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Murdoch Cancels O.J. Simpson Book & TV Special

MasterMaq - November 20, 2006 - 2:57pm
Besides providing fodder for the late night television shows, nothing good could have come from the book by O.J. Simpson, titled "If I Did It", nor from the related television show that was to air on Fox. Faced with incredible outrage over the project, News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch announced today that both book and TV show are canceled: "I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project," Mr. Murdoch said in a statement. "We are sorry for any pain this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown-Simpson." If O.J. Simpson really wanted to confess, why not just come out and say so? There's no need to make a mockery of the legal system and drudge up old wounds in the process. I applaud Fox for choosing decency over profits. I'm all for free speech, but there's no need for anyone to profit from Simpson's pseudo-confession. NYTimes.com  
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Evolving Distributed Power In Online Communities — CooperationCommons

Full Circle Associates (Nancy White) - November 20, 2006 - 2:35pm
Evolving Distributed Power In Online Communities — CooperationCommons

If you are interested in facilitation, power, and network effects, go check out this post from the Cooperation Commons blog. There are pointers to a variety of group decision making processes. It is a bit of an answer to my question last week about how to reduce the tyranny of groups.

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Aid Workers Network - Blog Aggregator

Full Circle Associates (Nancy White) - November 20, 2006 - 2:13pm
news aggregator | Aid Workers Network
offers a great eyefull of what it is like as an aidworker in international development. This is a new features of the AidWorkers Network site, relaunched earlier this year. I really have intended to do a review, but you know the excuses...

But that should not stop me from a quick pointer to a good resource.

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What's the ROI of Blogging?

Blog Business Summit - November 20, 2006 - 1:51pm

For those of you trying to convince your boss that there’s a significant upside to engaging the blogosphere, here are some additional tools.

Kevin O’Keefe lists a few of Charline Li’s many resources for determining blogosphere ROI.

I particularly liked Business Review Online’s formulas for calculating the value of a blog based on either ad revenue or lead generation.

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What's the ROI of Blogging?

Blog Business Summit - November 20, 2006 - 1:51pm
For those of you trying to convince your boss that there’s a significant upside to engaging the blogosphere, here are some additional tools. Kevin O’Keefe lists a few of Charline Li’s many resources for determining blogosphere ROI. I particularly liked Business Review Online’s formulas for calculating the value of a blog based on either ad revenue or lead generation. Technorati Tags: , , , ,
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Where to Get the Wii? Check Your RSS Reader.

Blog Business Summit - November 20, 2006 - 1:42pm

This automated inventory checker looks for the Wii at various retailers nationwide and lets users know where and when they can pick up the coveted console. The coolest part is the RSS feed.

This is good for Nintendo because, well, it gets more people to buy the Wii sooner. It’s also potentially good for RSS because even people who have never heard of an RSS reader before—like parents whose lucky children are getting a Wii as an early Christmas present—will start using RSS for the sole purpose of beating out all the other moms and dads.

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Where to Get the Wii? Check Your RSS Reader.

Blog Business Summit - November 20, 2006 - 1:42pm
This automated inventory checker looks for the Wii at various retailers nationwide and lets users know where and when they can pick up the coveted console. The coolest part is the RSS feed. This is good for Nintendo because, well, it gets more people to buy the Wii sooner. It’s also potentially good for RSS because even people who have never heard of an RSS reader before—like parents whose lucky children are getting a Wii as an early Christmas present—will start using RSS for the sole purpose of beating out all the other moms and dads. Technorati Tags: , , ,
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Late to the Party on Calacanis' Departure from AOL

Blog Business Summit - November 20, 2006 - 11:45am

I must have been asleep at the wheel on Friday (I blame my new asthma meds) to have missed this. Our keynoter leaves his job and I’m not paying attention. Jeez!

Calacanis’ resignation comes on the heels of Time Warner naming Randy Falco to replace Jonathan Miller as CEO of AOL.

Calacanis says he hasn’t planned his next move yet, but according to his beta Calacaniscast, he’s received tons of job offers already.

It will be interesting to see where he lands.

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Late to the Party on Calacanis' Departure from AOL

Blog Business Summit - November 20, 2006 - 11:45am
I must have been asleep at the wheel on Friday (I blame my new asthma meds) to have missed this. Our keynoter leaves his job and I’m not paying attention. Jeez! Calacanis’ resignation comes on the heels of Time Warner naming Randy Falco to replace Jonathan Miller as CEO of AOL. Calacanis says he hasn’t planned his next move yet, but according to his beta Calacaniscast, he’s received tons of job offers already. It will be interesting to see where he lands. Technorati Tags: , , ,
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Notes for 11/19/2006

MasterMaq - November 19, 2006 - 8:19pm

Here are my weekly notes:

Just finished reading: The End of Poverty by Jeffrey D. Sachs
It took me quite a while to read this book, because I did so very slowly, reading only a few passages every now and then. Despite being an enjoyable read, there's a lot of information to digest. Professor Sachs at times seems narcissistic, yet at others seems genuinely passionate about his work. All in all the book gave me much to think about, and left me with a sense of optimism.

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Microsoft likes municipal wi-fi too

MasterMaq - November 18, 2006 - 8:48pm

By now you've probably heard about the wifi network that Google built in San Francisco with partner Earthlink. Now Microsoft wants in on the game, and has partnered with MetroFi to blanket Portland in wireless Internet bliss. The deal is more than just a "me too" reaction:

Content providers who capture the growing municipal Wi-Fi market will be in a better position to enjoy higher traffic to their sites and greater customer loyaltyand, as a result, grab a greater share of online advertising dollars, expected to reach $16 billion in the U.S. this year, according to consultancy eMarketer. "It's a battle for eyeballs," says Matt Rosoff, an analyst with consultancy Directions on Microsoft.

