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1. Verizon Hikes Prices, But New Options Could Save You Money -

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon is hiking prices on its cellphone plans, though the new rates come with changes that might actually save you money.

If you do nothing, your prices won't automatically go up. But new benefits announced Wednesday – including better options when traveling in Canada and Mexico – require you to switch to the new rates, which start Thursday.

2. Last Word: Being Veep, Greensward Still Active and Tuition Goes Up -

On one of the most eventful days yet in the 2016 Presidential general election campaign, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker was on the campaign trail with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. First there was a private meeting in New York where he was reportedly being vetted for the vice president’s position including a look at his financials – and then a Trump rally in Raleigh, N.C., where he was being road tested.

3. Netflix to Make Debut on Comcast's X1 Box Later This Year -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Comcast is going to add Netflix to its X1 set-top boxes in the latest deal to blur the lines separating cable TV from Internet video services.

The arrangement announced Tuesday signals an apparent truce between two companies that have been antagonistic toward each other in recent years as they publicly bickered how much each side should pay for delivering Netflix's video to the Comcast's Internet subscribers.

4. Media Use in America Up a Full Hour Over Just Last Year -

NEW YORK (AP) – The typical American adult is using media for a full hour a day more than just last year, with smartphones accounting for most of the increase.

People spent an average of 10 hours, 39 minutes each day with smartphones, tablets, TV, radio, computers and video games during the first three months of 2016, according to a Nielsen company study released this week. It was nine hours, 39 minutes during the same period in 2015.

5. Federal Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules -

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally.

The 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a win for the Obama administration, consumer groups and content companies such as Netflix that want to prevent online content from being blocked or channeled into fast and slow lanes.

6. Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules on Equal Internet Access -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a big win for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally.

7. Last Word: Behind Brown, Selling 128 Adams and Preparing for School's Out -

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, dark but not really stormy – a little rain which is more than enough to activate all kinds of television mayhem and warnings that make your iPhone rattle and hum.

8. Rise of the Subscription Economy -

Today, you can buy almost anything on subscription, including dog toys from BarkBox, razors from Dollar Shave Club, streaming video content from Netflix, music from Spotify, beauty samples from Birchbox, ready-to-make meals from Blue Apron and even rental cars from Zipcars.

9. Hulu Will Offer Live-Streaming Service in 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hulu will offer a live-streaming service in 2017 that will offer a mix of cable and broadcast programming as well as news, sports and events.

That pits the streaming service against similar offerings from Dish's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue as more and more Americans shift to watching TV online.

10. Comcast Buying Dreamworks Animation for About $3.55B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the "Shrek," ''Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion, strengthening its presence in the important and growing business of children's entertainment.

11. It's On ... Amazon's Stand-Alone Streaming Targets Netflix -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon.com Inc. is taking on Netflix and Hulu with its own stand-alone video streaming service, just weeks before Netflix raises prices for longtime subscribers.

12. UK's Daily Mail in Early Talks Over Bid for Yahoo -

The owner of Britain's Daily Mail newspaper and media group is in early talks over a bid for the ailing U.S. internet company Yahoo.

A spokesman for the DailyMail.com said Sunday that, given the success of its site and Elite Daily, it has "been in discussions with a number of parties who are potential bidders." He said the talks are in a very early stage and there is no certainty any transaction will take place.

13. Last Word: The Curtain Falls in Nashville, Political Cuneiform and Ramsey Talks -

And in less than a half hour Wednesday, the de-annexation drama that should qualify as the political equivalent of a Netflix binge-watchable television series made just for Memphis was done.

14. Netflix Chief Says 2016 Will Bring Emphasis on Family Shows -

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Netflix says it will make a special effort to produce programming for children and families, with the streaming service offering 20 new programs in the category this year led by the Feb. 26 premiere of the "Fuller House" remake.

15. Stocks Sink in Late Trading; Consumer Stocks Take a Beating -

Stocks fell sharply in late afternoon trading Wednesday as a dismal start to the new year got even worse. The selling was concentrated on some of the biggest winners from last year such as Netflix and Amazon, both of which doubled in value in 2015.

16. The Latest in Gadgets: Even Footballs Are Getting Smarter -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times PST):

12:15 p.m.

Kids tossing around a football probably hope to throw a perfect spiral in a big game one day. Technology is about to help them out.

17. Netflix Expands Into 130 More Countries in Surprise Move -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix has already crossed off the biggest item on its New Year's list of resolutions. The Internet video service debuted in 130 countries Wednesday in a surprise move likely to reel in millions of new subscribers.

18. 2015 Market Winners, Losers: Tech Soars, Old Guard Stumbles -

NEW YORK (AP) – In a flat year overall for stocks, there was still plenty of excitement to be enjoyed – or endured – by 2015's biggest winners and losers.

It was a year to make old guard companies shudder.

19. Fight Over Net Neutrality Rules Returns to Appeals Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A key federal appeals court judge who thwarted the last push to make sure consumers get equal access to the Internet appeared open Friday to the government's revised plan.

20. Apple Event to Focus on New iPhones, Apple TV and Siri -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hey, Siri, what does Apple have in store for us this week?

Along with new iPhones, the iconic tech company is expected to show off a new Apple TV system and a bigger role in the home for Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant.

21. Comcast Teeing Up New Services Targeted at Millennials -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast, which became a TV powerhouse by signing up Generation Xers, baby boomers and their parents, now is fighting for millennial eyeballs.

The TV giant is investing in online media outlets like BuzzFeed and Vox that attract young viewers. It's setting up a streaming TV service for millennials who don't watch a boob tube. And it's developing a YouTube-like video app and website.

