CARLSBAD, Calif.--Mark Cuban says that despite the growth of YouTube, the Internet video market over the last decade has actually been a disappointment.
The problem, he said, is that when Google bought YouTube it focused on ubiquity rather than making money. The result, he said, is that the market can't really sustain itself.
"This is a company that is literally subsidizing the bandwidth for the world," Cuban said, speaking at the D: All Things Digital event. That's a risk, Cuban said, if someone were to ever find a better search business model than Google.
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CARLSBAD, Calif.--MySpace's problem is pretty simple, says former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta, who is now MySpace's CEO.
"If you don't continue to innovate...people are going to shift interest elsewhere," Van Natta said, appearing on stage at D: All Things Digital, along with with News Corp. digital chief (and former AOL executive) Jon Miller. "We need to continue to innovate a lot more rapidly than we have been."
Van Natta said that, on the plus side, MySpace is more open than a lot of its rivals.
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CARLSBAD, Calif.--In between the big name CEOs speaking at D: All Things Digital, Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg also have a few tech companies on stage to show their wares.
A short while ago, electronic book maker Plastic Logic showed off the user interface of its touch-screen reader, which is due out early next year. The interface seemed simple, although the page turns on the prototype seemed interminable.
The company wouldn't reveal pricing, but did say that the device will have both Wi-Fi and 3G wireless, though it did not specify the carrier. As for color screens, they said they have it working in their labs, but it won't be a next year kind of thing.
Currently, the CTO of force feedback specialist Immersion is showing a couple new technologies, including a prototype touchscreen keyboard. When a user presses a key on the soft keyboard they not only see and hear which key they have pressed but can feel it as well.
"It is a very natural experience," said Immersion CTO Cristophe Ramstein. "Sounds are not as profound as touch to give you this feel."
The second demo was what the company is calling "hapticons," essentially adding feel to an electronic message. He sent a love note to Mossberg, with his screen pulsing to a beating heart.… Read more
CARLSBAD, Calif.--Nokia's CEO showed off a device on Wednesday that looked every bit as sexy as something from Apple, Palm, or Research In Motion.
The N97 has a large touch screen, built-in cameras, a text-to-speech reader, FM transmitter, 32GB of built-in memory, mapping, and all other kinds of bells and whistles.
The biggest problem, at least for people in the U.S., is that like many Nokia phones, the N97 will only be sold here separate from phone service. That means it is sold unsubsidized, in this case with a $699 sticker price.
However, CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo told … Read more
Normally, when you're reading off specs for laptops, an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor isn't listed--for gaming laptops, desktop replacements, or otherwise--and with good reason. We've had a few quad-core systems in the past, like the Toshiba Qosmio X305, but those Q9000 CPUs were made for these notebooks. So, what do you get when you cram a desktop processor into a notebook? A beast.
CARLSBAD, Calif.--Research In Motion didn't set out to make devices for the everyman, but that's where the company has ended up.
In a talk Wednesday at D: All Things Digital, CEO Mike Lazaridis talked about the company's move from making e-mail devices for executives, to making phones for the masses.
"We literally were pulled into the consumer space," he said. "We entered that market deliberately with the BlackBerry Pearl."
It's still a journey that is just beginning, he said, adding that the company has learned how intensely personal the phone is … Read more
Speaking at the D Conference in Carlsbad, Calif., AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spent the better part of Wednesday morning defending AT&T's network and addressing complaints about how the carrier was ill-prepared to handle all the demands of the iPhone. It's an interesting discussion, which you can catch here in CNET News' Ina Fried's report.
However, here's something else of interest. During the discussion with host Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal, Stephenson added that he sees AT&T selling the Palm Pre once Sprint's exclusive deal with the smartphone … Read more
CARLSBAD, Calif.--Liberty Media CEO John Malone doesn't think his product is going way, but he acknowledged it sure is changing.
Asked by Walt Mossberg on Wednesday whether we will even be using the word television in a few years' time, he responded:
"Probably in five years old guys like me will still be calling it television," Malone said in a talk at the D: All Things Digital event here. But, he added, video will come in different forms, be a mix of live and recorded content, come from myriad sources and be shown on many devices. … Read more
CARLSBAD, Calif.--Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said Wednesday that her company continues to have talks with Microsoft on a search deal and indicated a willingness to sell.
The prerequisites, she said, are the right price, a technology she believes in, and access to the data her company needs.
"There's two parties in all this," she said in a speech at the D: All Things Digital conference here. "The other party has to have boatloads of money and the right technology."
Asked whether Microsoft and Yahoo are actively talking, Bartz said. "Yeah, a little bit.&… Read more