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What Was Wall St. Thinking? (Last Week Ed.)

Last week's puzzling developments on the Street included: Bank of New York alienating its richest depositors; Microsoft and Google fighting like middle-schoolers; DirecTV's CFO making an embarrassing disclosure; and Netflix slowing down as it approached the millionth Canadian milestone.

Next Week's Big News: Cable TV, China.com, More

Plenty of big names are set to report their earnings in August, including the country's largest cable and satellite television providers, several of China's leading dot-coms, radio giant Sirius XM, car rental companies Zipcar and Avis, and the two biggest video game developers.

Comcast's Next Big Battle May Be in Its Backyard

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia channel is now the exclusive carrier of games from the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers and 76ers. But now Comcast will have to make the channel available to satellite-TV providers, thanks to FCC-approved terms of its deal for NBC Universal.

Undercover Boss Gives DirecTV CEO a Job Orientation

This week's Undercover Boss on CBS will explore the recurring theme of disconnect between frontline worker and front office in America's large companies. With his newly acquired scruffy beard, DirecTV CEO Mike White will go on service calls, work in one of the company's call centers, and spend some time in its warehouse.

An Emmy Win: It's More Than Just a Golden Statue

Prestige means a lot in Hollywood. TV companies use a show's Emmy Award to help sell commercial time, and advertisers enjoy the bragging rights of being associated with hot shows. Sometimes, an Emmy can even help a show avoid the ax.

Weekly Preview: What to Watch for in Earnings

After the crunch of quarterly reports over the past two weeks, things will be fairly quiet on the earnings front Monday, with Loews and Vulcan Materials the key names reporting. But the crush resumes Tuesday, with reports from Coach, MasterCard, Molson Coors, Pfizer and Parker Hannifin.

DirecTV Customer Service Lines Flooded After Glitch

DirecTV (DTV) customers who were planning to kick back on the couch to go channel surfing Tuesday morning were in for a rude awakening. A mysterious glitch caused high-definition recorders to get stuck on one channel.