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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/scott-kirsner-t.html Scott Kirsner, Editor of CinemaTech and contributor to Variety, will be one of the hosts of a conference called "The Conversation" taking place October 17-18 in Berkeley. The focus will be on the interaction of cinema, online video, and games. Andy interviewed Kirsner last week at the EmTech08 conference at MIT. Liz Gannes writes today that NewTeeVee readers can get a 10 percent discount to the conference. Unlike many digital media conferences, The Conversation will be geared more toward content creators than software developers, Kirsner says. Instead of watching demos, attendees will participate in "fireside chats" and roundtables. In the segment, Kirsner also discusses his new book, "Inventing the Movies: Hollywood's Epic Battle Between Innovation and the Status Quo, from Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs," which came out in September. We wish we could make it to the conference; hope you can. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
6 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/thomson-reuters.html Thomson Reuters announced commercial options for its sophisticated metadata generation service Open Calais at the EmTech08 conference last week. Andy interviewed Tom Tague, Vice President of Solutions for Thomson Reuters, about the service and its implications for the semantic web. Both commercial and non-commercial publishers will be able to continue using the service for free up to 40,000 times a day, "which is a lot of documents," Tague says. Customers that want contractual service and 24/7 surveillance can now purchase one of its professional services for a couple of thousand dollars a month. Open Calais automatically creates metadata for people, places, organizations, and other items within content, improves tagging, and incorporates pictures. Tague it offers the service for free because it wants its natural language processing technology to be the best in the world, and one of the best ways to achieve that is to expose it to thousands of users and hyper-evolve it, Tague says. It's also a move that will help Thomson Reuters stay relevant in the face of the exploding volume of user-generated content on the web. "[T]he first step toward being relevant to that and maintaining our relevancy in the marketplace for our core consumers, financial professionals, is to make that content interoperable, to let you use the web's content but let you bounce it against Thomson Reuters content to double check it, to get value, to validate it," he says. "You don't make $20 million hedge fund bets on the basis of a Twitter stream." Paul Miller reported on the new commercial offerings of Open Calais at ZDNet. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
7 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/adobe-aims-for.html CAMBRIDGE, Mass -- Adobe AIR runtime environment has been installed on 35 million PCs and will reach 100 million by the end of the year, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch told Andy in this interview. He caught up with Lynch at the EmTech08 conference last week. Developers can use Adobe AIR to build rich, cross-platform Internet applications that deploy to the desktop. Lynch says Adobe is working to bring a version of AIR to mobile devices that should be ready in the next year or two. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
6 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/blackarrow-rais.html San Mateo-based BlackArrow, a video-ad management system that can insert ads into broadband, video-on-demand and DVR playout, has announced $20 million in new funding, Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch reports. Andy interviewed BlackArrow Senior Vice President Chris Hock early this summer about how their system works. Investors include Cisco Systems, Polaris Venture Partners, Comcast Interactive Capital, Mayfield Fund and Intel Capital. BlackArrow has now raised a total of $38 million in funding. The company's press release can be read here. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
6 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/huff-or-die-fun.html The comedy video website Funny or Die, humor site 23/6 and The Huffington Post have teamed up to create Huff or Die, accessible at funnyordie****/huffordie, to showcase their best political humor videos and blog posts. Funny or Die made the announcement last week. At the Omma Global conference last month I spoke with CEO Dick Glover about the site's soaring traffic this summer. In August, when the company launched Paris Hilton's response to McCain's celebrity ad--which rocketed to become its fourth most popular video of all time--the site saw 8 million unique visitors. Glover told me he expected September to be just as strong. The charged political environment is giving the site plenty of fodder, and other political videos like Gina Gerson's spoof of Sarah Palin are also helping drive traffic. The site's recent growth extends beyond monthly visitors: Funny or Die launched a British version of its site late last month featuring BBC comedy Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Williams. The US version frequently features its founders, Will Ferrel and Anchorman co-star Adam McKay. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
