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Guess Who's Making Money? NPR

NPR expects to make a profit this year, a surprising state of affairs for a nonprofit. But with the national debate raging about whether the federal government should stop funding public broadcasting, could NPR find itself a victim of its own success?

Earthquake Rattles Japanese Animation Industry

One of Japan's best-known exports, its unique style of animation, faces a new crisis -- a disruption in production following the recent earthquake and tsunami. The multi-billion-dollar "anime" industry has already been challenged by overseas competition and high employee turnover at home.

Apple Expands Subscription-Billing Service

Apple is broadening the content subscription-billing service it started earlier the month with News Corp.'s The Daily electronic newspaper to other magazines, newspapers, video providers and other content sources, as the company looks to further benefit from the growing contingent of people getting their news on portable devices.

In This Corner, Netflix. In the Other Corner. . .Amazon?

Netflix, whose DVD-by-mail service hastened the demise of several video rental chains, may soon find itself under siege from Amazon. The world's largest online retailer appears to be on the verge of launching its own unlimited movie and TV-show streaming service.

Dallas-Area Companies Go Whole Hog for Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl XLV will set records both for stadium attendance and for event fund-raising, and North Texas corporations haven't been shy to put out the welcome mat for their favored clients. How much will communities and local businesses score from the big game?

The Plot Thickens: Netflix Users Angered By Latest Digital Twist

Netflix angered customers this week by removing the option to order DVDs via videostreaming consoles and mobile devices. The news that it was eliminating the "Add to DVD Queue" button in order to focus more on streaming videos has drawn thousands of comments, many critical of the company.

News Corp. to Launch Digital Newspaper on Jan. 19

News Corp. (NWS) will launch its much-anticipated digital newspaper for tablet computers on January 19. Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., and Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs will both attend the launch, Reuters reported without naming its sources.

Can Google's Android Undercut iTunes for News?

Google is considering a plan to charge publishers less to sell news to Android users than the 30% fee that Apple typically charges to sell apps on iTunes. Will that be enough to attract news publishers?

iPhone Alarm Problems Continue for Third Day

Three days into January 2011 and some Apple (AAPL) iPhone users are still struggling with a glitch in the phone%u2019s alarm function. For a third consecutive day, iPhone alarms failed to go off, leading to users missing flights and arriving late in work in Asia and Europe, Reuters reported.

New York Times in Talks to Sell Red Sox Stake

New York Times Co. (NYT) is in talks to sell its stake in the Boston Red Sox baseball team. "It continues to be for sale," New York Times CEO Janet Robinson said, according to Reuters. "We are continuing to talk to a variety of prospective buyers, large and small."

CBS Early Show Will Change Hosts in January

CBS will replace its weekday hosts for The Early Show with the program's weekend team as the network moves to better compete with ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's The Today Show.