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More bad news for YouTube March 22, 2007

Posted by sk in Google, Microsoft, YouTube.

New York Times reports (free registration required):

Media giants NBC Universal and News Corp. on Thursday announced plans to join forces with AOL, MSN, Yahoo and MySpace to form an online video distribution network–taking aim at Google’s popular YouTube operation.

Under the NBC-News Corp. agreement, partners of the online video distribution network will be able to feature the site’s content on their own respective Web site, allowing them to add their own look and feel to the content’s presentation.

The network distribution site will launch with such clips and full episodes as Heroes, My Name is Earl, Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. Movies slated for the network will range from The Devil Wears Prada to The Bourne Identity and Little Miss Sunshine.

Well, it looks like people are finally realizing that Google’s ambitions to control all the information on the web may not be good for them in the long run. Things may change in the future, but as of now it looks like YouTube would’ve been better off had Google left it alone.

Zune Update: welcome to the social November 2, 2006

Posted by sk in iPod, Microsoft, Music, Technology and Software, YouTube, Zune.

Meet Zune

With less than two weeks to go before the US launch, Microsoft has been trying to build up excitement slowly. First it was some viral ads on comingzune.com. Yesterday, the official Zune website, zune.net finally came up. Apparently, Microsoft couldn’t buy zune.com. Also, Cesar Menendez has posted some of the TV spots on YouTube. Microsoft’s advertising strategy is clearly apparent from this. They’re following the same strategy that brands like American Eagle, Gap etc. follow – targeting the youth. Only time will tell if this’ll be successful. Oh, and by the way, Zune does have some cool accessories.

UPDATE: The Zune team has released a cool theme for Windows XP. It’s based on the Windows Royale theme with black taskbars instead of blue. Not surprisingly, the start button is brown. You can get the theme here. Sadly, the theme doesn’t work with Ubuntu.

Love me or hate me October 10, 2006

Posted by sk in Blogroll, Humor, Kollywood, movies, Music, YouTube.

Many of you may have already seen the famous “Eef you come today” video. If not, don’t worry, you can watch it here.

Well, here’s another great song sung by the Late Kannada Superstar, Dr. Rajkumar himself. Good stuff!!! :p

Now you know why Veerappan kidnapped him!