Somewhat Frank Weekly Tidbits: 08.26.2007
Attention Economy: All You Need To Know
Read/Write Web explains: the Attention Economy is a marketplace where consumers agree to receive services in exchange for their attention. Examples include personalized news, personalized search, alerts and recommendations to buy.
New York Times Launches…MyYahoo
The New York Times took their personalized home page product out of beta. The look and feel is about the same as it was a a year ago when it went into private beta - Think MyYahoo, Pageflakes or Netvibes, with the New York Times logo.
Do You Have Bacn In Your Email Inbox?
When you get those messages from communities you have joined that simply notify you of updates or a new friend, that is bacn. It is social network spam.
YouTube Premiering InVideo Ad Format
Google launched a new InVideo ad format designed to offer high engagement without negatively impacting the user experience. As an alternative to preroll and postroll ads, InVideo ads offer more engagement, less disruption for viewers and lower video abandonment.
Essential, Free Video Utilities
Some great video utilities that could come in handy for video tutorials.
Probo: ‘The Intelligent, Autonomous Huggy Robot’
The ANTY team members are designing and developing an intelligent huggy robot [named] Probo. A first prototype is to be expected in 2008. This is pretty cool, who wouldn't want a huggable robot anteater!
MTV+Real+Verizon Vs. Apple & iTunes
GigaOM tracks all the latest going on with MTV, Real, Verizon and Apple.
Embed Google Maps with HTML
Google Maps took another step forward as the defacto online map today by releasing the ability to embed Google Maps into web pages as simply and easily as cutting and pasting some HTML.
US launches ‘MySpace for spies’
America’s intelligence agencies prepare to launch “A-Space”, an internal communications tool modelled on the popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace.
Microsoft has just released a new, experimental search service called "Tafiti," which is Swahili for "do research." The service is designed to help you when using the web for research projects.
Twitter Adds People Search
CenterNetworks explains how Twitter has released a "People Search." So now you can find other buddies and friends to watch eat ice cream, pee, walk to the fishing pond and maybe a bit of actual work - and all the Twitter'ers rejoice!
Yahoo! buys Actionality
Yahoo! has bought the ad-funded gaming specialist Actionality, ME understands. Game on!
CollectiveX Launches Groupsites
TechCrunch covers the launch of the Maryland based CollectiveX's Groupsites.
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Revolutionizing journalism education at Medill
Chicago Magazine recently wrote a piece on the challenges facing John Lavine, the new dean at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism as he sets a new course for teaching journalism focusing on "new media." What a novel idea. I would recommend John gather some bloggers and other new media specialists and have them come to the Evanston campus and speak. Heck, I'm a Northwestern alumni, I'd come in and chat about it.