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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

Roku, the company whose set-top box originally made it possible to stream Netflix content on TVs, has come out with two new video players. The Roku SD supports standard-definition content of 480i and costs about $80; the Roku HD-XR supports 702p video and retails for $130. Digital Trends(10/27)

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By 2013, there could be as many as 46 million homes worldwide with 3-D-capable TV sets, according to GigaOM Pro analyst Alfred Poor, who added that the rate of uptake would be greatly affected by cost considerations. Sony and Panasonic, both of whom have said they will launch 3-D HDTVs next year, are likely to lead the way. Yahoo!/The Associated Press (10/26

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

ZeeVee is introducing a $2,500 media streamer that features SPDIF Digital Audio and Analog Audio inputs and HD MPEG2 encoding technology. The ZvPro 250 Media Streamer is designed to enable existing coax wiring to deliver HD video. CEPro.com (3/12)

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ONLINE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: YOU TUBE MIX TAPE by Marauder

ONLINE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: YOU TUBE MIX TAPE

From zero views to over a million over 8 video tracks in 7 days, Kutiman has become the latest online video sensation.  The project, called Thru You, stitches together video samples found across the breadth of material on YouTube.  These 8 tracks were created over 3 months of time.  To promote these, 3 people e-mailed 20 friends and thus became viral.  Ah, the power of the internet.  And just like the project’s title, the tracks were really created through you…if you in fact were one of the people playing music in one of these videos.

In the past, it was Paul’s Boutique from the Beastie Boys or DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing that blew my mind in the mixing department.  There’s now a new order in town.  I think the genius in these tracks comes not only from the masterful mixing but in the added video element.  I once saw RZA scratch the audio and video of old school cartoons in LA and watching these videos leaves me equally intrigued.

Click here to head to Kutiman’s site masterfully designed to look like a remixed version of a YouTube page.

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
December 5, 2008, 8:04 PM
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TECHNOLOGY

Rental chain Blockbuster is entering the realm of fast food chains’ dollar menus, cutting the price of its DVD rentals to 99 cents to lure in more first time customers, reports Reuters. The details – how long the rentals are for or what markets the offer will be available in, have yet to be determined. (Cynopsis 12/5)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

Retailers are offering huge discounts to entice holiday shoppers as demand for PCs falls amid a global economic slump. Some companies are offering as much as 30% off some models in a sudden panic that follows months of steady growth. The Wall Street Journal (11/14)

Reed Hastings says versatile controllers like the one used by the Nintendo Wii are pointing the way for next-generation TVs. Speaking at the NewTeeVee Live conference, Hastings said better, more engaging interfaces were needed to help make Internet-powered video an integral part of home-entertainment systems. CNET (11/13)

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ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA by Marauder

ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Measuring viewer “engagement” on TV is simple. You count how many people tune into a given show. It stands to reason that the most popular shows would also be the most popular ones on social networks. But that is not exactly the case. Networked Insights, a company that measures brand engagement on social networks, compared the top ten TV shows for the week of September 22 to 28, as measured by Nielsens, to the most talked about TV shows on social networks, as measured by which ones were most commented on, linked to, shared, or rated. The comparison is for the 18 to 49 year-old demographic. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/27/the-most-watched-tv-shows-are-not-the-most-talked-about-online 10/27)

For most people, watching Web video is predominantly a streamed experience on their computers. But an important and substantial portion of Web video is still downloaded to be watched later, or transferred to a different screen (usually an iPod, but sometimes a flat-screen TV). The problem with downloads is that they don’t fit neatly into the advertising model that rules most other Web video. CEO Mike Hudack of Blip.tv revealed that his company has found a way to dynamically insert ads from DoubleClick into video downloads on iTunes and elsewhere. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/28/bliptv-figures-out-how-to-serve-ads-in-itunes-videos 10/28)

Microsoft made a major announcement today – they will be offering “lightweight” versions of Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote – through the browser. Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari will be supported. Users will be able to read and edit documents from the browser. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/28/microsoft-office-embraces-the-browser-thank-you-google 10/28)

MTV launched a free online music-video service this week that eventually will be supported by advertising, according to this report. The site, at mtvmusic.com, is looking to capitalize on the popularity of other online video ventures, including Hulu.com, the partnership between NBC Universal and News Corp., which currently is the sixth-most-popular U.S. video site on the Web. Advertising Age (10/27)

An update to Techcrunch’s recent post on Facebook Connect: Facebook is pushing partners hard to be prepared for an official November 30 launch.   24 of 26 announced launch partners have yet to integrate Facebook Connect. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/28/facebook-connect-launch-scheduled-for-november-30 10/28)

Some online-advertising networks are shutting down while others are cutting costs as growth in online spending slows and venture-capital funding begins to dry up. AdBrite recently cut 40% of its work force. Other ad networks “are in severe trouble and could be closing their doors.” (Iwantmedia 10/28, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122514803617173825.html 10/28)

