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22Sep/110

Entertainment Arts & Technology

In its first week the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray Disc collection sold one million units worldwide — 515,000 of those in North America — generating $84 million, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced Sept. 22

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON TO JOIN BRIAN WILLIAMS AT NBC NEWS' 2011 "EDUCATION NATION" SUMMIT.

mun2 BRINGS VIEWERS MORE UNNERVING PARANORMAL STORIES WITH ALL NEW EPISODE OF 'FROM BEYOND' THIS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25 AT 10PM

STYLE'S NEW DOCU-SERIES "WICKED FIT" REVEALS ULTIMATE BEAUTY QUEEN WORKOUT - AND DRAMA - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 AT 9PM ET/PT

CON MOTIVO DE LA SEMANA DE LA EDUCACION, TELEMUNDO TRANSMITIRA EDICION ESPECIAL DEL PROGRAMA "ENFOQUE CON JOSE DIAZ-BALART" EN VIVO DESDE NUEVA YORK

Economic woes are expected to slow holiday spending
Consumer spending for the holidays will be less than robust because of the generally weak economic conditions, according to several forecasts. Estimates range from a 2.2% to a 3% gain from the 2010 holiday season. ShopperTrak forecasts that spending on consumer electronics will rise only 1.2%.

Roku signs video deal with Disney, plans YouTube channel
Roku is now streaming short videos from Disney.com, including animated shorts, music videos and trailers. The company also plans to establish a new video channel on YouTube

Hulu reaches 1 million mark in paid customers
Hulu has already surpassed its goal of reaching 1 million paying customers by the close of 2011, according to chief executive Jason Kilar. The video site will spend more than $375 million for content this year, Kilar said at an investor conference. Meanwhile, a potential $2 billion sale of Hulu by its owners -- News Corp., Walt Disney Co., Comcast's NBCUniversal and Providence Equity Partners -- is still being evaluated, said Chase Carey, chief operating officer of News corp.

Microsoft: Mango will tango within a couple of weeks
Microsoft says it expects to introduce its Mango software update -- also known as Windows Phone 7.5 -- to current users within two weeks as the company attempts to catch up with Android and iPhone devices by adding more than 500 features to its operating system. By setting a self-imposed deadline, Microsoft has guaranteed that Nokia will be able to offer its first Windows Phone 7 devices in October, industry observers say.

CEA takes stand against proposed government travel rule
The Consumer Electronics Association is opposing a proposed federal regulation that it says would keep government employees from attending International CES and other trade shows. "[W]e need government to view these events as part of our national strategy to encourage jobs and exports," CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement.

Samsung starts up memory fab line in $10 billion investment
Samsung Electronics says it has commenced volume production on a wafer-fabrication line that will turn out flash-memory chips and DRAM using a 20-nanometer process for smartphones and tablet computers. The chipmaker's capital investment in the line is expected to reach $10.2 billion.

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