NBCU Spent $195M To Buy Out MSNBC.com
NBCUniversal spent $195 million to buy back the 50% of MSNBC.com that was owned by Microsoft, TV Newser reports, citing Comcast’s latest 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “The purchase price means that Microsoft and NBCU valued MSNBC.com at around $500 million.” The deal, which was signed this past summer, saw NBCU take control of the site, and redirect visitors to a new site called NBCNews.com.
NBC.com Says Cyber Attack Under Control
As of Thursday evening, NBC Universal said NBC.com was safe for visitors following a security warning, Reuters reports. The issue was prompted by reports that the site had been infected with malicious software designed for banking fraud and cyber espionage. “Earlier on Thursday, several security experts had advised Internet users to avoid the site altogether, saying it had been compromised by malicious software.”
Google To Give “Offer Extensions” Broad Rollout
Google is reportedly readying a broader rollout of its Offer Extensions service, which pairs ad in search result pages with Groupon-like deals and special discounts. With Offer Extensions, available in limited testing until now, “advertisers can add a coupon-like discount offer to their AdWords ads, either for immediate redemption online or for printing and in-store use,” VentureBeat reports.
Zuckerberg Excited Over Google Glass
As a broad release slowly approaches for Google Glass, Forbes suggests that no one is more excited for that day than Marc Zuckerberg. Judging by an informal meeting between Facebook’s CEO and Sergey Brin — Google Google’s cofounder and special projects head — “Facebook [is] ready to develop for Glass,” Forbes writes. “Facebook has a team of three engineers … waiting for the product to be shipped to them so they can start building applications.”