Daily Marauder

May 7, 2009, 11:09 PM


News Corp’s. 20th Century Fox says that the pirated version of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" that hit the Web on March 30 has been downloaded 4 million times — four times greater than previous estimates. The piracy could conceivably have cost Fox $28.7 million. (Iwantmedia 5/7, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i4b78d64d1d19f896755bb07f108f27f2  5/6)


News Corp. is reporting a 16% decline in advertising revenue within its Fox Interactive Media subsidiary, which includes MySpace. The unit saw reductions in both brand and performance-based ads. Also dragging on the unit are costs associated with MySpace Music. (Iwantmedia 5/7, http://www.clickz.com/3633666  5/7)

Twitter, the hit microblogging service, is not for sale, insists co-founder Biz Stone in an appearance on ABC’s "The View." Says Stone: "We’re just getting started. The company is two years old, we have so much to do, so much product stuff to fix, and so much growing to do." (Iwantmedia 5/7, http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE54605920090507  5/7)


Twitter Search is easily the most promising aspect of Twitter. People talk about mundane updates, or connecting with companies, or following celebrities — but that’s all small scale. The real power of Twitter lies in its aggregate data. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/07/google-twitter-to-start-indexing-links-for-search/  5/7)

Agree 120%.


Hulu, the video site owned by NBC Universal, News Corp. and Disney, is signing its first batch of content deals with international television producers, the first step towards a full global launch of the service. Hulu is in talks to launch the site in eight of the leading broadcast markets. (Iwantmedia 5/7, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a77ac5d2-3a67-11de-8a2d-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1  5/6)


Customers at a New York City KFC outlet, hoping to redeem downloadable coupons from Oprah.com for a free meal, became upset when the fast-food restaurant ran out of its new grilled chicken. But Internet rumors of a riot are unfounded, says Kentucky Fried Chicken. (Iwantmedia 5/7, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090507/ap_en_tv/us_kfc_oprah_coupon  5/6)


ABC is opening an online ABC Music Lounge to offer songs and artists featured on its shows. The site features a streaming "radio station" that will play more than 200 tunes. The site also offers Web pages for featured artists and a link for online song purchases. (Iwantmedia 5/7, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090507/ap_en_mu/us_tv_abc_music_lounge  5/7)

Disney is developing an Internet subscription service that will offer company-branded content. "We are looking to create a real blend in terms of how we monetize and how we reach consumers and what kind of product we make available," says CEO Bob Iger. (Iwantmedia 5/7, http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idUSTRE5450FI20090506  5/5)


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