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Touchscreen netbooks on the way June 30, 2009

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Digitimes reports a rumor that some netbook makers will produce low-cost computers with touchscreens that replace the mouse and trackpad. The move will free up space for a bigger keyboard.[…] It’s important to note, though, that the netbook makers aren’t planning to throw away the keyboard and build another tablet PC. Apple’s onscreen keyboard drops jaws, but as a means of typing in anything longer than a tweet, it’s exasperating. New York Times reviewer David Pogue praised the Palm Pre’s new micro-sized keyboard as “faster and less frustrating than typing on glass,” by which he meant typing on an iPhone.

d_10211That’s why instead of using touchscreens to replace the keyboard entirely, netbook makers plan to start by replacing only the touchpad and possibly the mouse buttons. What will they look like? They’ll look like the Eee PC pictured here, but without the trackpad hidden beneath the model’s hands. See all the space that could go away? In another two years, the only major difference between a smartphone and a netbook may be the size of their screens and keyboards.

via Touchscreen netbooks on the way | VentureBeat.

TV on the Web – Growing but Still Small, Relatively | AllThingsDigital June 30, 2009

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Here’s a quick way to describe the state of TV on the Web, via two graphs from a new research report from Screen Digest analyst Arash Amel.Graph one: Look how fast this business is growing! Broadcast and cable shows on the Web will generate less than $600 million in ad dollars in the U.S. this year, but four years from now that number will be close to $1.5 billion

Graph two: Look how tiny this business is! That $1.5 billion will be a drop in the bucket for TV advertising as a whole, which is a $70 billion business, give or take a billion. (It’s so small it’s literally almost impossible to find, but if you squint hard you can see a tiny sliver of dark green on the top part of the chart below.) And crucially, it will be smaller than the $2 billion that Amel predicts will flow out of conventional TV advertising.

[…] Main findings:

  • Apple’s (AAPL) iTunes dominates the market for paid TV shows delivered over the Web and controlled 60 percent of the market last year. Amel figures iTunes will hold on to 43 percent of the market by 2013. But he thinks that market will be significantly smaller than advertising on free TV shows delivered over the Web: $800 million vs. $1.5 billion in four years.
  • Web TV purveyors like Hulu and CBS (CBS) have been reluctant to run as many ads online as they do on conventional TV. But Amel says that will change. Web TV shows carry an average of five ads per hour, but he figures distributors can eventually boost that number to 12 ads an hour.

One big caveat here: Amel’s report only addresses TV shows on the Web, not video on the Web. Amel doesn’t spell this out, but I assume that’s because he’s most concerned here with the fate of existing players like NBC, ABC, et al. And, I’m guessing, because he doesn’t think that video on the Web that isn’t TV has much value.

There’s a whole ecosystem of players creating and distributing Web-native video who would argue with that. But they’ll have a stronger case when they can show significant revenue of their own.

An alternative to make money with your iPhone App: AdSense for Mobile Applications Beta June 29, 2009

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Advertisement as alternative for your iPhone App. Makes this sense? Maybe it could build in location based application with location based advertisement 😉

Are you developing free iPhone or Android applications? With our new beta product – AdSense for Mobile Applications, you can monetize your mobile applications by showing contextually targeted ads and/or placement targeted ads alongside your application content. We provide you with iPhone and Android SDKs and example applications that request and display AdSense ads. Our SDKs also support DoubleClick ads.

via Google Code Blog: AdSense for Mobile Applications Beta.

Is Blogging Evolving Into Life Streams? << Jeremiah Owyang June 29, 2009

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Top Bloggers Spend Less Time Blogging
I’ve noticed a gradual change in what we know as blogs when Scoble and Shel wrote the book on Naked Conversations. Both of them are now focused on micromedia: Shel has an upcoming book on Twitterville, and Scoble spends more time promoting Friendfeed than his own blog. Secondly, I just learned that Edelman’s top blogger Steve Rubel has retired his traditional blog, and it’s now a life stream, which aggregates content from any source. Of course, I don’t need to mention that many of the top 100 blogs all look like mainstream media, with a team of writers, photographers, and editors.

It seems as if blogging is becoming old hat, or at least evolving into something smaller, faster, and more portable.[…]

Key Takeaways

  • The trend for people to create more content is afoot, as a result aggregation tools like lifestreams, activity streams, and newsfeeds (and a new form of a social/email inbox) will take center stage.
  • You should certainly join the conversations where they exist, but this doesn’t mean your base of quality content should erode, there are long term branding and search benefits.
  • As a result, we’ll start to see new tools emerge that help to find the signal –not noise. Those who can filter out what’s important will matter more:, by using a: blog, delicious, or tweets to let your community  know what’s important.
  • Expect the same heavy pieces on this blog, but feel free to spiral with me on Twitter and Friendfeed and whatever tool comes next.  I’m going to leave the choice to you.  I want to keep the signal high for my business minded community. Needles –not hay.

via Is Blogging Evolving Into Life Streams? « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing.

