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Radiohead to Perform King of Limbs on TV Radiohead to Perform King of Limbs on TV

Well, kind of, anyway. Radiohead, the band that is single-handedly trying to change the way business is conducted in the music industry, will be performing their new album, King of Limbs on Nigel Godrich’s In The Basement. Because In The …

The BBC Introduces Food App In Chrome Store

The BBC said today it has launched its first ever custom food app in Google’s Chrome Web Store.

BBC.com Launches New Travel Site
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BBC.com has launched a new travel site in partnership with its sister company Lonely Planet.

BBC.com/travel is the first in a series of lifestyle sites, announced last month with the launch of the new BBC.com U.S. edition.

"We know the people who come to BBC.com are curious about the world and look to us to feed that curiosity," said Miranda Cresswell, SVP, BBC.com

BBC Ties Facebook, Twitter Into iPlayer

The iPlayer, which is a popular video-on-demand service offered by the BBC in the UK, is getting a lot more social.  A new beta version ties into both Facebook and Twitter (for starters), offering users the option to let friends know what they’re viewing and recommend different shows.

This integration was accomplished through the creation of a new login called a BBC iD, and it’s supposed to offer a bit beyond the standard click-here-go-there functionality, effectively creating a "social recommendation ecosystem."

Parliamentary Clips May Come To YouTube

Some rather important proceedings might soon become viewable to everyone with an Internet connection and access to YouTube.  A report’s indicated that a ban covering video footage of the UK’s House of Commons could be lifted in the near future.

BBC Journalists Commanded To Use Social Media
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Journalists who work for one of the most respected news organizations in the world will be making greater use of social media from now on.  Peter Horrocks, the BBC’s director of global news, has more or less ordered his reporters to become comfortable with sites like Twitter.

The Internet is All Over Climategate While the MSM Sleeps
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The mainstream media has its head in the sand again while one of the largest conspiracies the world has ever seen is exposed via Internet media. As most readers have heard by now, years of emails and programming code have been uncovered from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, which is run by the scientists whose research is the basis for the world’s belief in man-caused global warming.

comScore: Facebook Beating BBC Sites In The UK
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Auntie, as the BBC is sometimes known, has been shoved back.  In what may or may not be a sign of the apocalypse, comScore reports that Facebook passed the BBC’s network of sites in terms of UK traffic.

According to a statement, "Facebook.com broke into the top 5 most visited properties in the U.K. for the first time in its history in September, reaching 18.4 million visitors."  This puts it behind just eBay, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google.  The poor BBC came in sixth place with 18.2 million unique visitors.

BBC.com Gets A Makeover

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Today the BBC unveiled a new look to the BBC News website.

It’s a refreshing update. I visit very few websites these days and BBC News is one of them (it’s actually the home page in my browser).

U.K. Online Properties Attract Global Traffic

A recent study from comScore on the global traffic to online properties in the U.K. found that online traffic coming from outside the U.K. outnumbered the domestic visitors to the BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and The Daily Mail.

MySpaceTV Partners With BBC

MySpace has formed a partnership with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC to bring short video clips of BBC content to MySpaceTV.

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The partnership will allow MySpaceTV users to subscribe to a BBC channel, then view and share clips from new and archived content. Clips will be made available to all MySpaceTV users worldwide.

BBC Squeezes Joost CTO
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Dirk-Willem van Gulik departs video service startup Joost for the warm embrace of Auntie Beeb as BBC Future Media & Technology Chief Technical Architect.

Are the Online Video Rise and Writers Strike Really Related?

There’s just something not quite right about the suggestion that online video watching is growing rapidly because of the US writers’ strike.

The BBC has data from Nielsen Online and Pew Internet Project which points to an unusual jump in online video viewing in the past two months.

More and More People Turning to Online Video

We appear to have two data points related to online video that are worth paying attention to.

Number one: According to the BBC, Nielsen says that traffic to some online video sites has doubled since the Hollywood writers’ strike in October turned the TV into a wasteland of reruns and unfunny late-night talk shows (although it may be stretching things to call the Nielsen figure a data point, since I can’t find a report that has those numbers in it).

“Weblog” Term Celebrates Tenth Birthday

It’s sometimes hard to believe how quickly things move; it was only ten years ago that a certain word was coined, and yet some people now use an abbreviated form of it a dozen (or more) times a day.  The word, of course, is "weblog."

BBC Worldwide Predicts Higher Web Revenues

The BBC has often been one of the world’s more forward-looking media companies, and the CEO of BBC Worldwide seems intent on extending that reputation.  John Smith is setting new, higher goals relating to Internet revenues.

Mobile Web Usage Indicators
Some interesting posts and discussion on the BBC Internet blog centered around Linux and how open source the BBC is with regard to its sites and its content.

What I found interesting are these stats included in Martin Bellam’s related post:

Microsoft, Symbian Unimpressed By Android
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The appeal of Google’s mobile operating system, Android, and an alliance of handset makers, has not registered with two major phone OS builders.

Brits Type 1.2 Billion Text Messages Per Week

In all of 1999, Brits sent one billion text messages on their mobile phones.  Now, according to new numbers from the Mobile Data Association (MDA), they’re sending more than that per week.

BBC Denies Secret iPlayer Deal With Microsoft

Although the BBC’s iPlayer only works with XP-equipped computers, there is no secret alliance between the world’s biggest broadcasting corporation and Microsoft.  According to one exec, the XP compatibility merely arose out of an interest in serving the greatest number of people possible.

Europe Wants U.S. Based Microsoft To Pay

Microsoft has lost its appeal of a $690 million fine as set down by the European Commission for antitrust allegations against the software giant.

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