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GNC-2011-03-28 #658 RIAA Infiltrates Federal Judges!

Posted by geeknews at 1:14 AM on March 29, 2011

If you cannot beat them Join them. A federal judge who worked as a lobbyist for the RIAA has already ruled pro RIAA as compared to other judges reviewing similar cases. This is a major win by the RIAA and will obviously go badly for any that draw her as a judge. I talk about this and a lot more. I also announce some upcoming format changes as we look forward to the next 5 years in where this show is going to go. Obviously the Ohana are going to weigh in as I make these changes and we will see how they go.. I have decided it is really time to focus on the format as the shows has not changed much in the past 6.5 years.

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Time Warner to get sued over iPad App.
Where did 40 Million go?
ICANN wants a exit from US Control.
IP Tracking.
8yr old Genius.
Mac’s for Web Dev?
Industrial Espionage.
New Nokia Fonts.
Blood Pressure Reduction with no Medicine.
WOW throttled by Canadian ISP Rogers.
Japan Nuke Plant Update.
Iranian Hacker.
Playstation XPERIA.
Social Media Detox.
Curiosity Mars Rover.
Romulan Ale.
Opportunity Update.
1 Trillion Stars!
How Cool is This!
Pictures from Mercury Tomorrow.
Latest Scam coming down.
10 Web Design Elements.
Truck Drivers to pay to Listen to Music.
Nintendo 3Ds
Federal Judge RIAA Insider.
Intel Revamps SSD Line.
Griffin PowerJolt for iPad.
Firefox 4 Tips.
.iso Files in Windows 7.
.DocX Converters.
IE9 Tips.
Free Xbox 360 Games.
Video Editing Tutorials.
TRIM tool for Snow Leopard.
Trash Nothing.
Banana TV.
GNC Studio.
Android Gotta haves!
Only in Japan.
AMEX Serve Digital Platform.
iPhone 5 Summer or Fall?
Smart ForTwo not for Sale?
Chumby 800×600!
Firefox 4 Smoke Checks IE9.
3-31 World Backup Day!
James Gosling to Google.


24 Hour Podcast Tentative Schedule

Posted by geeknews at 6:43 PM on December 11, 2010

The 24hr Podcast kicks off on Saturday December 18th an 11am EST. We have a great line up for you in 2010. This should prove to be an educational event for new media creators. We will have lots of entertainment and some special events during the 24hr show. Check out the full details below. The 24hr Podcast is a interactive event. We hope that you will choose to participate in the chat and by calling in to the TalkShoe line to add your commentary more details to follow.

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Seesmic Desktop 2 All in One

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 8:40 PM on September 14, 2010

Seesmic released an update of its desktop platform last week on both the Windows and the Mac platforms. It had been in private beta for a while but was finally released to the public and its clear that Seesmic has grown far beyond just another Twitter client. The first time you open it up, it will take you directly to your account page, where you can add any of the following accounts: Facebook, Foursquare, Google Buzz,Google Reader,, Linkedin,, Twitter and YouTube. There are also more sites available through Plugins and the sdk is available for developers to add more sites in the future. It will be interesting to see if developers take advantage of the opportunity.

Once you’ve add the sites you want, then you can set them up the way you want. Each application can be use to its fullest within Seesmic. You can go through your Google subscriptions, view YouTube videos, keep up with your Facebook friends and Twitter without ever leaving the Seesmic desktop application. When you write a post, you can easily choose which client or clients you want to send it too. You can also keep up with Twitter trends and do searches.

