The Week Online Archive
January 28, 2009: CBS Radio was once again the top broadcaster in comScore Arbitron Webcast Ratings in November, attracting cume of 2.6 million. The ReplaceAds network, meanwhile, brought in cume of 2.2 million in just its second month in the ratings.
January 22, 2009: Traffic aggregator TrafficLand reports that huge demand for live video on Inauguration Day brought record-breaking visits and page views to its public site at www.trafficland.com.
January 16, 2009: At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, Blaupunkt showed a prototype of its upcoming TravelPilot New Jersey car stereo head unit, which uses miRoamer and Bluetooth to put Internet audio (from a cellphone) through the car speakers.
December 5, 2008: The FlyCast mobile broadcast network has launched DirectLink, which lets any streamer offer its own branded iPhone player, and CustomCast, a service that lets multichannel webcasters offer FlyCast station guides with only their own properties.
November 26, 2008: If you miss the Polaroid days, available now (as an import) is the Tomy Xiao digital camera, which comes with a built-in printer based on Zink technology.
November 24, 2008: A survey of chief marketing officers at major U.S. brands found that most are not very excited about adding social networking to their marketing strategies, with a full third saying they're not interested in using Facebook or MySpace at all.
November 13, 2008: Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), who heads the House Judiciary Committee, is taking control of all intellectual property issues in a committee shakeup, moving jurisdiction from the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property to the full committee.
November 10, 2008: Shortly after announcing that it will close more than 150 stores nationwide, Circuit City has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
August 7, 2008: Radio One's Interactive One division has launched three new websites -- NewsOne, TheUrbanDaily, and HelloBeautiful -- that join social-networking site BlackPlanet to make Interactive One "the largest online media entity for African Americans."
October 13, 2008: Stanford University's Fair Use Project has sued Talk Radio Network and Michael Savage over TRN's demand that YouTube take down a video that, says TRN, violates its copyright in Savage's show.
October 14, 2008: President Bush has signed an RIAA-backed intellectual-property bill that will create a cabinet-level "IP Czar" to help coordinate federal copyight enforcement efforts.
October 10, 2008: Last month, Wal-Mart said it would be shutting down the DRM servers that let users relicense protected music files from the Wal-Mart music store. But after howls of outrage from people who objected to potentially losing access to songs they'd paid for, Wal-Mart has said it won't shut down the servers after all.
October 8, 2008: Clear Channel Radio has signed an agreement to use Cornerstone Research's XTrends software in all 83 of its continuously measured Arbitron markets.
September 29, 2008: The House has passed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act that passed in the Senate on Friday -- but the bill will go to President Bush without a provision that would let the Department of Justice pursue civil cases against suspected copyright infringers.
September 29, 2008: The House has unanimously passed a bill that extends until February the negotiating window on royalties for Internet radio.
September 22, 2008: FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, speaking at a OneWebDay event in Washington, DC, said greater broadband penetration "can restore decentralized, locally rooted, and entrepreneurial voices to the media."
September 15, 2008: A bill from Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) that would let the Department of Justice file civil -- not criminal -- suits against accused peer-to-peer pirates has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
September 5, 2008: Looking to give area residents as much info as possible on the approaching Hurricane Gustav, Entercom's WWL/New Orleans used EveryZing to grab content off the air and move it into on-demand podcasts.
August 29, 2008: Under the newly released version of Lasso, consumers can now use more devices like MP3 players, mobile devices, CD and DVD players, and automotive units to access Santa Clara, CA-based Macrovision music and movies database.
August 27, 2008: Homeland Security apparently isn't all that secure: AP reports that a hacker broke into the federal department's hpone system and ran up about $12,000 in calls to Asia and the Middle East.
August 22, 2008: Ofcom reports that online advertising in the U.K. has risen by an average of 70 percent in each of the last five years, to reach 2.8 billion pounds ($5 billion) in 2007. But newspapers still lead, at 4.7 billion pounds ($8.7 billion).
August 18, 2008: The Federal Election Commission has ruled that the costs of running a political blog are not to be considered campaign contributions and are not subject to FEC reporting requirements.
August 11, 2008: Having created a set of guidelines for mobile marketers, the Mobile Marketing Association now wants to hear what the public thinks.
August 8, 2008: Howard Mullinack has joined studio-equipment manufacturer Wheatstone in the newly created post of Director of Marketing.
August 1, 2008: The FCC has made it official, releasing a ruling today that Comcast's former habit of slowing traffic to customers who used peer-to-peer applications "contravenes federal policies that protect the vibrant and open nature of the Internet."
July 29, 2008: Talk host Allen Hunt's "Real Life and Faith Minute" has joined the lineup at Foneshow, which offers talk content over mobile phones.
July 29, 2008: Ever call someone hoping they won't pick up? The aptly named Slydial is offering a free service that lets you dial right into somebody's mobile voicemail.
