Former NBC chief Randy Falco has some advice for TV and advertising industry bigwigs: be more experimental and mindful of the opinions of your viewers and customers.
Think of it as a tap on the shoulder from a four-fingered white glove — worn by a giant mouse. Disney is working on new ways for fans of its movies, cartoons and television shows to communicate with each other, whether they are surfing the Internet or playing games on a mobile phone. We spoke today with Steve Wadsworth, Walt Disney Co. Internet group president, during the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit.
Italy’s Seat Pagine Gialle doesn’t publish all the images it gathers from webcams, in the interests of protecting privacy — but it does pass them on to the police, Seat’s CEO told Reuters journalists in Paris. Asked whether images gathered by Seat, a yellow-pages publisher that is active on the Internet, didn’t provide opportunities for criminals, Luca Majocchi said: “I agree with you. Actually, we show on the image much less than what we have to, to protect privacy. Second, we try not to use webcams on the street.” Asked what information Seat provided to the police, Majocchi said: “The works we do for the government, say for the police, they are not sent online. We don’t make this accessible on the net. They use our system.”
The CEO of digital mapmaker TeleAtlas expects the European Union’s Galileo project, designed to be a rival to the U.S. GPS system, to go ahead, albeit with further delays, he told Reuters journalists in Paris. Alain de Taeye said he was a “big fan” of Galileo, which has been held up by the kind of squabbles between EU countries that typify such European ventures as well as a dispute about who will pay the bills for the 3.4 billion-euro project. “Galileo today is encountering a lot of problems that are typical in getting Europeans to agree,” he said. The EU is asking for public funds of 2.4 billion euros to complete the project, originally meant to be part-funded by public-private partnerships, after the companies meant to build it balked at the costs and risks involved. He said the European initiative to build a GPS rival had been a factor in Bill Clinton’s decision to unscramble GPS, which was built for U.S. military use, in 2000. The decision to unscramble could have come earlier but was delayed by the first Iraq war, de Taeye said. “That delayed the whole of our industry,” he said.
Samsung said it will turn to a profit in the fourth quarter, as larger flat-screen television demand will grow towards the end of the year, said Sky Park, vice-president in charge of Samsung SDI’s PDP marketing, at the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit in Seoul.
Founded in 2005, China’s third largest travel search engine firm Qunar.com, is hoping to finalise a joint venture in Japan towards the end of this year, and is also in talks with South Korean internet portals for potential partnerships, said Chief Executive, and co-founder Fritz Demopoulos.
AT&T’s new U-Verse service, which it says will make digital TV and high Internet access speeds available to 18 million homes by 2008, will be fast enough for consumers over the foreseeable future, a company executive told the Reuters Global Technology Media Telecoms Summit on Tuesday.