Mediatwits #7: Skype Gets Microsoft-ed; ‘Street Fight’ Returns Fire

    by Mark Glaser
    May 13, 2011
    Microsoft and Skype execs would like to make sweet music together, despite what the critics (and Mediatwits) are saying


    Laura Rich

    Welcome to the seventh episode of “The Mediatwits,” the new revamped longer form weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser along with PaidContent founder Rafat Ali. This week’s show looks at Microsoft’s massive payout, $8.5 billion, for Skype, a popular communication service that still loses money.

    "Keep your hands off of [Skype]...and just let it be. I don't want any big integration." -Rafat Ali

    Our guest this week is Laura Rich, the co-founder of the new Street Fight site covering the business of hyper-local and geo-location. She responds to our earlier criticism of the site on a past episode. Plus, Google announces its new Chromebook netbook computers that don’t have any software beyond a web browser, and will be out next month.


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    Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

    Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

    Rafat’s allergies and Mark’s allergic to cable

    1:20: Mark decides to cut the cord to cable TV

    3:30: Rafat cut the cord when he moved to New York

    4:50: Rundown of stories on the podcast

    Microsoft bets big on Skype

    6:45: Don’t ruin it, Microsoft

    8:40: Could it upset the cell carriers?

    10:50: Rafat pays to use Skype when traveling

    Interview with Laura Rich of Street Fight

    13:10: $150 billion in local advertising market

    15:40: Street Fight will have events and do original research

    17:45: AOL uses Patch as wire service to cover Bin Laden news

    20:55: Rafat says PaidContent succeeded by being a must-read daily

    22:50: No deja-vu for Internet bubble

    Google unveils Chromebooks


    The Acer Chromebook

    23:40: Basics on the Chromebook

    25:30: Rafat says netbooks have their place, but being replaced by tablets

    28:30: Long-lasting battery-charge miracles

    More Reading

    Microsoft’s gamble: A big phone bill at The Economist

    Microsoft’s Skype-high price

    Will Microsoft Inject Trademark Mediocrity Into Promise Of Skype? at Forbes

    Microsoft Will Screw Up Skype at Daily Beast

    The Future of Skype by David Pogue at NY Times

    Skype Deal Is Unlikely to Pay Off for Microsoft at Reuters Breakingviews

    Skype’s long history of owners and also-rans: At an end? at Fortune

    Street Fight

    HuffPo Harnesses Patch Hyperlocals for Bin Laden News at Street Fight

    Google Chromebook Could Struggle Against Windows, iPad at eWeek

    Three Big Questions for the Samsung Chromebook at PC Mag

    Hands On With Samsung’s Chrome OS-Powered Series S at Huffington Post

    Hands On With Google’s Chromebook: Nice, but Unnecessary at The Atlantic

    Google tries to remake the laptop at CNET

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    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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