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  • AOL

    Would a Yahoo/Microsoft merger make AOL more attractive to a buyer?

  • Steve Ballmer

    Microsoft said Monday its $44.6 billion unsolicited offer for Yahoo was priced to make it easy for the company to accept, and it expects Yahoo's board and shareholders to agree to the buyout quickly.

  • The week ahead may be volatile, but markets are greeting it with less anxiety than we've seen in several weeks.

  • Writers Guild of America

    The Writers Guild strike is 12 weeks old and wreaking havoc on the TV biz. There's no new scripted programming. The Oscars are less than a month away, and with no promises yet from the WGA that they won't picket, there are serious fears it could turn into another movie-clip heavy press conference. We've got reality TV alright, tons of it--but the viewers aren't satisfied.

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    Call it the Google Paradox: Shares severely depressed these last few months, touching $538 last week, and yet the prevailing feeling on Wall Street--by far--is that Google is still the best deal going for net-sector investors.

  • New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10)passes against the Dallas Cowboys in their NFL football game, in this Sept. 9, 2007 photo, in Irving Texas.  Manning was at practice Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007, taking snaps and handing off as he tested his bruised right shoulder. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    The undefeated New England Patriots aren't taking the only shot at history this weekend. There's a strong chance that this could be the most-watched Super Bowl ever.

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    If you're an entertainment buff, you can't miss the significant presence of Scientology. Over the past few weeks, dozens of people have e-mailed me links to Tom Cruise's Scientology rant -- more accurately, it's his acceptance of a Scientology award -- and it's so bizarre...

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    The print newspaper business has problems--declining ad revenue, transitioning to the digital future. Just look at the stock price of the New York Times over the past year--ouch! Well now a hedge fund manager--Firebrand Capital's Scott Galloway--who owns a significant stake in NYT stock is pushing to make some changes.

  • The epic spoof "Meet the Spartans" narrowly beat out "Rambo" to nab the top spot in the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • The story lines are unabashedly goofy. Cavemen invent the wheel to transport a beer cooler made of stone, and a car buyer enlists the help of a tribal warrior in case he needs some extra negotiating leverage at the dealership.

  • Hollywood

    Striking Hollywood writers will meet face to face with studio executives this week for the first time since their contract talks collapsed on Dec. 7, the two sides said Tuesday.

  • "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" led with eight Academy Awards nominations each Tuesday, among them best picture and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis and Javier Bardem -- but it remained in doubt whether any stars would cross striking writers' picket lines to attend the ceremony.

  • The creature-feature "Cloverfield" became the first monster hit released in 2008, debuting with $41 million, a record opening for January, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • The creature-feature "Cloverfield" became the first monster hit released in 2008, debuting with $41 million, a record opening for January, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • Sundance

    I'm here in Park City at the Wasach Brew pub at the top of Main Street, where CNBC has set up a mini studio of sorts. All the d-girls and boys (that's Hollywood-speak for "development executives") are running around in their furry boots and jeans looking to find the next big director among the four films they see a day.

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    "American Idol" returns to the airwaves tonight, kicking off its seventh season. Though dropping viewership numbers last year raised concerns about the future health of the franchise, thanks to the writers' strike eliminating most of the competition, Idol is expected to be more popular and more profitable than ever.

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    Good news for those who want their scripted TV shows back on air: The Directors Guild met all weekend long with the Producers Association, the AMPTP, and it sounds like they might be pretty close to a finding a compromise, which could prompt the writers to make a deal.

  • Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman narrowly took the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office in North America with their comedy "The Bucket List," according to studio estimates issued Sunday.

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    It's the Friday before Macworld and once again, tongues are wagging about what Steve Jobs will pull out of his jeans pocket; what he might have lurking up his trademarked black sleeve; whether he can offer up something to pump some life back into this sagging stock.

  • Economic concerns are making Wall Street nervous about the media sector. Today analysts at Goldman Sachs and Sanford Bernstein issued negative reports on the broad media sector. GS's Anthony Noto reduced estimates across communications, media and entertainment sectors.