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Archive: April 2008

See Who's Advertising Where

One of the main challenges for online advertisers is figuring out which Web sites are worth their advertising dollars. How do they know where their competitors are advertising? How do they figure out whether a banner ad would be more effective than a keyword search ad? A new search engine...

By Kim Hart | April 30, 2008; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

GTA IV Hits the Shelves

Predictably enough, the new Grand Theft Auto game is selling briskly. One local DC game store tells me they've already sold 200 or so copies of the title, which was released yesterday. They have a few left, but those are all reserved copies for customers who already put a few...

By Mike Musgrove | April 30, 2008; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Yelp Opens Up to Business Owners

Yelp, the site that lets people review restaurants, bars, hair salons, doctors and pretty much any other business, is now letting those businesses take part in the conversation. San Francisco-based Yelp is today introducing a suite of features that allows business owners to create an account for their establishment. They...

By Kim Hart | April 29, 2008; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Bethesda Softworks Parent Goes Global

The Rockville-based ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of game developer Bethesda Softworks, announced today that it is opening a publishing subsidiary based in Tokyo. Bethesda Softworks is a household name among gamers because of its bestselling and critically acclaimed title Oblivion, which was an epic sword-and-sorcery sorta thing. This fall,...

By Mike Musgrove | April 28, 2008; 1:56 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Grand Theft Auto IV Leaked?

Has Grand Theft Auto IV already been leaked to the Web? Looks like some Xbox 360 owners are already playing the thing -- thanks to the software tools that Microsoft put into its Xbox Live service, it's easy enough to check online and see that at least a few people...

By Mike Musgrove | April 25, 2008; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (12) | TrackBack (0)

LOLcats: Now Hiring

Do u has the skillz? The humor Web site "I Can Has Cheezburger?" is now seeking applications for somebody to help sort through the 7,000 submissions it gets every day. The site is famous for posting users' pictures of cats snapped in cute or awkward poses. Each shot is accompanied...

By Mike Musgrove | April 24, 2008; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Bus Accident Blamed on Driver's GPS Distraction

Well, it might have only been a matter of time before something like this happened, thanks to the soaring popularity of those handy GPS devices. A charter-bus drive in Washington state ran into a pedestrian bridge last week. Seems that the driver was paying attention to his GPS device --...

By Mike Musgrove | April 23, 2008; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (7)

MySpace Launches Election Hub

In case you need yet another place to catch up on the campaign trail, MySpace is teaming up with NBC News and msnbc.com to create Decision '08, an online hub for everything election-related. MySpace members can check out recent news, watch videos and contribute to discussions. Members can also contribute...

By Kim Hart | April 22, 2008; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

The Ad Question About User-Generated Content

Following the trend of the last couple of years, user-generated content is expected to grow substantially this year. But the advertising revenues brought in by this type of content isn't expected to keep pace. A report released today by eMarketer projects that user-generated content advertising revenues will will make up...

By Kim Hart | April 22, 2008; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Rock Band and Guitar Hero Love the 80s...

This has turned out to be a good week, I guess, for fans of 80s-era metal bands who also like video games.... For the first time, according to an announcement just hitting my inbox from developer Harmonix and MTV Games, fans of the video game Rock Band will be able...

By Mike Musgrove | April 18, 2008; 5:27 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

"Digital Copy": New DVDs and Blu-ray Discs Bundled With iPod-friendly Files

Consumers are getting a little extra something with their movie purchases this spring, in a few cases. Pick up one of a few DVDs or Blu-ray discs and users will also get a digital file of the flick that they can easily throw onto their iPod or PDA. Take the...

By Mike Musgrove | April 18, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (1)

New for Nintendo: Air traffic controllers & SAT prep

You know that trend we wrote about a couple of months ago about the proliferation of unusual game titles and "non games" like "Endless Ocean" onto the Nintendo Wii and DS? Still going on in full force, it seems. This week, two new unlikely-seeming titles for the mobile game device...

By Mike Musgrove | April 16, 2008; 5:31 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

More Debate About Facebook's Future

A panel of local investors and entrepreneurs held a panel discussion this morning in Tysons Corner to discuss Web 2.0 trends. The conversation addressed questions like "how long will Google's dominance last?" to "what will be the next Google?" But, in my view, the most interesting part of the event...

