Google TV, Apple TV and content convergence

Google TV launches at the end of this summer. Hardware partners include Intel, Sony and Logitech. There's an Android SDK coming soon, which will allow for full control of the TV from your phone. Apple TV has been around in one form or another for a few years now, however, it remains, relatively speaking something of the backwater for Apple, however, recent reports suggest that this is about to change: Steve Jobs' "hobby" — the Apple TV — is slated for a radical revamp, an extreme price slice, and a future in the cloud, according to "a source very close to Apple." Engadget reports tha...

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The problem with web campaigns

I spent a little time a couple of days ago catching up on the latest winners of the IAB creative showcase. The December winner was Monopoly City Streets from Tribal DBB. Which looks brilliant - it's some kind of multi-player version of the game played on Google Maps, and I would tell you more, but the only problem is that Monopoly City Streets has ended! In Understanding Media, McLuhan observes that when a new medium comes along people try to apply to it the rules that govern pre-existing media (I paraphrase). And while we've learned much about the nature of new digital media in the last ...

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Mediaquake 2009: Top 10 insights into the year’s media shakedown!

There's a clause in every blogger's contract which states that they must, at the end of each year, produce some kind of retrospective Top 10 list. Unfortunately for my part, instead of doing something useful like providing mp3s of the year's Top 50 hardhouse bangers, I've compiled a themed Top 10 list of posts about this year's mediaquake, as someone is bound to have called it. 1. The nature of the media crisis You've all read Tapscott and Shirky, but in case you needed a refresher on what's happening, then Advergirl concisely explains how and why 'big media' is struggling: The Media C...

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Google Social Graph API – the end of privacy on the web?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LabCylbapuM Brad Fitzpatrick gives an introduction to the Google Social Graph API. What is the Google Social Graph API? Well, according to the Google site: "The Social Graph API makes information about the public connections between people more easily available. Developers can query this public information to offer their users dramatically streamlined 'add friends' functionality and other useful features." Which all sounds very innocent, and indeed in the video Brad gives an innocuous example about connecting friends on social networks. Tony Hirst, at oUs...

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Lawrence Lessig discusses Google Book search and the ‘ecosystem’ of rights

Lawrence Lessig discusses Google Book search and the ecosystem of rights. In summary, he's very wary about Google's approach, contrasting it with the public library system, and suggesting that we may be unwittingly creating a restrictive and cumbersome system of rights which will stifle future academic and creative work. There's plenty to argue with in this presentation, in particular whether we want a private company, i.e. Google, effectively reframing our copyright laws.

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I've been on my hols for a couple of weeks, and while I have the simmering antipathy between the news media and Google has broken into open warfare with the release of the dramatically entitled Hamburg Declaration. A document in which a broad assortment of European publishers (roughly speaking) argue that Google news and other such aggregators are stealing their intellectual property. Google's response can be summarised as follows: <meta name="googlebot" content="noindex"> (i.e. change your metatags to stop the Googlebot indexing your site - something any site owner can do.) Here...

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10 great Google hacks

Here's a smorgasbord of my favourite Google hacks to celebrate my return from holibags. From how to make a Google maps mash-up, to finding the 'hidden' flight simulator in Google Earth, some of these aren't really hacks, just plugs for some of the more obscure stuff in the burgeoning Google product set. Either way, you should find something of use in here, and you can always add your own favourites in the comments: 1. How to make a Google Maps mashup Ever wondered how to make a Google Maps mash up? How to take data from, say, Wikipedia and display it on Google maps? Ever paid anyone a mass...

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Google Trends helps direct editorial policy

Michael Arrington reports that big sites are using Google Trends to direct editorial policy in response to a change in the way Google Page rank works - it places more emphasis on the novelty of an item than it used to. This change means that newer stuff bubbles to the top of Google quicker, which, in itself, isn't a bad idea. However, it may not be such a good move if it encourages publishers to stop posting more considered, authoritative pieces in the search for more traffic. Only time will tell whether the changes made by Google are for the better, however, in the meantime, some of figu...

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Google Chrome is really fast

O.K., this isn't about content, but I guess the beta launch of Chrome is the biggest news on the web for a while. I haven't had time for a full look, however, the most immediately obvious feature, and main 'take home point', is that it is really, really fast. The interface and feature set are a little rudimentary, however, I'm sure we'll soon see developer toolkits and the like, all of which will sit on top of their superfast engine. Chrome is undoubtedly serious competition for all concerned. Load times matter. Particularly for complex RIAs. It will be interesting to see how this imp...

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April’s video traffic figures

Compete's analysis of video traffic for April shows that Google (including both YouTube and the homegrown Google video) saw traffic jump 2.4 per cent over the month, giving them 50.4% of all video viewing sessions on the web. This is an incredible figure and makes the $1.5 billion in stock Google paid for YouTube, which was seen by many pundits as too much, look like the deal of the century.

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