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POSTED April 6, 2012 8:22 p.m.

 

Bravo plans 'Silicon Valley' reality show

NEW YORK (AP) — Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook's founder, is working with Bravo on a TV show about Silicon Valley.

Bravo says "Silicon Valley" is a working title for the show, which follows young professionals in real life working to create the next big thing in tech. Going by a short preview on Bravo's website, this involves drinking, driving fast cars and bragging about money.

Bravo hasn't said when it would start running the show. But it has already gotten criticism. Sarah Lacy, a former editor with the technology blog TechCrunch, calls the show unconscionable and compares it to "Jersey Shore."

Randi Zuckerberg left Facebook last year to work on her own ventures. Mark Zuckerberg remains with the company as CEO.

Bravo is part of Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal division.

Britannica's halt of print edition triggers sales

CHICAGO (AP) — It turns out all Encyclopaedia Britannica had to do to breathe life into the business of selling its print edition was kill it.

Three weeks after announcing it will discontinue its print editions after 244 years, people have been scrambling to buy the last of the 32-volume 2010 edition. On Thursday, spokesman Peter Duckler said all but about 800 of the last 4,000 sets have been sold for $1,395 each.

When the Chicago-based company made its announcement last month, it said sales had plummeted from a peak of 120,000 in 1990 to just 60 a week.

Decker says since customers found out the print editions were about to disappear, they've been selling at a clip of more than 1,000 a week.

MLB ticket prices flat for 1st time in 2 decades

CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball ticket prices are flat for the first time in two decades.

The average is $26.92 this year, up 1 cent from last season and the smallest increase in the survey's 21-year history, the Team Marketing Report said Friday. That's a 1.5 percent increase in 2010 and 1.2 percent last year.

The average was $77.36 in the NFL last year, and $57.10 in the NHL and $48.48 in the NBA in their current seasons.

Boston has the highest average for a nonpremium ticket at $53.38, followed by the New York Yankees at $51.55.

Moving into their new ballpark, the Miami Marlins had the highest rise, a 36.5 percent increase to $26.02. Pittsburgh's average increased 15.3 percent to $17.74 and Kansas City's went up 15.2 percent to $21.84.

San Diego has the lowest average at $15.67, just beneath Arizona's $15.74.

 

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