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  • Icahn Gets Antitrust Go-Ahead to Buy Yahoo Stock Friday, 30 May 2008 | 2:03 PM ET
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    U.S. antitrust regulators have given billionaire investor Carl Icahn the go-ahead to purchase large blocks of Yahoo stock, the Federal Trade Commission said on Friday.

  • Do Pfizer & Bristol-Myers Squibb "Ad" Up? Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 1:23 PM ET
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    First, in the front section, Pfizer is launching a new offensive (or maybe it's defensive?) campaign on the embattled anti-smoking drug Chantix. In a full-page message signed by the company's Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer says, among other things that it's "committed to patient safety (and) furthering our knowledge of Chantix."

  • Under Armour Takes A Run--At Running Shoe Market Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 12:16 PM ET
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    The running shoe market is going to be the brand's biggest test yet and even though Under Armour does have issues that have kept them cold on the street--namely a 96 percent U.S. Business and too much inventory in the winter.

  • Comcast Web Unit on Target For Profit Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 11:25 AM ET
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    Comcast 's digital unit is on target to turn profitable this year as revenues from search and advertising partnerships with Google and Yahoo exceed expectations, senior executives said.

  • Yahoo Says Microsoft No Longer Keen to Merge Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 5:49 PM ET
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    Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang said on Wednesday that a potential deal with Microsoft has tremendous power, but that the software giant appears no longer interested in a full merger.

  • Yahoo Wasn't Key to Microsoft Internet Plans: Exec Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 2:01 PM ET
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    Microsoft's attempts to strike a deal with Yahoo is an "accelerator" of its online strategy, but not the sole answer to advancing its Internet vision, the company's top software executive said on Wednesday.

  • Amazon CEO Says Kindle Still in 'Investment Phase' Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 1:27 PM ET

    Amazon.com's electronic book reader, the Kindle, is still in its investment phase, the Internet retailer's chief executive told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • LifeLock Lawsuits Putting It On Life Support? Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 12:11 PM ET
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    Now, as you may have heard, the company is being sued in several states by customers who claim LifeLock's ads are misleading. In fact, the lawyer behind the lawsuits, David Paris, says a background check of Davis’ Social Security number revealed 20 cases where fraudulent driver's license numbers were issued, proving LifeLock does not protect identities.

  • Larry Craig Bobblefoot

    While they didn't mention the name "Larry Craig," the Idaho senator who resigned from the Senate after his arrest and guilty plea in a sex sting in an airport in the Minneapolis Airport last summer, everyone knew the toe-tapper was meant to be him.

  • After stopping a BBQ this weekend to watch it again--thanks Amanda Schlosser!--I'm calling these spots the most successful sports ad campaign going right now. How do I know? Just look at YouTube. There's millions of hits on the Kobe jumps.

  • Playboy Posing: End Or Beginning Of A Marketing Career? Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | 10:06 AM ET
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    Over the weekend, after a first round French Open loss to Serena Williams, it was revealed that tennis player Ashley Harkleroad had posed for the upcoming August edition of Playboy. My first feeling? Sadness. No, I’m serious. To me, Playboy seems to signal the end of a marketing career for an athlete.

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    The strategy: grow Wal-Mart’s stores by narrowing their focus. While some communities have resisted Wal-Mart’s entry, the retailer reached out to the Dearborn community to see what products would be appropriate and well-received on their shelves.

  • State Farm Home Run Derby Promotion Up In The Air? Friday, 23 May 2008 | 10:54 AM ET
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    I called Yankees president Randy Levine who would only say this: "Baseball is aware that this is a sensitive situation and we are having discussions with them." I honestly can't fault the people at State Farm or MLB on this one. While it now seems obvious, it certainly wasn't obvious to me at the time.

  • Why Europe is Afraid of Google Friday, 23 May 2008 | 5:10 AM ET
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    Executives from across Europe's technology, media and telecoms sector fear Internet search and advertising giant Google may steal their business, they told a Reuters summit this week.

  • Hampton's Summer Home: Rent It And Get "Augmented"! Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 11:50 AM ET
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    Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon Stephen Greenberg is announcing the Hampton's Plastic House in which for a half a million dollars, a lucky consumer can get a summer mansion in Hampton's with a season full of lipo, new boobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of treatments including...

  • Champion Air Exec, Big Brown, Zamboni: The Emails I Get Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 1:17 PM ET
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    The first comes from Cory Duke, an executive at Champion Air, who took offense to my tone in yesterday's blog about the NBA teams flying their charter: "While I understand the need to propagate the "doom-and-gloom" scenario to the public, there should also be a responsibility on your part to propagate it within reason and certainly within the boundaries of fact."

  • David Stern

    It actually happened before NBA deputy commissioner and COO Adam Silver pulled the cards out of the envelope. It was commissioner David Stern's comments to ESPN reporter Doris Burke when she asked him about the O.J. Mayo agent investigation.

  • Real Estate, Hollywood & Sex: Welcome to California Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 7:18 PM ET

    So DataQuick says home sales in the Golden State rose almost 27 percent last month compared to the month before. Hmmm, let me see, who blogged about the possibility that we were bottoming in housing. Who? Who who who... oh yes, that was me. Also: "77 MIND-BLOWING SEX POSITIONS"! A promotional gift package from a website called Cleo's Boutique.

  • Television Cable Show's Buzz Words Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 4:10 PM ET

    Here at the National Cable Show in New Orleans there are a couple of big buzz words I'm hearing--whether I'm in the Panasonic or Google booths, or the NBC Universal booth where my coverage has been based. First, Video-on-demand is huge

  • New Microsoft-Yahoo Plan: Alliance, Not Acquisition Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 9:31 AM ET
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    Microsoft has proposed to buy Yahoo's search business and take a minority stake in the Web pioneer, stopping short of a full-out merger, a person familiar with the discussions said on Monday.