Fat Free Friday

Happy Arbor DayEnding the week with a bang not a whimper.
Tonight is the TechTV farewell party. Watch my moblog for incriminating photos. The New York World’s Fair opened in 1939 previewing new technology like FM radio, robotics, fluorescent lighting, the fax machine, and the first public demonstration of TV. The ice cream cone is 90. Grandpa Munster, Al Lewis, is 94. It’s Arbor Day. Plant a tree today.

  1. The US Senate voted 93-3 last night to extend the Internet tax moratorium for another four years. The Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act now goes to committee to resolve differences with the House.

  2. Shares in Google will be sold via an online Dutch auction to give everyone a chance to own a piece of the action. The IPO, expected next month, may raise as much as $6 billion for the Internet search company. A web site will open soon for bidders to register. You will have to fulfill certain as yet unknown requirements, most likely a cash deposit to cover your bid. Google will use early bidding to set a price for its stock.
  3. Comcast has agreed to drop its bid for Disney. That means they’ll be able to pour all those billions into the new G4/TechTV. Comcast is expected to complete the acquisition of TechTV May 10.
  4. Next time you go to a rock concert you may come home with a thumb drive filled with that night’s music. Next month eMusic Live will install digital kiosks into Maxwell’s, a small club in Hoboken. For $10 for the recording plus $20 for a reusable thumb drive you can go home with the music from the show you just saw, recorded directly from the club’s sound board.

Tune in tomorrow at 7:40a Eastern for my weekly visit with John Donabie on 1010 CFRB Toronto. And, of course, listen to my show every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3p Pacific on KFI, Los Angeles.

17 Replies to “Fat Free Friday”

  1. Really! Is this the end of TechTV?
    Leo you can’t really think you could get away with such a little snibbit and no explanation do you?

  2. Ryan: That makes sense…I am expecting changes to TechTV in the near future but that caught me off guard.

  3. Yes, Leo PLEASE explain what you mean by “TechTV farewell party” – I hope it’s NOT bad news again for you at TechTV.

  4. I hope I’ll still be able to get TechTV when it switches over to comcast because I’m getting Dishnetwork on Monday…

  5. Probably the switch over to G4, everyone just gathering around one last time to remember the place as it was.

  6. I believe it’s the yearly anniversary party, but of course this year it’s been aptly renamed. There may be some familiar faces there of TechTV past, or so rumors go.

  7. Did anyone besides me read past that? I mean, that thing about the thumb-drives was pretty frickin’ cool!

  8. NO TECHTV IS NOT OVER!!! Comcast is just aquiring it. Hey will it be called TechTV or G4?? and will we still get it on DirecTV

  9. Leo, my 8 year old daughter Paige and I were so sad to see the Screen Savers promo without you. Say it isn’t so Leo. You made technology fun. We’ll really miss you. Let us know where you land.
    Paige & Steve

  10. I imagine those Comcast/Disney billions will be used more to cherry-pick Adelphia franchises which will soon be coming up for grabs.

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