[Op-Ed] Guardrails for the Internet: Preserving Creativity Online

via HuffPost

In March, an unfinished copy of 20th Century Fox’s film X-Men Origins: Wolverine was stolen from a film lab and uploaded to the Internet, more than a month before its theatrical release. The studio investigated the crime, and efforts were made to limit its availability online. Still, it was illegally downloaded more than four million times.wolverine

That kind of wide scale theft was very much on my mind when I was on a panel the other day which opened with a question about the impact of the Internet on the entertainment business, and I responded, “I’m a guy who sees nothing good having come from the Internet. Period.”

Now, the blogosphere does not take so kindly to provocations like that, and it didn’t take long for online critics to compare my words with those of one of my Hollywood predecessors, H.W. Warner, who famously said, “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”

But, I actually welcome the Sturm und Drang I’ve stirred, because it gives me an opportunity to make a larger point (one which I also made during that panel discussion, though it was not nearly as viral as the sentence above). And my point is this: the major content businesses of the world and the most talented creators of that content — music, newspapers, movies and books — have all been seriously harmed by the Internet. Continue reading

Social Networks Eclipse E-Mail


via NYTimes

Alongside the explosive growth of online video over the last six years, time spent on social networks surpassed that for e-mail for the first time in February, signaling a paradigm shift in consumer engagement with the Internet.

According to a report released in April by Nielsen, Internet use for “short-tail” sites with large audience reach has evolved since 2003. The change is from portal-oriented sites, like shopping directories and Internet tools like Microsoft Passport, to social networks, YouTube and providers of niche content.

In November 2007, the video audience also exceeded the e-mail audience for the first time, and sites with long-form videos (averaging six to eight minutes) are showing much more growth and user time spent online than those with shorter videos.

Industries hit hardest by the recession — retail, automotive and especially finance — have scaled back online advertising, but consumer products, telecommunications and health care have all ramped up ad impressions, figures consistent with trends in print advertising. Continue reading

Twitter and “Face Book” Are Older Than the Internet


via Switched

Well, it turns out all these fancy social networking tools we’ve grown to love so much aren’t really all that new. Thanks to projects that have been digitizing newspaper archives, researchers have turned up references to “Face Book” and “Twitter” several decades before the Internet was even a glint in a military scientist’s eye.

An article from the August 24, 1902 edition of the Boston Daily Globe titled, “Face Book The New Fad,” describes a party game in which participants draw caricatures of each other. And a 1942 Washington Post article, titled “Think Before You Twitter,” was all about proper etiquette for small talk.

And it’s not just Web site names that have been circulating forever. William Steig, a children’s book author, was writing stories in what many would recognize as IM and Twitter shorthand back in 1962 (Using “I M 2” instead of “I am too”). There is even a transcription of a speech by Abraham Lincoln that appears to contain an emoticon.

Turns out there really is nothing new in the world. [From: NY Times, Business Insider, andDesign Observer]

Adobe’s new Flash can stream Internet content to TVs


via Network World

Adobe Systems on Monday unveiled a version of its Flash multimedia streaming technology that would allow people to run entertainment programming directly to television sets from the Internet, a new option for the rapidly changing digital-home market.

Adobe also has signed up a host of partners to support the technology, called the Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home. The new platform is available now to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), and the first devices and processors that will support it should be available in the second half of the year, Adobe said.

Partners that have signed on to support the new version of Flash are Atlantic Records, Broadcom, Comcast, Disney Interactive Media Group, Intel, Netflix, STMicroelectronics, The New York Times Company, NXP Semiconductors and Sigma Designs.

Industry analyst Ben Bajarin, director of consumer technology for Creative Strategies, said the news is significant because it makes Flash the first enabling technology to allow entertainment providers to stream content directly to televisions. Currently, the way to get this kind of content onto televisions is mainly by hooking up a PC to a TV or set-top box, he said.

Bajarin said Adobe also is approaching its digital home strategy from a different perspective than competitors. Rather than provide a PC with a media-enhanced OS, like Microsoft does with digital home-optimized PCs, Adobe wants to provide a software platform to take content directly from the Internet to TVs. Continue reading

Internet ad tracking system will put a ‘spy camera’ in the homes of millions, warns founder of the web

via Daily Motion

The inventor of the world wide web has launched a damning attack on plans to spy on the internet browsing habits of millions of households. tim_berners

Sir Tim Berners-Lee warned such technology was even more sinister than allowing companies to install TV cameras in our homes, and said the details revealed could be used by stalkers or foreign agents wanting to blackmail British politicians.

