Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Does the FCC Want to Kill Hulu? — One of Washington's proposed conditions on the Comcast-NBC U deal will force the merged company to offer NBC's shows to any Web competitor. — So what does that mean for Hulu, which has already locked up exclusive rights to NBC's Web video?
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder: F.C.C. Head Expected to Approve Comcast-NBC Deal
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post: Comcast-NBC merger gains traction
David Goetzl / MediaPost: FCC Looks Favorably On NBC/Comcast Merger
Nitasha Tiku / New York Magazine: Expect More Kabletown Jokes On 30 Rock
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Woos Local Advertisers — Google Inc., which helped popularize the idea of automated ad sales on the Web, has been quietly turning to an old-fashioned tool—phone calls—to compete in the hot market for local business advertising. — The Internet-search giant this year …
Discussion: Gannett Blog, SAI, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim and Search Engine Land, more at Techmeme »
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: Google Hiring Massive Sales Force In Desperate Attempt To Catch Up With Groupon
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Adds A Hundred Sales Reps To Sell Google Local Ads
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Why Google Dropped Groupon and Local Just Doesn't Scale — Ad Age Talks to Infectious Greed Blogger and Tech Investor Paul Kedrosky — SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) — Prolific tech business analyst Paul Kedrosky made a name for himself as the founder of longtime blog Infectious Greed …
Discussion: MediaPost, more at Techmeme »
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost: Did ‘Break Fee’ Bust Google/Groupon Deal?
Los Angeles Times:
Theater operators fight studios' plan to release movies in homes earlier — The chains are trying to build support for preserving ‘theatrical windows.’ — Theater operators are mounting a challenge to plans by Hollywood studios to release movies in the home when they are still in theaters.
Discussion: The Wrap, Media Maverick and Company Town
L.A. Times / The Wrap: Theater Owners Ramp Up Fight Against Premium VOD
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick: Film theaters fight premium video-on-demand
Kimberly Turner / Regator:
Why Blogs (Still) Aren't Dead...No Matter What You've Heard — Stan Schroeder of Mashable recently published a post based on research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The post was originally titled: “Everyone Uses E-mail, But Hardly Anyone Blogs Anymore.”
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Anyone Notice That Sites Don't Have To Rely On Google So Much For Traffic Any More? — One of the driving forces behind some of the legal attacks on Google is that Google is the defacto monopoly on being found online. We've heard over and over again a claim along the lines of “if you're not in Google, you're not online.”
Gary Levin / USA Today:
In 2010, cable TV's ratings put networks on notice — Cable networks have been challenging broadcasters' hold on TV viewers for years, but the big networks' lackluster fall is proof of a new parity. — Nielsen figures show the Big 4 and basic cable gained 1% in 2010 as overall viewing continues to rise to a record 34 hours a week.
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Drives More Video Traffic Than All But Google — Facebook has surpassed Yahoo in the amount of traffic sent to video destinations, although Google still has the lead in this regard. — This comes from a report by Brightcove and TubeMogul based on data what the two call aggregate media sites …
Discussion: Fast Company and MediaPost
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost: Data: Facebook Tops Yahoo As Traffic Driver
Blake Farmer / NPR:
‘Street Papers’ Sold By Homeless Are Thriving … Homeless newspapers around the country have grown by double digits over the past few years, even while most printed publications struggle to keep their paying customers. The so-called street papers create jobs for homeless people, who buy the papers at cost and sell them for a dollar.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Should names of Julian Assange accusers be published? — Should news outlets print the names of the two women who have lodged rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, considering that their identities have already been widely publicized? Washington City Paper doesn't think so.
Discussion: Das Krapital, New York Magazine, New York Observer and FishbowlDC
Nitasha Tiku / New York Magazine: Moe Tkacik Leaves City Paper After Publishing the Names of Assange's Accusers
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC: Editorial Tussle at Washington City Paper
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Dirty Secret of Connected TV's: Advertising is Not Ready for Prime Time — While more and more online video publishers are connecting with audiences in their living rooms with smart TV's, Blu-ray players and devices such as Roku and Google TV, advertising on these platforms is not yet in place.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Demand Media's Accounting Is Even More Bogus Than It Seems — Demand Media is making headlines today for disclosing its unorthodox method of accounting in a new filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The so-called content farm, which is trying to get approval for a $125 million IPO …
Discussion: MediaPost, New York Magazine, Yahoo! News and BoomTown
Fern Siegel / MediaPost: IAC To Launch Online Content Farm
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News: Demand Media lures writers to work through the holidays with bonus potential
Henry Blodget / The Wire:
Come On, Demand Media, Just Drop The Bogus Accounting
Come On, Demand Media, Just Drop The Bogus Accounting
Discussion: Search Engine Land, CNET News, Techi.com and SAI
Byrne Hobart / Search Engine Land: How To Grind Out Q&A Content For SEO Success
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News: Financial gray areas plague Demand Media IPO bid