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1. ‘Cutting Edge’ -

The first thing to understand about the task that Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty feels is before him is that he’s not leading a music organization that competes only with other music outlets and venues for audiences’ attention.

2. US Wealth Gap Putting the Squeeze on State Revenue -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.

The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor's.

3. Al Green Among Kennedy Center Honorees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's a rare honor for an artist to receive accolades from the president, let alone have him sing one of your tunes.

Now Al Green can claim both, knowing that President Barack Obama is a fan. Green is among five artists receiving this year's Kennedy Center Honors, the national awards for influencing American culture through the arts, the center announced Thursday.

4. Screwpulp Carves Out Identity in Amazon-Led Industry -

It’s no secret Amazon is the subject of intense public scrutiny at the moment over a flurry of controversial decisions from the online retailing giant against some of the publishers with which it does business.

5. Why Experts Live in Fear -

More trouble has fallen upon companies that tempt the universe with this ego-inflated statement: "We are the experts.” A sizable lack of innovation occurs in the practice of being perceived as experts instead of practicing humility in the workplace.

6. Amazon Rolls Out 'Netflix-for-Books' Style Service -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users.

7. Necessary Disruptions -

Last week, the New Yorker published an article about how Disruptive Innovations have failed and how the theory is bogus. The long piece went into great depth about the emerging Disruption industry of consultants, the Disruption ethos prevalent in Silicon Valley and the many Disruption discussions in boardrooms across the globe. As a local practitioner of innovation methodologies, several people asked me my take on the piece.

8. Roku CEO Discusses State of Internet Video, TV -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – If Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is the star of the Internet video-streaming phenomenon, then Roku CEO Anthony Wood is the best supporting actor.

9. AT&T Aims for TV's Future With $48.5 Billion DirecTV Deal -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – AT&T says it views its planned $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV as a way to help redefine the video entertainment industry, giving it opportunities to bundle services and tap into growing Latin American markets.

10. Netflix Raises Prices By $1 for New Subscribers -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix is raising its Internet video prices by $1 per month for new customers and giving its current U.S. subscribers a two-year break from the higher rates.

The changes mean anyone signing up for Netflix's video subscription service beginning Friday will pay $9 per month for in the U.S. The old price of $8 per month will continue until May 2016 for Netflix's existing 36 million U.S. subscribers.

11. Obama Taps Tech World for Cash Amid Privacy Debate -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – They come from different worlds – the buttoned-down political culture of Washington and the entrepreneurial, socks-optional, let's-do-this-faster ethos of Silicon Valley.

12. Venture Investments Highest Since 2001 -

Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

13. US Proposes Pay-for-Priority Internet Standards -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new Internet rules that would allow Internet service providers to charge content companies for faster delivery of their services over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes.

14. Amazon Snares Classic Shows in Deal With HBO -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

15. In Internet TV Case, Justices Show Concern -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

16. Venture Investments Highest Since 2001 -

Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

17. Return to Value -

Last week, we discussed that the wrestling match between stimulus and global debt deleveraging will continue to create anxiety and volatility for investors. Viewing the world through this prism helps to clarify seemingly baffling market movements.

18. Archer-Malmo Adds Staff, Expands Downtown -

For Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo, the story has been consistent, with a trajectory that seems to only go in one direction.

The firm, says CEO Russ Williams, is “on another big growth surge here.”

19. Netflix's Comcast Deal Improves Quality of Video -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to tolls Netflix pays Comcast for a more direct connection to its network.

20. Milestone Year -

The day after First Tennessee Bank celebrated its 150th birthday a few weeks ago by shooting fireworks over its Downtown Memphis headquarters, with executives and bank stakeholders mingling on a nearby hotel rooftop, the bank’s chairman, president and CEO looked back with pride at his bank’s long history.

21. Obama Meeting With Internet CEOs on Tech Privacy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is meeting with CEOs from leading Internet and technology companies to discuss their concerns about privacy and National Security Agency programs.

22. Stewart Joins Metal Museum as Collections Manager -

Grace Stewart has joined the Metal Museum as collections manager/registrar. Stewart, who previously served as registrar for the National Civil Rights Museum for a year and a half, says her goals are to help grow and define the Museum’s permanent collection and facilitate greater access to the collection through exhibits and education opportunities.

23. Dish, Disney Deal Envisions Internet-Delivered TV -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.

24. Netflix Reaches Deal With Comcast -

NEW YORK (AP) – Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider.

