Jakob Lodwick leaves Vimeo and IAC

14551831 300 Jakob Lodwick leaves Vimeo and IACTechcrunch reports that Vimeo co-founder Jakob Lodwick was fired by IAC. Disagreements, obviously. Must be the reason why co-founder Zach Klein left ahead of him. Oh well, we do not want to speculate on the reason. We just hope that IAC will take really good care of Vimeo because it is one hell of a cool service for them.

So, without Jakob and Zach, who will spearhead the next company lipdub?

YouTube continues to lead U.S. online video market

comScore released its comScore Video Metrix report for September 2007, revealing that nearly 75 percent of U.S. Internet users watched a video online (including both streaming video and progressive downloads), averaging three hours of video per person during the month. Google Sites, which includes YouTube.com, topped the September rankings with both the most unique video viewers and most videos viewed.

September saw Americans view more than 9 billion videos online, with Google Sites once again ranking as the top U.S. video property with 2.6 billion videos viewed (28.3 percent share of videos), 2.5 billion of which occurred at YouTube.com (27.6 percent). Fox Interactive Media ranked second with 387 million (4.2 percent), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 381 million (4.1 percent) and Viacom Digital with 304 million (3.3 percent).

In total, nearly 136 million Americans, or approximately three in four U.S Internet users, viewed online video in September. Google Sites also captured the largest online video audience with 71.6 million unique viewers, followed by Fox Interactive Media with 41.2 million and Yahoo! Sites with 39.6 million.

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Facebook folds under pressure

Facebook is feeling a little broken over its unsuccessful attempt to invade the privacy of its members.

The New York Times reported Mark Zuckerberg’s controversial advertising scheme named Beacon is met with several protests from groups like MoveOn.org. More than 50,000 people have signed the petition to modify this advertising system and uphold consumer privacy.

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The new ad system is a sly version of word-of-mouth marketing. When users who are logged into Facebook visit a participating site, their friends can now view those actions through News Feed or Mini-Feed stories.

Given these protests, Facebook agreed to make a very important change – it will now ask for the members’ explicit approvals before they track their online activities.

As posted in the Caucus, here are some other changes:

  1. Users must click on “O.K.” in a new initial notification on their Facebook home page before the first Beacon story is published to their friends from each participating site. We recognize that users need to clearly understand Beacon before they first have a story published, and we will continue to refine this approach to give users choice.
  2. If a user does nothing with the initial notification on Facebook, it will hide after some duration without a story being published. When a user takes a future action on a Beacon site, it will reappear and display all the potential stories along with the opportunity to click “O.K.” to publish or click “remove” to not publish.

Aggregate Knowledge inks deal with LA Times on user-driven content

pique Aggregate Knowledge inks deal with LA Times on user driven contentAggregate Knowledge announced a deal with the Los Angeles Times Media Group to deliver user-driven content suggestions on The Times web site. Pique Onsite Discovery from Aggregate Knowledge will be deployed on the new Travel section of latimes.com, as well as forthcoming sections, to help users discover new and exciting content. That rollout will occur in coming months.

Pique Onsite Discovery provides user-driven content suggestions in the form of “People Who Viewed This Also Viewed That,” across media web sites. The Pique Onsite offering drives suggestions for many types of content including breaking news, articles, videos, photos, and blogs. With each click, Pique Onsite delivers content suggestions based on what visitors are actually viewing on the site.

Pique Onsite is part of the Pique Discovery Network by Aggregate Knowledge, which is a set of offerings that enable media companies to drive content and product suggestions on their own sites, through email, and to and from partner, retail and advertiser sites in the network. The Pique Discovery Network helps companies improve engagement, create new revenue opportunities, drive more traffic, and maximize the value of all their content assets.

Evo.com opens world’s largest green shopping destination

evo Evo.com opens world’s largest green shopping destinationJust in time for the holiday shopping season, EVO announced that evo.com is open for business to provide shoppers with the widest selection of green gift items on the web. EVO has prescreened millions of products for their green attributes and only offers products for sale on evo.com that earn an EVO rating of one to five leaves. evo.com features more than 100,000 green products and services from 1,200 retailers in one location to make it easy for holiday shoppers to find great green gifts for everyone on their list, from babies to grandparents to business associates.

In addition to toys, evo.com features gift baskets, clothing, jewelry, bath and body products, food, home accessories, gadgets, and even eco-travel packages, cars and solar energy products. Retailers offering products and services on evo.com range from specialty brands to large retail giants and include American Apparel, Baby Center, Burt’s Bees, Comet Skateboards, Eileen Fisher, GE, Hanna Anderson, HP, Home Depot, Macy’s, Method, No Sweat Apparel, Nordstrom, Patagonia, REI, Target, Toys “R” Us, Toyota, Under The Canopy, Whole Foods, Victoria’s Secret, Viva Terra, and more than a thousand other sellers.

EVO has partnered with Trees for the Future to plant a tree in the name of everyone who joins the evo.com community, and has pledged to plant at least 100,000 trees this holiday season.

