The Week Online Archive

Just Cool: Rubik's TouchCube

February 12, 2009: Remember the insanely popular Rubik's Cube? Well, an electronic version, with pretty colored lights instead of stickers, is set to debut at the American International Toy Fair.


More Older Consumers Online All The Time

February 5, 2009: About 90 percent of U.S. 12-24s use the Internet, says the Pew Internet & American Life Project, and that's not surprising. But 45 percent of 70 to 75-year-olds use the Internet too -- they're the fastest-growing group online.


Gauthier Arrives At StreamTheWorld As VP

January 30, 2009: Jean-Philippe Gauthier joins StreamTheWorld as VP/Strategy, Products & Partnerships. He joins from GESCA, where he was VP/Operations & Product Development.


Corus Gets An iPhone App, Via StreamTheWorld

February 2, 2009: Corus Entertainment has hooked up with StreamTheWorld for an iPhone app to deliver Corus' 52 Canadian stations.


Thornton Joins Tribune Interactive As CFO

February 3, 2009: Erica Thornton, most recently VP/Finance for Clear Channel/Chicago, has joined Tribune Co. as CFO of Tribune Interactive.


Triton Partners With McVay New Media

February 4, 2009: Triton Digital has partnered with interactive consultancy McVay New Media; McVay will offer training services and consultation for audience and revenue development using Triton's applications.


CBS Radio Top Broadcast Streamer In November

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.


AT&T CruiseCast Adds MTV Programming

January 26, 2009: CruiseCast -- AT&T's planned in-car audio and video service -- has made a deal with MTV Networks to offer MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and other programming.


Demand For Inauguration Day Video Breaks TrafficLand Record

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.


StreamTheWorld Gets A TV Deal

January 23, 2009: StreamTheWorld has made a deal to stream live and on-demand content for Mexico's Grupo Multimedios.


Indie 103.1 Becomes Indie Online

January 20, 2009: Entravision's Indie Online -- the web station left behind after the flip of KDLD & KDLE (Indie 103.1)/Los Angeles to Regional Mexican -- will include specialty hosts Dave Navarro, Henry Rollins, and Joe Escalante in the lineup.


Google Ends Newspaper Effort

January 21, 2009: Google is abandoning its "Print Ads" service that's been selling newspaper space since 2006. It ends the program with about 800 newspapers on board.


Spacial Audio Adds Dalfonzo As VP/Sales

January 19, 2009: Broadcast automation and ad-insertion provider Spacial Audio brings in Michael Dalfonzo as VP/Sales. He comes in from the Director/Industry Affairs post at RCS.


Blaupunkt Unveils Internet Car Radios

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.


Katz Subcribes To PointLogic Platform

January 16, 2009: Katz Media Group's newest division, Katz Marketing Solutions, has signed up to use Compose, a planning tool from PointLogic that will let KMS work closely with agency execs to develop media plans.


Last.fm: Triple-Digit Growth In '08

January 14, 2009: Last.fm reports that it saw triple-digit growth in all key metrics from December 2007 to December 2008, including unique visitors, site visits, and page views.


K2SD Device Blocks Cellphones While Driving

January 12, 2009: With more and more states implementing "hang up and drive laws," some inventors have unveiled a device that blocks a driver's phone from working when the car keys are in the ignition.


Just Cool: iFood

December 24, 2008: It was bound to happen: Someone has introduced iFood.


Just Cool: The Peanut Butter Machine

December 10, 2008: We're all doing more for ourselves in these alarming times, and the straightforwardly named Peanut Butter Machine could help save a few bucks by letting you make additive-free peanut (or any nut) butter at home.


Want A Webby?

December 10, 2008: The clock is ticking on entries for the Best Radio Site in the 13th annual Webby Awards. So if you've got a great site, get your entry in by December 19 and your (very brief) acceptance speech ready.


FlyCast Debuts DirectLink, CustomCast

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.