25. Comcast-TWC Merger Worries Consumers -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cable subscribers don't give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn't take long for consumers to start venting their frustrations over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly.

26. Comcast-Time Warner Merger Worries Consumers -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Cable subscribers don't give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn't take long for consumers to start venting their frustrations over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly.

27. Netflix Tests New Price Tiers for Video Service -

Netflix is testing new price plans for streaming video as it tries to lure more viewers.

Among the plans being tested are a $6.99-a-month plan that allows only one video stream to be watched at once, and a $9.99-a-month plan that allows three streams at one time, whether on a TV, tablet or computer.

28. Dish to Close Rest of its Blockbuster Stores in US -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The final curtain is falling on the remaining Blockbuster video-rental stores that Dish Network Corp. runs in the U.S.

29. Is Big Data Turning Government Into 'Big Brother'? -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.

30. Measuring Innovation With Money -

But will it make real money? Innovation is such a heady, ill-defined concept. Innovation is one of those words – like strategy or creativity – that means either nothing or something different to anyone who hears it. But when handled correctly, genuine innovations are the lifeblood of any company’s continued health and success.

31. Broadcasters Worry About 'Zero TV' Homes -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don't like timing their lives around network show schedules. They're tired of $100-plus monthly bills.

32. 9 Things Apple Could Do With $137 Billion -

Apple Inc. has recently come under attack for its practice of stockpiling cash. At the end of last year, the company was sitting on $137 billion – and the heap keeps growing.

33. Writer Andria Brown Joins Doug Carpenter -

Andria Brown has joined doug carpenter & associates llc as copywriter, responsible for creating concepts and copy for online, print, broadcast, direct mail and other forms of communication for client communication. Brown has more than 15 years’ experience as a professional writer and editor.

34. Netflix's 2Q Results Riding on Subscriber Growth -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix will provide an update on the growing popularity of its Internet video service and the death march of its DVD-by-mail rental service Tuesday when the company releases its second-quarter earnings.

35. A Battle for Internet Freedom as UN Meeting Nears -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A year after the Internet helped fuel the Arab Spring uprisings, the role cyberspace plays in launching revolutions is being threatened by proposed changes to a United Nations telecommunications treaty that could allow countries to clamp down on the free flow of information.

36. Friendsignia Founders Build Social Media Tool -

Editor’s note: This is the second in a six-part series on entrepreneurs in the current round of Seed Hatchery’s “cohort” boot camp.

Mundane problems are often the geneses that inspire visionaries to build first-class companies around them.

37. Review: Netflix and Hulu's New Scripted Originals -

NEW YORK (AP) – Within just over a week, Netflix and Hulu are both debuting their first stabs at original scripted programming.

The shows amount to a milestone in Internet television, an early sign of the leveling between broadcasting and streaming. Programming options between TV and the Web are increasingly separated by little more than the "video source" button on your remote.

38. Time Warner Sees Growth After Harry Potter Movies -

NEW YORK (AP) – Time Warner Inc. got a boost from its movie studio and cable TV networks in the last three months of the year, and the company expects growth to continue in 2012 even with the end of its lucrative Harry Potter franchise.

39. Verizon to Set Up Streaming Service With Redbox -

NEW YORK (AP) – Phone company Verizon Communications Inc. will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks.

40. Roku Expands Beyond Internet Video-Streaming Boxes -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Roku is thinking outside its set-top box in an attempt to bring more Internet video to flat-panel televisions.

The new approach will rely on a finger-sized device that won't require extra cords or separate remote controls to stream video over high-speed Internet connections. The product, called the Roku Streaming Stick, will plug directly into a high-definition port available on a growing number of new-breed TVs, just as a flash drive fits into a computer's USB outlet.

41. Morgan Keegan Begins Coverage Of Amazon.com -

The equity research department of Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. has started covering Amazon.com, telling investors they can expect the online retailer to provide a return that’s at least slightly better than that of the overall market.

42. Netflix CEO's Stock Options Slashed After Bad Year -

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings will pay a $1.5 million penalty for blunders that alienated the video subscription service’s customers and pulverized its stock.

The punishment will be delivered with a 50 percent reduction in his stock option awards next year, according to regulatory documents filed Thursday, Dec. 22.

43. Prolonged Recession -

In the words of Phil Woodard, an owner of multiple residential and commercial properties in Downtown Memphis, breaking even is the new profit.

Or as national real estate expert Jonathan Miller said earlier this month at the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South, “We cannot expect to make money the way we did a few years ago.”

