Microsoft will acquire the maker of the popular game Minecraft for $2.5 billion. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a virtual world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009.
Marriott is launching a program to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands such as Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.
Gilead Sciences has reached a deal with several generic drugmakers to produce cheaper versions of its popular, expensive hepatitis C drug Sovaldi for use in developing countries.
It concerns me a little that it’s such an important new product for Apple and that they put so much effort into this event … and I’m still not entirely sure what the Apple Watch is or what role Apple thinks it will perform in people’s lives. …
A major product announcement like this is the end result of thousands and thousands of little decisions and hundreds of weekly wars. When the CEO can still get this excited about it — oh, boy, that’s a company I want to hear more from.
Downers Grove-based Advocate Health Care, one of the largest systems in the country, on Friday announced plans to merge with NorthShore University HealthSystem to create a health system with 16 hospitals, 4,438 beds and 45,000 employees.
Energy-management company Schneider Electric is moving its U.S. headquarters from Palatine to the Boston area, where its U.S. research and development operations are based. The company says the move shouldn’t affect the 350 people it employs in Palatine.