Today’s links of interest:
- Air America vs. Reality – Part 1
Air America may have pioneered mainstream progressive talk radio. Now Clear Channel may be looking to make money off the format. That could spell doom for Air America.
- Amazon ditches Google for Microsoft
Microsoft is serious about this search thing, but there’s still no indication that they’ve actually improved their search technology. Amazon’s A9 will continue to be "Powered By Google".
- French DRM law gutted
Since they’re French they also de-boned it. It’s now more like Petite Filet of Consumer Rights.
- Get a Mac – Apple’s New Ad Campaign
In which we discover that John Hodgman is a PC.
- No, the other Hollywood wiretapper…
Uh, new Hollywood website. Supposed to like the Drudge Report…for Hollywood. Oookay.
- WHCAD: To Bow Tie Or Not To Bow Tie?
The Tucker Carlson bow tie — earning more media coverage than Stephen Colbert’s speech.
- News Corp. Buys 2 Web Start-Ups
Are we starting to see the Clear Channeling of the web? Nah, but we predict many stories with that theme in the coming months.
- Not WB Nor UPN
Update on the CW. Two items of note: the name was not as carefully considered as you might think (meaning we were totally justified in making fun of it), and Veronica Mars remains on the short list.
- Lots of people will get their pictures on the cover
It’s not your grandmother’s Rolling Stone — and the fact that your grandmother probably read Rolling Stone should give you pause.
- RCA Opens Digital Vault to iTunes
Mostly older dance music — not necessarily our favorite — but we still welcome RCA to the party.
- How MTV Plans to Triple Digital Revenue
Can MTV — which is now nearly twice as old as its target audience — successfully move its brand into the digital age? Considering their longtime success in staying with the pop zeitgeist, I wouldn’t bet against them.
- ‘Action’ DVD revives a winner that was never meant for network TV
The first of that run of great sitcoms that were totally mistreated by FOX is now out on DVD.