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  • May 18, 2012
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U.S. cable companies, “dumb pipes” … and data

                                                              By:  Athina Kontosakou and Gregory Bufithis 18 May 2012 – The US cable industry is very big and very profitable. The four large publicly traded cable companies – Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, and Charter Communications – have an aggregate enterprise value of nearly $200bn. They face limited competition, have high and stable margins and […]


The Mobile World Congress: e-discovery, ubiquitous mobility … and technology, technology, technology

By: Gregory P Bufithis, Esq. (with thanks to staffers Juan Di Lica, Andrea Valencia, Athina Kontosakou and Darius Champion) 30 April 2012 –  On the heels of Mark Zuckerberg paying $1bn to eliminate the threat to Facebook from Instagram (which we wrote about here), with Yahoo unveiling (yet another) reorganization under its fifth chief executive in five years, and with […]


  • Feb 21, 2012
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Enhanced e-books

21 February 2012 – In his international bestseller “The Hare With Amber Eyes”, Edmund de Waal traces the fortune of a collection of carved Japanese netsuke figurines. Readers grew so entranced by the story of these objects that they started clamoring to see them. So after the hardback, the e-book, and the paperback came the […]


  • Feb 15, 2012
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Surprise, surprise. The app market is thriving … and adding jobs

15 February 2012 – Last year there were a series of dire warnings that app developers would be driven from the U.S. by the activities of NPEs.  But lo and behold, TechNet (a telecom/technology CEO network that to which we subscribe) says au contraire.  The surge in mobile software and other apps has led to a surge in […]


  • Dec 22, 2011
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YouTube’s New Analytics Program

          21 December 2011 — Google’s video publishing powerhouse YouTube recently unveiled a major upgrade to its video analytics predecessor YouTube Insight. The new system, YouTube Analytics, features a much-improved dashboard that’s easy to navigate and understand.  Beyond aesthetics, YouTube Analytics also includes a cache of new tools that allows you to have a […]


  • May 29, 2011
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Publishing: the digital product line as a complement, not a replacement (take-aways from BookExpo America)

29 May 2011 —  You could not have asked for a better “buzz prelude” to last week’s BookExpo America (BEA) in New York:  the Amazon/Kindle news, the bid for Barnes & Noble and the Waterstone’s purchase were all rocking the industry, points I touched upon earlier in the week (click here).      But there was also a revelation:  technological […]


  • Feb 7, 2011
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Hollywood’s traditional business model is in a state of flux

7 February 2011 — We’ve been in New York these last two weeks attending a legal technology conference, and also catching up with our many media industry friends.  My legal technology companies Project Counsel and The Posse List recently partnered with a commercial media production company in NYC (more about that in a later post) […]


  • Oct 29, 2010
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It’s All About the Social Network : marketing books in a digital world

          29 October 2010 — There was a brilliant webcast this week by the Book Industry Study Group.  The program (“Marketing in a Digital World”)  covered a range of tactics publishers are taking to get their books into readers’ hands.  But topic #1 : social networking. Rob Goodman, director of online marketing at Simon & Schuster, […]


  • Jun 21, 2010
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Google patent on “identifying inadequate search content”: the effect on content farming

21 June 2010 — Google could be poised to disrupt the increasingly lucrative search-driven content model, sometimes known as “content farming” (for more click here) with a patent for a system to identify underserved content areas.  Similar systems form a key part of the proprietary algorithms used by firms such as Demand Media and Associated Content […]


  • May 25, 2010
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The big turnround: Time Warner reinvents itself

How Jeff Bewkes is reinventing Time Warner 25 May 2010 — Media executives thrive on high-wattage company – Hollywood celebrities, publishing legends, fellow tycoons. The tycoons, at least, were in abundance last summer at the annual retreat sponsored by boutique investment bank Allen & Co in Sun Valley, Idaho, where the wealthy and powerful of the […]


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