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The International Academy for Web Television announced today that it is opening up membership to anyone who wishes to join the organization, following a vote by the IAWTV board of directors during their Oct. 5 board meeting. New members will join the organization in 2011. Read more »

Tango's video app

Mobile video chat application Tango is touting 1 million downloads in its first 10 days. But the app, which lets users video chat with each other across both iOS and Android mobile devices, faces some competition from a new Yahoo Messenger app that allows video calling. Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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»  To promote the launch of its Windows 7 Phone, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is running an ad campaign intended to aim for “average fol… Read more »

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jon lajoie animation

It’s been almost two years since we last wrote about Jon Lajoie — whose comedy sketches and songs helped him build international fame online — but while he’s been doing pretty well for himself thanks to acting gigs and an original album, he’s still maintained his web popularity. Read more »

cable mess

The number of TV blackouts due to retransmission disputes has risen to its highest level in a decade, and more could be on the way, as broadcasters seek higher fees to carry their content. But those blackouts could have unintended consequences as consumers find entertainment elsewhere. Read more »

couch potato

A study commissioned by YouTube and Next New Networks suggests that a majority of viewers find original web videos to be as entertaining as broadcast TV. Perhaps more importantly, those viewers are typically more engaged when watching original web videos that their counterparts watching live TV. Read more »

windows phone 7

Microsoft announced the first devices running its new Windows Phone 7 mobile OS, and with it the introduction of new mobile video services. WP7 phones will enable users to connect to video services from Netflix, AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as videos from Microsoft’s Zune marketplace. Read more »

Morning Lowdown
photo: Corbis / Patricia Curi

»  Two weeks after New York magazine called him the “Demon Blogger of Fleet Street,” Nick Denton gets another profile that emphasi… Read more »


The Open Video Alliance is trying to jump-start the contribution of video to Wikipedia by getting educators and cultural institutions involved. The organization just published a white paper abut Wikipedia that, amongst other things, explains how exactly you get your video clips included in Wikipedia articles. Read more »

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