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YouTube’s tagline, “Broadcast Yourself,” signals the beginning of a new era in digital content, though the necessary production technologies and distribution infrastructure may still be a few years off. The wide acceptance of blogging as a means of self-expression was the first wave of personal content. The second wave, riding on the phenomenon of iPod and iTunes, is personal podcasting. The third wave, which will dwarf the others in gigabytes of content transferred, is personal video or individual television. Variously called vlogging, vidcasting, or vodcasting (the marriage of video on demand and podcasting), I’ll simply call it iTV.

Posted Nov 07, 2006

In a recent edition of John Lienhard's The Engines of Our Ingenuity, which I heard in the car on National Public Radio, Lienhard discussed the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet—brilliantly tying in the naming of the Disney dog. When I went to the University of Houston's site to check the name of the episode ("Poor Old Pluto"), I found that in addition to offering online transcripts of his commentaries on NPR, Lienhard now also provides them as podcasts. I will admit that I got what I needed from the transcript, but I clicked to listen anyhow, to reignite the flame of inspiration.

Posted Oct 31, 2006

Global Graphics has released a new family of its Jaws PDF products.

Posted Oct 27, 2006

K-AMP Audio Services has renamed and improved its audiocasting service K-AMP Player, now known as Blogamp.

Posted Oct 24, 2006

LEAD Technologies, Inc. has announced the release of version 5 of LEADTOOLS ePrint software that converts from any application, image or document file such as PDF or Microsoft Windows document to over 150 file types of file formats including PDF, DOC, HTML, TXT, Multi-page TIFF, JPG, GIF, and PNG.

Posted Oct 24, 2006

Volantis, a supplier of Intelligent Content Adaptation solutions for the Mobile Information Age, has launched the enhanced Xtra Mobile Services platform for Telecom New Zealand, New Zealand's online and communications provider.

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated has acquired Serious Magic Inc., maker of video software and communications tools for creative professional, business, consumer, and education markets.

Posted Oct 20, 2006

To thwart shoplifters, retail stores electronically tag merchandise with sensors that can trip invisible alarms on the way out the door. To thwart content thieves, the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) is launching a similar initiative: the Corporate Content Anti-Piracy Policy (CCAP). CCAP will tag digital print content so that illegal use can be detected. Its two-pronged attack on copyright violations will use both prosecution and education

Posted Oct 19, 2006

NotePage, Inc. has announced SQL2RSS, a new php script that allows users to convert MySQL databases to RSS feeds.

Posted Oct 17, 2006

Preserving seemingly ephemeral web content is a daunting task. The problem is even more difficult because the content of web pages changes and the pages themselves come and go with great frequency, which means simply collecting URLs isn’t enough to keep tabs on valuable content. To help make digital content preservation possible, Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based nonprofit has led a charge to effectively capture and store web content.

Posted Oct 05, 2006

Safari Books Online, a joint venture of O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, has introduced Safari Library, an online searchable reference library service that provides unlimited access to all technical books available on Safari Books Online.

Posted Oct 03, 2006

PodShow, Inc. has raised a second round of venture funding from new and original investors, totaling $15M.

Posted Oct 03, 2006

In a past column, I looked at content globalization, which includes internationalization (getting a site ready to handle multilingual content), localization (adapting to the culture and language of each locale served), and translation (including workflow tools to manage the translation process). Now I'll take a look at publishing content to many locales.

Posted Oct 03, 2006

Skyarc System has announced its release of SKYARC Enterprise IntraBlog, an intrablog package utilizing Six Apart Ltd.'s Movable Type Enterprise.

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Attensa, Inc., a developer of RSS software for business, has introduced Attensa for Outlook 2.0, a RSS reader designed specifically for enterprise use.

Posted Sep 29, 2006

FinePrint Software, LLC, has launched pdfFactory Pro 3, an alternative to Adobe Acrobat, used to generate Portable Document Format (PDF) files from Windows application.

Posted Sep 22, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated, a provider of products for digital media creation and editing, multimedia authoring, and web development, has introduced Adobe Acrobat 8 software, which provides tools for communicating for operating systems, applications, and firewalls.

Posted Sep 22, 2006

Simply put, really simple syndication isn’t simple at all. While ease of use on the consumer side—one-click subscription—is improving through aggregators like syndic8 or NewsGator, finding and using RSS feeds continues to mystify most readers. If you see that orange RSS (or XML) button and click, you get a discomfiting view of the code that makes the feed work. I don’t want to know. I just want to click, read, and go.

Posted Sep 19, 2006

thePlatform, a provider of digital audio and video publishing solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Connectors by thePlatform.

Posted Sep 15, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated has made available as a public beta for the Windows platform two new Application Packs for Adobe FrameMaker 7.2 software, Adobe’s authoring and publishing software.

Posted Sep 12, 2006

Anticipation grows as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) prepares for one of its most significant meetings, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco. The meeting will cover aspects of the ongoing heated debate over the September 30, 2006 expiration of the Memorandum of Understanding with the United States. Pressure builds as the international community favors that the authority of ICANN be relinquished to an international organization such as the United Nations for the purpose of adding diverse flavor to the corporation.

Posted Sep 01, 2006

The concept of “net neutrality” sounds quite reasonable in theory, but the policy proposals coming from federal legislators and bureaucrats may in reality be quite discriminatory.

Posted Aug 31, 2006

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, provides an outlet for publishers to distribute their content to a wide audience without worrying about email subscriptions or spam filters. Unfortunately, RSS may well have made it easier for unscrupulous website owners to steal content.

Posted Aug 29, 2006

National Geographic Digital Motion, the stock footage service of National Geographic Digital Media, has chosen Thought Equity, a provider of commercial licensing and management of motion imagery, as the exclusive online distribution partner to complement its existing licensing business.

Posted Aug 25, 2006

Nuance Communications, Inc., a provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world, has announced ScanSoft PDF Converter Professional 4.

Posted Aug 22, 2006