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  • Stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open for Wall Street Wednesday after news the private sector added more jobs than expected, and a day after Republicans won a substantial number of seats in races nationwide, and took control of the House of Representatives.

  • With Election Day looming the pace of political ad spending continues to accelerate — this is sure to be a record year. Political ad spending is on track to top $3 billion; not only is that far ahead of the $2.4 billion spent during the last mid-term elections, it even exceeds the $2.7 billion spent during the 2008 presidential campaigns.

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    The mid-term election and the Fed's November meeting should clear away some uncertainties hanging over markets but may also lead to a new period of heightened volatility.

  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1" doesn't hit theaters until November 19, but tickets are on sale and they're going fast.

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    A lot of people might not know Zynga’s name, but they sure know its games. “Farmville,” “Mafia Wars,” and “Café World” are some of the biggest titles on Facebook – and continue to draw hundreds of millions of players per month.

  • Despite high unemployment and tepid economic growth, the advertising market remains strong, David Zaslav, president & CEO of Discovery Communications told CNBC on Friday.

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    The show has a relatively small audience — 2.2 million viewers last Sunday — but that audience is educated and influential, which helps explain the cultural weight of cable channel AMC.

  • Just when it looked like MGM's drawn-out saga was nearing an end — a pre-packaged bankruptcy with Spyglass Entertainment's chiefs in charge — here comes a third act twist.

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    Lions Gate is offering to combine its business with MGM in a deal supported by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who owns stakes in both studios.

  • We all get the question: If there were one sporting event that you could have been at, what would it be? For me, that’s the easiest question in the world. The 1973 Belmont to watch Secretariat win by an amazing 31 lengths. In my mind, that’s still the most amazing sporting achievement of all time.

  • 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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    Throngs of moviegoers "liked" "Social Network" this weekend, making the Facebook flick No. 1 at the weekend box office with $23 million in sales.

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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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    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.

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    Markets Wednesday will sort through the implications of the Fed's move towards further easing... and its increasingly negative impact on the dollar.

  • Stocks closed mixed as technology companies pulled the Nasdaq and Dow higher, although investors didn't have enough conviction in the future of the economy to break out of a tight trading range.  HP and Cisco rose, while Alcoa fell.

  • Stocks remained mixed Thursday ahead of the close as technology stocks pulled the Nasdaq higher and lifted the Dow, although Wall Street largely remained locked in a tight trading range.  HP and Cisco rose, while Alcoa fell.

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    It's a big day for cable television — Martha Stewart, a queen of broadcast syndication, is moving to cable, kicking off a partnership with the Hallmark Channel. In a new five-year deal Stewart's signature show and other Martha Stewart Omnimedia programming will run on Hallmark Channel from 10 am to 6 pm. This speaks volumes about the business model for a brand like Stewart, and the changing television landscape.

  • Fewer people are sitting down to watch their favorite shows live on TV, so how can you take advantage of this trend?

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    Another roar from MGM's tired lion, which is struggling under a $4 billion debt load. I've confirmed that Spyglass founders Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum have signed a letter of intent to make them co-CEOs of MGM.