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Derrick Vann, long time technologist and good buddy of mine joins me today as co-host. Apologies for the late posting of the show notes – very hectic day. Jumping into the news, the latest in the Viacom/GooTube suit:
NBC Universal sides against YouTube in piracy suit
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – NBC Universal is taking sides with fellow media conglomerate Viacom Inc. over a piracy lawsuit filed against Google Inc.’s online video sharing site YouTube, according to papers filed in court.
In business acquisition news:
Confirmed: MySpace To Acquire Photobucket For $250 Million
Apparently an overzealous Photobucket employee is the source of this rumor, but we’ve confirmed it with more senior people: MySpace is acquiring Photobucket for $250 million in cash. We’re hearing that there is also an earn-out for up to an additional $50 million.
Photobucket has been looking for a buyer since March, when they hired Lehman Brothers to help sell the company. They were looking for $300 million or more, but may have had few bidders other than MySpace.
The companies have been in serious acquisition discussions for the last couple of weeks – A dispute that involved Photobucket videos being blocked on MySpace led to acquisition discussions, and the block was removed.
Photobucket generated $6.3 million in revenue last year and planned on hitting $25 million or more this year. They have 40 million registered users and add another 85,000 per day.
Our first coverage of Photobucket was a year ago. They’ve raised $15 million over two rounds of financing.
Derrick and I had a good conversation about the RealID Act, and what it means:
Homeland Security’s Own Privacy Panel Declines to Endorse Real ID
Ryan Singel writes on Threat Level:
The Department of Homeland Security’s outside privacy advisors explicitly refused to bless proposed federal rules to standardize states’ driver’s licenses Monday, saying the Department’s proposed rules for standardized driver’s licenses — known as Real IDs — do not adequately address concerns about privacy, price, information security, redress, “mission creep”, and national security protections.
The 18-member Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee began looking at the proposed rules at the request of Hugo Teufel IIl, DHS’s chief privacy officer. According to Teufel’s instructions, the group was asked to provide very specific comment on how to implement the rules, which civil liberties groups and libertarian-leaning states want repealed, not reformed.
Then we had a real interesting discussion about the concept of “Life Streams”:
My Digital Life Stream
Finally! I have been looking for something that would let me create a Digital Life Stream (a log of all my digital activities) for me and finally i’ve found a solution – iStalkr.com
This lets you take all your digital activities like Digg, Del.icio.us, Last.fm or any Feed and aggregate it into one. Now this could previously be done using something life xfruits or Yahoo Pipes, but whats different is how it organises the data and displays it.
Instead of just packing all the data into one ugly RSS feed, it creates a nice looking page with icons to differentiate the types of content. For example, all of my Digg’s have a Digg.com icon next to it. To see what im talking about have a look at this page
I wrote about wanting to create a digital lifestream before and one of things I wanted was to place it on my website. iSta
lkr does offer the ability to add the aggregated feed on your site, but it doesn’t keep the nice form
atting and looks. If they create this feature then they will have to be given the rare two thumbs up!
Im sure where going to see more startups taking on the Digital Life Stream concept in the following months.
And then a little bit of gadget news:
Transform a Regular LCD Into a Touchscreen
eZtaR writes “NAVisis is introducing a new USB gadget (for Windows only including Vista) called LaptopTablet. You mount it onto the side of your regular LCD monitor to transform it into a fully functional touchscreen, controlled with an included pen. The gadget is priced at around $100 and seems a good alternative for Photoshoppers.”
Read more of this story at Slashdot.