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Microsoft, NBC dissolve MSNBC.com joint venture
Yahoo/AP ^

Posted on 07/16/2012 3:49:41 AM PDT by nuconvert

Microsoft is pulling out of the joint venture that owned MSNBC.com, freeing the world's largest software maker to build its own online news service.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: microsoft; msnbc

1 posted on 07/16/2012 3:49:50 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

MSNBC is still pretending to be news?


2 posted on 07/16/2012 3:59:45 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: nuconvert

How funny: Yahoo calls msnbc a “news network”.


3 posted on 07/16/2012 3:59:55 AM PDT by Tigercap
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To: nuconvert

This a tragic loss for all three of their viewers.

Now if they could somehow dissolve the putrid memories that were imparted to America by that pack of left wing feces-headed fools, they would be finally accomplishing something in the public interest.


4 posted on 07/16/2012 4:01:36 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: mkjessup
all three of their viewers.

Three? I thought it was more than that.

Oh, I forgot - Olbermann's mom quit watching when he was excommunicated.

5 posted on 07/16/2012 4:11:48 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Pollster1

I always wondered at that particular alliance between Microsoft and NBC anyway. What was the business model? NBC certainly already had enough “news” outlets, and even some sort of entertainment programming. Was MSNBC to run online gaming? Was it supposed to be a unique news-gathering enterprise, like a superblog? Bloomberg is already doing that.

Squeezed out of existence and left looking like a mummified corpse.

What is going to be plugged into that soon-to-be-vacant channel on my cable TV lineup?


6 posted on 07/16/2012 4:15:48 AM PDT by alloysteel
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To: nuconvert
Change their name to:

Progressive

Online

Service

7 posted on 07/16/2012 4:18:45 AM PDT by citizen (It's no longer Obamacare. It's Robertscare now. He wanted it, he bought it, he owns it.)
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To: nuconvert
Change their name to:

Progressive
Online
Service

8 posted on 07/16/2012 4:19:36 AM PDT by citizen (It's no longer Obamacare. It's Robertscare now. He wanted it, he bought it, he owns it.)
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To: nuconvert

Gotta love the spin - free to build its own news network.

Like disgraced politicians resigning to “spend more time with family”.


9 posted on 07/16/2012 4:24:42 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: alloysteel

I think it was more about trying to create some on-air and online partnership that back in the mid-90s was a pretty new thing. It was supposed to be “multimedia” and “interactive” or some such 90s buzzword laden thing.


10 posted on 07/16/2012 4:25:38 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: mkjessup

This article is referring to their website. Apparently, the two split their TV partnership in 2005.


11 posted on 07/16/2012 4:27:12 AM PDT by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: VanDeKoik

Didn’t Time/AOL spectacularly fail way back when?

“To call the transaction the worst in history, as it is now taught in business schools, does not begin to tell the story of how some of the brightest minds in technology and media collaborated to produce a deal now regarded by many as a colossal mistake. “

In RetrospectHow the AOL-Time Warner Merger Went So Wrong
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/business/media/11merger.html?pagewanted=all


12 posted on 07/16/2012 4:35:58 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: nuconvert
Microsoft, in particular, had grown frustrated by contract terms requiring it to exclusively feature MSNBC.com content on its own websites. That exasperation was exacerbated by the MSNBC cable channel's strategy to counter Fox News Channel's appeal to conservative viewers by tailoring its programming for an audience with a liberal viewpoint.

Yup... LIBERAL!

The strategy fed a perception that material from MSNBC's website was politically slanted, too.

Ya think?

"Being limited to MSNBC.com content was problematic to us because we couldn't have the multiple news sources and the multiple perspectives that our users were telling us that they wanted," said Bob Visse, general manager of MSN.com.

In other words, MSNBC is too liberal for even Microsoft, and customers were getting fed up with it!

13 posted on 07/16/2012 4:40:22 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Dan Nunn; humblegunner
This article is referring to their website. Apparently, the two split their TV partnership in 2005.

Thanks for that update Dan, for staying with the unfolding story before us, and now for more of the social impact of the Microsoft/NBC breakup, we take you to our own Humblegunner, Gunner? Are you there? What are your views on this surprise development?
14 posted on 07/16/2012 4:42:26 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
all three of their viewers.
Three? I thought it was more than that.
Oh, I forgot - Olbermann's mom quit watching when he was excommunicated.


I keep hoping that Jay Carney will be found in the fetal position sucking his thumb one day, carted off to St Elizabeth's Hospital in DC, and that Kieff 0lbermann will be the new choice for White House Press Secretary, that sort of insane entertainment would usually require one to pay a cover charge at the door, lol
15 posted on 07/16/2012 4:44:48 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Alas Babylon!

I would laugh if Microsoft realized where the real money was, and went to the right of Fox news.


16 posted on 07/16/2012 5:03:26 AM PDT by GunningForTheBuddha (DC is like a car full of clowns off their meds.)
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To: nuconvert

Free at last!


17 posted on 07/16/2012 5:05:13 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: citizen

Ok, you tried it twice - posting it that is. I still don’t get it. What is the significance of POS? Thanks.


18 posted on 07/16/2012 5:06:31 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: mkjessup

I’ll have to check a few well-researched and brilliantly written blogs and get back to you on that.


19 posted on 07/16/2012 5:28:11 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: alloysteel

“What was the business model?”

There wasn’t a business model. It was a lesson to Microsoft on what shouldn’t be done if you want to create a news network.


20 posted on 07/16/2012 5:30:56 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: alloysteel
What is going to be plugged into that soon-to-be-vacant channel on my cable TV lineup?

If you're lucky, you'll get RFD-TV as a replacement. It’s the farming and agriculture channel. Be sure to catch the “Polka Fest" show -- it's a big hit.

21 posted on 07/16/2012 6:14:10 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: gunsequalfreedom
POS? Could be "Point Of Sale" but more likely ...

Piece
Of
Sh!t

So you've led a bit of a sheltered life? ;-)

22 posted on 07/16/2012 6:18:15 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: mkjessup

This a tragic loss for all three of their viewers.


Huh. Must have had a sweeps week and picked one up somewhere.

Missed that one.


23 posted on 07/16/2012 6:56:11 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: nuconvert
What business does a "software maker" have owning a "news service"? MS should put all their attention into becoming a good and reliable "software maker" -- instead of mucking around outside their "core competency"...
24 posted on 07/16/2012 7:08:08 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Sorry, didn’t mean for the double post...POS is an internet acronym for piece of sh!t.

That’s probably a higher assessment than that so-called news channel deserves.


25 posted on 07/16/2012 7:29:01 AM PDT by citizen (It's no longer Obamacare. It's Robertscare now. He wanted it, he bought it, he owns it.)
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To: Tunehead54
So you've led a bit of a sheltered life? ;-)

No, can't say for sure why I did not pick up on that but a sheltered life is sure not one of them he he.

26 posted on 07/16/2012 8:31:08 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: GunningForTheBuddha

That would be so awesome! Just the sound of exploding heads in Redmond would drown world!

I am a conservative working part-time for Microsoft. Suffice to say I’m in the minority....


27 posted on 07/16/2012 10:02:59 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: GunningForTheBuddha

That would be so awesome! Just the sound of exploding heads in Redmond would drown out the rest of the world!

I am a conservative working part-time for Microsoft. Suffice to say I’m in the minority....


28 posted on 07/16/2012 10:06:26 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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