I just read that Guba signed a deal with Sony Pictures. Hmmm.. good news – I think. But has Sony even heard of Usenet Binaries? The last time I looked at Guba it was a web portal to the world of binary file newsgroups – full of every piece of video and software you could think of. It’s (Usenet) always been like that since the dawn of the net. Now Guba (so-called file sharing service) have Sony sitting at the front door with them, I think Sony will spit out it’s coffee when it finally learns what it actually is they’re sitting on. The net’s oldest and best kept secret – for people who don’t like to pay for things. It taught me the meaning of the word ‘warez’ over a decade ago.
Go to alt.binaries.nl and look up Spiderman, for example (a Sony property) – oooo dear
When I first saw Guba, it pleased me to see more innovation for web-based access to newsgroups (still the BEST posting / comment / threading blog/forum type system there ever was).I did my bit to help get alt.binaries.podcasts set up. I have always seen binary newsgroups as a possible (limited timespan) storage method for podcasters. Free global distribution too!
Usenet is RIPE for OPML and RSS connection!
PHP should be able to access newsgroups via IMAP.
Looks like Andrew Baron and Amanda Congdon have parted ways on Rocketboom. I’m sure many subscribers will tune over to Amanda’s ‘Unboomed’ feed – if that happens. And I can’t see her having a problem finding someone to point a camera her way. To many people, Amanda was RocketBoom and no doubt is responsible for so many viewers. It will be interesting to see what Andrew does with the RocketBoom brand. Maybe that’s where the disagreement laid.
I would hazard a guess that Amanda has had a big offer she can’t refuse.
UPDATE: It turns out that Andrew found out about it the same way we all did. Ouch.
It's interesting this: that yet another video sharing clone site has got funding. A site called Veoh has just secured a series B round of VC funding – yet it looks EXACTLY like YouTube (who got funded a while ago) – which has many clones, with slightly different ideas on how the person who shared the video can make a cut of the profits from ads too.
Veoh must have some serious content juju through Michael Eisner – ie: Possible deals with the likes of Disney etc to 'share' THEIR content on this type of site. The big media companies have been looking closely at places like YouTube quite alot, since people started ripping off, uploading and sharing their copyrighted content. So, they will probably try to shoehorn their content in there, amongst the dancing schoolgirls and street ninjas, then hope all the rad kids click on the stars, pumping the content up to the top pages. NOTE: No RSS found yet here. Very odd.
What I don't understand though, is when the people at Veoh are asked by the VCs: "So, what differentiates you from so-and-so (YouTube, for example)?" – What on earth do they say? "Errrr….. YouWhat? Never heard of it – *ahem* Video2.0!!! "… ??
I'm sure that people from Spark, such as Bijan Sabet will also bring some clout with their track record when it comes to developing the business partnerships that could no doubt follow soon. He's had his eyes on web delivered media for quite a while.
People say 'Ohhh, the Flickr of video'.. etc. But that's simply not the case. YouTube for example, lets you upload your videos, which they then run through an encoding server to convert to Flash Video (.FLV) and then serve then up for people to rate, tag and comment on – and them to make healthy ad revenue from all the hits (thank you very much). As far as I know, you CANNOT download the original – or another fomat, like Google video's PSP, Divx, etc format options.
My money is on systems like click.tv, and jumpcut and the like, which let you annotate the content with time-triggered text (eg: searchable mojo) and other media and stuff. [btw: I am also building such a system]. Come back SMIL, all is forgiven!!!
This content needs ENRICHING – by the viewers/listeners/readers.
UPDATE: Just found another great url with a matrix comparison of 40 online video sharing systems. SO MANY are identical! I also note that Revver lets you download the originally uploaded video files.
UPDATE2: Just read this on We Are The Media where it appears that Veoh had once 'hijacked' video podcaster and bloggers' content and pumped the content into thir system with no credit to the original authors/producers. Ooo.. bad!
As I can't post video here, you'll have to come on over the ALL NEW BRAND SPANKING OPML Blog at http://blogs.opml.org/koz to see the video of me shaving off my beard, and also a speedy exit from the BBC!
Now, I’m not in the habit of posting links to videos of young girls playing with toys, but this time I’ll make an exception. WhatIsNew’s Lora has posted a video interview she made with her 12 year old, after spending the day playing with the TabletKiosk Origami mini-tablet PC.
This is great! And this is why I think this device is going to make a huge impact to alot of people. Not just kids. There are ‘executive’ models on the way and the one in the video is one of the prototypes.
Very impressed with the corner-placed thumb keyboards for input without the stylus while holding it in both hands.
Also, I can’t wait to try some of my fullscreen Flash kiosk applictions on that device! Cool!
Bonus: Hop on over to channel9 and watch Otto Berkes, who is the architect (now general manager) behind the Ultra-Mobile PC team, code-named Origami, give Scoble all the nifty details.
Excuse all the double-entendres! Heh.