Archive for August, 2011

CloudTalk Takes Mobile-First Approach to Collaboration

August 22, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

If you’re going to make apps in some of the most popular and crowded categories out there — group messaging and corporate collaboration — it’s good to at least have a contrarian approach, like San Francisco-based CloudTalk . The company’s main app, also called CloudTalk, is a social messaging product like the recently sold GroupMe . But the difference is CloudTalk focuses on threaded conversations of short voice memos, arguing that voice is easier and more meaningful than text. CloudTalk has about 200,000 users. CloudTalk’s new app, Let’s Talk, will be a private collaboration tool like Yammer or Chatter. Except instead of multiplatform support and integrations, Let’s Talk is mobile-first — and for now, mobile-only. The Android and iOS Let’s Talk app has similar features to CloudTalk — threaded voice messaging, plus text and multimedia — but it’s about private communication. It’s a much more basic offering than the competition, but perhaps an easier fit for informal and on-the-go conversations. This version is free, but CloudTalk wants to release Let’s Talk as a private-label app for customers as well. It will also charge for features such as voice transcriptions.

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The Programming Insider: Monday 8/22/11

August 22, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In Today's Issue: Prime-Time Ratings: Weekend Results Ratings Box: What’s Hot/What’s Not On the Air Tonight: Prime-Time Programming Options TV Tidbits: Notes of Interest TV Trivia Time: Happy 200th ______________________________________________________________ PRIME-TIME RATINGS: Weekend Highlights Friday 8/19/11 Note: The following results are based on the fast affiliate ratings (Live Plus Same Day data). Household Rating/Share CBS: 4.1/ 8, NBC: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 2.9/ 5, Fox: 2.5/ 5, CW: 0.6/ 1 Total Viewers: CBS: 6.21 million, NBC: 5.09, ABC: 4.51, Fox: 4.044, CW: 989,000 Adults 18-49: NBC and Fox: 1.4 rating/5 share each, ABC: 1.3/ 4, CBS: 1.2/ 4, CW: 0.4/ 1 Note: Any prior rating results are based on the final nationals. -Friday’s Winners: Nothing -Friday’s Losers: Friends With Benefits (NBC), Karaoke Battle U.S.A. (ABC) Ratings Breakdown: It was a Friday of low-rated split leadership, with CBS the most-watched network, and NBC and Fox tied for No. 1 among adults 18-49. The season finale of Canadian drama Flashpoint opened the evening for CBS with a dominant 6.87 million viewers and a 1.4 rating/5 share among 18-49 at 8 p.m. Next on CBS were repeats of CSI: NY (Viewers: #1, 6.00 million; A18-49: #3t, 1.1/ 4) and Blue Bloods (Viewers: #2, 5.75 million; A18-49: #3, 0.9/ 3) from 9-11 p.m. NBC populated the evening with two more burn-off episodes of sitcom Friends With Benefits (Viewers: #4, avg. 3.09 million; A18-49: #4, avg. 0.9/ 4 from 8-9 p.m.) and a two-hour edition of Dateline , which rose to first in both total viewers (6.09 million) and adults 18-49 (1.6/ 5) from 9-11 p.m. Over at Fox, Atlanta versus Jacksonville on Pre-Season Football averaged an approximate 4.04 million viewers (#4) and a 1.4/ 5 among adults 18-49 (#1t) in prime time. Elsewhere, week two of Karaoke Battle U.S.A

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Ticket Search Expert SeatGeek Gets Front Row Seats on Yahoo

August 22, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

SeatGeek , a two-year-old start-up that aspires to be the Kayak of sports and concert tickets, has signed a multiyear partnership with Yahoo Sports to drive traffic to its site. Visitors to Yahoo Sports and its Rivals.com fan properties will see links to SeatGeek embedded in a team’s schedule page; links will also appear within articles, blogs and the 130 Rivals college sports pages. Yahoo has more than 51 million unique visitors a month. The links simply say “buy tickets”; clicking through brings up a diagram of a specific stadium, with a list of available seats and prices on the right side of the page. SeatGeek says it is aggregating roughly 19 million tickets for upward of 60,000 sports events from more than 50 secondary markets, including StubHub, Ticketmaster’s TicketsNow, RazorGator and others. Russell D’Souza, co-founder of SeatGeek, said the service is free to consumers, and that the company collects an affiliate fee from the seller, which will now be split partially with Yahoo in some cases. Since the average purchase ranges between $250 to $300, SeatGeek’s cut can be between $25 to $30 per transaction, D’Souza said.

