Bits and Bytes

August 24, 2007


>”FIRST THERE WAS MYSPACE. THEN there was Facebook. Now the world’s biggest researcher is launching “Hey! Nielsen,” a new online social community where people can discuss – and influence – TV, music, movies, Internet sites and celebrities. ‘Part opinion engine, part social network, and part buzz tracker, Hey! Nielsen is the place to share opinions on your favorite entertainment,’ reads the description on the beta version of the site, which is currently open only to Nielsen employees, but which will go public by the end of September.” (MediaPost)

 >”Concert promotion behemoth Live Nation is contemplating ditching Barry Diller’s Ticketmaster to start its own rival ticketing service, and the idea is registering positively with Wall Street.Shares in Los Angeles based Live Nation jumped 4.5 percent to $21.16 yesterday after Ticketmaster, the ticketing giant controlled by Diller’s IAC/Interactive Corp., acknowledged in an internal memo to its staff that it is ‘doubtful’ it will continue to supply tickets to many events controlled by Live Nation after 2008.” (NYPost)


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