Techno-politics

MediaBytes – 04/25/07

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The FCC is setting rules for auctioning the 700 MHZ spectrum, formerly used for Analog TV. Analog will stop using the spectrum in February 2009. YAHOO has launched a searchable database of music lyrics. The database includes the official versions of lyrics to over 400,000 songs, supplied by music publishers. Yahoo and the rights-holders will […]

MediaBytes – 04/20/07

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The NEW YORK TIMES, GANNETT, and TRIBUNE CO. all announced first-quarter results. The Times profits fell 26%. Gannett profits were down 10.5%. Tribune showed no profit — losing $15.6 Million. GOOGLE acquired Marratech’s video conferencing software. The software provides document-sharing and communication via video, text, and VoIP. It will compete with Cisco’s WebEx. COMCAST urged […]

MediaBytes – 04/12/07

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CBS is preparing to announce a huge web distribution initiative. The network will provide television programming to several web outlets, including MSN, AOL, Joost, and the forthcoming NBC Universal-News Corp. video service. VONAGE CEO Michael Snyder has left the beleaguered company. A patent infringement lawsuit from Verizon has the company in “crisis mode.” MGM will […]

MediaBytes – 04/04/07

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MySpace will hold an online Presidential Primary vote next January. Most major candidates have created profiles on the social networking site. Barak Obama has the most MySpace “friends” by a very large margin. The FCC issued a statement, saying they would not reconsider the current ban on in-flight cell phone use. Notably, a soon to-be-released […]

MediaBytes – 03/27/07

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GigaOM reports from the CTIA Wireless conference, in Orlando.  They reveal a few choice details about Sprint’s WiMAX service, after speaking with a Sprint Senior VP.  They have also posted a thorough overview of newly-announced phones. NewTeeVee provides a quick review of the benefits of Brightcove.  The video streaming service has gained a strong client […]