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Good morning, it’s Monday, June 21, 2010, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. If you would like to read this or any other Cynopsis edition online, click here.
FIFA‘s 2010 World Cup continues to draw record audiences to new digital platforms around the world who come to view video, celebrate victories and express outrage. (We won’t even go there.) Univision Interactive Media‘s Spanish language coverage continues to bring record traffic to UnivisionFutbol.com, generating 2.5 million hours of streaming to date, with an average of 1 hour and 20 minutes of live streaming per user during live matches. The top three tweeted goals last week were Japan’s game winning score against Cameroon on June 14 (generating 2,940 tweets per second), followed by Brazil’s first goal vs. North Korea and Mexico’s tying goal vs. South Africa. Twitter receives some 750 tweets/second on average. However, controversial calls during the game 7 of the NBA Finals (again, we won’t even go there) surpassed even World Cup traffic on Twitter, cresting at a record 3,085 Tweets per second as the game ended.
NBA.com says it delivered a record 72.7 million video streams and 329 million page views during the Celtics/Lakers series, an increase of 112% and 48% respectively vs. last year. The NBA.com WAP Site also saw a 145% year-over-year increase in page views and a 136% increase in unique visitors.
Comedy Central has launched a new technology-themed online talk show dubbed Portable Lounge. The show will feature a rotating cast of comedians and New York City locales. The first episode is hosted by Chris Gethard (Comedy Central’s “Big Lake”) and “SNL’s” Bobby Moynihan, who geek out in a Bronx bowling alley on topics such as “Star Wars” and Frank Sinatra.
Facebook is earning more ad revenue than previously expected and will finish the year collecting as much as $800 million, reports Reuters.
The official movie poster for “The Social Network,” the insider Facebook story adapted by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Fight Club’s David Fincher, was posted on the film’s website on Friday. The marketing folks seem to be predicting that Facebook will top the 500 million users mark by the time the movie hits theaters in Oct.
Video sharing site Dailymotion continues to carve out a niche with the ad supported fan film genre (amateur imitations of major releases done on a shoestring budget.) Its latest is the polished Batman prequel City of Scars, about Joker’s escape from Arkham and the murder of Batman’s parents, shot in HD for a lean budget of $27k.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers have the right to monitor workers’ cell phone, email and text message correspondences as long as there is a legitimate work-related reason for doing so, reports the Washington Post. The Court ruled that a police chief’s search of a SWAT team officer’s texts, which turned up private missives between him and his wife and mistress, was constitutionally justified.
NBC Affiliates officially approved the Comcast/NBCU merger, provided that Comcast remains committed to over-the-air television and will keep the same level of sports programming on broadcast TV, per B&C.
While new mobile devices continue to drive simultaneous TV and web usage, there appears to be very little difference between people’s online usage habits when they’re watching TV and when they are not, meaning that people who surf while watching TV tend to do the same things online (email, shopping etc.) that others who are not watching, according to a new Nielsen analysis. Video sites like YouTube are the one exception, as users are unlikely to watch video from two different sources at the same time. Some 40% of overall viewers now watch TV and surf the web simultaneously each week, with that number climbing to 51% in the 35 to 49 demo. (Only 39% of 18-34 year olds do both at the same time.)
Little changed in the world of U.S. search last month as Google held fast to its 65% market share and Yahoo and Bing fought over the scraps, according to Nielsen. The top three search engines accounted for 91.8% of all U.S. searches.
Top 10 Search Providers for May 2010, Ranked by Searches (U.S.)
RANK Provider Searches (000) Share of Searches MoM % Point Change
All Search 9,247,187 100% –
1 Google Search 6,016,689 65.1% 0.0%
2 Yahoo! Search 1,272,764 13.8% 0.3%
3 MSN/Wds Live/Bing 1,198,345 13.0% 0.1%
4 AOL Search 191,189 2.1% -0.4%
5 Ask.com Search 184,448 2.0% 0.1%
6 My Web Search 112,265 1.2% 0.1%
7 Comcast Search 48,585 0.5% 0.0%
8 NexTag Search 25,392 0.3% 0.0%
9 WhitePages.com Search 25,370 0.3% 0.0%
10 Yellow Pages Search 19,086 0.2% -0.1%
Source: The Nielsen Company
Several analysts are predicting that Apple‘s iPhone 4 will be the best selling iPhone ever, with sales on the opening weekend (beginning Thursday) expected to number into the millions. Morgan Stanley is predicting the phone will help to more than triple the iPhone’s footprint from 30 million users to 100 million by the end of 2011. Meanwhile, some of the 600k customers who managed to place pre-orders for the phone last week (despite wide-scale glitches) say they are receiving messages from Apple saying their orders have been cancelled because they could not be authorized.
Here’s a little know fact that may make you want to avoid the lines on Thursday: iPhone 3GS owners (the most recent incarnation) will be able to enjoy many of the iPhone 4’s features once they’ve downloaded the free iOS 4 software update. Features include, multitasking, folders, a new built in spell checker and a 5X digital zoom.
MySpace co-President Jason Hirschhorn is set to leave the company and return to New York just 4 months after he took the position. Both Jason and Mike Jones joined the News Corp. subsidiary after Owen Van Natta stepped down in Feb. Mr. Jones will remain with the company as its sole President.
Third party apps are helping Twitter to become the world’s window into the World Cup like one called TweetBeat World Cup from Mountain View, CA-based search company Kosmix, which operates a dashboard site that categorizes web content into the magazine-style topics. TweetBeat helps you sift through the “twittosphere” to track what’s being said about your favorite team in real time. Navigate tweets by individual team or current matches or browse through popular tweets that are being frequently retweeted. Kosmix, which has raised some $55 million to date from Accel Partners, Lightspeed Ventures and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, also launched in iPhone app to help keep you informed of World Cup – related buzz. CNN has also launched an app organizing World Cup-related tweets.
Clarification : The Creative Visions Project is the name of one of the backers of the global One Day On Earth filmmaking project; the latter is in fact the name of the initiative.
Later – Wayne
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