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  • Diablo III Launch Breaks Records and Servers Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 1:50 PM ET
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    When Activision Blizzard’s long-awaited Diablo III went on sale at midnight, it had already broken sales records. Once players got their hands on the game, they also overloaded Activision Blizzard's servers.

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    Iger led off the earnings call with a heavy emphasis on international growth, China in particular. Iger says China is a "priority" and that the Shanghai resort, which is now under construction, will be very important for international growth.

  • News Corp.'s headquarters in New York.

    All of Rupert Murdoch’s scandals and legal woes aren’t hurting the company’s performance.

  • The Village People, circe 1981

    In a court ruling with significant implications for the music industry, a California judge has dismissed a suit by two song publishing companies aimed at preventing Victor Willis, former lead singer of the 1970s disco group the Village People, from exercising his right to reclaim ownership of “YMCA” and other hit songs he wrote, the New York Times reports.

  • Stay Tuned: The Future of TV Monday, 7 May 2012 | 5:48 PM ET
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    The television industry is at the brink of extraordinary change—the line between traditional “TV” and the Internet is disappearing.

  • SecondMarket Looks Beyond Facebook Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 11:52 AM ET
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    In a report just released SecondMarket reported that it continued to grow its trading volume in the last quarter it had access to Facebook shares.

  • YouTube Makes Pitch for Sports and Women Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 9:41 AM ET
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    YouTube is partnering with the US Olympic Committee for a "Team USA" channel sponsored by AT&T.

  • Andreessen on Mobile, and the Next Big Thing Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 12:35 PM ET
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    Andreessen tells me that now he's particularly interested in social commerce, saying he's very excited about Pinterest in particular. That gives a hint at that sharing startup's future business model.

  • Wired's Chris Anderson: Disrupt or Be Disrupted Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 11:01 AM ET
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    Today Wired is hosting its fourth annual Business Conference in Downtown Manhattan, and I had a chance to catch up with Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson to talk about how important disruption is to businesses today.

  • Providence is in talks to sell its stake for somewhere in the ballpark of $200 million—though my sources tell me it could be lower.

  • The AOL corporate headquarters on Broadway in New York City.

    If the goal of Internet companies' “New Front” presentations is to convince advertisers that it’s easy to buy online video ads, AOL’s presentation aims to show that it’s creating an online complement to TV ads.

  • New Fronts: Microsoft Rolls out Ads for Apps Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 12:42 PM ET
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    Microsoft wants ads in Xbox LIVE apps to be the new way marketers target consumers.

  • EU Moves Closer to Major Record-Label Dominance Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 12:04 PM ET
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    The sell off of EMI records will have a huge imapct on artists, consumers, and music industry employees.

  • A sign with the 'like' symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

    Facebook’s user growth continues to be gangbusters: the company now has 901 million monthly active users, up from 845 million in the last filing.

  • Why Facebook Is Spending $550 Million On Patents Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 1:56 PM ET
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    Silicon Valley patent wars are heating up and Facebook wants to protect itself against some potentially very pricey litigation.

  • Record Store Day a Hit With Music Fans Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 11:31 AM ET
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    Saturday, April 21, marked the fifth annual Record Store Day, a celebration of music and record store culture, as well as independent businesses.

  • Netflix

    When Netflix reports quarterly earnings after the bell, investors should focus on U.S. streaming subscriber numbers.

  • Disney

    The chairman of Disney’s movie studio, Rich Ross, wrote in a note to his staff Friday that he is stepping down and the role is no longer “the right professional fit for me.” Ross ran the studio for just two and a half years, and now is cleaving under the cloud of a massive bomb—"John Carter."

  • Why Did VC Investment Fall Off a Cliff? Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 1:07 PM ET
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    It seems like every week we see another VC-backed company go public and the stock soars — most recently, Splunk stock jumped 109 after going public. With such profitable exits, one would expect venture investors to clamor to pour money into startups. But in fact, the opposite is the case.

  • Dick Clark Remembered: Host, Producer, CEO Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 6:01 PM ET
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    Dick Clark may have been best known for hosting "American Bandstand" and ABC’s "New Year’s Rockin’ Eve," but he also was a hugely successful TV producer, and in many ways revolutionized TV production.