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Hack the Debate: Current TV & Twitter

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Current TV and Twitter have teamed up for the first time around the US presidential debates. Viewers comments, dispatched via real-time Twitter messages/tweets, will be placed over major portions of Current TV’s coverage of the upcoming debate series over and Obama and McCain..

More here.

Written by alsays

September 27, 2008 at 12:46 am

The Rise and Fall of Muxtape

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Justin Ouellette, the head honcho of one of my favourite, now dearly departed, websites, Muxtape, recently intimidated into non-existence by the RIAA, tells all about its conception and crash here.

Makes for interesting reading, especially the part when Ouellette describes a meeting he had with EMI about the future of Muxtape:

“I walked into a conference room and shook eight or nine hands, sitting down at a conference table with a phonebook-thick file labeled “Muxtape” laying on it. The people I met formed a semi-circle around me like a split brain, legal on one side and business development on the other. The meeting alternated between an intense grilling from the legal side (“you are a willful infringer and we are mere hours from shutting you down”) and an awkward discussion with the business side (“assuming we don’t shut you down, how do you see us working together?”). I asked for two weeks to make a proposal, they gave me two days.”

It’s this kind of mentality that suggests that models like Muxtape remain an unknowable center of growth or diversification for major labels…

And being backed into a corner, Muxtape’s future now lies in a redesigned functionality offering upload and hosting direct to bands. Which, as much as it pains me to say it, is shit.

Ah well, at least there’s still Mixwit, which I’m listening to while writing this; check out this hip hop listing, it’s a good ‘un.

Written by alsays

September 27, 2008 at 12:41 am

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G1 Google Phone

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Today T-Mobile G1 with Google announces the T-Mobile G1 $179. The first phone powered by Android, an Google’s mobile software platform. The T-Mobile G1 included a 3-inch touch-screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a one-handed navigation button. It also has a 3-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G radios. It features let you experience web service that includes popular Google services such as Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube and others. The T-Mobile G1 will launch on October 22 for $179 with a two-year contract.

Written by deejmark

September 24, 2008 at 2:24 pm

FFFFound

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FFFFounnd is this awesome website my flatmate showed me yesterday while I was looking for something to wow the Portable Blog with.

It allows users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user’s tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!!

So User Today,Tomorrow posted this great image and when I click it, I get recommended with a selection of other similar images posted by other users. If I click on one of those the process continues.

Andy Gilmore


There is some cool stuff out there and FFFFound is a really easy way of exploring some of it.

Written by portablekate

September 21, 2008 at 11:08 pm

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The google future of mobile

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“There are currently about 3.2 billion mobile subscribers in the world, and that number is expected to grow by at least a billion in the next few years. Today, mobile phones are more prevalent than cars (about 800 million registered vehicles in the world) and credit cards (only 1.4 billion of those).”

A number of mobile trends outlined in the google blog. Always interesting to hear people’s thoughts on the future of the internet.

Written by stewartmatheson

September 21, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Hole unveils Facebook fan pages

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A new hole in Facebook allows members to see the fan pages of people on the networking site who they aren’t friends with, an outside researcher revealed on Friday.

Sgning onto the site as someone who is not a designated “friend” of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg–was still able to see that he is a fan of Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, Green Day, Nirvana, Central Park, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Apple Students.

All a would-be spy has to do is go to anyone’s profile page, click on the “Info” tab and hover the mouse over the “see all” hot link at the top right of the list of fan pages. The URL for the fan pages appears at the bottom of the Web page and can be cut and pasted into a new window. Replacing the serial number of the user in the URL with the serial number of a target user (which anyone can find) will then take you to that user’s fan page.

Written by deejmark

September 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Jerry sacked by Microsoft

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As Al coommented last week about Jerry on the PC ads in the States. He has been sacked from the $300 million campaign for Vista. Reason’s touted that he was a star from yesterday, no shit…..what is more 90s than Windows? Jerry Seinfield. Or maybe bad Metallica albums.

So there is nerves at the top of the Windows marketing tree. In my opnion, the end is nigh for these guys. Back to the drawing board!

Written by portablesimon

September 21, 2008 at 8:45 am