44. Humbled Netflix CEO Still Thinking, Talking Big -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – To hear Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tell it, the bone-headed decisions that have dragged down the Internet's leading video subscription service during the past five months eventually will be forgotten like a bad movie made by a great film director.

45. Microsoft Rolls Out Xbox TV Platform -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft Corp. is rolling out a new interface for its Xbox game console, one that allows you to navigate through music, movies, TV shows and games with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.

46. USPS Cuts to Slow First-Class Postal Delivery -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service said Monday, Dec. 5, it is seeking to move quickly to close 252 mail processing centers and slow first-class delivery next spring, citing steadily declining mail volume.

47. Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet Starts Shipping Wed -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook Tablet electronic device began arriving in stores and homes on Wednesday, one day ahead of schedule.

48. US Charges 7 in Internet Ad Fraud Case -

NEW YORK (AP) – Internet bandits devised an international scheme to hijack more than 4 million computers in more than 100 countries, manipulating traffic on Netflix, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and other popular websites to generate at least $14 million in fraudulent advertising revenue, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

49. Barnes & Noble Unveils $249 Nook Tablet -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble unveiled a $249 Nook Tablet Monday just ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season as the book retailer fights for a larger share of the lucrative e-book market.

50. US Home Video Spending Up for 1st Time Since 2008 -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – In a welcome relief for Hollywood, Americans are finally spending more on home videos.

For the three months through September, spending rose nearly 5 percent from a year earlier to $3.9 billion. The figures from an industry organization, The Digital Entertainment Group, show the first increase since the recession took hold in early 2008.

51. Stocks Fall as Hopes for Europe Debt Deal Falter -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing with steep losses after disappointing corporate earnings and reports that a key meeting of European financial ministers had been cancelled.

Manufacturing conglomerate 3M lost 6 percent after cutting its 2011 earnings forecast. Netflix plunged 35 percent after the company cut its forecast and said it is losing subscribers. The market was also pulled lower after an index of consumer confidence plunged to the lowest level since March 2009.

52. Amazon Expands Video Licensing Deal With PBS -

SEATTLE (AP) – Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday that it has expanded its licensing agreement with PBS to let members of its Amazon Prime premium shipping program watch current and older PBS programs.

53. Lender Buys Willow Lake for $26M -

Willow Lake Business Park and Corporate Park in Hickory Hill sold back to the lender for $26 million Friday, Oct. 14, on the Shelby County Courthouse steps following a foreclosure.

A single-purpose entity named 198-6 Memphis Industrial Portfolio Holdings LLC, which is related to U.S. Bank NA, bought the property from substitute trustee R. Spencer Clift III of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

54. Netflix Kills Plan to Split Off DVD Rentals -

NEW YORK (AP) – Netflix generates more head-scratching plot twists than a cheap B-movie.

On Monday, the company said it would reverse a previously announced decision to put its DVD-by-mail and Internet streaming services on separate websites, a plan that was widely derided by Netflix subscribers.

55. Address Unknown -

For anyone in Memphis – and across Tennessee – who uses the U.S. Postal Service to send and receive bills, to get things like newspaper subscriptions by mail and DVDs from Netflix or just to write an old-fashioned letter on paper, things are about to change.

56. Why We Buy What We Do -

Do you know the No. 1 reason people buy what they do where they do? There is only one correct answer. It is well-known by most sales professionals. Even though most know this answer, they do not spend the time on it that is called for.

57. With Kindle Fire, Amazon's Digital Ambitions Burn -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Amazon's unveiling of the Kindle Fire tablet computer sends a bright-hot message: The online retailer is ready to rival iPad maker Apple in an effort to be the world's top digital content provider.

58. Legislation Could Further Expand Facebook Sharing -

Legislation is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee – of which U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, is a member – that would enable even more sharing of consumer information on Facebook.

59. Amazon Expected to Launch Tablet Wednesday -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is expected to unveil a tablet computer Wednesday, Sept. 28, picking a fight with Apple Inc. and its iPad. The iPad has many challengers, but analysts say Amazon's could be different – it has a chance to be more than a wannabe.

60. Amazon Signs Deal to Stream Fox Movies -

SEATTLE (AP) – Amazon.com Inc. has signed a deal to stream Fox movies and TV shows including "24" and "Arrested Development" to members of its Amazon Prime premium shipping program.

