Catchup – 9/22/06

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* YouTube & Warner Strike Music Licensing Deal

YouTube and Warner Music have announced an advertising revenue sharing deal with will distribute and license Warner Music Group Corp’s copyrighted songs and other material through YouTube. Under the deal, Warner Music has agreed to license its songs to the people who upload their videos to YouTube. Meaning that any video producer can now legally use Warner Music in their videos as theme or background music, or even produce alternative videos for Warner songs.
* Baidu Holds 62% Share in China

Baidu, the Chinese search engine, has 62.1 percent share based on a China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) report. That is up 10 points from 52 percent in 2005.
* Yahoo! Builds Brickhouse Around Talent

Yahoo is in the process of setting up an in-house incubator in an attempt to hold onto its expensive talent, sources say. The project, called Brickhouse, will be led by Flickr founder Caterina Fake.
* Soapbox Video: MSNTube

MSN is making its bid to get in on the YouTube phenomenon with its new “Soapbox Video.”
* Google AdSense Running in Email Newsletters

Google AdSense seems to be letting select publishers serve Google AdSense ads in newsletters and mass commercial emailings.
* Writely Switching to Google Account Logins

Writely, the online word processing system acquired by Google earlier this year, has taken one extra step into becoming a breathing member of the Google Borg by requiring that their userbase make the switch from their old Writely user login to that of Google Accounts.
* Zillow Adds Owner Generated Content

Real estate search site has added personalization features and the ability for homeowners to publish their own information beside Zillows home-valuation “Zestimates.”
* Yahoo! Current Launches

The Yahoo Current Network, a partnership between Yahoo and Al Gore’s, went live on Tuesday night. The aim is to generate more video submissions to CurrentTV, a user-generated TV channel, while supplying some original content to Yahoo Video. The pair are working together on four channels – Yahoo Current Buzz, Yahoo Current Action (for sports), Yahoo Current Traveler and Yahoo Current Drive (for cars). Notably, the Buzz channel is being produced by Madeleine Smithburg, a co-creator of the Daily Show.

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