The Future of the iPod: Full Screen Device with Touch Screen Fly Wheel, Steven Levy Speculates

Click To Play Here’s the second part of our interview with Steven Levy, chief technology writer for Newsweek and longtime Apple watcher. Steven talks about the inevitable evolution of the iPod, particularly in light of the introduction of Microsoft’s Zune later this year. He sees a future iPod as phone and wireless device and speculates […]


Steven Levy Has World’s Biggest iPod…Well Not Really, but It’s a Terrific Book….NEWS ALERT FROM THE GOOGLEPLEX: Diet Coke to Explode at Google with New Post-Roll Ad Execution

Click To Play We are always grateful to have time with Newsweek’s Steven Levy.  Kate and I were delighted that he came down to the Beet.TV studios on Friday to talk with us about about Apple, Steve Jobs (who he first met in 1983 when writing a piece for Rolling Stone) and, of course, the […]


Rocketboom Hits 500th Episode and is Producing Ad Spots Too!

[Download video to your computer | Upload to iPod, PSP] Rocketboom’s Andrew Baron is a visionary — the show is always so interesting and fresh.  Last week, it hit the milestone of 500 episodes. Amazing. We think Joanne Colan is really brilliant and witty. It’s astonishing to see the scope of creative work they consistantly […]


Searching the Vlog Ad Model — FM’s Chas Edwards Sorts it Out and Says Rocketboom’s Got it Right……CNET Launches Videoblog with Honda as Sponsor

Click To Play Here’s my second interview with Chas Edwards, VP at Federated Media, the new company started by John Battelle that links advertisers with bloggers and community sites. Lots of vloggers are trying to figure out a viable ad model. Robert Scoble has been wondering about this topic this week and his musings have […]


Video Search Technology is “Fuzzy,” Says Blinkx Co-Founder Suranga Chandratillake

Click To Play Here’s our second interview with Suranga Chandratillake, the Cambridge-trained computer scientist and co-founder of Blinkx, the San Francisco-based start-up which is doing pioneering work in video search. Suranga speaks about the different set of skills need to solve the search on the Web.  He says the technology is not purely numbers – […]


CNET Gets Online Video Programming Right, Declares Ogilvy’s David Rittenhouse

Click To Play Here’s the second part of my chat with David Rittenhouse, a senior executive at Ogilvy who is spearheading advertising on new media platforms for agency clients including IBM.    David is keen on CNET’s approach to online video as an effective platform for advertisers, notably IBM’s sponsorship of the CIO Vision Series […]


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Goes Wild on His “Soapbox”…..Bill Gates’ “Comedy” is Most Viewed on New Portal

I was just "invited" to join Microsoft’s new Soapbox, the long anticipated video portal.  It’s in Beta and not widely available to the public just yet. We just checked out the site and there are very few clips up.  The user interface is very nice and the quality of the Flash is very good and […]


NBC Enters Online Video Advertising and Distribution Business in a Big Way……Forget the Oscars, the Vloggies Are Gonna be Huge!

Click To Play It’s been flying under the radar and it’s still in beta, but NBC Universal has been building up a powerful online video distribution and advertising platform for a widerange of content — far beyond the NBC programming.  (This is separate from MSNBC.)  The new company nbbc or National Broadband Company, is majority […]


Media Visionary John Battelle Building Powerful Blog Ad Network, Chas Edwards Explains…Diddy on YouTube for Burger King as Big Advertisers Ply Social Networking Sites, NY Times’ Saul Hansell Reports

Click To Play John Battelle is one of the truly great media visionaries.  He was co-founder of Wired and founded The Industry Standard. He’s a highly influential blogger. And his wildly successful Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco next month is perhaps the industry’s hottest.  (Even Robert Scoble can’t get a ticket!) John’s next big […]


Ogilvy’s New Media Guru On Opportunities and Pitfalls of Online Video Advertising…Humor Isn’t Always Funny

Click To Play I met ad man David Rittenhouse at MIT last month where we were attending the Emerging Technologies Conference.  David is one of the industry’s savviest observers of new media.  As part of the agency’s "neo" division, he devises edgy media plans for Ogilvy clients including IBM.  I sat down with him in […]


Video Search Is About Audio — And Blinkx is Tuning In with Spiders with Ears!

