A blast from the past

When I heard that Accenture was releasing an RSS screen saver, I had to give it a try. After all, Accenture is a company that understands the Web better than a lot of other companies, and as a technology consulting firm, I figured they’d release something interesting.

They didn’t. In fact, the disappointments about the screen saver aside, it struck as as very familiar. Then it hit me: This is PointCast all over again.

In case you don’t remember it, PointCast was a free download introduced in 1997 as part of the “push” frenzy. From a company called Marimba, PointCast let you set up news feeds, then view them on a screen saver.… Read More »

Who defines an innovation’s role?

Dave Winer is one of my heroes; has been for a long time. He pretty much invented blogs (his Scripting News is the oldest and longest-running blog on the Net) and RSS, and had a huge hand in the development of podcasting. And he’s been around longer than that, taking a rebel approach to programming that has led to several innovations we take for granted today. It is with some reluctance, then, that I have to say I think Dave’s wrong in this latest battle.

Winer and Adam Curry (aka “Prince of Pod”) met a few months ago in Miami along with former Curry business associate Ron Bloom to explore ways to generate some income out of this whole… Read More »

Will mainstream media declare war on blogs?

Writing in Tech Centeral Station, James D. Miller says that mainstream media (MSM)—under competitive threat from the rise of blogging—could seek changes to laws and regulations in an effort to hinder bloggers from competing with them. First up are politically-focused blogs, which, in some cases, could be considered political contributions under a retooled set of campaign finance laws.

The danger for most bloggers would lie not in contributing more than the legally permissible amount to a candidate, but rather in having to fill out the paperwork necessary to report their “political contributions”.

The other two avenues of attack are… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #18: March 24, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments: on reporting rather than commenting, bulletin boards and blogs, listening on the bus, not listening on the run, fixing a mashup; blogs and communicators in Europe; changing demographics for media; GM’s new podcasts and other podcast developments; open source marketing; IABC; Robert Scoble and time challenges for bloggers; Creative Commons tool from Yahoo.

Show notes for March 24, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 72-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Download the file here (MP3, 30MB), or sign up for… Read More »

Yahoo! launches Creative Commons search engine

Creative Commons allows individuals to establish rights for their intellectual property. Music, images, written words…they all can be assigned various levels of protection. The service is based on the work of Lawrence Lessig, the Stanford law professor and copyright attorney. If you’re not familiar with it, scroll down and look on the lower right-hand side of this page; you’ll see my Creative Commons license, which says it’s okay to copy any of this blog and use it anywhere, as long as you attribute it to me and don’t make money from it.

It’s a great service for the producer of intellectual property, but what about people who want to… Read More »

Free tool aids media relations

PubSub, which enables monitoring of the blogosphere, has launched a new free service that sends RSS alerts in real time to text messaging-enabled cell phones. Dubbed FeedBeep, the service simply forwards results from selected watch lists to SMS devices such as cell phones.

FeedBeep has been around for a while, but the relationship with PubSub will speed up the process by tapping into the service’s “prospective search” capability. A press release announcing the service highlights the benefits to the PR profession and the reporters we support:

Using PubSub, FeedBeep delivers instant access to potentially critical news. For example, when…

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