Tech News Today 235

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Episode 235

Tech News Today 235: Beating The Crap Out Of Moore's Law

Apple fixes the tracking thing, CNET gets sued by FilmOn guy, Intel gives Moore's law a whoopin', and more!



  • CNET Accused of Copyright Infringement for Distributing LimeWire
  • How to find legal files on Limewire
    • CBS Interactive being sued for distributing Limewire software.
    • “The CBS defendants received massive amounts of revenue from P2P providers on a ‘pay per download’ basis and also from advertising revenues generated by advertisements placed on the download screen for P2P software,” (.pdf) according to the complaint, lodged in Los Angeles federal court late Tuesday.
    • The case against CBS accuses CNET of offering “videos, articles and other media that instructed how to use P2P software to locate pirated copies of copyrighted works and remove electronic protections placed on digital music files.”
    • Among others, the plaintiffs include Detron Bendross, of 2 Live Crew, Trisco Smith-Pearson of The Force MDs and Eric Jackson and De’Angelo Holmes, both of the Ying Yang Twins. Alki David

Discussion Stories

  • AOL: The revenue slide continues, but display ads show signs of life
  • HuffPo purchase weighs down AOL earnings
  • AOL display advertising improves, shares jump
  • AOL Touts New, Bigger Display Ad Format as Hearst Digital Signs On
    • AOL reported first-quarter display advertising revenue grew 4 percent to $130.5 million thanks to better pricing of ad units and stronger activity from automakers, consumer packaged goods, and telecommunication advertisers.
    • "It's the first encouraging quarter since the Time Warner spin," said Clayton Moran, analyst with the Benchmark Co. "It's the first evidence they might be able to achieve a turnaround in the advertising business."
    • Overall advertising revenue fell 11 percent to $313.7 million on declines in search and third-party network advertising.
    • Total revenue at the company fell 17 percent to $551.4 million. Analysts on average expected total revenue of $536.4 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
    • Revenue from dial-up subscriptions dropped 24 percent to $215.4 million.
    • For the quarter ended March 31, the online service watched its profits fall to $4.7 million from $34.7 million in the year-ago quarter. (due to acquisition of HuffPo)
  • Warner Bros. to Acquire Rotten Tomatoes Owner
  • US DVD sales plummet 20%
  • Vudu adds TV shows to its rental catalog, but only some are in HD
    • Warner Brothers has bought Flixster (owners of Rotten Tomatoes) for somewhere between $60-90 million
    • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group will use the Flixster brand and its technical expertise to launch a number of initiatives to grow digital content ownership, including a recently announced consumer application called Digital Everywhere.
    • Flixster will continue to operate independenty
    • consumer spending on streaming and subscription services such as Netflix rose 33% to $695m.
    • Digital Entertainemtn group reports DVD sales fell 20% year-over-year in the 1st quarter of '11
    • Vudu adding new TV titles, though not all in HD

News Fuse




"Not finding a story anywhere on this, and I don't have time for a blog post. But thought you might want to help spread the word...

People are panicking when, after upgrading their iCal to the new version, their iCal calendars disappear.

Don't upgrade to the Mobile.Me Calendar unless you are running Snow Leopard:

If you do, the primary calendar becomes the one on and your local calendar won't sync.

Luckily, that same page has instructions for fixing the sync in the section: "If you need to sync a computer with Mac OS X Leopard with the new MobileMe Calendar, follow these steps:"

Just talked a client down off the ledge. :)




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