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Paid Content is reporting that CBS will re-launch TV.com to compete with Hulu. Originally the domain, secured in its $1.85 billion acquisition of CNet, was more of a “water cooler site” rather than an online video or IPTV destination. CBS head Les Moonves is excited, noting “we think TV.com will become the destination, or certainly one of the leading destinations, for anybody who wants to watch TV shows or have a community around TV shows, see clips, play games, etc.”

Facebook is getting an honest valuation of approximately $2 billion. Last fall the social network was valued at the absurd price of $15 billion. While Facebook is not publicly traded, the casual market for shares values each between $2.50-$4.00.

Users of Internet Explorer, the world’s most popular web browser, may be susceptible to having their machines hacked through a security flaw in the browser. As many as 10,000 sites have been hacked to include programming which allows hackers to steal passwords, among other things. While most of the sites hacked with bogus-code are Chinese, an analyst noted that economically minded hackers could easily take advantage of this flaw, which has yet to have been fixed.

The CEO of National Lampoon, Daniel Laikin, was charged with conspiracy and securities fraud. According to reports, Laikin paid a stock promoter to help increase the value of National Lampoon. The goal was to increase shares , valued at $1.87 in March, to between $2.50-$5.00, which would’ve increased Laikin’s share to roughly $15 million.

Plus, today’s consulting question, “Mac sales are down for the month, is this cause for concern?” Shelly has the answer on today’s MediaBytes.

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 shellypalmer.com.



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