8 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/warren-buffet-b.html Alice Schroeder's biography "The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life," released September 29, became an immediate bestseller. PR firm CJP Communications recently launched the first two segments of an eight-part online documentary series it produced, "Shaping 'The Snowball': Alice Schroeder on the Oracle of Omaha", to give a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the book and put their client, Schroeder, in the spotlight. Producing online videos about authors seem to be emerging as a trend; Internet video solutions provider TurnHere has produced a number of such videos for Simon & Schuster. You can see them here. The series about Schroeder, which runs on YouTube, Facebook, iTunes and Blip, has received 15,000 views so far. CJP Digital VP Wilson Cleveland, who was its executive producer, said he considers this a successful number considering the niche audience. I interviewed Cleveland at the CJP offices in the Empire State Building yesterday. It's not the company's first foray into web video: It produced a comedy series called "The Temp Life," inspired by The Office and featuring some of its own staff members, for temporary staffing agency Spherion. CJP first began producing branded content three years ago--ahead of many advertising agencies and content producers. It's interesting to see a PR company succeeding in a space that has principally the domain of advertisers. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
10 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/newsvine-regist.html People-powered news site Newsvine has seen enormous growth since its acquisition by msnbc**** last year, receiving 963 percent more registrations and 269 percent more unique visitors, msnbc**** has told Beet.TV. I interviewed CEO Mike Davidson about the Seattle-based social news platform at the Omma Global conference last month. Newsvine aggregates stories from both large media organizations and individual contributors around the world and lets members vote for the stories they think are most important. Placement of stories on the site is determined by the number of users' votes ad well as freshness and reputation. Newsvine drives consumption not only of news stories, but of online video: It's NBC Nightly News Discussion Club, launched in January, allows members to watch and comment on segments from the NBC Nightly News. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
10 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/national-geogra.html User-generated content plays a central role in National Geographic's dynamic multimedia platform, Senior VP for online content development Rob Covey told me at the Omma Global conference last month. Users can now share their own videos on the user-generated video hub Everyday Explorers, built with online community builder KickApps and recently launched in beta. Covey gave a presentation at the conference about how National Geographic is successfully adapting to the digital world; initiatives like the site's "My Shot, Your Shot" photo-sharing community and World Music Hub have helped drive online traffic. Covey says they are planning to build interesting applications with the user-generated content to create a more interactive experience. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
10 Oct 2008
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Barack Obama and John McCain weren't the only ones battling it out during Tuesday's town hall-style debate: CNN Digital Network vied with msnbc**** and other major players for the most unique visitors. CNN came out on top, the company announced today, generating 8.3 million uniques and 67 million total minutes spent on the site. CNN based the numbers on Nielsen Online Custom Data P2+ Home/Work Usage During the Democratic National Convention, msnbc**** claimed victory over CNN and other networks with 5.6 million video streams; you can read my post about it here. Andy interviewed CNN**** news anchor Melissa Long earlier this year about the opportunities of the live webcast format, and I republished the interview above. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
15 Oct 2008
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Video streaming solution DigiMeld will broadcast PublicScope Film's "The Third Jihad" online at 2 p.m. today, at the same time as the film's theatrical release, the company announced. I interviewed DigiMeld Executive Chairman Alex Mashisky last week about how the company's recent launch of SuperStream grid streaming technology, which allows online video to reach large audiences in real time and will help the Internet to replace cable TV, he says. Publishers can take advantage of DigiMeld's SuperStream grid streaming technology through the DigiMeld TV portal, where they can set up live and on-demand video channels. "The Third Jihad", for example, will stream live at www.digimeld.tv/thethirdjihad. Publishers can monetize their content through subscriptions, pay per view, or advertising. "It gives us what we need, which is the scale and the reduction in price, but it does not clog the networks, which is what Comcast's problem was, and other people," Mashinsky says of the technology. "So we really found the median way between the peer-to-peers and the CDNs and put it in a commercial package that is available to consumers." Mashinsky, a serial entrepreneur and author of 50 patents, says that he is confident that the Internet will be able to replace cable TV when video can reach online audiences as large. SuperStream, which launched last month, successfully reached a live audience of 100,000 in a trial, and DigiMeld is working on expanding its reach further. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
