Media Briefing for Monday, February 4, 2008
Critics of supporters of net neutrality are calling the supporters “anti-property,” says PC World.
Companies are mapping new uses for tracking chips, but critics are concerned technology would compromise privacy. Associated Press reports.
In New Mexico, there is a proposal to impose an excise tax on TV sets and on video games, and use the revenues to pay for outdoor educational activities for children, says Associated Press.
Can too much surfing online shorten the attention span? The Boston Globe reports.
The TV networks are joining forces in opposing the FCC’s imposition of huge fines for indecency and expletive words, says Media Daily News.
The FCC is focusing on rules regarding placement of products within TV shows, to advertise them, says TV Week.
CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer says TV is no longer covering the news with depth, but is only skimming it, in an interview in the Hartford Courant.
Anyone who remembers the fire that killed 100 people at a rock club outside Providence, Rhode Island five years ago this month recalls the video inside of the band the Great White starting to play, and then the fire going out of control. Now, WPRI-TV channel 12 Providence is paying out $30 million in a settlement in the wake of criticism that its reporter was blocking the way for people frantically trying to get out of the burning building. This report is from the Boston Globe. The fire at The Station rock club was the 4th deadliest in U.S. history. Associated Pressreports.
The presidential candidates are cozying up to Silicon Valley. In delegate-rich California, politicians are pressing for high-tech credibility, says the Boston Globe.
Microsoft’s bid to buy Yahoo is examined by the New York Times.
Google is working to torpedo Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo, says the New York Times.
Google’s chief legal officer is criticizing Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Yahoo would consider a business alliance with Google as one way to rebuff a $44.6 billion takeover proposal by Microsoft, according to a source familiar with Yahoo’s strategy. Reuters reports.
This is a bid for online supremacy, says the Los Angeles Times.
The San Jose Mercury News is featuring a column with a different view: Microsoft’s takeover of Yahoo could end up benefiting Google.
Microsoft’s $44.6 billion bid Friday to buy Yahoo could potentially set the stage for yet another battle with search goliath Google – this time, on cellphones. The Boston Globe reports.
A Microsoft-Yahoo combination could reshape the Web, says Associated Press.
The Yahoo deal is big, but is it the next big thing? The New York Times reports.
The Yahoo sale to Microsoft could be bad for minnows, says the New York Times.
At this point in time, Microsoft is no longer seen as the devil, says the Los Angeles Times.
Microsoft is looking to the acquisition of Yahoo as a way of toppling Google, says Associated Press.
Another difficulty for a Microsoft-Yahoo marriage would be recruiting, says the New York Times.
A Microsoft-Yahoo deal could skip the culture clash, the tech-merger “curse,” says Associated Press.
The takeover bid is a cruel fate for the 14-year-old “middle aged” Yahoo, says the San Jose Mercury News.
Anti-trust approval for a Microsoft takeover of Yahoo may not be a slam dunk, says the San Jose Mercury News.
Hostile bids are a growing trend in the tech world, says the San Jose Mercury News.
As China attempts to censor the Internet, the government’s great firewall is facing online rebels, says the New York Times.
A Web site is offering North Korean goods for sale, says Associated Press.
Yahoo will cease operating its online music subscription service and switch its customers to RealNetworks’ Rhapsody music service as part of a new deal between the companies that calls for Yahoo to promote Rhapsody on its site. Associated Press and the San Jose Mercury News report.
Some doctors are now making house calls – via the Internet, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Commercial real estate investing is made easier online, says the New York Times.
Lower prices have turned Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS) from exotic toys to must-have equipment for the automobile, says the San Francisco Chronicle.
It’s mail in the digital age: postal agencies around the globe are expanding into electronic services to replace lost business, says Associated Press. A domain name is in the works for the Post Office, says Associated Press.
Shares of Motorola stock soared after word that Motorola may be getting out of the telephone business, says Associated Press.
The deregulation of the telephone industry is proving costly to many, including the elderly and the poor, says the Los Angeles Times.
Voce phone users were cut off Friday, when the premium mobile firm shut down abruptly. It had a niche in its concierge service. The abrupt end of service from Beverly Hills, California-based Voce, which had advertised from billboards in tony shopping districts and had sales booths in Neiman Marcus stores, left subscribers scrambling for alternative service and frustrated that they couldn’t reach anyone at the company. This report is from the Los Angeles Times.
