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Todays Tech 5/31/2007

Hitting some of the technology highlights.

Data Recovery Using Linux Recovering data from a Windows system using Linux tools.

Well we really screwed this one up? In trying to remove some Live Journals that were violating their terms, specifically pedophile journals and communities, they deleted some that should not have been deleted and are trying to explain what happened and what they are doing to get them back. Related article from News.com here.

Can you say du huh. Studies: music industry overstating threat of P2P piracy Unauthorized sharing of digital music remains a huge issue for the global music business, but is most of that sharing taking place on peer-to-peer networks? For years, peer-to-peer was the bogeyman, the red Communist music monster than was going to devour the industry’s revenues. But new research suggests that sneakernets may be as big a problem as darknets.

EMI Music, Google and YouTube strike milestone partnership Soon, you will be watching videos and recordings from EMI Music artists, through a deal between EMI and Google.

Mahalo Is Hawaiian for Useless Unbiased review of Mahalo, the hand made search engine from Jason Calacanis. Michael Arrington writes a puff piece here.

BBC to broadcast in ‘Second Life’ In the Second Life economy, more than $600,000 changes hands every day. Now the virtual world is about to play host to a BBC show about that economy and how people have made real money from it.

A picture’s worth a thousand clicks Google has bought Panoramio, a community photos website that enables digital photographers to geo-locate, store and organize their photographs — and to view those photographs in Google Earth. Big surprise huh?

Google brings developers offline with ?Gears?; new offline Reader ?Google Gears,? an open source project that will bring offline capabilities to Web Applications ? aimed at developers. From the Gears API Blog Gears is a browser extension that we hope — with time and plenty of input and collaboration from outside of Google — can make not just our applications but everyone’s applications work offline. From Read/Write Web And guess who is most at risk with this announcement? Yes, Microsoft. Google after all has many of the top ‘best of breed’ web apps now, and Mozilla wants more market share against Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Adobe and Microsoft are also engaged in an ongoing battle for Rich Internet App supremacy, which probably explains why Adobe is involved in Gears. And of course, this will have major implications for the Web Office – where Google Apps is directly competing against Microsoft Office (whether Google admits it or not!).

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 31, 2007 at 4:59 pm

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Tech News 5/18/2007

Lots of interesting technology news concerning Microsoft, Google, Torrents, Youtube and more.

The Pirate Bay to Launch YouTube Competitor The Pirate Bay is preparing to launch a Youtube competitor, they have confirmed it themselves, ?YES – we?re going to do a video streaming site. It?s true. It?s in the works being done right now and as usual we put a bit of Pirate Bay mentality behind every project we do.? Sounds like a version of Youtube where the copyrighted videos don’t come down, hehe.

Google Apps Partner Edition Today, we’re excited to take another step in that direction by releasing a version of Google Apps specifically designed for ISPs, portals, and other service providers, whether you have a few thousand subscribers or over a million. This new version, which we’re calling the Partner Edition, makes it easy for large and small service providers to offer your subscribers the latest versions of powerful tools, like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs & Spreadsheets, without having to worry about hosting, updating, or maintaining any of the services yourself. Sounds interesting.

Microsoft Launches Popfly: Mashup App Creator Built On Silverlight A mashup and widget creator using Microsoft’s new Silverlight. Mary Jo Foley calls it Microsoft Popfly: Yahoo Pipes for the rest of us, an app for the people who don’t want to program, just create.

Now that Feedburner Story?. Is Google going to buy Feedburner? Some say yes and the Doubleclick deal is holding it up, if they do, it would give them a foothold in the RSS ad’s market. Sure glad I’m not running any ads in my feed….

Microsoft Gets Its Ad Network Microsoft announced the purchase of aQuantive, a 10-year-old, publicly traded digital marketing company in an all cash deal worth approximately $6 billion — the biggest acquisition in Microsoft history. That is kind of hard to believe, as long as Microsoft has been around, but they do tend to buy the smaller companies I guess. Om Malik says “Microsoft?s willingness to pay big dollars and bid aggressively for aQuantive ($66 a share versus mid-$30s trading price) shows that the Barons of Redmond truly believe that advertising will play a big role in its future. How that eventually plays out – remains to be seen.” Michael Arrington has posted lots of info from the Media Call here, such as this question from Bear Stearns: does this affect MS?s opinion on Google/doubleclick transaction. MS: no, not at all. Says this will promote competition and Google/doubleclick will hurt competition. Microsoft is in none of the businesses that aQuantive is in, whereas Google was already in direct competition with doubleclick and will give Google 80% market share in those markets.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 18, 2007 at 6:54 pm

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Is Google TV for Real?

