There's been a lot of progress in the world of high definition in the last few days. HD DVD has fallen, and just yesterday, video host Dailymotion rolled out its new HD player. While every visitor of the site with a fast broadband connection has access to the new HD player, only two types of content providers can actually upload HD content to it. The first are the official content providers like movie studios and TV networks. The second, are motionmakers--Dailymotion's equivalent of YouTube's director program. Anyone can become a motionmaker; they just need to state … Read more
Steve Rubel wonders if "the Interruption Economy sacks prosperity:" "Conventional wisdom says that technology -- and nowadays the Internet -- will always continue to advance and bring with it productivity gains and prosperity. That's certainly been the case for years. However, historically there are pauses. After the benefits of the Industrial Revolution were fully realized it took awhile for the next big era to begin. I wonder if we're about to enter a similar lull now that the Information Age is arguably almost 30 years old." Rubel demands "we need new tools for … Read more
Amazon.com Web Service's hosted storage service went down Friday morning, frustrating many Web site customers and refreshing concerns with the ballyhooed approach of cloud computing.
An online forum spiked with customer complaints Friday morning as some people found that content stored on Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) was unavailable or performed slowly.
The service was restored a few hours later, according to an Amazon technician. The first forum posting was timed at 5 a.m. PT, and the service was back up at just past 9 a.m.
The glitch sent a ripple through the blogosphere as … Read more
You've got to hand it to Microsoft. It's in it for the looonnnngggg haul.
Take, for example, its commitment to help teenagers understand the importance of respecting intellectual property (read: giving Microsoft more money). It just put out a survey showing that when kids understand the rules of copyright, they're "less likely to download illegally."
It also created a cute website that shows kids just how much fun it is to respect intellectual property. Hurray! That's where I'm going to be hanging out on Friday night.
The one thing it didn't explain … Read more
Juan Ponce de Leon came to the Americas in 1513 searching for the fountain of youth. He never found it, but he apparently left behind the belief that old bones can be rejuvenated, as Microsoft seems to be chasing th same elixir with its proposed acquisition of Yahoo!.
While there are clues that pockets within Microsoft are embracing the web and its promise, Microsoft is currently $80 billion into its quest for the Yahoo! Botox with little to suggest that the company is truly read to embrace what is most disruptive - and most successful - about Yahoo!.
Sometimes it's all in how you ask the question. As Dan Farber at ZDNet reports, Forrester asked a wide range of enterprises how much they plan to spend on Web 2.0 technologies (plumbing), and then asked essentially the same question but focused on what that plumbing can create - social collaboration - and found that purchasing interest was much higher:
Collaboration is increasingly a big business. Just ask Microsoft which minted $1 billion on Sharepoint in 2007, making Sharepoint Microsoft's fastest-growing product (measured in terms of revenue) ever.… Read more
MOUNTAIN VIEW--Israel is brimming with technology upstarts that want what Silicon Valley has--venture money, partnerships, and a bridge to the rest of the world.
On Wednesday, 15 Israeli companies showed off their technology to a group of investors and tech leaders here at Microsoft's offices. The conference, called IsraelWebTour 2008, was like a Demo for Israeli companies, but with potentially more upside for a start-up looking for influential ties.
"I love it. This gives us a lot of first-time introductions to major players like eBay, Microsoft, Google, and Ask.com," said Tai Schwartz, co-founder and CEO of … Read more
Remember ooVoo, that iChat-like video conferencing and chat tool we took a look at back in June? Today they've launched a new version that has got a handful of useful, powerful tools that make it a viable alternative for small workgroups using conference calls and screen-sharing applications, such as WebEx.
First up is a new recording feature that lets users tape video chats with other participants. Since the video and audio are being recorded to the hard drive, the only time limit is how much free space the computer has. In testing, I managed to get a nearly 15 minute, four-way video conversation down to 95 MB file. The application took about 10 minutes to convert my conversation into workable FLV file that was at a full 1MB/S quality. It can also step it down to 256kb/s or 512kb/s if the file needs to be smaller.
The other really useful feature is a new conference calling tool that gives host and participants a landline number to call. Other ooVoo users who call this conference line get plugged right into the audio that's a part of the video chat, and just like the video recordings, this audio gets archived too. The new call in lines support up to six people, meaning users can have up to a dozen participants--including those on the video side. The call in service is free this month, but it is moving to a by-the-minute model in March.
Besides the video recording, the other new feature that I think people are going to like is an optional piece of software that's a companion for ooVoo's video player. The companion has two main uses. The first is a screen sharing application that lets users show off an entire screen, or certain zoom levels, to other video chat participants. Users can also drop media files, such as music, pictures, or video into the stream for other users to view. Secondly, it's got a built-in facial overlay tool, like Fix8, that applies digital overlays either to users faces or to replace backgrounds. It's great fun.… Read more
When Benjamin Brown, the CEO of Web start-up MakeMeSustainable.com, hands you his business card, it's got "green" written all over it.
Rather than bleached white, it's the color of a supermarket bag and has a green fingerprint printed on the back.
Brown's not the only Web entrepreneur going with the recycled paper look. A growing number of tech and media entrepreneurs are trying to enter the booming green-tech industry via the Web.
Over the past five years, many IT professionals have made the jump to energy-related companies. Former Microsoftie Martin Tobias, for example, was … Read more
Google has come out and said something that many in the industry - including I - have long suspected: Social networks are poor advertising platforms. For those who can't get beyond the advertising fetish, here's a critical data point that suggests you'll need to indulge that fetish elsewhere. Whereas search is a great indicator of customer interest, social networks are not. Said Google's CFO:We have found that social networking inventory is not monetizing as well as we would like.
Of course it isn't. The model for monetizing them should be much different. Advertising is not the be-all, end-all for the web.