Daily DigVid Review: Bill Gates thinks he avoids monopolies. I think I avoid chocolate. Let's both agree we're in denial.
Those crazy kids (OK, Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg – neither are exactly kids) at the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D blog are hosting a conference this week at the super-fabulous Four Seasons Aviara in San Diego and I am super jealous. A few interesting, not-so-newsy things have come out of it:
– Yahoo’s Jerry Yang compared the failure to work out Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Yahoo! to “when you break up with your high-school girlfriend.” Hmmm, I’m really not sure that’s an apt comparison unless Yang’s high school girlfriend was worth a gazillion dollars.
– Barry Diller tells Kara Swisher: "I don’t know how long I’ll be at this. Maybe as long as Rupert … certainly not as long as Sumner, however old he is, wherever he is, alive or dead."
– Bill Gates says: “Guys like us avoid monopolies. We like to compete.” The audience is incredulous.
People who are not attending a super elite conference at the Four Seasons can go watch clips of all this year’s Emmy-nominated daytime TV shows over on YouTube at www.youtube.com/emmys. Way to keep democratizing the process, NATAS!
Meanwhile, Viacom’s still irked that YouTube illegally posted its copyrighted content, even though YouTube is doing plenty to publicize Viacom-owned shows and networks. Following up on yesterday’s coverage of the Viacom lawsuit against Google/YouTube: Cynthia Brumfield at IP Democracy has this cogent, detailed analysis of the latest. According to a Viacom filing from April 28, 2008, YouTube is actually directly involved in copyright infringement by posting copyright material, marketing it and so forth. Viacom’s new filing makes its case stronger, says Brumfield, because if the court agrees with Viacom’s interpretation of YouTube’s actions, then YouTube is flagrantly violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Stay tuned …
While you’re visiting IP Democracy, also check out Brumfield’s take on yesterday’s Sony tru2Way announcement. She offers a very compelling argument that set-top boxes will be around for awhile, not least of which is the fact that many, many people have recently purchased an HDTV and probably aren’t that psyched about buying a new TV – Tru2Way-enabled or not – anytime soon.
Over at Ariana Huffington’s Huffington Post, HuffPost Green is getting started, in partnership with Discovery Communications’ TreeHugger and Planet Green. The new section will feature “sophisticated, accessible green content,” which apparently means it will cover environmental issues and offer tips for living in more environmentally-friendly ways. It doesn’t mean the content is recyclable. Calling Al Gore – you need to make some documentaries about some other important issues, such as health care and poverty and education so people will launch entire TV shows, Web sites and cable networks about those subjects as well.
NBC Universal’s weekly syndication series Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk is teaming with CelebrityEverything.com to offer additional movie-related content such as Top Movie Picks, Movies Moms Should Live By, Best Gal-Pal Movie Picks, Top Movies Men Love But Hate to Admit and Movies Just for Men. ReelTalk also maintains its own Web site at ReelTalk.com.
And finally, Reston-Va.-based comScore, an Internet measurement outfit, acquired M:Metrics, a mobile measurement firm, for $44.3 million and 50,000 stock options. M: Metrics offers three products: MobiLens, a syndicated monthly online survey that captures overall mobile phone usage; MeterDirect, an on-device meter that measures the mobile activity of more than 4,000 smartphone users; and M: Ad, the first tracking service for mobile advertising. Yay! Soon I’ll have to sit through a 10 second ad before I can receive a phone call.