• Bloomberg, Comcast in 'neighborhood' brawl

    Bloomberg Television is still stuck in Siberia in the Comcast channel lineup, and it's right to ask the FCC to step in.

    FORTUNE -- One of the main worries surrounding Comcast's (CMCSA) merger with NBC Universal was that Comcast would use its cable platform to favor its own programming at the expense of competitors. From the beginning, the financial news organization Bloomberg has issued perhaps the loudest complaints about the situation. MORE

    - Jun 15, 2011 11:11 AM ET
  • The AOL Way: Broken, battered and hopeless

    A leaked presentation on its "master plan" and its abysmal earnings report only confirm that AOL needs a new way.

    By Dan Mitchell, contributor

    Ken Auletta's profile in The New Yorker of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong last month was a grim assessment the company's prospects and a scathing indictment of the quality of AOL's content -- much of which, Auletta wrote, is "piffle." The company, he seemed to conclude, is more likely MORE

    Feb 2, 2011 2:36 PM ET
  • Apple loses buzz, Microsoft gains

    The net loss in "media value" last quarter, according to a new report, was nearly $460 million

    Here's an interesting exercise. Take the total number of news stories, social media mentions and tweets about Apple (AAPL) over the course of, say, three months. Rate each hit for its impact and value -- positive, neutral or negative. Calculate what it would cost to generate that kind of buzz if you paid a MORE

    - Jan 24, 2011 3:55 PM ET
  • How Mafia Wars can fix the media

    The online gaming industry sells $2 billion a year in virtual goods through micro-transactions. What if they sold newspapers?

    By John Patrick Pullen, contributor

    The Internet is an emporium of inequity. For example, in the massively popular social game Farmville, a little garden gnome will run you 13 Farmville Bucks, which converts, roughly, to $2.75 USD. Over on Kingdoms of Camelot, another successful game hosted on Facebook, the gauntlet of MORE

    Aug 5, 2010 3:00 AM ET
  • Liberty Global's global retreat

    The company's doing just fine, but it has had to pull back in some regions after regulation and competition made it tough to do business there.

    by Laura Rich, contributor

    After a few years in France, Liberty Global (LBTYA) pulled up stakes and left. In South America, it retreated from seven countries down to one. "We realized it was never going to go our way," said Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries.

    On MORE

    Jul 24, 2010 10:45 AM ET
  • And the walls came tumbling down

    Is the NBCU-Comcast deal really about a new business model for cable?

    By Tom MacIsaac, CEO, ExtendMedia

    That cracking sound you hear is the walls of the clubby world of cable beginning to crumble. Everything in the media world -- ­ especially the world of media distribution --has changed as a result of Comcast (CMCSA) taking control of GE's (GE) NBCUniversal.

    Many people think this is a deal to preserve the status quo MORE

    Dec 11, 2009 9:00 AM ET
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