Rudy Giuliani on MySpace, Barack Obama on Flickr and Hillary Clinton on Twitter (no updates yet, Hillary, what gives?); presidential candidates from across the political spectrum are rushing to web 2.0 sites to spread their message, but none moreso than John Edwards.
According to this handy chart, Mr Edwards’s campaign is active on 25 different web communities, from mainstays like YouTube and MySpace to less well known sites like Blip.tv and hi5. That is five times the number of sites of his next-closest competitors in the 2008 race.
For all the attention focused on Microsoft’s potential acquisition of DoubleClick, there’s one key wrinkle that has been overlooked – at least, that’s what Mark Cuban thinks.
One of our intrepid reporters caught up with the baseball owner and Scourge of YouTube at the bar of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. According to Cuban, DoubleClick’s real value to Microsoft may be that it serves ads for YouTube. As a result, it could give Bill Gates and company a privileged view into Google’s efforts to commercialise the site (though $2bn sounds a lot to pay for that inside look.)
John Rodman, Xbox group product manager, has a car analogy for the new Elite addition to the 360 family.
“Think of BMW with its 3, 5 and 7 Series, we are now adding the 7 series,” he said.
Here is another bit of technology that Europeans do well: corporate websites.
FT Digital Business is on Wednesday publishing a new index of corporate websites, evaluating these on how well they serve various groups such as customers, investors, members of the press, jobseekers and society in general.
Tinkerers have begun to take apart Apple’s new Apple TV set-top box to have a look at its guts. The results suggest that there is much more to the Apple TV than meets the eye.
From the outside, Apple TV resembles a big iPod. Like an iPod, it is intended to be used to store and play back (or in some cases stream) content downloaded directly from iTunes.
The Silicon Valley moneymen are cutting their ties to Google. Last week came news that Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital is stepping down from the board. Now the San Jose Mercury News reports that John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins has sold 1.1m shares (slightly more than 200,000 of which were sold on behalf of Kleiner clients.)
On the face of it, there doesn’t look to be anything too unusual about any of this – after all, Google has been a public company for more than two and a half years. The early investors need to cash in sometime.
Those who complain that Europe doesn’t produce enough big and ambitious technology companies should look for a moment at MySQL, the open source database company, started by two Swedes and a Finn.
Keeping this short. The new style. Microblogging for the lazy. Say it in 140 characters or less on Twitter or keep a scrapbook in Tumblr.
Tabblo, the latest addition to Hewlett-Packard’s photo printing portfolio, is an interesting case study of how computer and printer maker is trying to branch out from its inkjet and laserjet roots in search of new growth.
Tabblo, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a nifty little web site that lets users take photos from their computers or from any number of other photo sites like Flickr, and turn them into products like posters, coffee mugs, and the like.
NBC and News Corp have come up with their response to YouTube: don’t wait for the audience to come to you, find a reason for all the big internet distributors to carry your TV shows. However, their new joint venture for online distribution leaves at least five important questions unanswered:
1. What share of the ad revenues have they had to give up to persuade Yahoo! et al to give their video player a position of prominence? The big Web networks are amassing big video libraries of their own: will they give pride of place to old media shows, and how much will they charge for the privelege?