Idio, a cool service that takes your musical tastes and serves up blog articles about musicians it thinks you might like, has added a handy feature for people who want to actually listen to the artists they're reading about. Its new built-in music player creates a track list of artists based on what you're reading about. Prior to this player, the service had little embedded clips you could click to listen to, but the newer iteration is a full player with playlist and button navigation.
SAN FRANCISCO--Despite a slowing U.S. economy, online retail sales will continue to grow at double-digit rates for the next several years, but it will begin to take a turn toward maturity by 2012, according to new research from JupiterResearch.
U.S. online retail sales are expected to reach $148 billion in 2008, up 19 percent from sales in 2007 and comprising about 6.4 percent of total retail sales. That figure will grow to $166 billion in 2009 and $215 billion by 2012, for a compounded annual growth rate of about 11 percent, according to JupiterResearch analyst Patti Freeman … Read more
U.K. residents with iPhones can do a little rejoicing after yesterday. Amid the wave of announcements surrounding the release of the SDK, the BBC quietly launched iPhone and iPod Touch support for its iPlayer TV service. We've blogged about this being a feature after footage of the iPlayer working on the iPhone was shown off in a promotional video made more than 10 months ago, but the videos on the streaming service use Adobe's Flash, which is not a part of the iPhone's built-in software.
I'm big on places to store a lot of files, and Web storage newcomer ADrive seems up to the challenge. The host serves up a whopping 50GB of storage for free, with the only bandwidth limitations being in the size of the files you can upload, which are capped at a reasonable 2GB. The free "beta" accounts are supplemented with ads (hence the AD in the name), which show up on the top and bottom of your file explorer.
Some would say that peer-to-peer video start-up Joost, created by the founders of Skype and Kazaa, failed to live up to the overwhelming hype that surrounded it. CBS Interactive president Quincy Smith, whose CBS Audience Network of online video sites includes a partnership with Joost, isn't one of them.
Speaking to a small gathering of tech and media reporters at CBS' New York headquarters Thursday, Smith gave a firm "no" when asked if Joost--which requires a software download and has slipped from the Web video radar since its buzzworthy debut--was dead in the water. "(Mike) Volpe … Read more
I've looked at a handful of price watching services, but this one has got to be the coolest. It's called Pricepinx, and it's been designed to work on any site--not just some of the big retailers.
All you have to do to get going is add a small bookmarklet to your browser, highlight the price of the item and click on the bookmarklet. If there are any changes in price, you'll be notified by e-mail. As an added bonus for those who register with the service, added items are pooled together in a list. You can … Read more
One week after announcing that it raised $80 million, U.K.-based online ad network Adconion is spending one quarter of the money.
Adconion announced Thursday that it is acquiring direct marketing firm Frontline Direct for $20 million. Las Vegas-based Frontline Direct's customers include ConsumerInfo.com and Reunion.com.
Adconion said last week that it received the funding from investors led by Index Ventures.
European regulators are planning to grant approval for Google's proposed $3.1 billion takeover of DoubleClick, possibly on March 11, according to a Bloomberg report.
And that would be approval without conditions, three sources familiar with the matter told the news service.
Google was given the go-ahead by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in December, but has been waiting for European regulators to act.
Barely a week goes by when I don't see a story about someone's photo being stolen from Flickr. I guess I'm not the only one, because PhotoShelter today announced that they've added a tool to their customers' Personal Archive accounts that lets them import images from, or export images to, a Flickr Pro-level account. Ultimately, it's a pretty slick way for the company to capitalize on the fact that PhotoShelter's Personal Archive provides a more secure environment for photographers, since it doesn't allow unauthorized viewing or downloads, though photographers can set selected galleries … Read more
Federated Media Publishing, which sells advertising for a network of online publishers, plans to raise between $20 million and $30 million in a second round of financing, according to a source familiar with the deal.
The funding would add to earlier investments in FM of an estimated $4.5 million from JPMorgan Partners, The New York Times, and the Omidyar Network, among others.
Last month, FM hired investment bank GCA Savvian Advisors to handle investment queries, according to a report from PaidContent. According to TechCrunch, FM turned down a $100 million buyout offer from one interested party last month.
John … Read more