Microsoft and NBC Split Up, MSNBC.com Now NBCnews.com

MSNBC Now NBC News

As of yesterday, July 14th, 2012, Microsoft has agreed to give NBC full control of MSNBC.com. Because of this, NBC is rebranding the site to NBCnews.com. The domain switch has already taken place but MSNBC.com will redirect to NBCnews.com for the time being. For the past 16 years Microsoft owned 50% of MSNBC, however, neither of the companies have disclosed how much the shares were sold for.

As of now, about half of NBC’s staff is located on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington  and will have to be moved to New York City where NBC’s headquarters is located. Because of this, NBC has stated that one of the biggest jobs will be to merge their web staff with their NBC News staff in New York. However, some of NBC’s staff will stay in the Seattle area at NBC’s new “NBC News Innovation Center”. This center will cover the technical end of NBC and will work to develop new technologies for the network.

If you’re unaware, Microsoft and NBC formed the MSNBC joint venture in 1996. Microsoft sold their shares of MSNBC TV back in 2005 but decided to stay partial owner of the website until now. When Microsoft and NBC announced the service, MSNBC was a $600 million joint venture.

Source: NBC News

NBC News Twitter Account Hacked – Posts False Ground Zero Tweets

Two days before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the NBC News account (@NBCNews) was hacked and false information has been spread about Ground Zero being attacked by Flight 5736.

NBC News Twitter Account Hacked

The account seemed to be hacked around 15 minutes ago and tweeted 2 Ground Zero attacks tweets and also changed the DP in one of the tweets. The fourth Tweet said that

NBCNEWS hacked by The Script Kiddies. Follow them at @s_kiddies!

This is definitely sick and scary at the same time. Hopefully, the people behind this stupidity will have some more sense. The folks behind NBC are aware of the issue and are fixing it. We have reached out to them for more information.

Story developing..

Update 1: The s_kiddies account has been deleted by Twitter, however, the NBC News hacked tweets have not yet been deleted.

NBC News Hacked Twitter Description

Update 2: The hackers have now updated the description and URL of the NBC News account.

Update 3: Twitter has suspended the @NBCNews account for now. Ryan Osborn, the directory of Social Media at NBC has tweeted that NBC are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it.

NBC Makes "The Cape" Premiere Available on iPad Before Series Launch

In what might be a first, NBC has made available the pilot episode/premiere of their new show The Cape on an before it hits television on January 9, 2011.

The Cape NBC

NBC is working really hard to promote their new show "The Cape" and it looks like they will be giving viewers with an iPad an early view of a one-hour pilot episode of The Cape via the free comic book iPad app from DC comics. The episode will be available for free on the DC comics app between January 5 and January 8.

If you don’t have an iPad, you can catch up on the premiere episode of The Cape on Sunday, 9th January, 2011 at 9PM EST. The series stars David Lyons ("ER") as Vince Faraday, a cop who is unjustly accused of a crime and becomes a secret crime fighter. After the premier, The Cape will return to it’s regular slot on Mondays at 9PM from January 17th, 2010.

So go ahead and watch the pilot episode of The Cape for free using your iPad. You can download the DC Comics application from here.

Hulu and NBC Pull Off Conan O’Brien Tonight Show From The Web

A couple of days ago, I was having some fun watching the last episode of the Tonight Show hosted by Conan O’Brien using Hulu, however, I could not watch the entire episode. To my surprise today, the show has now disappeared off the Internet forever, thanks to NBC and Hulu.

Conan O'Brien

The Conan O’Brien and NBC saga is well known, however, it is really sad that both NBC, and NBC owned Hulu pulled off the show from the Internet. All Things D reported about the removal and it is really sad to see the show scrubbed off the Internet.

I am a big fan of Hulu, and it does allow me to catch up with shows that I usually miss in the day, but doing something like this, which is more than monopolistic, is definitely not done. Agreed that you do own the rights to the show, but it is totally unjust to pull off something that the viewers would like to see.

Heading over to now, hope that they don’t pull off the Conan shows from there too.