Japanese prime minister to visit Yasukuni shrine – USA TODAY

USA TODAYTOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister will visit Yasukuni war shrine Thursday in a move sure to infuriate China and South Korea. Japanese media reported that Abe will visit…

With Tony Romo out, Cowboys depend on Kyle Orton – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Dallas Cowboys were planning for a day like this when they signed Kyle Orton to a three-year, $10.5 million contract to be their backup quarterback in March 2012.…

Disney Iger’s Total Pay Falls 15% – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalWalt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger’s compensation declined 15% in the fiscal year ended Sept. 28 to $34.3 million, according to a regulatory filing. Mr. Iger’s cash…

‘Hobbit’ Sequel No. 1 Film Again; ‘Anchorman 2’ Finishes 2nd (1) – Businessweek

BusinessweekIan McKellen as Gandalf in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Photographer: Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros. Pictures/Everett Collection. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” collected $31.5 million for Time Warner Inc.…

‘Hobbit’ keeps ‘Anchorman 2’ from a legendary debut – USA TODAY

USA TODAYRon Burgundy kept it classy, but Smaug kept it desolate. The fire-breathing dragon of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug held off Will Ferrell’s parody news team from Anchorman…

Angels agree to one-year deal with Raul Ibanez – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesThe Angels have agreed to terms with Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract to be their designated hitter. The contract would be worth $2.75 million, with incentive bonuses…

McCown in strong bargaining position – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneThe Bears paid Jason Campbell $3.5 million last year to be Jay Cutler’s backup. Campbell, the Browns’ starter Sunday in Cleveland, had 70 career starts and the market for…

Report: Chamberlain headed to Detroit – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.com(SportsNetwork.com) – The Detroit Tigers and pitcher Joba Chamberlain have reportedly agreed to a contract. According to Fox Sports and ESPN, Chamberlain will sign a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.…

‘Sound of Music’ was ratings hit – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCritics weren’t so kind, but NBC’s three-hour live broadcast of The Sound of Music was a ratings hit. Final Nielsen figures show 18.6 million viewers tuned in, the network’s…

Henrik Lundqvist saves 27 to lead Rangers past Sabres – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist returned to form on Thursday night. Lundqvist made 27 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo…

Is Henrik Lundqvist worth $59 million to the New York Rangers? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNew York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist returns to action tonight a wealthier man with a seven-year, $59.5 million extension that will make him the NHL’s highest-paid goaltender. As we…

Has China Mobile quietly begun taking pre-orders for Apple iPhones? – Fortune

FortuneScreen Shot 2013-12-02 at 10.22.20 PM FORTUNE — The attached screen grab comes from a website registered by a subsidiary of China Mobile Limited (CHL) in Suzhou, a city of…

Box office report: ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Frozen’ break Thanksgiving records – Entertainment Weekly (blog)

Entertainment Weekly (blog)Stomachs weren’t the only thing full over Thanksgiving weekend — so were movie theaters showing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film pulled in a terrific $110.1 million…

Box office: ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Frozen’ on track to break record – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBlack Friday arrived at the box office this Thanksgiving weekend with moviegoers showing sustained appetite for leftovers. In its second weekend in theaters, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”…

Giants, Vogelsong agree to 1 year, $5 million – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleThe Giants on Friday announced their tentative deal to re-sign starter Ryan Vogelsong, apparently ending their quest to complete the 2014 rotation. Sources said the contract, which does…

Deadline’s Nikke Finke Attacked By Blog She Created

Nikke Finke is the legendary Hollywood business blogger and creator of Deadline.com who’s broke many a story about the doings of executives in Tinsel Town over the years. Over that…

Jadeveon Clowney Not 2014 NFL Draft 1st Pick In 1st Round After 2013 Season

Jadeveon Clowney Not 2014 NFL Draft 1st Pick In 1st Round After 2013 Season Jadeveon Clowney, the South Carolina Gamecocks Student and Defensive End, reached the top of the charts…

