Daily DigVid Review: The Long Flat Seemingly Endless Bataan Death March to Some Sort of Yahoo! Acquisition
Thanks to Jon Stewart and his gifted team of writers for today’s headline. And thanks to Engadget for the adorable art on the left.
It seems other journalists who were covering the on-again off-again Yahoo! Microsoft negotiations felt as I did and today are rejoicing that they no longer have to pay attention to Carl Icahn and his silly letters. Ding Dong the Microsoft-Yahoo! deal is dead.
Taking a quick trip around the blogosphere, we come up with the following:
Ars Technica: Microsoft-Yahoo! Really, Seriously Dead This Time
AllThingsD: Game Over
CNET’s Ina Fried: Yahoo: Microsoft Doesn’t Want Us Anymore (Yahoo! needs better self-esteem, according to this headline)
Engadget: Alright, we’re so over this, guys. Either somebody buys somebody or they don’t, but we can’t stand all the drama and the grandstanding and the hurt feelings. Microsoft won’t pay $33 a share anymore, Yahoo’s shares are down, Icahn is on a rampage — when did this stop being fun?
Unfortunately, Yahoo! apparently already has started dating Google, because apparently it can’t be alone, which just means that our attentions now turn that way. With any luck, the two will just head straight to Vegas and leave us out of it.
On to more mundane things … the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Digital Video Committee on Wednesday released a slew of “digital video in-stream ad metrics definitions.” That’s a non-catchy way of saying that the committee has defined the most commonly used online video ad formats, including “linear video ads with or without companion ad” – think pre-rolls – and non-linear overlay and non-overlay ads, which run next to a primary video. The IAB’s definition document actually offers a lot more information on this subject, mostly regarding how viewership of these ads will be counted, all of which should be so useful that I’m bookmarking this document.
Because I have the emotional maturity of a 15-year-old, I really, really want a Wii. And Playstation’s Rock Band. But if I got these things, I would never leave the house or do any work at all and that would be bad. At least Wii has now introduced Wii Fit, so housebound video game junkies can exercise more than just their wrists. Jillian Michaels – the trainer from NBC’s Biggest Loser, the popularity of which has not ceased to surprise me – has introduced her own fitness program for Nintendo’s Wii, called Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009. Majesco Entertainment and Interactive Game Group are developing and distributing the game for the Wii platform.
Win a date with Brad Garrett? (Damn you Alex Weprin! You always get to this stuff before I do, but I am leaving this because I already wrote it and it’s my blog so I can do what I want. End of rant.) Anyway, I have some really tall friends who will only date really tall men, severely limiting their dating pool, so maybe this is the answer for them. In his spare time ‘Til Death’s (never heard of it? It’s a sitcom on Fox. OK, Everybody Loves Raymond then) Brad Garrett is executive producing and starring in his own online dating show, which will be produced by Sony Pictures TV. The show will premiere on the fall on YouTube, Crackle, Hulu, AOL Video, Verizon’s V Cast, direct to Sony Bravia TV and whatever other platforms Sony can gin up. Wannabes can submit videos of themselves at Sony’s Crackle.com and then ten lucky winners will go on a blind date with the tall, tall comedian. Weprin says Garrett’s ex-wife will pick the winner. That’s just weird.