Google Addressing TV
Addressable TV is coming. (Hopefully, people won't say that 10 years from now.) Google has partnered with kissin' tech cousins Intel and Sony. The Times tells us: "Google and Intel have teamed with Sony to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes." Where'd they get the name for the platform?
Shopping Moving Online
Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney said in a research note yesterday that shopping is still migrating online: "Our thesis is that a Recession-induced greater focus on comparison/price shopping, a reduction in physical retail options over the past year, more concerted efforts by Offline retailers to sell Online, and overall better execution by Online retailers have all contributed to the accelerated Online share shift.
YouTube's Dead Sea Scrolls
Peter Kafka of All Things D reveals court filings in the three-year-old YouTube-Viacom suit which were just unleashed into the public domain. The top line is that Viacom wants Google to pay $1 billion in damages for all those unauthorized video uploads of the pilot for Tool Academy. See the papers digitally here.
The Business Insider has unearthed an interesting comparison of value of the user which it has miraculously divined from a combination of securities filings from top Internet companies and ComScore reports. The winner is Google with a unique user worth about $18. Among other large corporations examined, the biggest loser is Twiter at .62. In that I'm on both of these companies' properties, I would prefer to be known as the $18 unique. See the chart. (source: @karaweber)
FTC Not Handing Out TLC
Google is not making friends with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour dressed the company down for its recent Buzz launch. According to PC World, "she complained that many other Internet firms, including Facebook and Microsoft, aren't encrypting the consumer data that lives in their clouds." Jones, who's leaving her role in a month, said this during Wednesday's FTC roundtable focused on consumer privacy online. Read more.
Data Visualization On Acid
A new product from Microsoft Tech Fellow Gary Flake called Pivot is presented in a Ted Talk available on video. Pivot allows you to see patterns in raw data and content. It's a very cool demo that shows one example with Sports Illustrated covers... ok, sounds dull. But if you see it, you'll like it. If this could be brought to brand advertisers to show them insights on their target audience, brand dollars would flow even faster. See it. (source: @ddesybel)
More Transparency, Please
At OMMA Global yesterday, according to MediaPost's Laurie Sullivan, CEO Omar Tawakol "told the audience that companies need to become more transparent and give consumers information about the data companies collect." Media6Degrees Tom Phillips agreed. Read more OMMA event coverage on the MediaPost blog.
Starting Tech In L.A.
GRP Partners' Mark Suster outlines the challenges of trying to start a technology company in the Los Angeles area and says, "You can find very talented technology executives. But let’s be honest with ourselves – it’s not Silicon Valley. You don’t have a pool of thousands of Google engineers to hire when they’re ready to leave the mother ship." Read more.