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I’ve just been reading about this whole Google TV thing that has been going on, where this guy named Mark Erickson in a video from Infinite Solutions, shows you how to get an invite to the next big beta from Google, Google TV. It’s a pretty good hoax for lots of reasons. Google buying Youtube, Google wants to own all forms of advertising so they will get to TV sooner or later, as more quality content is created online, they will be able to translate that over to TV, and soon we will be watching TV on the Internet and the Internet on TV. Both videos that were created by them are high quality, especially the second video as it actually looks like he is accessing a Google TV site. Both videos are below. Is it real, probably in some other form, but this is one well done hoax and should get an A for effort at least.

Now watch the second video here, it looks to me like they created a movie and he is operating the mouse and keyboard like he is controlling the computer, notice how they don’t show his hands and movie at the same time, and even went as far as to show him entering the wrong password once because he is nervous. He even grabs the monitor once and moves it around and says there is no way he can fake this, he’s not ILM, Industrial Light & Magic.

It would be very easy to fake the address in the IE address bar, and as people noted at Techcrunch, there are no DNS entries for tv.google.com, and they have another video of a guy that says he copied every link and emailed all of them to himself and it worked for him on the 114th try, hehe. This is starting to sound like a poor mans DOS attack, by getting thousands of people emailing themselves multiple times and logging in and out many, many times, it overloads there servers. Several times tonight I have received errors because gmail was unable to perform an operation.

This just gets better and better. New video found via CenterNetworks “confirming” the accuracy of the hoax. This guy says he got it to work on his 114th login, after copying numerous links on the Gmail settings page. Source: Google TV – An Elaborate Hoax

Google Blogoscoped has got the official word from Google, just in case you had some doubts left in your mind.

Alas, Mark’s “Google TV beta” is simply a figment of his fertile imagination. But great entertainment for all of us here at the Googleplex. Source: Google TV (Hoax)

I admit I tried it and logged into Gmail probably 30 times to just make sure before I posted, so I was part of the problem as well. Erik even has another “great video” called How to Increase Your Wi-Fi Signal where he tells us to wrap an Ethernet cable around a cell phone and plug the other end into your computer and it will boost your wifi signal, and, he ads, you can coat a salad bowl with aluminum foil to get an even better signal, two hole bars better, hehe. That Erik, he sure is funny.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - January 30, 2007 at 5:18 am

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New Video Support and Review Section – video.tipsdr.com

All right, everyone else is launching their own video component, why not Tips Dr.com? We have added a video section here titled Windows Support Videos, but it is much more than that. Reviews from computer games to console video games, to cell phones, to digital cameras, all kinds of Windows XP help and a bunch of Windows Vista videos, how to setup a wireless router, how to install protection for your iPod, and all kinds of great iPod accessory reviews, software tutorials and much more. If you have any videos that are technology related, please submit them, if you make your own, all the better, as long as they are accurate we will list them, so submit your videos today!

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - December 19, 2006 at 6:12 am

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MySpace Sued by UMG for Copyright Infringement

Universal Music Group has filed a lawsuit against MySpace.com for allowing rampant unauthorized copying, as opposed to just unauthorized copying, and distribution of the songs and video of their artists. They are seeking damages of $150,000 per violation and MySpace must not allow any more copying or distribution of its copyrighted material. $150,000 per violation sounds pretty high, I mean, you can buy the songs on iTunes for 99 cents each and movies starting at $9.99, and so I wonder how they came up with $150,000?

Popular social-networking Web site MySpace was slapped with its first copyright-infringement lawsuit yesterday, by Universal Music Group, alleging that the site enables “rampant” unauthorized copying and distribution of its artists’ songs and videos.

The lawsuit, filed yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, said “[n]o intellectual property is safe in the MySpace world of infringement — not plaintiffs’ videos, not plaintiffs’ songs, not even songs from the unreleased album ‘Kingdom Come’ by superstar artist Jay-Z,” scheduled to go on sale next week.

MySpace denied wrongdoing and said it would fight the lawsuit. Source: Washington Post

Universal and MySpace already have some content-sharing deals in place, but Universal says that MySpace does not take the material down fast enough, while MySpace says they are in compliance with the law.

“We have been keeping [Universal] closely apprised of our industry-leading efforts to protect creators’ rights, and it’s unfortunate they decided to file this unnecessary and merit less litigation,” a spokeswoman for MySpace said in an e-mailed statement. “We provide users with tools to share their own work — we do not induce, encourage, or condone copyright violation in any way.”

On the 17th of November, MySpace announced that they are releasing a new tool that will allow content providers like Universal to mark any video or music they allege is theirs, and MySpace will remove it, promptly, they say.

