Today's roundup starts off with word that one of Steve Jobs's final projects may end up putting the frighteners on the cable industry.
A new biography of Steve Jobs that goes on sale today confirms the long-standing rumor that Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) indeed has some big plans on the roadmap for developing an integrated TV set that would synch up with iCloud. "It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it," Jobs told author Walter Isaacson. (See Is Apple Building a Smart TV? and Tributes to Steve Jobs.)
And the analysts are weighing in. Piper Jaffray & Co. 's Gene Munster has been writing about the possibility of a connected Apple TV for a while, and noted Monday that prototype Apple TV sets are already in the works. Meanwhile, Peter Misek of Jefferies & Company Inc. , predicts Apple will launch the "iTV" in the second half of 2012, with an initial run of 5 million to 10 million units.
Irdeto Access B.V. has acquiredBayTSP, a firm that provides studios and other content owners with a range of anti-piracy services that monitors user-generated content sites and peer-to-peer networks. Among its services, BayTSP issues take-down notices if it is found that copyrighted material (a movie, TV show or even a book) has been illegally downloaded from and/or uploaded to the Internet from a user's PC. Irdeto, which secures content distributed by Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) to the iPad, plans to integrate BayTSP with its ActiveCloak security platform.
Eighteen percent of consumers aged 18 to 49 opted to receive additional info about a product being touted in an interactive advertisement, finds a study from Canoe Ventures LLC , the cross-MSO advanced ad joint venture, and the Association of National Advertisers. The study comes about amid a Canoe-led RFI (request for information) campaign based on cable's widely deployed EBIF platform. (See Canoe Boots Up Interactive Ad Campaign .)