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A battle has been brewing for months now: Google and Facebook both want to be the social layer that sits on top of every site on the Internet. So far, at least in mindshare, Facebook has been winning this battle with Facebook Connect. Google’s offering, Friend Connect is the sibling that gets no respect. But that could change starting today with some new features and functionality. (Techcrunch11/4(

Google Social

 

Yahoo Inc, looking to match rivals in providing up-to-the-minute Internet search results, is running tests with several real-time search partners, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. (Reuters11/3)

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Reaching out to the more price sensitive, The NBA retooled its NBA League Pass broadband offering, offered with Turner Sports’ NBA Digital, to give fans of a few teams the lower-priced option to follow up to 7 teams for just $99.95 for the season. Access to all out-of-market games goes for $149.95. The premium package also feature the live-game DVR functionality with an extended game archive to view games on-demand up to 48 hours after they air. (Cynopsis 10/28)

NBA League Pass

Paramount Pictures has found a new way to generate more revenues from its films and the DVD market. The Viacom studio has made an inexpensive film called “Circle of Eight” and is premiering on MySpace. The idea is to create buzz, then rent or sell the film through Blockbuster. (Iwantmedia 10/28, Business Week 10/27)

Remember when Yahoo started to roll out its new homepage last summer? It’s been live for all users for about three months now, and today Yahoo’s annual Analyst Day, senior vice president Tapan Bhat gave an overview of how the redesigned homepage is performing. In the past three months, pageviews are up 9 percent, and time spent on the homepage is up 20 percent. (Techcrunch10/28)

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Oprah announced Saturday on her website Oprah.com that viewers can register to attend the largest book club meeting ever. Oprah’s book club has been stagnant for a while, however this latest title ‘Say You’re One of Them’ with author Uwen Akpan is number 63 of the Oprah’s Book Club. (The Examiner 10/26)

Oprah Live Book Club

Bolstered by an investment from Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s largest media companies, the budding new-media mogul Michael Eisner is expanding his Web video studio. (NY Times 10/26)

Yahoo is losing more ground to its nemesis, Google, according to Barron’s. In short, Yahoo’s advertising revenues are on the decline while Google’s are rising. Yahoo is “cutting expenses to the bone and producing only ‘less bad’ results,” while rival Google is “pulling away.” (Iwantmedia 10/26, Barrons10/26)

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Google will partner with iLike and LaLa for their new music service, Techcrunch has learned. And the announcement date is Wednesday, October 28, 2009. (Techcrunch10/21)

Google Music

Yahoo announced third quarter earnings today, showing net income more than tripling to $186 million, or $0.13 a share, nearly double analysts estimates of $0.07 a share. This was definitely a financial achievement for Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, but it was done almost entirely through cost cutting. (Techcrunch10/20)

Comcast will become the first cable television operator to unlock online access to cable shows and movies. Subscribers can initially watch programs only on their home computers after verification. Time Warner Cable and other cable providers plan to follow with similar programs. (Iwantmedia 10/21, AP, 10/20)

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Since launching in late 2007, Hulu has done one one thing very well: it lets you watch your favorite TV shows and movies from your computer, free of charge. But aside from improving the user experience with assorted niceties like smart thumbnails and a few social features, the site hasn’t really done much to expand its functionality. That changes today. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/28/so-long-cable-hulu-desktop-lets-you-browse-the-site-from-the-comfort-of-your-couch 5/28)

Hulu desktop

Today, Microsoft publicly unveiled its soon-to-launch search engine Bing. It will become available over the next few days, and be fully launched by June 3. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/28/bing-microsoft-prepares-for-war-with-a-revamped-search-engine-screenshots 5/28)

Bing

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz says she would sell the company’s Internet-search business to Microsoft for “boatloads of money.” She adds that she would agree to sell the entire company as well, though only for “big boatloads of money.” Yahoo is in talks with Microsoft now, she says. (Iwantmedia 5/28, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=auVKgc4EweDY 5/27)

Bartz

News Corp. hopes to sell Google access to a greater swathe of its media properties, say senior execs Jon Miller and Owen Van Natta. An advertising deal between Google and News Corp.’s MySpace is coming up for renewal. News Corp. assets encompass television, print and online. (Iwantmedia 5/28, http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idUSTRE54R0EY20090528 5/28)

HDNet chief Mark Cuban says that despite the growth of YouTube, the Internet video market is a disappointment. The problem, he says, is that when Google bought YouTube it focused on ubiquity rather than making money. The result is that the market “can’t sustain itself.” (Iwantmedia 5/28, http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10250739-56.html 5/27)

Internet-based content providers cannot make sufficient revenues from advertising, says Liberty Media chief John Malone, and they must find novel approaches to get consumers to pay. “The world is evolving. Whether it’s fast enough or big enough to save CBS, I don’t know.” (Iwantmedia 5/28, http://www.forbes.com/2009/05/27/john-malone-media-technology-enterprise-tech-malone.html 5/27)

U.K. royalties collection agency PRS for Music is cutting the rates it charges music sites for artists’ music, potentially paving the way for YouTube to start carrying premium music videos again. YouTube pulled thousands of music videos in March after failing to agree terms with PRS. (Iwantmedia 5/28, http://www.mediaweek.co.uk/news/908802/YouTube-restore-music-videos-following-royalties-cut/ 5/27)

Best Buy is creating an investment fund that will concentrate on digital media opportunities. The fund, managed by existing and former News Corp. employees, is expected to help the retailer delve more deeply into the digital business world in sectors such as music, video and games. Financial Times (free registration) (5/28) , Dealerscope (5/28)

