CES, the world's largest consumer technology trade show, started yesterday.
Despite the economy and speculation about the economy's impact on CES
this year, CES seems to be doing alright this year and is still one of
the most important technology trade shows in the world; the place where
hot new consumer gadgets are launched and big announcements made.
The on-and-off again rumors of a Microsoft-Yahoo deal are back in the news.
TechCrunch's Michael Arrington, citing unnamed sources, reported on
Wednesday that a group of "well known Silicon Valley executives and top
investment bankers" was working to arrange an acquisition of Yahoo that
would value the company at $20bn.
Netbooks are on the rise. The bare-bones laptops, which typically cost
under $500 and are designed for web surfing and email, are increasingly
the focus of major PC makers looking for growth.
And for good reason.
There has been a lot of talk about the decline of the traditional entertainment industry the past several years.
As a growing and maturing Internet has become a much more powerful
medium for the distribution of media, traditional entertainment
enterprises, from television networks to record labels, have
increasingly faced new challenges that many argued threaten their
Facing perhaps the toughest retail environment in decades,
multi-channel retailers in the United States turned to paid search in
the run up to the holiday shopping season in an effort to boost sales.
SearchIgnite, a search management provider, today reported that US
multi-channel retailers increased their spending on paid search by 12%
in Q4 2008 as compared to Q4 2007.
Two years ago, Cisco raised some eyebrows by purchasing two social networking companies - Five Across and Tribe.net.
The acquisitions were curious because Cisco is best known as a manufacturer of networking and telecommunications equipment.
Instant results are always the most appealing. When it comes to SEO, climbing up the SERPs can take a lot of time, effort and money.
A popular technique amongst some marketers for acquiring the inbound links that search engines like Google love has been to pay for them.
comScore reported yesterday that Americans watched 34% more online
videos this past November than they did a year ago in November 2007. This amounts
to a whopping 12.7bn videos watched in a single month.
Google properties, which include YouTube, remained the top online video
destinations, drawing nearly 98m unique viewers and accounting
for just over 40% of videos watched.
In denying a motion for summary judgment requested by Universal Music
Group (UMG) against online video service Veoh, a Los Angeles court
became the latest court to interpret the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act (DMCA) in favor of a web service that offers user-generated video
At issue is whether or not Veoh was eligible for the Safe Harbor
provisions of the DMCA. Veoh, like YouTube, transcodes videos its users
upload into the Flash Video Format (FLV). Universal Music Group argued that this made Veoh ineligible for DMCA
protection because this transcoding essentially made Veoh an active
party to the copyright infringement alleged.
Apple has reached a deal with the three
largest music labels - Sony BMG, Universal and Warner Music - to offer
their music DRM-free on iTunes, according to reports.
As part of the deal, Apple will give the labels something that they
have wanted for some time - flexibility on pricing.