News Roundup: Viacom sues YouTube, MySpace News screens leaked, Microsoft to buy Tellme
Lawsuits, screenshots and acquisitions. Just another day for the Internet.
- Viacom drops $1 billion lawsuit on YouTube. The news came this morning that Viacom is suing Google-owned YouTube for "massive intentional copyright infringement." The suit is due to the repeated viewing of almost 160,000 clips of Viacom-owned content that were hosted on the service. It was only a matter of time before the big lawsuits came from content providers after Google's acquisition of YouTube late last year. It's worth noting that the lawsuit amount is more than half of what Google paid for YouTube in stock in November. (
- Shots of MySpace News surface. Screens of the upcoming MySpace News service have been posted on Wired.com. They come from a leaked PowerPoint presentation, the same one that led to a source for our report on it last week--this time with pictures of the design and user interface. As we predicted, there are some serious ads going on. (Wired.com)
- Sources say Microsoft near deal to buy Tellme. Normally we don't report on rumored buy-outs and acquisitions, but this one is interesting. Tellme has some neat voice-recognition tools for mobile phones, including a nifty 411 service that works with voice or text and integrates maps. We can only assume there would be some future integration with Windows Live Maps, or perhaps incorporating voice recognition into the next version of Windows Mobile. Bill Gates likes ridiculously futuristic stuff like that. (CNET News.com)