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  • Nielsen Expands Tracking For Online, Cell Phones Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 4:24 PM ET

    You may know Nielsen for its TV ratings, but the company also tracks all your entertainment consumption online. Today, Nielsen is announcing two new divisions--Nielsen Online and Nielsen Mobile--to give more detailed analysis of how people are spending their time and their money online and on their mobile phones.

  • TiVo to Add Rhapsody Music Service Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | 12:54 PM ET

    TiVo is introducing music to its mix of entertainment services, offering owners of the company's digital video recorders access through their TVs to the Rhapsody music service.

  • Box Office 'Heartbreak' for Stiller Comedy Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | 4:56 AM ET

    Ben Stiller's new comedy "The Heartbreak Kid" barely registered a pulse at the weekend box office in North America, in a badly timed setback for its underappreciated studio DreamWorks.

  • Box Office 'Heartbreak' for Stiller Comedy Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | 12:35 AM ET

    Ben Stiller's new comedy "The Heartbreak Kid" barely registered a pulse at the weekend box office in North America, in a badly timed setback for its underappreciated studio DreamWorks.

  • Google: Why It's Good To Be Them (Almost $600/Share) Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 4:57 PM ET

    So close, but so far yesterday, and now it appears investors will have to wait a little longer for Google to hit that magic, $600 a share milestone. This isn't quite "Dow 10,000," but the numbers are nothing short of staggering.

  • Apple's iPod Still Rules, But Rivals Are Circling Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 1:26 PM ET
    Apple iPod

    Apple, which introduced a new line of iPods in early September, has managed to stay one step ahead of the competition--so far.

  • DreamWorks Vs. Viacom: A Real Throw Down Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 10:47 AM ET

    I love these Hollywood showdowns. Media moguls know how to slap each other in the face more publicly than perhaps any other group. Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen, just gave Viacom's top brass one of those slaps.

  • Facebook: Is It Really Worth Microsoft's Offer? Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 1:38 PM ET

    Rumors are flying about Microsoft's interest in investing in a 5% stake in Facebook--a stake that would value the social networking upstart at some $10 billion dollars. Viacom and Yahoo  have both made bids for the company, Google is reportedly interested (though co-founder Sergey Brin told me back in July that they weren't pursuing Facebook) and now Microsoft's offer is shaping up.

  • CBS And Moonves In Media Spotlight Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 1:45 PM ET
    Les Moonves

    CBS CEO Les Moonves, wanting to dispel concerns that an economic slowdown would hurt ad sales, said that CBS ad sales are up 30% in the current scatter market, at Merrill Lynch's Media conference.

  • Philippe Dauman

    Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman had a point to make to investors at a media conference this week. Dauman said that losing star producers and DreamWorks chiefs Steven Spielberg and David Geffen would be "completely immaterial" to Paramount and Viacom.

  • Yahoo's New Internet 2.0 Strategy Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 1:57 PM ET
    Yahoo

    Yahoo's take at Internet 2.0.  Since Jerry Yang took the helm at Yahoo again, the Internet company's been trying to get back on track. And that means not just getting its ad strategy sorted out, but also starting to compete more with some of the more innovative Internet 2.0 companies, which of course means Facebook and social networking.

  • Apple's iPod Still Rules, But Rivals Are Circling Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 6:08 PM ET
    Apple iPod

    Apple, which is widely expected to announce a new line of iPods on Wednesday, has managed to stay one step ahead of the competition--so far.

  • Grade the Trade Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 9:36 AM ET

    In this special segment, the masters of Wall Street go face to face with some of the best business school students in the country. Students from Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Wharton are bringing their A-game via the webcam.

  • Cadbury: Social Networking "Sweetens" Business Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 8:24 AM ET
    Cadbury Wispa Bar

    On Friday, I reported about Nielsen's upcoming social networking site, 'Hey! Nielsen.' The idea is to mine online buzz to find out what movies, music, tv, and online video people are talking about online, with the idea to eventually turn that buzz into relevant numbers for advertisers. Nielsen won't be the first to look to social networks for insight.

  • Transformers' Director Bay "Transformed" To HD DVD Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 3:10 PM ET
    HD DVD player and HD DVD-ROM

    After Michael Bay declared on his blog that he was refusing to direct "Transformers 2" because he was so upset about Paramount ditching the Blu-ray format to be exclusive to HD DVD, Bay has changed his tune. He followed it up with a post saying he'd overreacted, had been convinced by some Blu-ray fans. He says he was convinced to support HD because he learned that HD had cheaper players--around that $200 magic number.

  • MTV Gets "Real" As Microsoft Gets Tuned Out Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 3:03 PM ET

    When Viacom's MTV unveiled its new "Urge," online digital music destination at the big Consumer Electronics Show last year, it had all the earmarks of a major initiative. Justin Timberlake joined Van Toffler on stage during Bill Gates' keynote to unveil the service which would ultimately be tied to the then-upcoming Zune media player from Microsoft.

  • Paramount: Does Dropping Blu-ray Cost Them Michael Bay? Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 12:06 PM ET
    Sony Blu-ray Disc

    The blogosphere is swirling with rumors about how Paramount's decision to ditch the Blu-ray format in favor of HD DVD (see my previous post), could cost the studio big time. It all started with the director Paramount's biggest hit, "Transformers." On a forum on his own blog--www.shootfortheedit.com--director Michael Bay posted the following:

  • Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD:  Is Sony Now Losing The DVD War? Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 11:09 AM ET
    Toshiba HD DVD

    Another battle in the very long war. For years Sony's Blu-ray has been battling with Microsoft and Toshiba-backed HD DVD. And everyone--the studios, the disc and player manufacturers, and consumers--is just dying for one format to emerge victorious and the other format to fall the way of the BetaMax. HD DVD just scored an unexpected win, after Blu-ray had taken the lead. DreamWorks Animation and Viacom's Paramount (including DreamWorks Studio) just committed to releasing their films...

  • There's no question that Blockbuster's livelihood is under attack--the business of driving to a store to rent a DVD and driving back when you're done is threatened from video on demand, and digital downloads, especially since both technologies are getting better and faster. So, looking to avoid going the way of the Beta Max, Blockbuster just purchased online movie downloading company Movielink for under $20 million.

  • Blockbuster Buys Movie Download Service Movielink Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | 3:52 AM ET

    U.S. movie rental chain Blockbuster said Wednesday it has bought film download service Movielink for undisclosed terms, giving it a stronger hold in an area where rival Netflix is also staking a claim.