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Steve Jobs will not give his usual keynote speech at MacWorld. Not only that but the upcoming conference will be the last Apple will participate in. An Apple spokesperson said “Apple is reaching more people in more ways than ever before, so like many companies, trade shows have become a very minor part of how Apple reaches its customers.”

Anurag Dikshit, co-founder of PartyGaming.com, plead guilty to violating the Federal wire act. In addition to his sentence, which carries a potential two year jail term, Dikshit will be forced to pay $300 million. While the fine is significant, it should be noted that shares of PartyGaming.com were up 7% and analysts agree that talks with the DoJ are positive, whom they hope to reach a settlement with.

Best Buy’s quarterly profit fell 77% during the third quarter. In response, Best Buy will cut 4,000 jobs and decrease its spending in 2009 by 50%. The Street responded well, with shares up 18% yesterday.

Oprah’s Harpo Films and HBO signed a three-year deal to produce films, documentaries and TV shows for the premium channel. Karen Forte, president and executive producer of Harpo Films noted that the company both wanted to produce a more “eclectic” mix of content, as well as work outside the constraints of commercial television. This is a blow to ABC, who wanted to renew its contract with Harpo, which has had success with programs like Tuesdays with Morrie and Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Plus, today’s consulting question, “Why is News Corp moving from the NYSE to Nasdaq?” Shelly has the answer on today’s MediaBytes.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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