There are a couple of problems I have run into while using the application, first I haven’t been able to get the application working. I just set up a new account recently, so the problem maybe on my end, I am just not sure. The second problem is you do have to install Microsoft’s Silverlight to use it, so Linux users are out of luck at this time. It is also not very practical on a small screen, unless you like to scroll back and forth. It would be interesting to know how many people actually use multiple sites within the Seesmic application. Is this something that people want or are they looking for something more simple. I think a lot of people would see this as a clear case of information overload and a bit overwhelming. I am not one of those people however, I love having everything right in front of me, I do wish that the applications or were available within Seesmic, hopefully they will be soon.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the revamped Twitter website, will effect third party Twitter clients like Seesmic. I think that Seesmic saw what was coming and has begun to develop for a future, where it will no longer be dependent on Twitter for its survival, Clearly Seesmic has grown past its Twitter roots and is blazing its own trail, with Twitter only being part of its service.

GNC-2010-08-23 #604 Some Feedback from Feedback!

Posted by geeknews at 7:51 PM on August 23, 2010

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New Media v. Old Media

Posted by Andrew at 6:30 AM on July 14, 2010

How social media points the way forward for journalism. It’s a real example of how traditional media are becoming social media-aware and are using Facebook, Twitter and their ilk to get the news stories out faster and with more information.

However, what really registered with me is at the very end of the article.

There is a word of caution that goes with trusting what we read on this great “word of mouth” network.  Recent rumour mill stories on Facebook on the private lives of footballers ended up in the press and were proven to be totally wrong. So while this new technology can speed up the newsgathering process, journalists will need to make sure they do what they have always done – double check the facts.

I have real concerns about the loss of the old news media.  Obviously there’s no single cause but the rise of new media, the Internet “no cost” expectation and the “now” culture are all taking the toll.    But what will be the cost to our society when we no longer have professional journalists?

What will happen to investigative journalism?  What will happen when hysterical but unfounded rumours sweep across the social networks?  How will politicians be held to account when there is no-one to report on their mistakes?  How much more easy will it be to cover stuff up?

I can’t think of a single other instance where it’s become acceptable for amateurs to take over the role of professionals.  Would you want an amateur doctor to treat you?  An amateur engineer to design a bridge?  An amateur firefighter to attend an emergency?  No, I want these people to study for years to become competent at what they do.  Why should journalism be any different?  Just because you can string a sentence together, doesn’t make you a journalist.

Now, you may think that it’s a bit rich coming from a blogger for a major new media site but to tie this back to the original news story, I think it genuinely points the way ahead.  We have to get away from old media v. new media, it has to be co-opetition not competition, symbiotic not parasitic, and we have to find a way to reward news organisations and professional journalists to keep doing what they’re doing.

I don’t have all the answers, but I do know is that it will be social disaster if we lose professional journalists because we were too cheap to buy a newspaper.

The Death of Feed Readers

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 5:29 AM on May 27, 2010

I recently realized that I haven’t looked at my feed reader of choice in weeks, except occasionally on my Iphone. I was a big feed reader user. I tried several over the years, including Google Reader, Feedly and Netnews Wire among others whose names I can’t re-call. Each of these programs have their own plus and minus, but the one thing that all of them lack is real time notification. Increasingly, I want information coming to me in as real time as possible. Feed readers are just not made to be truly real time.

So If I don’t use a feed reader how do I keep up with the news. I use a combination of Socialite and recently Seesmic Desktop 2 Preview. Socialite lets me follow both Twitter and Facebook, while I use Seesmic to follow Google Buzz, which was recently added with the release of the API. I have divided my Twitter following into lists based on my various interest, including technology, ecology, local news and cooking. I add people and companies based on their knowledge to the appropriate list. The reason i don’t use Seesmic to follow everything is I prefer the way Socialite is set up. Socialite places the lists on the left hand screen and the messages flow down the center. There is a indicator next to each list with the number of unread messages. I can go thru each list individually, when I am ready. If there is a link that I am interested in I can either click on it to open it immediately or I can send it to Instapaper to read later.

I have been using this method for about a month now and I really like it. I doubt I will go back to a feed reader full time anytime soon. Do you use social media applications to keep up with the news, If so what do you use and how do you use it.

On my Way to Explore Ford Motor Company!

