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YouTube is blocking all music videos to U.K. users after failing to reach a new licensing agreement with the Performing Right Society, Britain’s music royalty-collecting body. The group says the move “punishes the songwriters whose interests we protect.” (Iwantmedia 3/10, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7933565.stm 3/10)

Proving that I will finally be able to do Beyonce’s Single Ladies dance better than my British counterparts.  Suck it UK…


Google’s advertising business appears to be under increasing pressure as fewer shoppers search for products online and advertisers spend less. CEO Eric Schmidt admits that the economic situation is “pretty dire” and that his company is “not immune” to current conditions. (Iwantmedia 3/10, http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090309-711758.html 3/9)

Users of Bravoforfoodies.com and Oxygen.com have access to Cookstr’s collection of recipes, thanks to a new partnership with NBC Universal‘s Bravo Media and Oxygen Media. According to this report, viewers will be able to see recipes from Bravo’s “Top Chef” celebrities as well as recognized top chefs Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver, Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. Broadcasting & Cable (3/9)

A great site for finding some recipes for those random ingredients lurking in your fridge.  You can search by ingredient, chef, or recipe.  Very nice.  Now, all I have to do is stop buying the random key lime curd at Dean & Deluca…


ESPN’s ESPN360.com online portal has introduced a new advertising feature that provides brands with more dynamic commercial capabilities and better reporting on how many viewers are streaming those ads. The new wrinkle, which debuted March 6, during college basketball’s Championship Week, also allows ESPN the ability to run more varied spots in a greater number of pods. Mediaweek (3/9) , The Wall Street Journal (3/10)

This graphic scares me…so I thought I would bring it to you…to spread the fear around.


While sites such as Facebook and Yahoo remain very popular, marketers are shifting advertising dollars toward sites such as those owned by Meredith and NBC, according to digital ad agency Razorfish. Portals aren’t necessary “to achieve scale.” (Iwantmedia 3/10, http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=135095 3/9)

Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore says she is considering making the publisher’s most successful Web sites, such as Time.com and People.com, subscription-based. “Someone has to pay for the Baghdad bureau.” She admits she does not know whether it will work. (Iwantmedia 3/10, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/4963568/Times-Ann-Moore-looks-to-internet-subscriptions.html 3/10)

In its ongoing effort to unlock value from the $850 million acquisition of Bebo, AOL People Networks announced the launch of its Bebo U.S. Latino site. Built on its new Lifestream platform that enables users link to their accounts at YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook or MySpace, the site also features videos, photo galleries, polls, quizzes, and surveys from partners Hearst Magazines Digital Media and AOL Latino, AOL’s bilingual portal for U.S. Hispanics. (Cynopsis 3/10)

Social networking, defined as “member communities,” has an active reach of 67% as compared with 65% for e-mail, per a Nielsen study. The audience for social nets and blogs also is rising at twice the pace of portals, e-mail, search and other key sources of Web traffic, according to Nielsen. Adweek (3/9)

Two online teen brands have joined at the hip. Fast growing Sweden-based virtual doll site Stardoll (27 million users/month) and its new sister site Paperdoll Heaven has merged with teen-targeted social network Piczo (which claims 30 million registered users -including long inactive ones – mostly in the UK and the U.S.) The three sites will form the Stardoll network as a single platform for advertisers. (Cynopsis 3/10)

The largest U.S. cable TV providers added 3.2 million broadband subscribers in 2008, about 1 million more than their telecom rivals, according to a study by Leichtman Research Group. Comcast, the largest cable company, led the way with 1.3 million adds. CED Magazine (3/2009)

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Teen-targeted online virtual world Habbo celebrated a milestone this week, surpassing the 100 millionth avatar created. A UK user created #100 million and was rewarded with a real-life Macbook Air (in addition to a bunch of virtual booty, including cash, and a Habbo room made especially for the occasion.) (Cynopsis 6/27)

Don’t tell your children, but companies are increasingly putting out video games that are good for you: They are aimed at keeping people healthy by helping them quit smoking, lose weight and exercise more. The huge success of Nintendo’sWii Fit” is the most recent example of the trend that gaming developers say is backed up by research that shows people respond better when they are actively and enjoyably engaged in learning how to change bad habits. (The New York Times/Reuters 6/26)

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CBS says it raked in $23 million in ad revenue from streaming March Madness this year and that CBS Radio‘s online revenue grew to $30 million in 2007. Interestingly 92% of the tournament games were viewed at the workplace, according to Nielsen. (Cynopsis 4/30)

Barry Diller‘s Internet company IAC/InterActiveCorp says first-quarter profit dropped 13%, but sales rose more than analysts expected. The results indicate most of IAC’s divisions are performing well as Diller prepares to break the company into five independent businesses. (Iwantmedia 4/30, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601204&sid=aaOiow_O0QQk 4/30)

The BBC has won rave reviews and a loyal following for its iPlayer catch-up service launched last Christmas in the UK. The BBC says 42 million shows have been viewed so far. (iPlayer has been so successful that it’s being blamed for slowing down ISPs in the UK, but that’s another story.) Now complete episodes of BBC programming are finally available digitally in the U.S. on ITunes, under the BBC America shingle. Robin Hood, Torchwood and Little Britain are currently available as single episodes or complete seasons, with more shows to come in the near future. (Cynopsis 4/30)