By Kim Hart | April 16, 2008; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ted Leonsis' Take on Facebook

Ted Leonsis of AOL and Washington Capitals fame is known for his shrewd business judgment and tech know-how, so much so that the local Web 2.0 entrepreneurial community often seeks his involvement and guidance. He asked some interesting questions about Facebook in a recent blog entry. "I think Facebook is...

By Kim Hart | April 15, 2008; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Reston Firm Launches Satellite for Mobile Services

Reston-based ICO Global Communications is today launching the satellite that, the firm hopes, will allow it to offer mobile media services. You can watch the launch here as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral between 4:12 and 5:12 p.m. In a phone call a few minutes ago, ICO chief executive...

By Kim Hart | April 14, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Two More Text-Message Defenders

For months, consumer advocates have been pressuring the Federal Communications Commission to prevent cellphone companies from interfering with text message traffic. In a filing with the agency today, public interest group Public Knowledge spearheaded another effort to urge regulators to take formal action. The position of Public Knowledge, Free Press,...

By Kim Hart | April 14, 2008; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (1)

Hail to the Chimp: Bungie Founder's New Game

Ever have a hankering for a fun party video game that you could play with your kids, but which also incorporated some witty-ish jabs about the political process? Yeah -- me neither. But that's about the best way to describe an upcoming called Hail to the Chimp, due out next...

By Mike Musgrove | April 10, 2008; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

An Advertising Battle in the War Over White Spaces

The war over white spaces heated up in Washington today with the start of full-blown advertising campaigns targeting members of Congress. Google, Microsoft and other tech companies are pushing for the ability to use empty, unlicensed airwaves, known as white spaces, to provide high-speed Internet service that might be able...

By Kim Hart | April 8, 2008; 5:07 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Cellphone Insurance Crusader--By Accident

Sometimes a problem has to hit home to trigger change. For Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, that happened when his 13-year-old son lost his cellphone. Gansler had purchased a cellphone insurance policy intended to replace lost, stolen or broken cellphones. Under the insurance plan, the Ganslers paid a monthly fee...

By Kim Hart | April 4, 2008; 4:51 PM ET | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

Comparing Apples To Apples

It's one of the most recognizable shapes around, and it's become the face of success for the maker of iPhones and iPods. Now Apple Inc. is trying to protect its rights to the apple shape by going after New York's trademark application for a new "Big Apple" logo. The company...

By Kim Hart | April 3, 2008; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Sitting Down With ATT's De la Vega--And His Gadgets

AT&T Mobility Chief Executive Ralph de la Vega's got a heavy bag. On a daily basis, he carries an iPhone, Blackberry, BlackJack and Vu. "But the problem is all those chargers; I have to carry four different chargers for the phones which makes my bag really heavy," he said during...

By Cecilia Kang | April 3, 2008; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Chatting with Verizon Wireless's Lowell McAdam

I sat down this morning with Verizon Wireless Chief Executive Lowell McAdam to talk about the company's recent $9.5 billion purchase of radio spectrum, it moves to open its existing networks, and the hottest applications for cell phone users today. But mostly, he was still riding high on Federal Communications...

By Cecilia Kang | April 2, 2008; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (10) | TrackBack (0)

Whatever Happened To Sprint's WiMax Venture?

Notable news from the CTIA wireless conference in Las Vegas today (aside from FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's dismissal of Skype's open wireless petition) was the lack of news from Sprint Nextel on its WiMax venture with Clearwire, cable operators Comcast and Time Warner and Silicon Valley giants Google and Intel....

By Cecilia Kang | April 1, 2008; 7:18 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Google Tackles the Federal Market

Google isn't the first company that comes to mind when I think of typical presenters at FOSE--the world's biggest government IT expo going on right now at the Washington Convention Center. But the company participated for the first time this year. Google sponsored its own booth to help educate attendees...

By Kim Hart | April 1, 2008; 4:40 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Congress Goes Virtual in Online World Hearing

A Linden Lab worker put on her nicest black suit and her most formal pair of wings this morning, to help run a Congressional subcomittee hearing about online virtual worlds that was broadcast simultaneously in the company's own virtual world, Second Life. Okay, this might be a little confusing, but...

By Mike Musgrove | April 1, 2008; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (15) | TrackBack (0)

 

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