RAB Debuts Interactive Radio Marketing Guide

December 1, 2008: The RAB has released its Radio Marketing Guide in a new interactive format at www.rab.com.


T.J. Lambert Joins Radiolicious

December 1, 2008: Industry veteran T.J. Lambert has signed on as EVP/COO at Radiolicious, which offers a streaming-radio iPhone app that's available in the iPhone App Store.


Just Cool: Digital Camera Makes Polaroid-Style Prints

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.


Holt Heads MySpace Music

November 26, 2008: Courtney Holt has been picked as President of MySpace Music, the social network's major-label-backed music sales and sharing service.


Survey: Many Marketers Not All That Interested In Social Networking

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.


Kia Motors Sponsors imeem Mobile App

November 24, 2008: Kia Motors has signed on as the first sponsor in social-music application imeem's new mobile advertising platform. Kia will use the new outlet to promote its upcoming Soul compact SUV.


Microsoft Upgrades Zune Pass Sub Service

November 20, 2008: Along with access to millions of tethered tracks, Microsoft is now letting Zune Pass suscribers choose 10 songs a month to add to their permanent collections.


Yang Steps Down As Yahoo CEO

November 18, 2008: Search monster Yahoo has set out on the search for a new CEO, as founder Jerry Yang will step down. Yang, who's been CEO since June 2007, will keep his "Chief Yahoo" title and stay on the company's board.


Foneshow Adds Geo-Targeting

November 18, 2008: Foneshow, which sends radio on demand to mobile phones, has added a new geo-targeting tool that lets radio affiliate and advertisers target local markets with customized ads and sweepers.


Conyers Take The Lead On IP Issues

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.


Just Cool: Target Gift Cards With A Twist

November 12, 2008: A gazillion retailers push gift cards for the busy holiday shopper, but Target is showing a bit of imagination by selling gift cards that are also gadgets. On tap: a gift-card night light, and a card that's also a camera.


Regent Streams Added To iPhones, iPods

November 12, 2008: Regent Communications has signed a groupwide deal that puts all of it station streams in the hands of iPhone and iPod Touch users, by way of a new application called Radiolicious.


Sirius XM, BMW Extend Deal

November 11, 2008: Sirius XM Radio and BMW have extended their relationship, with the automaker offering Sirius as a factory option through September 2011.


AMSi Debuts TheRadio.com Streaming Site

November 11, 2008: American Media Services Interactive has joined the ranks of interactive streamers with TheRadio.com, now in beta.


Directed Gets Out Of The Sirius Business

November 10, 2008: Directed Electronics is winding down its relationship with Sirius XM Radio on the way to ending its distribution of satellite receivers.


Circuit City Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

November 10, 2008: Shortly after announcing that it will close more than 150 stores nationwide, Circuit City has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.


Emmis Interactive Adds Affiliates

November 10, 2008: Emmis Interactive has some new clients, including Carter's KPRS-FM/Kansas City, Dittman Group's WABB/Mobile, and Gross' WLOQ/Orlando.


Dell Asks Employees To Take Unpaid Time Off

November 6, 2008: The struggles of the tech industry are being pointed up this week as Dell Inc. is asking its employees to consider taking up to five unpaid vacation days in Q4.


Astral Launches Orbyt

November 6, 2008: Canada's Astral Media has debuted Orbyt, a new national content and marketing division based on the former Sound Source Network.


Holiday Ads Set For HD Radio

October 28, 2008: The HD Digital Radio Alliance is ready for the holidays, with a campaign of holiday-themed spots set to begin on November 5.


Clear Channel's Iheartradio Top 10 iPhone App

October 24, 2008: Clear Channel Online Music & Radio's iheartradio has made it into the top 10 among thousands of applications for the Apple iPhone, and it's the number one free media application in the iPhone app store.