Internet providers BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media are all considering a system known as Phorm, which would track the web pages that their 11million customers look at.

The potentially lucrative system creates an anonymous profile of a surfer’s interests which is then used by retailers to target them with relevant adverts.

Phorm insists it is far less intrusive than the existing tracking and profiling of surfers by internet search engines such as Yahoo and Google. It says there is nothing to link a name or address to the profile and customers can also opt out.

However, Sir Tim, 53, told a Parliament summit on privacy laws: ‘It is very important that you can use the internet without a thought that, when we click, a third party will know what we clicked on in a way that might affect how our insurance premium changes, whether we can get life insurance or another job.’

The technical term for monitoring the details of individual’s web surfing is ‘Deep Packet Inspection’.

Sir Tim said this kind of activity provides unprecedented information on an individual.

‘It reveals huge amounts about people’s lives, their loves, their hates and fears. People use the web when they are in a crisis. Continue reading

How the Internet (and Advertisers) Killed Journalism


via The Atlantic

To give you an idea of the state of journalism today, I probably couldn’t do better than to tell you something about John Crewdson, a big, burly guy just past age 60, with whom I worked when I ran the Washington bureau of the Tribune. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on immigration at The New York Times in 1981, and is one of the premier investigative reporters of his generation.Twenty years ago, Crewdson revealed (in a Tribune article so expansive it merited its own special Sunday section) that it was in fact a French research doctor named Luc Montagnier who had discovered the AIDS virus, rather than a self-promoting American, Dr. Robert Gallo, who had claimed full credit and been showered with media attention. To investigate the piece, Crewdson spent months wading into dense, difficult material, becoming almost as conversant in the science of AIDS as any researcher. (And just this year, Montagnier’s work-and Crewdson’s-was prominently rewarded, when Montaignier instead of Gallo received the Nobel prize for the discovery of the virus.)

Among other great Crewdson pieces was his 1996 series about people dying needlessly of heart attacks on commercial airliners, which resulted in all airlines now carrying defibrillators on board. (If you survive a heart attack at 30,000 feet, thank John.) And more recently, Crewdson dug deep into the Bush administration’s secret “rendition” program, matching tail numbers with FAA records, among other painstaking work, to unearth such disturbing details as the fact that a Boston Red Sox owner had been allowing his Gulfstream jet (sometimes used by the team) to be flown by the government on these covert flights.

Any one of Crewdson’s 15 to 20 major exposés would be the highlight of most journalists’ careers. But this fall, not long after Montagnier learned that he would get his Nobel, John Crewdson got his walking papers, shown the door by new management at the Tribune. A solemn farewell party was held at a Mexican restaurant near the Washington office that he had been given 24 hours to vacate. Continue reading

NASA Successfully Tests First Deep-Space Internet


via CIO

November 19, 2008MIS Asia — Scientists have successfully tested the first deep space communications network modelled on the Internet, claimed the American space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Working as part of a NASA-wide team, engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, US, used software called Disruption-Tolerant Networking, or DTN, to transmit dozens of space images to and from a NASA science spacecraft located about 20 million miles from earth, the agency said.

“This is the first step in creating a totally new space communications capability, an inter-planetary Internet,” said Adrian Hooke, team lead and manager of space-networking architecture, technology and standards at NASA headquarters in Washington. Continue reading

Internet Revolution that Elected Obama Could Save Earth: Gore


via Breitbart

Former US vice president Al Gore said an Internet revolution carrying Barack Obama to the White House should now focus its power on stopping Earth’s climate crisis.

The one-time presidential contender turned environmental champion told Web 2.0 Summit goers in San Francisco Friday that technology has provided tools to save the planet while creating jobs and stimulating the crippled economy.

“The young people who have been inspired by Barack Obama’s campaign and the movement that powered Barack Obama’s campaign want a purpose,” Gore said.

“One of the reasons we were all thrilled Tuesday night is it was pretty obvious this was a collectively intelligent decision.” Continue reading

Australia Releases Code of Conduct for Internet Use

via Breitbart

Australia on Wednesday unveiled a new code of conduct to regulate online and mobile phone content which will call for classifications similar to those for films, a government spokesman said.

All content likely to be rated as for viewers aged over 15 will need to be assessed and classified under the code, the Australian Communications and Media Authority said.

“This code assists both children and their parents to make informed choices about what is, or is not, suitable for viewing online or on mobile phones,” it said.

The code of practice has been developed by the Internet Industry Association, a body representing most of the leading Internet content providers in Australia.

