear more than 100 tonnes of tofu containing bleaching agent have been put on the market

Vladimir Putin 'hopeful' market will stop betting against the rouble soon after hitting new record low

Russian leader says flunctuations are not based on economic fundamentals

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific