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7 Big Media: Stocks are sliding, but court hands out payoff. Viacom and News Corp. may be able to keep all local station holdings. Cable owners can now own broadcast stations in the same market.

6 Britney Spears: Gen-Y Marilyn Monroe? After "Saturday Night Live" and Super Bowl spot, new movie posts strong gate and HBO may want her to do a cameo on "Sex and the City." She sings, too.

5 TV viewing: Good news for advertisers: Scientific American article says TV affects the body like an addictive drug. Bad news: New ReplayTV 4000 lets viewers watch shows commercial-free and transmit them via the Internet. That's a bigger threat than TiVo.

3 Vivendi Universal: Has been spending a fortune, but new company exec Barry Diller (who got a few of its billions) says there are four "tier-one" media companies-and Vivendi is not one of them. How much does Diller demand to wave the corporate flag?

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