15 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/campbell-brown.html When a candidate says something that is incorrect, pointing it out to the viewers isn't partisan, according to Campbell Brown, anchor of CNN's Campbell Brown: Election Center. "If I don't [point it out to my viewers], I'm insulting their intelligence, and I'm not comfortable with myself, because I'm ignoring something that is clearly factual and is staring me in the face," she says. Brown moderated a conference at the Time Warner Politics 08 Summit yesterday about the changing face of news and the presidential election. The other panel members--Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter, Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel, and CNN President Jonathan Klein--discussed topics like the future of new media and the role of opinion in journalism. Andy interviewed Brown after the session. In the segment, she talks about how political reporting has changed since 2004. Check out TVNewser's coverage of the conference here. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
15 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/what-are-the-la.html The theme of women in power has played a central role in media coverage this election, according to Rachel Sklar, editor of The Huffington Post's Eat The Press page. Sklar spoke on a panel at the TimeWarner Politics 08 Summit today called "Playing Politics with Gender - Media, Candidates, and the Majority Vote." Sklar has followed stories about Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, and the candidates wives with interest, she told Andy in an interview at the conference yesterday. Questions asked about the coverage in retrospect might include, "How far did women come? Was Sarah Palin a step forward or a step back?" and "What did she represent that was different than what Hillary Clinton represented?" Sklar says. She also discusses negative campaigning, the tanking of the economy, and dwindling public interest in the Iraq war. You can read Sklar's live Twitter feed about the conference sessions here. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
15 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/jeff-jarvis-big.html Big media companies need to stop imitating traditional television formats in online video, according to BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis. There's no reason to do stand-ups and b-roll when the Internet provides the opportunity to reinvent the entire format, he says. "I think in four years from now we'll see utterly different video online," he told Andy in an interview at the TimeWarner Politics 08 Summit yesterday. He also discusses the impact of YouTube on the blogosphere on political processes. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
16 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/cnn-digital-wil.html CNN has planned an online experience that complements rather than reproduces the televised broadcast of the presidential debates, according to Alex Wellen, Deputy Political Director of CNNPolitics****. As more and more viewers are watching the broadcast with their laptops close at hand, real-time reactions from CNN analysts, the People Meter, and scorecards have become an important soundboard for the candidates' statements. The Political Ticker, where CNN contributors live blog the debates, received 9.4 million page views during the last debate, Wellen told Andy in an interview at the TimeWarner Politics 08 Summit yesterday. "[S]omeone says something-- Senator Obama says something, Senator McCain says something and then people can reliably go to CNN****, and find out whether those statements are true and what that information is," he says. "There really is this kind of robust overall experience that we haven't seen other networks reproduce." --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
16 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/adobe-launches.html Adobe Flash Player 10 is now available for free download, the company announced today. Andy interviewed Jim Guerard, VP of Adobe Dynamic Media, in Palo Alto this summer about the second beta version of the player; I republished the interview above. The player will offer native 3D transformation and animation and advanced audio processing, among other improvements. Liz Gannes at NewTeeVee notes in her piece about the player that the dynamic streaming will be the most significant improvement for online video viewers. The player is available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux at www.adobe****/go/getflashplayer. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
16 Oct 2008
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*******www.beet.tv/2008/10/wolf-blitzer-im.html CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer told Andy at the TimeWarner Politics 08 Summit that he keeps his opinions out of The Situation Room. "I'm sort of an old-school, serious, hard news reporter who likes to do the news in a responsible way and not necessarily showcase my opinion, but to try to get some information out of the guests or out of the news stories that we're doing," he says. We also interviewed CNN anchor Campbell Brown Tuesday about her news approach, and she told us she believes in calling out candidates for not telling the truth. You can watch the interview here. Blitzer moderated a panel called "Defining the American Experience" on Tuesday morning. He told TVNewser after the panel that he'll have some major surprises in store for his coverage of November 4. "If you like John King's Magic Wall get ready, 'cause we're going to have some good stuff," he told Chris. We're intrigued, and we'll let you know if there are any updates. --Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
18 Oct 2008
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