Yahoo is reportedly wants to develop a Web show with Katie Couric. Also, Yahoo head Marissa Mayer recently met with Conde Nast for what sources tell AllThingsD were, “very preliminary talks, and has expressed interest in cooking up some kind of content deal with its flagship Vogue magazine.”
Travelocity is partnering with Expedia to use longtime rival’s technology platform to power its North American sites. “The agreement includes a provision whereby Expedia could acquire certain of Travelocity’s assets at a later date,” Skift’s Rafat Ali. reports. “Essentially, Travelocity becomes a marketing arm for the Expedia business in the U.S. and Canada.”
Apple has scooped up another mobile map application named Embark. Tech blogger Jessica Lessin, who broke the story, describes Embark as a builder free transit apps to help smartphone users navigate public transportation. No word on pricing, according to Lessin, “We heard … that the company plans to directly integrate Embark’s technology into Apple Maps.”
Amazon is reportedly testing its own wireless service. “The wireless network, which was tested in Cupertino … used spectrum controlled by satellite communications company Globalstar,” Bloomberg reports. “The trial underlines how Amazon … is moving beyond being a Web destination and hardware maker.”
After a two-year hiatus, Yahoo is back on top of comScore’s list of the Top 50 U.S. Web properties. Even more impressive is that fact that Tumblr -- which Yahoo bought earlier this year for about $1 billion -- is not currently included in Yahoo’s network of sites. “Seems there are other factors at play, and given how close Yahoo Sites and Google have been in recent months, it can likely just be normal seasonal/month-to-month fluctuations,” Greg Sterling suggests in Marketing Land.
ESPN is open to the idea of partnering with Web-based TV services, president John Skipper said this week. The Disney unit has already held preliminary talks with potential partners, Skipper said, but he would name names. Any Web-based service would have to buy “the whole suite of products,” Skipper said, as Bloomberg reports. “We’re not going to offer one-offs.”
Continuing to build out Google Now, Google has added “cards” -- i.e., personalized pages of information -- for keeping track of car rentals, concert tickets and new public transit cards, which notify users when the last train home is scheduled to leave the station. “Thumbing a new ‘remind me’ button while searching for media will prompt Google Now to notify you when your favorite band, TV show or author releases something new,” Engadget notes.
For its latest cover story, Bloomberg Businessweek catches up with Steve Case -- best known for perhaps the least successful merger in corporate history. What’s Steve up to, these days? Along with running a VC fund and lobbying in Washington, “He’s also an in-demand ‘cheerleader for entrepreneurism,’ a gig that involves speaking at tech conferences, writing op-eds, and tweeting … about #startups and #innovation,” the magazine writes.
Google has come up with a new way to connect experts with people in need of their specific expertise. Still in testing, Helpouts are face-to-face video calls powered by Google+ Hangouts, and will be available on all of the service’s existing platforms, The Verge reports. “All of the scheduling, payment, rankings, and hunting for customers are managed by the service, and in return, Google takes a flat 20% cut.”
Vevo has agreed to deliver a new channel of original, continuous programming, along with on-demand music videos, through Apple TV set-top boxes and Samsung TVs, Wall Street Journal reports. “Music-video company Vevo is migrating from YouTube to the boob tube in a back-to-the-future attempt to recreate something akin to the original MTV,” WSJ writes.