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  • March Madness: You Betcha' Friday, 16 Mar 2007 | 10:26 AM ET

    Betting on the college basketball tournament --legal and illegal-- is estimated at more than $7 billion, making it the biggest sports gambling event of the year. The vast majority of legal wagers are made in Las Vegas, where the $2.4 billion sports book industry is gearing up for its busiest season.

  • Media conglomerate Viacom  sued Google  and its Internet video-sharing site YouTube for more than $1 billion on Tuesday in the biggest challenge yet to the Web search leader's strategy to dominate the online video market.

  • It's Time for the Lightning Round! Monday, 12 Mar 2007 | 6:39 PM ET

    Cramer's got some advice for holders of Yahoo!, NYSE Group and Ford and more...

  • Video Game Makers Let Users Create Their Own Versions Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 5:12 PM ET

    Video game makers are taking a page from YouTube's playbook by offering user-generated and customized options for popular models.

  • The Changing Landscape for Advertisers Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 2:02 PM ET
    Microsoft

    When it comes to technology it seems like everyday we focus on big-screen this, or big-screen that, but today, thanks to Microsoft, I want to take a look at the small screen in your den or the tiny screen in your pocket.

  • The Motion Picture Association of America released data Tuesday showing that 63 movies grossed more than $50 million in 2006.

  • Looking for the Web's Next Star Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 3:16 PM ET
    MySpace

    I had the unusual opportunity to emcee Silicon Valley's first Technology Policy Summit last week in San Jose, an awesome collection of policymakers, investors, CEOs, nonprofit reps and academics. But one of the most fascinating panels included the co-founders of three of the web's most exciting start-ups. And I had the chance to interview them exclusively about the potential of their sites, and the prospects for a bigtime payday.

  • The Warner Bros. film was released on DVD just two weeks ago, the third of the best-picture nominees to hit retail shelves, and its Oscar buzz is likely to lead to increased sales.

  • Show Me The Money, Oscar Wednesday, 21 Feb 2007 | 5:26 PM ET
    Telstra

    This year’s Best Picture nominees grossed a mere $243 million in domestic box office sales, less than a fifth of the $1.32 billion raked in by the top five movies in 2006.

  • Possible YouTube Deal with CBS Unravels: WSJ Wednesday, 21 Feb 2007 | 9:09 AM ET

    A deal between Google and CBS that would let YouTube users watch clips from CBS shows such as "The Late Show with David Letterman," has unraveled, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

  • Microsoft's Big Play; The Big Push For Mobile Video Thursday, 15 Feb 2007 | 9:18 AM ET
    Microsoft Zune

    Microsoft is busy pushing its entertainment offerings. The tech company's new secret weapon in selling digital downloads to play on a cell phone or other devices is a new digital rights management technology called PlayReady. The upside for consumers: content purchased for one mobile device isn't limited to just that gadget. Users can register several devices to share content. This is a rather controversial approach, but could really catch on eventually.

  • MySpace to Test Video-Filtering Technology Monday, 12 Feb 2007 | 11:42 AM ET

    MySpace said it would block unauthorized music videos and other clips containing Universal Music Group's music, while still allowing the Vivendi unit and its artists to circulate promotional audio and video they authorize.

  • Google Accused of Helping Internet Pirates: WSJ Monday, 12 Feb 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    Google was criticized by a group of major media companies for deliberately providing Internet traffic to Web sites accused of offering illegal film downloads, according to several people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

  • Cisco To Buy Social Networking Vendor Five Across Friday, 9 Feb 2007 | 9:23 AM ET

    Cisco Systems, whose core business is selling the routers and switches that direct data traffic over computer networks, said it has acquired a small social networking company that allows businesses to create MySpace-like communities on their Web sites.

  • Speaking at a media and technology conference in New York, Murdoch said there would be more details on the long-awaited channel announced soon.

  • Stocks were helped by a rally in tech shares, but a sharp drop in crude-oil prices hit energy shares and rattled investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed flat.

  • The Chicago Tribune  said Chicago real estate mogul Zell is in preliminary talks with Tribune Co. on a complicated proposal that may include taking an equity stake in the company.

  • Amazon, TiVo to Test Movie Downloads Direct to TVs Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 3:16 PM ET

    Amazon.com and TiVo will begin testing Wednesday a service that lets users watch videos rented or bought over the Internet directly on televisions, as part of a trend to link personal computers and TVs.

  • CNBC's New Media Report Card: Who Makes The Grade? Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 2:42 PM ET

    Wall Street is keeping a close eye on two media giants making news today. Disney reports earnings after the bell, while News Corp reported this morning. Although both “old” media companies are making plenty of old fashioned cash from movies and TV, we wanted to know which has the better strategy for making big bucks in new media?  Find out what our panel of experts had to say.

  • Box Office Helps News Corp. Top Profit Expectations Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 2:28 PM ET

    Media company News Corp. reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings ahead of market expectations Wednesday, as strength at the box office and in its home video business offset a drop in income for broadcast television.

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