New Addition to the RizWords Podcast.

Hey Rizzn-ites, This is just a quick post to announce that we’re welcoming Jeffr0 of Jeffro2pt0.com, well known Web 2.0 journalist and blogger, to the show starting Friday. From here on until Jeffr0 gets too big and popular to be seen consorting with the likes of us, he’s going to bring us a special Web 2.0 segment of the show to play on Fridays, either reviewing a new Web 2.0 product/service/website or giving us a good week in review. If you haven’t checked him out, head on over to his site, and send him a message welcoming him to the show! Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

Microsoft Zune and Podcasting!

Hey Rizzn-ites, A bit of news I’ve come across, and I haven’t really seen anyone else report this yet, but I was alerted a couple days ago via the TechPodcast discussion list that the Zune and Microsoft are making an effort to be more podcast friendly. Rob Greenlee sent this to the list Thursday: I wanted to let you all know that I am the new Podcast Programming Lead on the Zune team here at Microsoft and […] I am determined to make podcasting or portable on-demand casts great on the Zune. [I] was not involved with building the core technology for the podcast engine on the Zune, as I just started here on Tuesday of this week. Rob GreenleeMobilecaster News & Zune Podcast Programming Lead(www.mobilecasternews.com) – (www.zune.net) Rob is a long-time podcaster, and referencing some of Apple’s early mistakes in podcasting, wanted those of the TechPodcast community (as well as, presumably, the podcasting community at large) that he was very open to suggestion and communication in his work. I’ve got to say that one of my continuing frustrations with any of the big tech groups like Yahoo, Apple, Microsoft and Google is that they either have no clue to how the podcasting technology is supposed to work, isolate themselves in an ivory tower from the podcasting community at large, or both. Apple has been unresponsive to anyone but video podcasters and MSM for quite a while. Google, for some reason, has never gotten around to putting together a directory or anything podcast centric (although I vaguely remember seeing something a while back that encouraged you to individually upload...

Video Syndication Done Right: PNME Edition

I’ve been pondering what I think is the most important thing to come out of the Podcast and New Media Expo last weekend. Unfortunately I missed the Kent Nichols keynote, but I did catch the Louderback and Wallstrip keynotes. They were very informative, and it was very heartening to hear that the A-Listers and those that have sold their podcast for literally millions have gone through a lot of the same things us strugglers and stragglers have gone through… building an audience one member at a time, ad representation issues and such. There were a few meetings and announcements that, I think, I are going to shape the future of podcasting and new media for a while to come. First of all, Wizzard Media announced an important partnership, which we discussed yesterday on the show (Episode 143). As soon as the T’s are dotted and the I’s are crossed, downloads from the Wizzard network are going to be certified by Nielson. Yeah, the folks that do the TV ratings and stuff. What does this mean? Well, I may be overestimating the importance of this, but an old media institution attaching themselves to new media in this way, I think, is a very important step in upgrading the marketability and credibility of the medium of podcasting as a whole. I wouldn’t be surprised to see podcasters represented at the next NABC. But am I not supposed to be Podango propaganda boy? What’s going on with them? A whole lot, actually. Thanks to a close working relationship with Podango, I can say I know of a whole lot of stuff coming...

gPhone: The Final Countdown Starts Here

digg_url = ‘http://www.rizzn.com/2007/10/gphone-final-countdown-starts-here.asp’;Update (11:52 AM CST 10/3/2007): You might be interested in this video demo of the HTC Dual Touch, which is rumored to be the hardware platform for the gPhone. I’d also like to re-iterate that the release dates are less trusted than the details in the main post. I mentioned that the dates I’ve heard have ranged from late Sept to early Oct. I haven’t had any two sources say the same date twice, as I mentioned on the show, as well, so I don’t trust those dates as much as I trust the rest of the details I’ve disclosed. Everyone seems keen to discount me using the dates I mentioned as ‘proof’, so I thought I’d re-iterate the authenticity of specific facts (or lack thereof). In other words, read the entire article in context. Update (8:38 PM CST 10/1/2007): Several people have written in to me with the caveat that after the $400 gPhone is purchased the carrier connection might be subsidized by ads, thus technically free service. No one has said anything that would indicate this explicitly, but then no one has said anything to directly contradict it either. I wouldn’t count on this fact personally, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Trust me, though. I’d love it if it was free.Update (5:00 PM CST 10/1/2007): Finally heard back from T-Mobile. A spokesperson who preferred not to be named stated: “…regarding the gPhone, T-Mobile does not comment on rumors or speculation.” Almost verbatim what Google currently says publicly when asked. In response to my queries about data network specifications, the spokesperson said: “…I...

