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  • 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.

  • In today’s sports-crazed world, athletes like Lebron James and Tony Hawk have quickly become household names. But it’s not just their sport that’s making them famous. Athletes are becoming known for their entrepreneurship and savvy business deals—earning more off the playing field than on. From personalized apparel to multimillion dollar investment companies, see why these athletes truly “score” in the business world.

    In today’s sports-crazed world, athletes like Lebron James and Tony Hawk have quickly become household names. But it’s not just their sport that’s making them famous.

  • CBS

    CBS posted earnings two and a half times last year's earnings per share and 11 percent higher revenue — beating analyst expectations, on a combination of an ad recovery and operating efficiencies.

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    Discovery beat Wall Street expectations and raised its guidance slightly on broad-based advertising gains and international growth.

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Television

  • Cord-cutting isn't happening.

    Turns out Americans aren't cord-cutting despite rising anxiety among legacy media networks.

  • Chuck Barris, the man behind TV's "The Dating Game," poses in the lobby of his apartment in New York. Game show impresario Barris has died at 87.

    Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— In a victory for television broadcasters, a federal appeals court has rejected legal arguments that sought to allow live TV on the internet. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that an internet television provider cannot avoid copyright law by claiming it's a cable company. The case pitted Fox and other TV broadcasters against...