Oh No! Twitter Wants to Get Paid!

The nerve! How dare those guys at Twitter even consider first booting all third party ad networks to the curb. Now they think they can charge publishers who are making money from the Twitter stream too! At least that’s what their new terms and conditions state in a truly less than clear manner, which is the Twitter way. I say more power to them.

All Things Digital’s Peter Kafka took the initial reaction from yesterday a step further by seeing just where Twitter may be heading with this whole generating revenue distraction.

Twitter isn’t just booting other ad networks out of its stream. It now plans to tax some start-ups and publishers that are making money from the service.

Twitter to Not Allow Any Third Party In-stream Ads

Twitter took a big step toward claiming their territory (which, after all, they created) regarding what advertising will or will not appear in the Twitter stream. The short answer is that no third party ads will appear there so the Promoted Tweets program introduced by Twitter will be the sole provider of advertising.

This is potentially bad news for several companies including Ad.ly and Twad.ly whose models were built , at least in part, around the ability to advertise in the Twitter stream. TweetUp has responded that they never intended to advertise in stream anyway.

Here is information via the Twitter blog and TechCrunch regarding Twitter’s decision.

FTC Makes Difficult Decision to Clear Google-AdMob Deal

In what was deemed a ‘difficult decision’ the FTC has let Google clear the regulatory hurdle needed to OK the purchase of AdMob. One of the unlikely thank you notes that Google can send out in getting this decision is to Apple since the FTC their acquisition of Quattro Wireless and the introduction of iAd as two factors that exhibited sufficient competition to Google in this space.

MediaPost reports

While the commission said in its closing letter that the deal required “close scrutiny,” the FTC ultimately found that Apple’s entry into the market offers “reason to believe that Apple quickly will become a strong mobile advertising network competitor.”

The letter states: “AdMob’s success to date on the iPhone platform is unlikely to be an accurate predictor of AdMob’s competitive significance going forward, whether AdMob is owned by Google or not.”

Zuckerberg Pens Response to Privacy Backlash

It looks like everyone is discovering just how far Facebook will allow itself to be pushed before it admits either it was wrong about something or it feels it’s backed far enough into a corner to talk. This time it was Mark Zuckerberg who wrote a response in The Washington Post that tells the world just where he and the company stand with regard to the great privacy gaffe of ’10.

It appears as if it takes a full court press from the press to overcome Facebook’s own standards by which 7,000 responses to a policy change must be heard before anything can be changed by Facebook in a more democratic fashion (do you remember that?). While I may have missed it I have not heard anything that talks about that rule but I think that the term “Facebook rules” is an oxymoron anyway unless Zuckerberg has a T-shirt that says it along with his pleasant “I’m CEO, Bitch!” business card offering.

Will Murdoch’s Band of Publishing Brothers Be On Board?

Earlier this month I explored the idea that Rupert Murdoch’s impending paywall announcement was just that; impending. In a News Corp earnings call he said that the publishing giant would have something to announce in 3-4 weeks regarding a group of publishers that would be banding together to take specialized content and put it in an area that would require a subscription for access. The conventional wisdom, even for someone as adamant about the need to paywalls now, is that there needs to be a consortium of sorts to make this a reality.

Well, we are just about at the 3-week point of this self-imposed time line and there are some doubts as to just how real this whole deal is. Peter Kafka of All Things Digital reported earlier this week.

Google TV: Party Like It’s 1997!

As rumored in March and earlier this week, Google is bringing the web to your television. You know, like WebTV more than a decade ago. And it didn’t take off then, either.

Google TV will be a set-top box available this fall (and integrated into a new Sony TV coming then, too), allowing us to access the Internet from our televisions (including Flash!). The previews look like really slick On-Demand:

While companies including Apple have continued to try to make Web-TV integration work, the original WebTV was purchased by Microsoft and eventually rebranded as MSN TV. They continue to support existing customers, but Microsoft finally gave up on selling the hardware last year. But Google has tapped Logitech to make some auxiliary devices, including a remote control with a mini keyboard. Isn’t it great? All the inconveniences of your other devices—the tiny keyboard on your phone, the constant distraction of the Internet and the mind-numbing power of the tube—combined into one ultimate time-wasting device. (YouTwitFace?)

Google Chrome Getting App Store (Maybe Mozilla, Too?)

Third party apps are on a roll with Google. Earlier this month, they added apps for Google Analytics, and this week at Google I/O, the search giant’s developer conference, Google announced an app store for the Google Chrome web browser.

Says Google:

Google Chrome users who find web apps in the store will be able to create convenient shortcuts in Chrome for easy access. Also, developers will have the option to easily sell their apps through the store using a convenient and secure payment system.

Although the store has yet to launch, you can see a sample of the offerings:

Meanwhile, Mozilla may be considering jumping on the bandwagon, too (via). Right now, they’re just reviewing the underlying principles of an “open web app store,” rather than making plans.