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  • AOL

    AOL is placing a major bet on the local news market — announcing today that it's expanding its Patch hyper-local news sites to 500 markets around the US. And, for a change, this is great news for the news profession.

  • Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

    The trailer for the upcoming movie "The Social Network," about Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, is ripe for Internet riffing.

  • Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love.

    Hollywood loves an established fan-base, and that's exactly what the 9 million people who bought best-seller "Eat, Pray, Love" are.

  • Google

    Today's news that Google is partnering with DirecTV to sell ads for cable networks could have far-reaching implications for Google and the ad business. This could be a win-win-win for Google, DirecTV, as well as advertisers, and it has the potential to shake up Madison Avenue.

  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the premier of The Expendables.

    State workers across the country have long complained about budget-cutting by way of furloughs and pay cuts. Now California’s state employee unions are taking the fight to the wellspring of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s popularity: the big screen. The NYT reports.

  • Disney beat Wall Street expectations, posting higher-than-expected revenue and earnings on strength at its media networks and a turnaround at its movie studio.

  • TV

    A new report out today from Veronis Suhler Stevenson forecasts spending on media and communications will outpace economic growth as consumers invest in mobile and web access and companies pay to reach them there.

  • Netflix set up a battle for broadband control of pay-per-view and the new world that we are just approaching.  The deal gives Viacom approximately  $1 billion dollars in licensing fees over five years—roughly $200 million a year.

  • Cinderella's Castle

    When Disney reports after the bell Wall Street will be looking for what the media giant can tell us about the strength of the American consumer.

  • Netflix

    In a sign that online streaming is coming to the forefront in Hollywood, films from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate and MGM will appear on Netflix’s streaming service just three months after they appear on pay television. The NYT reports.

  • Illeana Douglas on "Easy To Assemble".

    After a protracted drought, money is trickling back into the professional Web video industry. So-called branded entertainment deals like the one by Ikea are becoming more common, helping to nourish new programming. The NYT reports.

  • Bill Gates at the Techonomy Conference.

    Bill Gates was the grand finale of the "Techonomy" conference, taking the stage in a packed room to discuss "Reinventing Capitalism: How to jumpstart what the marketplace can't."

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    If there was consensus about one thing at "Techonomy," it's that education, and fostering the next generation of "techonomists" is crucial.

  • Newspapers

    What is the future of media and journalism? Techonomy is organized by three former Fortune Magazine journalists, who have thought a lot about that question.

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    How is technology changing financial markets? That's the question the Techonomy conference tackled in a panel with NYSE Euronext's Duncan Niederauer, SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert, and J. Doyne Farmer, a former hedge fund manager, now looking to reinvent the study of markets at the Santa Fe Institute.

  • HP Slate

    HP's Shane Robison says believes we'll be in a period of growth in the not-too-distant future. While population expansion is a challenge, he sees growth of the middle class as a huge  opportunity.

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    Entrepreneurs and innovators including Jeff Bezos, Dean Kamen, and Eric Schmidt discussed and debated the future of technology and how it will drive improvements in business, society, and beyond.

  • Rupert Murdoch

    CEO Rupert Murdoch did not make his usual comments at the top of the earnings call — instead News Corp Deputy Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer took the helm, outlining the various divisions' strength. Is this a sign that Murdoch is shifting of power to his deputy?

  • Jeffrey Bewkes

    Time Warner reported its fastest growth in two years and CEO Jeff Bewkes says media is back: "We're looking at a very strong performance in the middle of this economic situation."

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    As investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs search for the "Next Big Thing," this week's Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, Calif. brings together companies whose innovation is driving economic growth. Here are four to keep your eyes on.

Entertainment

Television

  • March 24- AMC Networks Inc, whose shows include "The Walking Dead," is planning to launch a commercial-free online video streaming service aimed at millennial TV subscribers, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters this week. Unlike standalone streaming options from Time Warners HBO and from CBS Corp, AMC's would be exclusively available to...

  • March 24- The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Googles YouTube over offensive content could threaten the sites long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television, analysts and ad industry professionals said Thursday. The immediate financial impact of the controversy is likely to be limited, in part...

  • March 23- The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Googles YouTube over offensive content could threaten the sites long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television, analysts and ad industry professionals said Thursday. The immediate financial impact of the controversy is likely to be limited, in part...