Jeanette Symons, a San Francisco Bay Area telecommunications wunderkind, has died in a plane crash in Maine. Two years ago she launched a social networking site for pre-teenaged children, Imbee.com, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Over half of TV viewers 18 to 34 years of age use the Internet and other technology to follow TV series, whereas only 21% of those over age 55 do, says the Los Angeles Times.
Anyone who was in metro New York or New England 30 years ago this week remembers the giant blizzard that clobbered the region, bringing up to 50 inches of snow and high tides and hurricane force winds that battered coastal areas. Thousands of automobiles were stranded, and much of the Long Island Rail Road and Metro North were shut down for days. Today, three decades later, there are two to in some cases six times as many vehicles on the major highways in the region. With the Internet and cellphones today – which did not exist in 1978 – would the region and people fare better than back then? The Boston Globe reports.
With modern technology making weather information available to everyone, almost anyone can make a weather forecast, says the San Francisco Chronicle.
The lives of famous African Americans – including Tina Turner, Chris Rock and morning radio host Tom Joyner – are traced in African American Lives 2 Wednesday evening at 9 on Thirteen/WNET, reports the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The series reveals surprises, says the Denver Post. Tom Joyner’s nationally syndicated show is heard on WYBC 94.3 New Haven, which can be heard over much of southern Connecticut and eastern Long Island.
The president of Fox television, who has been named the new president of Tribune television, is ready to take risks, says the Chicago Tribune. He will oversee all of the Tribune Company’s TV stations, says the Los Angeles Times.
There could be a tentative settlement in the TV and film writers strike as early as this week, says the New York Times. Four New York film companies have settled with the writers guild, says Associated Press. The strike could end this week, salvaging the Oscars, says the Los Angeles Times.
The strike may end soon, but the TV and film writers may have to confront a hostile Hollywood, says the New York Times.
Even if the presidential candidates make nice, the TV crews are hoping for a fight, says the New York Times.
The presidential candidates are courting the youth vote via satellite, in video forums, says Associated Press.
When Senator Edward Kennedy endorsed John Kerry for president in 2004, few newspapers outside Massachusetts bothered to cover it, but this time, when Senator Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama for president, there was wide media coverage, says the Washington Post.
The Fairfield County Business Journal is teaming with Cablevision’s News 12 all news channel, says the Fairfield County Business Journal.
The Marc Steiner show, a local talk show that focused on civic issues in Baltimore and Maryland, has been taken off the air by WYPR 88.1, the NPR station in Baltimore, reports the Baltimore Sun. Marc Steiner is pondering what’s next, says the Baltimore Sun.
Liberal talk show host Ed Schultz is denying that he has broadcast his support for Democrat Barack Obama, says the Washington Post. Ed Schultz is heard 12 noon to 3 p.m. on 50,000 watt clear channel WWKB 1520 Buffalo, also WWRC 1260 Washington, D.C., and a national network of radio stations.
Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan is calling song tagging “radio’s killer app,” says Media Daily News. There are three Emmis FM stations in New York: WQHT 97.1, WRKS 98.7 and WQCD 101.9.
NPR radio host Garrison Keillor has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, reports Associated Press.
Sam Boyle, the former Associated Press New York City bureau chief for two decades, has passed away at age 59, says Associated Press.
Florida launched its anti-smoking campaign with TV ads during the football Super Bowl, says Associated Press.
The growth of online retail sales is expected to slow down, but will still increase by $30 billion a year, says Media Post.com.
A state legislator in Maryland is proposing a bill to ban free home-delivered newspapers, says Associated Press.
CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric is featured on a special YouTube site focusing on the presidential primaries.
The Denver Post is the latest paper to end its daily standalone business news section, according to Forbes.
Rupert Murdoch is making the Wall Street Journal more mass market friendly, including adding a sports page. Is this a good strategy? Crain’s New York Business reports.
Local TV stations are planning coverage of the presidential primaries in their states, reports Broadcasting & Cable.
Millions of TV sets will need converters starting next February when U.S. broadcast TV stations stop telecasting in analog, and go digital-only, says the Rocky Mountain News. Could a recession hurt sales of high definition TV sets?TV Predictions reports.
A North Carolina radio station, WCIS-AM 760 Morganton, was torched, apparently to cover up a burglary, and now 15 years of history has been erased, report the Charlotte Observer and Morganton News Herald.
The growth of podcasts and ad dollars following are examined by E-Marketer.
The ads that ran during the football Super Bowl telecast are examined by the Washington Post, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronicle, Associated Press, Denver Post, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the New York Times.