It only affects online content originating in Australia.

A spokesman for the authority said it would be binding on members of the association.

The Internet Introduces Limitless Web Extension Addresses

via NY Times

PARIS — Move over .com and .org. Get ready for a nearly infinite variety of new Web addresses ending in words like .perfume, .sports and .paris.

On Thursday the Internet’s main oversight agency approved the most sweeping changes to the network’s address system since its creation.

According to new rules unanimously passed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, at its meeting here, any company, organization or country will soon be able to apply for a new Web address extension, called a top-level domain.
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Dupri Signs Online Sensation Phatfffat…Dupri To Market Through YouTube


via Allhiphop/Huffington Post

Music mogul Jermaine Dupri has found his next superstar on the internet and hopes to capitalize on a groundswell of support online.

Under the name Phatfffat, Dondria Nicole has garnered hundreds of thousands of viral views of her singing on video platforms like YouTube and her appeal prompted the veteran producer to sign her.

“The fans are getting the whole album in two months. I’m giving them access to the entire process of making the album,” Dupri said in a post on his blog for The Huffington Post.
“We’re showing everybody how we get down in the studio. I’m posting raw, uncut video on YouTube that keeps the audience involved in her life and expands on what she already started. The people who follow her are investing their time and sending messages and feedback on the music by the thousands. They care about what she does next.”
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New Super Internet Will Be 10,000 Times Faster!

Stop the press! Scientists are prepping a new system to operates at such an astonishing speed that it will render the internet obsolete. Reported to operate at 10,000 times the speed of broadband, “the grid” is being configured to be up and running by August. By comparison, a large file like a movie that would take three hours to download will now only take five seconds!

The creators of the web have returned with this cutting edge technology which will strictly run on fiber optic lines as opposed to telephone cables, which the internet runs on today. Designed at Cern, the same place the web was created in 1989, the super system was devised to find “nature’s most elusive particle,” the Higgs boson. Originally the “grid” was created to power the machine called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which will collide the particles and gather enough info to stack 40 miles high.

Unfortunately the system won’t be available to the regular surfer (in the beginning) but the team at Cern are working with the business and science sector to make the revolutionary services available to the world. CLICK HERE for more info on this groundbreaking story.

Internet #1 Destination For News


No surprises here!  A recent poll has shown that 70% of Americans no longer look on traditional media as their main source of new.  They are now relying on the internet and trailblazing blogs like this (Street Knowledge Media) for info.  The research done by We Media/Zogby Interactive poll has unearthed these statistics:

 Nearly half of the 1,979 people who responded to the survey said their primary source of news and information is the Internet, up from 40 percent just a year ago. Less than one third use television to get their news, while 11 percent turn to radio and 10 percent to newspapers.

More than half of those who grew up with the Internet, those 18 to 29, get most of their news and information online, compared to 35 percent of people 65 and older. Older adults are the only group that favors a primary news source other than the Internet, with 38 percent selecting television.

For the full story CLICK HERE 

Crooked I Has His Eyez on the Prize


The Los Angeles Times did a piece on Crooked I’s marketing strategy that has propelled him to the top of the list in many people’s discussion of breakout artist’s in 2007.  He explained how he utilized the power of the net to firmly place himself in the game.  Utilizing his blog on www.hiphopdx.com his goal is to turn out 52 freestyles in 52 weeks…keyword being “free!”  Instead of CD sales, he says his strength lies in placement on the front of websites.  Visibility opens up doors for the future, in his game plan.  Crooked said, “I saw, this is where it’s going. This is the future…. You can’t run from it, because pretty soon you’re going to be watching everyone’s music videos on your cellphone.”  Click HERE for the full story.

Media Takeover 101


With the game in shambles, now is the best time to make your move, independent artist!  Here is a step-by-step on how to get adjusted to the changing dynamics of the NEW music game, provided by the homie Clinton Sparks, courtesy of the homies over at SOHH.COM.  This is a must read for any artist embarking on “Media Takeover” in the ’08. 

1. Brand Yourself: Treat Your Name As If It’s a Company
2. Originality: Strive to Be the “Best First You” Rather than the “Second Someone Else”
3. Create and Maintain Relationships: There is a Fine Line Between Being Persistent and Being Aggravating
4. No Need to Run Around Sayin You’re the Sh*t, Let The Quality of Your Work Speak For Itself And People Will Say It For You
5. Set Realistic Goals for Yourself, Every Time you Achieve Them Set A New One

for the full breakdown click HERE