Archive | January, 2014

Video Content Marketers: Pay Attention to Inside.com, BBC Instafax & Cloud editing

Inside.com – 300 character news stories – just a bit more than Twitter. Instafax — same thing for video. Finally, there’s an app that helps me track business news at break-neck speed – Inside.com, Jason Calacanis’ new startup. My view – they’ve hit upon a critical equation for digital information and news: Maximize the info — minimize […]

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Why you may see video view numbers change on some of our talks today

Originally posted on TED Blog:
As you may know, we’re redesigning TED.com. It will be the same TED you love — just a little better and much more able to address the needs of our global, mobile audience. Part of our work in creating TED 2.0 includes reevaluating how we measure things. Especially, video views. “Number of…

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Dear Record Labels — Fix your gifting strategy before we really mangle-up this thing called music

Dear Record Labels — a brief note from a brain scientist, futurist and bassist — please hire a consultant to study those promotional tactics ASAP — or we’re headed for a cognitive disaster of epic proportions. See, the micro-gifting economy is upon us — and it seems to me that you are quite ill prepared. […]

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Steve Jobs has invented the Next Big Thing, death be damned — Human Computer Workflows, iPad & iPhone & the Singularity

Two weeks ago, Farhad Manjoo of WSJ wrote a great year-end round-up on tech. In it, he argues that pundits should stop lamenting the lack of a “next big thing” — because it’s already here. Namely, the smartphone and tablet. http://on.wsj.com/1kZLd2J But I found something else in the article that underscored his point — and […]

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Variety: “Big TV Killed the DVR”

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/big-media-hopes-to-kill-the-ad-zapping-dvr-with-video-on-demand-1201061036/ Great article — including the sad truth that industry forces are partly to blame for the stagnation of DVR technology. (Witness TiVo’s current experience with the Comcast Xfinity Cable Card — it’s awful — e.g. watching VOD forces me to cancel in-process DVR recordings.) I’ve been in the TV technology business for many years […]

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Why Nest is Worth $3.2B to Google (an alternative to the Internet of Things thesis)

#5 – Don’t forget – we’re in an era of mega-sized market caps – the 1% applies to market winners and losers too, so don’t get too worked up over the number. Of course it’s too much. Isn’t it always? #4 – Convergence of Video Surveillance with Home Video. Surveillance cam tech is being used […]

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Human Computer Workflows — My First Blog Post on the Singularity

Two weeks ago, Farhad Manjoo of WSJ wrote a great year-end round-up on tech. In it, he argues that pundits should stop lamenting the lack of a “next big thing” — because it’s already here. Namely, the smartphone and tablet. http://on.wsj.com/1kZLd2J But I found something else in the article that underscored his point — and […]

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OTT advice for Wall Street: Cord-cutting, cord-nevers are here to stay.

Hold your horses Brian! Brian Roberts of Comcast, that is. Yesterday, as you know, he moved his own stock 4% higher by teasing an “exciting reversal” of cable TV ‘cord-cutting’ subscriber trends. If you went looking for the numbers, you didn’t find them. They won’t release the numbers until later this month, which makes me […]

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A Tricky OTT Blind Spot — Why Mom shouldn’t Buy 4K, yet

Used to be that video tech was a cool profession. Today, my mom asked me if she should buy a “4G” TV. It feels like she just Friended me on Facebook. First of all, mom, it’s 4K. Second — unlike 3D hype, 4K will actually arrive — someday. In video, picture quality is always #1, and […]

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