61. Netflix Snatches DreamWorks Rights From HBO -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – After a deluge of disillusioning news, Netflix unveiled a coming attraction that its subscribers might like: the Internet video rights to films and television specials from DreamWorks Animation.

62. Dish Takes Blockbuster Shot at Reeling Netflix -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Blockbuster video store chain is seeking some revenge against old nemesis Netflix by offering a less expensive way to watch videos online and rent DVDs through the mail.

63. Netflix Separates its DVD, Streaming Businesses -

NEW YORK (AP) – Netflix Inc. is separating its DVD-by-mail business from the online movie streaming service it sees as the future of entertainment consumption.

64. Netflix Lowers Subscriber Forecast, Shares Fall -

NEW YORK (AP) – Netflix Inc. lowered its expectations for U.S. subscribers for the third quarter by 4 percent on Thursday, just weeks after separating its DVD and streaming services, which increased the price for customers who want both.

65. Netflix Gets Kid Friendly as it Raises US Prices -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix Inc. is giving kids and their parents a new reason to embrace its Internet video subscription service as it raises prices to the dismay of many customers.

66. Netflix Nirvana -

Regarding the recent piece on “Friday Night Lights,” David from Chattanooga writes, “Good column. I’ve not seen the show, but your piece made me want to watch it. And I have Netflix, too!”

67. Analyst: Netflix Price Increase Not All Bad -

Netflix Inc., the giant DVD rental and movie streaming service that opened a distribution center in Memphis in 2005, took a beating on social media channels with the recent news the company is raising prices for many subscribers come September by as much as 60 percent.

68. Farewell, ‘Friday Night Lights’ -

For some time I’ve wanted to write about “Friday Night Lights.” I’ve been streaming it on Netflix for a while, watched the first four seasons, became a fan.

Now I learn that it’s over. ‘Sup with that? I’ve done some research, and I’ll tell you ‘sup with that. You blew it, you guys out there in TV land!

69. AP Source: Apple Considering Hulu Bid -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple Inc. is in talks to potentially bid for video-streaming service Hulu, a person close to the situation said Friday.

70. Behind the Increase: Why Netflix is Raising Prices -

NEW YORK (AP) – Why is Netflix raising its prices? In part, because the company miscalculated how many people still want to receive DVDs by mail each month, a more expensive service to provide compared with its streamed Internet videos.

71. Netflix Separates DVD Plans From Online Streaming -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix is raising its prices for the millions of subscribers who use the service to rent DVDs through the mail and watch video over the Internet.

Under rates introduced Tuesday, households that want both DVDs and Internet streaming will have to buy separate plans totaling at least $16 per month. It's effective immediately for new members and Sept. 1 for existing subscribers.

72. After Early Zeal, TV Networks Pull Back Web Series -

NEW YORK (AP) – Around 2007, TV networks made a land rush to the Web, looking to lay down digital production studios. Four years later, many of those networks have pulled up stakes, shunning original Web content and reorienting their online outlook.

73. 'FarmVille' Creator Zynga to Go Public -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Zynga, the online game maker behind "FarmVille" and other popular Facebook pastimes, is going public, the latest in a crop of high-valued Internet IPOs expected after LinkedIn Corp. showed that the online networking craze is a hot commodity on Wall Street.

74. Pandora Gains Point to Healthy Internet IPO Future -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Internet radio station Pandora Media's IPO struck the right chord with investors Wednesday despite the static in the overall stock market.

Pandora's shares surged by as much 63 percent in their market debut before pulling back later in the session. The stock closed at $17.42, still a decent gain amid the market's broader decline. It marked a 9 percent increase from Pandora's initial public offering price of $16 and a nearly six-fold increase from what Pandora's own board thought the stock was worth just six months ago.

75. Foreclosure Notice Rerun for Willow Lake Park -

The planned foreclosure sale of the 17-building, mixed-use Willow Lake Business Park and Corporate Park in Hickory Hill has a new date: July 8, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in today’s Memphis Daily News and online at www.memphisdailynews.com.

76. Tenn. Passes Web Entertainment Theft Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers in country music's capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend's login – even with permission – to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Netflix or Rhapsody.

77. Memphian Helps TV Viewers Kick the Cable Habit -

About a year ago, Bob Hazlett and his wife realized the amount of time they were spending watching the television was minimal compared to the mindless channel-flipping it took to find an appealing program.

78. Dish Network's $228M Blockbuster Buy Approved -

NEW YORK (AP) – Blockbuster says a bankruptcy judge has approved Dish Network's $228 million offer for the movie-rental chain, paving the way for a combination of the two media companies.

