Rumor places Google in acquisition talks with Catch Media about their Play Anywhere ™ service which provides a cloud-based service for personal and purchased music which plays across, mobile, car, set top box, …
YouTube continues to improve stickiness is to automatically go into a playlist mode after you search for and start playing a video. While you can opt out, it is likely that this will aid engagement. Users can also add their own selections to the queue.
According to Comscore, Google has a resounding lead (26%) of total video minutes viewed. This is more that numbers 2-25 combined (22%) It is very interesting to note however that over half (52%) of video minutes are spent on long tail sites. This likely points to a fragmentation of sources for niche content.
Source: comScore Video Metrix
YouTube Safety Mode rolled out, allowing users to set the rating of the content that can be accessed. If only it worked for offensive comments too.
In an interesting legislative twist, will governments start to hold the hosting service liable for infringement of the content that is uploaded by users? This would point to Google going after pirated content in a more aggressive way.
There was a lot of blog traffic on Google’s announcement that they will offer Ultra-Fast Broadband to 50K homes. It is likely however that in this they can be taken at their word that this is to test services and to put some pressure on the infrastructure folks to rollout faster networks rather than a play to enter the broadband business. It is certainly true that Google is not afraid to make moves which potentially antagonize their existing partners (Just look at Nexus One).
Google Buzz was turned on and promptly started a huge backlash as folks found themselves automatically friended. Google very quickly jumped on the concerns and has already released an improved privacy solution. The morale of that story is you can’t assume that everyone is as open to sharing details of their life with everyone. This is just a small sampling of articles:
Despite Mobile World Congress being during this timeframe, there was much less attention on the Android phones than there was on Windows Phone Series 7. One thing that did get press was the Android Multi-touch announcements
A predication that “Mobile data traffic will roughly double each year from 2008 through 2012” and some thoughts on that that means for “unlimited” data plans.
Depending on how you define success, YouTube’s trial with Movie Rentals for Sundance either “..definitely exceeded our expectations given all the barriers,” or “YouTube Users Pass on Paying for Movies” . YouTube is currently expanding the rental program to take in a variety of niche content providers.
YouTube’s Take from Movie Rentals: $10,709.16 -Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
Some concepts for a Chrome netbook
A look at a mashup of Google Goggles image to text combined with Google Translate
Search results showed Google growing but slightly losing share to Microsoft