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D23 promotes all things Disney

August 22, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Upcoming film slate gets push at expo -- With its D23 Expo, Disney has figured out how to attract tens of thousands of the company's faithful fans to Anaheim without offering rides at Disneyland.

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Portraits

August 22, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The media business used to be about reach and power. Outsized men sat on top of ever-more centralized companies that delivered hit shows, mass-market products, and mega audiences. And then, obvious to some—and a state of affairs still resisted by many—that world ended. A new world came into being, one dominated by the quick and the smart, rather than the big and the mighty. One all about reinvention. Adweek, since its own reinvention five months ago, has been charting this new breed of media entrepreneur. Here we present the new inventors—of forms, markets, sensibilities, and functionality. They’re helping shape our future—a future likely based on originality and intrepidness rather than heft, scale, and distribution monopolies. Click the image below for the Portraits photo gallery.

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First Mover: Anderson Cooper

August 22, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

What prompted your move to daytime TV? At the age of 44, I felt like I wanted to get more out of life. And laugh more and learn more and get more out of each day. And I want that for viewers as well. It allows me to go in-depth on topics which don’t necessarily fit on a newscast. Has working with Oprah and Regis fueled your desire to do your own daytime program? I don’t know that it fueled it. It made me understand the connection one can have with viewers, and it’s a very satisfying connection. It can be a very real and authentic and human connection. And I like that. It’s hard to imagine Morley Safer doing a daytime program. Yeah, it’s interesting, you know Morley Safer paints

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Founder of Priceline Spoiling for a Fight Over Tech Patents

August 22, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Jay Walker turned his idea for “name your own price” Internet auctions into a fortune by starting Priceline.com Inc. Now the entrepreneur is trying to cash in on his ideas by suing other companies. Since it was founded in 1994 as a research lab, Walker Digital LLC has made much of its money by spinning out its inventions, like online travel agent Priceline and vending-machine firm Vendmore Systems LLC, as independent businesses. But this year the Stamford, Conn., company has changed its strategy. After putting his patent portfolio up for auction last year, but failing to have his asking price met, Mr. Walker in February forged ties with IP Navigation Group, a self-described “patent monetization” firm. Since then, Walker Digital has filed about 30 lawsuits targeting hundreds of companies, including Amazon.com Inc., Zynga Inc. and Google Inc., alleging they violated one or more of the company’s roughly 400 patents. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Breaking the box: The future of pay-television (Economist)

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August 22, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The pay-TV model, principal generator of profits and good programmes in the media business, is coming apart FIFTEEN years ago nearly all the television shows that excited critics and won awards appeared on free broadcast channels. Pay-television (or, as many Americans call it, “cable”) was the domain of repeats, music videos and televangelists. Then HBO, a subscription outfit mostly known for boxing and films, decided to try its hand at hour-long dramas. What began as an interesting experiment has become the standard way of supporting high-quality programming. Most of the great television dramas that are watched in America and around the world

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Video: Streaming Video’s Emerging Bounty (NYT)

Video: Streaming Video’s Emerging Bounty (NYT)

Video streaming
August 22, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Why does Netflix keep insisting that I need to see “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew”? Is it trying to tell me something? But where there is chaos, there is also opportunity.

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8 Startups That Are Changing the World (Mashable)

8 Startups That Are Changing the World (Mashable)

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August 22, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

We’re thrilled to announce the eight finalists for the Startups For Good Challenge. These finalists will compete on stage during the Social Good Summit on September 22.

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