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Since Kanye West’s Video Music Award interuption hit the Internet, Viacom has been hard at work taking down videos of the incident. The company is doing its best to pull clips of Kanye’s stage rush during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech from video networks, hoping to direct all attention from the video to MTV.com. The decision finds Viacom, who is still in lawsuit with YouTube, struggling to create value from the incident, while being able to control its content.
Google unveiled a new online newspaper reader yesterday in hopes of making it easier for readers to digest news online. The service, dubbed Fast FLip, gives users the ability to virtually flip through several publications at once, as if they were physical pages. Google believes that by making the online reading experience more like reading a newspaper, readers will read quicker, while noticing more ads, giving Google the chance to sell more search ads.
A federal judge has thrown out UMG’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Veoh. The decision, a major ruling for streaming video sites dealing with copyright issues, noted that Veoh has done everything in its power and under DMCA requirements to rid its network of copyrighted material.
Jay Leno made his return to NBC last night at 10pm. While Leno’s return to TV has been much hyped, the show faces tough competition, especially in its debut, where it was up against Monday Night Football. In addition, Leno will have to compete with popular series like CSI and other big budget network dramas.
Microsoft is adding a visual component to its Bing search engine. Visual Search projects search queries as strictly images and is run on Microsoft’s Silverlight technology. While Microsoft hopes visual search will give Bing a much needed boost, it also hopes that by powering it with Silverlight will get the technology on more PCs.