MySpace.com, the world?s leading lifestyle portal, announced today plans to launch a new tool for copyright holders that makes it even easier and faster to remove content they allege is unauthorized. The tool is being tested with FOX and MLB Advanced Media and will be expanded to include other verified copyright holders.

The new tool will allow copyright holders to digitally flag any user-posted video containing content that they own and allege is unauthorized. MySpace will promptly remove all videos flagged by a copyright holder. In addition, MySpace has implemented a proprietary system to block videos that are removed at the request of a copyright owner from being re-uploaded to the site by other users. Source: Business Wire

And as Scott Karp of Publishing 2.0 noted, most user generated content is really user-appropriated content, like TV shows, movies, etc. There are some good things users are actually creating, and then there are some things they are creating that really suck, all kinds of tech content being created, how to’s, tips, instructions, if you can talk about it and show someone on your monitor how to do it, it’s being created. Many, many Second Life videos being created, check out Second Life Videos for some great examples. I’m working on creating a windows tech support video site, www.Threll.com and have been trying to gather up funny clips and videos here at www.phunymovies.com, check em out and post your favorites or even your own.

So, where are we headed? I have no idea, but I would say they can’t hold sites like MySpace entirely responsible, if you compare it to web hosting and how they can’t really be held responsible for what their users do, as long as they take it down when notified, which MySpace, Youtube and Google have been doing already.

In the article posted by the BBC, Universal claims that MySpace encourages the posting of the content, the owners of MySpace have benefited greatly from it and they would like what is due to them and their artists.

In a statement it added: “Our music and videos play a key role in building the communities that have created hundreds of millions of dollars of value for the owners of MySpace.

“Our goal is not to inhibit the creation of these communities, but to ensure that our rights and those of our artists are recognised.” Source: BBC

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - November 19, 2006 at 5:27 am

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Google: We Do Know Evil

If you’ve read the latest posting by Mark Cuban today, a post that contained lots of info concerning Google’s buyout of YouTube.com, while it is not fact checked, and contains some speculation from the writer himself, Cuban says he trusts the source. Everyone remember when Google’s motto was “Do No Evil”? I don’t think that is necessarily the case anymore, and not just because they removed it from their site.

While this seemed good on paper Google attorneys were still uncomfortable with the enormous possible legal claims and speculated that maybe even 500 million may not be enough – remember were talking about hundreds of thousands of possible copyright infringements. Youtube attorneys emphasized the DMCA safe harbor provisions and pointed to the 3 full timers dedicated to dealing with takedown notices, but couldn’t get G comfortable. Google wasn’t worried about the small guys, but the big guys were a significant impediment to a sale. They could swing settlement numbers widely in one direction or another. So the decision was made to negotiate settlements with some of the largest music and film companies. If they could get to a good place with these companies they could get confidence from attorneys and the ever important “fairness opinion” from the bankers involved that this was a sane purchase.

The second request was to pile some lawsuits on competitors to slow them down and lock in Youtube’s position. As Google looked at it they bought a 6 month exclusive on widespread video copyright infringement. Universal obliged and sued two capable Youtube clones Bolt and Grouper. This has several effects. First, it puts enormous pressure on all the other video sites to clamp down on the laissez-faire content posting that is prevalent. If Google is agreeing to remove unauthorized content they want the rest of the industry doing the same thing. Secondly it shuts off the flow of venture capital investments into video firms. Without capital these firms can’t build the data centers and pay for the bandwidth required for these upside down businesses.

So, before Google signed the YouTube deal, YouTube signed content deals with major media companies, record labels, effectively giving them a piece of the pie Google was about to serve up, I saw somewhere it was about $50 million per large company. Part of the deal was the media companies couldn’t sue Google for six months, because, as they already knew from Google Video, you can’t flourish like YouTube was and protect copyright laws at the same time. They also requested, if this story is true, that the media companies pile the lawsuits on YouTube competitors, so they can’t flourish since they will have to protect copyright laws, and Universal did just that by suing two capable Youtube clones Bolt and Grouper.

Another paragraph in the post mentioned the media companies only had one problem, figuring out how not to have to share any of the money with any of the artists who ACTUALLY CREATED THE CONTENT. If the money was received as part of a licensing deal, they would have to share it, usually 50/50, so what could they do? They decided that the would receive an equity position as an investor that Google would then by from them. That way they could classify it as gains from an investment position.

Whew, no wonder they removed the Do No Evil, they would’ve had to have changed it to “We Do Know Evil”.

Infringement lawsuits will be served on Youtube and the new proud parent Google in the coming months. Google will respond with two paths: an expensive legal fight or a quick and easy settlement with most choosing the latter. Are there any larger copyright holders such as music publishers, movie studios, or unlicensed record label EMI that put up a fight rather than accepting the check?