Expanded AccuWeather For The BlackBerry

October 28, 2008: AccuWeather is now offering daily weather forecasts on the home screens of BlackBerry smartphones, along with access to radar reports, extended forecasts, and severe weather alerts.


Interactive One Debuts Three New Sites

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."


Slipstream Offers Christmas Channels

October 27, 2008: Kurt Hanson's Slipstream Radio is offering locally branded, personalizable Christmas-themed webcast stations to broadcasters.


Crawford Re-Ups With Liquid Compass

October 22, 2008: Liquid Compass has signed a fresh deal with Crawford Broadcasting and will continue to provide streaming for 22 Crawford stations.


NPR To Air Captioned Election Coverage

October 21, 2008: NPR News' election-night coverage will be simulcast in "captioned radio," a new format based on HD Radio technology.


CCTTN Data Added To Nav N Go PND Software

October 21, 2008: Clear Channel Total Traffic Network data will soon be part of Nav N Go's software suite for personal navigation devices, under a new deal between Nav N Go and Clear Channel Radio.


McCain Campaign Info Now On CelleCast

October 20, 2008: Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign is now offering McCain's daily press conferences and weekly radio addresses over phone lines, by way of CelleCast.


Beatles iPod Arrives At Last

October 20, 2008: The long-awaited Beatles iPod is in stores at last -- or, rather, in store: It's only available at Bloomingdale's, in a box set with 13 Beatles CDs and some other reasonably cool stuff for $795.


TargetSpot Buys Ronning Lipset Radio

October 15, 2008: TargetSpot has acquired Ronning Lipset Radio, and the combined company will represent the Internet stations for more than 50 radio groups and webcasters.


Fair Use Project Sues Savage Over YouTube Takedown

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.


Transmitter Maker Continental Electronics Sold

October 13, 2008: Continental Electronics, which makes radio transmission equipment, has been sold to Lone Star CRA Fund , the Dallas Business Journal reports.


Bush Signs Bill Creating 'Intellectual Property Czar'

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.


Wal-Mart Takes Away Music DRM Servers, Then Gives Them Back

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.


CBS Radio Leads August Webcast Ratings

October 10, 2008: CBS Radio was the leading single webcast provider in the August comScore Arbitron Webcast Ratings, with AQH persons of 225,000 in an average week, and average weekly cume of 2.4 million.


Google Saves Gmail Users From Themselves

October 8, 2008: Google has added a new feature to its popular Gmail app: "Mail Goggles," designed to keep users from sending hasty late-night e-mails they'll later regret.


CBS Radio Partners With Triton's Mass 2 One

October 8, 2008: CBS Radio has signed an exclusive deal with Triton's Mass 2 One Media to bring all CBS station listener clubs into a single platform.


Clear Channel To Use Cornerstone's XTrends Groupwide

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.


eBay To Lay Off 10 Percent Of Workforce

October 6, 2008: eBay said Monday it will eliminate 1,000 full-time jobs and about 600 part-time and unfilled positions, adding up to about 10 percent of the online auctioneer's worldwide workforce.


CRB Rejects Royalties Hike For Downloads

October 2, 2008: The Copyright Royalty Board has decided against raising the royalties paid to songwriters and music publishers for digital downloads like those sold by iTunes, Amazon, and other services.


IP Bill Passes -- Without DOJ Enforcement

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.


Studios File Suit Over DVD-Copying Software

October 1, 2008: All six major movie studios got together to sue RealNetworks over its RealDVD copying software, saying the software violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by circumventing DVDs' copy protection.


eMusic CEO Pakman To Depart

September 29, 2008: David Pakman, CEO of venerable legal-download service eMusic, is exiting to join a venture capital firm.


House Passes Bill Extending 'Net-Radio Negotiations

September 29, 2008: The House has unanimously passed a bill that extends until February the negotiating window on royalties for Internet radio.


Greater Media Launches PhillySmoothJazz.com

September 25, 2008: After flipping WJJZ to AC earlier this month, Greater Media has partnered with AccuRadio to launch multiple SJ channels at the new PhillySmoothJazz.com.


