YouTube has launched the first ever YouTube Awards with 70 videos in seven categories. This week viewers can vote to pick their favorites of 2006. It's kind of like the Oscars, but for user-generated video clips such as Lonelygirl15 and Ask a Ninja. As of right now, there's nothing on the awards page but a bunch of comments from confused users who have made their way to the site to find nothing to vote on. Digging deeper, clicking on playlist shows a full listing of clips. We're assuming there will be a voting system similar to the … Read more
Traditional media needs to evolve or they will become dinosaurs, blogger and author Arianna Huffington said in a keynote speech at the Online Media, Marketing and Advertising conference in Hollywood on Monday.
The New York Times partially gets that message, she says. For instance, the newspaper has a service that allows Internet users to customize their views of the online version of the newspaper. But then it charges for premium content. "Content online has to be free," she says. "Unless it's porn or financial news, don't charge for it."
She also complained that news … Read more
Justin.tv-- the live helmet-video blogging site we wrote about last month--went live this morning. The site combines a live video feed, public chat room, and head blogger Justin Kan's daily schedule--which loosely resembles a content programming guide. Entertaining bits of content are archived for later viewing, complete with a blog post with context for what's going on. The entire production is run through Kan's backpack, which holds a laptop hooked up to an EV-DO card.
A Seattle Web entrepreneur was visiting a knickknack store in Hong Kong and came across an old leather-bound journal with photos of young men and writings in Chinese. It looked like a school yearbook from the 1940s. He bought it for a minimal sum, scanned the pages and posted them onto the Web, inviting people to comment on the images.
"Perhaps together we can discover (or perhaps imagine) the story behind the owner of this almost lost journal," wrote Hillel Cooperman, who created the Web site and is a founder of Web services company JacksonFish.com.
News of … Read more
Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams has released a new Web site in "gamma" called Socializr.
Friendster, which just patented another networking technology to bolster profitability, is credited with sparking the social networking craze among Internet users.
Abrams' Socializr, meanwhile, offers online tools for event planning.
Users can send personal messages or invitations, post public invites or notes on forums, design invitations and upload photos for albums, in addition to creating personal or company profiles.
Socializr, it seems, is very into keeping a sense of humor about itself. According to Socializr's site, the company motto is "Don't … Read more
Vlogging social network Vlip launched this morning, providing users with a way to record and share video messages with others using their Webcams. Vlip has incorporated a system similar to YouTube's, allowing Vlip users to post a video response to another user's video. Both the video and its responses can be viewed from embedded Vlip clips on social networking profiles, blogs, and Web sites (similar to the dynamically updating embeds on SplashCast and Searchles.) Posting and browsing the site requires no registration.
What's also neat is the ability to add a response from any embed on other … Read more
Which business model is likely to be the most successful: MySpace, YouTube, Facebook or Second Life?
According to a war game played out at London's Business School last week, MySpace wins. But, in a conclusion that was validated by this week's Viacom lawsuit against Google and YouTube for copyright infringement, the participants concluded that both MySpace and YouTube are vulnerable to legal attacks and government regulations that target illegal activities and objectionable content, like child pedophilia and pornography.
Copyright lawsuits will be a "major distraction at best or they could undermine" the businesses, says Leonard Fuld, … Read more
A man who forced Web sites to remove a photo of him by falsely claiming he owned the copyright to the image has videotaped a slightly less-than-contrite public apology "to all bloggers, Webmasters and other individuals" as part of a court settlement.
Michael Crook, a resident of New York state, created a number of controversial, now-defunct blogs that made him the target of other bloggers and media. One of his blogs allegedly espoused racism. On another, he criticized U.S. military personnel as being overpaid and pampered, raising the hackles of Fox New's Hannity & Colmes, whose … Read more
Social-networking pioneer Friendster said Thursday it has received its third U.S. patent in the past nine months, another attempt to bolster its profitability.
Patent No. 7,188,153 B2, which covers "System and Method for Managing Connections in an Online Social Network," was awarded officially by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 6.
Friendster's first patent, covering "A System, Method and Apparatus for Connecting Users in an Online Computer System Based on Their Relationships within Social Networks," was granted in July 2006. In October 2006, it landed a second patent called … Read more
WASHINGTON--A Google executive said the $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit filed this week by Viacom against its YouTube subsidiary raises some interesting legal questions, but the search giant believes it will prevail.
"I feel very confident in our positions and frankly, more importantly, our lawyers do," Elliot Schrage, the company's vice president of global communications, said in response to an audience member's question about the suit at the Politics Online Conference here.
"Nobody's started writing any checks yet," he added.
The suit, which followed what was described as months of unproductive negotiations between … Read more