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Henry Blodgett

December 4, 2009
New Year's Day will mark the end of one of the unhappiest decades ever for the entertainment industry -- a span that saw piracy skyrocketing, music sales plummeting, home video revenue shrinking, mega-mergers going sour and audiences dwindling. The new millennium coincided with the dawn of a new digital era, one that empowers consumers and creators at the expense of the conglomerates that own much of the programming people watch on their television sets and listen to in their cars. Nevertheless, executives at Comcast, the nation's largest cable TV operator, believe it's a propitious time to take over NBC Universal, owner of the also-ran NBC network and hit-starved Universal Studios.
March 13, 2013 | By Jon Healey
The Federal Trade Commission revised its guidelines for digital advertisers Tuesday, clarifying what the agency expects by way of disclosures on Twitter and in texts. In a nutshell, it said that even brief marketing messages have to make "clear and conspicuous" any disclosures that are necessary to prevent consumers from being misled. As the agency put it in a news release, "consumer protection laws apply equally to marketers across all mediums, whether delivered on a desktop computer, a mobile device, or more traditional media such as television, radio, or print.
April 1, 2005 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Oil and gasoline prices surged Thursday after a Wall Street analyst warned of a coming "super spike" that could send crude to $105 a barrel. Light sweet crude for May delivery jumped $1.41 to $55.40 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, $1.32 shy of the record close on March 18. Gasoline for April delivery closed at a record $1.655 a gallon, up 5.88 cents. In a report to investors, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst Arjun Murti said surprisingly high demand in the U.S.
There was the dream of the soccer game, the karate dream, the dream of the airplane, huge and lumbering, carried on one man's back. We speak loosely of a great national nightmare, but they speak concretely of dreams, visions and omens. Perhaps the most surreal thing about the videotape of Osama bin Laden and his associates discussing the attacks of Sept. 11 is the convergence of modern technology with ancient prognostication.
September 28, 1986 | ALLAN JALON
When the Milwaukee Performing Arts Center opened with a $100-a-ticket benefit, shiny limousines let off well-heeled patrons in tuxedos and gowns. Archie A. Sarazin, managing director of the four-theater complex, believes that night in 1969 gave the arts center a snobbish image that later discouraged attendance. "We all want glitz, but it depends--is glitz going to keep people away for from five to 10 years?" said Sarazin. "It happened in Milwaukee." Such are the politics of opening nights.
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