Shock a Hulu
Hulu isn't a household word, but it may soon be. That's the name of the website that News Corp. (NYSE:NWS) and General Electric's (NYSE:GE) NBC Universal launched earlier this week, a site that will eventually house many hit shows of the media giants. If catching The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Office, and Heroes on demand in a free ad-supported model doesn't excite you, then I'd better rattle off some of the other hit shows on NBC and FOX.

The site's aim is to help expose the weaknesses of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) YouTube. Yes, YouTube is a hotbed of mostly legal uploads, but now the content makers want to cut out the middleman.

A perfect example is the now infamous Miss Teen South Carolina video. The 18-year-old contestant's rambling response has become a cyberspace hit. It wound up being the most watched video on YouTube for all of August, claiming more than 9.2 million views (and counting). However, if you catch that little peacock logo at the bottom left of the clip, you know that it's NBC's property.

Hulu may change that. For now, the first challenge is to get people to take the ridiculous name seriously.

Square deal for a square burger
The red-headed icon in pigtails finally has a gentleman caller. Wendy's (NYSE:WEN) -- the country's third largest burger chain -- has entered into a confidentiality agreement with Nelson Peltz, the billionaire investor who also watches over Arby's parent Triarc (NYSE:TRY).

This doesn't mean that a deal will come out of this, but obviously you don't want a rival thumbing through your books unless you believe that the interest is genuine.

Either way, the chain's days as a public company appear to be numbered. Go figure. Burger King (NYSE:BKC) finally went public last year and now we're close to losing Wendy's as a stand-alone public company.

Wake me up when September starts
Labor Day is a holiday weekend, but it's not much of a holiday for kids as they head back to school. As homework replaces lazy summer afternoons, the timing of our Back to School With the Fool series couldn't be any better.

Personal finance is something that you can't take as a pass/fail course in the real world, unfortunately.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz recommends windshield wiper fluid when trying to look back. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy.