We need our music videos!

December 22, 2008

For all of you expecting a slow week at work, and looking forward to killing some time by watching your favorite music videos on YouTube, we have some bad news for you. Warner Music Group ordered YouTube on Saturday to remove all music videos by its artists. So, in other words, you’re not going to find the Red Hot Chili Peppers or T.I. on YouTube today — or at least you shouldn’t.

SanFran gives five-year plan in 6-hour YouTube videos

December 4, 2008

At least San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has the good grace to look a little bit sheepish when he offers San Franciscans the opportunity to watch him talk city politics for SIX HOURS on YouTube video.

Google enters Skype territory

November 11, 2008

Google’s at it again.

The Web search leader edged into Skype’s territory at on Tuesday with a feature that allows multitasking Gmail users to video chat, IM and email all at the same time.

Sell NBC Universal? You gotta be kidding!

November 10, 2008

NBC is once again stuck in last place in prime-time ratings; its much-hyped Olympic coverage is over, so are the elections; advertising across media is under pressure; and dishing out $67 to hang at the Universal Studios theme park probably isn’t as appealing when you could soon lose your job, house, car, etc.

YouTube gets into online shopping

October 8, 2008

thriller-video.jpgYouTube, which has nailed the science of online video sharing, is now getting into online shopping by partnering with the likes of Amazon.com and iTunes.

Getting ready for Google Explorer aka Chrome

September 2, 2008

googlechromepic.jpgGoogle is getting into the browser business with the launch of Google Chrome, a browser designed for today’s Internet user with better capabilities for video and other complex Web programs.

And now for an afternoon snack….

July 24, 2008

prisoner.jpgThere’s a little something for everybody in the media industry in Frank N. Magid Associates’ annual study of user/viewer/reader behavior. We got a look at some of the findings and took especial note of stats on online video usage, research sponsored by video sharing site Metacafe.

Google, Viacom privacy accord leaves unanswered questions

July 15, 2008

masks.jpgGoogle and Viacom reached a late night accord on safeguarding the anonymity of Google YouTube viewers. Google will no longer have to hand over the user names and IP addresses of its viewers.

Another day, another pulled advertisement

May 30, 2008

stone.jpgIt has been a tricky week for celebrity endorsers.

First, Dunkin’ Donuts pulled an online ad featuring Rachael Ray when a blogger created a firestorm over a scarf worn by the celebrity chef, calling it ”hate couture.” The advertisement, with Ray wearing a black and white scarf, ran for a couple of weeks before Dunkin’ Donuts removed it last weekend. Critics said the scarf looked like a keffiyeh, a traditional Arab headdress.

Ken Lee: Bulgarian Idol

April 8, 2008

I’m huge in Bulgaria!

Well, not quite. A friend of mine who shares a similar, if not identical, name (Ken Lee) sent me a link to a YouTube video a few weeks ago, attesting to the budding international stardom of Ken Lees the world over.