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Archives for April, 2009

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Buy ‘Em

by Allen Weiner  |  April 30, 2009  |  Comments Off

For those of us deeply entrenched in following the e-book world, we watch and marvel as Amazon’s purchase of Lexcycle, developer of Stanza, a the most popular iPhone e-book application, further distances the Seattle company from the competition. Question: is everyone else in this space either asleep at the switch or too busy worrying about […]

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Take That YouTube: Disney Goes With Hulu

by Allen Weiner  |  April 30, 2009  |  Comments Off

The long-anticipated deal in which Hulu adds ABC’s prime time shows to its lineup, as well as its daytime soaps and programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel and SOAPnet is official. Besides licensing content, Disney is taking an equity stake in Hulu, with Disney getting three seats on the Hulu board that will be filled […]

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Yahoo! Closes Geocities

by Allen Weiner  |  April 23, 2009  |  1 Comment

As part of its audit process, evaluating its vast array of products and services, Yahoo! has decided to shutter Geocities the hosted community business which it bought in May 1998 for $3.75 billion. The closing of Geocities joins Farechase, Yahoo Briefcase, Yahoo Pets and My Web as part of CEO Carol Bartz’s plan to “increase […]

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Presenting At And Blogging from NAB

by Allen Weiner  |  April 17, 2009  |  Comments Off

My colleagues Andrew Frank, Mike McGuire and I will be at the NAB Show April 20-22nd, leading two sessions in and around issues related to TV 2.0. If you go here and here, you will find out the details of our sessions on April 20 and 21. In addition, we hope to offer up on-the-scene […]

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The Kindle is Great, But…

by Allen Weiner  |  April 13, 2009  |  Comments Off

A few weeks into my ownership of a Kindle 2, I must report that the Amazon e-reader holds great promise as it delivers a very intuitive experience for those who want portability and a virtual library at their fingertips. Adding books (from both Amazon and other sources) to the Kindle 2 is straightforward with the […]

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