Yahoo features link services with Twitter

Yahoo has something new to yodel about: tweets.

In its latest attempt to make its Web site more compelling, Yahoo Inc. is plugging its services into the rapidly growing craze of posting short messages, or “tweets,” on Twitter.

Most of the new features won’t be available until later this year. Among other things, anyone with a Twitter account will be able to tweet and see the updates of people they’re tracking while logged into Yahoo’s Web site.

One change occurred this week, when Yahoo started to show a wider range of Twitter updates in its search results — something that Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. began doing late last year.

Like its rivals, Yahoo is paying privately held Twitter an undisclosed amount of money for better access to its data.

New investment bank offers advice

Code Advisors bills itself as a “next-generation” investment bank, but what it really wants to be is the deftest traffic cop at the raucous intersection of technology and media.

The bank, which formally opens its doors this week, hopes to find new opportunities for long-established media trying to adapt to disruptive technology while also working with startups contributing to the upheaval.

When it’s not negotiating acquisitions or raising money for its clients, Code Advisors will be sharing its insights, promises Quincy Smith, one of its co-founders. “Too many banks think of transactions only,” he said.

Formerly CBS Corp.’s top Internet executive, Smith is the best known among Code Advisors’ founding trio.

Code Advisors hopes it can help revive the lethargic market for initial public offerings of stock.

For now, the new bank is already dispensing advice to two public companies, CBS and Comcast Corp., as they explore new video channels on the Web.

New York cable firm connects PC, TV

Watching online video and other content on a television screen typically means buying a special device such as an Apple TV, or plugging lots of wires into the right holes on the PCs and TVs. Cable TV provider Cablevision Systems Corp. is testing a service that would eliminate that hassle.

It would let you watch movies, view photos or read your e-mail through your TV. The television is essentially a mirror display of the computer monitor.

You begin by downloading and installing Cablevision’s software on your computer. Although Cablevision won’t provide details on it, the software works much like remote-access programs that let troubleshooters diagnose your PC from elsewhere.

Then, whatever you activate on your computer screen will appear on your TV. It gets sent from your computer back over Cablevision’s cable lines to its network, which then sends the image back to your TV screen as a cable channel that only you can watch.

Cablevision, which serves more than 3 million households in the New York City area, isn’t saying much about when its customers will get this service, or whether there will be an extra cost. It’s announcing a limited trial for now, to begin by June. And it’ll only be available to customers who have both Internet and digital cable services through Cablevision.

Associated Press