I just read Ellen McGirt's poignant feature story on "The Brand Called Obama" in Fast Company, and my marketing head is spinning. "The fact that Obama has taken what we thought we knew about politics and turned it into a different game for a different generation is no longer news," she writes, "but what has hardly been examined is the degree to which his success indicates a seismic shift on the business horizon as well." Indeed, Obama has introduced a new brand of politics, and he has caused a paradigm shift that goes … Read more
On Friday morning, YouTube announced the second annual iteration of its YouTube Video Awards. What? Awards?
The video-sharing service, owned by Google since 2006, awarded accolades in categories like "Adorable," "Creative," and "Comedy" to original videos hosted on its site that were uploaded in 2007, as voted on by users. The prizes, per YouTube, are "bragging rights, a trophy, and a special invitation to an event later this year."
Okay, so the videos are kind of amusing. The "Adorable" category winner is a video of a baby who falls over … Read more
This post was updated at 10:12 AM PT to correct the spelling of Joost CEO Mike Volpi's name.
Could a browser-based version of its peer-to-peer software save Joost, the heavily hyped video start-up founded by the creators of Skype and Kazaa?
Portfolio's Kevin Maney wrote a lengthy profile of the once-hot company, and buried inside is a juicy tidbit about a future development: "This year, viewers will be able to watch Joost videos in a browser window," the profile read. Right now, Joost requires a software download, which critics have said is one of its … Read more
So, the other day I posted about how you can fit LinkedIn into your SEO and Web marketing mix through optimizing the links within your profile as well as linking back to your public LinkedIn profile, participating on LinkedIn Answers, and optimizing member profiles. Of course LinkedIn is built around individual members, so business interaction is very individual to individual ... there's something kind of nice about this, more personal feel.… Read more
The Britney-and-Brangelina crowd may shed a tear (or not): Gawker reported Thursday that the New York Post has closed down PageSix.com, the online arm of its famed gossip page, after just three months in business.
Citing tough economic conditions, PageSix.com Senior Vice President Jennifer Jehn confirmed the shutdown to Gawker's Nick Denton. "Given the difficulty in the economy, it was not the right time for this launch," Jehn reportedly said, adding that the decision would be accompanied by 18 layoffs.
Denton also pointed out that PageSix.com's traffic didn't exactly take off. Here'… Read more
Polaroid is one of those Old Economy companies (remember them?) that seems harder to figure out all the time. Buried long ago in the digital photo revolution, it's been dabbling in various products not exactly in its traditional wheelhouse ever since, such as DVD players and other technologies. But perhaps one of the most curious forays of all is its move into portable music devices.
In fact, Polaroid has been trying its hand in the MP3 market for years, from its eminently forgettable "Juke Jam PDP 600" in 2004 to various models in development shown at last year's CES. … Read more
Thanks to global warming, you needn't spend a fortune on a personal media player to make an impression, at least on the West Coast. In fact, your PMP can even be kind of clunky and not pack the most impressive features. It just has to be green.
Few can make that claim better than eMotion's solar-powered player, which was first shown at CES in January but is now available for purchase at $169. Inventor Spot wasn't terribly impressed with its specs--especially storage, or lack thereof--but how many times do you need to watch An Inconvenient Truth anyway? … Read more
Adobe Systems on Wednesday released a new server for putting restrictions on content delivered from its Adobe Flash Media Server.
Called Adobe Flash Media Rights Management Server, the software is aimed at TV and movie producers who want more fine-grained control over how users view videos.
A content producer could let a user view a video only after seeing an advertisement, for example. The software also allows people to serve up media that can be viewed for only a certain amount of time.
The company is also releasing application programming interfaces (APIs) for the server that will allow developers to … Read more
The miniaturization of matter has long been a human desire, and viewing the world from a smaller perspective is the core of many novels and movies. The idea of shrinking people for the purpose of traveling inside another human's body, in particular, has been frequently used in animated cartoons, including The Simpsons, Futurama, Beetlejuice, and SpongeBob SquarePants.
One of the most entertaining pieces in this genre is Fantastic Voyage, a science-fiction movie from 1966, which -- albeit not free of some severe logical flaws -- has lost none of its original appeal. Fantastic Voyage tells the story of a … Read more
Few YouTube videos are age-appropriate for a toddler or a pre-teen. And even fewer parents will take the time to find that dinosaur-related clip amid a slew of music and college-partying videos.
But a new Web company aims to do the work for parents. KidZui, a subscription-based browser that will cost parents $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year, offers a cordoned-off Internet for kids that features hundreds of thousands of reviewed sites, images and video for kids age 3 to 12. KidZui (pronounced kid-ZOO-ee) plans to open its service Wednesday after roughly three years of development.
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