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Phone numbers from 1989 for Nelson Mandella and Vaclav Havel

Way back in time, we used to keep numbers on cards in cardboard boxes. I was working in current affairs at a really interesting time; fall of communist governments in Europe and release of Nelson Mandella, When I was packing… Continue Reading →

Get Well Soon, Bobby Ewing

In 1984 Ian Shuttleworth Iain  Walker and Eoin Patterson made this cassette using samples from my radio programme Nothin’ Better on Downtown Radio Get Well Soon Bobby Ewing (mp3) The Shadow (Between the Synapse and the Larynx) (mp3) I’m squeaking (mp3)  

And what is Network Neutrality?

From Huffington Post The free and open internet is about to change dramatically. If the telcos get their way in Congress this fall (I’m looking at you, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast), we consumers might wake up one morning and suddenly find… Continue Reading →

eBay – how to make a killing

Starting low, spelling mistakes and Sunday evenings – David Leafe reveals the secrets of successful online trading. Daily Telegraph

Internet Made Easy

It hardly seems like six months since the Internet Made Easy CD was distributed throughout Northern Ireland.  Some of the participating members of the steering group met today to begin the review.  What is interesting is that not only was there an… Continue Reading →

The New Media Establishment

This List is — let me put it this way.  I was at a meeting recently and someone quoted “People” who claimed that “The Internet would replace books.”  I didn’t get my hand up fast enough to shoult – “Whoever claimed… Continue Reading →

5 things in 6 minutes

I’m making a presentation to business people in Belfast at the end of November and just working on the speech now. This is very much a work in progress (some of the sentences barely count as sentences – some of… Continue Reading →

Innocence Project Launched Today

  The BBC New Media team in Northern Ireland have launched the website for the new BBC Drama The Innocence Project. (note; I’m the editor new media in BBC NI) The Online team launched The Amazing Mrs Pritchard and Purple Alliance  sites less than five weeks… Continue Reading →

Once upon a time at the BBC… BBC Drama Northern Ireland announce Fairy Tale commission

BBC Drama Northern Ireland today announces the commission of Fairy Tales, an anthology of four contemporary adaptations of classic fairy tales. Debbie Horsfield (Cutting It) will adapt The Emperor’s New Clothes; Steve Coombs (Outlaws) will adapt Billy Goat Gruff; and Jeremy… Continue Reading →

Commercial challenge to BBC iPlayer

http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,,1941348,00.html An alliance of newspaper and magazine publishers is calling for an expert forum to discuss opening up the BBC’s iPlayer to commercial content to stop it dominating the download and on-demand market. The British Interactive Publishers Alliance – which… Continue Reading →

Mobi TV

There was a bit of buzz a couple of days ago about MobiTV raising another $30 million in capital, adding to it’s already whopping $70 million from previous financings. That’s a lot of money for a startup that lets some people watch a few… Continue Reading →

Sick of Sharing

Friend Julie is in San Francisco for Web-two-nuthin’ event and posted this link in her event blog. This suggests that as much as people want to connect through the Internet, the practice also can have the opposite effect: social networking fatigue. “You join… Continue Reading →

Web 2 Nothing

Hark! A note of skepticism gladdens my heart. The serious faced using terms like “Web-two-point-nought” and “Web-two-point-zero”. Yet making me smile are those who see it all as a bit of a platform for trend followers and part-informed. “Web-two-nothin’” and “Web-two-nil”.

Air America’s ABC Blacklist

huffingtonpost.com/josh-silver/ A simple lesson why publically funded public service broadcasting is not so bad, after all. Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Karl Rove, George W. Bush This week we learned that some 90 major corporations demanded that their ads be pulled… Continue Reading →

Even More Google

netimperative.com/ Channel 4 has held talks with Google to explore the possiblity distributing its programming via the search engine’s network. According to the Financial Times, Andy Duncan, Channel 4 CEO, visited Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California last month to… Continue Reading →

Google in bid to halt YouTube legal threat

By Joshua Chaffin and Aline van Duyn in New York and Richard Waters in San Francisco Last updated: November 2 2006 20:27 | FT.com Google is engaged in a frantic round of negotiations aimed at persuading traditional media companies to… Continue Reading →

In Blogs Don’t Trust

Just because someone presents some information as a fact does not make it a fact. The journalistic “two reliable but independent sources” is the standard all who publish – and want to be trusted by their audience – should try… Continue Reading →

Vote Early and Snap Often

“Call it political ergonomics. The art and science of lowering barriers to democratic participation.” Jay Rosen’s account of a call for Americans to photograph polling day. “The project’s goal, according to its designer and prime mover William Drenttel, is “an archive… Continue Reading →

Group of University Researchers to Make Web Science a Field of Study

From the New York Times The Web has become such a force in commerce and culture that a group of leading university researchers now deems it worthy of its own field of study. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the… Continue Reading →

A Web Site to Call Your Own

From the New York Times …[S]tarting Nov. 15, somebody will offer to pick up the entire bill [for your small business website]. You’ll be able to pick any dot-com (or .net, or .org) Web address that hasn’t already been taken… Continue Reading →

Global broadcasting

New broadcasters, like the English-language al-Jazeera channel, seem hungrier for influence than for profits The Economist

ITN for BT Mobile News

BT has announced a deal with ITN News to provide 24-hour made-for-mobile news content for its mobile broadcast entertainment service, BT Movio. The news channel launched on the BT Movio platform on 31 October, completing BT’s content line-up for the… Continue Reading →

Media Guardian 20061030

The revolution must be televised 18 Doughty Street TV

Debating Ads on BBC Online (exUK)

Interesting – although not always well informed – debate.

JotSpot Googled

Is the verb “to be Googled” changing it meaning or growing a new one.  it used to mean being checked out in a search engine, now it also means being bought. Google has acquired a start-up that develops “wikis”, the… Continue Reading →

Scobles: 10 Tips to a Killer Blog

This is a lift from KNow More Media Ten tips to a killer blog Robert Scoble Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble       Blog cause you want to Read other blogs Pick out writing styles that you like Are you compelled… Continue Reading →

ON Second Life

From MEDIASHIFT A friend of mine who works in PR in San Francisco came up to me at a party last week, and was wide-eyed at what’s been going on lately at the virtual world Second Life. “Now that Reuters has a correspondent actually… Continue Reading →

Poynter’s New Media Bibliography

This is a direct lift from Poynter ONLINE RESOURCES Adapt or Die http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=4111 AJR, June/July 2006 A Brief History of the Internet http://www.isoc.org/internet/history/brief.shtml The Internet Society. Center for History & New Media http://chnm.gmu.edu/ ClickZ Internet Statistics and Demographics http://www.clickz.com/stats/ CyberJournalist.net (Jonathan Dube)… Continue Reading →

YouTube Cleanup

YouTube Removes Comedy Central Clips Posted by Rafat Ali Sat 28 Oct 2006 11:14 PM PST This is probably the most significant cleansing of YouTube since its launch: the service, now in the process of being bought by Google, has removed… Continue Reading →

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