Apparently Twitter was all Twittered out as I sat here at McCarron airport trying to get a jet plane to nowhere...well, to Austin, actually.
This is probably why. Twitter's still on the Bob Metcalfe Network Effect Growth Curve from...well, you know where.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I kicked it old school for my last night in Viva Las Vegas, walking down to the Sahara at the far end of the Strip to dine scrumptiously at the NASCAR Cafe.
I was going to hold out for the Daytona Chili Burger (unleaded), but opted for the St. Louis Ribs instead, dining all the while gazing out at Carzilla, the world's largest stock car, weighing in at more than three tons and measuring 34 feet long and 12 feet wide.
As I contemplated driving around an oval track for one's livelihood, I couldn't help but wonder if the bartender ever worries about Carzilla slipping in that last turn towards the bar and dropping on him like a lead balloon.
Anyhoo, if you ever need any NASCAR merchandise of any kind, the NASCAR store next door should be able to help you out (I had to contain myself to keep from buying my very own Dale Earnhardt, Jr. mouse pad.)
I somehow restrained myself.
Not everyone can manage such restraint, however.
Take Sun, for instance.
CNET's reporting this morning that Sun is taking Java to the consumer masses, in an attempt to counter Ajax, Silverlight, and other emerging RIA technologies.
Just as long as I can get that double triple mocha decaf with steamed non-fat milk and it'll run on my Palm Tungsten C...
Me, I've got a plane to catch.[Read More]
Todd "Turbo" Watson -- IBM Corporation
In his keynote here at The Cable Show, FCC chairman Kevin Martin joked about even getting an invitation, considering many of his recent positions go against the interests of the cable industry.
While Martin said he agreed with the industry that it shouldn't be required to open its infrastructure at wholesale rates or pay general service fees that would subsidize its competitors, he also indicated he does not think Net Neutrality was something that yet needed to be regulated.
Explaining, he indicated that "there's no market failure that merits it" and that regulation could slow down the deployment of broadband.
Sorry, Net Neutrality Save the Internet spaceman, dude.
He also continued a plead for a la carte pricing of content subscription (I haven't yet found Mr. Parsons to discuss the comp on my bill).
Meanwhile, there was lots of discussion by the panel of MSO COOs about the continued opportunity for new broadband and wireless services, including more on demand programming (which all panelists pointed out is a weak spot for the satellite providers)
One exec even mentioned how it cool it would have been over the weekend had they been able to do a concurrent on demand co-release of "Spiderman 3" via the cable networks.
Now that would be a cool way to get lost in the cable industry's time shifting web.[Read More]
Well well well, in the time it took me to drive from one end of the Strip to the other, to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center where The Cable Show is being held, Valleywag reported that Photobucket will be acquired by acquisition-hungry News Corp's MySpace.
We heard most recently from these two when MySpace wouldn't play nice and let the nice little Photobucket streams into the MySpace walled garden after several Photobucket streamers started placing video ads for the new "Superman 3" movie into their streams.
(Apparently, the advertising helped! At least in its own little way: Spidey 3 brought in a cool $148 million over the weekend.)
TechCrunch says the deal's for real. Matt Ingram says the deal makes sense.
Turbo's Take: If a picture's worth a thousand words, a full-on firehose stream of a few million of them has gotta be worth $250 million.
They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
They also say in case of an earthquake hitting Vegas, be sure to go straight to the Keno Lounge -- nothing ever gets hit there.
Let's hope my luck holds out long enough to successfully forge through my panel session today here at The Cable Show in Viva Las Vegas.
Entitled "Thoroughly Modern Messaging: Reaching Customers in the Digital Age," my co-panelists and I will be exploring the opportunities and challenges of the emerging digital media.
And of course Vegas is known for attracting big names, which is why there are some high rollers in town for the event, including FCC chairman Kevin Martin, who will be keynoting a session entitled "Cable 2.0: Growing Cable's Next Business Opportunities.
Me, I'm just hoping for a chance run-in with Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons to see if I can get a comp on my Time-Warner cable bill.
Hey, it's Vegas, I figure I gotta at least ask.
Seven come eleven!
Meanwhile, Robert Scoble reported that eMarketer Geoff Ramsey has told us a FOG has descended across the marketing and advertising industry.
Being from IBM, I know we never properly explain acronyms. So, quickly:
FOG stands for "Fear of Google."
FOG, Scoble explains, is the reason Yahoo's stock shot up last week on rumors of Microsoft putting it in play: "Easy, we wanted it to happen...'We' being journalists who are living in FOG land. Bloggers who'd like to see Microsoft be interesting again."
Well, I don't know if I'd go that far, Robert.
Of course, all this poses the logical question, is it really possible to MicroHoo in the FOG?
Only time, and a virtual army of investment bankers and lawyers, will tell.[Read More]
What a crazy busy week.
Now, Microsoft and Yahoo are said in discussions to merge...again.
My favorite headline in the blogosphere on this news thus far comes from my compadre to the great white north, Mathew Ingram:
Two icebergs, roped together
Ha, and no penguins in sight.
Of course, with all this global warming going on, it's not a good time to be an iceberg.
"They are like icebergs: not only is nine-tenths of them unseen, but they are slow-moving and difficult to steer. Impressive? Yes. Powerful? No doubt about it. But fast, or nimble or imaginative? No. Roping them together would do nothing but compound their problems."
I dunno, I thought Microsoft Bob was pretty cool.
And I loved Clippy the talking paper clip in Microsoft Office (who was laid off when Office XP was released). Clippy was kinda like a pre-Second Life avatar.
