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Investors, Rivals Complicate Dell's Going Private

Several potential bidders may be preparing offers to counter the effort by Dell founder Michael Dell to take the company private, from shareholder Southeastern Asset Management to rival computer maker Hewlett-Packard to famed investor Carl Icahn.

Market Minute: Time Warner in Talks With Meredith Corp On Magazines

Time Warner is in talks to sell the majority of its Time Inc magazine division to Meredith Corp, according to a source familiar with the situation. The valuation being ascribed to Time Inc, with titles such as Time, Sports Illustrated and People, ranges from $2 billion to $3.5 billion.

7 Business Battles That Bruised Consumers in 2012

Companies get into fights all the time: in the courts, through their advertising, in contract negotiations with partners, and even with their own workers. To some extent, it's just business as usual -- but when those fights escalate, it's often consumers who feel the pain.

Are Comic Books a Smart Investment?

Rising enthusiasm for comic books has led some to view them as an investment like rare baseball cards or stamps. There's good reason for this: History shows that hard-to-find comics can command huge sums. But should you put your money in the hands of superheroes?

Wall Street Watch Friday: Zumiez Wipes Out

Skateboarding is all about keeping your balance and avoiding the always-embarrassing face-plant. But that's exactly what edgy teen apparel retailer Zumiez failed to do with Thursday afternoon's earnings report.

Beyond Batman: Who Will Be the Next Multiplex Superhero?

Between Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise and the Harry Potter series, Time Warner raked in more than $9 billion in box office receipts over the past decade. After "The Dark Knight Rises" ends its run, what hero will save movie theaters from the attack of the red ink?

DVDs Are Dying: Can Anything Rescue Hollywood?

DVDs -- and even their more modern Blu-ray siblings -- are gradually fading to black, as VHS and LaserDisc did before them. Movie studios have seen this coming for some time. Problem is, it's part of a bigger trend they may not be able to overcome.

8 Brands That Blew the Most Money on Super Bowl Ads

Between 2002 and 2011, companies spent a whopping $2.5 billion on Super Bowl advertising; this year, a 30-second commercial cost an average of $3.5 million. But what do you get for all that cash. In the case of these eight major advertisers, not as much as they'd hoped.

SpongeBob's Big Problem: An Ocean of Streaming Video

The yellow fellow who lives in a pineapple under the sea -- and all his Nickelodeon pals -- are suddenly getting kicked in the SquarePants by the on-demand video revolution. Can Viacom adjust the new order of children's entertainment before Nick's ratings sink to the ocean floor?

Netflix Revives a Cult Classic - and Its Own Fortunes

Eventually Netflix, had to stop doing stupid things and do a smart one -- and it did. It has made a deal to be the exclusive home of "Arrested Development" when the critically acclaimed comedy returns to TV in 2013.

Watch to Watch This Week on Wall Street

There's never a dull moment on Wall Street -- now more than ever! From homebuilder earnings to yoga pants to Netflix's stock, here are a few items that will help shape the week ahead.

Why Are LEGOs So Expensive?

It's a question that echoes across the Internet, on blogs and message boards, and in the content of a specialty wiki called Brickipedia: "Why are Legos so expensive?" Our search for an answer starts in Denmark, and ends in the playrooms of countless children around the world.

Old TV Stars Fight Over Merchandise

The shows have been off the air for years, but the battle continues. Stars from TV classics, including The Partridge Family and Happy Days, are suing their former studios over royalty money -- for toys, lunch boxes, board games, books and even slot machines -- that they claim is long overdue.

5 Things That Went Wrong at Netflix

It's been a rough day for Netflix (NFLX). Shares of the movie provider opened nearly 10% lower today after it disappointed investors with last...

5 Things to Watch Next Week: Potter Mania, Earnings

There's no such thing as a summertime lull when earnings season is upon us. Next week will bring plenty of headlines -- among them box office receipts for the last Harry Potter film and quarterly results from Apple, Cintas, and Microsoft.

YouTube Draws Nearly 40% of Online Video Visits

YouTube has been a powerhouse in the online video arena since well before Google bought it. YouTube dominates the sector, accounting for nearly four out of 10 online video viewing sessions in the U.S. in May. What's still a question is how much the video-sharing site will add to Google profits.

Facebook: Writing a Script for Online Movie Consolidation?

Warner Brothers is launching the first streaming-video app that lets people rent movies through Facebook. First up: The Dark Knight. It's a small test, but when Facebook enters a business, competitors get nervous: Here's how this move could trigger a round of mergers among the established players.

Good Riddance: Warner Bros. Finally Cuts Off Charlie Sheen

Warner Bros. finally had enough of Sheen's antics. The producers figured that the show's star -- who was reportedly paid nearly $2 million an episode --- was no longer worth the considerable trouble he created. Still, the move is a financial risk.

Where Charlie's Meltdown Is Fuel for Business

While painful (for most folks) to watch, the actor's explosion has created a bonanza for the tabloid mill. But on a broader level, Sheen has also offers a potential shot in the arm for companies across the spectrum, from media to pharmaceuticals.

What's Behind the Share Buyback Binge?

Companies that have piled up cash over the past few years are finding one good use for it: Repurchasing their own shares. January alone saw $57 billion in buybacks, compared with $357 billion for all of 2010. While buybacks don't add value, they do give investors more options.

10 Steps to Cutting Your Cable TV Bill

The monthly cable or satellite bill arrives in the mailboxes of just under 100 million American households each month. The average digital cable bill...

Face-Off on Stocks: Disney, Viacom, Time Warner

It's award season in Hollywood, with the Oscars just weeks away. But stocks are forward-looking, so investors are already keying on summer blockbuster season. And a bigger-than-expected summer hit or two can indeed provide a catalyst for media and entertainment company shares.