Posted by Dale Buss on August 25, 2010 06:30 PM
* Google expanded Google Voice to all Gmail users, who can now make free VoIP phone calls to any number from Gmail (competing with Skype). The launch is being promoted with Google Voice-branded red phone booths at colleges and airports.
* Apple is about to unveil a new TV/video offering and nearing a deal with News Corp.'s Fox and Disney's ABC for streaming TV series on iTunes as rumors swirl about Sept. 1 press conference. (Industry reaction, according to AP: 99-cent TV shows not a "game-changer.")
* Amazon talks up Kindle sales, but won't divulge numbers, as latest version makes its debut.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 13, 2010 06:20 PM
BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion has agreed to cooperate with India security offiicials, a government official tells the Wall Street Journal. The government "also has security concerns" about Google's Gmail service and Internet telephony from companies such as Luxembourg-based Skype, the official told reporters.
BP is going ahead with its relief well in the Gulf of Mexico following tests. "Everybody is in agreement that we need to proceed with the relief well," retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen tells Reuters. "The question is how to do it." The decision came as Alabama announced it was suing BP for the "catastrophic harm" that the spill had caused the state.
GM is seen as filing for its IPO next week, sources tell AP.
HP's next CEO should come from within the company — or IBM — according to top technology execs who were polled about the company's future. The majority felt HP should hire from within and stay the course.
IBM, meanwhile, today announced it's buying Unica, a seller of marketing software, for $451.7 million in cash, the latest in a string of acquisitions for the tech giant. IBM is also forecasting an increase in U.S. electronics and appliance sales.
Lan and Tam today announced they're combining to form Latin America's biggest airline.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 10, 2010 09:00 AM
As Google and Verizon defend a net neutrality proposal that exempts wireless services, Google faces privacy questions over an alleged order of a “microdrone” from a German company.
BSkyB challenges Skype over logo.
BP nears a deal with U.S. government on guarantees for $20B compensation fund.
Dish Network experiences slippage in subscribers even while rival DirecTV posts gains.
H-P navigates its future after the resignation of CEO Mark Hurd in an ethics scandal, as customers by and large remain loyal – but investors knock down the company’s share price.Continue reading...
social media watch
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 9, 2010 04:30 PM
Facebook readies for looming social battle with Google with reported company lockdown and weekend hours (and games exec search), as Google shores up social investments with its latest deal: the $70 million acquisition of digi-gamer Jambool. FB is also shrinking the tabs on brand pages.
Edelman's Steve Rubel ponders marketers email vs. social media conundrum in his latest column for Ad Age, a topic that Brandchannel's Sheila Shayon examined in her look at Ben & Jerry's recent customer flap in the U.K.
Coor's Light and other alcohol brands tread carefully in social media.
Google makes it easier for companies to switch to Chrome.
Monopoly has an unofficial social media edition.
MTV names first TJ, or Twitter jockey: Gabi Gregg, winner of a search sponsored by American Express Zync. Follow her here.
Novartis pulls Facebook widget following FDA complaint.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 9, 2010 12:45 PM
A mid-day look at brands making headlines, led by Steve Jobs' latest headache:
Apple faces China challenge with local company selling iPod-touch-to-cellphone hack.
Research in Motion's security stance sparks concerns, as Oman declines to ban the BlackBerry and negotiations continue with Saudi Arabia.
Barnes & Noble expands textbook rentals as Henry Blodget cautions Amazon bulls crowing over B&N's pending sale.
BP says it has deposited $3 billion into promised $20 billion Gulf disaster relief fund.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on August 6, 2010 12:30 PM
U.S. politician Drew Rees supports lower taxes, limited government and the delicious combination of peanut butter and milk chocolate.
Music fans sings "Don't Bring Me Down" to Yoko Ono's assertion that the Beatles on iTunes won't happen while she has a say.
Would today's more lawyered up Campbell Soup be so flattered by Andy Warhol's homages?Continue reading...
Posted by Peter Cenedella on August 3, 2010 02:10 PM
At 8:00am EST this morning, the word rang out: Let there be Rock! And Hip-Hop! And disco, R&B, metal, country, and everything else... Rdio, the latest entry in the online music streaming game, went live in the US and Canada this morning.
After two months in beta, Rdio beat the much-blogged European service Spotify to the sonic punch when it launched to general audiences.
Started by Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, Rdio’s business model is similar to Spotify’s: monthly subscription ($4.99 to $9.99), unlimited access, massive archive of tunes (over 7 million and counting as momentum builds with indie music companies). They enter a field in need of weeding out, with Pandora starting to feel venerable, MOG going strong, and Apple’s slated relaunch of the popular Lala service it purchased last December then abruptly shuttered.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 21, 2010 05:00 PM
Skype has expanded its pay-for-call service for advertisers with the launch of Click & Call Advertising. This new product enables brand marketers and advertisers to generate inbound calls from Skype customers.
The move offers a quantifiable method to drive customer calls. Now millions of business phone numbers listed online can display Skype's Free Call button which, when clicked, will launch the new software and connect the caller for free.
It also creates a new revenue stream for Skype, of course, while aiming to make life easier for advertisers to connect with the 560 million Skypers worldwide.Continue reading...