Just Cool: AbundaTrade

October 2, 2008: If you've moved your music collection to your computer and you're wondering what to do with all those CDs, AbundaTrade lets you trade used CDs, DVDs, and books for new TVs, iPods, and PNDs.


Adelstein: Broadband An Answer To Media Consolidation

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."


Survey: Teens Text As Much As They Talk

September 24, 2008: A survey from Harris Interactive found that teenagers spend nearly as much time texting each other as they do talking -- and 47 percent said their social life would be poorer if they couldn't text anymore.


Yahoo Relaunches AMP! As APT

September 24, 2008: Yahoo has relaunched its AMP! digital ad platform as APT, designed to "streamline the process of buying and selling ads online while connecting all the market players," including publishers, advertisers, and agencies.


Just Cool: Eco Media Player

September 25, 2008: Trevor Baylis Brands has introduced a new version of its "green" "Eco-Media player: The Eco-Media Player Revolution, a four-gigabyte portable player that's powered by a hand crank.


Sony Beefs Up iPhone-Compatible Lineup

September 19, 2008: Sony has introduced a flock of devices compatible with Apple's iPhone 3G, including an HD Radio receiver with iTunes Tagging.


Lisack Moves To CBS Radio Digital Media Group

September 16, 2008: WXRT/Chicago Director/New Media & Marketing Tom Lisack has moved over to CBS Radio Digital Media Group as Director/Digital Music Media & Brand Loyalty.


HipCricket, Meet StickyFish

September 16, 2008: HipCricket has teamed up with Enticent on a program, by way of Enticent's StickyFish loyalty product, will let listeners earn loyalty points when they use and interact with mobile content.


WRXP Launches Streaming, RXP TV

September 15, 2008: Emmis Triple A WRXP/New York has launched its online stream, along with three custom webcast side channels, and debuted RXP TV, with on-demand music videos and coverage of station interviews and events.


Bill Letting DOJ File Civil Suits Against P2P Pirates Passes In Committee

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.


Napster Gets A Buyer: Best Buy

September 15, 2008: Reports that Napster was on the block have been floating around for months, and today Best Buy Co. said it has made a deal to buy all outstanding Napster shares for $2.65 a share in cash.


FlyCast Offers iPhone App

September 11, 2008: FlyCast -- formerly FlyTunes -- has launched an application in the the Apple iTunes app store to bring its lineup of more than 1,000 digital channels to the iPhone.


Song Tagging Not Just For iPods Anymore

September 8, 2008: Nine big broadcasting guns -- including Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Emmis, Citadel, and Bonneville -- are now tagging their tunes for Microsoft's Zune on analog FM.


Salem Debuts SRNnews.com

September 9, 2008: Salem Radio Network has launched a new website with news, podcasts, and other features for affiliates and listeners at www.SRNnews.com.


MusicMaster Offers Barter Option Via Triton Deal

September 8, 2008: Through a deal with Triton Media, A-Ware Software is now offering a barter option for its MusicMaster scheduling software.


Comcast Appeals FCC Order On Bandwidth Blocking

September 5, 2008: Comcast wasn't fined by the FCC for slowing and blocking its customers' access to P2P applications, but it's still fighting the FCC's finding that it was in violation of commission policy and order to stop the blocking.


Entercom Hooks Up With EveryZing To Offer Hurricane Info

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.


HipCricket Wins Award For Innovation

September 4, 2008:HipCricket has picked up Frost & Sullivan's 2008 Market Penetration Leadership Award for its innovative approach to mobile marketing.


Parsons Joins Triton As EVP/Technology

September 2, 2008: Triton Media has brought in Brian Parson, formerly VP/Technology for Clear Channel Radio, as its new EVP/Technology.


