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The Motion Picture Association of America filed suits late Tuesday on behlaf of Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox against YouTVpc.com and Peekvid.com. The Wall Street Journal broke the story Wednesday night. The sites don't actually provide copyright-violating material--which is their defence--but they do show users where to find that material, which is the studios' problem with the site.
Even for a company that has mastered the art of product-launch hoopla, Apple appears to have pulled out all the stops to propel iPhone hysteria into the stratosphere.
Color and personalization of the new XPS M1330 notebook are how Dell is choosing to highlight its design innovation and separate itself from competitors. The PC maker debuted its new line of notebooks Tuesday in an unusual way in an unlikely setting: a runway show in Macy's Herald Square. The launch is all part of Dell's efforts to regain marketshare lost to competitor H-P by rebranding with a more stylish edge.
The judge overseeing Microsoft antitrust settlement said Tuesday she would not immediately address complaints Google has made about Microsoft's Windows Vista software.
The cell phone does it all: You can take pictures, send emails, play music and watch TV. Now, you can add banking to that list. That's because some of the largest U.S. banks -- Bank of America, Citibank, Wachovia, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo, and ING Direct – are launching mobile banking services that give you access to your accounts wherever you are.
"Ratatouille" is Disney/Pixar's first joint venture since the acquisition, and the movie--and its associated merchandise -- is exactly why Disney wanted to snap up Pixar. The film's opening on Friday but I got a sneak peak at the premiere a week early, and I was seriously impressed. Call it "Cyrano de Spice Rack", it's the story of a rat who loves to cook, and befriends the garbage boy in the best restaurant in Paris, becoming his secret chef. I was really impressed.
Every once in awhile there is a partnership or corporate event that sort of makes you scratch your head. Journalists and analysts are paid to connect the dots but on both fronts, the people I've spoken with today are wondering what's behind Dell's choice to launch its new product line at Macy's in Herald Square. The launch will be Tuesday morning in Manhattan and Dell executives including Sr. Vice President Alex Gruzen will be on hand for the runway show of products.
Internet radio sites are declaring a "National Day of Silence" Tuesday, protesting higher royalty rates. The SaveNetRadio coalition (savenetradio.org) is organizing webcasters to fight the higher rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board, which are due July 15, and are retroactive to January 2006. The leader of SaveNetRadio says these new royalties would bankrupt the smaller players and would render the divisions of the large companies unprofitable, putting them out of business, effectively ending Internet radio as we know it.
Some fans of Internet radio may click on their favorite Web site and hear nothing but silence on Tuesday.
Cramer called Microsoft’s premium acquisition of aQuantive. He’s predicting Omniture is next.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Yahoo said Sunday the Internet media company was merging the two main parts of its U.S. advertising business under one sales executive, David Karnstedt, and that veteran ad sales executive Wenda Millard-Harris has left the company.
When MySpace announced the beta launch of its instant messaging system -- MySpaceIM -- I wasn't impressed, I was surprised that MySpace was so late to the game. And what kind of a beta launch is this? It had a soft launch a year ago to give it some legs, before MySpace announced the "official beta." Check out this comparison of traffic ranking of MySpace, YouTube and Facebook traffic.
You've probably heard by now, Yahoo is buying Rivals for something close to $100 million. The first question you should ask me is, is it worth it? That's such a hard question to answer, but let me tell you what you need to consider. A lot of people are going to criticize the value of this deal. They're going to say, it would have cost Yahoo a whole lot less to get 200 local journalists in each of the markets and have them build sites. What's missing from that equation is time.
Apple Inc. and the company's iPhone continue to generate the lion share of headlines in the world of tech nowadays; it's the world of tech that may be worth a second look for investors. Something crazy is going on. It seems to have begun on Monday when our David Faber broke the news that Yahoo was in play, and he rattled off a list of companies that might be sniffing around for a deal. Time Warner, AT&T, Comcast, Microsoft, News Corp. The usual suspects, if you will.
Google has won preliminary approval from Beijing to provide Internet content in China, the firm said on Wednesday, potentially allowing it to offer news in the world's second-largest Internet market.
In the wake of Terry Semel leaving Yahoo and Jerry Yang stepping back in, the question is, how far will those ripples be felt. A couple of my in-the-know sources are predicting that Microsoft will buy Yahoo. And then of course there's speculation that Yahoo might combine with eBay. But let's talk about News Corp talking about swapping MySpace for 25% of Yahoo -- what would that loss mean for News Corp.
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is considering selling its social networking Web site MySpace.com to Yahoo for a 25% stake in the Internet portal, worth about $12.3 billion, the Times of London reported.
Scott Kessler, equity analyst at Standard & Poor’s, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that Yahoo can successfully pitch itself as the "non-Google" counterpoint to Google.
Investors in Yahoo abandoned their initial excitement over a management switch at the Internet media company, sending its shares lower on expectations that little real change was in the works.
We can’t all be experts at everything, which is why we have people who are experts at something. Having said that, I’ll let you in on one of my little secrets -- how to tell when a pharmaceutical story has significance. ... Also: a seemingly innocuous headline -- about Expedia -- has plenty of hidden meaning.