Xoopit launches private beta of first application for webmail

Xoopit released the first product to bring the power of the social web to email by combining the benefits of social networks and media management within email environments. Xoopit finds the pictures, videos, and files buried in webmail’s gigabytes of free storage, and allows users to share, comment, and post them to their contacts on other social networks and blogs. The product was released in private beta with initial client support for Google’s Gmail and automatically imports shared media from the top photo and video sharing networks such as YouTube, Flickr, Kodak, Shutterfly, and Picasaweb.

The Xoopit beta is available as a Gmail plugin for FireFox, on iGoogle, and on the web. Over time, the company plans to expand its offerings to the top web mail systems including Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, AOL and the social networks.

xoopit Xoopit launches private beta of first application for webmail

Fox Entertainment Mobile Network launches

Fox Mobile Entertainment (FME) announced the launch of the Fox Entertainment Mobile Network, a mobile web portal that puts one of the most impressive lineups of television content ever brought to the mobile platform at one convenient mobile location.

The portal includes a variety of content from some of America’s favorite television networks including FOX, FX, SPEED, National Geographic Channel, and Fox Reality Channel and includes over 30 mobile web sites for top-ranked programming such as The Simpsons, 24, Family Guy, Nip/Tuck, NASCAR and Dog Whisperer. All content can be accessed by mobile users on their mobile phone’s web browser at FoxMobile.com.

The Fox Mobile Entertainment Network brings the Fox Networks Group online web experience to the wireless market. Mobile platform and management tools from July Systems enable the Network to offer a robust and highly branded consumer experience. All wireless subscribers can access the Fox Mobile Entertainment Network on their mobile browsers at FoxMobile.com. Additionally, the Network will be available via MEdia Net on AT&T and Sprint’s Wireless Web.

U.S. advertising spending rose 0.6% in 2007– Nielsen

The Nielsen Company reported that advertising spending for the full year 2007 rose 0.6% compared to full year 2006, with Internet continuing to demonstrate the strongest performance (+18.9%) of any media category.

According to preliminary figures from Nielsen Monitor-Plus, the leading provider of competitive advertising information, advertising spending was mixed across media with gains in some categories and declines in others. In addition to Internet advertising, other media categories that showed an increase in 2007 were National Magazines (7.6%), Outdoor (7.2%), National Sunday Supplements (4.9%), National Cable TV (2.2%), and Spanish-Language TV (1.5%).

nielsen U.S. advertising spending rose 0.6% in 2007– Nielsen

Palm sells one-millionth Centro

palm Palm sells one millionth CentroPalm has sold its one-millionth Palm Centro smartphone, demonstrating the $99 product’s mass appeal to customers ready to get all the power of a smartphone at the price of a traditional mobile phone. Palm is now shipping Centro in 10 countries worldwide, including Hong Kong, Singapore, India, the UK, Germany, Spain, Ireland, France and Italy, and its already-rapid momentum is set to grow as Palm debuts the product in additional countries around the globe.

First introduced in the United States last September exclusively with Sprint, and more recently introduced on AT&T in February, the fully featured Centro smartphone is available from both carriers for $99.99. Centro has reached more young adults and women, as well as a broader range of household income, than any prior Palm smartphone. It offers customers an affordable, simple and fun option for staying connected and doing more with their mobile phones.

Nokia and Webby Awards join forces to let web community choose Webby winners

Nokia and The Webby Awards announced that they are teaming up to allow the global web community to choose their own Webby winners and to help shoot the first-ever “We Shot the Webbys” video campaign.

Under the partnership, Nokia will be the exclusive Presenting Sponsor for the Webby People’s Voice Awards, with every 10,000th voter winning one Nokia Nseries multimedia devices. Last year, nearly half a million votes were cast in the Webby People’s Voice Awards.

To give the world a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at this year’s Webby Awards, Nokia NSeries multimedia devices will be distributed to all the winners of the Webby Film & Video Awards. The film- and video-makers will use the devices to document their Webby experiences in “We Shot the Webbys,” an online video campaign.

