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Talk of the day

Published May 2, 2007


YouTube dudes get top ratings for net value

The co-founders of the popular video-sharing site YouTube are among the winners of the annual Webby online achievement awards announced Tuesday. Chad Hurley, above left, and Steve Chen were named People of the Year for creating a site credited with transforming the media landscape and reshaping politics, pop culture and more. The site even got the attention of search engine leader Google Inc., which paid $1.76-billion for it last year. Lifetime achievement awards went to David Bowie, whose projects blend art and technology, and to the eBay community and its chief executive, Meg Whitman, for changing how people connect and interact worldwide. The film and video awards will be given June 4 and the rest the next day.

Paranoia rescues tech mag's stories

Business 2.0, the technology-aware magazine published by Time Inc., periodically reminds readers of the importance of backing up computer files. Last week, Business 2.0 got caught. On April 23, the magazine's editorial system crashed, wiping out all the work that had been done for its June issue. The backup server failed to back up. Good thing the magazine, based in San Francisco, is a monthly. "If it had happened a week later, we would have been in trouble, " said Josh Quittner, the editor. But all is well, he said, and the magazine will go to press on schedule next week. The recovery was made much easier, paradoxically, by a bane of modern business, litigation - or at least the fear of it. "The text had all been copy-edited and sent off to the lawyers, so it had been saved as e-mail, " Quittner said. But the artwork, the page layouts, were truly gone, he said, and "our heroic art department had to rebuild all the art assets."

It's showtime for Web TV distributor

Joost, the Internet TV platform being developed by the influential creators of Internet telephone service Skype and Kazaa, said Tuesday it had signed several content distribution agreements, including one to show CNN programs. The company also planned to expand availability by the end of the month, letting "beta" testers invite anyone else to download the software from its Web site and view programs on Joost as well. Joost operates by distributing streaming video of shows "peer-to-peer, " or user-to-user, over the Internet. Consumers choose a channel via a software interface on their desktop that resembles a remote control. Like regular TV, it is free for viewers and aims to be ad-supported.

Chrysler incentives put into overdrive

DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler unit is offering five-year, no-interest loans or rebates of as much as $5, 000 on most of its vehicles, which sit on dealers' lots almost 50 percent longer than the industry average. The offers run through July 2 for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models. Chrysler is betting that spending on incentives will speed up sales. Its vehicles stayed on dealer lots for 90 days before being sold as of April 22, compared with a 61-day industry average, according to research firm J.D. Power & Associates.

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