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  • Activision Blizzard's Bobby Kotick on DJ Hero Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009 | 9:34 AM ET

    Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, tells me that "DJ Hero" won't just change his company's business, but will change the world.

  • Netflix to Stream Movies on the PS3 Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 12:46 PM ET
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    Streaming movies are coming to the PlayStation 3. Netflix (NFLX) and Sony (SNE) on Monday announced a partnership that will let owners of the gaming system instantly watch roughly 17,000 movies and TV shows.

  • A Big Deal, but Not a Good One Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 11:12 AM ET
    Comcast | NBC Universal

    The likely corporate marriage of Comcast and NBC Universal is not likely to do any better than the merger of AOL and Time Warner, says the New York Times.

  • Story Of Indian Pitchers Bought By Sony Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 8:48 AM ET
    Dinesh Patel (L) and Rinku Singh of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    The rights to the improbable story of two kids from Indian villages, who won a pitching contest without even knowing the rules of baseball and were eventually drafted, have been acquired by Sony.

  • Verizon Earnings: What to Expect Friday, 23 Oct 2009 | 6:13 PM ET

    Verizon is facing some major challenges, and it's looking for some new growth drivers.

  • Microsoft Unveils Its New Retail Stores Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 | 6:58 PM ET
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    I'm in Scottsdale Arizona where Microsoft just unveiled its new retail concept, and it is a mob scene. Over a thousand people are in line to check out the colorful store, and hoping to get one of the gift bags Microsoft will hand out to early visitors. A few dozen of these Windows fanatics camped out over night.

  • MySpace's recently-appointed CEO Owen Van Natta unveiled his content-focused strategy and new music initiatives.

  • Bing To Incorporate Twitter, Facebook Updates Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 2:15 PM ET
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    Microsoft is expected to announce it will incorporate both Facebook and Twitter's real time updates into Bing search results. The deals would be non-exclusive and separate from each other, and would represent a mind-shift for how Microsoft thinks about search

  • Yahoo!'s Big Original Content Push Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 10:39 AM ET

    On the heels of Yahoo!'s better than expected earnings after the bell Tuesday, the web giant will announce a partnership later today that represents a new focus on original content. I have the early scoop: Yahoo! is about to announce it's partnering with ad giant WPP's Group M Entertainment to together produce new branded webisodes, both companies bringing in advertisers, together developing concepts that will work for them.

  • Barnes & Noble Opens Up Its 'Nook' Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 3:23 PM ET

    Barnes & Noble has finally unveiled the details of its much-anticipated e-book. It's called the "Nook," and like Amazon's Kindle, it costs $259.

  • Ex-News Corp. Executive Said to Be a Deal Adviser Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 11:32 AM ET
    Peter Chernin, former president of News Corporation

    Peter A. Chernin, the former president of the News Corporation and one of the most prominent media executives not tethered to a major conglomerate, is advising Comcast in its bid to acquire a majority stake in NBC Universal, according to executives briefed on the matter.

  • Analyst Upgrades Push Media Stocks Higher Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 5:00 PM ET

    It's been a major media Monday -- Wall Street analysts have been upgrading media conglomerates left and right. The stocks have been benefiting, gaining more today than the major indices.

  • Verizon Ups the Ante To Compete With Cable Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 2:57 PM ET
    Verizon

    Verizon is being very savvy about marketing to cash-strapped consumers as we head into the holiday shopping season. Consumers who sign up for Verizon's new fiber network—FIOS—get a $150 pre-paid Visa card.

  • Media Giant Wrestles With a Shifting Identity Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 1:21 PM ET
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    Of the world’s biggest media companies, the one that might seem in the best position to ride out the recession is Vivendi, whose headquarters in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe oversees a sprawling empire of music, pay television, video game and mobile phone businesses.

  • New Intel Study Reveals Mobile Etiquette Rules Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 9:45 AM ET
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    Ahead of the holiday season Intel is laying down the law about what kind of tech usage is acceptable and what isn't. The chip giant commissioned a "Holiday Mobile Etiquette," hiring Harris Interactive to conduct a carefully weighted poll of 2,625 adults to better understand how people use technology.

  • Where The Wild Things Are

    Movie fans are eagerly making the journey to "Where the Wild Things Are." The live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved picture book led the box office with a $32.5 million opening weekend.

  • Kids Book + Grown-Up Movie = Box Office Hit? Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 1:52 PM ET
    Where The Wild Things Are

    Hollywood loves a familiar brand — there's a reason why nearly every blockbuster is based on a comic book, TV series, or book, or old movie. An established brand has built-in awareness, making it easier to market as a film movie.

  • Recession-Friendly Television Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 12:09 PM ET
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    With the fall TV season underway, networks and cable channels are trying to connect with viewers on the hot topics right now. That means financial uncertainty is front and center; protagonists struggle to make ends meet and pursue new careers. And it’s no surprise that in this era of Bernie Madoff, ponzi schemers and corrupt CEOs and politicians are the villains viewers love to hate.

  • Games vs. Toys: The Box Office Battle Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 12:48 PM ET

    While the demographic for video games and action movies is basically the same, the track record for films based on games has been a pretty dismal one. For every “Tomb Raider”-sized hit, there are a handful of flops like “BloodRayne.”

  • Chadwick: Maria Challenges Michael Moore on Capitalism Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 10:43 AM ET

    I woke up in Milwaukee this morning to see Maria Bartiromo on Morning Joe challenging Michael Moore on the subject of capitalism. Go Maria!! I had to laugh out loud listening to Mr. Moore freaking out about the top 1% of the population owning 99% of the wealth in the country.

Entertainment

Television

  • NEW YORK— New York City police say a Brooklyn man caught on camera waving what appeared to be a handgun behind a television reporter during a live broadcast has been arrested. Police say Khanukov waved the weapon-like object while standing behind a WNBC-TV reporter during a live broadcast in front of Brooklyn Supreme Court. It happened Wednesday afternoon as...

  • Media stocks tumble

    Discussing pressure on media stocks Viacom and Disney, and whether to bet on each company's pipeline, with Tuna Amobi, S&P Capital senior equity analyst.

  • Disney's big concern

    Brian Wieser, Pivotal Research Group, weighs in on Disney's earnings and shares his thoughts on the outlook for the company.