Updated: 8/26/2003; 1:19:31 PM.
Ross' Multimedia Journal
News and Events In The Convergence Space Between The Entertainment, Information and Communications Industries


Tuesday, August 26, 2003
> National ID System
Japan Launches National ID System. A national computerized ID system that was criticized for its big-brother overtones became fully operational today, assigning Japan's 126 million citizens with an 11-digit number. By The Associated Press. [New York Times: Technology]
> Yahoo Blogs

In the slashdot article they reference this "Yahoo Blog" in Kroea's broadband market. http://kr.blog.yahoo.com/ With both MSN and AOL experimenting with blogs, some kind of Yahoo move was inevitable.

Yahoo Experimenting with Blogs?. Tee Emm writes "Sven Latham reports on his Yet Another Blog that Yahoo is (probably) experimenting with its blog services for its general users. The test bench ... [Slashdot]

> Surveillance
Ingram spies potential in surveillance. The giant distributor of information-technology products steps into the surveillance market, in a move to provide one-stop shopping for its resellers and customers. [CNET News.com]

Monday, August 25, 2003
> Samsumg

Friday, August 22, 2003
> Gateway On The Bandwagon
> UNE-P Rules From FCC
> AOL Video Instant Messaging Ban Lifted By FCC
> PC to TV Blackboxes
> Low-cost Self-Publishing
> Targeted Television Advertising

Wednesday, August 13, 2003
> WAN vs WiFI
Wide-area wireless broadband targets Wi-Fi. With interest in wireless connectivity growing, proponents of wide-area mobile broadband and Wi-Fi technology are trying to win over end users. [Computerworld News]
> SkyStream

A group of investors including Time Warner, Comcast and Shaw invested about $4.0 million in SkyStream, a company that develops IP-Video delivery systems based on a Gigabit Ethernet switching architecture. SkyStream apparently has a number of U.S. patents including several in the area of bandwidth optimization for delivery of IP-video and data services.


> Open Source Search Engine

Dave Winer investigated a new open source search engine called Nutch.

DaveNet: Nutch, an open source search engine. [Scripting News]


Monday, August 11, 2003
> Online Journalism Review

The Online Journalism Review is taking notice of blogging and some of the other implications of changing technology. Here are three articles

Participatory Journalism http://www.ojr.org/ojr/workplace/1060218311.php

Personal Broadcasting http://www.ojr.org/ojr/workplace/1060223904.php

When Bloggers Commit Journalism http://www.ojr.org/ojr/lasica/1032910520.php

> Ultrawideband

It looks like Samsung is convinced that the standard for UWB proposed by the Multiband OFDM Alliance [http://www.multibandofdm.org/] is likely to win the standards race, so they are trying to get jump on the industry with commercial products. What markets they will go after first should be interesting, but they apparently aren't saying yet.

 Samsung to team on ultrawideband. The consumer-electronics company pairs with chipmaker Staccato Communications to develop products using ultrawideband, a technology that's 100 times faster than Bluetooth. [CNET News.com]

> Sexiest Man In America

ABC recently launched it's "Search for the sexiest man in America" contest in conjunction with TV show All My Children [ http://amc.tcsinteractive.com/phase3/index.cfm ] . The contest is comparable to some of BSkyB's iTV programs in the UK. Consumers can use their cell phones to vote by sending a premium text message to the show. [This requires a subscription to premium text messaging plus a transaction charge $0.50 per message.]

This is something of a milestone. It is the first time in the USA that we have seen a linkage between a television program and the use of cellular telephone text messaging premium services.


Wednesday, August 06, 2003
> Targeted Advertising

This article is about the expansion of the bid-for-ad-placement concept from strictly the search domain to the general "web-site" browsing context.

If You Liked the Web Page, You'll Love the Ad. Online publishers are beginning to sense the possibilities of having Google or Overture serve ads to their audiences. By Bob Tedeschi. [New York Times: Technology]

> Digital Technology
Digital (Fill in the Blank) Is on the Horizon. Despite a slump in some technology sectors, consumers are increasingly turning to all sorts of digital gadgets and services. By Steve Lohr. [New York Times: Technology]
> NYT Cable vs DTH
> Video Biographies & Love Stories
> Sony Plasma TV With Wireless Tablet Remote
> SBC WiFi Deal With Wayport
> Jane Barbie In Memorium
> Motorola Carbon Nanotube Television Displays
> How Do Teenagers Spend Their Time
> Carat On ITV Advertising
> EchoStar IX Satellite
> John's Hopkins Experiments In Robots & Teleconferencing With Medical Applications
> Barry Diller's InterActiveCorp

Monday, July 21, 2003
> WiFi and VoIP
> A New Kind of Wireless Network
> The Amazon.com Portal
> RBOC Broadband Plans
> New ReplayTV's

Thursday, July 10, 2003
> Hypertag
> Autonomy Acquires Virage

Tuesday, July 08, 2003
> Alloptic Patents

Monday, July 07, 2003
> AOL Weblog Efforts
> Corporate Weblogs

Tuesday, June 10, 2003
> Sony Plugs TV Into Notebooks
> Microsoft Signs OpenCable Agreement
> Microsoft At NCTA

Thursday, June 05, 2003
> Telecom Industry Launches DSLHome Initiative
> DSL Growth

Thursday, May 29, 2003
> Sony's New Playstation 2 PSK Introduced Today
> SnapStream's TiVo on the PC

Wednesday, May 28, 2003
> Cisco Announces TWC VoIP Win

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