Clear Channel 900 + channels online radio

Tea512 has learned that the San Antonio company Clear Channel Communications, the largest US owner and operator of radio stations will launch an online radio network that has more than 900 stations. This will be done in conjunction with the Katz Media Group. It will be called the Katz Online Network, using existing Clear Channel radio stations website, plus other radio and independent online stations. This will include both AM/FM stations and will launch with a new website next month. This is another change due to the digital revolution. As much as we see the newspaper being killed by the Internet, this just as eBay did for the yard sale, AM/FM radio could see the same rebirth. eBay changed the way users buy used stuff from local people only on Saturday and Sunday, to being able to search through millions of things daily. Radio listeners will now enjoy the same freedom from the desktop as they will be able for example to find multiple jazz stations, or listen to morning drive from Los Angeles on the East coast, home sick people can get a fix of local news from any where the website will take them. There was no mention of this turning into a pay as you go service as the Katz Media Group will handle the marketing and advertising that is going to fund the site. It is great to see more behemoth companies embracing the digital age instead of locking down and hiding away access to content.

Sometimes these things just seem to rip you right in two

Oh no man don’t let them get to you

W. Axl Rose 1991
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Lionsgate – Google / YouTube

The tide is changing as the big pockets of Google have attracted some Hollywood love, which just might save the YouTube from falling to obscurity. Lions Gate Entertainment has signed a revenue sharing deal. The early details are a little sketchy as Lions Gate has movies and television shows under their production. The early buzz is there will be a Lions Gate channel on YouTube. The Loins Gate content would be mostly promotional and short clips, with a future eye on moving toward pay for content full length video. This is a great score for YouTube as they will not get any content from Viacom product as long as the lawsuit is open. Google/YouTube could not decide how to turn over Information. This also spells a problem for Hulu as they were trying to corner this market share. Hulu must have thought between the lawsuit with Vaicom, and the strange array of videos on YouTube this type of deal would never happen. This is a big score for Google to keep this huge acquisition viable, because if they were stuck with just homemade videos it more than likely will be a Netscape style collapse. The other question is will there be any profit in the alliance as paying YouTube is not something people are used to doing.


 

But times are hard and thrills are cheaper
As your arms get shorter your pockets get deeper

W. Axl Rose 1991

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Our Top Story Tonight….mmm good Burger

First we had to get used to movie product placement, were actors lean against Coke machines, or stand under a sign for a department store, which eventually turned into newly released cars driven before they hit the showroom. This trend then moved to TV, where we are now used to seeing name brand products used by the actors. It was not long ago when actors drank Beer labeled beer in a bar, then went into a faceless department store. The other thing you will notice if you have not already, the advertising on buses, and cabs in all of the Law & Order shows. There has been a Coke Glass in front of the American Idol judges for as long as we can remember. When watching a sporting event everything that you are told is sponsored by something. So there is nothing new here or shocking, until we came across the newscast on KVVU. The station is one of twelve owned by the Meredith Corporation. One of the first product placment was during a lifestyle segment of the moring news show. The anchors sat with McDonalds new iced coffee, which were not touched by anyone during the on air portion. They attempt to say this will not influence the news, as we find this at Tea512 to be a major conflict of interest. During this campaign if McDonalds was found to have used Mad Cow Beef sickening people, how would they articulate the story if at all?Even closer to home example, how about if they found the McDonalds ice coffee used a high level sodium citrate as an acidity regulator. The question becomes would they report the story, remove the cups, then report the story? Would McDonalds pay after they were backhanded with either of these options above? This is not just Elaine having a Snapple at Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment. This is a conflict of interest and blatant chasing the money. Once again Wall Street tries to blur the line between entertainment and news.

