Mobile app developer BrowserMedia announced Thursday that it has launched an iPhone app for the Grammy Awards, airing Sunday. According to the company, it worked closely with The Recording Academy to develop the trivia game, which tests the user's knowledge about Grammy history. BrowserMedia is also developing a companion Facebook application that will provide ongoing trivia contests past the award show's airing Sunday.
Juicy Campus, a service that let college students manufacture gossip and spread it anonymously, announced on its corporate blog that it has decided to suspend operations. According to the company, it was enjoying strong user loyalty, but it didn't have a "steady stream of revenue to support it." The site's venture capital funding "dissolved" and it wasn't able to "survive this economic downturn." The site officially closed Thursday.
Live Current Media, a company that provides content and e-commerce in niche industries, announced Thursday that it has reduced its workforce by 38 percent. Senior management employees have agreed to relinquish their annual bonus and the company's CEO, Geoff Hampson, has deferred one third of his salary. All pay increases to other employees have been suspended.
On top of its cost-cutting, Live Current Media is also trying to sell its "non-core domain names" to "generate working capital to meet obligations through the end of 2009." It has also decided not to close a second round of private financing it announced last November.
Doggies.com, a site that provides information on almost anything you've ever wanted to know about dogs, announced Thursday that it will be launching a dog business directory that provides visitors with thousands of listings from North American businesses that specialize in dog-related enterprise. The directory will be populated by veterinarians, boarding kennels, groomers, and dog sitters. The companies can be searched for free by ZIP code.
YouTube will add ratings and titles to videos that are embedded on third-party sites. Embedded videos now feature a title in white lettering at the top of the display and a rating out of five stars beneath it. Prior to that, ratings and titles were only available on the respective video's YouTube page.