Calcanis is Leaving AOL but World’s Number One-Ranked Blogger Peter Rojas Remains

As you may already know, Jason Calcanis resigned from AOL today. Jason runs a network of bloggers at AOL.  The story was first posted on TechCrunch and Jason spoke with Saul Hansell of The New York Times for tomorrow’s paper. If AOL is smarting from Jason’s departure, they still have their superstar blogger Peter Rojas, […]


“Imagineering” Danny Hillis Set to Unleash Artificial Intelligence on the Video World

William Randolph Hearst III on Applied Minds and the Future of Media [Download video to your computer | Upload to iPod, PSP] Danny Hillis is one of the most important pioneers of computing and artificial intelligence.  He founded Thinking Machines as a student at MIT in 1982.  Although the company failed, the technology has had […]


YouTube Lawyers Smackdown High-Flying Tech Blogger over Download “Crack”

Michael Arrington of the increasingly influential TechCrunch, has been served with a very harsh demand letter to cease and desist from YouTube’s powerhouse attorneys Wilson Sonsini. Michael posted a "crack" earlier this week: advice on how to download YouTube video clips as files to be saved on a computer or iPod.  Seems like his post […]


Attention Content Creators: To Monetize, You Need to “Adify”…..MIT’s Technology Review: MySpace is a “Marketing Madhouse”

Click To Play Larry Braitman, who created a hugely innovative advertising platform in the last boom called Flycast, has just launched a new company, an advertising management solution for content developers of various sizes. It’s called Adify and it’s sort of a "store front" solution that provides the tools to publishers to manage the many […]


Video via Mobile Phone Cameras Unleashed by Veeker……Microsoft’s New Zune to Could Allow Video Sharing, Ballmer Tells Bloomberg…New Tivo Net Box Coming!

Click To Play One of the most intriguing companies I’ve had the opportunity to meet recently is Veeker, a San Francisco-based start-up which has been under the radar until recently.   The company has created a technology and public portal to share video uploaded by mobile phones.  Unlike YouTube, the clips are seen by authorized viewers […]


Update on Google Video: Ads To Run on User Generated Content, “Secrets” of Video Search Revealed (sort of)… and Andy Takes Jazzy Googleplex Tour!

Click To Play I caught up with Hunter Walk, a key executive at Google Video who had previously run Google’s AdSense. My visit coincided with the launch of the new EepyBird exploding Diet Coke bottles. Fun clip and quite popular with 1.6 million views, but what does it mean?  Well, it marks the first step […]


It’s a Whole New Media Universe: What are the Implications of Video Blogs? Blip.TV’s Mike Hudack Explains…and Says Net Video will Hit the TV Set Soon — Watch Akimbo!

Click To Play The video blogging world is something of an alternative universe.  It sure seemed that way last Saturday night at the Vloggies where I met the very influential Laughing Squid, the TreeHugger and some crazed Ninja dude from LA who threatened to "kill Beet.TV" — it was a joke, of course! But there […]


Shameless Self-Promotion: Beet.TV’s Founder on CNBC….and Andy Shares Stage with Robert Scoble and Molly Wood at Streaming Media West

OK, sure, it might appear like shameless self-promotion, but these are actually very informative clips.  Above is a very good segment that aired on CNBC tonight about the online video explosion.  I get to say a few words, along with Brian Cooley of CNET and Paul Kedrosky, blogger and columnist for the, who sees […]


Viral Video and Fundraising: Revver’s Steven Starr Has a Vision — Revver Launches Innovative Program with Larry Lessig’s Creative Commons

Click To Play I think the coolest guy I met at the Vloggies in San Francisco last Saturday night was Steven Starr, the founder and CEO of Revver, the viral video sharing network based in LA.  Steven and I had a great talk about the potential of viral video in fundraising.  Not just speculating about […]


Nexidia Is Pioneering Video Search Through Phonetics……Video Revolution Suits Cisco’s Bottomline

Click To Play Here’s our interview with Anna Convery of Nexidia. The company is a leader in analyzing speech, which it calls "speech intelligence."  The company has powerful applications already deployed in the enterprise and is now applying its technology to searching video. It’s a technology based on phonetics, meaning the sounds of the human […]


