I’ve been traveling the past three days so am catching up on news —including that of the new supposed YouTube-killerbeing launched by NBC Universal & News Corp. But while the official releasecalls this a new "site" coming later this year, more reading makes it clearwe’re talking about a video distribution network that will be anything but arival to YouTube. In fact, it could even distribute video to YouTube, if the newcompany decides there’s money to be made there. Below, a rundown on how it seemslikely to work and the existing partners that will carry the content. Dear Clown Co.: Name This Thing Fast Before Its Too Late from TechCrunch isa great roundup of how we got to yesterday’s announcement and how the newcompany apparentlyearned its nickname of "Clown Co" from some Google executives. It alsocovers how the new company will be 50/50 owned by NBC Universal and News Corp.The key aspect is this: There will be no centralized site for the service. … [Read more...] about NBC & News Corp’s “OverTube” Not A YouTube-Killer — It Might Just Power Those
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Google recently upgraded Google Maps with a new land parcel data layer, added a Map error reporting function, has promised map fixes to street errors in 30 days or less and has replaced Tele Atlas as their provider of roadway data. It was widely expected that Google might replace TeleAtlas but I don’ think anyone realized it would be this soon. I wanted to better understand Google’s plans for Google Maps in the United States and globally and put the changes into a larger competitive and social context. In an effort to clarify my thinking about the technology and the implications I contacted Mike Dobson of TeleMapics, mapping industry veteran and all around brilliant guy. I asked and he answered. Mike Blumenthal: Does the recent Tele Atlas boot from Google Maps US mean that Google has developed or acquired routing algorithms? Mike Dobson: Google worked with deCarta (under its former name Telcontar) when they were beginning the development of their mapping application. … [Read more...] about Tectonic Shifts Altering The Terrain At Google Maps
Want to do a paywall with no “first click free?” That’s fine with Google, says business product manager Josh Cohen. Want to do micropayments? Google will be “flexible” in considering support of new business models like this. But if you charge, expect less traffic, and also expect that your competitors will be “ecstatic” to pick up your loss, he said. Cohen’s comments on paywall issues were part of a wide-ranging interview I had with him about Google and its news service. In the interview, Cohen also repeatedly stressed that publishers are free to deal with Google as they like. And if they wanted to exclude Google in favor of a competitor like Microsoft, they have that choice — though Google would prefer to work with everyone. Indeed, Google’s inclusion of many diverse sources is one reason he thinks Google might take hits from certain publishers that don’t criticize Yahoo News, which is a far more popular news service … [Read more...] about Josh Cohen Of Google News On Paywalls, Partnerships & Working With Publishers
I’m at the FTC’s “Journalism & Internet Age” Workshop in Washington DC today, where we’re expecting addresses from Rupert Murdoch and Arianna Huffington, along with Josh Cohen of Google News and a variety of panels. I’ll be on one of those panels later today. I’m going to do a big live blog of things I find interesting, and you can also watch the webcast via this page. Why is the FTC doing this workshop? FTC has policy functions assigned to it to investigate new developments in the marketplace and make legislative recommendations. With radio, recommended act that made the FCC. Workshop today intended to bring out more facts. “The bottom seems to be falling out of the news business” as consumers shift their habits. Though newspapers were still profitable overall in 2008; TV still main way people get information. But newsrooms of dailies may employ 25% fewer people. Was at the LA Times recently and felt sense of shock at rows of … [Read more...] about Live Blogging The FTC Workshop On Journalism & The Internet
Fairsearch.org has released findings from a new study that raises serious and important issues about Google, its influence on searcher behavior and whether the search giant’s actions are deliberately hindering competition. Unfortunately, the study results are tainted by flawed methodology and a blatant anti-Google bias, implicitly favoring the agendas of the companies that sponsored the research. According to its website, Fairsearch.org “is a group of businesses and organizations united to promote a healthy Internet future, where economic growth is driven by competition, transparency and innovation in search verticals and online services.” It’s also an advocacy group for Google’s competitors—most prominently those in the online travel space— with members including Microsoft, Travelocity, Hotwire, Expedia and others. As a watchdog group, Fairsearch.org has shone light on some of Google’s more questionable practices that we’ve also … [Read more...] about Do The Majority Of Americans Think Google Is Unfair?