It's official. Comcast has completed its acquisition of NBC Universal.
On Saturday, the cable giant announced that the transaction is complete. Comcast now owns 51 percent of NBC Universal. General Electric still owns 49 percent of the media conglomerate. The new company, which will be called NBC Universal, is valued at $37 billion.
With its own news outlet cut off in Egypt, Al Jazeera is urging the country's citizens to use blogs, social media, eyewitness accounts, and videos to tell the world what's going as the protests against President Hosni Mubarak continue, according to the Associated Press.
Yesterday, the Arab news network's Cairo office was closed down and its broadcast signal cut off to some parts of the Middle East following complaints by Egyptian authorities that Al Jazeera's 24-hour coverage of the uprising was slanted toward the protesters and as such could incite more unrest.
Speed is only one way to measure an Internet service provider, said Clearwire, the wireless network that appeared to get slammed last week by a Netflix report on which ISPs were best at delivering streaming video the best.
Last Thursday, Netflix published data on how well various ISPs delivered the company's streaming video. Out of 16 companies, Clearwire came in last. The wireless carrier responded to Netflix's data in a blog post on Friday.
While Clearwire said it was "jazzed" about being the only wireless carrier on the list, the company suggested that Netflix omitted important … Read more
Straight after the State of the Union, there was the odd state of Tea Party spokeswoman Michelle Bachmann's eyes looking over our left shoulders as she spoke.
Last night, on "Saturday Night Live," we had Mark Zuckerberg staring so hard into the camera that he looked like an overcaffeinated nerd waiting desperately to secure a friend request--or at least a poke--from, well, Michelle Bachmann.
This was the latest attempt to shift Zuckerberg's image from that of a shifty privacy salesman to a lovable privacy salesman.
In a blog post last week, Matt Cutts, head of Google's Webspam team, wrote about the progress the team has made in reducing the amount of spam in search engine results. In that post, he hinted at some changes in the works to push spam levels lower, including one that affects sites that copy content from other sites, as well as those that have low levels of original content.
PCs were born smart; cell phones acquired smarts via a brain transplant. But TVs have remained comfortably dumb for decades despite playing a role in the multi-billion-dollar video game software market that has created some of the most sophisticated applications ever purchased by consumers.
For the past decade, TiVo has added a dizzying array of Internet-delivered content options from Yahoo, Rhapsody, Napster, Netflix, Pandora, and others, and popular game consoles such as the Xbox 360 have also offered ways to obtain movies on demand.
The end of 2010 saw an explosion of other gateway devices entering the market-- inexpensive streaming products such as Roku and Apple TV; PC bridges such as the Imation Wireless Link and Veebeam; and products that have integrated storage such as the Cirago TV Platinum and Western Digital WDTV Live Hub.
But the most intriguing of these products are those that are little more than showcases for operating systems that aspire to live on high-volume devices such as Blu-ray players and TVs. They include D-Link's Boxee Box (soon to be joined by a similar product from Iomega) and Logitech's Revue powered by Google TV.
The good news for these companies is that while relatively few TVs contain Internet connections today, the number is rising. According to NPD's Retail Tracking Service, 11.5 percent of flat-panel TVs sold in 2010 were capable of Internet connectivity. The number rises to almost 24 percent when one looks at TVs above 40 inches. … Read more
The images are fascinating to watch. Protesters--calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak--are seen ignoring curfew, running through the streets, clashing with tear gas-wielding police, and setting buildings on fire.
While the region's popular satellite channel broadcasts live footage of the events, a nearly countrywide clampdown on the Internet means there are few trickles from people on the ground via blogs and Twitter.
Mohamed Nanabhay, the head of Al Jazeera English online, … Read more
It looks like any other ad you'd typically ignore on the Web!
This screenshot comes from Greg Sterling at Search Engine Land, who got Google to acknowledge that yes, it is indeed playing around with conventional-looking Web ads in its mail service, which typically only offers text ads: "We're always trying out new ad formats and placements in Gmail, and we recently started experimenting with image ads on messages with heavy image content."
Sterling's post sent many of us Web/ad nerds scurrying to our Gmail accounts to see if we could find evidence of … Read more
The FBI is on the hunt for the hackers responsible for a recent wave of cyberattacks launched in defense of WikiLeaks.
FBI agents yesterday executed more than 40 search warrants in the United States as part of their ongoing investigation. Pointing to the group Anonymous, which has taken responsibility for the attacks, the FBI said that the distributed denial of service (DDoS) assaults were facilitated by software the group makes available as free downloads.
Late last year, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, and other companies were hit by DDoS attacks triggered by activists in support of WikiLeaks after the companies cut off … Read more