Archives: April 2007

Google To Viacom: Sorry, You're All Wrong

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 30, Categories: Google, YouTube, video

This won't come as a surprise to anyone, but today Google filed an answer to Viacom's copyright lawsuit against Google and its YouTube video sharing service. As one person at...

iGoogle: It's Your Google

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 30, Categories: Gadgets, Google, Power of Us, Web 2.0

Google has offered a personalized home page since 2005, but tonight it's getting a major revamp. For one, it's getting an uncharacteristically catchy new name, iGoogle. But the most...

Yahoo! Buys Right Media (Big Surprise)

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 30, Categories: Yahoo

When Yahoo! bought 20% of Right Media last October, some folks wondered why it didn't buy the whole shebang, and figured that would happen before long. So it did--Yahoo! announces...

The Last of a Breed

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on April 26, Categories: media

I just saw news on the AP wire that Jack Valenti, retired longtime head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, died today at the age of 85. Valenti had...

Windows Genuine Annoyance

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on April 26, Categories: Curmudgeonly, Microsoft

Microsoft never seems to run out of ways to make its antipiracy Windows Genuine Advantage campaign more annoying. WGA is a "service" that checks the validity and activation status of...

More Google Power

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 25, Categories: Google, Microsoft

First, Google's sites (including YouTube) pass Microsoft's family in traffic. Then it lands the crown as world's most powerful brand, again taking Microsoft's place. ("Physical property is not included," a...

Vonage Shakes Its Finger at Verizon

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 25, Categories: VOIP

Vonage just kicked off a national campaign accusing Verizon, with which it's locked in a legal battle over patents, of limiting customer choice. The campaign could help raise consumer loyalty to Vonage.

So Much for All Those Sell Ratings on Amazon.com

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 24, Categories: Amazon.com, e-commerce

Amazon.com continues to confound analysts and investors with its spending on new technologies and free shipping, but at least in the first quarter, it did so on the upside. With...

Wi-Fi-Sharing Communities Rise Up

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 23, Categories: wireless

Time Warner Cable has just allowed its subscribers to turn their broadband connections into public Wi-Fi hotspots through a service called FON. This could mark the beginning of a sea change in Wi-Fi business. Muni Wi-Fi networks and commercial services like Boingo could fall by the wayside as Wi-Fi-sharing communities like FON take hold.

Ho-Hum--Google Blows Away Earnings Expectations Again

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 19, Categories: Google

The search giant earned $3.68 a share, not including stock compensation and other onetime expenses. That's way over the $3.30 analysts expected, on a better-than-expected $3.66 billion in sales for...

Froogle No More

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 19, Categories: Google

Realizing that a pun does not a good brand make, Google has rechristened its shopping search service Google Product Search. I guess no one can be unclear about what that...

Is eBay on the Mend?

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 18, Categories: eBay

To answer that question: Partly. Clearly, investors liked the fact that the quarter's growth overall looked pretty good, with profits up 52%, and especially that eBay upped 2007 estimates by...

UMPC, MID Alphabet Soup

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on April 18, Categories: computers

Geez, I was just getting used to the unwieldy moniker UMPC for "ultra-mobile personal computers," and now Intel has gone and ruined it. The chipmaker at its spring developer forum...

Blackberry Outage

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on April 18, Categories: Microsoft

Kick 'em while they're down! As if Crackberry addicts and corporations that subscribe to Research in Motion's Blackberry service weren't complaining enough, Microsoft's PR team is in high gear. A...

eBay Sellers Seek Profit from VT Tragedy

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on April 18, Categories: Curmudgeonly

No tragedy is too awful, no heartbreak too great to stop two great forces in American life, trial lawyers and eBay sellers, from cashing in. So it shouldn't come as...

Google Completes Office Suite with PowerPoint Product

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 17, Categories: Google, Microsoft, Web 2.0, software as service

Google CEO Eric Schmidt used his brief appearance at the Web 2.0 Expo today to announce the company this summer would add a PowerPoint editing tool to Google Apps, its...

The Death of Web Radio?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 16, Categories: Web radio

On April 16, the Copyright Royalty Board upheld its earlier decision to impose higher royalty rates on Webcasters. It also clarified that the ruling applies to cellular radio transmissions -- turning its prior decision into one that's very broad, and making Congressional involvement more likely.

Vonage: Now, There's No Work-Around?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 16, Categories: VOIP

On Friday, Vonage relealed that coming up with a work-around around Verizon's technology could take months. That seems to contradict the company's earlier statements -- and threatens to further shake up investors' trust in the company.

Computer security: The feds lead the way

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on April 16, Categories: security

The federal government is finally using its vast purchasing clout to do something about the leaky security of Microsoft Windows. The Office of Management & Budget has decreed that all...

Doubleclick Deal: Did Somebody Say Google's Too Powerful?

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 13, Categories: Google, advertising

After a week or two of speculation, the deal's done. It's Google's biggest deal ever, by far, and all cash--a good chunk of Google's $11 billion in cash and short-term...

Vonage: Need Help With Story

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 11, Categories: VOIP

Are you a current Vonage customer? I'd love to talk to you for a forthcoming story.

MediaFlo TV Programming: Oldies

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 10, Categories: TV

Trialing MediaFlo mobile TV service, I have found that much of the programming available today had already run in prime time yesterday. Is that going to be all right with consumers?

Bloggers: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 09, Categories: blogging

Tim O'Reilly's and Jimmy Wales' call for a blogging code of conduct, including an "anything goes" badge for sites, sure has raised a ruckus. His idea is understandable in the...

100 Million iPods Sold, But How Many Are Still in Use?

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 09, Categories: Apple Computer, Digital Music, iPod

Like everyone else, I'm impressed that Apple has sold 100 million iPods. It's incredible, really, and a testament to how well Apple has designed and marketed them. I do wonder,...

Is Marketing in Second Life a Dud?

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 06, Categories: Second Life

Wagner James Au offers up some interesting reasons why the increasingly popular virtual world Second Life isn't yet proving a marketer's paradise. As some commenters on his post note, this...

Holding Breath for Vonage

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 05, Categories: VOIP

Tomorrow, a judge will decide on whether to grant a stay to a previously-issued injunction for Vonage to use Verizon's technology. My bet is, the judge will go with a proposal Verizon submitted this week.

Will Google Star on TV?

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 04, Categories: Google

Not according to BWOnline's story today. I'm uncertain about how much of an impact Google can make in print and radio, but TV? Given the potential (if not yet the...

Sprint Nextel Picks A New Ad Agency

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 02, Categories: wireless

Sprint Nextel just picked a new ad agency to lead its branding and advertising efforts. Hopefully, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners will be able to ramp up fast, as Sprint needs a new ad campaign, pronto.

EMI, Apple, and DRM: Death Announcement Premature?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on April 02, Categories: Digital Music

"Will DRM Die Today?" asked a headline on a Techcruch item posted by Michael Arrington a few hours before EMI Group and Apple announced that the iTunes Store will offer...

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