February 7, 2007 |
Warner Music Group has signed a deal to allow its entire catalog to be played over the fast-growing social networking music service Last.fm. The deal with Warner is the first with one of the major labels, and the network's co-founder, Martin Stiksel, said it was in talks with the other three major labels and content holders. With more than 15 million active users per month, Last.
January 2, 2007 |
There may be one constant in the media sector in 2007: its obsession with Google Inc. and the Web. Internet envy had old media working overtime in 2006. Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone became so overwrought after losing the MySpace social networking site to News Corp. that he served up his well-regarded lieutenant of 20 years, Tom Freston, as a scapegoat. Freston was sacked.
June 9, 2006 |
CBS Corp., which already sells episodes of its hit television shows "Survivor" and "CSI" on Google Inc.'s online video store, is now offering the downloads on Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store. Apple's online store carries other shows from ABC, NBC and Fox. It previously offered some CBS programming, such as NCAA basketball, but not prime-time hits.
June 15, 2006 |
AOL plans today to relaunch its Netscape Internet portal as an experiment in community journalism, trying to recapture the magic of the once-famous online brand. Netscape will rely on its users to submit, rank and comment on news stories, videos and blog postings from across the Web. Stories will be organized into 30 categories, such as movies, travel and money.
October 21, 2006 |
Video-sharing site YouTube Inc. deleted nearly 30,000 files after a Japanese entertainment group complained of copyright infringement. The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers found 29,549 video clips such as television shows, music videos and movies posted on YouTube's site without permission, said Fumiyuki Asakura, an official with the organization. San Mateo, Calif.
September 12, 2005 |
Yahoo Inc. has been talking like a major media company. Today it will start acting like one. Ten months after Lloyd Braun, former chairman of the ABC television network, began plotting the company's content strategy, the Internet giant plans to announce today the first of many original programs expected to come from the Yahoo Media Group headquarters in Santa Monica. Yahoo, which for years recycled traditional media companies' work on the Web, has hired its first news gatherer.