Simplify your Projects! XMind – Alternative to MindManager June 28, 2009

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An alternative to Freemind is XMind:

XMind, combined with online sharing service, provides a revolutionary way to enable both team brainstorming and personal mind mapping. With this major upgrade, we bring Web 2.0 concepts on community sharing into a popular desktop application. New Gantt view allows project managers to easily track project tasks and schedules. You’ll find many more useful and time-saving functions in XMind product family.

Why do Fast Followers often beat the First Mover innovators? June 28, 2009

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Don Dodge wrote an interesting article about “Why do Fast Followers often beat the First Mover innovators?“. He comes at the end to the following conclusion:

There is a rare breed of technical visionaries who are also great business leaders. Bill Gates, Gordon Moore, Larry Ellison, and Scott McNealy are examples. They are truly extraordinary and rare. However, I suspect that each of them has a strong business management team behind them. Bill Gates has Steve Ballmer. Larry Ellison had Ray Lane. The early innovators who failed did not have the business leadership necessary to sustain them.

Lessons for entrepreneurs;

  • Never stop innovating
  • Build a well rounded management team early
  • Value sales and marketing talent as much as technical talent
  • React quickly to disruptive technologies or business models

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Simpsons Worth More on Hulu Than on FOX June 26, 2009

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Having a loyal, attentive audience is paying off for premium video content portals like Hulu and TV.com in the form of higher CPMs than what the networks are getting.

Bloomberg reports that for the recently concluded TV season, for the first time, ads presented during shows like The Simpsons and CSI are getting higher ad rates online than they are on TV. Citing a recent report from Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Michael Nathanson, Bloomberg writes that The Simpsons got a $60 CPM on Hulu. A typical prime-time ad on television carries a $20-$40 CPM. […]

via D’oh! Simpsons Worth More on Hulu Than on FOX

Google introduces Android 1.5 Native Development Kit June 25, 2009

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Many of you have been asking for the ability to call into native code from your Android applications. I’m glad to announce that developers can now download the Android Native Development Kit from the Android developer site.

As you know, Android applications run in the Dalvik virtual machine. The NDK allows developers to implement parts of these applications using native-code languages such as C and C++. This can provide benefits to certain kinds of applications.

The NDK provides:

  • a set of tools and build files used to generate native code libraries from C and C++ sources
  • a way to embed the corresponding native libraries into application packages files (.apks) that can be deployed on Android devices
  • a set of native system headers and libraries that will be supported in all future releases of the Android platform, starting from Android 1.5 documentation, samples and tutorials

Android Developers Blog: Introducing Android 1.5 NDK, Release 1

Slide Company Profile June 24, 2009

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Slide, founded by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, makes widgets that help people express themselves. The company took a big risk in 2006 when they gave users the ability to auto-insert slide shows into their MySpace pages and blasting bulletins out to all their friends.[…]

Slide has since evolved to offer a number of widgets. Users create and personalize widgets on Slide.com and can then use them on social networks, blogs and desktops.

According to comScore Slide has more than 117 million unique monthly viewers. Slide also claims more than 200,000 new Slide Shows are added to the Slide Network each day.

Products

Slide initially focused on MySpace, but now their widgets can be used on a number of sites including Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Xanga, Tagged and Blogger. In addition, Slide also has some of the most popular applications on the Facebook Platform. Top Friends, a Facebook app which displays a user’s best friends on their profile, has over 8 million users. Most of Slide’s traffic comes through the use of their widgets though, which are Slide Shows, Guestbook, Image Hosting, FunPix (spice up your pictures), SkinFlix (personalize YouTube clips) and Screensaver. When you want to add a little pizzazz to your profile, website or desktop, these are sure to do the trick!

via Slide Company Profile.

What is Evernote? June 23, 2009

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Capture what you like, find it when you want

Stop forgetting things. Capture everything now so you will be able to find it all later.

Things to capture:

  • Tasks and to-dos
  • Notes and research
  • Web pages
  • Whiteboards
  • Business cards
  • Scribbles
  • Snapshots
  • Wine labels
  • Even Twitter messages

And then find them all any time across all the computers and devices you use.

via What is Evernote? | Evernote Corporation.