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"Didn't You Used To Be A Search Engine?" - Jitka Petrickova-MEC
By: Jitka Petrickova
Remember when Google used to be just a search engine? That seems almost quaint now, as over the last few years, and especially in 2011, Google made significant investments to continue its expansion beyond search and into mobile, social, products and patents in efforts to fight off competitive action from its rivals (and regain its position as the top online destination). And now with EU and US approval to complete its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, it looks like Google is in a prime position to compete head-to-head with rival Apple. Google remained true to their strategy of simplicity in 2011. Larry Page thinks about their products in three separate categories: 1. Search and Ad Business, 2. YouTube, Android and Chrome as products enjoying high consumer success and 3. new products which are reshaping the digital landscape including Google+.
The Promise and Peril of Social TV - Tom Cunniff
By: Tom Cunniff
It seems like yesterday that many in the digerati were proclaiming the death of TV.
But in the digital business yesterday is just so… yesterday. Finally, the conversation has shifted -- as I predicted – to harnessing the feedback loop between old and new media. This line of thinking is much more on the money: Jack Myers predicts the social TV business will grow to $30 billion by 2020.
Do Not Track ... Really? - Shelly Palmer
By: Shelly Palmer
A couple of year ago the FTC proposed a "Do Not Track" button. The idea is really simple: add a simple way for consumers to opt out of web tracking systems. In practice, it's a little less simple ... open your browser preferences, select the privacy tab and look for a checkbox that says something like: "Tell websites I do not want to be tracked."
Movies Still Come to Our Emotional Rescue - Doug Pulick-NCM
By: Doug Pulick
Cinema remains our one chief cultural export to the world, demonstrated by a record setting $13.5 billion in international ticket sales, an increase of 7% over the previous year's box office sales. While we all saw the year-end headlines decrying the decline of movie attendance in 2011, I wanted to weigh in on the untrue notion that the demise of the American movie industry is imminent.
We're All Viewsers Now - Evan Shapiro-IFC
By: Evan Shapiro
I just started my second semester teaching a weekly class on The TV Industry, at NYU/Stern School of Business. There are 70 undergraduate students in the class, all between 18 and 21, of varying ethnic and region origin, but (I'd say) pretty much uniformly upper middle class.
Apple Stock: What goes up ... - Shelly Palmer
By: Shelly Palmer
Apple's share price has been "topic A" in my world this week. Everyone wants to talk about it -- and, everyone has an opinion. First and foremost, I do not own any shares of Apple (or any other tech stock). I keep my money under my mattress. Also, I am not a financial professional, nor am I going to suggest that anything you read here be used to make any kind of financial decision. You should consult your own financial professionals for advice on how to invest your money.
Amidst the Grammy Celebration, Memorable Tributes to a Fallen Star - Hillary Atkin
By: Hillary Atkin
Monday morning quarterbacking had cognoscenti and fans alike debating whether the Grammys, the "family" that host LL Cool J referred to before a prayer for "our sister Whitney" had done enough to honor Whitney Houston's legacy, even as her catalog albums and hit singles reached renewed best-seller status on Amazon and iTunes, and Sony Music capitalized by raising the price.
Online Video Advertising Growth Forecast
By: Jack Myers
One of the fastest growing segments of the advertising business is online video, which will increase an average 48% annually for the next four years. The primary beneficiaries are broadcast and cable television network companies, with the lion’s share going to broadcast networks. Watch this week’s Jack Myers Video Media Business Report for detailed forecasts, and insights on the impact as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, original online content producers, radio companies and magazine publishers get in the video game. Visit www.jackmyers.com for information on the full 2012 to 2020 Myers spending forecast for 57 digital and legacy media and marketing categories.