Strike looms for WGA

A strike is the air. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) made no progress toward a new deal, as the contract between writers and producers expired at midnight, the New York Times reports.

A strike is the air. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) made no progress toward a new deal, as the contract between writers and producers expired at midnight, the New York Times reports. Key issues included increased residuals for DVDs and payments for new media.

According to The Wall Street Journal, if/when the WGA reaches a new deal or decides to work without a contract, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers would then busy itself with the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, as both organizations have contracts that expire next June.

Google's stock price surged with talk about its plans to expand into social networking sites and partner with Verizon for Google-powered phones, reports the New York Post.

Business Week provides statements where Boston University J-School professor, Louis Ureneck, calls Brain Williams' decision to appear on Saturday Night Live a “publicity gimmick [that] only serves to muddy the distinctions between news and entertainment television.”

Coke Zero, one of the few Coke variations to succeed and grow in the past few years, reports an increase in sales and an increase in popularity among men, according to USA Today.

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The Star-Ledger reports the latest from Britney Spears, an interview on Ryan Seacrest's radio show where she discussed her new album, children, and critics.

According to the New York Times, production on A&E's “Dog the Bounty Hunter” has been suspended due to racist insults by the show's star, Duane Dog Chapman's, in two recorded phone calls.

J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers are suing The Harry Potter Lexicon site over its plans to release a book version of the fan site.

Techdirt reports that AOL and privacy groups are pitching the idea of a “Do Not Track” list that would let people opt-out of behavioral ad tracking.

NBC plans to shut down DotComedy.com and fold the site's content and traffic into NBC.com, Mediaweek reports.

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