Weekly Round-Up January 6

By Exclusive Concepts Blog Team

Well this round-up is going to be half as long as my usual one. Some people think I go on too long, really folks it’s only because there’s so much interesting stuff out there I didn’t want you to miss. So I’m going to shorten it up and maybe you won’t be able to tell the difference.

The Consumer Electronics Show had lots of news.

Four out of five titans – Bill Gates of Microsoft, Paul Otelini of Intel, Terry Semel of Yahoo and Larry Page of Google – stood up and talked about their plans for media domination according to reporter Richard Silkos of the New York Times

Google is expanding into two new fields: an online video store and a computer maintenance service.

Google Co-founder and President Larry Page said the video marketplace would offer free programming, low-cost rentals and outright purchases of premium entertainment and sports shows ranging from episodes of Star Trek to every National Basketball Association league game online, for the first time ever….

Google Pack promises to help promises to help most users of Windows XP (that’s 4/5ths of American households) set up and maintain their machines in a matter of minutes rather than the hours it usually takes to get going on a new PC with preferred software vendors Symantec, Adobe, RealNetworks and Mozilla’s Firefox.

“Google Pack is quite exciting,” said Page during his keynote address at the show, “It’s as easy as going to the Google home page.”

Nicholas Carr reports on Bill Gates’s keynote on the “digital lifestyle” with “software at its center”

What’s revealing about Gates’s vision of the future is that it is completely devoid of direct human contact. It’s a geek’s paradise. You get to fiddle with software all day, from the moment you get out of bed to the moment you fall back into it. We’re not freed from the box; we’re trapped inside it. Endlessly…. .if he’s going to lead Microsoft successfully into the post-PC age, he’s going to have to realize that while software may be at the center of his existence, it’s not at the center of most people’s..

Gates formally introduced Windows Vista, the first upgrade to the Microsoft OS in five years. While he talks about integration, his new music store named Urge will not work with Apple’s iTunes but you can get an all-you-can-eat subscription.

Meanwhile Terry Semel announced Yahoo Go, a suite of products designed to let people get information whether they are on their PCs, phones or using TV. Elinor Mills deconstructs what plays on what in Yahoo goes mobile.

Jason Calcanis analyzes CES and why he knows Google will do an office suite and a desktop OS in 2006.

According to Robert Scoble, the killer product of the show was the Celestron SkyScout. Incidentally, Scoble, Microsoft’s most prominent blogger who writes one of my favorite tech blogs, has publicly excoriated his own company for taking down the MSN spaces blog of a controversial Chinese journalist.

Rupert Murdoch spent $580 million to buy MySpace, a social networking site so perhaps it’s not surprising that it censored every reference to YouTube, a competitor and video sharing site, leaving only blank white spaces. MySpace bloggers weren’t happy. The New York Times reports who won this battle.

Now that Google has invested $1 billion in AOL, CNET reports that users can expect to see small graphical ads on its home and search pages and banner ads of its video and image search pages.

Raised projections for Internet growth JMP Securities expects the global online ad market to grow 25% a year for the next 5 years, a bump up from its previous forecast of 20% growth. That means the $13.2 billion in U.S. online ads (4.7% of total) will soar to $40 billion in 2010 (11% of total).

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