Archive | May, 2008

Is NBC Blocking Recording of My Programs in Windows Media Center?

29 May

Chris Pirillo uncovers some potential monkey business in Seattle.

I use Tivo, and I am getting tired of paying $13 a month just for a program guide. So I’ve been looking into some computer-based alternatives. Windows Media Center had been on my radar until some shows were blocked on May 12th. Users of Windows Media Center received and error message when attempting to record American Gladiators or Medium on NBC.

There was a huge backlash against Microsoft and NBC after this event. Microsoft denies blocking the shows, and NBC states that it was a mistake on their end. So both parties aren’t claiming that they are trying to control what people can and can’t record. OK, I will take their word on that. But the simple fact that something happened where the programs were blocked scares me. I am able to record anything on my VCR, why would I somehow be able to be locked out from recording anything at all regardless of the technology I’m using?

I’m crossing Windows Media Center off my list. With the capability for networks to block things, who knows what will happen down the road. Content providers still haven’t completely opened their minds to devices that can record things. Some guy in a suit may pound his fist down on the table and decide I can’t record Wife Swap.

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Blogging: Chicks dig it

29 May

A new study confirms it – blogging is now a mainstream activity with women.

YORK, Pa. ( — “Blogosphere” may not be a pretty name for it, but it is a pretty attractive destination — for women at least, and maybe for marketers courting them, too.

According to a recent study by BlogHer and Compass Partners, more than one-third (35%) of all women in the U.S. aged 18 to 75 participate in the blogosphere at least once a week. And that number increases if less-frequent visits are factored in. Of those women who are online any amount of time, 53% read blogs, 37% post comments to blogs and 28% write or update blogs, according to the study.
“We can now see that blogging is mainstream,” said Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder and chief operating officer of BlogHer.

day 124 Drilling Down Conference in Seattle

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Future Apple Devices May Be Solar Powered

28 May

Ever since NowPublic member Innes Yates got me thinking about solar powered electronics I’ve been interested in this field.  Apple is always ahead of the curve and this is no exception.

Employees at Apple have filed a patent for integrating solar cells into portable devices by placing them underneath the layers of a touch-sensitive display, according to the filing.

Solar power could help make devices truly portable, freeing from the need for wires to connect them to a power supply.

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Bin Laden’s Friends on Facebook

28 May

Apparently Bin Laden has 43 friends on Facebook.  Someone get on that!

Bin’s Profile

Verbal Jihadist

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NDP to introduce ‘net neutrality’ private member’s bill

27 May

Congratulations to the NDP for understanding the importance of net neutrality in Canada.  One has to wonder what possible motivation the Liberals and Conservatives have for opposing something that is so clearly in the interests of all Canadians.  The government should be ashamed of their willful ignorance of this critical issue.

The federal New Democrats will introduce a private member’s bill on Wednesday that would entrench the principle of “net neutrality” and enact rules to keep the internet free from interference by service providers, an NDP MP told a rally Tuesday in Ottawa.

Charlie Angus said the bill would protect Canadian consumers from having their internet speeds “throttled” by service providers.

“You are citizens of the digital realm and you have rights,” he told about 300 protesters at the rally on Parliament Hill.

At issue in the net neutrality debate are the actions of big internet service producers (ISPs), such as Bell Canada Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc., that have been slowing down the internet speeds of customers using certain applications, such as peer-to-peer software used for file sharing.

Bell and Rogers, Canada’s two largest ISPs, as well as others including Videotron Ltee and Cogeco Inc. say they need to slow such traffic down — or “throttle” it — because a small percentage of customers are abusing these peer-to-peer applications and causing network congestion, affecting the speeds of the majority.

That practice has angered smaller ISPs, including rally organizer TekSavvy Solutions Inc. of Chatham, Ont., that have complained to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that Bell is being anti-competitive by expanding its throttling practices to its members.

20071014_4708.jpg nextMEDIA 2007, Banff - Net Neutrality

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Release: Announces Partnership with ShoZu, Making On-the-Go Journalism Easier and More Accessible to All

21 May

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 21 /PRNewswire/ — (, the world’s largest participatory news network, today announced a key partnership enabling consumers to quickly and easily send photos and videos to NowPublic from their mobile phones using ShoZu, the market’s leading provider of mobile social media services. Effective immediately, ShoZu will include NowPublic as a destination option on its phone application and in its website catalog of destination sites.

The ShoZu service ships pre-installed on select Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson handsets and is available as a free download to more than 340 additional models.

“With today’s mobile devices, everyone has the power of the press,” said Leonard Brody, CEO of NowPublic. “NowPublic’s integration with ShoZu makes it that much easier for our community members to share their photos and videos as news happens. It also gives users the ability to submit content to all of their social communities and email addresses from a single screen on the handset, providing added value for NowPublic contributors.”

“NowPublic is a textbook example of the need to transfer images from your camera phone without waiting to get to a computer. You capture news on the spot, and you need to post it immediately,” said Mark Bole, ShoZu’s CEO. “This partnership equips NowPublic community members with a fast, user-friendly and reliable solution for mobile-to-Web connectivity.”

The ShoZu service allows users to upload photos, videos and text such as status updates, comments and tweets directly from their mobile devices to more than three dozen social media sites ranging from Facebook to YouTube, Flickr, Google Blogger, Twitter and beyond with a click. Users can mass-publish any photo or video to multiple communities and/or email addresses simultaneously, without the time and expense of creating and paying for multiple messages.

ShoZu also uniquely enables users to send video clips of up to 10 minutes in length; add tags, titles and descriptions from their mobile devices; and upload the photos of their choice at either full or blog-quality resolution. In addition, ShoZu is the only service in its class that can send friends’ photostreams, status changes and social network invites directly to the handset on request, eliminating the need to open a mobile browser or navigate to various sites to find friends’ latest postings or update social profiles on the go.

About NowPublic is a crowd-sourced, participatory news network that mobilizes an army of reporters to cover the events that define our world. In its short history, the company has become the largest news organization of its kind with contributing reporters in over 5,500 cities and 160 countries. The Guardian has named one of the top five most useful news sites on the Web and Time Magazine named it one of the Top 50 Websites for 2007. The company has received funding from Rho Ventures, Rho Canada, Brightspark, GrowthWorks and members of the New York Angels.

About ShoZu

ShoZu is the leading provider of mobile social media services that connect mobile consumers with their online social networks, personal blogs, photo storage sites and other Web 2.0 properties from the handset. The company’s patented technology provides fast, easy, one-click uploads of photos and video clips from the mobile to the Web, full-resolution photo and video delivery without compression, an emerging suite of services that push content to the phone, the ability to work in the background even if a connection is dropped, and other unique features that simplify and enhance the user experience, plus a mobile advertising service that provides non-intrusive and behaviorally targeted ad delivery. The multi-award winning company was founded in 2000 and has formed partnerships with some of the leading players in the mobile ecosystem, including Motorola and Samsung. For more information, visit

Contacts: For For ShoZu: Chris Macowski Heather Kelly The Morris + King Company S&S Public Relations 212-561-7459 719-634-8274 Website:

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Canadian Watchdog Seeks Bell Privacy Probe

13 May

Now things are going to get interesting…

“Network management practices employed by Bell Canada have led the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic to ask for an investigation of the telecommunications company. The CIPPIC, a University of Ottawa legal clinic, accuses the firm of using deep packet inspection tools to determine what customers are doing with their Internet connections and then blocking traffic, such as that of BitTorrent. O, Bell Canada, following in the footsteps of Ma Bell (the newer) when it comes to P2P throttling is no way to to play.”

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