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    For the better part of the last year, game industry pundits have shouted from the rooftops that social network gaming was the next big thing – but it’s starting to look like even they underestimated just how big it would be.

  • US stocks posted their best monthly performance of the year, led by the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a gain of 7.1%.  Within the S&P 500 sectors, industrial and material companies rose the most in July. 

  • Stocks ended relatively flat Friday after a disappointing GDP report but the Dow logged its best month in a year, rising more than 7 percent.

  • Stocks see-sawed after economic readings on consumer sentiment and business activity offset disappointment with a lower-than-expected GDP report.

  • The optionMONSTER.com co-founder discusses what companies he thinks will soon pop and why.

  • The message from media and tech companies is clear: advertising is back in a big way. This week both Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP and Disney CEO Bob Iger told CNBC that the ad market has improved from last year and continues to improve. We've seen that demonstrated in results from a diverse group of industry players, from tech giants to newspapers.

  • Stocks wavered on Wednesday as investors sifted through a mixed bag of earnings and a drop in durable-goods orders. Joseph Duran, CEO and co-founder of United Capital Financial Partners, and Ron Carson, CEO of Carson Wealth Management Group, discussed their market outlooks.

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    I just broke the news that Disney has staked a serious claim in social gaming — it just finalized its acquisition of Playdom for $563.2 million. Disney could pay the social gaming company an additional $200 million if Playdom hits certain performance metrics over the next few years.

  • Jon Hamm

    As the fourth season of the AMC series “Mad Men” kicks off, some of the show’s fans are gearing up to play another round of a peculiar language game: trying to spot flaws in the meticulously constructed dialogue portraying 1960s Madison Avenue.

  • US stocks posted their second best weekly performance of the year, led by the NASDAQ Composite with a gain of 4.15%.  Within the S&P 500 sectors, industrial and material companies rose the most.

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    Microsoft has known for a while that the trick to getting the Xbox 360 integrated into people’s living rooms is to load it with non-gaming features. It’s a strategy that was worked well for the company.... Now, though, Sony is quickly following suit...which could give it an advantage as the industry prepares for a crucial holiday season.

  • Actress Angelina Jolie and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura speak onstage at the 'Salt' panel during Comic-Con 2010 at San Diego Convention Center.

    The showcasing of “Salt,” which opens in theaters on Friday, struck many longtime conventiongoers as a tipping point.

  • Fresh off its $4.2-billion acquisition of Marvel, Walt Disney has a lot riding on this year's trip to the Comic-Con International Convention. Although the acquisition brought perennial favorites like Iron Man and Spider-Man into its fold, one of Disney's biggest bets this year is on "Tron: Legacy," which will hit movie theaters in December.

  • With TV networks, theme parks and cruises lines, could even the most iconic name in the industry benefit from a little smashing up?

  • Wii

    The attempts of Sony and Microsoft to replicate the success of Nintendo's Wii gaming system has been met with lukewarm reception, CNBC.com's Chris Morris reports.

  • The Dow halted a 7-day winning streak on Thursday to end the week down 1%.  Financial stocks were down the most among the major S&P 500 sectors, posting a loss of nearly 3%.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

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    Cable companies and content providers have repeatedly battled over fees, with channels getting temporarily yanked from the air during negotiations. Today 31 video distributors are partnering to form the "American Television Alliance," to address the rules governing broadcast signals and the threat of blackouts. The group says it aims to "protect consumers in today's changing TV environment" — to keep their favorite shows from being collateral damage of negotiations, as when Disney pulled ABC off Cablevision's air right before the Oscars.

  • Verizon

    Here's the case for how Verizon might break itself in half, holding on to sexy and dumping the fusty. Verizon itself has been shedding high-cost, old-fashioned phone lines in more rural markets. Why not elevate that idea to a grander scale?

  • Are some companies just too big for their own good? That's the focus of our series this week called 'Smash 'Em Up!'