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Over the Top Video a Threat Today?

November 8, 2010

Gary Kim has interesting thoughts about whether consumers are cutting the TV cord or the current subscriber losses we are seeing are due in-part to the economy and consumers deciding to forgo payments on cable.

Here is an excerpt:

Still, that could lead to years of trouble, and could lead to a definitive shift to online video if the content providers decide to shift more support to online delivery. 

Some 13 percent of current multichannel video subscribers in the United States say they are "somewhat" or "very" likely to cancel their current subscription in the next 12 months, and not sign up with a competing provider, according to a survey of 2,000 U.S. households recently conducted by Strategy Analytics (News - Alert).





Cuil is Dead

November 5, 2010

For whatever reason - someone mentioned competing with Google I believe, I wondered what Cuil is doing these days. So I visited the site only to find it was gone. A quick search showed this Google competitor which launched with fanfare and lots over-hyping died out much more quietly than it launched. Too bad.

The company burned through $33M and has nothing to show for it - they didn't even sell the domain name - not that it would have fetched much - perhaps it would have made a worthy redirect to Bing.com?

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Google Instant Comes to Mobile

November 4, 2010

What is better than Google on your Android device or iPhone? Well of course Google instant on your portable gadget of course. You see when driving your car, the only thing better than searching and driving is searching and driving and seeing the whole screen refresh. Well of course I am kidding as you should never search and drive.

Check out the demo of Google Instant Mobile below






So if you have an Android 2.2 (Froyo) device or an iPhone or iPod with iOS 4 the AJAX and HTML5 support will let you take advantage of this cool new feature.








Facebook Extends its Mobile Platform

November 4, 2010

Although this is a long article - which I admit I didn't have time to finish  - it is worth a read because it gives you an idea of the Facebook mobile strategy and moreover relates it to the Google Android strategy and explains that Facebook can't take advantage of every opportunity and is opening up more so others can assist.

Hats off to Rob Jackson for spending the time it took to put together this quality piece. Here is an excerpt:

  1. Single Sign-On: Open an application and automatically enjoy the experience with access and perhaps pre-installed knowledge about you and your friends. Sounds a bit like signing into your Android phone with your G-Mail account and having your contacts, calendar, apps, etc… already at your fingertips and syncing up!
  2. Location APIs: If we know where you are and where you’ve been AND we know where your friends are and where they’ve been, there are some very interesting things Facebook can do from a social standpoint. Google tried some of them with Buzz and Latitude but weren’t that successful, but then again, Facebook is a company whose #1 strength is Social so perhaps they can do what Google did not.




New Editorial Additions to TMC

November 3, 2010

Mobile Banking and Payments the Next Frontier

November 3, 2010

Without a doubt, one of the greatest new frontiers for technology is to take the banks and credit card companies out – the same way tech companies have taken out retailers, film producers such as Kodak, florists, record companies and more. Expect the major players new players in the space to be Apple, PayPal, Google and Microsoft – interestingly in the late nineties, a Microsoft exec gave a keynote address at a TMC expo and said that we will see mobile payments on the horizon – the prediction will and has come true but one wonders if the world’s largest software company can keep up in the race for mobile – let alone mobile payments.

I have already deposited two checks via mobile phone applications and although it is a weird feeling to rip up checks with your name on them once you are done – it does show how comfortable people will likely become with using their phone as a payment and deposit vehicle. After all, I felt weird the first few times I deposited a check into an ATM machine – many years ago.

Tehrani on Future of Broadband

November 2, 2010

Did the FTC Let Google Off Easy?

October 28, 2010

You have likely heard Google was investigated by the FTC for privacy breaches regarding its Street View data gathering practices which collected passwords and emails in some cases. TMC’s Erin Harrison covered this news explaining the FTC dropped the case because it was satisfied with Google’s decision to improve its privacy controls but many privacy groups are not happy with this outcome. Sidney Hill from E-Commerce Times reports that the Electronic Privacy Information Center for example is still unhappy because the FTC didn’t determine if laws were broken.

Interestingly there are inferences in the latter article about Google’s close ties to the Obama administration and whether this may have helped the search giant out in this particular case.

ListAndPlay: Music Videos Done Right

October 27, 2010

A while back I outlined my idea of dream TV and talked about how the merger of music selection algorithms and video clips could bring us television which is customized by content genres as opposed to today’s system of having to watch a channel at a time. Let’s say you are an avid Yankees fan – every clip mentioning the Yankees will eventually be queued up for you to watch. The stream could include clips from the Home Shopping Network, local news, ESPN, etc.

Anana Enables Social Networking Dial-Tone

October 25, 2010

It was only a matter of time – social networking has permeated so many aspects of our lives that almost one-in-five divorces cite Facebook as part of the reason for the split! Moreover, in some countries a single text message is legal grounds for divorce. But wait, how did I get on this tangent? This was supposed to be a happy story about how social networking has integrated with telephone service like never before, enabling carriers to generate revenue by tapping into one of the most popular phenomenons on the planet.

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