It’s all the means to an end, 

I keep on moving along

W. Axl Rose 1988

Sales down – Raise the Price – Genius at NYT

Tea512 first had problems with editorials in NYT keeping John McCain from attacking Obama. Then we found out not only is the circulation down to just over a million papers has come to 620 Eight Avenue in the big city. There has been an over 16% decrease in advertising revenues. So how does the NYT battle such a problem, passing the cost off on the readers? Starting in August the paper will cost a $1.50 instead of a $1.25. The logic here is if the advertisers do not want to pay for ads, the readers will pay more for the paper because they will get more content.  August 18, 2008 the Monday thru Saturday, paper will increase on street corners everywhere. If you combine that with the 4.5% increase in the home delivery prices that have put in place this year, they have you staying or going so to speak. The good news (says NYT) is the Sunday paper will stay at the bloated price of $4.00. At these prices the day of the newspaper, home delivery is only on a decline. Most Americans do not have time to read a newspaper at the end of the day. There will always be business for newspaper that is needed to read on the commute to work, waiting at an appointment or coverage of a special story. The cost of riding the train with paper for a week is $7.50, are we not far away from the commuter getting a radio with headphones, to listen to NPR and a used book for a couple of bucks. We Tea512 think it is an insult to the consumer to raise the price of your service because the market has shifted. We hope this piling on the blue color has an unfortunate backlash.

Looking for a lover in a world
That’s much too dark

W. Axl Rose 1988
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Pijoo.com – Hate It

Pijoo.com is a website community for bloggers. Bloggers can make friends with others like any other social networking site. There is a function to post a blog item into their system with a slug. Then the community can pass it by or read it. They are sorted by most read (popular) or by latest added. The problem I am having is when a blog post is read then the reader can decide if it was worth their time. You can click on a button called “I Love It” or “I Hate It”. The scores are kept to the left of the post, and the more positive votes for the post the higher in the most popular you will be listed. For some reason there seems to be a maliciousness tone to bloggers grading other bloggers. You would not think this would happen as everyone is in the same game. There is a problem with the system when a person can read the story, then click they hate it based on content, author, language, and grammar, but they do not have to give a reason or leave a name behind of whom they are. There seems to be another disconnect as when a posted received a hate it vote the blogs stats do not show the article being read on the server. If this is the case and it will need further investigation, this is a completely new area of selective bias. Who really cares if a person does not like your post when most people do, right? This is not about that, a bruised ego, or the appetite to be liked that we all have. This is about a website granted the right for people to exchange ideas, expect they allow others to throw stones behind a Vail of secrecy. The only thing that is fair if you say you hate it, say why, or have the user names available of lovers and haters.

I had to put her six feet under
And I can still hear her complain

W. Axl Rose 1988

42 cent thief

Here is some Tea512 Friday Fluff for you. A 43-year-old Bonita Springs, Florida man was arrested Monday morning and was charged with petty theft under $100, a misdemeanor. Why is this even a news story you ask? The arrest was for stealing 42 cents from a mall fountain. The report reads a customer at the Coastland Center mall reported to the mall security guard, a man was stealing money from a fountain outside. The security guard a women apprehended the man holding him until the police arrived. The money from the fountain is donated to Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. He was arrested when they found him in possession of a wet amount of 42 cents in change. There has been some back leash for actually arresting the person and even more proving the 42 cents came from the fountain. The report says the witness reported what they had seen, and signed a statement. Is there anything you can buy in the USA for 42 cents? Had this guy done this before or was this his first time? Is this really all that is going on in Bonita Springs? How many people would report this, if they seen it happen? How many people would actually call the police over it? How many Police would actually arrest the guy? There are so many questions and because it is Friday, let us just sweep it under the rug. Let just call it a cosmic convergence where this guy picked the wrong time to reach in the fountain, the witness made the choice to report, the guard made the choice to detain, the cops made the choice to arrest.

 

Its hard to see with so many around
you know I don’t like being stuck in the crowd

W. Axl Rose 1988


Britney Spears looky lous arrested

Tea512 is not a big fan of the Hollywood elite; they need to go to the Ivy, walk the red carpet, and basically aim to stay in the spot light. Then they get upset when they cannot even pull out of parking lot because the photogs are snappin photos. They are even more wigged out when they are in their backyard and the Papa-ratzi is hiding in the bushes or the trees across the street. The price of fame is high at this level. When we heard that in Los Angeles two photographers were arrested for loitering near Britney Spears’ home we wonder why this does not happen more often. These two people were both 35 years old; they were also warned to leave the location near Mulholland Drive. Britney spears lives in an exclusive gated neighborhood that other celebrities find keeps the press away. This should happen all the time, we are all for getting photos in public but are strongly against this invasion of privacy of ones own backyard. There needs to be stiffer penalties and more arrests. We have seen photos of Britney in her yard at least three different occasions this last month. We not only are tired of Britney and her hijincks but understand that some of Hollywood (Paris Hilton) wants to be photographed at all times, we think this and blocking the cars with a wall of photographers as someone is leaving a restaurant is crossing the line.

