Media company deals will get done but there are potholes ahead.On a panel about dealmaking in the content space at the Future of Business Media conference, the consensus seemed to be that deals will get done, but the big fish will struggle with financing--especially if an acquisition depends on private equity or credit.
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Bob Carrigan, president of IDG Communications, said Tuesday that his company will be bringing back The Industry Standard "in a blog format."Carrigan, speaking at the Future of Business Media Conference in New York City, made sure to note that the return of The Industry Standard shouldn't be viewed as another bubble milepost (see Techmeme roundup on bubble banter).
I strolled into the Future of Business Media conference at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City thinking I'd get some insight on my craft. After 40 minutes, I think I'll grab a beer.
Best Buy on Tuesday launched a new service for its customers to store and share home video. The move is Best Buy's latest effort to expand beyond retailer to become a services provider.
Spammers have a new way around captchas: A virtual stripper who is paid when you fork over scrambled text messages, known as Captchas.The BBC is reporting that a Windows game shows a woman in "a state of undress" when a person correctly types in a Captcha--those squiggly letters you need to type in to conduct your daily Web business.
Google will roll out its long-awaited, over reported, widely guessed about wireless plans in about two weeks.Sound familiar?
Notable headlines:Robin Harris: Build an 8 PS3 supercomputer.IBM aims to salvage silicon for solar industry.
Alex Bosworth has an excellent post on the heavy hand of Google on the Web. The gist of the piece: search engine optimization (SEO) is evil--but don't blame the optimizers, blame the ecosystem that Google has created.
The reaction to BEA's rejection of a $17 a share takeover offer from Oracle is brutal.Of course, billionaire Carl Icahn has issues.