Data shows thousands circumvented NBC Olympics coverage

August 13, 2012

At least one company benefited from Olympics fans in the United States who tried to circumvent NBC’s television coverage during the London Games. AnchorFree, the Mountain View, Calif.-based startup released data to Reuters on Monday showing a major bump in users who installed a product that gives U.S. users an anonymous IP address in the United Kingdom. Presumably the people who signed up for the product, called ExpatShield, used it to watch BBC’s online streams of the Olympics.

HuffPost launches live streaming with live comments

August 13, 2012

The Huffington Post on Monday launched its latest foray into video with a twist: Live programs that are intended to get people to talk about the segment in real time.

Starbucks and Square want your phone to be your wallet

August 10, 2012

After years of fits and starts, the prospect of using your phone to make purchases instead of your credit and debit cards is entering a promising era. The struggle for who will control your virtual wallet is intensifying, and while it’s far from certain what will replace plastic, it’s almost certain something will, very soon.

Archery is the ‘new’ curling? I don’t think so, NBC

August 3, 2012

Alan Wurtzel, NBC’s president of research and development, said on the network’s Olympics conference call Thursday that archery is the new curling.

Yuri Milner: Funding the impractical in physics

By Sarah Lacy
August 1, 2012

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published on PandoDaily.com. It is being republished with permission.

NBC’s Olympic contortions

July 31, 2012

It’s a toss-up which of this summer’s Olympics controversies will be the one most remembered. Twitter’s censorship (er, enforcement of terms of service) of an NBC critic and Empty Seat-gate are strong contenders. But for me NBC’s decision to tape-delay and edit live events after bragging that it would provide unprecedented real-time online access takes the gold.

Apple’s patent victory is a victory for competition

July 27, 2012

Apple’s resounding patent victory over Samsung in a California courtroom last Friday is a blow to the competition, which now won’t be able copy Apple’s technology. But it is a win for competition. It will force everyone to think harder about turning the unimaginable into the normal.

Intel Outside: Chipmaker’s VC chief sees opportunity outside the US

July 27, 2012

 

The venture arm of the world-beating chipmaker Intel Capital is increasingly looking outside the U.S. for deals– and finding them in places ranging from Ghana to Turkey.

Facebook needs a new CEO

July 26, 2012

Facebook has now gone through its first trial by fire as a public company, slightly exceeding revenue expectations (with $1.18 billion) but showing a big loss in its first reported quarter ($157 million). Facebook shares were pummeled in after-hours trading; the company’s market cap has been slashed in half in just 10 weeks.

Bluefin Labs names former Razorfish, Publicis exec as CEO

July 25, 2012

Bluefin Labs– a company that tracks a brand’s perception on social media sites while a commercial airs on TV– has named a new CEO.  JP Maheu has signed on with the fledgling company as CEO while its co-founder Deb Roy will take up the role of chairman.