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Jobs’ last words; Amazon signs Disney for Prime; YouTube getting original content

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Steve Jobs’ sister Mona Simpson published an emotional eulogy for her brother in the New York Times, disclosing, among other things, that his last words as he looked at his family and then, over their shoulders past them, were, “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW!.

Simpson noted that “Novelty was not Steve’s highest value. Beauty was.” That’s evident in the products Apple makes.

Simpson also said Jobs sketched devices to hold an iPad from his hospital bed. She shares details of how Jobs fought his illness, his dedication to working every day, and how he faced death.

Amazon signs Disney for Prime today announced a new licensing agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group that will allow Amazon Prime members to instantly stream a broad selection of library content from ABC Studios, Disney Channel, ABC Family and Marvel. The agreement was brokered by Disney-ABC Domestic Television with Amazon.

Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $79 a year that includes access to Prime instant videos as well as unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on products Amazon sells. Buyers of the Kindle Fire will get free month of Amazon Prime with the tablet.

Prime instant video is a benefit for paid Amazon Prime members. Prime members get unlimited, commercial-free, instant access to nearly 13,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost.

Since the launch of Prime instant videos, Amazon has secured licensing deals from partners such as CBS, Fox, PBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, Warner Bros. and many more. For anyone who watches much video online, Prime sounds like a good deal.

Popular Disney-ABC Television Group offerings for Prime members will include:

  • Prior seasons of current ABC hit series “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • All episodes of recent ABC favorite “Lost”
  • Prior seasons of Disney Channel’s popular animated series “Phineas & Ferb”
  • Prior seasons of ABC Family’s groundbreaking series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” including the most recently aired episodes from summer 2011
  • Prior seasons of Marvel’s animated shows “Spider-Man,” “X-Men Evolution,” “Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers” and “Iron Man: Extremis”
  • All episodes of ABC Family’s “Greek”
  • All episodes of “Felicity” from ABC Studios

Google bringing original content to YouTube

With online video streaming shaping up as one of the battlefields on which the Internet giants such as Amazon and Google are playing out their commercial wars, Google says it will bring a plethora of new original content to YouTube.

Google;, reports say, is spending north of $100 million to develop shows built around Deepak Chopra, skateboarder Tony Hawk, comedian Rainn Wilson and others.

The company, which is also building a YouTube app for Google TV, said it will pay content creators 55 percent of ad revenue from the videos.