79. Dish's Blockbuster Buy May Mean Brand's Survival -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dish Network Corp.'s agreement to buy Blockbuster Inc.'s assets out of bankruptcy could keep the movie-rental chain and its blue-and-gold logo from disappearing.

80. Icahn, Dish, Liquidators Vie for Blockbuster -

NEW YORK (AP) – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, Dish Network and a pair of liquidation firms are among the bidders for video-rental chain Blockbuster in an auction Tuesday morning at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York.

81. Report: Dish, Icahn Join Bidding for Blockbuster -

NEW YORK (AP) – Several bidders are set to duke it out for Blockbuster Inc. at a bankruptcy auction in New York on Monday. They reportedly include Dish Network Corp. and billionaire investor Carl Icahn.

82. Showtime Spat With Netflix Displays Rivalry -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Amid an emerging rivalry between traditional pay TV operators and rising star Netflix Inc., CBS Corp.'s Showtime pay TV service confirmed Wednesday that back seasons of current original series like "Dexter" and "Californication" will not be available on Netflix's streaming service as of this summer.

83. Tablets for Business – Really? -

When the original iPad launched, I chuckled at the industry pundits: They were completely underwhelmed. “A big iPod Touch,” and “Too heavy,” they complained.

According to most of the reports I’ve read, Apple shipped half a million in the first week, and sold 1 million in less than a month – unless you choose February for the month!

84. Yes! Reinvent the Wheel! -

If you are trying to invent something already invented, somebody, like my father, will say “Don’t try to reinvent the wheel, son.” For instance, when I was younger, I came across a strange-looking screw that wouldn’t work with what I knew to be a screwdriver, so Dad handed me a Phillips to replace mom’s kitchen knife I was trying to make work. “Don’t …….”

85. Judge Expected to Rule on Blockbuster’s Future -

A judge was expected to rule Thursday on whether movie-rental chain Blockbuster Inc., operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, can sell itself to a group of investors or will be forced to liquidate.

86. Intel Chief to Join White House Council on Jobs -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Casting about for innovative job-creation ideas, President Barack Obama is naming one of his critics to an advisory council responsible for finding new ways to promote economic growth and bring jobs to the U.S.

87. Business Park Slated for Auction Block -

In the past five years, real estate foreclosures have run the gamut from hospitality to retail to multifamily to high-end residential to industrial.

As the commercial market in particular continues to be plagued with record-high vacancies and downward pressure on rental rates, investors are feeling the brunt of the crisis.

88. Blockbuster Shuttering All Memphis Stores -

Some Hollywood films are so predictable, viewers can see the ending coming long before the credits roll.

In hindsight, consumers may decide the story of Blockbuster Inc. – the giant video rental chain that in a matter of days will no longer have a brick-and-mortar presence in Memphis – falls in that category.

89. Blockbuster Closing Last Two Memphis Storefronts -

In a matter of days, Memphians will no longer be able to visit a store and make it a Blockbuster night.

Every remaining Blockbuster store in Memphis is either closing or planning to close, signaling the end of the video rental chain's days in Memphis, the dominance of order-by-mail alternatives like Netflix and the convenience of kiosks like Redboxes.

90. Amazon Shares Slip on Revenue Miss, Profit Outlook -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Amazon.com's results for the holiday shopping season highlight the inherent tension between retailers and consumers: What's good for one isn't necessarily good for the other.

91. Thriving Independent -

Matt Martin, co-owner of Midtown’s Black Lodge Video, said his proudly independent movie rental shop is looking to unveil a “midnight movie” series sometime this spring.

Still run by the same two guys who opened its doors in October 2000, Black Lodge also celebrated its 10-year anniversary a few months ago.

92. Blockbuster Closing Lakeland-Area Store -

Blockbuster Inc.’s local franchisee has closed another of its local brick-and-mortar rental stores.

The store at 9005 Highway 64 in Lakeland is holding a “store closing” sale and directing customers to stores near Germantown and Bartlett for future purchases.

93. Digital-Age Marketing -

People who are going to a Malco movie theater this weekend to see Hillary Swank as a lawyer in “Conviction” or big budget stars like Bruce Willis fighting bad guys in “Red” may notice a few changes around them.

94. Adding Your Child to Your Health Insurance -

Ray’s Take: Going without insurance is like playing financial Russian roulette.

