Italy and Great Britain to get their Wired in 2009

Wired magazine and its website will be launched in Italy and Great Britain next year, Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman of Conde Nast International, announced.

In Italy, Wired will start no later than March 2009 and will be edited by Riccardo Luna. London, on the other hand, will launch in the first half of 2009 under its editor David Rowan.

The start-ups in Italy and Great Britain will represent the first overseas editions of the title since it was acquired by Conde Nast in 1998.

Hi5 acquires PixVerse

pixverse Hi5 acquires PixVersehi5 Networks has acquired PixVerse, Inc., provider of rich, real-time interactions within social networks. Built on its breakthrough Flash-based, no-download virtual world platform, PixVerse developed the popular and highly interactive Pix Chat and Pix Wall applications, which run on hi5 and other social networking services through platform integration.

PixVerse is one of thousands of third-party software developers that have written applications to run on top of the hi5 Platform since its launch in April 2008. Ranging from enhanced friend interactions to games, applications on hi5 provide a popular way of extending the social networking experience and enhancing end user engagement.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bebo and Facebook application developers offered guaranteed CPM

platforma Bebo and Facebook application developers offered guaranteed CPMAOL’s advertising business Platform-A is offering Bebo and Facebook application developers a guaranteed CPM or U.S. traffic to their applications.

The offering is part of the WIDGNET publisher network launched earlier this year by Platform-A’s WIDGNET is an offering that allows advertisers to add fresh inventory to their media mix by placing advertising within widgets and similar applications found in the WIDGNET network.

Through WIDGNET, Bebo and Facebook application developers will gain access to Platform-A’s vast base of brand and performance advertisers. The guaranteed CPM rates will apply to the first three impressions for each unique U.S. visitor who visits an approved developer’s application.

AtomFilms relaunches as, ties-up with Comedy Central

atom AtomFilms relaunches as, ties up with Comedy CentralViacom Entertainment Group has relaunched AtomFilms to, a digital comedy network that distributes original programming across the Internet, handheld devices, gaming platforms, mobile phones, and television. offers professionally produced comedy and provides independent user-generated content creators with the path to go “professional,” earning fame and money.

With the relaunch, becomes Comedy Central’s exclusive partner and brand for original digital comedy content.

I don’t know. A visit to now seems so different from how it used to be in the early days of the web– a premiere, cutting-edge website for videos and animation. Oh, well…

Rhapsody launches ‘Music Without Limits’

rhapsody Rhapsody launches Music Without LimitsDigital music service Rhapsody announced the launch of its “Music Without Limits” initiative. This strategy is designed to turbocharge the digital music industry in three ways, by:

• Accelerating the move away from proprietary Digital Rights Formats by making music from all major labels available in the DRM-free and interoperable MP3 format;

• Empowering music fans to conveniently stream full-length songs, and buy MP3s, anywhere they want including the most popular music sites and social networks on the web;

• Integrating digital music directly with mobile phones through a deep partnership between Rhapsody and Verizon Wireless.

Beginning today, consumers can purchase MP3 music from Rhapsody and its partners that is free of the digital rights management (DRM) software that restricts how and where people can play their music.

The Rhapsody MP3 catalogue will include more than 5 million songs from all four major music labels – Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI – and an extensive number of independent labels. Most albums will sell for $9.99 and tracks for $.99.

OpenTable launches mobile service for restaurant reservations

opentable OpenTable launches mobile service for restaurant reservationsOpenTable, Inc. has launched the Open Table Mobile service, allowing customers to find real-time table availability and book restaurant reservations through their mobile devices.

Users can access the mobile-optimized website by pointing the browser on their mobile device to

OpenTable Mobile is currently available to book reservations at all OpenTable restaurants in the United States. OpenTable does not charge users to access the site or book restaurant reservations; however, standard data and text messaging charges from users’ mobile carriers may apply.

Kiwibox offers mobile version of website

kiwibox Kiwibox offers mobile version of websiteKiwibox, the social networking destination and online magazine where teens produce, discover, and share content while connecting with friends, has launched a new WAP service designed to expand their online community to mobile users.

Kiwibox partnered with Quattro Wireless to mobilize the existing website. Using Quattro’s Juicing technology, the site content rapidly develops into a dynamic format suited to a mobile presence with the layout and intuitive navigation specifically adapted for all types of handsets. This creates sophisticated new opportunities for advertisers, including special banner creatives and channel sponsorships. In addition to Kiwibox, Quattro powers hundreds of other mobile sites for a variety of top tier media brands and content companies.

Logitech unveils Mac-compatible webcam… better late than never

logitech Logitech unveils Mac compatible webcam... better late than neverTo help you stay close to those who matter most, Logitech unveiled its first Mac-compatible webcam with premium autofocus technology and Carl Zeiss optics: the Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam for Mac. The new Logitech webcam delivers image-perfect detail and clarity, and exceptional video calling with iChat and Skype.

To deliver image-perfect detail and clarity, the Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam for Mac combines Logitech’s premium autofocus technology with Carl Zeiss optics. The new Logitech webcam uses a voice coil motor for its autofocus system, instead of a stepper motor. Focusing is fast and fluid – crisp even in extreme close-ups only 10 cm from the camera lens. Logitech’s autofocus system compensates for changes in image-edge sharpness and refocuses images in less than three seconds. And through its exclusive collaboration with Carl Zeiss, Logitech ensures that the lens meets the world-renowned Zeiss standards for design and manufacturing to achieve superior sharpness in a compact, lightweight design.

It will set you back, however, by $129.99. Also, why the need for a camera when most Mac machines have iSight included.

Visa launches business network on Facebook

Visa Inc. is joining the social network craze with the unveiling of its Visa Business Network, the first-ever application dedicated to connecting small businesses on Facebook.

As part of this unveiling, Visa will award a total of $2 million in Facebook advertising credit to help small business owners reach new customers and drive new growth.

The Visa Business Network combines Facebook Platform, and its ability to deliver innovative applications on Facebook, with the global leader in small business payment services, Visa. This inventive new site can help small business owners easily tap into a global network of peers and advisers from among the more than 80,000 small businesses already on Facebook. It will also provide small business owners with valuable business tools and help them efficiently identify and target thousands of prospective customers. This one-stop resource will empower small business owners to expand their customer base, manage their business better and exchange ideas with other businesses and trusted advisers.

Yahoo doing something they should have done a long time ago

Yahoo! announced changes to its organization aimed at improving its products, technologies and execution. The moves support its strategy to be the starting point for the most users, the must-buy for the most advertisers and the platform of choice for developers.

Key elements Yahoo! announced are the centralization of consumer product development to enhance the company’s ability to release products worldwide; the creation of a U.S. region focused on bringing products to market for users, advertisers and publishers; formation of an insights strategy team; and enhancements to the technology infrastructure to optimize the use of data and improve coordination between product and engineering teams.

Isn’t this something that they have should have done a long time ago?