On the heels of announcing an expanded relationship with the New York Times website last week, Brightcove is adding all of AOL to its video-distribution client list. Like the New York Times, AOL is an investor in Brightcove.  But the deal is a coup for Brightcove 3, the latest version of its online video platform. Brightcove 3 will power all the video on AOL, which is one of the top ten destinations on the Web for video. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/27/brightcove-snags-aol-video-deal 10/27)

There’s been more downsizing in the start-up space (TechCrunch’ s Layoff Tracker counts 573 tech start-up layoff so far) and cost-cutting moves have begun to hit the creative side of the business. Web studio Revision3 announced a wave of layoffs and is shutting down production on Pixel Perfect, PopSiren and Internet Superstar. Revision3 also said it will cease distributing EPIC FU and Wine Library, both of which are produced by independent studios. EPIC FU producer Smashface followed with the news it was forced to lay off three members of its production team. (Cynopsis 10/28)

The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, on behalf of a broad class of copyright holders, will join with Google to host a teleconference today to discuss a settlement agreement that would expand online access to millions of in-copyright books and other written materials in the U.S. from the collections of a number of major U.S. libraries participating in Google Book Search. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/28/authors-and-publishers-associations-settle-with-google-over-125-million-lawsuit 10/28)

Leading online firms Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! along with human rights groups have agreed to a common set of principles that will serve as a guide for doing business in countries that place strictures on free speech. Under the Global Network Initiative, the companies promise to “narrowly interpret and implement government demands that compromise privacy.” The Wall Street Journal (10/28) , The New York Times (10/27)

SlideRocket, an online presentation application that produces slideshows that rival (and in many cases, better) PowerPoint, has launched to the general public. The site had previously been available under a public beta, and is now removing the beta tag and introducing a set of pricing tiers along with some impressive new features. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/28/sliderockets-impressive-online-presentation-app-hits-general-release 10/28)

Top 10 Search Providers for September 2008, Ranked by Searches (U.S.)
Provider                    Searches (000)      YOY Growth     Share of Searches
All Search                   8,089,226               9.4%               100.0%
Google Search             4,825,556              20.8%                59.7%
Yahoo! Search             1,464,478               1.5%                 18.1%
MSN/Windows Live         953,504               7.1%                 11.8%
AOL Search                   335,187             -24.6%                  4.1%
Ask.com Search             178,217              12.1%                  2.2%
My Web Search               53,825               33.4%                  0.7%
Comcast Search              51,935              -13.1%                  0.6%
AT&T Worldnet Search     30,086             237.7%                  0.4%
NexTag Search               17,775              -29.3%                  0.2%
Dogpile.com Search        17,574                -5.3%                  0.2%
Source: Nielsen Online, MegaView Search

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ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA by Marauder

ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA

YouTube, the Web site that enabled anyone with a computer to watch just about whatever video they wanted as long as it didn’t exceed 10 minutes, has decided to scrap its time limit, making it possible to stream full TV episodes for the first time on the Google-owned portal. YouTube already has started running full episodes of oldies but goodies such as “Star Trek” “MacGyver” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.” USA TODAY (10/23)

The number of people watching the online clips of Sarah Palin’s appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is growing and will soon surpass the 15 million that viewed her guest spot on television. Pirated versions alone have been viewed nearly 3 million times on sites like YouTube. (Iwantmedia 10/24, http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=131981 10/23)

Fans of Tina Fey’s screwball  sitcom 30 Rock don’t have to wait until next week for NBC to premiere the show’s third season.  As of yesterday, devotees can catch the season’s first episode of the Emmy-winning comedy. (http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/10/hulu-airs-seaso.html 10/23)

Bebo‘s latest interactive series Chelsey:OMG! launched this week, its first crack at the comedy genre produced by Channel X. The fish-out-of-water tale stars Kelly Anne Lyons as a rich American girl who is forced to adapt to British culture. (Cynopsis 10/24)

The New York Times is hurting financially these days, and its online business doesn’t seem to be helping much, but at least it keeps pushing forward. One area where the NYTimes.com has put a lot of effort is in video, and it has just redesigned its video page around the new Brightcove 3 player. Previously, the NYTimes was using the FeedRoom as its main video platform. (This swap doesn’t come out of the blue. The New York Times is an investor in Brightcove). (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/24/the-nytimescom-prepares-for-hd-video-drops-the-feedroom-for-brightcove 10/24)

Comcast’s online and VOD network FEARnet will launch the original The Dark Path Chronicles on Nov. 6 – written and directed by Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary I and II, The Attic) – following the journey of a newly awakened vampire and a teen girl. FEARnet will also be profiling 10 new locales this month in a second go around of Street of Fear produced by Atlas Media Corp. Ghost stories behind true places are explored such as Mt. Misery Road in Huntington NY, where a Woman in White was supposedly burned alive in a hospital fire and still haunts the area. (Cynopsis 10/24)

Recently acquired photo archive Getty Images purchased rival Jupiter Media‘s online images business Jupiterimages for $96 million in cash. Jupiter Media will continue to operate its online media business, which consists of internet.com and EarthWeb.com for IT and business professionals; DevX.com for developers; and Mediabistro.com and Graphics.com for media and creative professionals. (Cynopsis 10/24)

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