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    Coinstar, which runs coin counting machines and owns the DVD rental kiosk company, Redbox, is flying high the morning after its earnings report.

  • The Time Warner building.

    Time Warner Cable's stock added over seven and a half percent Thursday on higher subscriber numbers for all three of its services: home Internet, home phone, and digital cable. The company earned 60 cents a share, up from 48 cents in the year-earlier period.

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    This morning the studio pre-released preliminary full year results nearly five weeks ahead of schedule — results that could influence shareholders considering Icahn's takeover plan.

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    Strong performance at Viacom's cable networks and a 13 percent drop in operating costs helped the media giant beat Wall Street expectations.

  • Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in "24"

    A California cattle salesman accused of stealing $1.5 million from customers, including "24" actor Kiefer Sutherland, has pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges.

  • Barry Diller

    Barry Diller's IAC/Interactive Corp and AOL both reported earnings before the bell. IAC's results exceeded expectations — it grew revenue 16 percent on 20 percent higher search ad revenue.

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    Better subscriber numbers, higher revenue per subscriber, and higher advertising helped Comcast beat Wall Street expectations.

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    Wednesday morning before the bell Comcast will be the first of the media giants to report its quarterly earnings.

  • Rupert Murdoch

    It's a battle of the newspaper moguls. Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal and Arthur Sulzberger's New York Times are fighting over Manhattan readers and pushing to build a foothold in local editions

  • Hollywood sign

    Hugh Hefner is the White Knight who stepped in to save the land around the iconic Hollywood Sign.

  • Avatar

    James Cameron's 3-D epic "Avatar" also holds remarkable appeal in a 2-D format — breaking home entertainment records in its first four days on sale.

  • Plastic surgery

    In small but significant numbers, filmmakers and casting executives are beginning to re-examine Hollywood’s attitude toward breast implants, Botox, collagen-injected lips and all manner of plastic surgery. The NYT reports.

  • Netflix

    Netflix's stock closed the week just under $100 after topping that landmark for the first time ever on Thursday. The stock has had a phenomenal run: it gained 16 percent Thursday alone, and for the year is up about 80 percent.

  • Big news ending an ongoing legal battle between movie studios and Redbox, the $1-per-day rental kiosk company. 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios have struck a distribution deal with Redbox, agreeing to wait 28 days before offering new DVD releases for rental from Redbox kiosks.

  • Tribeca Film Festival

    Last night the ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival kicked off, and this year the event is guaranteed to be bigger than ever. Until now the film fest has been limited to the folks who could make it to one of the screenings in lower Manhattan.

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    A provision banning futures trading of box office estimates was passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday, as part of the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act Financial Reform Package.

  • Mark Zuckerberg

    With Facebook's new strategy your network and all your friends' updates and preferences will be available not just on Facebook.com but also on any website that integrates the social network's three new products announced today. They will vastly expand Facebook's presence and reach across the web.

  • Zynga may not be a household name, but its games are: "FarmVille" and "Mafia Wars" are two of the most popular applications on the web. Zynga's games have 235 million monthly users.

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    Ahead of Facebook's developer conference the social media behemoth announced some new features designed not for developers, but for users, to get them to engage even more with the site by expanding connections beyond friends.

  • A cloud of volcanic matter rises from the erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano, April 16, 2010 in Fimmvorduhals, Iceland.

    The volcanic ash is starting to settle, but Hollywood is still taking stock of the impact of the natural disaster on the entertainment business.

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  • LOS ANGELES, July 22- Donald Trump's 75- minute acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention attracted roughly 30 million television viewers on major U.S. cable and broadcast networks, according to early ratings data that suggested the audience will not break convention records. Trump's audience on Thursday night appeared similar to the number...

  • Murdoch returns to head Fox

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin provides a look at what's next for Fox after CEO Roger Ailes resigned in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

  • Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch in October, 2010.

    Barton Crockett, FBR Capital Markets, discusses Fox's succession plans now that Roger Ailes has left and Rupert Murdoch will take the helm at Fox News.