22. After Netflix, Adobe Extends Parental Leave Policy -

NEW YORK (AP) — Adobe is the latest tech company to extend its paid parental leave policy after Netflix said it would offer corporate employees up to a year of paid leave to care for new babies.

23. Media Stocks Slammed as Pay TV Bundle Starts Unravelling -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Signs that pay TV's pricy bundles of channels are starting to unravel are starting to take a toll on major media companies.

Media stocks were hammered for a second day Thursday as Viacom's underwhelming earnings gave investors another reason to sell, after industry bellwether Disney earlier in the week trimmed a profit outlook due to more people cutting the cord on pay-TV packages.

24. AT&T-DirecTV Deal Set to Close After Approval From FCC -

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV is set to close after winning approval Friday from the Federal Communications Commission.

The Justice Department had already cleared the deal, which will create the largest provider of cable or satellite TV in the U.S., with 26.4 million cable and satellite TV subscribers.

25. Q&A: Net Neutrality Rules Go Into Effect -

NEW YORK (AP) – New rules that treat the Internet like a public utility and prohibit blocking, slowing and creating paid fast lanes for online traffic took effect Friday.

Cable and telecom industry groups have sued to have the rules thrown out, arguing they are too onerous. But on Thursday, a federal appeals court declined to block the rules from taking effect as the industry litigation against them proceeds. A court could still eventually overturn the rules.

26. Charter Buying Time Warner Cable as TV Viewers Go Online -

NEW YORK (AP) – As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.

27. Welcome to the New Era of Automation -

When Netflix put the video rental retail stores in their coffins, there was still a sizable segment of people who missed the convenience, were suspect of a mail-order or streaming subscription service or simply didn’t have the connectivity to enjoy it.

28. ESPN Suing Verizon Over Unbundling of Its Sports Channel -

ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.

The complaint filed Monday in New York's state Supreme Court alleges Verizon is breaking its contract with ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co., by unbundling the sports channel from the main programming line-up of Verizon's FiOS TV.

29. Comcast Abandons Time Warner Cable Bid After Gov't Pushback -

NEW YORK (AP) — What killed Comcast's $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators' desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV.

A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, along with NBCUniversal, giving the resulting behemoth unprecedented power over what Americans watch and download.

30. Verizon Slices Up the Bundle, Lets Customers Choose -

NEW YORK (AP) – Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible.

31. USTelecom Files Suit Against Government's New Internet Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – A legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet traffic rules has begun.

The rules were approved in February and uphold the principle of net neutrality – that online content be allowed to load at the same speed. They forbid paid fast lanes favoring some content and say broadband providers can't slow Web traffic or block content.

32. Apple Watch Isn't The Only Gadget Out This Week -

NEW YORK (AP) – The public will have its first chance to see, touch and buy the Apple Watch on Friday, as Apple stores in the U.S. and eight markets abroad start previews and online orders commence.

33. Curtain Drawn on Bravermans’ Drama -

If there’s one adjective that does not fit “Parenthood,” NBC’s six-season series that shuttered its doors in January, it’s symmetrical. Great show! I hate to see it go. But it was out of balance. Always! And delightfully so!

34. Net Neutrality and What It Could Mean to You -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top U.S. regulator just announced he wants more power to oversee Internet service, much in the same way that the government already regulates phone service and other public utilities. The goal is to prevent Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Sprint and T-Mobile from blocking or slowing down Web traffic, or striking deals with companies that provide content like Amazon, Google or Netflix to move their data faster than others.

35. FCC Chairman Proposes Regulating Internet Like Phone Service -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Declaring that the Internet must not be taken over by big business interests, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed dramatically expanding the government's power to oversee Internet service providers and establishing new rules that would prohibit companies from blocking or slowing data.

36. Invest Early -

It would be true if you were talking about stock in Apple Inc., Google Inc. or Netflix Inc. And it is true when talking about children.

37. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Technology Use -

New Year’s resolutions, often tied to productivity, can involve getting healthier, better organized, more financially savvy, and rid of old habits.

Technology can help automate and streamline many of these tasks and, better yet, save you time and money in the long run.

38. TV Makers Design for Streaming Video to Stay Relevant -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.

39. Raise Your Home's IQ: Smart Gadgets Take Center Stage at CES Gadget Show -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on – perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.

40. According to Foyle -

My early New Year’s resolution is to be more like Christopher Foyle. Demeanor-wise and wisdom-wise. No, I won’t be wearing a vest.

“Foyle’s War” is a British detective series created by Anthony Horowitz. As World War II rages, Inspector Christopher Foyle (played by Michael Kitchen) investigates crimes from his headquarters in Hastings, England. He never raises his voice. He’s never puzzled by an inconsistency. Obvious lies from the devious don’t faze him one bit.

41. Americans Watch Less TV, Stream More, Report Shows -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are turning away from live TV on the tube and tuning in to streaming services, a Nielsen report says.

That's bad news for cable and satellite TV providers. Americans are increasingly watching TV shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services. CBS and HBO have announced standalone streaming services as well.

42. How Much Do You Know About How the Internet Works? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – We may be the Internet generation. But we don't know much about how it works.

A new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday found most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential.

43. Obama Steps Into Divisive Debate on Net Neutrality -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.

44. Obama Calls for Tougher Internet Regulation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

45. Survival of the Fittest -

Back in 2010, as the video rental giant Blockbuster was circling the drain in the wake of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the irony was inescapable to Matt Martin.

Martin, co-owner of Black Lodge Video in Memphis, told a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor how Blockbuster employees “literally laughed in our faces” when the independent video rental shop first opened its doors.

46. ‘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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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.”

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. 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.

77. 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.

78. 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.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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.”

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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.