Microsoft is expected to make its next move in the three-month-old takeover standoff with Yahoo as early as Wednesday, as the two sides have failed to reach any negotiated acquisition deal. One option is nominating a proxy slate of directors to replace Yahoo’s board. (Iwantmedia 4/30, http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB120952733890355585.html 4/30)

Google and YouTube are announcing plans to hold a U.S. presidential forum in New Orleans in September. The forum will be a “live televised discussion.” Using YouTube’s video platform and Google’s technologies, Americans will be able to “engage in the discussion in important ways.” (Iwantmedia 4/30, http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/04/29/google-youtube-plan-presidential-forum 4/29)

Speculation about Twitter’s new round of financing is leading everyone to speculate on Twitter’s actual penetration into the “mainstream,” or lack thereof.  Hitwise says web visits have increased 8x in the last year, albeit from a minuscule base. Compete shows about 900,000 U.S. monthly website visitors. Comscore puts the worldwide number at 1.3 million unique monthly visitors in March.  None of that data is particularly useful, since so much of the action on Twitter occurs via mobile phones, instant messaging and desktop clients like Alert Thingy, MySocial24×7 and Twhirl. Many of Twitter’s most active users rarely visit the website.  The key measure of Twitter usage is total users, total active users and total messages sent. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/04/29/end-of-speculation-the-real-twitter-usage-numbers 4/29)

Universal Music Investments, Sony BMG Music Investments and The Angels Forum 74 have invested $2.8 million into Berkeley, CA-based Mog, reports VentureBeat, nearly doubling its total capital intake. With the tagline “Where Bad Music Comes to Die,” Mog is another music discovery service (Imeem, Last.fm) that scans users’ hard drives for content to share, aggregating MP3s, news, reviews, and music videos. (Cynopsis 4/30)

Google Maps has integrated Street View imagery into its driving directions functionality. In the 44 cities where Street View is available, users can click on a camera icon to see a visual of what each step in their journey will look like. (Cynopsis 4/30)

Advertising execs need to embrace the changes in media, says Google CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking at the American Association of Advertising Agencies conference. Another speaker, TBWA chief Lee Clow, advises the 380 attendees to “stop whining” and “start hiring young people.” (Iwantmedia 4/30, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/30/business/media/30adco.html?_r=1&oref=slogin 4/30)

Video may be the next content revolution on the Web, but it is still unclear how to sell it best to advertisers, say media and Internet execs. With major television networks, advertisers have a sense of scarcity. But online, thousands of choices are said to produce “the opposite effect.” (Iwantmedia 4/30, http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9931592-7.html 4/29)

The World Wide Web is still in its infancy, says its British inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, on the 15th anniversary of the Web’s effective launch. He predicts that the Web could one day be used to help manage the planet. Every user will have access to “all the data in the world.” (Iwantmedia 4/30, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7371660.stm 4/30)

Tim Berners-Lee developed the web while working at Cern.

(Below) Wow. This show scares me. So reminiscent of college radio. . .and not in that cool independent kind of way.  More like an awkward train wreck begging for someone to hit the close button.

A little confused about the whole social networking thing? Check out Social Brew, Revision3‘s latest internet series featuring news, reviews and how-to’s for all the leading platforms. It’s hosted by Irene McGee, creator of No One’s Listening. (Cynopsis 4/30)

A “$10 million Viacom offer” is rumored to be “floating around” Hype Machine (hypem.com), a Web site that aggregates music uploaded to blogs. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures once described Hype Machine as “the best thing to happen to music since the Rolling Stones.” (Iwantmedia 4/30, http://valleywag.com/385323/viacom-offers-10-million-to-buy-music-blog-aggregator-hype-machine 4/29)

IPTV platform Babelgum signed one of its biggest content deals to date, securing over a 100 hours of PBS programming for U.S. distribution including the award winning Empires series. Babelgum also launched an international PBS channel featuring 18 episodes of Scientific American Frontiers. (Cynopsis 4/30)

Top Visited US Broadcast Network TV Show Sites (Week ending April 26, 2008)
Rank     Network     Website                          Market Share of Visits
1          FOX         American Idol                              26.10%
2          NBC         Deal or No Deal                            7.77%
3          CBS         Big Brother 9                                7.68%
4          CBS         Survivor: Micronesia                      7.15%
5          ABC         Dancing with the Stars                   7.15%
6          FOX         America’s Most Wanted                  4.33%
7          ABC         Lost                                              2.45%
8          NBC         The Office                                      2.04%
9          ABC         The Bachelor                                  1.75%
10         ABC         Grey’s Anatomy                              1.72%
Source: Custom report from Hitwise

Top Visited US Broadcast Network TV Websites (Week ending April 26, 2008)
Rank     Network     Website                          Market Share of Visits
1          ABC       www.abc.com 24.81%
2          CBS       www.cbs.com 24.70%
3          FOX*     www.fox.com 24.43%
4          NBC       www.nbc.com 17.86%
5        The CW   www.cwtv.com 7.60%
6          MNT      www.mynetworktv.com .60%
Source: Custom report from Hitwise, *includes traffic aggregated from stand alone websites americanidol.com, amw.com, familyguy.com, thelot.com and thesimpsons.com.


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