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Entries in D8 (3)

Monday
Jun142010

Why Content Creation Innovators Are Content Delivery Conservatives

This post was first published on Jinni.com on June 14, 2010


Last week at the Wall Street Journal’s digital conference, D8, content creators, distributors and the Chairman of the FCC all shared the stage with iconic technology journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, and discussed the changing landscape for media in the post-econalypse, wireless age.

From Steve Jobs declaring the “balkanization” of television by cable providers who give away free digital video recorders, to Julius Genachowski’s realization of the national broadband plan, there were numerous proof points that consumers remain a long way from easily purchasing content once and viewing it anywhere, anytime, on any device. But if you are a tech savvy content creator like Steve Levitan or James Cameron, that’s not all bad, for two reasons: money and quality.

Click here for the rest of the post and to visit Jinni, a partner in Google TV and the Movie Genome Project.

Monday
Jun072010

Impressions From D8

Share my experience at All Things Digital 2010 at Terranea Resort. And see it through multiple device cameras - my iPhone, Nexus One and Canon Powershot all made contributions to this montage of images. With so many ways to point and click, it can make a huge difference which one you grab, since the quality of the zoom, the low-lighting focus and the amount of time it takes to optimize the image can make the difference in capturing a moment...or not. In addition, snaps moved to the web in different ways - through SMS, as email attachments, and through tethered import. You can guess which snap was taken with which device and which route it took. (And, yes, some of the slides are not in chronological order, because this is not meant to be a documentary!)

Thanks, Walt, Kara, and Katie for a great few days.

Sunday
Jun062010

Inside the Design Mind of Ford's CEO Alan Mullaly

At this past week's All Things D conference, Alan Mullaly was asked by his hosts to reveal the page of notes he created in prep for his interview. Mullaly was dynamic, energetic and enthusiastic about the integration of popular consumer technology in cars rolling off the Ford line. His notes show how he organized his thoughts around the key points he wanted to make, which might offer a good template for Mark Zuckerberg to use next time he readies for a session in the hot seat!