* Apple Inc. removed the products of Nokia Corp. unit Withings from its stores as a result of a legal dispute with the Finnish tech giant, Recode reports. Withings reportedly makes Wi-Fi scales and other digital health and fitness gear.
* Netflix Inc. renewed "Fuller House," a spinoff of classic TV series "Full House," for a third season, according to a tweet. The third season will premiere in 2017.
* In more company news, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said in a tweet that the iPhone maker is working with Consumer Reports to "understand" lab tests that revealed problems with the battery life in three different MacBook Pro models. In a report, Consumer Reports said it found the battery test results for the laptops to be inconsistent and therefore has decided not to recommend it.
* Apple's machine learning group published a research paper, titled "Learning from Simulated and Unsupervised Images through Adversarial Training," according to a tweet. The research paper looks into ways of improving the quality of synthetic training images.
Internet & OTT
* Amazon.com Inc. launched its new brand, called Wickedly Prime, for Prime users. Wickedly Prime offers a range of snacks, including popcorn, tortilla chips, and soft shell almonds.
* Amazon.com struck a deal with Indian home video outfit Ultra Media & Entertainment to secure more Bollywood content for Amazon India's Prime Video service, Variety reports. The deal will allow Prime Video subscribers in India to watch about 300 Ultra titles.
* Sony Music Entertainment confirmed in a statement the hacking of its account on Twitter Inc.'s microblogging service. While saying the issue "has been rectified," the company apologized to singer Britney Spears and her fans over fake news posted from the account about her death.
Film & TV Programming
* Walt Disney Co.'s "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" topped the domestic box office for the Dec. 26 weekend by raking in $96.1 million, followed by Universal's "Sing" at No. 2 with $56.1 million, and Sony Corp.'s "Passengers" at No. 3 with $23.1 million, according to comScore Inc. 20th Century Fox's "Why Him?" was No. 4 with $16.7 million, and 20th Century Fox's "Assassin's Creed" was No. 5 with $15 million.
* Syncsort Inc., a global software company specializing in Big Data, closed the acquisition of Harte-Hanks Inc.'s Trillium Software business. Credit Suisse, Antares Capital and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey are providing fully committed debt financing for the deal, the company said.
The day ahead
Early morning futures indicators pointed to a higher opening for the U.S. market.
In Asia, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.03% to 19,403.06. In Europe, around midday, the Euronext 100 was up 0.28% to 932.74.
On the macro front
The S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller HPI report, the consumer confidence report, the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index and the State Street Investor Confidence Index are due out today.
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Economics of TV & Film: SNL Kagan Box Office Report – Week 51: The penultimate week of the box office year marked the third time this winter season that weekly box office was down year over year.
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