Just Cool: Gorillapod Go-Go

September 4, 2008: Gorillapod, which has earned many fans among photographers with its small and flexible tripods, has extended its expertise in three-legged things with an accessory package for PMPs, PND, and other digital essentials.


More Manufacturers Offering HD Radio Products

September 3, 2008: HD Radio developer iBiquity points to "expanded movement in the high-end and midrange receiver category," with 20-plus HD products on display from a number of manufacturers on display at CEDIA this month.


Macrovision Releases New Version Of Lasso Media Recognition Solution

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.


FCC Looking To Ban Some Wireless Mics

August 26, 2008: The FCC is looking to ban wireless microphones that operate in the 700 MHz band after the digital TV transition next year, citing interference concerns.


Hacker Makes $12,000 In Calls On Government Phones

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.


Google Sets New Ad Criteria

August 26, 2008: Google is planning to update its approach to the ad-quality scoring it uses to decide which ads are placed next to search results.


KSWD Chooses PIR’s New E-Marketing Platform

August 25, 2008: Bonneville's KSWD-FM/Los Angeles has implemented Presslaff Interactive Revenue’s Dat-e-Base email marketing.


NextMedia Picks Abacast For Streaming

August 22, 2008: NextMedia Radio Group has picked Washington-based Abacast for hosting, streaming, ad management, and other services.


Just Cool: Writing Spoon

August 22, 2008: OK, not so much "just cool" as "just strange," the Writing Spoon is exactly what it sounds like.


U.K. Online Advertising Surges In '07

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).


Taking A Modular Approach

August 21, 2008:If you have holes to fill on your station website -- or you'd like to fill some holes with more productive content -- Tinbu offers a variety of content modules with a different spin that may help bump up your page views.


iBiquity Certifies SiPort HD Chip

August 19, 2008: iBiquity Digital has given the thumbs-up to SiPort's all-in-one SP1010 single-chip HD Radio receiver, which brings in both analog and digital FM.


Salem Chooses StreamAudio For Station Streams

August 18, 2008: Salem Communications has made a deal to stream its music and talk stations by way of StreamAudio, and has 90 stations up and running with the provider now.


FEC: Political Blogs Are Not Campaign Contributions

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.


ComScore Sets New Measures For Online Ad Networks

August 15, 2008:ComScore will soon introduce two new metrics for measuring online ad networks: "potential reach" and "actual reach."


Is Pandora Going Under?

August 18, 2008: With no end in sight to royalties negotiations, long-running webcaster Pandora is close to shutting down, founder Tim Westergren tells the Washington Post.


CelleCast Adds Five New Shows

August 21, 2008: CelleCast, which streams Talk radio content to mobile phones has signed deals to add with no fewer than five new shows to its lineup.


Apple Admits Early Nanos Overheat

August 20, 2008: After reports of overheated first-generation iPod nanos came out of Japan, Apple acknowledged earlier this week that the units do occasionally overheat and give off smoke or sparks, but said there's been no major damage.


ArtistDirect Gets Lyrics Licenses

August 20, 2008: Music news site ArtistDirect has picked up licensing deals with EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group and is planning to add a new interactive lyrics section to its pages.


Muxtape Buckles Under Weight Of Label Complaints

August 19, 2008: Muxtape, a music-sharing site that let users create streamable playlists, is down and out for now, with the RIAA complaining of copyright violations.


Football Phone: Sprint, NFL Make Mobile Deal

August 19, 2008: Sprint customers will soon have access to complete live NFL radio coverage over their phones, free with Sprint data plans.


Allman Brothers Sue UMG Over Digital Royalties

August 14, 2008: Veteran Southern rockers the Allman Brothers Band have sued Universal Music Group, saying they haven't been getting their royalties for sales on iTunes.


12Seconds: Twitter For The Video-Obsessed

August 12, 2008: Microblogging social network Twitter now has a video counterpart: 12seconds.tv, which, as its name suggests, lets users offer 12-second video snippets of their day-to-day lives.


