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After previously only having an option to rent HD movies, back in March, Apple added the option to be able to buy HD as well. The problem? A complete and utter lack of options. Even now, some 8 months later, there were only a few dozen HD movies you could buy, and the majority were movies like The Midnight Meat Train— movies you probably had no desire to buy, let alone for the amped-up $19.99 HD price. Yesterday, that changed. (Techcrunch11/10)

HD Apple

While PCs have been able to use Google’s Chrome browser for some time now, the rest of us Macs have been waiting patiently for a proper, non-developer build that we too can use. That day may be coming very soon. (Mashable 11/11)

Well, the spirit of giving arrived a little early this year! For my birthday last month, Google announced it was partnering to offer free Wi-Fi on all Virgin America flights until January 15th. Great, thanks Google, now I have to check the feeds even while flying at 500MPH. But I guess that just wasn’t enough kindness to satisfy the Goog. They’ve just announced that they’re going to be extending the free Wi-Fi to 47 entire airports. (Crunchgear11/10)

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Apple is trying to round up programming support to offer a $30-a-month subscription-television service. The Wall Street Journal says Apple’s “over-the-top” service in theory could rival cable television, given it can offer programmers a base of 100 million customers through iTunes. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (11/2)

Apple sub

Best Buy Co., the world’s largest electronics retailer, will start an online store for movies and television shows that will compete with Apple Inc.’s iTunes. (Bloomberg11/3)

Last week Google launched the Music Onebox — a special new search result that lets users stream songs in their entirety for free. The feature is being powered through partnerships with MySpace and Lala who are providing the song streams, with contributions from a host of other partners like Pandora and imeem. Millions of people will doubtless stumble across the new feature on their own as they run searches for their favorite bands, but Google also has a few tricks up its sleeve to get the word out. We’re hearing that a number of well known artists will soon be actively promoting the service, offering exclusive content to fans who Google them.

Tres smart marketing promotion. Tres Tres smart, The word of mouth on this should be intense. Nice move Google. Very nice. (Techcrunch11/3)

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A concert by U2 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California on Sunday will be streamed live on YouTube. The stream will be accessible in 16 countries. The Google-owned video site says that the concert will be archived and available for later viewing, with overlay advertising. (LA Times 10/20)

Click below for U2’s YouTube channel.

U2 Live

I’m still not sure if the Twitter stream is the right place to be for advertising, but with the way the company set out to make it easy for developers to build upon their platform with open APIs, it’s no wonder so many ad networks have sprung up since it got started. Its massive growth and the fact that the San Francisco startup is a media and celebrity darling probably helped in that regard, too. (Techcrunch10/20)

Google is going to make a lot of frequent flyers, and Virgin America, happy this holiday season. As a gift to people who fly on Virgin America’s WiFi-equipped planes, Google will be footing the bill

http://i.ixnp.com/images/v6.12/t.giffor everybody on board between November 10, 2009, and January 15, 2010. (Techcrunch10/20)

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Google announced that Google Product Search for Android now has barcode scanning support. If you’re looking to price compare a product that’s right in front of you, why type out its name and dig through irrelevant results when you can just scan the barcode? (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/05/14/google-product-search-for-android-adds-barcode-scanning-just-as-we-predicted 5/14)

Google prods

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Earlier this week the Google Earth team released a new plugin that allows users to view Google Earth tours directly from their web browsers. These tours, which were introduced in the 5.0 release of Google Earth in February, allow users to create virtual flythroughs through any location on Google Earth, which can lead to some pretty impressive results. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/10/google-earth-flythroughs-come-to-the-browser/ 4/10)


Portal rivals Microsoft and Yahoo have once again resumed their search partnership talks, reports the WSJ. The two companies are also discussing content-sharing agreements with Demand Media, which operates niche web sites and publishes and syndicates online content. (Cynopsis 4/13)

Time Warner Cable is receiving some backlash over it’s recently announced tiered pricing structure for broadband access.  Users are up in arms over the new plans priced from $22.95 to $54.90 a month for 5GB, 10GB, or 40GB of data.  To put this in perspective, stream 9 HD movies per month and you will exceed the 40GB cap.  That may not sound like a big deal to you know but as availability increases, so will your usage.

ESPN chose the day of the Cubs home opener to launch its first hyper-local site, ESPN Chicago. A collaboration between multiple divisions including ESPN Digital Media, ESPN production, ESPN Radio and local and regional sales teams, the site is the company’s first attempt to super-serve the interests of a single city’s sports fans with localized content including streaming audio feeds from Chicago’s ESPN Radio 1000, local blog posts and a daily video news report ESPN Chicago SportsCenter. (Cynopsis 4/13)

The online video industry pulled in more than $80 million in venture capital funding in the first three months of 2009, about the same as the last quarter of 2008, according to a report from VideoNuze. “People realize that video on the Internet is going to happen, and you know in four years that’s how people will be watching content,” said Neil Sequeira of General Catalyst, a VC firm that has closed four online video deals so far this year. TVWeek.com (4/12)

Google continues to increase its share of the U.S. search marketplace capturing 64% of all searches increasing its market share by 16% over the past year, according to Nielsen Online. (Cynopsis 4/13)