“Freshtopia,” Cool Vlog about Food and Sustainability, Wins Three “Vloggies”

Click To Play I caught up with the very glamorous host Tanja Andrews and the show’s talented director Oscar Grimm at the Vloggies awards in San Francisco on Saturday night.  Their vlog Freshtopia grabbed three awards — best food and green vlogs — and best editing. Tanja and Oscar do a wonderful vlog about food, […]


New Exploding Diet Coke Clip Hits One Million in Major “Test” For Google Video…….Microsoft Makes Big Entry in Download Arena, NY Times Reports

Click To Play Google Video has a big hit on its hands with new EepyBird video with nearly 1 million views. I spoke with Hunter Walk at the Google headquarters last Monday. He told me he’s really pleased with the humorous clip, but that things are early in the whole online video advertising space and […]


“Live From Baghdad” Grabs Best Vlog at Vloggies — Digg’s Kevin Rose Drinks Cheap Beer on “Diggnation,” Winner of Best Tech Vlog

Click To Play I was in San Francisco last night for the first annual vlogggies awards.  Here’s a comprehensive report from Robert Scoble. It was a terrific turnout.  Some great vlogs and services were honored.  The best vlog went to Alive in Baghdad.  I caught up with Brian Conley who has established a network of […]


William Randolph Hearst III On Beet.TV — The Revver Investor Explains the Imperative of Contextual Advertising for Online Video

[Download video to your computer | Upload to iPod, PSP] I had the extraordinary opportunity to interview William "Will" Randolph Hearst III at his office in downtown San Francisco on Friday. Mr. Hearst is a former newspaper man one of the world’s most influential venture capitalists, long associated with Kleiner Perkins.  No longer a partner […]


News “Flash” from San Jose: The Look of Consumer-Generated Content Will Improve Soon: Why Does Web 2.0 Need to Look so Damn Grainy?

Click To Play OK, so it’s incredibly easy and free to upload and share video to several video sharing sites.  On most sites, you simply browse your files, select one and hit upload.  Most video sharing sites accept a range of file formats and sizes. After you hit upload, the companies compress clips to become […]


Robert Scoble Says Beet.TV is Kicking his A&& — Not True I Say!

In September, Andrew Bourland launched a video blog of interviews with technology innovators called ZBIZ.TV  — around the same time the ScobleShow was launched.  Bourland laments the lack of traffic to his and Scoble’s vlogs, citing blog traffic metrics.  He demonstrates that Beet.TV is more popular than the ScobleShow.  Bourland calls Beet.TV "my favorite videoblog"  […]


AOL Video Search Chief to Content Creators: Use Rich Text Annotation to Get Clips Found

Click To Play At the Streaming Media West Conference on Tuesday, I had the good fortune to chat with keynote speaker Tim Tuttle, a pioneer in online video search. Tim founded the San Francisco-based Truveo and sold it to AOL earlier this year.  He now heads video search for AOL and is a Vice President. […]


WOW: The New York Times TV Critic Calls Beet.TV “Superb”

What can I say except to say THANK YOU to Virginia Heffernan, television critic for the New York Times and blogger of Screens.  In her post today, she refers to Beet.TV as "superb."  Wow, how thrilling. Thank you so much. Timeswoman extraordinaire Virginia Heffernan  Photo from the amazing Mediashift — Andy Plesser Screens, New York […]


Downloadable Flash Video on the Horizon: Adobe Readies “Apollo”

[Download video to your computer | Upload to iPod, PSP] Flash Video, a program developed by Macromedia in San Francisco, has become a ubiquitous program for online video. Forrester Research recently reported that Flash video players are in 95 percent of Web browsers. It’s become the platform of the online video explosion. Some viewers of Beet.TV […]


Value of Blogs? It’s All About “Engagement,” Declares Robert Scoble…Digg and Ze Frank Have It….Check out Our Panel on the Business of Video Blogging Streaming from San Jose!!!!

[Download video to your computer | Upload to iPod, PSP] Here’s my second interview with Robert Scoble from the Streaming Media West Conference. There’s been lots of talk here about video blogs and advertising and what will work. Robert says that "engagement" factor is key to a blog’s influence and success. He cites the Ze Frank […]

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