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CBS Interactive acquires social TV guide Clicker.com

More acquisition news on a busy Friday. CBS has picked up Clicker.com for an undisclosed sum and named its co-founder, Jim Lanzone, as president of CBS Interactive.

Clicker is a Facebook-integrated social TV guide that recommends TV shows and offers links to (legal) places to watch them on the web. Clicker’s Facebook integration attracted a lot of positive coverage, including here on Lost Remote. Clicker will join CBS Interactive’s roster of properties, including CNET.com, TV.com, CBS.com, CBSSports.com, CBSNews.com and Gamespot.com.

“This is such an incredible opportunity,” said Lanzone. “Leslie and the CBS Interactive team have created an unrivaled arsenal of Internet properties – properties that have unlimited potential for expansion. I look forward to beginning my new role and working with the team to help lead CBS into the future of online information and entertainment.”

Lanzone succeeds Neil Ashe, who served as President of CBS Interactive since the Company acquired CNET Networks, Inc. in June 2008.

Here’s the press release.

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Online TV guide Clicker partners with Facebook

One of the biggest areas of TV that’s undergoing a social transformation is the program guide. Clicker.com is the latest to jump into the social sphere with a partnership with Facebook.

Much like RottenTomatoes.com does with movies, Clicker.com offers recommendations based off the TV shows you and your friends have “liked” via Facebook. The more you like — on Clicker.com or other Facebook-enabled sites — the better the recommendations.

Besides displaying what your friends have “liked,” Clicker.com also displays show trending with your friends (which is a little of everything right now, as people give it a spin.)

“When you find shows that interest you, click through to watch them on the websites that host the content,” including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and iTunes, explains Facebook’s Matt Kelly. On show pages, like 30 Rock above, you can see the number of “free” (Hulu) and “paid” episodes (Netflix) available to watch — cool features for people like me who watch a ton of TV online.