Netflix is handing more content-distribution business to Level 3 and Limelight and less to rival Akamai, but it has nothing to do with Akamai's performance according to a Netflix spokesman.
On Tuesday, Dan Rayburn reported at his blog Businessofvideo.com that Netflix was making the change because of displeasure over Akamai's performance in delivering streaming video to Netflix subscribers. That's not correct, said Steve Swasey, Netflix's spokesman
"Reports of Netflix dissatisfaction are not accurate," Swasey said. "We continue to engage Akamai as a vendor in our multi-vendor strategy for the foreseeable future." … Read more
After an extended negotiation process between Internet giant Google and Aussie online start-up Groggle, the two have reached a settlement that has involved Groggle changing its name to Drinkle.
Groggle founder Cameron Collie told ZDNet Australia that after a six-month negotiation period, the two companies have reached a settlement with undisclosed terms that has Groggle relinquishing its domain names and trademarks to Google and moving to a new Drinkle.com domain.
"The site will be exactly as it was before but just with a new brand name," he said of the price-comparison site for alcohol. "It's … Read more
Facebook served up the greatest number of online display ads among all online publishers tracked by ComScore over the third quarter.
With a total of 297 billion online display ads, the popular social network accounted for 23 percent of all ad impressions (the number of times an ad is displayed), ComScore announced yesterday. Facebook's market share for ad impressions jumped 13.9 percentage points from 9.2 percent in last year's third quarter.
Yahoo came in second for the quarter with 140 billion display ad impressions, followed by Microsoft with 64 billion, and Fox Interactive Media with 48 … Read more
Amazon.com will give newspaper and magazine publishers a greater share of the revenue it collects for periodicals sold through its Kindle Store, the company said today.
Beginning December 1, Amazon said, publishers will be able to earn 70 percent of the retail price for each newspaper or magazine sold--a substantial increase over the 30 percent publishers reportedly previously received. To qualify for the greater piece of the pie, publishers must make their periodicals available for reading on all Kindle devices and applications in all geographies for which the publisher has rights.
The move is likely to persuade publishers to … Read more
Being that I'm a famous geek-culture Internet celebrity, people send me gifts all the time. Why, just today I walked out of my apartment to find an eye patch, chopsticks, a John Elway coffee mug, and a power supply for a PowerBook 1400cs. Thank you, readers, for your kind gifts!
Mark your calendars, Facebook masses. November 17 is National Unfriend Day, as declared by late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. "Friendship is a sacred thing, and I believe Facebook is cheapening it," he says. "I go on this Facebook and I see people with thousands of what they call friends, which is impossible--you can't have a thousand friends."
So Kimmel suggests examining your list of Facebook friends and only keeping the real friends (you know, as in people who've actually breathed the same air as you).
Good idea, Mr. Kimmel. According to Robin Dunbar, a professor of anthropology at Oxford University, our brains can't keep up with more than 150 friends anyhow. So, why not? Go ahead and use National Unfriend Day as an excuse to "clean up" your friends list guilt-free.
But before you go on an unfriending rampage, consider the following advice:
1. Keep watch on your frenemies. These days, it seems like the immediate response to being insulted or betrayed is, "OMG I'm going to delete them from Facebook." But don't forget this saying: Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. If life is a battlefield, then for some, Facebook is the front line. Take advantage of it. You don't have to interact with your enemies (er, frenemies?), but you can use the News Feed to keep tabs on them.
2. Value their information. Facebook isn't only about maintaining friendships. Consider other ways in which your potential unfriendees interact with Facebook. Do they post interesting or helpful links? Are they an expert in a field that's relevant to your work? Remember that most people have something valuable to offer, so consider a person's knowledge, skill set, and connections before unfriending.
3. Consider privacy settings. If you're inclined to unfriend someone to protect your privacy, there are other ways to hide your information without deleting someone. You can choose to hide your wall, photos, status updates, or other content from just a few people--or entire groups of people. Also very useful is the ability to control specific posts. Check out this Facebook privacy guide for a clear explanation. Thank you, Facebook. … Read more
Some people in Europe haven't really taken to the slight snoopiness of Google Street View.
And yet, as with so many technological inventions, it occasionally might bring truth and justice to all. At least police in South Derbyshire, England hope so.
For they have released a Google Street View image of a man who appears to be doing his trousers up in someone else's driveway in Linton, Derbyshire. Why anyone should choose to do their trousers up in the middle of someone else's driveway in what appears to be the middle of the day on a sweet, … Read more
Time Warner Cable customers who miss their favorite show may now be able to go back and watch it without needing a DVR.
Starting tomorrow, a new feature called "Look Back" will be available to Time Warner Cable customers in certain areas, the company announced today. The option enables customers go back to certain programs that aired over the past 72 hours and watch it for free on their television. The FAQ page on the Look Back site says users aren't required to have a DVR to use the service, but they will need a digital cable … Read more
Amazon is acquiring the parent company of Diapers.com.
The online retailer announced today that it will pay $500 million in cash for Quidsi and assume $45 million in debt. The price tag for the New Jersey-based Quidsi is about $200 million higher than its valuation following its latest round of venture funding, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported on the impending acquisition over the weekend, as did Fortune.
"I'm not sure which is more unpleasant--changing diapers, paying too much for them, or running out of them," said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a statement. &… Read more