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Google has just announced its Q1 2009 results, and for the first time ever, there has been a dip. Revenue fell 3% for the quarter versus the fourth quarter of 2008. But, for the year, revenues were still up. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/16/google-shows-a-3-sequential-dip-in-revenues-first-one-ever 4/16)


Facebook is closing the gap on Myspace in the U.S. in traffic by unique visitors slowly creeping up on Myspace’s No. 1 social network position.  Worldwide, Facebook took that crown long ago (in April, 2008). But in the U.S., MySpace has been more difficult to displace. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/16/closing-the-gap-facebook-only-9-million-visitors-away-from-passing-myspace-in-us 4/16)


YouTube announced today new measures it is taking to more prominently feature and broaden the range of content available on the site from studios including Crackle/Sony Pictures, CBS, MGM, Lionsgate, Starz, the BBC, Anime Network, Cinetic Rights Management, Current TV, Discovery, Documentary Channel, First Look Studios, IndieFlix, National Geographic. The site will now feature a new ‘Shows’ tab in the YouTube masthead, which will allow users to browse through television content by genre, network, title, and popularity. The site now features thousands of full TV episodes, as well as hundreds of movies. Some videos will be available in HD.  At this point the majority of content will come from older TV shows and movies – series like ‘Party of Five’ and ‘Married With Children’, not the current seasons we’ve been seeing on Hulu. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/16/youtube-takes-aim-at-hulu 4/16)

Adding a ‘show’ tab doesn’t prioritize professional content like a whole site built for it. Party of 5 vs. Family Guy? Easy choice.


CBS taking home in millions of dollars from online streaming of the Masters Tournament and other sporting events. The network raked in $30 million alone from the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament. Users “will actually pay for online sports content.” (Iwantmedia 4/16, http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/apr2009/db20090415_833886.htm 4/15)

If you want to take a peek at how AOL plans to take on Facebook, you need to look beyond Bebo (the social network it bought for $850 million last year) to theBoot, a country music site hidden away off in a corner of AOL Music. A very interesting experiment is going on at theBoot that represents a major plank in AOL’s social-networking strategy. It shows how AOL plans to take on Facebook Connect, which is Facebook’s way of letting other Websites tap into its members and their activity streams. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/16/its-a-socialthing-aols-plan-to-take-on-facebook-connect-with-lifestreaming-and-chat 4/16)


CBS site TV.com, a rival to NBC Universal and News Corp.’s Hulu, says it is in talks to replicate its U.S. video-on-demand service in the United Kingdom through partnerships with broadcasters. Recent reports suggest that Hulu is in talks to launch a U.K. version. (Iwantmedia 4/16, http://www.nma.co.uk/Articles/42187/Hulu+competitor+TVcom+in+talks+for+UK+partnerships.html 4/15)

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has taken control of her own Twitter name, @oprah, she announced on her Facebook page today. And tomorrow, she’ll start using it, on her show. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/16/oprah-first-tweet-will-be-tomorrow-with-ashton-kutcher-on-the-show-soccer-moms-to-take-over-the-service 4/16)


Yahoo is said to be seeking buyers for HotJobs — and other properties could follow the employment site out of the door. Yahoo struck a deal to buy HotJobs in 2001 for $436 million. Yahoo could spell out what other divisions are for sale when it reports earnings on Tuesday. (Iwantmedia 4/16, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e21df062-2a16-11de-9d01-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1 4/16)

The producers behind Web series “MoCap, LLC,” which revolves around the denizens of a motion-capture studio, say they have found the perfect TV platform for their show — the young male-centric Spike TV. On April 24, the network will kick off six episodes of the series, which is produced by Albie Hecht, Spike’s first president. TVWeek.com (4/15)


Thirteen.org re-launched their website with nineepisodes of the classic series Soul!, a variety show promoting African-American artistry, community and culture from the seventies.

This sh*t is amazing.  I’m now entranced watching this episode with Taj Mahal in it from Dec 13, 1972.  I may not have been born yet but I still feel connected to this inspirational music from an artist with this much passion and instrument knowledge.  Maybe it’s not digital downloads that are killing the music industry.  After watching this, I think music just needs to get its groove back.


Steve Brill, Gordon Crovitz and Leo Hindery Jr. are starting a company, Journalism Online, aiming to build a system to allow newspapers and magazines to charge for online access. For unlimited subscriptions, the firm is “playing with a figure of $15 a month.” (Iwantmedia 4/16, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/15/business/media/15brill.html?_r=1 4/15)

The best way for newspapers to escape their dismal state is to “invent a new product,” says Google CEO Eric Schmidt. “Incumbents very seldom invent the future,” he adds. Schmidt is in talks with newspapers about a new advertising model that “understands your history.” (Iwantmedia 4/16, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/15/opinion/15dowd.html 4/15)

The National Basketball Association’s NBA.com today will introduce its new look, which will include five new video channels. One of those channels will exclusively feature the larger-than-life personality of former “Round Mound of Rebound” and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley. TVWeek.com (4/15)

Time Warner Cable, which continues to take heat this week for its metered broadband plan, would like the FCC to back off insisting that ISPs meet net neutrality obligations per Ars Technica, noting a response to the FCC’s call for input regarding the stimulus plan. “Now is not the time, nor is this the appropriate proceeding, to engage in a debate about the need for net neutrality obligations,” the company writes. (Cynopsis 4/16)

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Nice find on Soul! Tempted to blow off training and watch this…ALL DAY!

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