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An unfortunate re-telling of digital media history

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Let me begin by saying that a recent lecture by Jawed Karim, the until recently silent founder of YouTube, is a great listen for anyone interested in how startups really start up. The talk involves are very well-spoken pursuit of the larger context in which YouTube (and online video sharing sites) rested, in an attempt to argue why the company succeeded. Alongside this macro view, is a good account of the iterative attempts by the team to figure out how to get people involved with the website. I think many…read more

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Oops, there’s another subatomic particle…

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So I am reading this book on artificial intelligence.  I reckon its an “old school” kind of book… Artificial Intelligence, by Philip Jackson.  Even when my head spins a bit from the mathematico-logical stuff filling the pages, I am struck by the casual and approachable style of the author.  Maybe this makes ts a coffee table book on AI, but I don’t think this is truly the case.  There is something of value in being able to communicate complex ideas in simple terms.  Or to write in a scholarly, yet…read more

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Sue ‘em, then Do ‘em. Gaining popularity

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Looks like other tech blogs have picked up on my the meme highlighting the dominant hollywod strategy for do new media deals. TechDirt wonders if its more than sour grapes that leads copyright holders to announce to the world the threat of lawsuits before cutting deals with folks like YouTube. Mashable wonders if TimeWarner is just adopting the same strategy employed by UniversalMusic in its public clucking while negotiating. Even GigaOm ponders the domino effect of lawsuits and deals. This is old school media at its best. Take a meeting….read more

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Sue ‘em, then Deal ‘em. Part Deux

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Startups interested in anything media/entertainment sit in this unfortunate purgatory. No one will do a deal with you until you are huge. You get huge by enabling people to do things they couldn’t do before… which usually means bending/breaking/discovering the law. Mr. Cohen has hit the nail on the head on this one, in his post on the Universal Music vs YouTube clucking. I quote: Have a good idea for a business employing music? Try to be reasonable and ask for permission? You won’t get it. You’ll spin your wheels,…read more

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People-powered news no longer a red herring

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For quite some time now, the so-called digerati have been trash talking the “old media” by highlighting the threat of people-powered, or distributed news production. You might call this form of news “power to the people with video cameras.” For the most part however, the impact of this newfound capacity to not only produce, but also widely distribute alternative news and information has been considered an insignificant pipe dream, a red herring. The work of overzealous political bloggers, or radical newsies who are doped up on insence. The New York…read more

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