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Archives: June 2008

AOL's Ad Guarantee

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on June 30

Social network ads have become notorious for low prices and low click through rates. On June 30, Time Warner's AOL announced plans to bolster the value of social network ads...

Sprint to Help Virgin Mobile-Helio

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 27

Now that Virgin Mobile is all set to buy Helio, their network provider, Sprint Nextel, has offered to reduce the combined company's network fees and to pay Virgin for acquiring new subscribers. Was that a smart move for Sprint? I am not so sure.

Bringing Health Records Online

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on June 26

When he worked in the emergency room, Dr. James Mault often had technology capable of saving patients’ lives. What he didn’t have was the technology to alert him to what...

The Threat to "Fair Use" in the Blogosphere

Posted by: Peter Burrows on June 26

UPDATE: I want to apologize to Robert Cox for calling him Roger in this now-fixed story. Also, I want to refer readers to his response, at the end of this...

Yahoo's Reorg Goes Down: Less of the Same?

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 26

Despite advance criticisms involving the words "deck chairs" and "Titanic," Yahoo today announced the reorganization of its management ranks that had been expected for more than a week. Rising to...

Mindshare Is a Terrible Thing To Waste

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 26

A couple of days ago I received a pitch from a company called CellSpin for a program that lets Palm Treo and Centro users post to popular blogging and social...

Radio Royalties Bill Moves a Step Further

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 26

This morning, House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property passed the Performance Rights Act, which seeks to charge terrestrial radio stations additional royalties for playing songs. Clearly, this is a big win for the music industry. A note of caution, however: This same subcommittee has passed similar bills before. The prior bills have failed to pass Congress.

Tomorrow: Radio and Music Industries Collide

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 25

The battle between terrestrial radio stations and the music industry will heat up tomorrow, when the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property will go through mark-up of a bill that would require the radio stations to pony up more royalties to performers and record labels.

Yahoo to Stockholders: We Know What We're Doing, Really!

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 25

As Yahoo's top management prepares for a last-ditch roadshow to persuade big investors they should reject Carl Icahn's slate and vote for Yahoo's existing board, the company has released a...

Can Android Vanquish the iPhone (and Walk on Water)?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 24

A theme runs through a large number of the many comments posted to my column on the iPhone and iPhone wannabes: Phones based on Google's Android operating system will soon...

Taking Symbian Open Source: This Could Take a While

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 24

The big story today: Nokia's decision to transform Symbian, an operating system for smartphones, into an open-source project. News headlines scream that the new, open-source Symbian will eat Google's Android mobile OS effort alive. Well, I say: Not so fast.

Microsoft-Yahoo Buyout Talks Back On? Not Yet.

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 24

Mike Arrington at TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft is again talking with Yahoo about a full buyout, though Arrington admits his information is "thin." One source I talked to, however,...

Nokia Gets Symbian in Fighting Shape

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 24

Mention Symbian on this side of the ocean and you're likely to get little more than a blank stare. Although it is the world's most popular smartphone operating system by...

Apple to Launch Wireless Beatles Games?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 23

Yes, I have no idea what such games would look like, either. But rumor has it that Steve Jobs & Co. is interested in creating a video game around the Beatles music catalogue. And that this game may have a mobile version.

PayPal 10 Year Anniversary

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on June 20

When PayPal first launched in the summer of 1998, some said it was too ahead of its time to take off. Founders Max Levchin, Peter Thiel and Luke Nosek conceived...

How Not To Advertise

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 20

I received the following e-mail this morning offering Chinese-to-English translations. Should I ever need such a service, I think I'll look elsewhere: Need Qualify Translators with Satisfied Budget? Elanso Offers...

Big Loss: Matt Cohler Leaves Facebook

Posted by: Spencer Ante on June 19

Published by Creative Capital on June 19, 2008. Today, Facebook announced Matt Cohler was leaving the company to become a general partner at Benchmark Capital. My colleague Rob Hof already...

Yahoo's Executive Brain Drain Continues

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 19

Three more executives are about to leave Yahoo, according to TechCrunch. They are Qi Lu, executive vice president at Yahoo's Search and Advertising Technology Group, whose departure has been rumored...

