Daily Marauder

March 25, 2009, 7:03 AM


Live video on the Web is starting to take off, judging by the massive jump in traffic that Justin.tv is witnessing. According to comScore, the live video site’s global audience saw a massive jump from 9.3 million unique visitors in January to 15 million in February, which is about the same number of people who went to Veoh and nearly twice as many as visited Hulu.com. Of course, Hulu is only available in the U.S., where it is fourth most popular video site, and its videos are watched on other sites as well. In the U.S., ComScore only shows Justin.tv attracting 1.4 million people in February. So most of its audience and growth is global, with particular strength in Spain, Brazil, Germany, and the UK. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/25/justintv-is-bigger-than-hulu-overseas  3/25)


Hoping to blunt the success of rival Netflix, Blockbuster today is expected to announce a partnership with TiVo that will deliver Blockbuster’s films over the Web to viewers with TiVo DVRs. The service, which will launch in the second half of the year, will be available only to homes with broadband Internet connected to TiVo. The New York Times (3/25) , USA TODAY (3/25)


As Facebook users remain in a huff over the site’s new layout, it appears change may be coming. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggests in an update posted to his public fan profile that he is “looking at some updated designs that include ideas from people’s comments.” (Iwantmedia 3/25, http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/03/24/facebook-preparing-to-tweak-site-design  3/24)


A new study from IBM reveals a “growing rift” between advertisers, consumers and content owners, as media companies “struggle to keep pace” with the new demands of tech-savvy audiences. IBM is calling on traditional media to make “fundamental” changes. (Iwantmedia 3/25, http://www.worldscreen.com/articles/display/20283  3/24)


The TV-Web barrier is falling, partly as the result of a Yahoo! widget engine currently operational on Samsung’s LED TV 7000 and soon to be compatible with Sony and Vizio sets. The service allows the user to view Web content, including Flickr photos, news stories and other content accessible by various widgets without zapping away from TV programming. The Wall Street Journal (3/25)


Google is making changes to its search results pages. The search engine giant is launching a technology to better understand what people are looking for. It also will give longer snippets after the search title, with relevant words in bold. The point is to make searchers more “relevant.” (Iwantmedia 3/25, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-google25-2009mar25,0,128658.story  3/25)


Music search and streaming service Project Playlist may finally be turning the tide in its ongoing battle with the music industry. EMI Music, one of the three major labels which was suing Project Playlist for copyright infringement, dropped out of the litigation and is announcing today that it has licensed its entire catalog to the service instead. EMI joins Sony BMG, which was never part of the lawsuit, in licensing its digital catalog of music to Project Playlist. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/25/emi-drops-lawsuit-against-project-playlist-licenses-catalog-instead  3/25)


Google’s YouTube is inaccessible in China for a second day after Tibet’s government-in-exile released video it says shows Chinese police beating protestors. YouTube is working to resolve the shutdown. The government says that it “manages the Internet according to law.” (Iwantmedia 3/25, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aTZHJepUj.1E  3/25)


Google is getting some major national exposure for both its AppEngine platform and Google Moderator, a simple tool that helps groups determine which questions should be asked at all hands meetings, conferences, Q&A sessions, etc. The White House is using Moderator, hosted on AppEngine, to determine which questions President Obama should answer at an online Town Hall meeting on Thursday. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/24/white-house-using-google-moderator-for-town-hall-meeting  3/24)


Although Google CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin remain among the world’s wealthiest people, their fortunes plunged by a combined $25.8 billion in 2008, as investors began to fret that the Internet giant would be hurt by the faltering economy. (Iwantmedia 3/25, http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090325/ap_on_hi_te/google_executive_compensation  3/24)


Pixazza, an online advertising company started by former Netscape execs Bob Lisbonne and James Everingham, is raising $5.75 million in funding for a service that lets consumers click on products within pictures. Backers include Google and Facebook finance chief Gideon Yu. (Iwantmedia 3/25, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a6iddfQ_rmVs  3/25)



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