The first wave of Google TV devices is right around the corner. To kick it off, Logitech is running a contest called the "Host with the Most" that will put its Google TV-stuffed Revue set-top box in the hands of users ahead of its official launch so that they can show it off to people they know. For the three winners there are some pretty serious strings attached though, including dedicating 20 hours a week for 10 weeks to host 50 to 70 marketing parties for the device.
Looking for the right gift for your favorite Facebook friend? A new service from the team of Amazon and Facebook can recommend the right products for shoppers by peeking at their Facebook profiles.
Launched as a beta on Monday, the new opt-in service will suggest gifts for your friends by checking out their favorite movies, music, books, and other items derived from their Facebook accounts. And if you're in the mood to buy something for yourself, Amazon also looks at your own Facebook profile to suggest products that might interest you.
You can try out the service by browsing … Read more
Though Comcast showed improvement in both sales and subscribers, costs related to its pending buyout of NBC Universal took a bite out of earnings for the second quarter.
On Wednesday, the cable company reported a net profit of $884 million for the quarter ended June 30, an 8.6 percent drop from the $967 million earned in the year-ago quarter. Comcast attributed the decline to the $22 million in operating expenses and the $37 million in financing costs it incurred over the NBC Universal deal, resulting in $59 million in total transaction costs for the quarter.
But sales rose 6 … Read more
So what does your iPad say about you?
Does it say you are forward-thinking, future-forward, for change, for progress and for a better world? Or does it say that you are a slightly putzish character who will blow $800 just to boost your lowly levels of self-esteem to around a +0.2?
I know you have been torturing yourself about this for some time. So, please say thank you to a company called MyType that took it upon itself to profile iPad owners.
MyType, which claims to help you "discover your personality type," examined the feelings of 20,… Read more
Amazon has sold out of its least expensive Kindle, perhaps providing further evidence of the e-reader's popularity, or signaling a new device in the offing.
Anyone who has visited the popular e-tailer's site in the past year or so has grown accustomed to being greeted by the Kindle's image. However, as of Tuesday afternoon, the base $189 Kindle had been replaced on Amazon's home page by the $379 Kindle DX.
The page for the base Kindle featured a note to shoppers saying the device was "temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver … Read more
Rumors that The Walt Disney Company would acquire social-gaming conglomerate Playdom have turned out to be true: Disney issued a statement on Tuesday, after the market closed, announcing its intent to acquire Playdom for $563.2 million, plus potential earnouts of up to $200 million.
"We see strong growth potential in bringing together Playdom's talented team and capabilities with our great creative properties, people, and world-renowned brands like Disney, ABC, ESPN, and Marvel," President and CEO Robert Iger said in the statement.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based Playdom is the manufacturer of popular social games such as … Read more
LOS ANGELES--Here at the epicenter of the entertainment sector, two news reports about Google's digital music plans have the music sector buzzing.
Elizabeth Moody, a well-respected attorney who has negotiated numerous licensing on behalf of Web music services, has joined the search engine, TechCrunch reported on Friday. Another story that appeared Monday in the New York Post says Google is in New York trying to rush a licensing deal through with the Harry Fox Agency.
If there was any doubt that Yahoo Japan is separate from Yahoo in the United States, let this dispel it: Yahoo Japan has signed a deal to use Google's search engine rather than Microsoft's.
In the post, Daniel Alegre, vice president of Google's Asia Pacific and Japan operations, said Yahoo Japan will use Google search results and Google's technology for supplying the accompanying search ads. With such partnerships, revenue from the search ads is shared between the … Read more
Ask.com is retooling its search results with a renewed focus on its Q&A roots.
The search company announced late Monday that it had officially launched a public beta that focuses on its proprietary question-and-answer model. However, the company will not only relay Web results to provide potential solutions to users' queries; Ask also plans to draw on the insight of its community, the company explained in a blog post.
"Now available on an invite-only basis...the capability to pose questions to real people is now possible for those complex, subjective and/or time-sensitive queries that, no … Read more
In what would be a stunning blow to the massive search alliance between Microsoft and Yahoo, Google is apparently zeroing in on a deal to grab the algorithmic search business for Yahoo Japan, said several sources.
The agreement between Yahoo Japan and the U.S. search giant could be announced as early as today in Japan, sources said, and could be part of a larger deal between the two companies around mobile or other products.
Financial terms of such a deal were unclear.
News of the deal could come when Yahoo Japan announces its financial results at 3:10 p.… Read more