You stole your mama’s car
And your daddy’s plastic credit card

W. Axl Rose 1988

10th Avenue (TICKET) Freeze Out

New Jersey Democratic senior Senator Frank Lautenberg’s who is in his second stint, first served from 1982-2001 then elected in 2003 is now running for re-election. He is the third oldest Senator but no stranger to how the game is played. His campaign for re-election requested to have a Giants Stadium executive give them a block of Bruce Springsteen tickets to be used for a fundraiser. When found out, they would buy $108 tickets in the VIP section, and give them out for a only $1500 donation to his campaign fund, the plan was squashed. The back peddle came after it was found out and looked like ticket scalping. The sidelight to this story is you can buy tickets to the shows at any ticket broker for a lot less then $1500. We also found you could get them at face value from ticket windows. Consequently, we have Bruce Springsteen playing three dates at Giants stadium, NJ in the middle of summer and none of the shows sold out. Dick Zimmer the Republican candidate for the Senate seat is using the gaff, to prove cronyism, and backroom deals, which only proves his opponent does not care about the blue-collar people of New Jersey. There is a anti-scalping law in Jersey that you cannot charge more than 50% of face value for a ticket, that would be $54, the contribution price is 1388% over ticket price. Most of this seems innocent until it appears that it might be a shakedown / payback for federal funding the Stadium received for a rail connection and road improvements.

 

Livin’ with the danger I’m always on the edge now

W. Axl Rose 1988

Call you on the Slydial

Tea512 came across a new service that is sweet as it is sneaky. Slydial is a free service helping you get to voicemail without worry that the person will pick up the phone. Thats right, you call another person on the cell phone, straight to voicemail, without ringing the phone. All you do is call (267) SLY-DIAL from any phone, then the phone number you are trying not to get, they play a tiny advertisement, and the Slydial call goes straight to VM. The user can pay a fee if they would not like to hear the ads. Then the person you Slydialed is notified they have a VM, they may even get a missed call, depending on their provider. Slydial says they have over 5,000 users, the project was developed from the need to cut International phone costs, this way calls are picked up as VM and not lengthy live communications at International rates. It may have a business use, but when you are running late, or blowing someone off how cool it is to leave a message on the Slydial, getting yourself out of a prickly situation. This may not work to CYA in the flesh, but it is easier to lie in a VM then to a human, especially since VM cannot talk back.

 

I’ve got a tongue like a razor
A sweet switchblade knife

W. Axl Rose 1987

Who needs the latest stinking Browser?

A study that analyzed the web browser versions seen in visits to Google websites, they show that more than 600 million Internet users do not run the latest version of their browser. This is about only 59.1% use the latest version of their favorite browser. 92 % Firefox users are up to date, compared to 52.5% of Microsoft Internet Explorer users have updated to version 7. Opera users were at 56.1% and only 65.3% of Apple users are running the current version of Safari. So get ready for another add-in as it has been requested that another blinking icon, popup, tray reminder, or a yellow balloon, let the user know the Web browser is out of date and at a risk. This could not be that people may just want to stay on a version that works for them. Maybe the thought of adding another upgrade of software to a machine that is already running slow, is not in their machines best interest. The truth is Adobe Reader used to be 2mb, now it is 30Mb and wants to install a Google toolbar. This is not a browser but it leads into why people will only run O/S updates, as everything seems to come with more bells and whistles then they want. Which in time after times does slow the machine down even more and adds things they do not need? How many times have you seen a machine with a Google toolbar, Google as the search default for IE7 and then a Google taskbar search box? It happens we have seen it, it directly leads to why if it is not broken there is no upgrade, until it breaks, and then you are forced by support to get current.

Always hungry for something
That I haven’t had yet

W. Axl Rose 1987