The Buzz

with Josh O'Connell

Hulu subscription may be imminent.

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The rumored Hulu Plus subscription service may make its beta test more public as soon as the end of the month. Other details are similar to what were discussed here earlier: $9.95 a month, with access to a larger library of shows than the free version. It would potentially open up access to shows not […] [Read More]
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YouTube wins in case against Viacom.

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As mentioned previously, the case between Viacom and YouTube over copyright infringement (with the awe-inspiring $1 billion amount sought by the media giant) was getting ugly, with both sides revealing some potentially damning information. So I’m a bit surprised that a judge declared summary judgment in YouTube’s favor, ending a potentially protracted legal battle for […] [Read More]

iPad vs. Kindle update: Book pricing, availability.

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Now that the iPad has been on the market for a few months (and so I can dust off that awful Photoshop I made once more), has Apple supplanted Amazon as the best choice for books? Perhaps, perhaps not. Peter Kafka at All Things Digital took a look at some current trends in the two […] [Read More]
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Facebook earns $800M in ’09?

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A private company like Facebook is not required to divulge numbers, but it doesn’t stop people from making educated guesses nonetheless. Previously, it was estimated that Facebook brought in about $700 million in 2009, but now, thanks to sources “in the know,” it’s possible the company brought in $800 million. Of course, it’s possible the […] [Read More]

Get a leg up on what to read next.

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If you’re an avid reader like I am, you sometimes find that locating your next book can be a little challenging if you don’t have a clear direction. The Kindle’s new social media options might help, especially if other products, like the iPad, pick up on the idea. Amazon’s recommendation engine has been useful to […] [Read More]

A slightly more transparent Twitter.

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Twitter’s management, in an effort to make outages more transparent, is now including a link to their status blog on the infamous “fail whale” page to help people understand what’s going on. I still maintain that Twitter’s doing a great job communicating, but a horrible job maintaining their uptime. Their downtime problems hasn’t hit their […] [Read More]

Proposal: Free Wi-Fi on Metro-North for everyone.

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As mentioned in a previous post on the subject, the MTA is accepting proposals to install Wi-Fi at stations and trains in the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road system. Another company, NYFI, has publicly released its proposal, and it tops the Cablevision one by offering a free service outright – no requirement to be […] [Read More]

Pixel-perfect animation.

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Good morning! Stop-motion animation + candles = Coolness. [Read More]

Could Twitter suffer Friendster’s fate?

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In a posting called “Do you have fail whale fatigue?”, my colleague Jamie DeLoma applauded Twitter’s engineers a few days ago for being so upfront about the problems they’re having and what they are doing about it. While I agree that it’s refreshing to see people talking so openly about these issues, it also to […] [Read More]

Kindle 2.5 update makes nice improvements.

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With the e-book market heating up (and with the AP finally weighing in on the appropriate way to spell e-book!), the timing was right for Amazon to tweak the Kindle software, which hadn’t been touched in awhile. I downloaded the version 2.5 update for my Kindle 2 this week, and was impressed by the changes, […] [Read More]
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