Viacom filed a complaint against Google's YouTube and it isn't pretty. Whether Viacom is looking for leverage, a test of copyright law or the end of YouTube isn't exactly clear.
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Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit against Google's YouTube kicks off what could be the end game for the video sharing site. Viacom filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York that alleges a "massive intentional copyright infringement of Viacom's entertainment properties.
IBM CEO Sam Palmisano's total compensation--including salary, bonus and stock awards--was $24.46 million in 2006 and that sum could rise if he hits performance targets.
Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft has cooked up a "MySpace for financial pros" and mocks the idea of bean counters being all Web 2.0ish.
Notable headlines: Sources say Microsoft near deal to buy Tellme. Dan Farber: Microsoft’s speech aspirations fulfilled?
Microsoft and Bill Gates have been in pursuit of speech technologies for a long time, and news.com is reporting that it may end up buying Tellme Networks for a pretty price (the company has received $230 million in funding so far and is profitable).
Andy Plesser of beet.tv has the story on Podzinger's use of its speech-to-text technology to make 1.
Can a Zwinky avatar, new smiley or fancy cursor increase the number of times people use the Ask search engine? Interactive Corp.
Virtual appliances offer real freedom in how companies manage their computing infrastructure. New markets will develop as this technology matures.
Oracle reports its fiscal third quarter earnings March 20 and analysts are expecting upbeat results and a major customer win. JMP Securities analyst Patrick Walravens said Oracle's business appears to be strong as it sells more products into its installed base.