Google’s motto would be more correct to be, “Your Internet Are Belong To Us.”

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 31, 2006 at 2:54 am

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Google Buys YouTube for 1.65 Billion

Crazy, crazy, crazy. If anyone call pull it off it’s Google, slap some adsense on those pages, get your money back in 5 or 6 years. More intelligent people than me are covering this, check out all of the posts at Techmeme.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 9, 2006 at 11:34 pm

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Google May Be Buying YouTube for $1.6 Billion

In case you haven’t seen it on your favorite news sites by now, there was a rumor released last night from TechCrunch that Google could be thinking about buying YouTube for 1.6 billion dollars. Sounds crazy at first thought, but, it could be possible, sure. Google wouldn’t be worried about litagation as much, even though they are for sure going to be sued once they buy it, they could monopolize the site very easily and make up their money in a few years if the traffic holds up, and once again one of their projects, Google Video, is not taking off like they want, YouTube currently receives four times the traffic as Google Video. I’ll not post all the links to other sites reporting on this story, there are almost 90 trackbacks, or links, to other sites talking about it, the Wall Street journal, Associated Press, Reuters all have the story. I don’t think Google has responded anywhere yet.

Visit TechCrunch or digg the story.

Added: Techdirt has a good post on this story, here, where they talk about the circle-jerk of manufactured legitimacy this has become with TechCrunch providing the first post, as a rumor, WSJ journal reporting a tip from a “person familiar with the matter”, hundreds of blogs and websites reporting the news, and the Techcrunch posting again saying the Wall Street Journal is reporting it. What we need is someone from Google or YouTube to deny or confirm it.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 6, 2006 at 9:33 pm

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Islamic Violence Video Banned from YouTube

I just read a post by Michelle Malkin titled Banned on Youtube, about how her video, that was a simple slideshow highlighting the victims of Islamic violence over the years, has been rejected by YouTube as being inappropriate in nature. Of course she asked YouTube why it was deemed inappropriate, as there are still many videos about al-Qaeda propaganda, Nazi videos, etc. She has received no response from YouTube, but has been finding other people in the same situation.

It has come to my attention that Jihadis organized a campaign against us to have our videos removed by You Tube. Some people’s accounts have even been terminated. I don’t know exactly how the You Tube suspension system works, but it looks like a video will be removed if it gets a certain number of complaints (which may be accepted without investigation), and an account gets closed when the third video is removed. One of my videos was recently removed for inappropriate content. The video, It’s In The Koran, could be viewed at http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/videos/ItsInTheKoran.php, second screen (alternative video source). This video contains no sexually explicit content and could only be offensive to Muslims who reject any notion of criticism.

She has posted a video on her site to appeal to YouTube.

This reminds me of the articles by Wayne Porter on Steve Rosenbaum and how Google Adwords blocked any war videos he tried to send traffic to, yet many other ads on the same subject without the videos get approved no problem.

The Story in a Nutshell: As the conflict in the middle East heated up Steve Rosenbaum began to search the web for videos shot by real people in and around the conflict. He found plenty of video citizen journalism and to get the word out he created a channel to aggregate the videos and organize them in a central area. Nice- Great idea! Something Google might of thought of doing since their mission is to, and I quote, “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

The Catch: What he didn’t bank on was not just having certain ads rejected, but his entire Adwords campaign deleted!

I realize these big websites don’t want anyone offended by content on their sites, but this is real life, and real life isn’t always pretty. Steve was just trying to make a website that listed and referenced all of the conversations on the war, and Michelle is just criticizing jihadis, a group on YouTube they believe targeted their videos.

The starbulletin posted an article called Web videos mock U.S. war deaths in which they say YouTube is listing dozens of videos showing individual American soldiers being killed in Iraq, saying they are pretty much snuff films, and that the videos include music and insurgent slogans.

Some of the videos, including ones of American soldiers purportedly being picked off by snipers or being blown up by improvised explosive devices, have been viewed tens of thousands of times each in the past few months. Some are posted in YouTube’s “news and blogs” category, but others are listed under “entertainment” and even “comedy.”

Their presence on YouTube shows that insurgent propaganda — including genuine footage — already available on more obscure Web sites has seeped in the mainstream of American popular culture, said Eben Kaplan, assistant editor of CFR.org, the Web site of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank headquartered in New York.

So, watching Americans soldiers die is okay, even with a disclaimer, but criticism of jihadis is not? So, I think I have it now, jihadis propaganda okay, jihadis criticism is not. Pretty sad YouTube, pretty sad.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 5, 2006 at 2:36 pm

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