Social Insanity

The latest rumor is that Yahoo has offered $1.6 billion to Mark Zuckerberg's social network Facebook and Zuckerberg has declined it. I don't know what's more insane -- Zuckerberg turning down $1.6 billion or Yahoo willing to pay $1.6 billion. The acquisition would get the ailing Yahoo it's own social network to counter Google's YouTube which also sold for $1.6 billion. Facebook is projected to earn $1 billion in revenue by 2015. But projections are meaningless in the fickle world of the next generation. And it's odd to see new age companies such as Yahoo acting in desperation like an old line media company such as Viacom. The only&hellip

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The End of The World As Labels Know It

This generation of music fans is no fan of digital rights management. Everyone knows it but the major labels continue to tread water before they drown in their own miscalulation. Now, we're beginning to see signs of a change -- a very small change -- in the attitude of at least one label. EMI is offering Norah Jones' Thinking About You and Relient K's Must Have Done Something Right for 99 cents each as MP3 downloads from Yahoo. It's hard to say how much of this little toe in the water is to test the efficacy of selling music without DRM or how much is designed to get under Apple's skin. The labels have a hate-hate relationship with&hellip

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Consolidation Hurts

The Future of Music Coalition is releasing a damning report at 12 noon Eastern time today that will document in a meaningful way what many have thought and few can now escape -- consolidation hurts the public. This is particularly important because some radio groups are using Internet advances, new technology and satellite radio as their excuses to get the FCC to relax ownership rules further. Here's a look at the key findings:
The top four radio station owners have almost half of the listeners and the top ten owners have almost two-thirds of listeners.The "localness" of radio ownership

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AdWhores

I feel dirty saying anything against Google, but I am worried about my friends in the radio industry. Radio is ice cold and Google is red hot. I've written previously about how the radio industry should beware of geeks bearing gifts (i.e., online bidding for radio time). I'm happy the early experiments seem to please the terrestrial broadcasters participating in the Google initiative, but they are frankly hard put for good news these days. I believe if this thing catches on, it will do more damage than good. Let me make my case. The Google radio ad system reaches out to anyone who wants to advertise on radio. They bid for ads (and&hellip

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TKO-Mobile

I was Christmas shopping at the Scottsdale Fashion Square a few days ago and wandered into the T-Mobile store to play with the new Blackberry Pearl. Within minutes a sixteen year old girl and her mother broke into a fist fight at the check-out counter -- that's right, holding nothing back -- with another teen and her mother. Four different customers had to restrain these holiday bundles of joy. The language was right out of HBO. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Holy Moses -- what is happening to us? Mobile connectivity is growing exponentially. We text each other. We talk on the phone while we walk. While we shop. While we&hellip

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