Google's Video Store, announced by company co-founder Larry Page (pictured))
at his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas,
"is the first open video marketplace enabling consumers to buy and rent a
wide range of video content from a major television network, a professional
sports league, cable programmers, independent producers and film makers,"
Page said. "This fast growing collection of videos will include prime-time
and classic hits from CBS, a full slate of NBA games from this season and
outstanding performances from the past, music videos from SONY BMG, Charlie
Rose interviews as well as news and historical content from ITN and new
titles being added everyday."
"For video producers and anyone with a video camera, Google Video will give
you a platform to publish to the entire Google audience in a fast, free and
seamless way," he said... (more)
Salesforce has been making noises that sound like it'll announce that
anticipated, supposedly anti-Microsoft deal with Google on Tuesday June 5.
It's assumed to have something to do with Google's online productivity apps.
StarOffice, Road Warrior
Singapore Airlines is going to carry StarOffice for the use of its passengers
as part of its KrisWorld inflight entertainment system. Remembering
heightened security, Sun says passengers won't have to open their laptops and
will be able to access Office and IDF files and export documents in PDF.
IBM Runs Up King-Sized Debt
IBM borrowed a ... (more)
Concern about Google's proposed acquisition of DoubleClick - some of it
presumably fanned by the Microsoft lobby - is rising.
Besides a pre-merger investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and a
newly confirmed review by the European Commission, the Senate Judiciary
Committee's antitrust panel is now planning to hold a hearing on the
acquisition in September and so is a House Commerce subcommittee on consumer
protection worried about privacy.
Google expects the deal to close by the end of the year, but - while Congress
has no authority over mergers - the additional probes coul... (more)
"We all agree that now is the right time to make the transition to a new CEO
who can take the company to the next level," said Yahoo's Board of Directors
in a statement today in which the BoD revealed that it has initiated a search
for a new Chief Executive Officer for the company Yang founded. "From
founding this company to guiding its growth into a trusted global brand that
is indispensible to millions of people, I have always sought to do what is
best for our franchise," said Yang himself.
"Jerry Yang, co-Founder of Yahoo!, has decided to return to his former role
as Chief Ya... (more)
"There is a fairly compelling set of economics that underpin a search
partnership," declared Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in an interview just
published by BusinessWeek. He was referring to the fact that Microsoft is
still interested in buying all or part of Yahoo.
Of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz (pictured), Ballmer said" "When she is ready, we
will have a discussion."
Bartz in turn has already gone on record as saying that any talks with
Microsoft will be private, and not public exchanges in the press.