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If there's one clear theme to the conversations I've found myself in with folks here, it's the shift in the music business, a very real, ground level shift – toward empowering the artist and the music, away from the control of "the business" as its been constructed over the…

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If there’s one clear theme to the conversations I’ve found myself in with folks here, it’s the shift in the music business, a very real, ground level shift – toward empowering the artist and the music, away from the control of “the business” as its been constructed over the past few decades. It’s palpable, musicians, managers, fans, producers, they are all speaking the same language. Sure, this has been heralded for years, and trumpeted with EMI’s DRM about face and Jobs’ open letter, but to be here, feeling it in real time, makes it that much more powerful. It feels an awful lot like the web 2 space in 2003. A good vibe, driven by a shared set of values that’s not anti-business, but more, well, author-driven, so to speak.

A company to watch in all of this is Red Light Management. I’ve met some of the folks from this talent management business, and they are working in interesting new ways.

In the past 24 hours I’ve seen more great music that’s new to me than I’ve found in the past year. (I’ll admit, that’s not hard, given the rock I’ve been under). I’ll post some of it, Fred Wilson style, later on.

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Jeff Kravitz on Bonnaroo

Where am I? Grokking Bonnaroo. Jeff Kravitz, a photographer and new blogger, is here shooting (that's his work from earlier this evening). His thought on tonight: "Thursday night is like Einstein when we was a baby. Friday we split the atom." It's good to be here. I'll post when…

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Where am I?

Grokking Bonnaroo.

Jeff Kravitz, a photographer and new blogger, is here shooting (that’s his work from earlier this evening). His thought on tonight:

“Thursday night is like Einstein when we was a baby. Friday we split the atom.”

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Google Cancels EBay Party – Ebay Cancels Google Ads

Guess I was wrong. A reader sent me a cancellation notice, Google is now no longer trying to poach the party goers at EBay's fest. I bet some senior folks on both sides must have traded a few curtly worded emails…. Update: Holy sh8t, check this out: EBay Inc….

Guess I was wrong. A reader sent me a cancellation notice, Google is now no longer trying to poach the party goers at EBay’s fest. I bet some senior folks on both sides must have traded a few curtly worded emails….

Update: Holy sh8t, check this out:

EBay Inc. has pulled all of its advertising from Google Inc.’s U.S. network in what is widely seen as punishment for trying to crash eBay’s user conference in Boston this week.

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eBay Opens Up

From Ars: One of the few survivors from the dotcom bubble that we know today as "Web 1.0" has now announced that it is moving firmly into the Web 2.0 world. The online auction site eBay announced at the eBay Developer conference in Boston that it has opened up…

From Ars:

One of the few survivors from the dotcom bubble that we know today as “Web 1.0” has now announced that it is moving firmly into the Web 2.0 world. The online auction site eBay announced at the eBay Developer conference in Boston that it has opened up its three core businesses—eBay, PayPal, and Skype—to third-party developers. These new application programming interfaces (APIs) are being released as part of a limited beta program: attendees at the eBay developer conference will get preferred access.

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Geo Search: Patented?

From TechDirt: A patent holding company named Geomas has the rights to a broad and obvious patent on location-based search that just about every local search or online yellow pages site probably violates. The company has apparently raised $20 million from some of the growing list of investment firms…

From TechDirt:

A patent holding company named Geomas has the rights to a broad and obvious patent on location-based search that just about every local search or online yellow pages site probably violates. The company has apparently raised $20 million from some of the growing list of investment firms drooling over the innovation-killing patent-hoarding lawsuit rewards and is kicking things off by suing Verizon for daring to put its phone book online in the form of Superpages.com.

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A Brief Interview with Jason Calacanis of Mahalo

Last week saw the launch of Mahalo, the new human powered search index from Jason Calacanis (that's his dog, at left, one of his favorite online images). Jason has a flair for getting attention, and you all gave him some in the comments on my post noting the launch,…

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Last week saw the launch of Mahalo, the new human powered search index from Jason Calacanis (that’s his dog, at left, one of his favorite online images). Jason has a flair for getting attention, and you all gave him some in the comments on my post noting the launch, all right. I emailed Jason for his response and we did the classic Searchblog back and forth. One thing I can say for Jason: He speaks his mind (see his comments on Squidoo, below). The interview:

What do you make of the response so far to Mahalo?



First off, I’m thrilled with the amount of attention and feedback the project has gotten. It’s a very contrarian idea, so I think some folks are rightfully exited and/or skeptical. Launching at the D conference certainly contributed to the excitement.

Of course, we’ve heard and developed a strategy to resolve the issues that people first think of when you say “human search” months ago. As you can imagine, when we spoke to our investors they brought up the same issues: how does it scale, how do you deal with human bias, how do you keep the search results up to date, why would people switch from google, how many search results do you need to reach scale, how is it defensible, etc.

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PodZinger No More, Now “EveryZing”

PodZinger, which I've covered here, has rebranded as EveryZing and rolled out new services. EveryZing is a media merchandising platform that helps content producers and web publishers dynamically increase the volume of consumable online multimedia content while simultaneously enhancing its monetary value. Unlike other general web search and aggregation…

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PodZinger, which I’ve covered here, has rebranded as EveryZing and rolled out new services.

EveryZing is a media merchandising platform that helps content producers and web publishers dynamically increase the volume of consumable online multimedia content while simultaneously enhancing its monetary value.

Unlike other general web search and aggregation services that work only on meta data and tags, EveryZing leverages its unique speech to text, search, and optimization technologies to unlock the content within multimedia and automatically process and organize it to power a compelling ecosystem which easily connects media companies with publishers, consumers, and advertisers.

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YouTube Working Out the Kinks

Reuters: Top online video service YouTube will soon test a new video identification technology with two of the world's largest media companies, Time Warner Inc. and Walt Disney Co.. The technology, developed by engineers at YouTube-owner Google Inc., will help content owners such as movie and TV studios identify…

Reuters:

Top online video service YouTube will soon test a new video identification technology with two of the world’s largest media companies, Time Warner Inc. and Walt Disney Co..

The technology, developed by engineers at YouTube-owner Google Inc., will help content owners such as movie and TV studios identify videos uploaded to the site without the copyright owner’s permission, legal, marketing and strategy executives at YouTube told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

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