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  • Lightning Round: Energy, Big Media and Farm Equipment Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 12:32 AM ET

    Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • 10 Highest Grossing 4th of July Weekend Movie Openings Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 10:38 AM ET
    The Macy’s fireworks spectacle is a show not to miss, but so are the movies that have opened on the Independence Day holiday weekend.  According to BoxOfficeMojo, here are the ten highest grossing Fourth of July weekend (3-day) movie openings of all-time as of 2007.

    According to BoxOfficeMojo, here are the ten highest grossing Fourth of July weekend (3-day) movie openings of all-time as of 2007.

  • Media Stocks Get "New" Label: Negative Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 9:23 AM ET
    Media Money

    Lehman Brothers analyst Anthony DiClemente returned from July 4 weekend with a negative outlook on the media giants, downgrading the entire sector to negative. DiClemente is concerned that digital distribution changes will "disrupt the core economic models of the majority of film and TV content."

  • Weather Channel Logo

    It was a busy holiday weekend for NBC Universal, CNBC's parent company. Along with private equity groups Bain Capital and Blackstone, it was finalizing its acquisition of the Weather Channel. The three are paying Landmark Communications a reported $3.5 billion, more than half in equity, split between the three.

  • Microsoft Seeking Allies for New Move on Yahoo Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 2:55 PM ET
    Yahoo Headquarters

    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.

  • Still No Deal For Yahoo--Period Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 10:16 AM ET

    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 Seeks Allies for New Yahoo Bid: WSJ Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 3:58 AM ET

    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.

  • Hollywood is looking at another intense third act; the tough guys are pulling out the big guns. The Screen Actors Guild is the last of the entertainment industry's guilds to renegotiate its contract, and let's just say, it's not looking like a fairytale ending.

  • A Hurry-Up Offense for the Second Half Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 1:24 PM ET

    It was an ugly first half for the stock market and now that the goal posts have been moved for the economic recovery, expect a rough game in the second half.

  • WALL-E Cleans Up at Box Office Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 8:33 AM ET

    Animation giant Pixar scored its ninth consecutive No. 1 Sunday with its robot love story "WALL-E," while Angelina Jolie achieved a personal best with her violent assassination thriller "Wanted." "WALL-E," bolstered by near-unanimous critical praise, sold an estimated $62.5 million of tickets in its first three days, said Pixar's Walt Disney Co parent..

  • Why Media Stocks Look So Ugly Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 2:29 PM ET

    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.

  • Media Stock Picks: The Mouse Roars Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 2:05 PM ET

    There are a lot of downdrafts in the media-business atmosphere right now, but Tuna Amobi of Standard and Poor's has "strong-buy" ratings on a couple of high-profile companies.

  • Newspapers' Record-Breaking Bad News Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 8:19 PM ET

    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-Hollywood Crossover Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 4:05 PM ET
    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.

  • MySpace Might Have Friends, But It Wants Ad Money Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 4:04 AM ET
    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.

  • Curbing Internet Traffic by Charging by the Byte Sunday, 15 Jun 2008 | 8:59 AM ET

    Three of the country’s largest Internet service providers are threatening to clamp down on their most active subscribers by placing monthly limits on their online activity.

  • Scripps Too Finds Breaking Up Is Easy To Do In Cable Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 2:35 PM ET

    The SEC just approved the plan to split the company's fast and slow growing divisions. A common strategy in this media landscape where old media seems slow and archaic compared to dynamic web-fueled growth.

  • Network Upfronts Wrap Up--TV Ad Market Not So Grim? Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 9:58 AM ET

    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.

  • What Icahn Can Do for Motorola and Yahoo! Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 6:28 PM ET

    The legendary activist investor offers just what these two struggling companies – and their investors – need.

  • New Phone? It's The Network, Stupid Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 12:39 PM ET
    A customer at an Apple store at Southpark Mall in Charlotte, N.C., examines the new Apple iPhone during the first day of sales for the device, Friday, June 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek).

    In spite of the built-in WiFi, the touch-screen that lets users manipulate data and an accelerometer that allows the on-screen image to rotate with the device, the reality is, without a network that allows users to fully realize its capabilities, the iPhone is only achieving a portion of its potential.