Tribune Interactive launches branded partner channels on YouTube

tribune Tribune Interactive launches branded partner channels on YouTubeTribune Interactive, a division of Tribune Company, announced the launch of branded Channels for its newspapers and television stations on YouTube.

Tribune Interactive’s newspaper Channels, such as youtube.com/chicagotribune and youtube.com/orlandosentinel, feature timely local content, including the latest news coverage, sports commentary, arts and entertainment news, product demos and human-interest clips.

Tribune also created YouTube Channels for its television stations, including Chicago’s WGN, LA’s KTLA and New York -based WPIX. These Channels showcase popular news clips, celebrity interviews, feature stories and unique local video content.

MLB.com brings fans live video coverage from Baseball Winter Meetings

mlb MLB.com brings fans live video coverage from Baseball Winter MeetingsMLB.com will provide baseball fans with expansive live video coverage of the annual Baseball Winter Meetings from Nashville, Tenn., via its exclusive offseason subscription package. The broadcasts will commence from Music City USA on December 3 at 11:00 a.m. EST with the live announcement of the results from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum 2008 Veterans Committee election.

Among the Winter Meetings programming highlights on MLB.com are: exclusive interviews with every Major League manager in attendance; live video of every press conference; breaking news updates; expert analysis from former Major Leaguers Harold Reynolds, Jim Leyritz, John Marzano and Billy Sample and former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Fred Claire; and exclusive pick-by- pick coverage of the 2008 Rule 5 Draft beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST on December 6.

College Tonight, Inc., finalizes merger with Simex Technologies, Inc.

cllegetonight College Tonight, Inc., finalizes merger with Simex Technologies, Inc.College Tonight, Inc., a social networking experience and marketing platform, announced the completion of its merger with Simex Technologies, Inc. As a part of the transaction, College Tonight raised $1,639,500 in equity capital in private placements to accredited investors.

“We are elated to begin writing the next chapter of not only College Tonight, but also of the social networking revolution. As part of a public company, College Tonight intends to continue its mission of promoting actual social interactivity, rather than the sedentary lifestyle to which most sites relegate their users. Through diligent execution of our innovative mobile strategy, implementation of our unique privacy protection, and matchless local focus, we are leading college students across the country and the sector as a whole, towards what social networking should have evolved into by now– taking the experience from computer interface, to face-to- face,” Zachary R. Suchin, the founder of College Tonight and the new President & CEO of Simex, said.

Over the next several months, College Tonight will introduce its members to an array of fresh and unique features including mobility. Through this dual online/offline marketing platform, sponsors will have an opportunity to expose their product to what has been called the most difficult to reach and fragmented audience in history, and to introduce their brands to students in ways that are inherently a part of the college experience.

Internet Evolution unveils “Wisdom of the Clouds” interface

For a site like Internet Evolution which is dedicated in investigating the future of the Internet and backed by prominent Internet experts like, it is but fitting to create something unique from time to time.

This time it’s about “The Wisdom of Clouds,” the graphical user interface (GUI) allows site visitors to take a virtual flight through a cloud bank of all ideas generated by more than 80 world-famous contributors to the ThinkerNet blogosphere, and drill down to read the ones that are of interest.

Some of the Contributors to the ThinkerNet include John Hinshaw, Boeing’s CIO; Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist.com; Philip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Lab, the company that develops and maintains Second Life; and John Grimes, CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense.

wisdom clouds Internet Evolution unveils Wisdom of the Clouds interface

Since this busy site publishes about 3 new blogs every single day, the team behind Internet Evolution realized there is a need for a new and more efficient way to organize these ideas.

If you’re wondering why they call the new interface as such, well here is the answer of Stephen Saunders, Internet Evolution’s Founding Editor :

We’re calling our new interface ‘The Wisdom of Clouds’ as an ironic homage to James Surowiecki’s ‘The Wisdom of Crowds,’ which we happen to think is complete nonsense. And we’re referring to it as a ‘Web 3.0′ interface because we know it will really annoy all the alleged experts who talk pretentious twaddle about the Internet and its various iterations.

T: The New York Times Style Magazine launches web site with blog to feature news in style and luxury

t  T: The New York Times Style Magazine launches web site with blog to feature news in style and luxuryT: The New York Times Style Magazine launched NYTimes.com/TMagazine, an online publication that reinvents the magazine in a digital format and also provides a daily presence on the web for T readers. The site will feature “The Moment,” a blog posting up-to-the-minute fashion and style news and discoveries by T editors and prominent outside contributors. The highly anticipated luxury site brings the visually rich content of T magazine to a larger, global audience. The quality journalism of T’s articles and photography will be coupled with Flash-based interactive content and original videos. The debut of the site coincides with the December launch of T Magazine in the International Herald Tribune.

The T: Magazine Web site was engineered by the New York-based agency createthe group, which was recently featured in an article in W magazine and is the leading agency behind sites for some of the world’s foremost luxury brands.