NBC TV boss Jeff Zucker was named President and CEO of NBC Universal, replacing long-time CEO Bob Wright, who continues as vice chairman of parent company, General Electric Co.
Internet search is undoubtedly one of the most useful tools out there, but it’s never been synonymous with entertainment. Microsoft is hoping to change this – and maybe even beat Google at it’s own game – by launching an interactive search engine that aims to be both functional and entertaining at the same time.
Privately-held Nielsen said it would pay about $327 million to buy the 40% stake in NetRatings that it does not already own.
The Super Bowl consistently draws the largest single audience for a sporting event, making it very attractive to advertisers. That may be no coincidence given that the NFL is the best-run organizations in professional sports as evidenced by its decision to share revenue among large- and small-market teams to assure a healthy mix of teams reaching the Super Bowl. A dull game doesn't diminish interest among bettors who are playing the point spread.
Thursday's pre-orders for "Deathly Hallows" exceeded the first two weeks of pre-orders for its predecessor, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," Seattle-based Amazon said.
The e-commerce bellwether reported a fourth-quarter profit of 23 cents a share, above expectations of 21 cents a share but down from 47 cents last year.
Google reported earnings of $3.18 a share, handily surpassing analysts' expectations. The online search and Internet-based products company was expected to report a profit of $2.92 a share, according to a Thomson Financial consensus estimate, up from $1.54 a share last year.
Time Warner profit jumped 34% in the fourth quarter, boosted by the sale of Internet access businesses in Europe and a deal that added new subscribers to its cable TV unit.
Microsoft’s Vista operating system has barely been on store shelves for a few hours and online gamers, a potentially big faction of Vista users, already have cause for concern. CNBC’s Jim Goldman had the story from Silicon Valley.
Coffee and computers: the modern business of both erupted simultaneously in the 1990s, born in Washington, Oregon and Northern California -- and riding out to conquer the rest of America and the world. So perhaps it's fitting that these two symbols of the pre-millennial new economy should come together at one nexus point: early next month, the trade in java is going....
Huh? Cancel the Super Bowl in order to work better? Did you read this right? Well, it seems flu shots may help us stay on the job in winter, but if you really want to prevent lost productivity in January -- just cancel the Super Bowl. Un-American you say? Perhaps. But John Challenger told CNBC's Erin Burnett that the National Football League's annual orgy of touchdowns.....
Okay--after five years in development and $6 billion spent, Microsoft is finally rolling out its new operating system at midnight tonight for consumers-as we've been telling you. So--will Vista “wow” consumers the way Microsoft promises it will? Brian Cooley of CNET.com, Jeremy Kaplan of PC Magazine and David Pogue of the New York Times...
Midnight tonight marks D-Day for Microsoft. That's when the software leviathan will finally release Vista, the long-awaited reincarnation of its Windows operating system (OS). Will the long wait and big investment pay off? Jim Goldman and Darren Rovell report from Silicon Valley and New York City.
Netflix is the latest player to provide movies via the web for users to watch on PCs or media center devices connected to their TVs, but it’s a crowded and confusing field.
News Corp. is finalising a deal with partners to launch a networking Web site venture in China within a few months, venture capital and Chinese government sources said on Friday.
You know the great rivalries: dogs vs. cats, Yankees vs. Red Sox, Coke vs. Pepsi. Then there's Apple Computer vs. Microsoft. Two technology-sector observers joined "Power Lunch," to weigh in on the clash of these tech titans. Apple's Mac was its first big product but Richard Stice, hardware equity...
Shares of online auction giant eBay surged after the company beat quarterly earnings forecasts, and its chief executive said the company's annual performance was boosted by a strong fourth-quarter and improving fundamentals.
The chief financial officer of Yahoo said the company expects sales growth to accelerate in the second quarter as the company's new advertising system takes root.
EBay reported fourth-quarter earnings of 31 cents a share, beating a consensus forecast of 28 cents a share.
Yahoo's revenue came in at $1.23 billion after subtracting advertising commissions that the company paid to its partners. That figure represented a 15% increase from the prior year and a 10% improvement from 2006's third quarter.