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Sep 16, 2011
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Brace yourselves: (former?) video titan takes aim at Netflix

By Lisa Richwine

It’s getting crowded in Netflix-land.

The field of players battling for customers in the fast-growing online video market may soon get another big-name entrant: Blockbuster, reinventing itself under new owners Dish after a disastrous run, looks ready to launch its long-awaited move into instant video streaming next week, another shot at grabbing customers frustrated with Netflix.

Blockbuster, a unit of Dish Networks, set a press conference for next Friday in San Francisco coyly named “A Stream Come True,” where it promises to unveil “the most comprehensive home entertainment package ever.”

Sep 15, 2011
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Disney’s channel chief latest Mouseketeer to hit the road

For the second time this month, a senior Disney executive is heading for the exits.

The head of Disney Channels Worldwide, Carolina Lightcap, resigned from the company on Thursday after less than two years in the job overseeing the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior cable networks.

Sep 14, 2011
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Facebook’s ads: now 68 percent more likely not to be forgotten

(By Alexei Oreskovic)

Pop quiz: what was the last ad you saw on the Web?

According to Facebook’s head of advertising products Gokul Rajaram, you would be exactly 68 percent more likely to remember the pitch if the ad was “social”.

Rajaram said that Facebook’s various types of social ads, which can include product endorsements from a Facebook user’s friends, offer the cure to the so-called banner-ad blindness that many Web surfers seem to suffer from.

Sep 7, 2011

Yahoo CEO Bartz fired over the phone, ends rocky run

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc Chairman Roy Bostock fired CEO Carol Bartz over the phone on Tuesday, ending a tumultuous two-year tenure marked by stagnating growth and a rift with Chinese partner Alibaba.

“I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward,” Bartz said in a two-sentence email to employees obtained by Reuters.

Sep 7, 2011

Yahoo fires Bartz, ends tumultuous tenure

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
Chairman Roy Bostock fired CEO Carol Bartz over the phone on
Tuesday, ending a tumultuous two-year tenure marked by
stagnating growth and a rift with Chinese partner Alibaba.

“I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over
the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board. It has been my
pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best
going forward,” Bartz said in a two-sentence email to employees
obtained by Reuters.

Aug 26, 2011

When a slimmer iPhone just isn’t good enough

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Tim Cook has big
shoes to fill and he can’t do it by just pushing out snazzier
versions of the iPhone or iPad.

Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) newly minted CEO needs a revolutionary
product to prove he has the chops to succeed Steve Jobs, and that
may be a full-on assault on the living room by as early as 2013,
analysts and industry experts say.

Aug 26, 2011

Analysis: When a slimmer iPhone just isn’t good enough

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tim Cook has big shoes to fill and he can’t do it by just pushing out snazzier versions of the iPhone or iPad.

Apple Inc’s newly minted CEO needs a revolutionary product to prove he has the chops to succeed Steve Jobs, and that may be a full-on assault on the living room by as early as 2013, analysts and industry experts say.

Aug 25, 2011

Investors undaunted as Apple’s Jobs steps aside

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Apple Inc
(AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) began a new era on Thursday without Steve Jobs as
chief executive, a momentous shift that surprised investors,
but barely dented confidence in the near-term outlook for the
stock.

In announcing that he could no longer fulfill his duties,
Jobs stepped away from his CEO duties and cleared the way for
Tim Cook to take over leadership of one of the world’s best
known and valuable companies.

Aug 25, 2011

Apple shares under pressure after Jobs resignation

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Shares in
Apple Inc were marked lower by investors on Thursday as
the company faced a future without its founder and visionary
Steve Jobs at the helm.

Jobs resigned as as CEO on Wednesday and passed the reins to
his right-hand man Tim Cook, saying he could no longer fulfil
his duties, but making no mention of the poor health that has
forced him to take a back seat this year.

Aug 25, 2011

Steve Jobs quits as Apple CEO, Cook takes over

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Steve Jobs
resigned as CEO of Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday and passed
the reins to his right-hand man Tim Cook, saying he could no
longer fulfill the duties in a bombshell announcement that
raised fears his health has deteriorated further.

Jobs, who fought and survived a rare form of pancreatic
cancer and revolutionized the technology arena with the iPhone
and the iPad in the past four years, is deemed the heart and
soul of a company that this month briefly became the most
valuable in America.

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