YouTube's model just got validation from Warner Music, which will announce a revenue share partnership with YouTube today. The deal not only allows Warner Music to receive royalties on music they upload, but also for music uploaded by fans:
Somebody tell the search engines that if a page is not linked from the site nav or elsewhere, it's private and accessing it via direct URL manipulation is "hacking". At least that seems to be what the Governor of California wants us to believe. Oh, and hackers are criminals, too. Funny, not only were the "private" MP3 files on a public web server, with public access permissions, but they were also set to "archive" so they appear in the Google cache.
From the Financial Times comes news that AT&T is getting into the WebTV business:
AT&T, the biggest US telecommunications group, is to launch an internet TV service that will enable subscribers to view a selection of live and streamed TV channels on their PC over any wired or wireless broadband connection for $20 a month.
I was checking my feed reader this evening and one of my favorite book authors updated his blog. While reading I thought to myself, I subscribed to this blog because I liked his books, but I can't ever recall reading a post on his blog that I liked nearly as much as his printed works.
Over the past few months I've noticed something here at Threadwatch, the political debates seem to be becoming more and more frequent. While I reserve judgment as to whether I feel that's good or bad, the one thing I do see is opportunities to gain traffic.
Google launched a Shakespeare portal to help win support and distribution for their library project. They also tied many other verticals into their Shakespeare portal.
Google Inc. on Wednesday launched a site devoted entirely to the Bard, http://www.google.com/shakespeare, that allows U.S. users to browse through the full texts of his 37 plays. Readers can even plug in words, such as "to be or not to be" from "Hamlet," and immediately be taken to that part of the play.
Via ZDNet, comes news that Google Research recently won a best paper award for their Social and Interactive Television Applications Based on Real-Time Ambient Audio Identification (PDF) research paper.
The US Congress' House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property is looking to introduce a bill known as the Section 115 Reform Act of 2006 (SIRA). Steven Leach summarizes the intentions of this act: