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LinkedIn's Deep Nishar at GigaOM's Net:Work 2011

Thanks to global connectivity and networking sites like LinkedIn, workers now have more ability to take charge of their professional lives than ever before. At GigaOM’s Net:Work conference, LinkedIn SVP Deep Nishar highlighted how it’s trying to provide tools to make users more productive and successful. Read more »

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Comcast’s Neil Smit is taking the title of CEO for the company’s cable operations, 18 months after joining the company. In that time, Smit has led an improvement in the company’s customer service, while also ramping up product development and improving customer retention. Read more »

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Verizon is working on a streaming subscription service that could compete directly against online players like Netflix and Hulu Plus. The service would allow Verizon to deliver video to customers that don’t live within its current FiOS footprint, and could be another competitive blow to Netflix. Read more »

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Fanhattan is trying to make it easier for users to discover content available on mobile, and soon connected TV devices. With that in mind, it has added videos from new content sources, including movies from Crackle and TV shows from PBS and Lifetime. Read more »

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Getty Images has amassed a library of more than 800,000 video files for licensing. Now it’s adding some newsy and fact-based clips from content partners like Bloomberg, the American Museum of Natural History, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, Barcroft Media and Boston public broadcaster WGBH. Read more »

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Social TV startup BeeTV is shutting down and putting its assets up for auction, CEO Yaniv Solnik informed us in an email Monday morning. Included in the sale is some patented recommendation engine technology designed to help viewers find new content. Read more »

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Three-and-a-half years after Microsoft proposed a $44 billion takeover of Yahoo, the software giant will take another look at Yahoo’s financials. Since then, Yahoo’s stock price has been cut in half. But does a cheaper Yahoo mean a better value for Microsoft? Read more »

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YouTube continues to grow the number of videos its viewers watch, with now more than 3.5 billion served up every day. That number wasn’t part of any formal release, but was part of a presentation given by YouTube VP of global sales Lucas Watson this month. Read more »

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Microsoft has acquired video search specialist VideoSurf, reportedly paying upwards of $70 million for the Silicon Valley startup. The software giant plans to integrate the VideoSurf technology into its Xbox Live platform, providing more granular data about what’s happening on-screen. Read more »

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Netflix announced a $400 million sale of stock and convertible bonds on Monday, but a closer look at its balance sheet doesn’t bode well for the streaming video provider. It’s committed billions to content license deals but has just $366 million in cash and short-term investments. Read more »

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After a few months in private beta, social video recommendations site has publicly launched with new features, including the ability to help users organize and keep track of the TV shows and movies they love. It’s also added Comcast’s as a content partner. Read more »


Netflix has scored a big coup in bringing back one of the most critically acclaimed TV comedies of the past decade. Variety reported that Netflix has finalized a deal with 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television to create new episodes of Arrested Development. Read more »

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The eSports market might finally have reached its tipping point, thanks to broadband connectivity and the ability to live stream tournaments online. And its Super Bowl moment might happen this weekend, as Major League Gaming live streams the final tournament of its pro season. Read more »

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Roku is expanding beyond the U.S. market, with its streaming boxes going on sale in Canada and the U.K. beginning in early 2012. That will add millions of new potential customers for Roku, and could help Netflix gain adoption in those international markets as well. Read more »


Video discovery startup Fanhattan rolled out a new iPhone app that will allow users to search and navigate TV shows and movies that are available on the device. The release follows Fanhattan’s launch of an app for the iPad, which was introduced earlier this year. Read more »

ClipSync Moments EPIX

ClipSync Moments gives viewers the ability to share videos with friends on social networks. But instead of sharing a link to the entire video and having their friends search for the part it refers to, ClipSync attaches comments to a specific moment in time. Read more »

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Sony could be the latest company to try taking on the cable industry with an over-the-top video service. The CE manufacturer is in talks with media companies about launching a TV-like service that would be delivered to its PlayStation 3 game console and other connected devices. Read more »

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Fandor has been called the Netflix for indie movies, providing users access to a number of independent and foreign films they can’t find anywhere else. Now it’s taking another page out of the Netflix playbook, by building apps for connected devices, including Roku set-top boxes. Read more »

lanzone video roadmap

In a video interview backstage at GigaOM RoadMap, CBS Interactive President Jim Lanzone said that community site will be getting a lot more personal by integrating backend technology from Clicker, his former startup. The move follows a bigger strategic focus on video at CBS Interactive. Read more »

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