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Facebook Beacon – Google Wireless – AT&T – Apple iPhone – Verizon – Starcom – AMPTP WGA Strike – MediaBytes 11.30.2007

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FACEBOOK has been forced to change Beacon’s default behavior due to mounting criticism and user unrest. Previously a transaction would broadcast to a user’s network automatically if he did not choose to prevent it. Under Beacon 2.0 transactions will not be published until a user actually agrees to it. Ignored requests will greet a user […]

NBCU and TiVo: MediaBytes 11.27.2007

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NBC UNIVERSAL will use TIVO‘s second-by-second viewer data and sell interactive ads on behalf of the DVR-maker. The ads will come in the form of clickable “tags” that reveal a company’s name even if a user is fast-forwarding through a commercial. A similar feature will allow users to easily record NBC Universal shows that are […]

Negotiations Resume: MediaBytes 11.26.2007

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THE WGA and AMPTP will resume talks this morning. Negotiations will occur in an undisclosed location and a press blackout is in effect. The WGA reminded writers to return to picket lines even as the new round of talks begins. FIREBRAND will launch tonight on ION Television, offering users TV ads as entertainment. The show […]

MediaBytes 11.13.2007

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KEVIN MARTIN is proposing a 75% reduction in the rates that cable operators can charge to lease extra channels. To promote more diverse programming, prices would drop from 40 cents a month per subscriber to 10 cents. The plan will be voted on this month and could be enacted next year. GOOGLE is reportedly in […]