Another Departure from Facebook

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 19

Another high-profile executive is leaving Facebook: Matt Cohler, a nearly four-year veteran who has been vice president of product management. He's heading to Benchmark Capital as a general partner starting...

PayPal Foots The Bill For Fraud

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on June 19

For years, eBay executives have touted the trust worthiness of the sellers and buyers on their site. Now they’re backing up that claim with cash. On June 20, eBay announced...

Reddit Goes Open Source

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on June 18

I chatted today with Steve Huffman, co-founder of social news site reddit, about his company's decision to publish the code to its site. What makes reddit's move interesting isn't its...

Blogger Arrests on the Rise

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 18

A team of University of Washington researchers has just come out with a report on how many bloggers got arrested in the past five years for something they wrote about. Turns out, there was a sharp increase in blogger arrests last year.

FCC to Extend Do-Not-Call List Indefinitely

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 17

Today, the Federal Communications Commission has amended its rules to require telemarketers to honor registrations with the National Do-Not-Call Registry indefinitely. The previous rules provided that registrations would expire after five years. Good news for consumers everywhere.

GestureTek: A New Way of Interacting With a Phone

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 17

Thanks to the iPhone, Americans are going ga-ga over playing mobile games using the phone's accelerometer. Interestingly, the Japanese might have gone through that phase already.

iPhone: Heading Down Razr's Path?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 17

A reader recently made an interesting point: The reason that Motorola's legendary Razr crashed and burned was that the company and its carrier clients have quickly discounted the popular device. By 2007, Americans could get the Razr for free, and it became the most widely held phone in the country. Very soon after that, no one wanted to buy the Razr, the phone that everyone else had. Could the iPhone be heading down the same path?

Yahoo Loses Another Exec--and Another and Another*

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 16

This will be no surprise to anyone following the continuing Microsoft-Yahoo saga, but another top executive of Yahoo has departed for less scorched pastures. Jeff Weiner, executive vice president...

Health Social Networking

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on June 16

Most social networking sites aren't exactly serious places. The most popular ones allow friends to post flip messages on each others' walls or send festive clip art for special occasions....

How Sincere Was Yahoo

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on June 13

I was listening to the replay of Google's partnership announcement with Yahoo today. Something Google CEO Eric Schmidt said towards the end of the call made me question how sincerely...

Digital Dish for June 13

Posted by: Arik Hesseldahl on June 13

The latest segment of our weekly podcast The Digital Dish is live this morning. Heather, Catherine and I talk about the latest round of iPhone Madness, the collapse of Microsoft-Yahoo...

Yahoo Resignation Template

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on June 12

Despite Microsoft's announcement that it is no longer interested in taking over Yahoo, the steady exodus of Yahoo's best and most vocal managers continues. On June 12, Yahoo's "SQL Guru"...

A New Twist On Wireless Early Termination Fees

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 12

After opposing federal regulation of early termination fees for years, telecom companies appear to have made an 180-degree turn recently. Faced with dozens of lawsuits in different states, companies like Verizon Wireless have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to get involved. The result may be not what Verizon bargained for.

Has Microsoft Really Given Up On Yahoo As Google Search Deal Looms?

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 12

UPDATE 2: After the jump, below, is a draft of a story that will run later tonight. The key takeaway: Google wins big again. The other takeaway: Yahoo's not getting...

Free iPhone Business Apps?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 11

Analyst Gene Munster recently surveyed 20 developers attending Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWCD). He found that half of the developers were working on enterprise applications for the iPhone, and that 71% of all applications they were working on will be made available to consumers for free. What this means is that many developers will be making business applications for the iPhone available for free.

3G iPhone Pricing: Winners and Losers

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 11

The winners and losers from the new iPhone pricing are not necessarily who you might think. The big winners are both Apple and its greatly enlarged group of carriers. It... for the Workplace

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 11

If you've ever wondered what your officemates really make, may be what you're looking for. The free Web site, which bills itself as a "career and workplace community where...

Internet Week

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on June 10

It’s Internet Week in New York City. Or, at least, it was Internet Week. By the time you actually read this post, Internet Week will be holding its closing celebration:...

