Google announced that co-founder Larry Page is taking over for Eric Schmidt as the company’s CEO. Schmidt will become the Executive Chairman and focus on business development, especially globally. Google says the move comes as an attempt to streamline decision-making and have a clearer sense of accountability. In other news, Facebook announced on its website today that they are rolling out an app for the 80% of non-U.S. mobile users not on smartphones. The app is a way for Facebook to infiltrate the lucrative worldwide market and expand their network even further. 14 mobile carriers will offer 90 days of free data on over 2,500 compatible devices. And finally, Amazon will buy out the remaining shares of Europe’s online video rental service Lovefilm. Having already owned 42% of the stock, the deal is not surprising and should be completed by the first quarter of the year. Amazon is leveraging Lovefilm to further challenge Netflix in the on-demand rental arena.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – January 21, 2011
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).