Reported Google Video Announcement

Here's what the WSJ (sub. req'd) has to say re Larry Page's forthcoming CES keynote: Google Inc. plans to announce Friday that it will begin allowing consumers to buy videos from major content partners through the Google site and will…

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CES News Frenzy

Lots of news and releases are coming out of CES. Among the many news items worth noting is the Skype-Netgear Wi-Fi phone—no PC required. The phone will work: " ... in a home, office, cafe, open public hotspot, or any…

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ISP Competition: ’Bring It On’

... to paraphrase the words of George Bush. For the past 7+ days, I've had limited Internet access because of myriad problems at Comcast and with the weather in the Bay Area, where I live. Three technicians, 7 calls and…

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Let the Announcements Begin

We're bracing ourselves for a torrent of announcements to come out of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas over the next few days. Device convergence will be a major theme and IPTV will get a lot of attention.…

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Google Pay-Per-View?

Here's Shankar Gupta's piece at MediaPost (reg. req'd) about Google gearing up to potentially charge users to watch full-length videos. While more and more users are paying for content online, this move would (in my view) be premature. There's too…

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More Than a Product a Week

Now I know partly why I feel so exhausted. According to the Google Blog , the company introduced 77 new products in 2005. So there are 52 weeks in a year ... that makes approximately 1.4 product announcements per week.…

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Traditional Media Audiences in Decline

According to new consumer data from Burst Media, older Americans (55+)—thought to be a die-hard audience for traditional media—are apparently adopting the Internet at the expense of those media: television, radio, magazines or newspapers (the study, reported in MarketingVOX, doesn't…

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Return of the Free/Low-Cost PC?

On the subject of consumer electronics ... How low can it go? The price of PCs, that is. The cheapest desktop PC I was able to find online was selling for less than US$300. That's pretty cheap, but remember the…

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Craigslist and the Revenge of ’Web 1.0’

According to this posting at Search Engine Journal, "Craigslist has blocked the spidering and indexing of its classifieds sites from search engine robots." This all began with the Craigslist-Oodle smackdown. What the blocking means is that individual Craigslist pages are…

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Google Maps in Gmail

have both Yahoo! e-mail and Gmail accounts and a Comcast personal e-mail account—all of which I use for slightly different purposes. But I've started to notice that in Gmails where addresses appear, "Map This" links are showing up in the…

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CES: Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!

CES is in progress (we're not there), and the majority of the stuff that's hyped or presented there won't wind up in most consumers' hands, pockets, cars or living rooms. But some of it will, and one thing that's interesting…

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YouTube and Rupert Murdoch

Last week my fellow analyst Mike Boland, author of our recent IPTV/video search report, blogged about hot video-community site YouTube . So did many people at MySpace, whose references to the site were apparently removed by Murdoch's organization. (The site…

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Google at $600?

Safa Rashtchy has started off this year with a high profile. The first analyst that I heard on the radio on the way to work was Piper Jaffray's Mr. Rashtchy being interviewed by CNBC about his prediction that Google will…

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Ford Rolls Out VOD Advertising

Lost Remote reports today that Ford Motor Co. has recently launched a video on demand advertising campaign. It will run on Cablevision and Charter Communications cable systems and will reach about 4.5 million digital subscribers. So what is it exactly?…

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