Good morning, it’s Friday, March 25, 2011, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. If you would like to read this or any other Cynopsis edition online, click here.
Search giant Google has gotten along swimmingly with the Obama administration and has been wriggling out of court cases in Europe as of late, but now it may face scrutiny from individual states. The company is facing possible antitrust investigations for its business practices in both Ohio and Wisconsin, according to a Bloomberg report, citing a state official and the proverbial “person familiar with the matter.” Attorneys general from several states have been looking at whether Google, which maintains a 65% share in the U.S. search market according to ComScore, is using its war chest of cash to hamper competition by controlling ad rates and buying competing technologies. Google faced scrutiny from the Dept. of Justice over its acquisition of travel software firm ITA Software, but that deal is expected to approved any time now.
Starz, which is currently renegotiating its distribution deal with Netflix, has decided to activate a 90-day delay on new episodes of original series for users of the Starz Play broadband service, available through Netflix and directly through select telecom companies such as Verizon and Qwest, reports THR. The new policy will be enacted April 1 with the premiere of the network’s latest historical drama Camelot.
Sony Pictures began experimenting with lower-priced movie downloads this week on both Amazon.com and iTunes, notes CNET. Downloads of two new releases, “The Tourist” and “How Do You Know,” are priced at $12.99/each, a 13% discount from the $15 DVD price.
That was nice of them. Netflix agreed to issue credits to subscribers this week after an outage knocked out its streaming service for several hours on Tuesday. The company sent out emails to subscribers notifying them of the refund.
Video inventory exchange/marketplace provider Adap.tv expanded its video ad marketplace to the UK, opening a new office in London. The company is working with Aegis Media, the parent of Carat, iProspect and Isobar. Video ad network BrightRoll is expected to follow next month with the launch its BrightRoll Exchange in the UK.
Online video analytics firm TubeMogul has struck a partnership with Gannett’s PointRoll subsidiary to enable advertisers to activate its video analytics suite on any PointRoll-served campaign free of charge.
Walgreen agreed to acquire Drugstore.com for $429 million, the largest online drug retailer in the U.S. The deal represents a premium of 112% over Wednesday’s Drugstore.com share price. The company will maintain separate branding of its websites after the transaction closes, but Walgreen will leverage the sites’ functionality and inventories including Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com.
Total minutes spent gabbing on mobile phones in 2010 was actually down from the previous year but data usage was way up, according to figures released from the CTIA this week.
- Data traffic was 226.5 billion mbps, up 110% from 107.8 billion in 2009
- SMS text messages jumped 31% to 2.05 trillion
- MMS multimedia messaging increased 64% to 56.6 billion
- The number of smartphones in use increased by 57% to 78.2 million
The number of interactive video ads served within the AdoTube Ad Network grew by 50% during Q4 to account for 50% of ads served while simple pre-rolls fell to a 30%, according to company’s new Q4 2010 In-Video Ad Format Index. However Branded Overlays bounced back during the quarter to reclaim a 20% share of all ads served.
Apple is working on expanding its AirPlay steaming system to enable users to stream HD video from an iPhone or iPad to an HDTV set directly through TVs that have AirPlay baked in, according to a Bloomberg report. Apple would license its AirPlay technology to consumer-electronics makers, as it already does to audio device manufacturers. Currently only the $99 Apple TV box provides access to AirPlay’s video streaming capabilities.
Research in Motion‘s new 7-inch screen PlayBook tablet is going to launch with access to Android’s 200k+ applications, the company announced Thursday. (The PlayBook’s Achilles’ Heel was seen to be its lack of apps – less than 100 at launch.)
Chuck Cordray, former SVP and GM of Hearst Magazines Digital Media, is moving to take up a new position at Pitney Bowes as President of Volly, a new cloud-based digital mail communications platform that enables consumers to manage bills, statements, direct marketing, catalogs and coupons within a single online or mobile app.
Video syndication specialist Grab Networks has tapped former BET executive Alvin Bowles as its new CEO. He reports to Fred Singer, Chairman of Grab Networks, and the rest of the Board.
Former Groupon sales executive John Corrigan and former Google, Feedburner and Yahoo! alumnus Ed D’Onofrio are joining Nashville-based edo Interactive as Directors of Category Development. Both will report to edo’s new Chief Revenue Officer Mark Marinacci, former Head of Retail at Google.
Vitec Group’s Integrated Microwave Technologies hired David Walker as VP/Product Development. He will be based in Las Vegas and report to Stephen Shpock, President.
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The CTIA has completed a comprehensive redesign of AccessWireless.org, the association’s website to help people with disabilities, seniors and their families find the most accessible wireless products and services. Click on the icon corresponding to the disability type – hearing, vision, mobility/manipulation, speech or cognition – to pull up a list features that can be build into your device or links to groups who provide additional support and service such as the American Association of People with Disabilities or the Wireless RERC (Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center.) The most useful feature is the ability to search and compare the accessibility features of a variety of wireless handsets through the Mobile Manufacturer Forum’s (MMF) Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI). Wireless Carriers, App stores and service plans are also compared and contrasted.
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