I could care less what the battle is about, as long as they keep building these networks. I have to agree with John Battelle:

All I can say is, please, keep up the competition. I'd love a chance to select from three different Wifi carriers in every major city, each of them free/advertising based.

Entire cities covered in free wireless Internet access can only lead to goodness. Bring on wireless everywhere!

BusinessWeek  
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links for 2006-11-18

The Last Minute (Duncan Rawlinson) - November 17, 2006 - 8:23pm

Podcast: Making a Quiche

MasterMaq - November 17, 2006 - 5:52pm

If you think I can't cook, think again! I'm an absolute whiz with the microwave! Heh, but seriously, a few days ago my friend Sharon and I got together to make dinner. She suggested quiche, and I said what? Haha! It actually turned out pretty good. We took a bunch of pictures of the cooking process, mainly because we don't cook with any regularity. The next day it occurred to me that I could turn this into an interesting podcast episode!

It turns out that I rather like the format of this episode, so I intend to use it for future episodes. I am calling them photo stories, for obvious reasons. Have a suggestion for a topic? Let me know!

Enjoy!

MasterMaq's Podcast  
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Blu-Ray Enthusiasts "Blog"

Blog Business Summit - November 17, 2006 - 3:05pm

While doing some research on bloggers and CES, I came across this Blu-Ray site. It looks like a blog, but it doesn’t act like a blog. I can’t find categories, permalinks, or an RSS feed. And don’t even ask me about the code. But that three column layout sure looks familiar…

Why didn’t these folks just download WordPress and build themselves a nice, pretty free blog? I don’t get it.

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Blu-Ray Enthusiasts "Blog"

Blog Business Summit - November 17, 2006 - 3:05pm
While doing some research on bloggers and CES, I came across this Blu-Ray site. It looks like a blog, but it doesn’t act like a blog. I can’t find categories, permalinks, or an RSS feed. And don’t even ask me about the code. But that three column layout sure looks familiar… Why didn’t these folks just download WordPress and build themselves a nice, pretty free blog? I don’t get it. Technorati Tags: , ,
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BBS Sponsor Press Display Starts Blogging!

Blog Business Summit - November 17, 2006 - 2:44pm

I was pleased to see yesterday that Gayle Moss—whose organization Press Display sponsored our recent conference—has started a blog for her company.

Moss recently posted about the bloggers that have been using PressDisplay—which makes millions of newspaper articles available to its users—and asked them for their input about how to make the product even better. That was a good move! It’s become respected wisdom that the best way to engage with bloggers about your product is not to pitch them, but rather to ask for input. This will hopefully lead to an even better product, in addition to the marketing benefits that blogger engagement provides.

The only problem I noted with this blog is that it’s hosted at Wordpress.com instead of on PressDisplay’s website. Hosting blogs on your own server means that you’re the only person in control of your information. After the recent flap over Wordpress’ hosting and many of the other external hosting solutions out there, it’s become apparent that hosting your business blog on your own server is the best choice.

Hosting a blog anywhere but on your company’s website also presents some SEO downsides. If your company is going to blog, shouldn’t your website get direct benefit from each inbound link you get? I would certainly hope so.

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BBS Sponsor Press Display Starts Blogging!

Blog Business Summit - November 17, 2006 - 2:44pm
I was pleased to see yesterday that Gayle Moss—whose organization Press Display sponsored our recent conference—has started a blog for her company. Moss recently posted about the bloggers that have been using PressDisplay—which makes millions of newspaper articles available to its users—and asked them for their input about how to make the product even better. That was a good move! It’s become respected wisdom that the best way to engage with bloggers about your product is not to pitch them, but rather to ask for input. This will hopefully lead to an even better product, in addition to the marketing benefits that blogger engagement provides.The only problem I noted with this blog is that it’s hosted at Wordpress.com instead of on PressDisplay’s website. Hosting blogs on your own server means that you’re the only person in control of your information. After the recent flap over Wordpress’ hosting and many of the other external hosting solutions out there, it’s become apparent that hosting your business blog on your own server is the best choice.Hosting a blog anywhere but on your company’s website also presents some SEO downsides. If your company is going to blog, shouldn’t your website get direct benefit from each inbound link you get? I would certainly hope so.Technorati Tags: , ,
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Amazon.com could power the new web

MasterMaq - November 17, 2006 - 1:31pm

I have become really interested in Amazon.com over the last little while. The stuff they are doing with their web services platform is just amazing, and it is already having a huge impact on how web businesses are created and operate. We are using Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) in Podcast Spot, and I absolutely love it. Taking the guts of Amazon and making them available as services to other companies was a very smart decision in my opinion, despite what the investors on Wall Street might think.

Here are some excellent resources if you'd like to learn more:

I'm definitely watching to see what else Amazon launches because chances are, it'll be useful. So far companies like Yahoo and Google have received far more Web 2.0 attention, but I think that will begin to change, and people will realize that Amazon.com is actually one of the most interesting tech companies around.

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Amazon.com could power the new web

MasterMaq - November 17, 2006 - 1:31pm
I have become really interested in Amazon.com over the last little while. The stuff they are doing with their web services platform is just amazing, and it is already having a huge impact on how web businesses are created and operate. We are using Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) in Podcast Spot, and I absolutely love it. Taking the guts of Amazon and making them available as services to other companies was a very smart decision in my opinion, despite what the investors on Wall Street might think. Here are some excellent resources if you'd like to learn more: I'm definitely watching to see what else Amazon launches because chances are, it'll be useful. So far companies like Yahoo and Google have received far more Web 2.0 attention, but I think that will begin to change, and people will realize that Amazon.com is actually one of the most interesting tech companies around.
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