I often find myself banging my head against the wall when trying to explain how the relationships between portable multimedia devices, online music stores, digital rights management systems, and operating systems are leading us to a world where there a few players and ominously dangerous control points. Dangerous from a market perspective.
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Sling Media is garnering the kind of consumer attention that TiVo has received over the years. Instead of time-shifting, Sling Media focuses on place-shifting with its Slingbox, which brings the TV experience (cable TV, TiVo, satellite, etc.
On April 24, the Churchill Club held a panel discussion, "Video Goes Internet--The Future of What You Watch." The panelists included Rob Bennett, general manager, MSN Entertainment and Video Services at Microsoft; Jennifer Feikin, director of Google Video at Google; Blake Krikorian, founder & CEO of Sling Media; John Papanek, senior vice president and editorial director of ESPN New Media; and Ben White, vice president of Digital Media at MTV.
We've collected some of former CEO and now Sun Chairman Scott McNealy's best quips and gibes at competitors (especially Microsoft) in this short video.
Worth watching: John Gage, chief researcher and vice president of the Science Office at Sun, interviews wiki inventor Ward Cunningham at the Computer History Museum last night. He explains the history and evolution of the wiki.
Last year, Microsoft came out with an extension to RSS called Simple Sharing Extensions or SSE. Microsoft wisely published the extension under the Attribution-Share Alike Creative Commons license -- the same license under which RSS is freely usable.
During the conference call with the media, former Sun CEO and now Chairman Scott McNealy praised his replacement Jonathan Schwartz, saying that he had worked "pretty hard to get him into this role," spotting his talent and watching him through seven jobs at Sun in the last 10 years. "He and I can finish each others' sentences...
After ZDNet senior editor David Grober updated today's blog about Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy with her photo, I wondered if perhaps these could all be the same woman? From left to right, Xerox turnaround artist Anne Mulcahy, HP turnaround wannabe Carly Fiorina, and the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee (according to Joe Trippi by way of Robert Scoble) Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
I'm not singling out Google's Writely because I think it has a better shot against Microsoft's Office than any other Web-based contender. I just needed to pick one (of the many Web-based offerings) to make a point that Microsoft could be seriously shooting itself in the foot if what Gartner says is true.
Scott McNealy stepped Sun CEO after 22 years at the helm, replaced by President and COO Jonathan Schwartz today, after the company announced its quarterly results. McNealy will remain as chairman.