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Despite ABC being optimistic that the new version of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire would be a success, the debut of the revival finished fourth place in its opening Sunday night slot. The program, which, for the first time in years, is hosted by original host Regis Philbin and aires in primetime, could not garner the audience the show did when it first began. ABC revived Millionaire exclusively for the month of August in order to bolster Summer ratings.

The Apple Blog is reporting that a new version of iTunes will be able to handle Blu-Ray DVD’s. The move may signal that Apple will begin packaging new computers with Blu-Ray players. Rumors are rampant, and comes as more electronics companies are beginning to format for Blu-ray.

NBC has decided to premiere its new show Community on Facebook. The preview of the new pilot, which stars Joel McHale, will be on the social network, rather than NBC.com or Hulu.com. The move gives Facebook a much needed push in becoming a premiere web TV destination.

Facebook acquired social aggregator FriendFeed yesterday. The deal, whose financial terms were not disclosed, will make FriendFeed’s twelve employees part of the Facebook team, as they prepare to integrate new aggregating technologies into the social network. CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that “Since I first tried FriendFeed, I’ve admired their team for creating such a simple and elegant service for people to share information.”

The Dish Network fell 81% during the second quarter. The company notes that its lose stemmed from its lawsuit with TiVo and increased expenses. While the second largest satellite provider only managed to earn $63.4 million, compared to $335.9 million it made last year, it did increase subscribers.

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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