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By - May 04, 2007

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Well sheesh, who didn’t know these two were talking. Is there substance here? Apparently enough to get the papers talking. I’ll put in a few calls…the original source of this story is the New York Post. We may want to check on that….

Yahoo/Microsoft makes less sense to me than Soverture, but then again, as predicted and discussed here and here, GoogleClick pushes these two into each others arms. It was the first prediction I made in January of this year. Not exactly rocket science.

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Silverlight – Does This "Change the Web"?

By - May 03, 2007

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At Mix earlier this week, Microsoft introduced Silverlight, a new approach to developing web applications. As I understand it, this allows developers the ability to code in native, PC languages like C sharp, bypassing the limitations of javascript and HTML. Scoble has interviews with folks claiming this will “change the web.” Will it? I honestly want to know your opinion…..

CBS Says: Syndicate or Die

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Interesting details on a new strategy from CBS, which is innovating more than most media companies these days. It recently struck a syndication deal with Joost, now it’s providing incentives to the long tail. From Lost Remote (and more):

CBS News is offering blogs and other online publishers the ability to embed a CBS News player on their sites. Video will include CBS Evening News, The Early Show and news video produced exclusively for the web.



Video from Biz 2 here.

Yahoo Testing New Search Look?

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From Rob Phillips, an astute reader in the UK, a new look for Yahoo search. He can only see this from a UK IP address looking at the main yahoo.com site, not uk.yahoo.com.

He reports:

They have their entire cascading stylesheet in the source of the page generated. I imagine they will tidy this up soon…

Still, the new branding looks pretty good to me!

The first stage of an AJAX’y search results page? Certainly looks that way….

A Brief Interview with Tom Wilde, New CEO PodZinger

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Tom Wilde

I’ve known Tom Wilde for a long time, he’s been in the search game for 15 years, with stints at FAST, Lycos, NameMedia, and more. So I was interested to see that he’s joined PodZinger as CEO. PodZinger was spun out of BBN Technologies about a year ago to focus on audio and video search technologies.

I asked Tom three simple questions which he was kind enough to answer:

Why did you decide to join Podzinger?



In looking at Podzinger, I actually found the rare opportunity to build a company around a world class piece of technology. Podzinger’s speech recognition technology was developed from $50MM in research & development grants from the US Government at BBN Technologies, from which the company spun out. This technology has solved the very difficult problem of “unbounded” speech recognition, meaning speaker independent, language independent, topic independent speech to text capability. In addition to our extensive patent protection and intellectual property, we have spent the last 5 years building the world’s largest training corpus which has created the high quality output the platform provides. This combination of research, investment, and productization is a terrific platform to build from.

Why now?

Podzinger came to life as a proof of concept around Podcast search as a consumer destination. In the last six months the company has increasingly focused on enabling media companies to enhance their online multimedia offerings. My background in consumer search and online advertising is a terrific fit here, as our ability to extract a full text output from audio and video files across the Internet means that content previously “hidden” from the search crawlers are all suddenly “plugged in” to the online search economy. This creates all the attendant benefits search provides i.e. dramatically improved search and discovery, topic and tag creation, auto-classification, and contextual advertising opportunities. The analogy of the current state of the art in audio and video search would be to imagine a web search engine that could only index the title and meta-tags of the web pages. Unlocking the contents of multimedia files is a paradigm shift in how multimedia content will be organized, accessed, and monetized into the future, and Podzinger is uniquely positioned to address this need.

Given the platforms Yahoo and Google have, how will you differentiate? Is your company going to be built for an exit, or for the long term?

In the near term, our platform can substantially enhance the consumption of multimedia content through improved search and navigation as well as enrich the advertising opportunity through improved targeting. Long term we are well positioned to drive the growth of video advertising inventory as that market quadruples in size in the next four years. With our capabilities we believe that Podzinger will be a successful standalone business in its own right. The core differentiation is our ability to extract the contents of multimedia files. While its of course possible that a competitor could create similar technology, our IP protection and five year headstart will provide barriers to entry for competitors.

Thanks Tom!

Cuban On Yahoo Comcast

By - May 02, 2007

How this guy has time to blog while watching the Warriors run circles around the Mavericks (except last night in the last two minutes) is beyond me. But what he has to say about the Comcast deal is interesting:

In short, Yahoo and Comcast can start working together to develop video content and ad platforms that Google can’t touch. Any video that is streamed from Comcast.net can be streamed at bit rates that match the user’s throughput, including commercials. If Comcast can deliver on demand video at full DVD quality to PCs, it can deliver commercials at that quality. All without ever touching the internet.

The Only Way Google Should Buy Dow Jones

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Bloomberg is speculating that Google might buy Dow Jones.

They only way this makes any sense (see my rant on buying NBC for more) is for Google to take a public service stance and put the Wall St. Journal in a non profit trust. Now that would be ballsy. It’s been done before (The Guardian is in a trust). Dean Orville Schell has made this argument to me, and I agree with it.

Google Responds to Viacom

By - May 01, 2007

News.com has the response here.

TechDirt has a good writeup:

The filing from Google is pretty much exactly what you’d expect. It points out that Google is well within the law. When Viacom sends takedowns, Google complies — even if Viacom screws up and demands non-Viacom videos get taken down. Google’s lawyers also point out that Viacom was one of the companies that pushed for the DMCA and had a clear hand in shaping what was in it — noting that it’s a bit ridiculous for the company to now be complaining about the law it wanted put in place.