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10:35 PM ET, January 20, 2007


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Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
Enough Already: Getting the Social Media Release All Wrong  —  After spending a week writing "Social Media Killed the Press Release Star," which painstakingly explains in great detail the need to improve the content and overall relevance of PR and press releases as well as putting a microscope …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Stowe's right: kill the social media press release idea now  —  Stowe Boyd speaks out against social media press releases and other lame ideas.  He's right.  I hate that idea too.  Just give us a damn demo of your product and tell us about it.  That's why I usually do two videos with companies …
Stowe Boyd / Message:
Enough Already: Getting Social Media All Wrong  —  I attended the Third Thursday event last night, which was held in SF instead of the usual Palo Alto.  About 25 people attended, mostly young, impressionable PR and communications folks eager to learn all about social media: specifically …
Microsoft Considered IPod Rival, Apple Partnership (Update3)  —  Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, as early as 2003 considered a partnership with Apple Inc. or creating its own digital music player to rival Apple's dominant iPod.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft made the Zune because partner hardware "sucks"  —  Thanks to yet another Microsoft antitrust suit in Iowa, subpoenaed emails have revealed a moment of candidness and clarity at Microsoft in 2003 when Jim Allchin (Co-President, Platforms & Services Division, depicted left) …
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista Content Protection - Twenty Questions (and Answers)  —  A conversation has cropped up since the recent publication of a paper scrutinizing how Windows handles digital rights management, especially for HD video.  I've since looped back with Dave Marsh, a Lead Program Manager responsible …
Discussion: Slashdot
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Big Media's Crush on Social Networking  —  I WAS wandering around recently in Second Life, the much-ballyhooed online virtual world, and had a nice chat with one of its "residents."  But at the end of the talk he (or perhaps she; you never really know in these digital dioramas …
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Telcos Target Google in 'Neutrality' Fight  —  The latest round in the battle over net neutrality has started, and as usual the telcos have their game plan sussed out and in widespread, synchronized action.  The message?  Google is bad, and wants to control the Internet to keep its cash pile growing.
Discussion: The 463, Verizon and The Register
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Geni Blew It  —  Rumors of the new startup by former PayPal COO David Sacks to be called Geni started a couple of weeks ago.  A few days later, on January 16, Geni launched.  It allows people to create quick and beautiful family trees, got a flood of early attention and started to spread virally at a blistering pace.
AOL: A warning to niche blogs  —  The wizardry of contextual advertising and blog publishing platforms will allow internet publications to flourish in a thousand niches.  Well, that was the theory.  The practice?  AOL, under new and unsentimental management, is closing down a slew …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Blu-ray cracked too?  —  It's still early on to tell whether this is actually true, but HD DVD cracker muslix64 is back, and with the help of another anti-DRM cracker, Janvitos, claims to have also broken the Blu-ray's implementation of AACS.  Although their protection does not yet account …
Discussion: digg
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google Moving Into In-Game Advertising; In Talks To Buy AdScape Media  —  We had been working on this story for more than a week, and now WSJ beats us to it (darn it): Google is about to buy its way into in-game advertising, has learned, and WSJ is also reporting the same.
Ilya Vedrashko / MIT Advertising Lab:
Google Could Buy In-Game Ads Firm
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Ogle Earth
Michael Cohn / Red Herring: Brings Vlogs to Masses  —  Major media companies and politicians start paying attention, and money, to video bloggers.  — CEO Dina Kaplan wants to make video blogging into a paying profession for video makers.  —  Her company is out negotiating and signing deals …
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
@ MidemNet: MPAA, RIAA, CEA Execs Clash Over DRM & Hardware Controls  —  [By Robert Andrews] This conference on the digital music business got off to a bang here in Cannes this morning when the opening-session discussion broke into a tense and sometimes bitchy disagreement about DRM between representatives …
Discussion: Coolfer
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