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Carol Bartz fired as Yahoo CEO over the phone

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Carol Bartz, the now former CEO of Yahoo (Image: Yahoo) Yahoo’s CEO Carol Bartz, who took over three years ago from founder Jerry Yang, has been sacked “effective immediatelty” as the company continues to struggle from rivals Google, Microsoft’s Bing and AOL. Bartz was made CEO in 2009 after Yang’s poor handling of a substantial bid from Microsoft – believing it was too low. She will be replaced by Chief Financial […]

BBC to use 2012 Olympics as test for new format, 16x bigger than HDTV

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The BBC are set to use the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London to test out a new video standard called “Super Hi-Vision”, which is said to be 16 times better in picture quality than HDTV, despite the technology is expected to not come out to consumers for a decade. The BBC plans to launch three screens around the UK that are 15 metres high in order to showcase the technology. […]

Hulu expands worldwide – heading to Japan later in the year

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Hulu is going abroad. The company has announced that it will go international and expand to Japan. The Japanese version of the site is expected to come later in the year, but unlike the American version, it is going to be a subscription service. “Japanese audiences are passionate about premium video content, and the country is a major producer of world-class TV and feature films,” Johannes Larcher wrote in a […]

Reports: News Corp withdraws bid for BSkyB

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BREAKING NEWS: News Corporation has withdrawn its bid for UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, after the recent phone hacking scandal by a newspaper owned by the corporation has put uncertainty over the acquisition. “News Corporation announces that it no longer intends to make an offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC (“BSkyB”) not already owned by it,” it said in a […]

For Rent: Doctor Who episodes heading to Facebook

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Doctor Who fans will be able to use their Facebook Credits in order to rent a selection of nine stories (some of which can comprise several episodes) of the popular British sci-fi series on Facebook, a first for the BBC. Instead of airing seasons of episodes, the BBC have decided to select specific stories. The episodes are: An Unearthly Child, Tomb of the Cybermen, The Time Warrior, City of Death, […]

News Corp bid for BSkyB moves to Competition Commission amid more allegations of phone hacking

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au More allegations of phone hacking have struck another newspaper owned by News International, the UK subsidiary of News Corporation, as the its bid to control the largest UK satellite television provider BSkyB is heading to the UK’s Competition Commission. The move to let the Competition Commission decide on the final merger was in due part of News International withdrawing its move to make Sky News – the […]

OFFICIAL: Foxtel now will acquire Austar in deal worth $2bn

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Foxtel and Austar have now agreed on the terms that will see the metropolitan pay television provider acquire the regional pay television provider in a deal worth approximately AU$2 billion, or $1.52 in cash per share. The price set by this new transaction agreement represents a 54% premium on the closing price on February 17, which was around 99 cents per share (the date is the day prior its shares […]

“Friday” taken off YouTube by… Rebecca Black?

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So, when I went on Facebook, my Wall was populated with this. Rebecca Black’s hit single – and most disliked video of YouTube – has been removed from the Ark Music Factory’s YouTube account by none other than Rebecca Black. Wait, what? Turns out, there’s an actual story behind it. I know. A story behind one of the worst songs of the year.

IT IS COMING! News Corp to erect paywall on Australian sites soon

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Image: Luc De Leeuw/Flickr (Creative Commons) Rumours are hinting that News Corporation papers, such as The Australian, the Herald Sun and the Daily Telegraph are about to be behind a paywall – falling it in line with its international counterparts which include The Times in the UK and The Wall Street Journal in the US.

SMH: Hulu to launch in Australia

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American television streaming service Hulu is said to be preparing for an Australian launch, and could do it without the support of the free-to-air networks, who hold the terrestrial and (now) internet streaming rights of several productions its owners air. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the television networks have been reluctant to show support due to it could drive people away from television to the internet, despite Hulu being […]

YouTube turns on WebM transcoding, 30% of video already done

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Once Google bought WebM, it was speculated that YouTube would also switch to the new royalty-free codec. Well, today YouTube has announced that it will now transcode all videos uploaded to its site to WebM, allowing those who watch it on their HTML5 player to watch it natively on Firefox, Opera and (of course) Google Chrome. Google has also confirmed that it has already transcoded 30 percent of its entire […]

James Cameron: all films to go 3D within 5 years

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Image: Steve Jurveston/Flickr (Creative Commons) Something tells me once Avatar came out, James Cameron has been on a 3D high. The filmmaker has launched a brand new venture that aims to bring the technology to both the big screen and small screen, and aims to have all cinemas to be capable of showing 3D films in the next five years.

AFACT brings iiNet case to High Court

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The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has announced that it plans to lodge an appeal with the High Court in its case against iiNet, alleging that the ISP has allowed its users to infringe on the copyright of the film and television studios it represents. It seeks to reverse the decision made by the Federal Court, dismissing AFACT’s appeal in its case, ongoing since 2009. The federal court found […]

New ad reveals the next generation is f**ked

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PHD, a marketing company, has copped some flack over its new video campaign titled “We are the Future”. Why? Because it reveals the extent of how PHD or other advertising companies will help its clients interact with “the next generation”. The video, however, has gotten some flack across the internet. [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/aliceroberts/statuses/40919827140984832″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/stephenfry/status/41371009651183616″] Why is it bad? Despite the fact it is a very bad ad, it reveals some […]