4 Minute Roundup: Google Phone and Netbook; Kindle Under Attack

    by Mark Glaser
    December 18, 2009
    Robert Rosenthal, executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch (photo by Charlotte Buchen)

    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at Google’s various moves into consumer electronics. Rumors abound about a Google phone, code-named Nexus One, that could be out as early as the first week of January. And Google also might be coming out with its own branded netbook with Chrome OS by Christmas 2010. Meanwhile, the Kindle is under attack from a possible Apple Tablet, News Corp. making a deal with Sony, and the consortium of magazine publishers making a “Hulu for magazines.” Plus, Robert “Rosey” Rosenthal explains how he’s trying to get revenues for the new California Watch project.

    Check it out:


    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    What Google Wants With Its Own Phone — Control at AdAge


    Google phone with T-Mobile contract in Jan at Reuters

    Get Ready For The Google Branded Chrome OS Netbook at TechCrunch

    Apple, Google Rivalry Heats Up at WSJ

    Google plans own Chrome OS netbook, what will Apple and Microsoft do? at 9to5 Mac

    Kindle Rivals Cozying Up to Magazine, Newspaper Publishers at AdAge

    Sony Recruits News Corp. to Give Its Reader Line a Boost at MediaMemo

    Apple Tablet Production To Ramp In February, Analyst Says; Will It Kill The Kindle? at Barron’s

    WSJ, MarketWatch and NY Post Subscriptions Coming To Sony E-Reader at PaidContent

    Publishers Join Forces to Save Themselves with Hulu for Magazines at Gizmodo

    Now’s the Time, Finally as Publishers Announce Their Hulu for Magazines. Next Up — Building It at MediaMemo

    California Watch Says ‘Yes’ to Open, Networked Investigative Reports at PBS MediaShift

    Here’s a graphical view of last week’s MediaShift survey results. The question was: “What killed E&P magazine?”

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    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about your new year’s wish.

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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