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Jobs’ last words; Amazon signs Disney for Prime; YouTube getting original content

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Steve Jobs’ sister Mona Simpson published an emotional eulogy for her brother in the New York Times, disclosing, among other things, that his last words as he looked at his family and then, over their shoulders past them, were, “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW!.

Simpson noted that “Novelty was not Steve’s highest value. Beauty was.” That’s evident in the products Apple makes.

Simpson also said Jobs sketched devices to hold an iPad from his hospital bed. She shares details of how Jobs fought his illness, his dedication to working every day, and how he faced death.

Amazon signs Disney for Prime today announced a new licensing agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group that will allow Amazon Prime members to instantly stream a broad selection of library content from ABC Studios, Disney Channel, ABC Family and Marvel. The agreement was brokered by Disney-ABC Domestic Television with Amazon.

Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $79 a year that includes access to Prime instant videos as well as unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on products Amazon sells. Buyers of the Kindle Fire will get free month of Amazon Prime with the tablet.

Prime instant video is a benefit for paid Amazon Prime members. Prime members get unlimited, commercial-free, instant access to nearly 13,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost.

Since the launch of Prime instant videos, Amazon has secured licensing deals from partners such as CBS, Fox, PBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, Warner Bros. and many more. For anyone who watches much video online, Prime sounds like a good deal.

Popular Disney-ABC Television Group offerings for Prime members will include:

  • Prior seasons of current ABC hit series “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • All episodes of recent ABC favorite “Lost”
  • Prior seasons of Disney Channel’s popular animated series “Phineas & Ferb”
  • Prior seasons of ABC Family’s groundbreaking series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” including the most recently aired episodes from summer 2011
  • Prior seasons of Marvel’s animated shows “Spider-Man,” “X-Men Evolution,” “Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers” and “Iron Man: Extremis”
  • All episodes of ABC Family’s “Greek”
  • All episodes of “Felicity” from ABC Studios

Google bringing original content to YouTube

With online video streaming shaping up as one of the battlefields on which the Internet giants such as Amazon and Google are playing out their commercial wars, Google says it will bring a plethora of new original content to YouTube.

Google;, reports say, is spending north of $100 million to develop shows built around Deepak Chopra, skateboarder Tony Hawk, comedian Rainn Wilson and others.

The company, which is also building a YouTube app for Google TV, said it will pay content creators 55 percent of ad revenue from the videos.


Digital Day: Troubles at Twitter, social media the ultimate game changer, more

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

TwitterCEO shuffles, secret board meetings, executive power struggles, disgruntled founders and too many consultants are among the troubles bubbling up at Twitter, according to

Jessi Hempel lays out the back room machinations at the micro-blogging service, but also points out that growth of the service has leveled, about half the people with Twitter accounts are not active, and it does not appear to be giving marketers enough opportunities. Last year it made $45 million in ad revenue, which doesn’t seem so bad until you compare it to Facebook’s $1.86 billion in ad support.

“The problem is a board and top executive team that don’t always appear to have control of its wide-ranging cast of characters, including founders who have attained near-celebrity status (another co-founder, Biz Stone, is a regular on NPR, and earlier this year Dorsey was profiled in Vanity Fair), headstrong and divisive managers, and investors used to getting their way,” Hempel writes.

US lagging in tech use

The United States finished fifth in a an annual study of technology use in 138 countries by he World Economic Forum.

Sweden led, followed by Singapore, Finland, and Switzerland.

The ranks are based on 71 economic and social indicators, such as new patents, mobile phone subscriptions, and venture capital available.

Kindle users will be able to borrow e-books from libraries

Amazon says that users of its Kindle e-book reader will be able to borrow books more than 11,000 local U.S. libraries later in 2011.

Called Kindle Library Lending, it will let users check out local library e-books.

Additional details were not disclosed.

Michio Kaku on Why Social Media is the Ultimate Game Changer

ng will enable users of Kindle ereaders and apps to check out books from their local librari
We’re big fans of physicist Michio Kaku’s books and TV programs about science, the most recent being a series about how certain science fiction ideas could someday be a reality. In this video, he discusses why he sees Social Media as the “Ultimate Game Changer.”

UK’s Mail Online is 2nd most popular news site

Celebrity news and sex still sells, as if anyone had any doubts about that.

Figures from comScore show that Mail Online, the website of the UK-based Daily Mail, surpassed The Huffington Post in March becoming the second most visited news site in the world.

Mail Online’s traffic grew to 39.6 million unique visitors; Huffington Post had 38.4 million.

The Daily Mail parent company, Associated Newspapers, has been hiring editorial staff in New York and Los Angeles for its online news organization.

The New York Times is first by a wide margin, although reports say its traffic dropped about 15 percent since it switched to a paywall that requires users to pony up some bucks to view more than 20 stories a month, although it still allows free access coming from links in other sites.

Washington Post launches news aggregation site Trove

The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) has launched Trove, a free, personalized site that aggregates news across subjects of interest and important headlines of the day. Trove creates a customized news experience that factors in a reader’s likes and dislikes, combining state-of-the-art technology with expertise from the newsroom. And Trove’s “Comments” feature invites users to connect with others who share similar interests.

“Trove offers a place of first resort for your news, whether it is information you want to know or should know. Because Trove is all about the individual user, the experience is customized and different for everyone,” said Vijay Ravindran, senior vice president and Chief Digital Officer of The Washington Post Company. “We believe launching Trove is a good step toward understanding what the future of news could look like. And we’re pleased to have Ford on board to support our development of personalized news and our experimentation with new approaches toward online advertising.”

The site takes advantage of Facebook Connect to pull in a user’s interests as outlined by his or her Facebook profile to help jump start personalization. In the coming months, readers can expect to see more social media features and site capabilities with Facebook Connect.

Beyond algorithms, an editorial team selects news of the day— “Editors’ Picks”—to feature on Trove. Trove’s editors also create subject-based channels that feature recommended sources. And users can create their own channels—whether it’s a “Belieber” channel about Justin Beiber or the price of oil in the Middle East—to capture news about a personal interest that may not already exist on Trove.


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