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Next generation social networks & unintended consequences

Recently, I wrote that social networks were double-edged swords for media companies… they can be assets, or liabilities.  While I’ve generally been quite positive about the strategic implications of media companies owning a social network, indulge me for a moment as I now go in the opposite direction by painting a potential “nightmare” scenario.

April 25, 2006 by Robert Young

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Dan Rather on the state of American media

Last night on the UC Berkeley campus, CBS News icon Dan Rather discussed the state of American media with Orville Schell, dean of the Journalism school. Rather discussed his lifelong love for journalism and his career, which was upended in 2005 due to the dust up over President Bush's service record.

April 25, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Sphere prepping to sort out the blogosphere

With more than 35 million blogs and over 50,000 posts per hour, the need for really good blogosphere search tools is even more critical. Technorati, IceRocket, Google and Yahoo, among others, are plowing the blog search ground.

April 25, 2006 by Dan Farber

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How the portable player tail wags the DRM and operating system dogs

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.

April 25, 2006 by David Berlind

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Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian unplugged

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.

April 25, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Video goes Internet--the future of what you watch

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.

April 25, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Ward Cunningham on the origins of wiki

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.

April 25, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Will or could RSS get forked?

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.

April 25, 2006 by David Berlind

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McNealy on Schwartz: I've been working pretty hard to get him into this role

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...

April 24, 2006 by Dan Farber

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