| Jun 25, 2013
| 7:24 AM
After the coffee. Before seeing how "Under the Dome" did in the ratings.
The Skinny: I've been watching some pilots lately. I like FX's "The Bridge" and surprisingly enjoyed Fox's "Sleepy Hollow," which normally wouldn't be my cup of tea. Tuesday's...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 8:10 AM
Rupert Murdoch’s days of wine and roses have been delayed as the media titan’s planned purchase of the picturesque 16-acre Moraga Vineyards in the hills above Bel-Air has hit a bureaucratic snag.
The state of California has not yet issued...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Barnes & Noble is getting out of the color tablet business (mostly). It announced Tuesday that it will cease production of its color Nook tablets -- although it plans to allow third parties to produce them, under pending licensing deals.
Could this be a...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Rupert Murdoch wants his newspapers lean and mean for their roll-out on Wall Street.
On Friday, Murdoch will have completed the breakup of his media empire. One company — News Corp. — will consist of Murdoch's newspapers, including the...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 3:44 PM
Google is reportedly building a video game console based on its Android operating system that could come out this fall.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Google is hoping to expand on the success of its Android smartphones and tablets by...
| Jun 29, 2013
They're staples of sci-fi, fantasy and horror fiction, but psychic phenomena — extrasensory perception, channeling, communication with the dead and so on — rarely figure prominently in literary novels. In "Sisterland," however, best-selling...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 2:42 PM
Rupert Murdoch's sprawling, $75-billion global empire has broken into two separate companies: 21st Century Fox and a much smaller News Corp.
Friday afternoon, just after the close of trading, the company finalized the transaction that had been in the...
| Jun 30, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Finally, I am a card-carrying member of the Global Entry program. After months of procrastination, I may now be able to enter the country more quickly. But that wasn't my primary goal. So why bother?
I confessed in a Dec. 30 On the Spot column that I...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 9:05 AM
Hulu Plus has refined its user interface for Samsung Smart TVs, newer Blu-ray players and Roku devices. The online video streaming service said the changes make it easier to discover shows through a better search feature, larger thumbnails and slicker...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:12 PM
Over the past decade, Irish novelist Colum McCann has made a specialty of combining historical figures and situations with entirely fictional characters. In "Dancer (2003), McCann delivered an often stinging portrait of Rudolf Nureyev; in the National...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:51 AM
After the coffee. Before deciding if I should try 'The Killing' again.
The Skinny: Pretty good episodes of "Mad Men" and "Veep" last night. I would have liked them better if I wasn't working while they were on! Monday's headlines include the box office...