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What happens when today’s kids meet an Apple II

Personal computers have come a long way since the days of the Altair and the Apple I. While those computers were formative experiences for those of us who still remember when floppy disks were actually floppy, they’re nothing like the modern machines that people use today. So what happens when you sit today’s kids –… Read More


Update: Microsoft distances itself from paid YouTube plugs for Xbox One

Update, Tuesday afternoon: Microsoft just issued a new statement that says the company didn’t know the details of Machinima’s agreements with its YouTubers. Here’s the statement from a Microsoft spokesman: “Microsoft was not aware of individual contracts Machinima had with their content providers as part of this promotion and we didn’t provide feedback on any of… Read More


Microsoft: Google’s objections to YouTube on Windows Phone ‘nothing more than excuses’

Microsoft just released an extensive response to Google’s decision to block a newly developed YouTube app for Windows Phone — contending that the search giant is arbitrarily holding Windows Phone to a higher standard than Android and iOS and coming up with excuses to shield its true motivation of hampering Microsoft’s smartphone platform. “We think… Read More


Google blocks Microsoft’s new YouTube app for Windows Phone — the one that was supposedly OK

[Follow-up: Microsoft: Google’s objections to YouTube app on Windows Phone are ‘nothing more than excuses’] Two days after we reported that Microsoft and YouTube were getting along again, it seems like their relationship is back on the rocks. As first reported by The Verge today, Microsoft’s new YouTube app for Windows Phone (i.e., the one that was supposed… Read More


Where the Hell is Matt? Dancing in a credit-card ad

Just when we thought Matt Harding’s story couldn’t get any better, the unlikely Internet dancing sensation has landed in a big new advertising campaign. Harding is the guy from Seattle who achieved YouTube fame for his globetrotting expeditions of goofy dancing, chronicled in his popular video series, “Where the Hell is Matt?” And now he… Read More


What Google’s Larry Page really said about Microsoft

There were so many zingers and (and cease-and-desist orders) flying around between Microsoft and Google yesterday that it might have been hard to keep track. And some errant quotes in the live blogs from Google I/O conference didn’t help. So what did Google CEO Larry Page actually say about Microsoft during the question-and-answer session at… Read More


GeekWire Podcast: Where The Hell is Matt? On our show!

Even if you don’t recognize Matt Harding’s name, you’ve probably seen one of his videos. He’s the globetrotting YouTube star behind the site His videos, showing him dancing with people in countries around the world, have been viewed millions upon millions of times. Matt is our guest this week on the GeekWire radio show… Read More


Comedy: YouTube translates Google’s new products

Google had a giant week, introducing the new Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q streaming media device, and pulling off the most impressive keynote stunt we’ve ever seen in the skies over San Francisco, as skydivers delivered Google’s augmented reality glasses with no small amount of technical wizardry. Maybe now the company can do a… Read More


Microsoft seeks patent on monetizing buttons of TV remote

How much would you pay to watch a replay of a great play, or skip a bunch of television commercials? And should you have to? Those are a couple of the questions raised by a newly surfaced Microsoft patent application. It’s called “Control-based Content Pricing,” and the basic idea is dynamic pricing of video content,… Read More


Microsoft decides to ‘part ways’ with Bing GM, who joins Google’s YouTube

Danielle Tiedt, who was the general manager of marketing for Microsoft’s Bing search engine, is joining YouTube to lead consumer marketing for the Google-owned property. A Microsoft spokesman says that the Redmond company made the decision to “part ways” with Tiedt, and that its decision was not related to her hiring by YouTube. Advertising Age… Read More


Microsoft YouTube channel hacked

Updated below with Microsoft’s statement saying it has regained control. Unless this is some elaborate publicity stunt, Microsoft’s official YouTube channel appears to have been taken over by someone not affiliated with the company, who has removed all of the videos and posted solicitations for sponsorships, apparently anticipating an influx of traffic as the news… Read More


A YouTube star in the making?

Ethan Newberry wants to be a YouTube star. And the Seattleite is moving closer to that goal having been selected to participate in NextUp, a new program in which YouTube is trying to assist 45 rising media stars “who’ve demonstrated passion, talent and huge potential in video making across a range of genres.” The program… Read More