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A Jump Too Far

So, the Kangaroo has changed its spots and is now reportedly to become an open technical platform instead of a content service.

What this brings to the table that isn’t already done by a hundred existing services from YouTube to Veoh escapes me – apart from top notch seeding content.
The trouble now is rather than competing with video portals the service is competing with video platform providers, so it’s just shifting the anti-competitive onus. The real monopoly isn’t about content – its in market share for the video advertising market, and considering that Google has been allowed to own a majority of text, search and display online advertising markets, it’s unlikely that OFCOM or the Competition Commission will weigh this as the key factor.
Also, how this impacts the ISPs who opposed the original Kangaroo service is yet to be determined.

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A Jump Too Far



With Sony announcing 18,000 jobs are to go in its businesses (and analyst friends of mine are predicting this will actually need to be 35,000) it’s clear that whole divisions will be wiped out.

Sony had finally started to make the right moves with its Bravia dongle and in adding TV to the PS3, but innovation is one of the first victims of a recession and it’ll be interesting to see how the company progresses with some of its more imaginative initiatives.

And this goes for other companies too. The old Chinese proverb goes “Crisis is an opportunity sailing on an ill wind”.

We shall see who the good sailors are.

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Video Spam

#Ah, even video sharing networks are susceptible to spam:

Hello iolo,

Michelle88gc has sent you a message!

To see your message, Click here.

Other things you can do on Veoh:

  • Complete your profile and make it easy for new friends to find you.
  • Invite friends so you can share your favorite videos, groups, and playlists.
  • Create your own Group on any topic or subject you like. Invite your friends, upload and share videos, and discuss your favorite video topics.
  • Download and install VeohTV BETA (it’s free). Watch video on demand or record it your hard drive to watch later – it’s like a free DVR for web video. Even watch web video on your television.
  • Publish videos of any file size, length, or resolution. Automatically syndicate to YouTube, MySpace®, or Google Video.
  • View and bookmark your Welcome page for a list of the things you can do on Veoh.


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Video Spam


And The News Is…

All of Yahoo’s services seem to be down (again) and this sent me onto the web in search of what is going on. Now, I would usually jump onto IM and ask friends around the web if they were experiencing the same problems, but, of course, Yahoo IM is down.

Online sites are suffering from news lag – they no longer provide news as fast as I’m ready to consume it and I’m getting more and more bored of the groundhog day effect of rolling news. The BBC this week repeated a story that I first heard on the radio at 6pm in the evening during their main lunchtime TV news the following day. And don’t tell me that they have a lack of resources.
Blogging and tweeting has moved the game on for news consumers and the format originated by CNN in the eighties feels more and more dated.
And I’ve finally figured out what Twitter is for..!

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And The News Is…


Flash Phone

It’s finally here – a phone that can play Flash video. The Nokia N97 will be in the shops in the middle of 2009. It’s hard to overstate the implication of this since both the iPhone and Android phones have failed to add this feature (yet). Right, I’m off to figure how to get my hands on one before launch!

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Flash Phone