Rumors that have long been circulating around “Google phone” got extra fuel Tuesday when new online reports surfaced that Google is planning to release a handset-optimized operating system in September.
You've got to love contextual marketing. This morning's deal between Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Time Warner 's (NYSE: TWX) CNN.com -- a multiyear arrangement for Google to populate CNN's website pages with relevant, user-targeted ads -- is a win-win situation.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- California Internet services company Yahoo Inc. rolled out a new version of its Web mail Monday that lets users send free text messages to cell phones.
The new application lets users send text messages to cell numbers in the United States, Canada, India and the Philippines, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company said.
Users also may send instant messages from Yahoo Mail to members of the Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger communities.
Other upgraded capabilities include tabbed navigation, a reading pane, an integrated calendar and a reader of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcast digital-media files, Yahoo said.
Yahoo also said new e-mail search refinements let users to improve their "advance search" results by narrowing results by sender, folder, date, attachment type and message status to pinpoint specific queries.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Rupert Murdoch's MySpace.com social-networking Web site may lift its ban on commerce between its members, a U.S. published report said Monday.
The site's management is discussing the changes behind the scenes, the Los Angeles Times reported.
MySpace currently forbids commerce among its members because it doesn't want to jeopardize the corporate advertising that accounts for most of its profit -- and letting members advertise would clutter the site, the Times said.
"We don't want users' pages to start looking like NASCAR," Chief Executive Chris DeWolfe said.
But Murdoch, whose News Corp. paid $580 million for MySpace's parent company in 2005, said Aug. 8 he wanted to drive up Fox Interactive's profit by a factor of 20, to $200 million from $10 million in the year that ended June 30.
New York -- "South Park" creators raised eyebrows with their deal with their New York employer involving a 50-50 ad revenue split, unusual in the television industry.
"South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and Comedy Central, a unit of Viacom's MTV Networks, agreed to a three-year extension of the show and its creators' contracts through 2011, giving Stone and Parker increases in salaries and advances from DVDs, merchandising, syndication and international sales, The New York Times said.
It also creates SouthParkStudios.com, to be housed in the show's animation studio in Culver City, Calif., that will be a testing ground for new comedy concepts.
The agreement is worth $75 million to Parker and Stone, people familiar with the contract told the Times. But what makes it eye-popping is the network's willingness to share advertising revenue, which television networks have been loathe to do.
The biggest PC maker in Taiwan and the top supplier of PC notebooks in Europe, Acer Inc. confirmed Monday that it will acquire Gateway Inc. for $710 million in a bid to strengthen its presence in the lucrative but highly competitive U.S. market.
Five months after announcing its plan to offer unlimited storage for its free Web-based e-mail service, the Internet media company Yahoo! Inc. is now upgrading its free e-mail service with new enhancements and taking the “beta” label off the product.
Sony was surely overconfident when it proclaimed that it was confident the July figures would reveal that its PlayStation 3 outsold the Microsoft Xbox 360 in the month. According to the latest NPD figures Sony’s much-hyped PS3 remains in third place behind the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360, globally.
After months-long controversy, Rockstar Games, the premium content development division of game publisher Take Two Interactive Software Inc., has finally won ‘M’ rating from US rating board for its long-awaited sequel “Manhunt 2” in North America.
Continuing its winning-streak, the Japanese gaming console maker Nintendo once again succeeded in attaining the top position in the latest sales charts after smashing its arch-rivals Microsoft and Sony in the US video game consoles market.
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