Bits and Bytes

August 4, 2007

>Scott Gilbertson of Wired reports that “Google could be rolling out some form of copyright detection for YouTube as early as next month. The release timeline comes from a Google attorney who is defending the company against Viacom’s $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube. In a pretrial hearing Google’s attorney told the judge that the company was working ‘very intensely’ on a video recognition technology and hoped to release it sometime in September.” (Monkeybites)

>AP reports (via Forbes): “Newspaper publisher New York Times Co. said Monday it will collaborate with NBC News/msnbc.com on 2008 presidential election coverage. The agreement will allow New York Times to use NBC’s political videos on its NYTimes.com Web site, while Msnbc.com will be able to use national political content from NYTimes.com on its site.” (AP via Forbes)

>From Jack Coyle of AP via MercuryNews: “To commemorate ‘OK Computer,’ the music blog Stereogum.com commissioned a full cover album: ‘OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer,’ (http://www.stereogum.com/okx). The site turned to a dozen indie acts and buzzed-about artists—the sort of bands the site likes to hype—to put their spin on the album’s 12 tracks. Among them are Cold War Kids, My Brightest Diamond, Twilight Sad, John Vanderslice, David Bazan and others.” (Merc via AP)

>Brad Stone of NYT reports: “Facebook, the online social network, has stolen some of MySpace’s momentum with users and the news media. Now, it is being subjected to the same accusations that it does not do enough to keep sexual predators off its site. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut’s attorney general, said that investigators in his state were looking into ‘three or more” cases of convicted sex offenders who had registered on Facebook and had ‘also found inappropriate images and content’ on the service.'” (NYT) 

>From GameDaily via HollywoodReporter “Video game maker Take-Two Interactive Software has revealed in a regulatory filing that it has amended an agreement with ZelnickMedia Corp., the media firm of Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick that provides financial and management consulting services to the company.”

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