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May 18, 2009, 2:49 PM
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The Palm Pre’s official launch date is set to be unveiled tomorrow in the Wall Street Journal. But it looks like the New York Times may have one-upped its rival class=”snap_preview_icon”> with a story today giving a launch window for the device. While it doesn’t give an exact date, NYT reports that Sprint will be released in the first week of June, citing people briefed with the company’s plans. (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/05/18/the-pre-will-indeed-launch-days-before-a-likely-iphone-refresh 5/18)

Facing criticism that even the minimum iPhone monthly bill is too high for many consumers, AT&T is reportedly thinking about cutting its prices. The big rumored change is that AT&T would apparently offer a limited data package for $20-a-month, a $10-a-month reduction over the current all-you-can-eat plan. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/18/whats-funny-as-hell-about-the-supposed-att-iphone-plan-price-cut 5/18)

Yahoo is abandoning its mobile apps for the Blackberry and other smartphones in order to focus more on its recently relaunched iPhone app. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/18/yahoo-mobile-abandons-its-blackberry-app-to-focus-on-the-iphone 5/18)

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Optimedia U.S. has released a new survey that attempts to measure not only how many people watched a show across multiple platforms but also how engaged viewers are in it and how much buzz it gets. “American Idol” on Fox was at the top of the Content Power Ratings, AMC’s “Mad Men” was the highest-ranked prime-time cable show and Showtime’s “Dexter” was the highest-ranked pay-cable program. The New York Times/TV Decoder blog (5/14) , TVWeek.com (5/14)

idol

YouTube remains the largest online-video brand site, but Hulu has grown from 63.2 million total streams in April 2008 to 373.3 million in April 2009 — a 490% increase, according to Nielsen Online. Other online-video brands on the list were Yahoo!, Fox Interactive Media, Nickelodeon Kids & Family Network, MSN/Windows Live, ABC.com, MTV Networks Music, and Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital. TVWeek.com (5/14) , Mediaweek (5/14)

While Nielsen says Hulu received 8.9 million visitors in March, comScore claims the video site received 42 million. The wildly divergent numbers demonstrate the nascency of the market for online video measurement. Advertising execs complain: It’s “still the wild wild West.” (Iwantmedia 5/15, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/15/business/media/15nielsen.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1242417777-hPCG7aRJ6N313TbLNTrCjg 5/15)

How many Twitter followers do you have? Chances are it’s nowhere near 1 million — only seven users have that many. Oprah just joined the club as the 8th member. But what’s crazy is that she gained her millionth follower just 28 days after signing up for the service. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/14/28-days-later-oprah-races-past-a-million-twitter-followers 5/14)

Oprah twitter

The New York Times is said to be nearing a decision on how to charge for some of its content on the Internet. One proposal will allow a reader to roam freely on the Web site until hitting a predetermined limit of word-count or pageviews, after which a meter will start running. (Iwantmedia 5/15, http://www.observer.com/2009/media/new-york-times-considering-two-plans-charge-content-web 4/15)

Google has rolled out a new recommendations gadget that allows sites that use Google Friend Connect to see which parts of their websites their visitors like best. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/15/google-friend-connect-adds-recommendations-gadget 5/15)

Google reco

RealNetworks, which is waging a court battle against Hollywood studios over its DVD-copying software, is now filing antitrust claims against them, saying they are trying to prevent other companies from building products that let consumers legally copy DVDs for personal use. (Iwantmedia 5/15, http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal_tech/drm/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=217500225 5/14)

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will test a paid download model for access to some of its vast library of online video content next month. The test will make the lifestyle media company the latest media operation to try charging for content online. “It has to happen,” says Stewart. (Iwantmedia 5/15, http://www.smartmoney.com/news/ON/?story=ON-20090514-000657-1426 5/14)

A new screen-sharing app launched today from drop.io, which keeps adding features to its private file-sharing service. The new product is called present.io and it lets you set up a screen-sharing presentation with multiple participants in just a few clicks. Present.io has a lot in common with drop.io’s chat feature which it added last month, except that it looks like this scales to hundreds of participants and is designed specifically for webinars and group presentations. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/14/dropio-adds-seamless-screen-sharing-app-with-presentio 5/14)

Roger McNamee, co-founder of Elevation Partners, which bought a big stake in Forbes Media in 2006, is resigning from the Forbes board. The investment firm’s bet that Forbes.com would come to offset the company’s declining print business “proved to be wrong,” he admits. (Iwantmedia 5/15, http://www.nypost.com/seven/05152009/business/at_forbes_media__the_knives_are_coming_169342.htm 5/15)

Cablevision, the New York-area cable-television provider, is in talks to offer an interactive travel service to subscribers in competition with Web sites such as Expedia and Orbitz. The service would allow Cablevision customers to book trips through their TV sets. (Iwantmedia 5/15, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a.qDlgdX26JA 5/15)

Cablevision Systems Corp., which has set up thousands of Wi-Fi hot spots in the Long Island, Connecticut and Westchester-Dutchess, N.Y., areas, has announced that it has expanded its high-speed wireless Web access in New Jersey to include areas such as Shore Points and Morris, Ocean and Monmouth counties. Bethpage, N.Y.-based Cablevision also said that it was now offering Wi-Fi speeds up to 3 Mbps, which is double its previous offering. Forbes/The Associated Press (5/14)

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