LOS ANGELES â¿¿ Nintendo's Wii U game console gives you a new way to watch TV. A new feature called TVii lets you search for shows over Internet video apps and live TV all in one place, and it lets you chat about them on social media. TVii beats my set-top box remote control hands down, but it takes some getting used to. But once I did, I found the service is an advance from the mass of buttons on most TV remote controls. By Ryan Nakashima.

â¿¿ SKOREA-LG-OLED TV â¿¿ LG beats rivals in race to sell new OLED TVs as it starts taking pre-orders. It's the first big TV with an advanced display technology promising startlingly clear images on a wafer-thin screen.

â¿¿ CHINA-BOX OFFICE â¿¿ A low-budget, domestically produced comedy â¿¿ the wacky road movie "Lost in Thailand" â¿¿ has unexpectedly become the highest-grossing Chinese film to date, making about $160 million since its Dec. 12 debut.


â¿¿ PHILIPPINES-SYRIAâ¿¿ A Philippine container port operator has decided to pull out of Syria and withdrew all its Filipino workers from a key port due to increasing dangers from the country's civil war.

â¿¿ MACAU-GAMBLING REVENUE â¿¿ Casino revenue in Macau climbed 13.5 percent last year to a record $38 billion. But growth in the world's biggest gambling market slowed in 2012 from the year before, when it shot up 42 percent.

â¿¿ PORTUGAL-FINANCIAL CRISIS â¿¿ Portugal's president asks highest court to rule on the legality of the latest austerity budget.


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