• OMMA Keynote: Creative Ain't What It Used To Be
    Chuck Porter, chairman of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, says when you think creative, go overboard. See video.
  • Online Video Companies Line Up IPOs
    Perhaps there's been an abrupt change in thinking, but online video startups are thinking about going public. Some you've never heard of, but the momentum of online video is pushing newly public video stocks higher. DivX, for example, is a video-sharing technology provider. It just completed an IPO last Friday, raising $145 million--about $50 million more than Wall Street expected. Yesterday, its shares closed at $18.11, two dollars higher than its opening-day stock price. Other online video IPO candidates include MobiTV, which delivers video to mobile phones and PCs, and BigBand Networks, a video on demand provider for telecom and ...
  • Are 4G Wireless Networks The Future Of Web Access?
    At a conference in South Korea, engineers discussed the future of fourth-generation wireless networks, one of the most powerful on the planet. Telecom providers hope this will become the next wave in Internet access, enabling people to open a laptop anywhere and be immediately surf the Web, download music or stream movies on what could be the fastest broadband connection in the world. Providing Internet access is big business across the globe--in the U.S. alone the market is estimated at $60 billion. The problem is, there are several competing technologies--and no one is certain which one will come out on ...
  • Microsoft Strikes Concert Deal With Live 8 Provider
    MSN, Microsoft's Web portal, has struck an interesting deal with Control Room, the company behind the successful Webcast of last year's Live 8 event, to stream live ad-supported concerts on MSN. MSN has badly needed something like this to differentiate itself from the myriad content providers and content aggregators out there, like Yahoo, YouTube and MySpace. Amid all the hype surrounding consumer-generated content and online video, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Web portals like AOL and MSN have become also-rans online. But the multi-year agreement makes MSN the exclusive provider of 36 different live events that will also be ...
  • Google, UC Berkeley Distribute College Courses Via Video
    Google is giving college students yet another reason not to go to class--or rather, it's giving high-school students a good reason not to go to college. The University of California at Berkeley has forged a deal with Google Video to deliver college courses, including lectures and symposia, for free on the Web. The site has gone live at http://video.google.com/ucberkeley. As part of the offering, the university has put up over 250 hours of video for public viewing. Visitors will find six Berkeley courses in their entirety, including "Physics for Future Presidents," "Integrative Biology" and "Search Engines: Technology, Society and Business," ...
  • OMMA Video: Is Media Planning Obsolete?
    Internet speed makes traditional media planning at best futile, and at worst, fatal. Rishad Tobaccowala, CEO, Denuo, Ross Levinsohn, President, Fox Interactive Media, Joe Marchese, Head of Online Media Practice Group, Bainbridge, and Carl Fremont, EVP and Global Media Director, Digitas, weigh in.
  • OMMA Video: Content For 21st-century Users
    Beth Comstock, president, digital media and market development, NBC Universal, discusses how creative content must anticipate consumer need.
  • Sizing Up Media's Mixed Bag
    As Advertising Week heats up in New York, The Hollywood Reporter sizes up the big media picture. Yahoo may acquire Facebook, YouTube is finally cutting deals that attempt to deal with its complicated copyright issues, and Time Warner's AOL seems headed in the right direction--it's dumping its subscription business and focusing more on selling ads. Companies like Facebook and YouTube are fetching $1 billion-plus price tags because Madison Avenue is falling over itself trying to cash in on the phenomenon. An ad veteran like Yahoo could provide the perfect bridge for transitioning a social network like Facebook from college-age time ...
  • Jajah Provides Free Mobile Calls
    Jajah, a provider of voice over Internet protocol, just launched a "killer" new consumer service, which enables cell phone users to access its very low calling rates through their cell phones. How low are these calling rates? Well, like eBay's Skype, Jajah users connect to other Jajah users for free. But Skype isn't available from your cell phone. Before, you had to be in front of your computer to use any VoIP service, which is why we continue to pay for such ridiculously expensive calling plans from cell carriers like Verizon and Cingular Wireless. But now, their worst nightmare has ...
  • Three Users File Suit Against AOL Over Search Data
    We knew this was coming: three AOL subscribers who found their search records published on the Internet along with 650,000 others have banded together to sue Time Warner, seeking damages for privacy violation--and an end to the Web company's retention of search data. This is the first lawsuit in the wake of AOL's intentional release of some 19 million search queries. The plaintiffs, two unnamed Californians and Kasadore Ramkissoon of Staten Island, New York, claim that the release of sensitive search data makes them personally identifiable to others and constitutes a violation of their privacy. Filed Friday in District Court ...
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