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  • The battle for your living room is heating up—tomorrow Logitech will unveil its Google TV box and next week Sony unveils its GoogleTV-enabled sets.

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    Mike White has had a whirlwind 10 months since he took the helm at DirecTV: the satellite TV giant has added subscribers, launched three new 3-D channels, and a new online-only "NFL Sunday Ticket" option. And despite the fact that the company faces more competition than ever, the stock recently hit an all-time high.

  • Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

    Many older people will watch the movie, which was No. 1 at the box office last weekend, and see a cautionary tale about a callous young man who betrays friends, partners and principles as he hacks his way to lucre and fame. But many in the generation who grew up in a world that Zuckerberg helped invent will applaud someone who saw his chance and seized it with both hands, mostly by placing them on the keyboard and coding something that no one else had.

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    Adult dramas seldom draw crowds for midnight screenings, and they seldom sell out showings days ahead of a film's opening. But this may turn out to be quite a unique adult drama.

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    After a year of talks with various private equity investors and rumors that CAA was selling a stake to KKR, the Hollywood powerhouse agency has finally come to a deal that infuses hundreds of millions of dollars into the agency.

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    At Advertising Week in New York, I heard a consistent rumble about the upheaval on Madison Avenue. From Chief Marketing Officers for major brands, to ad buyers, to ad agency execs themselves, everyone seemed to agree that the Advertising Agency business is being turned upside down.

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    Like the book, the film tackles the economic impact of unconventional subjects and what drives people.  Among the topics are how a pro-life philosophy affects crime and how naming a kid an unusual name has financial consequences.

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    Westergren wants to offer Pandora everywhere that people listen to radio, which means the company's potential footprint is huge. He wouldn't name names, but it sounds like deals with automakers and companies like Tivo are pending. Pandora is making major headway into the living room: when people can access Pandora on their TVs they listen for an average 2.8 hours a day.

  • She says the social network's ad business is booming: saying it's been a "big year," and that they're working with all the biggest advertisers. She wouldn't comment directly on competing with Google for ad dollars, but she's clearly confident in their competitive position saying. Facebook is the number one site and advertisers want to be where their customers are.

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    The advertising market is improving, Philippe Dauman, president and CEO of Viacom, told CNBC Monday, saying “business for our company is good.”

  • Twitter

    I caught up with the CEO of Twitter from the annual Advertising Week conference in Manhattan; he tells us demand for Twitter's ads is far outpacing the company's supply. Williams says that not only are more companies looking to advertise on Twitter, but each company also wants to spend more on ads.

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    After two years of prodding from Hollywood, the F.C.C. agreed to let movie studios activate technology to prevent films sold through video-on-demand systems from being copied.  That could open the door to a new era, the NYT reports.

  • TV

    After years of moaning about the death of broadcast TV as viewers move online and to cable, the broadest business is looking pretty healthy.

  • Mark Zuckerberg

    Zuckerberg is a product of public schools and the elite Phillips Exeter Academy, but none of his schooling took place in New Jersey. So why Newark? Why now?

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    Blockbuster failed to update its brick-and-mortar model to compete in the fast-paced digital age, and it's been trounced by Netflix and Redbox.

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    Goldman Sachs' Communacopia hosted some major media CEOs Wednesday afternoon: the mood was upbeat with advertising on the rebound. They also had plenty to say about the value of content — and protecting that content — in the new digital landscape.

  • The failings of brick-and-mortar distribution models in film and entertainment, as seen in the shortly-anticipated bankrupty of film retailer Blockbuster, is opening the doors for new dealmakers in Hollywood, chairman and founder of Colony Capital Tom Barrack told CNBC Wednesday.

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    Despite plenty of talk about consumers ditching their cable service, Angelakis says he's not concerned about customers "cutting the cord."

  • The long slow demise of Blockbuster that will culminate with an imminent bankruptcy filing provides another example of how the failure to effectively respond to changes in the distribution of content can doom an enterprise.

  • AOL

    AOL CEO Tim Armstrong took the stage at Goldman Sachs' Communacopia conference and made a few headlines about his plans to create a next-generation digital content company.

Entertainment

Television

  • Feb 23- The New York Times Co will air its first TV ad in seven years on Sunday's broadcast of the Academy Awards on ABC, as the 166- year old newspaper looks to highlight independent journalism amid U.S. While ABC, owned by Walt Disney Co, does not comment on how much it receives from advertisers, a source with knowledge of negotiations said the Times' ad buy was in that...

  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai declined to say on Thursday if he would seek to use the proposed TV station license transfer as a way to examine the AT&T/Time Warner merger. The station that Time Warner is selling, WPCH-TV in Atlanta, is its only FCC- regulated broadcast station. Time Warner said last month that since it did not plan to transfer any FCC licenses to AT&T, it would...

  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday declined to say if he would seek to use the proposed TV station license transfer as a way to examine the AT&T Time Warner merger. The station that Time Warner is selling, WPCH-TV in Atlanta, is its only FCC- regulated broadcast station. Time Warner said last month that since it does not plan to transfer any FCC licenses to AT&T, it would...