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Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Hollywood Scion, Dies at 88

Photo Samuel Goldwyn Jr. in 2009. Credit Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images LOS ANGELES — Samuel Goldwyn Jr., an urbane, soft-spoken scion of a Hollywood dynasty who became an influential movie executive in his own right, supporting promising young directors and advancing the independent film movement, died here on Friday. He was 88. His death, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, was caused by congestive heart failure, his son John said. A ravenous

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Bits Blog: Apple’s Cut From App Sales Reached $4.5 Billion in 2014

Photo Apple takes a 30-percent cut of each app sale made in its App Store.Credit Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press Apple continues to make billions of dollars from mobile apps sold in its App Store. The company said on Thursday that in 2014, billings from app sales rose 50 percent from the previous year, which results in roughly $15 billion in revenue for app developers and a $4.5 billion cut for Apple.

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The Day | Stabilized Rents Likely to Rise

Joann Jovinelly Good morning, East Village. “In an annual ritual, the Rent Guidelines Board took only a half-hour last night to recommend preliminary increases that would range between 3.25 and 6.25 percent for one-year lease renewals and 5 to 9.5 percent for two years.” The final numbers will be determined in June. [NY Post] “A 14-year-old boy allegedly bit a teacher at a Lower East Side school on Tuesday, police

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City Room: Updates From the Funeral of Police Officer Wenjian Liu

Photo Lisiao Hong, 36, and her daughter, Yitong Huang, 7, watched as police officers gathered to honor Officer Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn on Sunday.Credit Victor J. Blue for The New York Times Trees and telephone poles were wrapped with blue bows this morning and the streets were empty but for police cars all around the Aievoli Funeral Home in southern Brooklyn. Police officers, some from as far away as Virginia

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ArtsBeat: The Year in Pop Feuds, Charted

By Andrew Kuo January 2, 2015 11:37 amJanuary 2, 2015 11:37 am Whether it was Solange Knowles and Jay Z scuffling in an elevator, or Iggy Azalea getting schooled by other rappers, or Jack White calling out the Black Keys and Adele, these were the musical tiffs that fed Twitter and the tabloids this year, as charted by Andrew Kuo. (Click to enlarge.) Photo Credit Andrew Kuo

Music Review: Michael Daves Brings Bluegrass to the Bell House

Photo Michael Daves, close to the microphone with Sarah Jarosz, leading the group show All-Star Bluegrass Throwdown at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times Michael Daves brought a New York City edge to a rural tradition with his All-Star Bluegrass Throwdown on Tuesday night at the Bell House. Mr. Daves, who grew up in Atlanta, is a guitarist and singer with a tense, pinched,

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DealBook: Xiaomi, Chinese Phone Maker, Valued at $45 Billion

Photo Lei Jun, the founder of Xiaomi, has built the company into the top smartphone maker in China.Credit Jason Lee/Reuters HONG KONG — Xiaomi, the fast-rising Chinese smartphone maker, has mustered a new $1.1 billion war chest in its latest round of fund-raising, the company’s founder and chief executive said on Monday. The round valued Xiaomi at $45 billion, Lei Jun, the founder, said in a post on his verified

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Arrests During May Day March From Tompkins Square Park [Updated]

Daniel Maurer Police loaded a man into this van. Multiple people were apprehended by police during a May Day Anti-Capitalism March that started at Tompkins Square Park this afternoon. At East 14th Street and Second Avenue, The Local arrived on the scene to see officers loading a young man wearing a black hood into a van. A friend of the individual who at first identified himself as Etan and then

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At Vigil for Two Slain Officers, Prayers for the Police

Photo A New York police officer visits a memorial on Christmas Day, at the site where two officers were killed in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. Credit James Estrin/The New York Times They stood, in tears, or crouched in silence, or stared solemnly on a Brooklyn street corner before a pile of bouquets, Christmas wreaths, teddy bears and candles snuffed out by the December wind. One after another — police

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Joe Cocker Is Dead at 70; Raspy-Voiced Rock Star With Distinctive Moves

Photo Joe Cocker onstage at Woodstock in 1969. Credit Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times Joe Cocker, the gravelly British singer who became one of pop’s most recognizable interpreters in the late 1960s and ’70s with passionate, idiosyncratic takes on songs like the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” died on Monday at his home in Crawford, Colo. He was 70. The cause was lung cancer, his agent,

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