July 28, 2008: The FCC will announce this week that Comcast was wrong to slow some of its ISP customers' traffic on peer-to-peers including BitTorrent, the Wall Street Journal reports. Comcast contends it did nothing wrong and was simply engaging in network management.
July 21, 2008: Stephen Bryan has been named SVP/Digital Strategy & Business Development for Warner Music Group. Bryan, who's been with WMG since 1997, has helped grow digital to 21 percent of the label group's total revenue.
July 16, 2008: The Mobile Marketing Association has designed a Global Code of Conduct for its more than 650 member companies worldwide. The code offers marketers principles in the areas of privacy, choice and consent, customization (how user data is used), security, and enforcement and accountability.
July 14, 2008: Yahoo over the weekend rejected a joint proposal from Microsoft and activist investor Carl Icahn that would have sold it search business to Microsoft and replaced its board with a slate picked by Icahn. Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock said, "This odd an opportunistic alliance of Microsoft and Carl Icahn has anything but the best interests of Yahoo's stockholders in mind."
July 17, 2008: More than two-thirds of Canadians regularly go online now, according to a new report from eMarketer, and the figure will reach 73 percent, or nearly three-fourths of all 33 million Canadians, by 2012.
July 17, 2008: Satirical news site the Onion has signed up to have its Onion Radio News delivered by Lexy, an RSS-style subscription service that sends audio content to mobile phones.
July 8, 2008: Westwood One has a new VP/Product Development as Ezra Palmer comes over to WW1 from Yahoo News.
July 7, 2008: Activist investor Carl Icahn has told fellow Yahoo shareholders that if they boot the Yahoo board, the dead Microsoft buyout offer could rise again -- and Microsoft confirms that it's still interested.
July 7, 2008: As physical music sales continue to crash, eMarketer is predicting that legal digital will make up some of the losses, rising to nearly 49 percent of total music sales by 2009, and 57 percent by 2011.
July 10, 2008: On a trip to Portugal, British tourist Iayn Dobson downloaded an episode of Fox's Prison Break to watch on his mobile phone. And he came home to find that the show, and a few songs, were going to cost him about $60,000.
June 30, 2008: With the closing of the CNET acquisition, CBS has merged CNET's operations into a new, expanded CBS Interactive, with Quincy Smith bumped up from President to CEO and ex-CNET CEO Neil Ashe coming in as President.
June 30, 2008: Nemet Chevrolet of Jamaica, NY, and its owner, Thomas Nemet, sued ConsumerAffairs.com over comments that appeared on the site, but now a judge has thrown out the suit, saying the website isn't liable for what its users post there.
June 27, 2008: The ICANN board has voted unanimously to adopt a plan to expand the 'Net's top-level domains (.com, .net and so forth) by creating rules that will let big businesses and others pick any domain they want -- like .music, .tech, or .radio. But it won't be cheap, and in the short run, it could make the Web a very confusing place.
June 26, 2008: All 350 of Clear Channel HD2 side channels -- and the same number of primary HD Radio stations -- are now compatible with iTunes Tagging, which lets listeners mark songs for later purchase as they play.
June 23, 2008: Jammie Thomas -- the only person in the U.S. ever to come to court as a defendant in a peer-to-peer file-sharing case -- has gotten a little additional support in her bid for a new trial. Four online-rights groups have filed a joint amicus brief saying the judge made a critical error when he told the jury Thomas violated the law when she made songs available on KaZaa -- even without proof that anybody ever downloaded them from her computer.
June 20, 2008: Innovative Radio Solutions has picked up the California Travel and Tourism Commission's Judge's Award for Best E-Marketing Strategy of 2007 for an integrated radio and online campaign Innovative did for the Yosemite-Mariposa County Tourism Bureau and its agency, Poimiroo Partners.
June 19, 2008: When you picture a serious gadget fan, do you think of a nerdy, mild-mannered lover of shiny toys, spending the night on the sidewalk in front of the Apple store? A new report from Mindset Media paints quite a different picture.
June 19, 2008: Perry Bashkoff is the new VP/Digital Sales & Marketing for Warner Music Group's WEA.
June 17, 2008: Mozilla's long-awaited Firefox 3 web browser is out today, and the developer is looking to set a Guiness World Record for downloads. And, with a committed, or even fanatical, user base of about 175 million people, Mozilla may very well make its goal of 5 million downloads today.
June 16, 2008: The Associated Press has filed Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices against the Drudge Retort blog (not the Drudge Report), over the posting of excerpts from AP stories. AP has backed off an initially aggressive position -- but the takedowns are still in effect.
June 16, 2008: Visible Measures, which (as its name suggests) measures the reach of Internet video, has launched a new product that, it says, "measures the true viral reach of Internet video advertising campaigns."
EMI Music has brought in Cory Ondrekja, who co-founded the wildly popular virtual world Second Life, to help drive its digital business as SVP/Digital Strategy. Said Ondrejka: "The technology is available to make the music experience better."