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  • Fort Pitt Capital Group's Kim Caughey is charged up about General Electric.

  • Rupert Murdoch

    News Corp's Rupert Murdoch said it was "very unlikely" his company would be involved in any Yahoo transaction and said Yahoo and Microsoft would not end up with any deal.

  • This event has sparked some of the biggest media deals, from Google's acquisition of YouTube to the Disney-CapCities merger in 1996. This year there's no avoiding the fact that the economy is in a downturn and the credit markets are tight, but it's not keeping the big names from rolling in.

  • The Macy’s fireworks spectacle is a show not to miss, but so are the movies that have opened on the Independence Day holiday weekend.  According to BoxOfficeMojo, here are the ten highest grossing Fourth of July weekend (3-day) movie openings of all-time as of 2007.

    According to BoxOfficeMojo, here are the ten highest grossing Fourth of July weekend (3-day) movie openings of all-time as of 2007.

  • Media Money

    Lehman Brothers analyst Anthony DiClemente returned from July 4 weekend with a negative outlook on the media giants, downgrading the entire sector to negative. DiClemente is concerned that digital distribution changes will "disrupt the core economic models of the majority of film and TV content."

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    A potential deal between Yahoo and Time Warner's AOL division is unlikely before Yahoo's annual meeting on Aug. 1, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday.

  • For the short Independence week ending Friday, July 3, 2008, the U.S. Markets ended the week in bear market territory with the Dow and the NASDAQ off more than 20% from their market peak set in October, 2007.

  • Is Yahoo a buy on optimism that it might get back together with Microsoft?

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    There's a new twist in the Microsoft Yahoo saga and it sent shares of the Internet firm soaring. Should you hop on?

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    Yahoo shares rose more than 6 percent Wednesday as The Wall Street Journal reported Microsoft has talked to other media companies about teaming up to buy Yahoo’s search business.

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    I'll say from the outset that I have great respect for the Wall Street Journal. But I, along with a number of folks following the Yahoo/Microsoft will-they-or-won't-they drama are wondering what the point is of today's splashy, front-page tome purporting to break new ground about a new deal to grab a chunk of the company.

  • Microsoft is preparing a new bid for Yahoo's search business and has approached other media companies about joining it in a deal, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Media stocks have tanked. A chart of the media conglomerates performance over the past 12 months is flat-out ugly. They're all in the red, and all but Disney have underperformed the Dow, and it's still down about five percent over the past 12 months.

  • Newspapers are breaking records -- and it's not a good thing. A double-digit drop in newspaper ad revenue, the third consecutive year of declines, and record margin contraction makes this the industry's worst year ever. The newspaper industry's ad revenue is down 12 percent this year, on top of last year's already dismal 8 percent drop.

  • Bollywood

    The gap between Bollywood and Hollywood is becoming increasingly narrow. Earlier this week I blogged about how Steven Spielberg is in talks with Indian Media Giant Reliance ADA group to finance an independent studio.

  • The growing advertising ambitions of technology powerhouses like Google and Microsoft are creating alarm in the executive suites of ad agencies.

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    Mainstream advertisers normally gravitate toward wholesome characters from mainstream shows that steer clear of hot buttons. But in recent months, big brands like Coca-Cola, Subway and White Castle have been borrowing for their marketing efforts characters from “Family Guy,” which has been criticized for everything from anti-Semitism and sexism to homophobia and overall disgustingness, the New York Times reports.

  • Linked In

    On Wednesday, LinkedIn will announce that it has raised $53 million in capital, primarily from Bain Capital Ventures, a Boston-based private equity firm, valuing the company at $1 billion, the NYT reports.

  • MySpace

    When the News Corporation added MySpace to its portfolio nearly three years ago, it expected that if its base of 16 million users kept growing — and each user kept adding friends, sharing photos and swapping flirty messages — the advertising dollars would roll in, the New York Times reported.

  • Steven Spielberg

    The idea is: Spielberg wants to own the movies it makes -- instead of having Paramount own them as it does now. And rumor has it, he wants to distribute through Universal Studios (CNBC's sister company).