Daily Archives: March 2, 2011

Tim Bradshaw

The oldest advertising medium in the world is being remade.

William Eccleshare, chief executive of Clear Channel International, believes that outoor advertising – be it billboards or bus shelters – will be overwhelmingly a technology business by 2020. 

Chris Nuttall

Minutes after Steve Jobs unveiled an updated version of the iPad on Wednesday, we got a chance to take a closer look in demonstrations backstage at the San Francisco event. Video after the jump on a 33-per-cent slimmer iPad with an ingenious new case. 

Chris Nuttall

Apple has unveiled an updated version of its iPad tablet at an event in San Francisco this morning. We were live blogging below from the event, where Steve Jobs unexpectedly led the presentations and unveiled a lighter, faster, two-camera iPad, in two colours and with an ingenious new case for it. 

Digital music services like MOG, Rdio and Rhapsody have been vocal about their fear that Apple’s subscription policy will ruin innovative companies already shouldering start-up losses, and the industry’s concern was again on display at the FT Digital Media and Broadcasting conference on Wednesday. 

Tim Bradshaw

Virgin Media’s head of music, Richard Wheeler, gave a brief update on the media group’s planned music service at the FT’s digital media conference in central London on Wednesday.

Back in June 2009, Virgin Media and Universal Music announced a ground-breaking partnership to launch an unlimited music downloads service, on the proviso that Virgin would help Universal to catch people pirating its music on its broadband network.

But since then, the most revolutionary thing about the service has been how long it’s taken to launch. Mr Wheeler hinted that the long negotiations may finally be coming to fruition – but perhaps without the downloading element. 

Tim Bradshaw

Forget Apple TV, Google TV and YouView. Games consoles are going to be
the main way that people view online video on their TV sets in the
next couple of years, according to Simon Calver, chief executive of
Lovefilm, which both posts DVDs and streams films over the internet to
subscribers. 

Tim Bradshaw

Yelp’s chief executive Jeremy Stoppelman was in feisty form when he stopped by in London this week. As well as fuelling the ongoing row with Google over its indexing of Yelp’s reviews and ratings in its Places site, he talked up the company’s prospects for going public – just not yet. 

Mark Thompson, BBC director general, talks to Ben Fenton, the FT’s chief media correspondent, about why we have over-estimated the speed of change in television consumption.  

Tech news from around the web:

  • Wednesday sees the launch of the latest version of Apple’s iPad. The Cult of Mac blog says it has spoken to a Apple insider who says that while the new model will be thinner and lighter than first iPad and have both front- and rear-facing cameras for FaceTime…

Don’t get your hopes up too high. That’s all I’m going to say. They’ve had a number of problems along the way, and the third-generation iPad is the one to make a song and a dance about.