If you are having trouble viewing our video player, check out MediaBytes on YouTube.
Amazon is expected to roll out a new version of the Kindle next month. Jeff Bezos will unveil the second version of the e-book gadget at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York on February 9th. Currently, there is a 4-6 week wait for Amazon users who want to purchase the Kindle.
Yahoo reported a net loss of $303 million during Jerry Yang’s last quarter as CEO. During the share holder conference call, Yahoo’s new CEO Carol Bartz said “Did I come to Yahoo to sell the company?The answer’s no.” When touching on the topic of selling only Yahoo’s search business, Bartz said “Our search business is still 3x bigger than the number 3 competitor.”
Cox Communications plans to begin an initiative to clean up its broadband network. The third-largest cable company in the US will give priority to certain types of web pages, including sites with streaming video and games, while slowing the speed of downloads and software updates. Cox maybe riding a fine line in terms of net neutrality, especially given the FCC’s stance on Comcast’s bit throttling.
SAG named David White the interim director of the guild after ousting Doug Allen. White noted that “It is time to turn the page on the most destructive aspects of the guild’s internal politics. In this swiftly changing environment, we will not be successful if we do not work together.” Despite White’s goal of a united SAG, Guild President Alan Rosenberg blasted White on the premise that moderates were trying to sabotage negotiations.
American Idol fans are enraged over contestant Joanna Pacitti. Pacitti, who was cast in Annie and has released an album on Geffen, is accused of being an Idol plant. Fans are calling for Pacitti’s dismissal on the account of being “semi-professional.”