Silicon Valley Watcher - Former FT journalist Tom Foremski reporting from the intersection of technology and media

Newswatch: Google Discovers Radio is Not Like Web -WSJ

Posted by Nathan Schor - May 12, 2009

Tuesday 8am Silicon Valley news report:

Radio Tunes Out Google in Rare Miss for Web Titan -WSJ

...media-buying agencies, fearing Google's technology would put them out of business, were a tough audience. Google refused to create bundles of spots and negotiate prices ahead of time, which was how radio was generally sold, say people familiar with the discussions.

Tracking Cyberspies Through the Web Wilderness -NYTimes

The most vexing issue facing both law enforcement and other cyberspace investigators is this question of “attribution.” The famous New Yorker magazine cartoon in which a dog sits at a computer keyboard and points out to a companion, “on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,” is no joke for cyberdetectives.

A Meeting in New York? Can’t We Videoconference? -NYTimes

“The current generation of students and people entering business already use video in a core way,” Mr. Trachtenberg said. “It’s ingrained. I mean, these are people who get annoyed when they don’t get smooth motion on their iPhones.”

At Start-Ups, Boards Spar Over Cash Plans -WSJ

"Boards are asking hard questions, and everyone is being put to the test," said Jeffrey Kuhn, managing partner at FLG Partners LLC, a Palo Alto, Calif., firm that provides financial and operations expertise to start-ups.

Google Offering Training Services for Hyperlocal News in Europe -ReadWriteWeb

An Amsterdam based holding company called PPF and the Paris based World Association of Newspapers are funding a fascinating project that will launch 30 different websites covering hyperlocal news throughout the Czech Republic. Google will provide technical training and the sites will run AdSense in exchange.

Study finds software piracy growing -Reuters

While there was progress on piracy in some countries, with rates down in roughly half of the countries surveyed and flat in one-third, overall "the dollar figure is actually up," said Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of the BSA.

Tech firms could see fallout from antitrust shift -AP

It remains to be seen whether the Justice Department's different approach will lead to more court cases or more challenges to proposed business deals. But antitrust lawyers say a more aggressive antitrust philosophy likely would make the Obama administration resemble the Clinton years far more than the Bush years.

Clean tech sees less venture capital funds -SFGate

"The long-term trends are still there for clean energy," Ethan Zindler, head of North American research at New Energy Finance, told the Associated Press. The firm recorded 28 asset financings in the first quarter, worth $1.3 billion, and 10 private-equity deals.

Chip decline eases; AMD gains on Intel -cnet

IDC noted that demand from PC suppliers picked up towards the end of the quarter but the market researcher cautioned that the demand was due to PC manufacturers "replenishing their inventories rather than reflecting a return of solid end demand and return to market normalcy."

Video Services Consolidation: Multicast buys Veotag -NYTimes

In a small deal, but nonetheless a good outcome for the six members of the Veotag team who get to keep their jobs, video-tagging startup Veotag has been bought by Multicast.

Yahoo wins round in Oregon nude photo court battle -AP

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed that Internet service providers such as Yahoo are generally protected from liability for materials published or posted on their sites by outside parties.

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