The Flip Side of a Subsidized iPhone

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 10

Yesterday, Apple announced that AT&T will start subsidizing its iPhone device, making it available for as little as $199 for an 8 Gigabyte model. Many consumers are likely to appraud that decision: By offering a subsidy of an estimated $350 per unit for the device, AT&T will likely see its iPhone sales double, estimates Craig Moffett, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein. So it's a win-win for consumers, right? Not necessarily.

Six Questions (So Far) About the New iPhone

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 09

Now that I'm out of Steve Jobs' famous reality distortion field, I have a few questions about the iPhone 3G announcement. But please add your own as well, since you...

Liveblogging Steve Jobs' Keynote: New $199 3G iPhone

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 09

Wireless gods permitting, I'll be liveblogging Steve Jobs' keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference from Moscone Center in San Francisco, along with about a gazillion other press. It begins shortly,...

megaSIM: A New Way to Keep Wireless Subscribers

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 06

This morning, SanDisk CEO Eli Harari told me of a really interesting new memory product his company is betting on that could help wireless carriers lock in subscribers. Called megaSIM, this type of memory will become from carriers in Europe in the second half of 2008.


Posted by: Catherine Holahan on June 06

Amazon had an outage June 6. Still no word yet on why, but the calls are out to the eCommerce giant. The site went down nationwide sometime before 2:10. It...

Gmail Labs: Google's Next Innovation in Innovation

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 05

Google will start to release tonight at 6 p.m. Pacific a new set of features for its Gmail email service, called Gmail Labs. They will be earlier-than-beta features, 13 of...

More News on the Google Travel Front?

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on June 05

I'm going to virtual Disney World! No, I'm not talking about Disney World in Second Life... though it wouldn't surprise me if such a thing existed. I'm referring to the...

Mark Cuban: Tiered Broadband is Wonderful

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 05

Mark Cuban, the former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant and TV services investor, is all for tiered broadband. "If the choice is between your being able to download more movies or other video and my getting the best possible speed from my internet connection, I'm thrilled when you get kicked off," he wrote in a post on his blog. "It can't happen soon enough. Speed is what I need. Take all your P2P downloads and get the hell off my internet."

Coffee and Free Wi-Fi: Now That's Service!

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 04

Starbucks just made a really smart move: It began offering its loyal customers free Wi-Fi. Until recently, T-Mobile charged $10 a day for the service inside Starbucks. And many customers opted to work out of other cafes, offering free Wi-Fi access, instead.

Trouble With Mobile Advertising -- Or Not

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 04

Laura Marriott, president of the Mobile Marketing Association, just resigned. I called her to catch up today, and to find out the reasons for her departure. After all, mobile advertising has developed slower than many analysts anticipated and I wondered if Marriott's departure was yet another sign of trouble in the industry.

A Little More Life for Windows XP

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 03

Microsoft today took another small step back from it's plans to stop sales of Windows XP at the end of this month. According to an IDG News Service report by...

What a Surprise: Icahn Wants Jerry Yang Out

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 03

Carl Icahn, the corporate raider who's waging a proxy fight to replace Yahoo's board and spur a renewed deal with Microsoft, is finally putting on the pressure after a couple...

A Profusion of Minis

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 02

For a product category that has yet to prove that it has a real market, there sure are a lot of low-cost mini-PCs being announced. With the Computex show in...

Wireless Early Termination Fees: Can You Hear Me Now?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 02

In the past few months, U.S.'s largest wireless service providers -- AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA -- began prorating, or announced they would prorate their early termination fees (Verizon Wireless began offering proration in 2006). What that means is, if your contract is half-way through, you owe the carrier only a portion of the penalty someone who's just signed up will pay. In the past, all customers have had to play a flat early termination fee. Is this change resulting in more customer turnover?

Yahoo-Microsoft Lawsuit Unsealed: Did Severance Plan Kill Deal?

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 02

A Delaware judge has unsealed details in a shareholder lawsuit against Yahoo for allegedly taking undue steps to block Microsoft's unsolicited bid for the company. You can see the lawsuit...

What Will Windows 7 Be?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 02

Microsoft has always been very open about its plans for Windows. With Vista, the openness bit back when many planned features were dropped late in development and what was shipped...


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