Roughly half the people filing for bankruptcies in Tennessee cited medical expenses as a factor in their financial woes.

95. Blockbuster’s Chap. 11 Won’t Impact Memphis -

NEW YORK (AP) – Blockbuster Inc., once the dominant movie rental company in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday, reeling from mounting losses, rising debt and competitors that have better catered to Americans' changed media habits.

96. Make Technology Your Servant, Not Your Mistress -

Ray’s Take: I have heard it said that technology should be your servant and not your master. However, when you look at personal technology’s impact on the monthly family budget, it’s more of a mistress than master.

97. Netflix to Stream Paramount, Lionsgate, MGM Movies -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Netflix Inc. has reached a five-year deal worth nearly $1 billion to stream movies from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM online starting Sept. 1 – a major move that boosts its "Watch Instantly" offerings and makes the studios' joint pay TV venture Epix immediately profitable.

98. The Rise of Redbox -

Redbox, which is reshaping the U.S. video market with its massive horde of DVD kiosks and $1-per-day price strategy, is going on a tear in Memphis.

The company has filed 34 business licenses since Jan. 1, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. And that signals at least two things about the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based division of Coinstar Inc.

99. Summer Movie Series Lights up Orpheum Stage -

The Broadway season is fading into the summer heat, but The Orpheum Theatre is just getting started on its annual Summer Movie Series offering air conditioning and audience participation in classic and “new classic” films.

100. More Than Shopping -

Resource Entertainment Group is a Memphis-based entertainment services company with a resume full of big names and corporate clients.

The company has booked concerts for acts like Harry Connick Jr., Ludacris and Elton John. It produced Sun Studio’s 50th anniversary reunion festival, among a long list of other shows through the years.

Which is one reason REG managing partner Howard Stovall gets some funny looks when he tells people about the new entertainment series his company is presenting – in a suburban shopping center.

REG was tapped to put together two evenings of entertainment each month from April through October at Collierville’s The Avenue Carriage Crossing, the 60-acre “lifestyle center” at Tenn. 385 and Houston Levee Road.

The events are part of “Fridays at the Avenue,” a venture the shopping center is launching next week.

The mall has lined up a seven-month slate of outdoor movies, live music and other entertainment that will be presented in Carriage Crossing’s central park. The series kicks off April 30 with a magician, juggling lessons, a display of fire eating and more.

Later events will include free outdoor movies including “E.T.,” “Hoosiers” and “Peter Pan.” Local bands such as The Venus Mission and The Soul Shockers will perform.

A full list of events can be found at the shopping center’s website, http://http://carriagecrossing.shoptheavenue.com/event/fridays-avenue.

The series’ goal is to draw in families by creating something not usually associated with the clothing stores and food courts of traditional malls: a community-building experience.

“We started talking about this last summer,” said Carriage Crossing spokeswoman Elizabeth Allen. “But we didn’t have the talent and staff on hand to get the level of entertainment that we wanted.”

Enter REG, which is programming a similar Music in the Park concert series for Carriage Crossing’s sister shopping center in Murfreesboro.

The company turned out to be the perfect partner for what Allen said the Collierville center wanted to provide.

As the economic slump continues to batter retailers, the traditional shopping mall – something of a relic in an age of Amazon.com, Netflix and other shop-by-mail outlets – is taking its own beating.

Shelby County malls are working harder than ever to attract and keep tenants, not to mention shoppers.

“There’s a renewed focus on the importance of family, friends and community,” Allen said of what’s driving consumers to hoard more of their money and seek out different experiences. “And we embrace those values.”

Stovall said an event like Fridays at the Avenue is a shrewd, perfectly timed move for the Collierville center, which opened in 2005.

“If your competition is online marketing, and you create an experience that requires you to be there, that does a good thing for your tenants,” Stovall said.

In an unexpected way, his company’s new partner has seemed to fit seamlessly into REG’s operation despite the setting. The core need was similar to that of many other REG clients: entertainment as part of a broader strategy.

It’s not the Memphis Botanic Garden, where REG booked the venue’s “Live at the Garden” concert series in the summers of 2002, 2003 and 2004. And it’s not the rooftop of The Peabody hotel, where REG is the entertainment producer for the Peabody Rooftop parties.

But Fridays at the Avenue is a unique, lower-key entertainment production whose draws will include everything from a meet-and-greet with former American Idol contestant Alexis Grace to the giveaway of a Wii video game system.

“We’re trying to be part of peoples’ lives and part of the community,” Allen said.

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