MSNBC acquires Newsvine

MSNBC, the news site jointly owned by Microsoft and US TV network NBC, has bought Web 2.0 news aggregator Newsvine. The company will continue to operate independently from its Seattle HQ, says the official annoucement.   Technorati tags: M&A, web2.0

Widgets in the wild

Netvibes has announced that it is now building cross platform widgets which can live on Vista, Macs and other online platforms. Technorati Tags: widgets

Google muscles in on Facebook

Google is recruiting Facebook application developers who can add Google adwords to applications running inside the insanely popular social networking site. Technorati Tags: advertising, Google, social media

EMAP front runners identified?

PaidContent (quoting the FT) says Hearst, the US owners of the UK’s NatMags, is on course to acquire the consumer magazine division of EMAP, while Phil Riley, ex-head of Chrysalis Radio, has put in a bid for the radio operations and Apax Partners is front runner to take the B2B interests, worth an estimated £1.2bn.   Technorati tags: M&A EMAP

BT broadband set free

BT has announced plans to allow its broadband customers to join Fon, a Spanish broadband sharing service. According to a BBC report all customers joining the scheme, which will provide access to a small portion of their broadband, will then be able to enjoy free access to other members’ broadband wherever they are.   Technorati […]

The challenges of managing user interaction

A panel discussion on social networks brings together four people with very different backgrounds to discuss the issue. Patrick Fuller, What Car publisher is talking about Pistonheads, an auto forum which Haymarket bought and which has grown under their stewardship, despite concern from the faithful audience. The site now has 75m impressions, up from 24m […]

Unilever’s approach to digital marketing

Caroline Slootweg, digital and new media marketing director, Unilever says online started off being so focussed on ROI that it “shot itself in the foot by being too measurable”. Also Unilever (and other FMCG companies) were late to the party but now have caught up. She says the big shift was away from campaigns to […]

ITV.com aims for the top spot

Jeff Henry, director of ITV Consumer is now on stage. His message: television is alive and kicking! ITV channels reach 81% of the population and the free to air model is sound, he says. Now they are making the journey to free to screen. The aim is to be the UK’s favourite source of free […]

Meet the aggregators

Angus Bankes CTO of Moreover Technologies, introduces himself. He was one of the founders and the company is now owned by Verisign. He says weblogs.com – the web’s largest ping server – shouldn’t just be for blogs – all content should ping it so that they get “great distribution”. Joshua Cohen, business product manager, Google […]