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What is the Internet?

The technical definition of the Internet is fairly unimportant to this thought experiment.  What I want you to think about is the conventional or popular definition.  To non-technical people (which is most everyone) the Internet is a means through which they browse the web and get email.  In their mind’s eyes, they imagine the access Continue Reading →
Yahoo!
According to Wired.com – Internet powerhouse Yahoo is introducing an online music subscription service that will enable consumers to download thousands of songs onto their portable MP3 players for $60 annually, undercutting the prices of the current industry leaders by more than 60 percent.   The Sunnyvale-based company planned to unveil “Yahoo Music Unlimited” Wednesday Continue Reading →

Beyond Ringtones

Ringtone
Last night I attended a networking event, put together by Ashley Heather and James Joice of MoMeMo, where Thomas Gewecke, SVP Global Digital Business Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment was giving the keynote address.  It was followed by a panel discussion which included Himesh Bhise, VP/GM of AOL Mobile, Matt Rowlen, VP Biz Dev at Continue Reading →
FCC
“What’s next … washing machines?” asked Judge Harry T. Edwards in a strongly worded decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  They unanimously agreed that the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its authority in adopting the rule stating, “In the seven decades of its existence, the FCC Continue Reading →
Google
About half of Google’s staff works on identifying and delivering relevant results based upon keyword search strings entered by users.  The actual Google search algorithm is a well kept “trade secret.” However, many find consensus in the notion that in the “post Florida update” era, Google still ranks pages by counting the number links back Continue Reading →
VoIP
People love predictions.  Some cable networks exist solely by airing pundits who are supposed to tell us how the future will unfold.  Personally, I hate predictions.  Not because they are usually wrong – I say and think lots of stuff that’s wrong.  I hate them because they are the best way to seriously mislead.  We Continue Reading →
Michael Jackson
This article by SCOTT STEEPLETON, NEWS-PRESS ASSISTANT METRO EDITOR is reprinted from the Santa Barbara News Press. Cameras are barred from the courtroom where Michael Jackson sits accused of molesting a teenage boy, but that hasn’t stopped E! Entertainment Television from going “inside” the trial. The cable network known for puff pieces on plastic surgeons, Continue Reading →
Nike Billboard
Nike, as part of it’s Nike iD program, has just unveiled a new 22-story billboard in Times Square.  It is a pioneering effort in interactivity and design.  You use your cell phone to design a sneaker that will be displayed for all the world to see and then you can download your footwear masterpiece to Continue Reading →
Podcast
No matter how you look at them, Podcasts are simply amateur audio recordings.  Some are in show formats, some are simply stream of consciousness audio musings, others are indistinguishable from professional radio station fodder – but, no matter what the content, they are what they are. Interestingly enough, user generated content has been a huge Continue Reading →
Real Player
Rob Glaser, founder and CEO of Real Networks, took out more than a few full page ads to tout his new semi-free, music rental service, Rhapsody25 — a revamped version of Real’s Rhapsody online music service that allows users to download and listen to 25 songs a month free of charge. They also announced Rhapsody Continue Reading →

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