Tuesday, 5 December 2006

December 1st-7th

Internet / Television:
Google moves into TV ads with BSkyB deal: 'In the first such deal for Google, the Californian firm will provide BSkyB with technology so it can offer email and internet telephony to customers of its fledgling broadband product. Google, which paid $1.65bn (£840m) for YouTube in October, is also licensing its video search and sharing technology, which Sky will use to set up its own user-generated content site. Google will also operate the search engine on BSkyB's new broadband website, sharing advertising revenues with the broadcaster, as it does for other internet firms such as AOL. The two companies are also exploring "future forms of web, TV and mobile advertising", Google said. The company, which dominates the lucrative search advertising market, is already experimenting with newspaper, magazine and radio advertising in the United States, using its technology to sell adverts in the so-called offline world. Under the BSkyB deal, Google will be able to move into TV advertising. Google is looking to use information about viewing habits, which can be obtained through the broadcaster's set-top boxes, to produce more targeted TV advertising. Eventually, marketing experts could tailor campaigns to specific viewers, even storing adverts on the set-top box itself' (7th Dec): http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,1966056,00.html

Myspace to block sex offenders (7th Dec): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6216736.stm
Video Games:
Dell enters Second Life. Dell invites you to go to 'Dell Island': http://www.dell.com/html/global/topics/sl/index.html?redirect=1

Mobile Phones:
Mobiles cleared of cancer risk (6th Dec): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6209960.stm

BSkyB has announced a partnership with Google to provide its broadband customers with branded search, email and other services including a YouTube-style video sharing website (6th Dec): http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,1965485,00.html

Avatars consume as much energy as Brazil! (5th Dec): http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2006/12/avatars_consume.php

BT enters the broadcasting market with football challenge to BSkyB. BT will offer a free set top box with its broadband service to offer a range of television services on demand (5th Dec): http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,1964404,00.html

Internet / Security:
Iran censors net access to specific sites (4th Dec): http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1963099,00.html

Internet / Security:
Too many passwords and logins on the net creates a security risk as users reuse familiar passwords (4th Dec): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6199372.stm

Internet / Security:
US Government signs a deal on .com domain names with Verisign, giving it control until 2012 (4th Dec): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6199394.stm?ls

DVD pirate receives 6 month sentence plus a £55 000 fine or another two year sentence, for importing and distributing pirated DVDs (4th Dec): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6206210.stm

Security / Cinema:
US movie industry lobbyists kill a bill that would have stopped companies and individuals from using deceptive practices to obtain private data about another - arguing they need to do this to combat piracy (1st Dec) : http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,72214-0.html?tw=wn_index_16

New Technologies:
Satnav sends ambulance on 200 mile detour (2nd Dec): News in brief page -http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1962275,00.html

And from the December issue of Wired:

The Youtube article already mentioned: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.12/youtube.html

An article on the Lonelygirl15 Youtube video: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.12/lonelygirl.html and article

A study of customer generated advertising: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.12/tahoe.html

A murder on Myspace and its effects on the community: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.12/murderblog.html

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