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  • 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.

  • Yahoo's Decker in 'Ongoing' Talks With Microsoft Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 10:11 PM ET
    Sue Decker, Yahoo President

    Yahoo President Susan Decker said Wednesday there are "ongoing, engaged talks" with Microsoft.

  • Weather Channel Logo

    Though the Weather Channel's owner, Landmark Communications, was originally looking for $5 billion for the asset, which includes mobile and online, now the bids are coming in at some $3.5 billion in stock and debt. Bankers telling me that the number has come down with the turmoil in the credit markets.

  • Sex And The City: Why It's A Hit At The Box Office Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 12:09 PM ET
    Sex And The City cast members

    Warner Bros. reports that a full 85 percent of the audience its huge opening Friday night was female, a ratio that shifted only slightly over the weekend as women dragged more boyfriends and husbands along.

  • 'Sex' Sells at Theaters in America, Europe Sunday, 1 Jun 2008 | 10:08 PM ET
    Sex and The the City

    "Sex and the City" fashioned a surprisingly strong opening at the North American box office on Sunday, as frenzied female fans used the romantic comedy as an excuse for a big party.

  • NBC Universal, Blackstone Bid for Weather Channel Friday, 30 May 2008 | 4:34 AM ET

    A consortium including NBC Universal and Blackstone Group bidding for the Weather Channel is offering about $1.8 billion in equity for their bid, or roughly half the total offer, a source familiar with the matter said.

  • Best Buy's Geeks Fight Off "Sex...And The City" Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 2:13 PM ET
    Best Buy's Geek Squad

    In a clever pr stunt to exploit the tidal wave of buzz attached to the Time Warner film, Best Buy's Geek Squad is telling guys who would rather order carry-out than get "Carrie'd" away how to stay out of the theater. "Geek Squad has your back," say pamphlets which Geek Squadders will be handing in Times Square tonight.