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Season 3 of AMC’s Mad Men got off to a fantastic start Sunday night.  Viewership was up 33% from last year to 2.8 million, the show’s largest audience ever.  E! also had a big weekend with “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.”  And Lifetime had two season highs with “Drop Dead Diva” and “Army Wives.”  Are these new audiences or are they stolen from broadcast TV? Guess

Kiss, the self-proclaimed “hottest band in the land” is following the hottest trend in classic rock: the Walmart exclusive. Kiss’ new “Sonic Boom” is a three-disc set that mixes new songs and old material with video content at a low price, $12 bucks.  It’s win/win. Did you forget that Wal*Mart was also the world’s largest music store?

MySpace is in advanced talks to acquire social recommendation application iLike. Sources say News Corp. will pay approximately $20 million for the application company, which is popular with Facebook users. While purchasing iLike may help slightly increase ad rev for MySpace, it will surely not help the News Corp. venture boost its social network’s status.

Dreamworks and Reliance Big Pictures have completed their first phase of funding. Worth an estimated $325 million, the deal had been postponed for months because of uncertain economic conditions. The deal has Dreamworks producing six films a year, to be distributed by Disney, who will also loan money to Dreamworks.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dell will indeed launch a smartphone in China. The phone, dubbed the mini3i, will be available from an exclusive wireless provider and will have access to China Mobile’s app store. The move is Dell’s first foray in the smartphone market.

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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