• Leaked Email: Quincy Smith Of CBS Wants To Counter "Reckless Hulu Streams"

    There is no love lost between CBS and Hulu. You won’t find any full episodes of CBS shows on Hulu, and CBS’s own site is so similar in look and feel that one might call it a product of envy. So it should come as no surprise that the knives are still out for Hulu at CBS Interactive. An email with an article critical of Hulu from CBS Interactive CEO Quincy Smith that was… Read More

  • First Twitter, Now The Web Starts To Embrace Google, TypePad, CBS and yfrog

    When Twitter decided to start using as its default URL-shortener, usage exploded. But the service was able to handle the rise in usage, and has been steadily adding new features. And now other major players on the web are rewarding that reliability by also embracing it. Today on its blog, details a few of the new API uses and partnerships that they’ve been cooking… Read More

  • Deny This,

    A couple of months ago Erick Schonfeld wrote a post titled “Did Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?” based on a source that has proved to be very reliable in the past. All hell broke loose shortly thereafter. Before posting Erick reached out to the RIAA, and parent company CBS for comments. The only response was from CBS – “To our knowledge… Read More

  • Goes From Cluttered With Information To Cluttered With Pictures is undergoing a major overhaul and redesign of its sites to make them easier to navigate, more visually compelling, faster and more focused on driving users to content. The new home page features a rotating list of top stories on the left, next to the list of the latest and most important headlines. CBS News programs, as well as the latest videos, photo galleries and blogs, are… Read More

  • Blah Girls Jumps From The Web To TV, As Kutcher Does The Opposite

    Ashton Kutcher got his start on the small screen. His roles in That 70s Show and development of the MTV show Punk’d (which is being kind of reborn with Ustream) allowed him to become a movie star. But these days he seems more interested in using the web to further his career. His recent race with CNN to be the first user with a million Twitter followers was just one facet of what… Read More

  • Online Apps Help You Get The Most Out Of March Madness

    March Madness is in full swing as the nation’s best college hoops teams face off in this year’s NCAA Basketball tournament, and there is no shortage of online applications looking to help you keep tabs on your favorite teams. CBS has built an iPhone application that allows users to stream live video of any NCAA basketball game, provided they are on a Wi-Fi network (you can only… Read More

  • The Digital Divisions Are Dead At Big Media

    Big Media’s love affair with the Internet ebbs and flows with the markets. When they see money pouring into Web startups, they feel threatened and rush to do the same. They ramp up their digital divisions, which usually are no more than venture arms, and hope to strike it rich. When the markets are down, as they are now, their attention drifts elsewhere—exactly at the time when… Read More

  • Ooh, Teaser For Harper's Globe Looks Spooky

    Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried of EQAL, the producers of Web video hits Loneygirl15 and Kate Modern, have just released a trailer for Harper’s Globe, their latest online show in partnership with CBS. The Website will feature its own original side story to accompany Harper’s Island, a new show that will debut on CBS proper in April. Apparently, everyone dies by the end of… Read More

  • Did Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?

    That leaked U2 album is causing all sorts of trouble. The unreleased album, which is due out on March 3, found its way onto BitTorrent and was downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. That, apparently, sent music industry lawyers over at the Recording Industry Association of America into a fit. As a result, word is going around that the RIAA asked social music service for data… Read More

  • CBS Interactive: "Well Within Our Rights To Stream Hulu Content"

    We broke the story of Hulu pulling the content plug out of earlier this week, and two days ago we also reported that content owners forced Boxee to stop streaming Hulu content as well. Now the owners of, CBS Interactive, have responded with a message that sparked the Wall Street Journal to headline an article on the reaction “CBS Strikes Back at Hulu”. What did… Read More

  • Did Hulu Just Pull The Plug On Its Deal With

    Something is up at, the CBS-owned site that recently relaunched as a competitor to Hulu. Since last summer, when was owned by CNET and was still primarily a community hub, the site has featured content from NBC and News Corp through a partnership with Hulu. Now, only two months after relaunched as a CBS-supported direct competitor to the popular media portal, it looks… Read More

  • Major networks to keep analog signals on until June 12, DTV Coupon program might get more funds

    Now the DTV Delay Act succesfully navigated through the US Capitol, there are some large, looming questions. Primarily, now that the analog switch-off is optional until June 12, what stations will switch off when? And is the Government going to pump more money into the bankrupt DTV vouchers program? Read More

  • iWidgets Raises $4.1 Million For Social Syndication Platform

    In a economic climate that isn’t ripe for funding, iWidgets, a social network syndication service, just raised $4.1 million in Series A funding from Opus Capital and University Venture Fund. The start-up previously received an undisclosed amount in seed funding from Opus Capital, Wilson Sonsini, and a few angel investors in June of 2007. iWidgets, who lists CBS Interactive as one of… Read More

  • YouTube's Chad Hurley: "We Have The Largest Library of HD Video On The Internet."

    It is early days for HD video on the Web, but already we are starting to see jostling for position in this nascent part of the Web video market. Less than two months after YouTube started streaming high-definition videos in a major way, CEO Chad Hurley is now claiming bragging rights as the biggest HD video site on the Web. At a panel today at Davos, he said: We feel we have the largest… Read More

  • ComScore Report: Fastest-Growing Sites And Top-Ten Advertising Magnets

    Of the top 100 sites on the Web, which ones grew the fastest in 2008? In a report it is preparing to release tomorrow, The comScore 2008 Digital Year In Review (which you can sign up for here), comScore ranks the 20 fastest-growing Web properties. These are out of the largest 100 sites overall. They are shown below, as measured by growth in unique visitors. (Interestingly, in a separate… Read More

  • Want To See Where Media Is Going? Follow The Money.

    Yet more evidence that the future of media is digital (in case there are still any doubters out there). In a report released this morning, boutique investment bank Jordan, Edmiston Group estimates that between 88 percent of the publishing and advertising industry’s revenue growth over the next few years will come from four sectors: Database & Information, B2B Online Media… Read More

  • How Many Bodies Exactly Is CBS Interactive Trying To Hide? Try "275-ish."

    The pink slips were passed out on Thursday throughout the various business duchies that make up CBS Interactive—CNET,, CBSNews,com,, BNET, GameSpot,,, and CHOW. While CBS confirmed to me and other reporters that layoffs did happen across the board, it refused to talk about how many total people are losing their jobs. That left us scrambling… Read More

  • Layoffs At Last.FM Confirmed. Where Else Are Heads Rolling At CBS?

    Today, CBS Interactive is laying off people across several of its properties, I’ve confirmed with the company. CBS is not saying which divisions or how many people are affected. It is positioning the layoffs as part of the integration process it began six months ago when it bought CNET for $1.8 billion. But it is not just the CNET businesses that are being cut. I’ve also… Read More

  • Yahoo To Relaunch Launchcast Next Year With CBS Radio

    Yahoo continues to outsource lots of businesses it previously built and maintained directly. Especially in music – In February they shut their subscription music service, and in September they announced a deal to allow full song playbacks through the Rhapsody service. Next up is Yahoo’s radio product, The site today, which draws 3 million… Read More

  • HD TV shows from all four major networks on iTunes

    Fire up iTunes and you’ll find, for the first time, TV shows from the four major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) in HD. It’s still $2.99 per HD episode, and that includes a standard-def version of the TV show for your iPhone or iPod. HD shows now include hits like Lost, CSI, 30 Rock and The Office. But we all know The Shield is the best show on TV now, so whatever. Read More