Top 10 Search Providers for March 2009, Ranked by Searches (U.S.)
Provider                    Searches (000)     YOY Growth  Share of Searches
All Search                       9,522,853          16.7%             100.0%
Google Search                 6,113,906           27.6%             64.2%
Yahoo! Search                 1,505,426           1.7%              15.8%
MSN/Windows Live Search    982,661           0.3%              10.3%
AOL Search                         356,569           6.6%              3.7%
Ask.com Search                  197,957          -0.7%               2.1%
My Web Search Search         59,597         -15.1%               0.6%
Comcast Search                   57,605          30.2%               0.6%
Yellow Pages Search             37,295           N/A*                0.4%
NexTag Search                     22,432        -23.7%               0.2%
Dogpile.com Search              19,461           0.7%                0.2%
Source: Nielsen Online

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March 26, 2009, 7:42 PM
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Google has followed through on an earlier promise and released its Voice Search application for BlackBerry devices as a free download, the company said. The feature, which Google had previously offered for iPhones and its Android-powered T-Mobile G1, also includes the My Location tracking app. CNET (3/25)

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If you haven’t heard about PlayOn, MediaMall’s PC-to-console video streaming software, you will soon. Moving to become a major player in the streaming content world, PlayOn has grabbed some huge wins lately, and it doesn’t look like they’re planning on slowing down. In a software update hitting today, PlayOn has added streaming support for Amazon’s Video on Demand service along with content from Revision3. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/06/playon-moves-to-rule-to-streaming-content-roost 3/6)


MySpace is said to be falling behind rival Facebook in the all-important race to sign up new users. The social network “simply isn’t as hot as it was four years ago,” when Rupert Murdoch acquired it for $580 million. In today’s economy, MySpace “can’t afford to miss a step.” (Iwantmedia 3/6, http://money.cnn.com/2009/03/05/technology/myspace_struggles.fortune/?postversion=2009030510 3/5)


News Corp. publisher HarperCollins is launching BookArmy, a Web site offering book recommendations based on a user’s previous reads and the opinions of other users. Visitors can enter the name of a favorite book and the site will generate a list of literary suggestions. (Iwantmedia 3/6, http://www.brandrepublic.com/Discipline/Media/News/887917/HarperCollins-launches-recommendation-site-book-lovers 3/5)

Cool. Tried a few titles and the recommendation engine seemed to be working for the titles I could find.


President Obama is appointing Vivek Kundra, the District of Columbia‘s chief technology officer, as the federal government’s first chief information officer. Kundra is charged with making government data “more accessible.” Obama still plans to name a chief technology officer. (Iwantmedia 3/6, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/05/AR2009030501060.html 3/5)


Google is introducing an “expandable” advertising format across its content network as its steps up its focus on rich media ads. The new ad format expands from a standard AdSense ad size to take up most of the page, allowing marketers to include video and multiple images. (Iwantmedia 3/6, http://www.nma.co.uk/Articles/41756/Google+launches+expandable+ad+format+across+Content.html 3/5)

To boost morale and retain workers, Google is offering to lower the exercise price on stock options issued in better times. The change will give the Internet giant’s employees a better chance to profit if the stock rebounds. The adjustment opens a new moneymaking window for 17,000 staffers. (Iwantmedia 3/6, http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090306/ap_on_hi_te/google_stock_options 3/6)

Techcrunch already showed you one dirty way of re-enabling Hulu on Boxee but now there is an official work around direct from Boxee via RSS. The latest build adds support for video RSS fees and so…all you need to do is add Hulu’s public RSS feed to the app’s reader. It’s surely not as sexy as the past application, but it’s better than nothing. Plus, App Box and auto update show how fast this alpha release is maturing. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/06/boxee-adds-hulu-support-kind-of-app-box-and-auto-update 3/6)

Facebook has just announced that applications on Facebook Platform can now be able to take advantage of the site’s built-in chat functionality, which launched last spring. Developers will now be able to present users with a list of their Facebook Chat buddies, tailoring the list to best suit their application (for example, they can choose to only present friends that already have the app installed). (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/05/facebook-apps-can-now-use-chat-to-go-viral 3/5)

Amazon has been on Twitter since 2007, but recently the company has been stepping up its efforts with the micro-blogging platform. Among the new features, the company has set up accounts for its wish lists and payment services. American City Business Journals/Seattle (3/6)

ComScore estimates that 76.8% of the U.S. internet audience watched online video in Jan, watching an average of 6 hours for the month – up 15% from Dec. More than 100 million viewers watched 6.3 billion videos on YouTube during the month, or 62.6 apiece. MySpace drew 54.1 million viewers who watched 473 million clips, or 8.7 videos apiece. (Cynopsis 3/6)

Top U.S. Online Video Properties by Unique Viewers – January 2009
Property Unique Viewers (000) Average Videos per Viewer
Total Internet 147,322 100.7
Google Sites 101,870 62.5
Fox Interactive Media 62,109 8.9
Yahoo! Sites 41,859 8.9
Microsoft Sites 30,042 8.9
AOL LLC 27,198 6.8
HULU.COM 24,448 10.2
CBS Corporation 24,215 4.2
Viacom Digital 24,126 11.9
Turner Network 22,979 8.5
Disney Online 13,435 10.5
Source: comScore Video Metrix

Top U.S. Online Video Properties by Videos Viewed – January 2009
Property Videos (000) Share (%) of Videos
Total Internet 14,831,607 100.0
Google Sites 6,367,638 42.9
Fox Interactive Media 551,991 3.7
Yahoo! Sites 374,161 2.5
Viacom Digital 287,615 1.9
Microsoft Sites 267,475 1.8
HULU.COM 250,473 1.7
Turner Network 195,983 1.3
AOL LLC 184,808 1.2
Disney Online 141,452 1.0
MEGAVIDEO.COM 102,857 0.7
Source: comScore Video Metrix Rankings based on video content sites; excludes video server networks. Online video includes both streaming and progressive download video.

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