Google TV News Round-Up

--"Social GTV" App Launched
--Funny or Die Launches Google TV Comedy App
--Blancspot Launches Google TV Social News App
--Software Update Upgrades Google TV to Android 3.2
--Google Asks FCC for Permission to Test WiFi- and Bluetooth-Enabled "Entertainment Device"
The Google TV platform has generated a fair amount of news over the past few days. Here is a round-up: Google has launched a Google TV app called Social GTV . "What is Social GTV?" the app's creator, Will Carter, writes on the Google TV blog. "It is an app that allows you to show in-the-moment, relevant tweets overlayed on top of whatever you are watching, and it works with any show or event on...

TiVo Launches $90 Bluetooth-Enabled "TiVo Slide" Remote with Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard

--TiVo's Stop//Watch Ratings Service to Measure Consumption of Broadband Content on TV
TiVo announced late Monday the availability of the TiVo Slide Remote , which features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The company is touting the new remote as facilitating progressive search on the TV--currently, TiVo users have to enter search terms via an on-screen keyboard. "This finger-friendly device strengthens TiVo's product offerings, giving consumers the best tools to find what they want more quickly," Jim Denney, TiVo's VP and general manager of product marketing, said in a...

News Round-Up II: Miscellaneous

--Concurrent Forms Advisory Board to Provide Counsel on Cross-Platform Strategy
--DirecTV to Launch Three 3D TV Channels
--DISH Network, EchoStar Announce "TV Everywhere" Products
--Hillcrest Labs Integrates Freespace with Broadcom's Bluetooth Chipsets
--iN Demand Names Bob Benya President and CEO
--ThinkAnalytics Joins NDS's Recommendations Engine Partner Program
--NDS to Offer End-to-End e-Publishing Solution
--Sky Says its 3D TV Service Will Be Compatible with Sets from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony
Here is a brief round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, Concurrent , has announced the establishment of an advisory board. According to the company, "media industry leaders Chris Bowick, William Markey and Vin Bisceglia will serve on the board to provide third-party counsel on Concurrent’s cross-platform strategy and execution." DirecTV has announced plans to launch three 3D TV channels in...

Broadcom Bluetooth Technology Integrated into New Line of LG Electronics TV Sets

--Says Will Enable Mobiles to Serve as Keyboard Input Devices for TV Widgets, Tcommerce
Semiconductor company, Broadcom , announced Monday that LG Electronics has integrated its Bluetooth technology into its new LH70 line of digital television sets (which are now shipping), thus allowing consumers to connect those sets to devices such as wireless stereo headphones and--more interestingly--mobile phones. According to Broadcom, its Bluetooth technology will allow the new LG TV sets to act as wireless docking stations for MP3-enabled mobile phones and portable media players, thus enabling music and...