Ah, I remember the halcyon days of the commercial Intertubes, back when our own John Patrick awarded Jerry and David "Best of Show" for the new Yahoo! search index at Internet World in San Jose (April 1995).
And now it's come to this?
So, a few short seconds ago, I stumbled on over to Yahoo! Answers to see if I could get some wisdom there, typing in the following simple query:
"Who is Microsoft?"
The Yahoo! Answer diviner responded with the following response (Coined "Best Answer -- Chosen By Voters"):
"Microsoft is an evil corporation."
Well, at least their search engine is working.
Do you MicroHoo?[Read More]
Redmonk's James Governor pretty much nails Twitter in this post, with a hats off to the original Cluetrain gang.
As his post headline indicates, "If markets are conversations, then Twitter is money."
Show me the money!
Me, I'm all more about his mention of the organizational structure of W.L. Gore Associates:
Do you know the size of the Twitter burst that would be necessary just to get through the ranks of our VPs alone???
Me, I'm staying Twitter-free (at least since SXSW, where Twittermania went completely out of control) lest I end up in a 12-step Twitter withdrawal program.
Then again, I've also managed to stay Blackberryless all this time, and am still alive and well.[Read More]
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Ask.com is launching a new multimillionaire TV and Web ad campaign today, so reports the Wall Street Journal Interactive.
It's intent? To raise awareness about what the company considers its secret sauce: Its algorithm.
That would be the formula a search engine uses to go off and find stuff.
A mathematical formula.
As SearchEngineLand reports, the campaign will focus around the word "algorithm."
As in, "Do you have a lame Algorithm?" or "The Algorithm killed Jeeves" or "The Algorithm is from Jersey" (where Teoma, Ask's algorithm, was developed).
Methinks the Algorithm could be about to get whacked by the Soprano's Christopher Moltisanti.
It's already been whacked by Google.
Valleywag has some pics of the new billboard ads from Highway 101 out in Silicon Valley.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm a shareholder in IAC. For now.[Read More]
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IBM's PartnerWorld conference has been going on in St. Louis this week, an annual pow-wow for our very important Business Partners from around the globe.
Our own Nick Donofrio gave a keynote on "the virtual planet," addressing the emerging importance of virtual business interactions, as well as the need to be able to transfers assets from one virtual environment to another. (CIO magazine online has more about the speech here.)
While Nick's off integrating the planets, I'm just trying to figure out how to put on the new cowboy hat I bought the other day in Second Life.
That experience has convinced me of the perfect way to double digital v-commerce revenues virtually overnight:
Make it so that well-educated professionals like myself go buy a piece of virtual clothing for 200 Linden $$, then make it so difficult for them to figure out how to put the clothing on, that they go and buy a second piece of virtual clothing to see if they can make that work!
Brilliant! The Linden currency exchange will go through the roof!
Me, all I know is, growing up I never had this much trouble putting on a real cowboy hat.
But back to our Business Partners and virtual reality.
In short order, we're going to have a PartnerWorld island inside Second Life where our partners can use virtual rooms to meet up with one another, including private meetings (sorry, no slurl just yet).
Much as we love you partners out there, though, you're on your own when it comes to putting on your virtual wardrobe.
We're also providing Lotus Connections for Partners, a new Web 2.0 social computing resource that allows partners to create and share profile information about their business and their subject matter experts, allows for blogging, and just overall provides for a great venue for collaboration in the communities most of interest to our partners.
And, it's available at no charge to current Business Partners.
They may have been protesting U.S. immigration policy in the streets of Los Angeles and other major cities around the country yesterday, but there was also a major protest going on in the online news community.
No, not the News Corp announcement of its intent to buy Dow Jones. I'm talking about the protest on Digg.
If you haven't used Digg to get news online, let me help you lift up that rock, dust you off, and crawl out from under it to find out's been going on in the world.
Digg is all about people sifting out and popularizing news. It's about letting the people identify, rate, and rank the news that's most important to them. About allowing the mob to become the Internet equivalent of the editorial staff of a newspaper.
They post the stories.
They vote on those stories they like the most with their mice.
They drive the most popular stories up the wisdom of crowds editorial food chain to the front page of Digg.
They are in charge. Not Management.
Except for yesterday, when Management made a call to pull a story down regarding a DCMA-related cease-and-desist request, which, in turn, led to the Digg Users' Revolt of May 1, 2007.
Though Texty's post may suggest something more could be afoot in terms of Digg's decision to pull the story, whatever motivated Digg is not really the issue.
Digg management violated the their most basic and core operating principle: Interference in a community-driven news site where the community decides on which stories appear and which ones don't.
By deleting the story, they deleted the core philosophical hub of their business.
Judging from founder Kevin Rose's mea culpa, Digg learned its lesson.
Bad, Digg. Bad.
Let's hope others turn Digg's lemons into lemonade by having this serve as an object lesson learned for other operations with rating-and-ranking technologies.
The more interference with a supposedly transparent system, the digger the hole.[Read More]
Meanwhile, back at the Gutenberg press, Rupert Murdoch makes a $5 billion buyout offer for Dow Jones & Co., parent company of The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal's Martin Peers covers his own company's takeover bid here. (Registration to Wall Street Journal Interactive required for the Moment...Keep browsers open and ready for MySpace IDs soon)
I just want to know this: If the deal goes through, does that mean CEOs everywhere will soon have to have their own MySpace pages?
(Google Calendar Reminder to Self: News Corp. bought MySpace last year for a cool $580 million, which is looking more and more like the bargain of the 2006-7 Web 2.0 Merger and Acquisition Binge every nanosecond.)[Read More]