MMA Asks For Comment On Mobile Marketing Guidelines

August 11, 2008: Having created a set of guidelines for mobile marketers, the Mobile Marketing Association now wants to hear what the public thinks.


T-Mobile Lets You Skin Your Sidekick

August 11, 2008: T-Mobile is now offering a special service for owners of the new Sidekick phones: SkinIt, which lets users design their own phone shells from photos, logos, or other art.


Mullinack Becomes Wheatstone's New Director/Marketing

August 8, 2008: Howard Mullinack has joined studio-equipment manufacturer Wheatstone in the newly created post of Director of Marketing.


FCC Steps On Comcast For 'Discriminatory Network Practices'

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."


Get Emmis Interactive Toys A La Carte

August 5, 2008: Emmis Interactive is making its catalog of products, games, and tools available a la carte to radio and other local media companies.


Social.fm, Formerly Mercora, Shuts Its Doors

August 5, 2008: Early social-music site Mercora, which changed its name last year to Social.fm, has shut its doors for good.


Hunt Partners With Foneshow For Mobile Distribution

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.


iBiquity Teams With In Car Experts Inc.

July 30, 2008: iBiquity Digital has hooked up with the electronic retailers at In Car Experts for an educational campaign on the benefits of HD Radio.


Slydial Lets You Go Right To Voicemail -- On Purpose

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.


Report: FCC Will Rule Against Comcast Over Traffic Violations

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.


Redlasso Suspends Beta Clipping Servce

July 28, 2008: Redlasso, which has made itself useful to bloggers by letting them create custom clips of TV and radio news, has shut down its beta clipping service after NBC and Fox filed suit.


Tech Writer Pogue To Keynote NAB Show

July 18, 2008: The NAB Radio Show agenda takes a tech turn as New York Times technology columnist David Pogue is picked as the opening-day keynote speaker.


Last.fm Gets Overhaul, iPhone App

July 18, 2008: On-demand music and socializing site Last.fm has gotten an overhaul, with a newer, less cluttered look and feel and some improved functionality, and it's also got its very own iPhone app.


Amazon, TiVo Team Up For Click-To-Buy

July 23, 2008: Amazon.com and TiVo have teamed up on a service that will let people buy things from the online retailer from the TV screen, via their TiVo remotes.


Bryan Named SVP/Digital Strategy & Biz Dev For WMG

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.


Just Cool: Tiny Microwave

July 24, 2008: If you really, really can't get away from your desk, there's a little appliance out that will let you eat a hot lunch anyway: the tiny iWavecube microwave.


Napster For Sale?

July 21, 2008: Napster -- the legal subscription music and download service built by the former Roxio from the wreckage of the old Napster P2P -- has become "takeover bait," says Bloomberg, as its cash on hand has come to exceed its market value.


Mobile Marketers Set Code Of Conduct


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.


Nokia Buys Navteq

July 11, 2008: Navteq -- the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium's traffic-providing partner -- has a new owner, Finnish mobile giant Nokia.


Yahoo Says 'No Deal' To Microsoft -- Again -- Icahn Proposes New Board

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."


iPhone 3G Launches At Last

July 11, 2008: The long-awaited iPhone 3G hit the streets all over the world today, in both black and white and starting at $199.


The 'Net Will Reach Nearly 3/4 Of Canadians By 2012

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.


The Onion Signs On For Lexy Feed-To-Phones Service

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.


Palmer Joins Westwood One As VP/Product Development

July 8, 2008: Westwood One has a new VP/Product Development as Ezra Palmer comes over to WW1 from Yahoo News.


EMI And Infospace Settle Ringtone Royalties Suit

July 8, 2008: EMI has settled the ringtone royalties lawsuit it filed against Infospace, which it said was underpaying royalties and selling 'tones for unlicensed songs.


If Yahoo Board Ousted, Microsoft Deal Could Rise Again

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.


