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Twain, Smith shine

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Canadian country siren Shania Twain and American actor-rapper Will Smith lead a list of nominees for the 26th annual American Music Awards, which will be handed out on Jan. 11.

Marketplace

AOL, Netscape to merge

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Online giant America Online Inc. will buy Web software pioneer Netscape Communications Corp. in a $4.2 billion deal involving Sun Microsystems Inc., the companies said Tuesday, creating a powerhouse…

  • Biz

Italy: 2 platforms

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While Rupert Murdoch announced Monday that a digital TV deal with Telecom Italia is in the works (Daily Variety, Nov. 24), Italy's pubcaster RAI and Gallic pay TV giant Canal Plus unveiled that they…

  • Film

Players

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CBS has inked a development deal with British actor-writer-director Hugh Laurie, who just wrapped his starring role in Columbia’s “Stuart Little.” His CBS deal was brokered by attorney Fred Toczek…

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