Posted by geeknews at 11:15 PM on May 18, 2010

I am sitting in the Red Carpet lounge here in Honolulu about to get on a flight that will take me to my home state of Michigan as special guest of the Ford Motor Company. I was contacted a month or so ago and asked if I would be willing to come out and tour facilities that are not normally scene by the general public. I have my standard load of HD Pro Cameras, Tripods, Wireless Microphones and several Digital cameras to capture what they let us film.

We have been given a schedule on what we will see and I want to share that with you know so you know what to expect in the Special Media Feed next week in regards to videos.

  • Manufacturing Ergo Lab
  • PowerWall, CAVE and iVR
  • 2010-2011 Model Drive Opportunties
  • Steering and Handling
  • High Speed Track
  • Product Review Center Safety and Technology Demos

Overall it will be a very big day. As a disclaimer Ford is paying for my airfare and lodging in Dearborn. I have opted to stay a few days later and will be paying for my Rental Car and additional lodging.

In recent days Ford continues to lead the way in innovative programs. Ford executives and students from the University of Michigan recently unveiled two Ford Fiesta cars that are equipped with customized applications to start out on an American Journey 2.0 with the first ever social media-connected road trip. Today they announced that they are testing a next-generation technology – originally developed for the Department of Defense and University of Iowa’s Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) Program – to simulate motion and provide feedback on forces against the human body – all done in a virtual avatar environment.

The new avatar – who goes by the name “Santos” – is an enhancement to Ford’s current virtual reality and design processes where human limits with dynamic motion can be fully seen and analyzed.  Santos has been programmed with a complete biomechanical muscular system, so he is subject to the normal laws of physics.

I am not sure what surprises they have for us in Dearborn but I am going to make sure I get as much of the really cool stuff on tape as possible.

Twitter and Tweetie

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 3:40 PM on April 18, 2010

It has been a busy week for Twitter, not to mention a controversial one. First on Wednesday of last week Evan Williams, the chairman of Twitter announced that they had purchased Albeit the company that owns Tweetie. Tweetie is one of the most popular twitter clients on the Iphone. Then just a few days later, Twitter announced that they were going to start monetizing Twitter by introducing what they call promoted tweets. At first they will show up only if you are searching for a specific product . However, eventually they will become apart of the normal Twitter stream.

Evan Williams said they purchased Tweetie, because they wanted to alleviate user’s confusion, when the user looked for a twitter applications in the Itunes app store. While this maybe true I don’t believe it was the real reason they brought Tweetie.  I suspect that the announcement that they are placing promotional tweets within the Twitter stream is the real reason they purchased Tweetie. Promotional tweets will not roll out to third application until later and the revenue will be shared. Which meant without the purchase of Tweetie, and other apps for Blackberry and Android, Twitter’s only guaranteed revenue flow would have been the Twitter web site. If you look at a typical user’s stream most of them are coming from third party applications and mobile devices. Twitter needed to have an official app for all the major mobile devices including the Iphone, Blackberry and Android to widen where their revenue pool.   The interesting thing is will third party apps developers join forces with Twitter or go more toward paid ad free models and where does Apple fit into the equation.  I don’t have the answers to the questions, but I pretty sure things are going to be interesting in the app development community for the next couple of months.

NING Cuts Staff, Turns Off Free Model

Posted by J Powers at 1:24 PM on April 15, 2010

Last month, Ning CEO Gina Bianchini was replaced by Jason Rosenthal – which made me wonder if some big changes were afoot. I guess I was right as it turns out Ning is changing their business model. Let’s look at what happened and what that means to you.

This letter was posted over on TechCrunch:


When I became CEO 30 days ago, I told you I would take a hard look at our business. This process has brought real clarity to what’s working, what’s not, and what we need to do now to make Ning a big success.

My main conclusion is that we need to double down on our premium services business. Our Premium Ning Networks like Friends or Enemies, Linkin Park, Shred or Die, Pickens Plan, and tens of thousands of others both drive 75% of our monthly US traffic, and those Network Creators need and will pay for many more services and features from us.

