Autoweek cuts frequency, Web brightspot for Newscorp, Samsung no.1 in US, Myspace music player?, Google grabs 76% US search spend, Nokia debuts Microblogging app, Ballmer rants about Android, Future of biz - Eric Schmidt, Windows 7

'AutoWeek' Cuts Frequency
As the auto industry suffers, its trade magazine AutoWeek is no longer able to keep up a weekly schedule. Publisher Crain Communications will reduce its frequency to every other week starting Jan. 5, 2009. The modified publication will focus on "comprehensive editorial features, vehicle reviews and automotive lifestyle content," saysAutoWeek executive KC Crain. Through the first nine months of this year, automotive ad pages have dipped 23.6% and estimated revenue dropped 19.9%, per PIB. AutoWeek, which has a circulation of 259,000, has seen ad pages fall 7.1%

Web Is Bright Spot for Gloomy News Corp., But Sites Vulnerable
News Corp.'s digital properties were a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy fiscal Q1. During the most recent quarter, the company's net income fell 30 percent while Fox Interactive Media turned in revenue of $220 million, a 17 percent increase. But the digital horizon is now clouding up too, as executives admit weak demand for display ads has begun to take a toll on MySpace and other sites.

Samsung is No. 1 in U.S. cellphone market
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd passed Motorola Inc in the third quarter to become the leading cellphone handset vendor in the United States, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Friday. The research firm said handset shipments in the United States -- the largest cellphone market in the world -- defied the economic gloom and grew 6.2 per cent from a year before to 47.4 million phones in the quarter.

MySpace could develop digital music player
MySpace, the popular online social network owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, could develop a digital music player in the future, pitting it against Apple Inc's hot-selling iPod. But there are no immediate plans to make or sell such a device, MySpace co-founder and Chief Executive Chris DeWolfe said at a conference in San Francisco on Thursday. "It's possible" that MySpace, which recently launched a music joint venture with major music labels, could eventually build a device for listening to music, DeWolfe said in response to a question from conference host John Battelle. "Right now, we're just focusing on the service," DeWolfe said at the Web 2.0 summit.

Google Grabs 76% of US Search Spend
Google continues to dominate the market for search advertising spending, with a 76% share in Q3 2008, while Yahoo gained 1.8 points to bring it to 19.2% and Microsoft Live Search held steady at a 4.8% share

Nokia Debuts Friend View Beta, A Location-Aware Microblogging Application

Fresh out of Nokia Beta Labs comes Friend View, an experimental location and micro-blogging service which works both on mobile phones as well as on the web. To show your location, the Friend View application is using the built-in GPS or the network if there is no signal available (you can also set your location manually). When you turn on Friend View, it locates you as an avatar on a map and shows you all your friends as well. Whenever you send a micro-message, it appears as a word balloon on the map, and you can get a quick overview of what's going on with your friends with the 'What's Up' feature.

Ballmer rants about Android
He also questioned their financial strategy, claiming that Android has no revenue model and that carriers will take android and then charge Google big bucks to carry their search on the standard Android deck or UI.

Google's view on the future of business: An interview with CEO Eric Schmidt - Video
How the Internet will change the nature of competition, innovation, and company operations. This interview was conducted by James Manyika, a director in McKinsey's San Francisco office. It is part of McKinsey's ongoing work exploring technology's evolving impact on business management and the economy.

A closer look at touch in Windows 7

Microsoft used a big-screen monitor, customized with a touch-sensitive layer, to show some of the upcoming touch features in Windows 7 during the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Los Angeles this week. Here's a video of Microsoft's Reed Townsend giving me a demo.


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