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    There's a new twist in the Microsoft Yahoo saga and it sent shares of the Internet firm soaring. Should you hop on?

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    Yahoo shares rose more than 6 percent Wednesday as The Wall Street Journal reported Microsoft has talked to other media companies about teaming up to buy Yahoo’s search business.

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    I'll say from the outset that I have great respect for the Wall Street Journal. But I, along with a number of folks following the Yahoo/Microsoft will-they-or-won't-they drama are wondering what the point is of today's splashy, front-page tome purporting to break new ground about a new deal to grab a chunk of the company.

  • Microsoft is preparing a new bid for Yahoo's search business and has approached other media companies about joining it in a deal, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Media stocks have tanked. A chart of the media conglomerates performance over the past 12 months is flat-out ugly. They're all in the red, and all but Disney have underperformed the Dow, and it's still down about five percent over the past 12 months.

  • Newspapers are breaking records -- and it's not a good thing. A double-digit drop in newspaper ad revenue, the third consecutive year of declines, and record margin contraction makes this the industry's worst year ever. The newspaper industry's ad revenue is down 12 percent this year, on top of last year's already dismal 8 percent drop.

  • Bollywood

    The gap between Bollywood and Hollywood is becoming increasingly narrow. Earlier this week I blogged about how Steven Spielberg is in talks with Indian Media Giant Reliance ADA group to finance an independent studio.

  • The growing advertising ambitions of technology powerhouses like Google and Microsoft are creating alarm in the executive suites of ad agencies.

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    Mainstream advertisers normally gravitate toward wholesome characters from mainstream shows that steer clear of hot buttons. But in recent months, big brands like Coca-Cola, Subway and White Castle have been borrowing for their marketing efforts characters from “Family Guy,” which has been criticized for everything from anti-Semitism and sexism to homophobia and overall disgustingness, the New York Times reports.

  • Linked In

    On Wednesday, LinkedIn will announce that it has raised $53 million in capital, primarily from Bain Capital Ventures, a Boston-based private equity firm, valuing the company at $1 billion, the NYT reports.

  • MySpace

    When the News Corporation added MySpace to its portfolio nearly three years ago, it expected that if its base of 16 million users kept growing — and each user kept adding friends, sharing photos and swapping flirty messages — the advertising dollars would roll in, the New York Times reported.

  • Steven Spielberg

    The idea is: Spielberg wants to own the movies it makes -- instead of having Paramount own them as it does now. And rumor has it, he wants to distribute through Universal Studios (CNBC's sister company).

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    A big surprise considering the economic downturn and the challenges and new competition network TV faces. The broadcast networks are bringing in about $9.2 billion for their primetime lineups, up slightly from last year, while analysts expected total sales to be flat to down.

  • There's no question the newspaper business is in trouble. The question IS: Can Sam Zell, chairman of the Tribune Company, build a profitable business in an industry that's in decline?

  • Planet Green

    Tomorrow Discovery launches Planet Green, replacing its home network with the first 24/7 network dedicated to environmentally-friendly programming. The new buzz word is "eco-tainment" and the company that gave us the highly-rated "Planet Earth" series is betting it'll be in high demand.

  • Spending on online advertising leapt 40 percent in Europe last year to 11 billion euros ($17 billion), the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Europe said on Monday, as the Internet attracts ad budgets away from print.

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    Nearly 32 million people tuned in. Good news, bad news for News Corp. Good news--ratings didn't slip, as they have been most of the season. Bad news--David and David were so much better than Jordin and Blake a year ago, the competition so much stiffer, why didn't the ratings outperform?

  • David Archuleta

    From a business perspective, since Simon declared last night "a knock-out" for Archuleta, I wonder if that may hurt ratings for tonight's finale. Sure, it'll still be huge for Fox, owned by News Corp, but maybe not quite so huge if everyone assumes it's a fait accompli.

  • Netflix

    Today's Netflix announcement with Roku about a new way to get movies from the net directly to your TV screen and bypassing the computer screen in your home office, is cool for a number of reasons.

  • Napster, the digital music service, on Tuesday opened the world's biggest MP3 download store with more than 6 million songs in a direct challenge to Apple's iTunes store.