ipod vending machines...
Spotted (by Mahmood Al-Yousif) at Atlanta Airport has been the first of what could maybe one day be many iPod vending machines. While not a 100 per cent iPod-dedicated device (the machine also sells batteries, phone cards, prepaid phones and printer cartridges), the existence of the vending machine does underline the mass market commoditization that's taking place around the product.
O'Reilly Radar: News from the Future
Wonderful presentation from O'Reilly's ETech with Tim O'Reilly and his CTO Rael Dornfest on the latest trends and patterns in technology. A very worthwhile listen if you like a little future tech talk...
Google queues up video
There are a couple of interesting stories out there today involving Google and video - #1 is that video.google.com is to accept submissions, whatever that means, and #2 is that they're to feature on Al Gores new Internet invention, Current.tv, a citizen journalism project for user created video content.
Podcasters look to net money
Last year, as the word podcast began to spread like wildfire, we took a look at it in several posts here at Threadwatch and despite still thinking that the majority of amateur radio like podcasts suck, i have to confess to being a fan of the medium in many ways.
Anyone who downloads MP3s will be aware of AllofMP3.com. They have experienced massive viral growth recently. You can download whole albums and they have pretty much every album going. They survived by being based in Russia and exploting a legal loophole in Russion law in regards to the distribution of copyrighted material in electronic format.
These guys upset a LOT of people at the The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and it seemed only a matter of time before they got closed down in the same way as previous sites.
But, it would appear that have survived (for now)!
The DA’s office determined that while Allofmp3’s action are in fact theoretically illigal - they do not have the permission of all the artists they feature on the website to distribute their music - in the Russian copyright law there is no specific prohibition of digital distribution over the internet, thus the law couldn’t be applied against them.
I really admire the ingenuity of some of these operations that flagrantly flout the law by exploiting such legal loopholes. Trying to think up a few on my own now!
Search is a Platform. Where is it Going?
Whoooa, this looks cool - I've not listened to it yet, but it has me excited about it just from the text intro! From ITConversations Web 2.0 recordings John Battelle moderates a panel on Search as a Platform. The panelists are:
Steve Berkowitz, CEO, Ask Jeeves, Inc.
Udi Manber, CEO, A9
Louis Monier, Director, Advanced Technology Group, eBay
Christopher Payne, Corporate Vice President of MSN Search and Shopping, Microsoft, Inc.
Jeff Weiner, Senior Vice President, Search & Marketplace, Yahoo
The Comedy of the Commons
Larry Lessig speaks on the SDForum Distinguished Speaker series on the subject of "The comedy of the commons". Most of the presentation centers on intellectual property and as one who's never paid that much attention, but is aware of the general arguments, it was a complete eye opener.
It's an outstanding listen, and pretty funny in places - particularly his impressions of Idaho congressmen - well worth the time (it's quite long).
BrightCove, the new IP Video platform
Om Malik reports on Jeremy Allaire's new IP Video project Brightcove
Jeremy is the guy behind ColdFusion of course, and his new venture sounds exciting: As opposed to TiVo and Akimbo, Brightcove will not be going the hardware route to IP video, but rather, a software platform to span many, many devices:
Instead of developing a hardware platform, the company will base everything it does on open standards, and will essentially be a software platform that will run on any kind of device - Microsoft Media Centers to TiVo to connected DVD players. In other words, he is gunning for a market that is the super nova of consumer-acquired devices.
Om goes on to point out that this is not an option for large broadcasters, but rather for video bloggers and short film makers.
Malcom Gladwell speaks on ITConversation's Tech Nation - I've not listened to it yet, but the last one he did was fantastic, so i'll take a punt on this one being worthwhile also..
We have two kinds of thought, Malcolm says. The first is the rational, deliberate and conscious thought that we analyze and cherish. The other is the kind of thinking that occurs below the level of awareness, and it doesn't happen slowly and deliberately, but really quickly. We tend to dismiss the latter in our society, but in the past few years psychologists have referred to this as the product of the adaptive unconscious. It's a kind of a big computer that does all the background tasks. It's powerful and fast, but because it's not part of our consciousness, it's rather mysterious.
Search is one of the most important applications used on the internet and poses some of the most interesting challenges in computer science. Providing high-quality search requires understanding across a wide range of computer science disciplines. In this program, Jeff Dean of Google describes some of these challenges, discusses applications Google has developed, and highlights systems they've built, including GFS, a large-scale distributed file system, and MapReduce, a library for automatic parallelization and distribution of large-scale computation. He also shares some interesting observations derived from Google's web data.