So, we are going to change our strategy to devote 100% of our resources to building the winning product to capture this big opportunity. We will phase out our free service. Existing free networks will have the opportunity to either convert to paying for premium services, or transition off of Ning. We will judge ourselves by our ability to enable and power Premium Ning Networks at huge scale. And all of our product development capability will be devoted to making paying Network Creators extremely happy.

As a consequence of this change, I have also made the very tough decision to reduce the size of our team from 167 people to 98 people. As hard as this is to do, I am confident that this is the right decision for our company, our business, and our customers. Marc and I will work diligently with everyone affected by this to help them find great opportunities at other companies.

I’ve never seen a more talented and devoted team, and it has been my privilege to get to know and work with each and every one of you over the last 18 months.

We’ll use today to say goodbye to our friends and teammates who will be leaving the company. Tomorrow, I will take you through, in detail, our plans for the next three months and our new focus.

Jason Rosenthal

Workforce Cuts:

In a nutshell, Jason came in and took 30 days to evaluate the company, now he is cutting the fat. 70 people – 40% of the staff has been laid off. That is a big number when you have a company that houses over 1 million total networks. So now 98 employees will have to continue on.

No More Free Ride:

When I first was introduced to Ning, I had to wonder if this free model was going to work. Now I know the answer – no, it didn’t. They are cutting their free service to focus on the paid services. And looking at the A-la cart prices on Ning, I would guess that is all going to change in the next couple weeks.

For example, extra storage to your account costs $9.95 / month. Add your own domain, Support, Run your ads and your bill is $45 / Month. Pretty pricey there.

I am not sure what is going to happen to popular social networks already on there. David Hasselhoff site is hosted there. Chris Pirillo has on there. I would guess they are already paying the premium prices due to higher bandwidth.

But what about the sites I use that are not that high profile? Several Geek and computer pages I visit, a local non-profit hosts their site on Ning, too. I would guess that they have to pay or go seperate ways.

What We Learned from this:

Free is nice, but not trustworthy. I know that whatever I have out there on a free model might be gone tomorrow. Bandwidth and other overhead are big factors in giving something away. Sometimes it works, other times; Well, you make a lot of people unhappy.

I am not sure how many sites will decide to move over, but I would guess the 1 million mark might have to be reached again. On the other hand, Ning has really built up an easy to use interface for anyone that wants to build a social site without having to do much coding. It’s really about the cost of ownership.

Do you have a Ning website? Are you going to stay on Ning, or move to another hosting provider?

Yelp Makes Some Changes

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 6:09 PM on April 13, 2010

This is a follow-up post to an earlier entry I wrote back in on March 21, 2010, titled Trouble with Yelp. It was about Yelp being sued for manipulating reviews and pressuring businesses into buying advertisements with them.

Last week, Yelp announced some changes in its policies. The first change they made was to start showing all reviews, even those they believe are spam or have inappropriate language. The regular reviews are shown at the top. Those reviews that would not have made it through the previous review process are shown in a separate area. There is a link at the bottom of the page you have to click on to get to them. I suspect that unless someone has been following this story, they will never see this link or if they do know what its for. Its on the right path, but I doubt Yelps critics will think it is enough. Yelp also got rid of most favorite review option. Under the old policies, businesses who paid for advertisements had the option to pick their favorite review and have it highlighted. This has also led to complaints from the business community that they are being pressured to advertise through Yelp. Those that didn’t were only not having favorable reviews highlighted, but according to the critics they were actually being removed.

Yelp insisted they did nothing wrong and that much of the problem was a misunderstanding on how they dealt with reviews. That no one was being favored by the process, they were simply weeding out spam and false reviews. This maybe true, however critics will point out that Yelp could have made these changes at anytime, but didn’t until they were faced with a law suit. As a user do think the changes will make a difference on how you see Yelp reviews. If you’re a business do feel better about Yelp now or has it made no difference.