MediaBytes – 04/05/07

Yahoo has launched Yahoo Alpha, a new search engine that mirrors Google’s minimalist design.

Today’s Wall Street Journal discusses the challenge that hotel television is facing in the new media environment. Portable DVD players, iPods with video, and laptops with Internet connections are eating into profits for in-room TV services.

Blyk is launching a free ad-supported mobile phone service in the UK. They have signed advertising deals with a number of major brands already.

Politicians are increasingly embracing the Internet to spread their messages. To that end, Newt Gingrich has posted a video on YouTube to clarify a recent controversial comment about bilingual education. He has posted two versions of the message — one in English, and one in Spanish.

NBC‘s website had the most traffic of any major network, for the month of March.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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