Chevron Richmond Announces $15 Million Community Revitalization Initiative

Chevron Richmond announced the start of a  $15.5 million Community Revitalization Initiative, a five-year plan to stimulate the city’s economy by creating jobs, encouraging small business development and expanding job…

San Bruno Fire 3rd Anniversary: Calls For PG&E Utility Safety, Reforms

San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane today said, nearing the third anniversary of one of the worst natural gas pipeline disaster in U.S. history, that as his community continues to heal…

Pinewood Studios Could Bring James Bond To Fayetteville, Georgia

Pinewood Studios, the UK-based home of the James Bond movie series, which is the longest running in film history, is poised to move production of its latest entry, tentatively called…

City Of Oakland’s Response To California Controller On ‘Misdirected’ Assets

California State Controller John Chiang has dropped what looks like a legal bomb on the City of Oakland. What I wrote in the last blog post (where the State’s full…

Tony Earley: PG&E CEO Wrong; San Bruno Fire CPUC Penalty Will Not Bankruptcy Utility

Tony Earley, the PG&E Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, who’s name could be the start of a hip-hop song that goes “Tony Earley. Tony Earley. Tony Earley” is totally wrong…

CPUC Audited By Federal Government To Determine Compliance In Wake Of San Bruno Explosion and Fire

Weeks after City of San Bruno officials raised serious concerns about the ongoing turmoil within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Administrator of the Pipeline…

SFO Museum At United Airlines Features Recology Artists

The SFO Museum is a setup and an organization within San Francisco International Airport that features the work of local artists. Recology Artist in Residence Exhibit at the San Francisco…

Lil Snupe, Miley Cyrus, College Board Google Trends

The current Google Trends are Lil Snupe, Miley Cyrus, College Board, Xbox, Shailene Woodley, Publix , and John McAfee. This is a dramatic change from last night, when James Gandolfini…

Roots For Peace SF At Center Of Historic Israel-Palestine Effort To Remove Landmines From Bethlehem

‘Roots for Peace’ in San Francisco is at the center of an incredible partnership. Representatives of the Bay Area non-profit group spearheaded a historic Palestine and Israel agreement to remove…

Alameda County, CA Budget – Sequester Impact: $7.1 Million

The recently enacted trigger in the 2011 Budget Control Act referred to as “sequestration” will have a total impact on the Alameda County, CA, of $7.1 Million. That’s according to…

How “Elite” is Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco?

While Ravens Nation is still celebrating the AFC divisional win against the Denver Broncos and the team is preparing for the AFC title rematch against the New England Patriots, the…

Tout.com App’s Future: WWE, WSJ Media Partnerships

Tout.com, the 15-second video cross between Twitter and YouTube, is enjoying a very rapid growth phase fueled by its partnership with WWE Entertainment, the producers of the wildly popular wrestling…

Maker Studios: YouTube Partner Lands $40 Million In Funding

Maker Studios and Awesomeness TV are two of a very small, but growing, group of YouTube Partners that are securing millions in venture funding for their video production efforts. According…

President Obama Meets Gov. Christy In New Jersey After Hurrricane Sandy

President Barack Obama landed in New Jersey to survey the extensive damage caused to the entire state by Hurricane Sandy. It’s estimated that 60 percent of New Jersey is without…

Mitt Romney Must Show College Transcripts

Where are Gov. Mitt Romney’s college transcripts? For all of the questions about President Obama and his college transcripts, which are not sealed by the way, no one has asked…

The Sad Story Of Amanda Todd

As much as YouTube can make stars for entertainment, it can also produce martyrs in society – in this case, Amanda Todd. A martyr is someone who “is somebody who…

YouTube’s Robert Kyncl Keynote At MIPCON 2012

Robert Kyncl, YouTube Global Head of Content, gave a great speech at MIPCON 2012 that’s very much like the one he gave at CES 2012 Las Vegas. The overall focus…

YouTube Adds “Estimated Minutes Watched” To YT Partner Analytics

YouTube consistently makes it easier to determine how a YouTube Partner’s video sharing business is performing. When this vlogger became a YouTube Partner in 2008, and thus able to earn…