Prediction: 57 Percent Of Music Sales Will Be Digital By 2011

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.


British Prison Break Fan Comes Home To $60,000 Mobile Bill

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.


Smith Named CBS Interactive CEO, Ashe President As CNET Deal Closes

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.


Auto Dealer Can't Sue Website Over Consumer Complaints

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.


WKRP.radio? ICANN To Allow More Top-Level Domains

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.


Mobile Commerce Grows And Grows

June 27, 2008: Nielsen Mobile says 9.2 million U.S. mobile subscribers have bought something over their cell phones, either over the mobile Internet or by text message. That's about 3.6 percent of mobile users -- so this is only going to grow.


Clear Channel Expands iTunes Tagging To All HD2 Stations

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.


CelleCast: Talk (Radio) On The Phone

This week in TWO, Convergence talks with CelleCast founder/CEO Andrew Deal about CelleCast's sharing, feedback, and other features that add new dimensions to talk radio -- over the phone.


Leaks Emerge On New XM Handheld

June 24, 2008: Satellite radio news and rumor fansite has some leaked specs on the "Phoenix," a potential replacement for XM Satellite Radio's formerly embattled Inno handheld receiver.


Online Groups: It's Not Just Jammie Thomas

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.


Court: Employees' Text Messages Are Private

June 20, 2008: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has decided that a police department didn't have the right to obtain or read text messages sent by an officer on department equipment.


Innovative Honored For Integrated Campaign

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.


Study: Gadget Lovers Arrogant, Status-Conscious (But May Be Good Leaders)

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.


Just Cool: The Phonofone II iPod Speaker

If you love 1) your iPod and 2) the concept of innovative, imaginatively low-tech, and utterly gorgeous (albeit really expensive) accessories, check out the Phonofone II iPod speaker.


Bashkoff Upped To VP/Digital Sales & Marketing At WEA

June 19, 2008: Perry Bashkoff is the new VP/Digital Sales & Marketing for Warner Music Group's WEA.


Do-Not-Call List Extended Forever

June 18, 2008: In a crowd-pleasing move, the FCC has extended the federal Do-Not-Call list indefinitely. It's a change to earlier rules that would have had registrations expiring after five years.


Firefox 3 Goes For A Record

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.


AP Goes After Blogger Over Story Quotes

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.


Clear Channel Total Traffic Expands Deal With Mio

June 16, 2008: Clear Channel Radio's Total Traffic Network has expanded its relationship with GPS maker Mio Technology, with a new two-year commitment and an ad schedule for Mio on CC stations in 13 markets.


Measurement Firm Sets New Metrics For Online Video

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."


Gadget Of The Week: The Redi Preloaded MP3 Player

For those who really want an MP3 player but also really hate technology -- however large a market that may be -- there is the Redi, which comes preloaded with 50 tunes.


Univision Online Debuts El Directo Music Site

Univision Online has a new music microsite, El Directo, and it just launched last night, with a free, full-length streamed concert by Latin Grammy winner Fonseca.


Radio Gadget: USB Lifestyles' USB Aroma Radio

USB Lifestyles' USB Aroma Radio + Speaker, which includes a small warmer hidden inside for scented oils, adds fragrance to the radio listening experience.


eBay Bids Goodbye To Spot Sales

Online auction site eBay dipped its toe in the ad-sales waters last year with an agreement to sell cable TV advertising and a deal to sell radio through Bid4Spots, but now it's ended that venture.


Second Life Founder Ondrejka Joins EMI Music

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."


Everybody Talks About The Weather....

A lot of people love to talk about the weather, and now they can create a profile and blog about about it, too, as Fox News debuts Fox Weather, a meteorological social network.


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Dunkin' Donuts Makes Friends On Facebook

February 26, 2009: Dunkin' Donuts has made a big move into social media, but not to promote its doughnuts. Instead, it ran a two-day Faceook event to promote multigrain bagels, light lattes, and other healthier fare.