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The Twenty Five Most Valuable Blogs – 247 Wall Street February 28, 2009

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Interesting article about the “Most Valuable Blogs”. The article list the twenty most valuable blogs and also gives an explanation, how they calculate the value of this blogs.

The Twenty Five Most Valuable Blogs

It is extremely difficult to put accurate financial values on blogs. Almost all of them are private companies. Some do raise VC money and those sums can be used as guidelines if and when they are disclosed. Like many content businesses, the only worthwhile value is what an acquirer will pay. At least two blogs from last year’s 24/7 Wall St. list were sold—Ars Technica and PaidContent., both very near the valuations we gave them. This year’s list does not include blogs which are part of larger companies because the traffic of these properties is almost never broken out. Blogs which are used as fronts for other businesses have also been excluded. Blogs that do not have revenue are also excluded. For instance, “The Daily Beast”, a large news commentary site, does not take advertising or sell products. In theory, it has little if any economic value at all.

via The Twenty Five Most Valuable Blogs – 247 Wall Street.

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BlackBerry vs. Apple February 28, 2009

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Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone February 28, 2009

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Apple’s iPhone has wowed most of the globe — but not Japan, where the handset is selling so poorly it’s being offered for free.

What’s wrong with the iPhone, from a Japanese perspective? Almost everything: the high monthly data plans that go with it, its paucity of features, the low-quality camera, the unfashionable design and the fact that it’s not Japanese. […]

via Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone | Gadget Lab from Wired.com

Ditech Intros mStage for Mobile Voice Web Interaction February 27, 2009

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mStage will empower users to bypass keyboards, touch screens, and styluses to employ the most intuitive access method available – the human voice. Engaged with one word spoken in the midst of a phone call, mStage will instantly connect callers with the web where they can interact in a variety of ways, including checking email, communicating with social networks, researching local entertainment, and so on. mStage is also being designed to allow the web to reach out to a subscriber while in a call in the form of a ‘whisper’ message that could be an important reminder or an IM message from a friend. This addresses two of the primary challenges facing carriers today – declining per-minute voice usage and lack of a compelling, sustainable value add in the mobile application marketplace.[…]

via NewsFactor Network | Ditech Intros mStage for Mobile Voice Web Interaction

Netflix not ready to dive into streaming? February 27, 2009

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From the outside, Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming video service appears to be in fighting form. Usage is up, the content catalog is starting to grow, and the service is expanding to set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, and game consoles. These recent trends should be enough to nudge the fledgling movie-streaming service into higher-def, richer programmed pastures, right?

Not quite. […]

via Netflix not ready to dive into streaming? » VentureBeat

mufin – Media player finds similar music by rhythm, tempo and instruments February 27, 2009

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Mufin stands for music finder, and it’s your personal music discovery engine for helping you find, listen to, and discover music online! Mufin has millions of tracks and counting ready for you to explore!

The difference from other music recommendation services is the use of a sound-based approach to create musical suggestions. The basis for this is the further development of musical fingerprinting technology created by the world-famous Fraunhofer Institute. But what does “sound-based” really mean?

Mufin knows around 40 individual musical properties like rhythm, tempo, and instruments for each of the songs stored in its database. When mufin claims that songs are similar to each other, this means that they have similar musical properties – leading to the songs sounding similar and enabling you to discover new music by sound. […]

via mufin – Tour – See how music discovery works with your music discovery engine

Microsoft debuts cloud R&D team February 27, 2009

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Microsoft Research will formally debut a new cloud computing R&D team at the annual TechFest event on its Redmond, Washington, campus today (Feb. 24). The Cloud Computing Futures group aims to raise the ease of use and lower the cost and power consumption of applications hosted by large data centers.

The news comes at a time when the cloud computing concept is gaining traction. Late last year Microsoft released a beta version of its cloud service called Azure, following similar services pioneered by Amazon.com and Google. […]

via EETimes.com – Microsoft debuts cloud R&D team

Verismo’s VuNow internet TV platform gets props from CableLabs February 27, 2009

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Ready or not, Verismo Networks’ VuNow internet TV platform is making its way out. After ambushing the OEM market earlier this year, the company is now proudly announcing new praise from an unlikely suspect: CableLabs. As the story goes, executives from the CableLabs Forum voted VuNow as the “best new product idea” during so-called “informal polling” at a meetup in Colorado Springs. At first glance, one might wonder why cable proponents would be supporting a platform that needs no subscription, but considering that Comcast and Time Warner Cable (and likely others) are already looking to wrap internet content into pay-TV bundles, we suppose it’s no longer a shock. The whole cable-internet media relationship is about to get a lot more interesting.

via Verismo’s VuNow internet TV platform gets props from CableLabs – Engadget HD

Boxee fanatics, chill out. The service works with the Apple TV 2.3.1 update February 26, 2009

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Apple sent out an update to the Apple TV last night, updating the box’s software to 2.3.1. No one really seems to be clear about what this update actually did (a network test, better iPhone remote performance?), but everyone is freaking out because as usual, the new software axed Boxee support. But really, it didn’t.

Boxee sent out an email today notifying users that Boxee will work just fine with 2.3.1. You simply need to reinstall it. Given that Boxee isn’t officially supported by the Apple TV, this doesn’t seem too unreasonable a request.

via Boxee fanatics, chill out. The service works with the Apple TV 2.3.1 update » VentureBeat

Social Media Convergence Continues February 25, 2009

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Consumers’ rapidly growing interest in social networking has resulted in many looking beyond the computer and mobile screens to the living room, according to a new study by ABI Research. A recent survey revealed that today’s consumers are looking to extend their social networks to the TV, as 36% of those who currently use social media on a regular basis say they’d like to access their networks on the TV screen.

“Just as video entertainment is moving fluidly across various screens, so is social media,” says senior analyst Jason Blackwell. “We’ve seen that consumers find increased value through shared entertainment experiences and want to explore and deepen these experiences through communities of interest; and that’s what social TV will ultimately do.”

Younger consumers were more interested in engaging with their friends through chat and messaging, while middle-aged respondents were more likely to be interested in more passive social networking behavior such as checking status updates. The most popular potential application for those over 50 who expressed interest in TV social networking was being able to see what their friends were watching on TV.

via Social Media Convergence Continues.