Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Digital Drumbeats!

There has been quite a few developments around digital media on webosphere in the past couple of days.  

Microsoft put out its soapbox video service beta (invitation only though..) and has been talk of blogosphere today.  Obviously it competes with Youtube.  Om @ Gigaom blogged about it yesterday.

Yesterday, AOL opened up its video search engine for developers.  The AOL Video Search Developer Center states that there are two APIs essentially one for REST/AJAX API.  There are also sample mashups showcased on the site.

There are also rumors about Windows Live Drive, TechCrunch has more details and the story about the "Deleted" blog post.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Today, I came across the news of launch of NBBC, a venture by NBC Universal.   The business model is to connect the content producers, website publishers (content delivery) and the advertisers.  Given the model I would like to examine what it really means to these three entities:

Content Providers

Enables armature and localized content creators to reach global audience, with the potential to monetize on the content itself.  Providers may include news, sports, music, etc. both foreign and domestic.

Website Publishers

Provides the ability for publishers to subscribe to relevant content providers and advertisers.  Example of such publishers could include blogs, news


Advertisers benefit from the reach of the advertisements.

NBC Universal syndicates the content and co-oridnates with these players by providing the platform.  NBC itself can play the role of provider by leveraging its various TV stations and Movie trailers.  Sounds like the new YouTube atleast aiming to get everyone paid!

Though the site is up and running the site itself doesn't accept registrations as yet. 

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Microsoft updates Max!

Last year Microsoft released the photo organizer codename Max, based on WPF (a.k.a WinFX).  Today there is an update and it requires .NET 3.0, which is installed automatically when you install Max.

The current beta release, includes the Photo organizer and also a Feed aggregator.  The aggregator comes pre-subscribed to MSN Filter feeds. 

I would personally like to have OPML import/export feature in feed aggregator.

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