Voting for The Webby People’s Voice Awards presented by Nokia, kicks off with the announcement of nominees for The 12th Annual Webby Awards on April 8, 2008. Winners will be announced on April 29th and honored at two star-studded ceremonies in New York City: The Webby Film & Video Awards on June 9th and The 12th Annual Webby Awards Gala on June 10th.

AdMob hits milestone for mobile advertising industry

AdMob announced that they have served their 20 billionth advertisement, making it the first mobile advertising company to hit this milestone worldwide. Since March 2007, the company’s monthly impressions have grown from 500 million ads per month to 2.5 billion advertisements per month today. This demonstrates both the electric pace of overall mobile web browsing worldwide and the growth of the AdMob network of sites.

AdMob has grown its ecosystem on the back of technology built to optimize relevance and targeting for the mobile environment. Hundreds of advertisers create and run ads through the marketplace and AdMob serves ads to mobile web users in over 160 countries daily. AdMob recently launched a Japanese language version of its online marketplace to serve the Japanese market, which is among the most developed country markets for mobile web browsing.

Six original short-form comedy series hit C-Spot

Six innovative, original short-form comedy series are now available on C-Spot, a new ad-supported, multiplatform comedy channel distributed by Sony Pictures Television. C-Spot features high-quality programming with continuing storylines, specifically produced for the web and mobile and programmed 52-weeks a year. The new channel is available on Crackle.com, YouTube, AOL Video, Hulu, Verizon Wireless’ V CAST Video service, and direct to Sony BRAVIA TVs via BRAVIA Internet Video Link.

The series showcased on C-Spot run the gamut from existing popular shows like Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show, which amassed over two million views with their first two episodes that launched in 2007, to The Roadents, a new series taking a vanguard approach to flash-animation and developed by Bix Pix Entertainment, the creative team whose work has been featured on Saturday Night Live’s TV Funhouse. Owen Benjamin, one of the top 10 comedians on MySpace who appears in the upcoming feature film, “I Know What Boys Like,” opposite Anna Farris and Colin Hanks and also headlines his own Comedy Central special later this year, stars in the new series Gaytown; while The Writers Room has Kevin Pollak as the domineering host of a late-night talk show.

hi5 launches developer platform

hi5 announced the official launch of its robust application development platform. Now, third-party developers will be able to leverage a suite of common APIs, including those of OpenSocial, to create social applications for members of hi5. The hi5 Platform also provides ways for developers to deeply embed, spread and monetize their applications within hi5. With less than 25% active user overlap with any of the other leading social networks, hi5 presents a significant growth opportunity for developers’ applications.

Greystripe to offer titles from Vivendi Games Mobile

Greystripe announced a collaboration with Vivendi Games Mobile, a division of Vivendi Games, to offer select titles through Greystripe’s new “Try Before You Buy” Preview Games category. The Preview Games category adds another option to the more than 800 free titles currently in Greystripe’s extensive offering.

Five titles from Vivendi Games Mobile will be available in the new for-pay game category available to users as “preview games” on Greystripe’s online and mobile gaming portal, GameJump.com as well as through Greystripe’s 45 catalog partners. The new Preview Games category allows users to play the most popular mobile games on a trial basis before purchasing full versions.

AOL launches free mobile web games via Cellufun

AOL will now offer free mobile web-based (WAP) games through its mobile portal provided by New York-based Cellufun. The games are accessible through consumer’s mobile web browsers and require no downloads. For Cellufun, the announcement comes hot off the heels of last month’s win of the 2008 Global Mobile Award for Best Mobile Game (for Call of the Pharaoh), at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The games are available now through AOL’s mobile portal and will be offered on a free, ad-supported basis. Advertising inventory will be sold by AOL’s Platform-A’s Third Screen Media. All of Cellufun’s most popular mobile web titles are available, including Call of the Pharaoh, Space Wars, Ice Fishing and more.