Innovation and Media

2 September 08

After a relaxing, relatively-unplugged holiday weekend, I started the day off with a couple of good reads to get the innovation juices flowing. First, an article from the New York Times (brought to my attention via that new LinkedIn widget) on how Google is jumping through hoops these days to cozy up with advertising agencies and pacify their fears about Google’s (imminent?) plans to take over the world. Here’s the cliff noted version:

Ad agencies are unsure what to make of Google because the search¬†company is about a lot more than search these days. Every day, Google continues to launch, acquire, and refine new Web properties that compete with “old media” and the advertising models that support it. Many agencies fear that Google is ultimately trying to make inroads into the agency world in order to steal clients by offering a whole new suite of media planning services. Google claims it has no such plans in the works. While Google may very well have no plans of competing with agencies, the agencies have every right to be scared.¬† Read the rest of this entry »

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Reporting Live from… Wherever You Want

21 December 07
Qik

“Qik enables you to share moments of your life with your friends, family and the world – directly from your cell phone! Keep the world in the know, share a laugh, tell engaging stories. Just point your cell phone and stream video live to your friends on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, etc OR use your cell phone like a camcorder and stream hours and hours of video without worrying about storage on your cell phone.”

The service, currently available only with Nokia N- and E-Series phones, is yet another example of new-media creeping into old-media territory. Blogs challenge traditional print media in that anyone can post anything whenever they want, making real-time news and updates possible. Qik is a direct competitor to television in that anyone can stream live video to the web in real time, giving just about anyone with the right cell phone the power to “report” on something as its happening.

Currently, the site is in alpha and it’s invitation-only. Learn more at Qik.