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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.

Does Facebook Really ‘Cost Businesses Dear’?

I don’t have a Facebook account. At least, not yet, as I have mentioned in another blog post I shared over here not so long ago. But from that to say "[...] sites such as Facebook could be costing firms over £130m a day" is a bit of an over-reaction.

Thailand Allows Access To YouTube

As censorship goes, this could be worse – YouTube has made any videos insulting the king of Thailand inaccessible from within that country.  In return, the Thai government has lifted a ban and apparently allowed everything else on the video-sharing site to return.

BBC Worldwide Launches Social Network

LiveWorld, an online social networking agency, said today that it is supporting a new social network for radiotimes.com, an online guide to television and radio for the BBC Worldwide.

Facebook Campaign Saves Departed Candy Bar
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I’ve often had to raise an eyebrow at Facebook’s “cause” groups – African warlords aren’t going to chill out just because a bunch of college kids tell them to.  Odds are excellent that no warlords will even read the students’ pleas.  But Cadbury apparently heard – and listened – to demands for the Wispa candy bar’s return.

Vodafone, Others Flee Facebook Over BNP Ads
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Before today, I don’t think I’d ever heard of the British National Party – guess I need to brush up on my racist, far-right organizations.  But it would seem that Vodafone and five other major corporations know the name, and they pulled out of deals with Facebook after their ads were placed on the BNP’s profile page.

Google, Microsoft Are Among “Best Global Brands”

According to a new report from Interbrand, Google is not one of the ten “Best Global Brands 2007”; that, from Mountain View’s perspective, is the bad news.  The good news: at number 20, it’s not too far behind the leaders, and Google’s “brand value” actually increased by 44 percent in the last year.

Google Book Search Says Goodbye To Harry

Google Book Search has dealt with Indian manuscripts, Japanese universities, and Belgian libraries – interesting stuff, but not exactly in line with mainstream America’s tastes.  Now Google Book Search is directing a nod – more of a bow, really – to Harry Potter.

Britain’s Floods Get Mapped By Google

Over the past week or so, Britain has been hit by some really nasty flooding – the worst in 60 years.  Fortunately, no deaths or serious injuries have been reported, and it’s possible that Google helped bring about this positive outcome.

European Online Advertising May Double By 2012

We all knew that online ad spending would rise, but according to a new report from Forrester Research, European budgets for this sort of advertising will double over the next five years.

BBC Exec Wants Better Complementary Videos

Too much video content that fails to enhance the stories on BBC News Interactive should be pruned in favor of more complementary works.

BBC iPlayer To Launch In July

The BBC will launch its on demand TV Service, BBC iPlayer on July 27 it announced today.

YouTube To Host BBC Content

The BBC Global News said today that it would use thePlatform’s media management and publishing system to distribute short-form video content on YouTube.

Google Named Top Mobile Web Destination

When rankings are published, and Google is involved, the Mountain View-based company usually wins.  This time is no different, and M:Metrics has crowned Google the “top mobile web destination for smartphone users.”

BBC Reporter Supports Social Media
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Some people see a distinct gap between bloggers and “real” journalists, but Ben Hammersley, who works for the BBC, may change their minds over the next two weeks; Hammersley intends to do his job using social media tools and sites.

French Fear The Blackberry

Since servers for the addictive Blackberry wireless mail service reside in places like the United States, some government workers in France have been told to eschew using those devices.

BBC Faces Probable Loss To YouTube

Talk about new media versus old: a report from Hitwise indicates that YouTube may soon overtake the main BBC site in terms of UK visits.

YouTube Goes To Nine New Nations

From our perspective, it’s going international.  From theirs, it’s becoming local.  But either way you look at it, YouTube is launching targeted sites for Ireland, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Japan, Brazil, and France.

Google Courting More Students With Email

Google’s serious about creating relationships with the greater Academia – its founders were collegiate all-stars building printers out of Legos, and of course badly-named search engines (Google was once called BackRub, we imagine because that was Larry Page’s best pickup line) – ahem, as more and more universities turn their email systems over to the search engine company.

Google, BBC Make Mash-Ups

The word “mash-up” has certain connotations; the product may not be too polished, or it could be downright amateurish.  The British Broadcasting Corporation is not an amateur, however; the BBC is, in fact, the world’s biggest broadcasting corporation.  And the BBC’s into mash-ups.