Click To Play Suranga Chandratillake, the Cambridge University-trained computer scientist and founder of Blinkx, dropped by the Beet.TV studios a few days ago to talk about his company and its solution for effective search of video.  Unlike most video search which most commonly finds clips by the words or "metadata" surrounding video clips, Blinkx has […]


Beet.TV Bulletin: Google Gobbles YouTube…Why is This a Smart Buy for Google? Forrester’s Charlene Li Has Figured it Out

The Wall Street Journal (subscription) just (4:25 PM EDT) issued an alert stating that Google has acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion.  To understand the market dynamics of why this makes a lot of sense, get the download from Forrester’s Charlene Li.  She thinks YouTube has gotten it right in many ways, specifically as an advertising […]


“Savory” New Start-up Serving Up Tasty Restaurant Videos in New York and San Francisco…..Google Wants a “All the World’s Videos” Could that Include YouTube?….Beet.TV Debuts in French!

Click To Play I think there are some smart entrepreneurs out there who are going to disintermediate traditional media with online video tools.  Chris and Jennifer McBride will really shake up the city guide business with Savory Cities, their new start-up that creates little video guides to restaurants.    They’ve been tirelessly taping over 100 […]


OK, So It’s Not “Law and Order” But It’s A Darn Good Vlog about Law School

Here at Beet.TV, we’ve been working away on a video blog about legal education for Fordham Law School.  LawClinic.TV  is about the school’s department that teaches aspiring lawyers in real experiences with clients. To our understanding it’s the first video blog to chronicle the academic world. The project got a terrific write-up in The New […]


Google to Acquire YouTube? WSJ Issues Alert — Techcrunch Has the Scoop…..

The Wall Street Journal just issued a news alert (noon EDT) about a possible purchase of YouTube by Google for $1.6 billion.  The Journal (subscription) attributes Techcrunch for first reporting the "rumors".  Last night, Techcrunch’s Michael Harrington called the rumors "completely unsubstantiated."   Today, the Journal’s intrepid Google-beat-reporter Kevin Delaney cites a "a person familiar with […]


Pre-Roll Video Advertising is “Annoying” to Consumers — Marketers Need a New Gamebook, Forrester Research Analyst Brian Haven Concludes

Click To Play Forrester Research has just released a comprehensive study examining online video consumption and the effectiveness of online video advertising.  For those of us trying to figure out how online video advertising will work, this is a very valuable report. Senior Analyst Brian Haven speaks with Beet.TV from his Cambridge, Massachusetts office. His […]


MIT Vloggers Go “Krazy” with New Motorola Phone — New York Times Harshes on YouTube….Beet.TV Learns of Low Ad Rates on the Mega Site

Click To Play Motorola is working to create cool new features for mobile devices, including one that allow mobile phone users to be video bloggers.  The company conducted a beta test with MIT students earlier this week using the new specially programmed Krazr phone.  The phone allows users to capture videos on the phone and […]


Superstar VC Roger McNamee Says Effective Search is the Imperative for Online Video

Click To Play Superstar venture capitalist Roger McNamee was on the campus of MIT for the Emerging Technologies Conference where he gave an extraordinary keynote address on the importance of media and entertainment as a dynamic area for innovation and for investment. His presentation was followed by a question and answer session with Jason Pontin, […]


Yahoo!’s Hits 1 Million Members: Founder Joshua Schachter Is Honored at MIT as Year’s Top Innovator

I caught up with Joshua Schachter at MIT’s Emerging Technologies Conference in Cambridge today.  Joshua has a lot to celebrate — membership in has just hit one million. Seems like the acquisition by Yahoo! has gone very well indeed. Tonight he is being honored by Technology Review, organizer of the event, as the Innovator […]


Video Sharing on Mobile Phones Is Heating Up, Says Q121’s Dan Levine

Click To Play Video sharing is going mobile with sites like Q121, which allows users to download music videos, movie trailers and video clips to their cell phones and share them with their friends. The site combines mobile video, user generated content and social networking by allowing users to sign up and create profiles, and […]

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