Advertisers have been holding back from sponsoring Web video and podcasting, because the media lack an effective means to automatically link ads to relevant content, as is the case on search engines. But that may be about to change, as companies like Podzinger, TVEyes and Blinkx roll out tools that allow users to search for video and audio content and perform text searches using voice recognition software.
A group of seven wireless carriers have formed an organization to promote the development and standardization of next-generation wireless broadband technology. The carriers are China Mobile; KPN; NTT DoCoMo; Orange; Sprint Nextel Corp.; T-Mobile; and Vodafone Group.
Comcast will gain a new rival in Montgomery County, Md., after officials there signed a tentative deal that will allow Verizon Communications to offer its FiOS TV service. The pact, which must be approved by the county council, was hammered out after Verizon in June filed a federal lawsuit that claimed the county's franchise approval process violated U.S. antitrust and communications laws.
The distributor of most of the embryonic stem cell lines currently approved for federal funding plans to team with a firm to distribute new lines created through a technique that does not destroy embryos. WiCell Research Institute, a subsidiary of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, plans to join with Advanced Cell Technology to distribute lines the California company produces with its recently announced harvesting technique, assuming the U.S. declares them eligible for federal funding support.