Scandal in Ontario!

Amidst all the serious business taking place over at the Podcast and New Media Expo, the scandal is that some as of yet unidentified fellow (described as having a t-shirt stating that he “gave rope-burns”) stripped down and tied up Omaha of MacRadio.com in the middle of the LibSyn party last night. The party was later reportedly busted up and dispersed by local security. If you iJustine reportedly has unreleased mobile phone images of it, and Mason has video that will be released later this week on his broadcast. Seriously though, even though I was unable to attend, I had a good time hanging out with Justine, Brad, and Mason (as well as all the folks from the chat rooms). Thanks for broadcasting, guys. /rizzn Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

Podcast and New Media Expo: Day 2

Hey folks. I’m still virtually attending the PNME this weekend. You can too, if you head over to rizzn.com/pnme2007. I’m more or less twittering everything I can about what’s going on. If I get a chance to, I’ll try to aggregate my twitters and experiences into some blog posts. Stay tuned to the blog for that. /rizzn Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

HowTo: Attend (virtually) the Podcast New Media Expo

digg_url = ‘http://www.rizzn.com/2007/09/attending-virtually-podcast-new-media.asp’;I’m (virtually) in attendance at the Podcast New Media Expo. Watching the keynotes and hanging out in the chat room is a distant second best to being there. Over the course of the day, I’m going to try to do some legwork on all the ways to attend virtually. UPDATE: I’m building a little virtual attendance page. Click here to join. The UStream link has been moved to that page. If you have more ways to virtually attend, please let me know! Join me, won’t you? /rizzn Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

Podango + GigaVox: An Interview with Lee Gibbons

Lee actually told me about this a couple weeks ago. I had thought they were saving this for the Podcast Media Expo, but Mike Arrington seems to have gotten a scoop: Podcast network and hosting service Podango is beefing up its service with the purchase of podcast publishing software from GigaVox Media. The content-management system, called GigaVox Audio Lite, allows podcasters to automagically manage the different parts that make up an audio or video podcast, including ads, intros, promotions, and other program material. Podango, which is based in Bountiful, Utah, hosts 1,300 podcasters across 250 different stations, including Mommycast, Duct Tape Marketing, and the Apple Phone Show (which Podango produces itself). Later this week, it will launch Girls Gone Geek, which CEO Lee Gibbons describes as a “cross between the View and Motorcycle Maintenance.” Something tells me it’s going to do okay. All told, says Gibbons, Podango-hosted shows are downloaded two million times per month, which is up from a mere 20,000 downloads six months ago. He is shooting for 10 million downloads a month by next March. And you thought podcasts were dead. I had a discussion today with Lee, which can be heard on today’s podcast (episode 137), that touched on not only a lot of what new things are offered to Podango producers through this acquisition, but what he sees in the world of audio podcasting in the near future. I know a lot of our audience is very interested in learning what’s new in the world of video production and monetization, and it’s important to note that what Podango can do for audio podcasters can...

RizWords: 9/11 Edition

UPDATE: 10:42 PM CST 9/11/2007: Due to issues with Podango, the podcast hasn’t hit the feed as of yet. My deepest apologies. It should hit in the next couple hours. I’ve got folks at all levels of Podango up way too late trying to figure out the problem. UPDATE: 1:07 AM CST 9/12/2007: Apparently, AdBrite is having issues with it’s video serving code. I’ll repost it and hopefully you’ll be able to once again view Ken’s video. Today has been an especially trying day for Art and I in just about everything we’ve tried in terms of getting technology to work as advertised. UPDATE: 2:17 PM CST 9/12/2007: The show is finally in the feed. We’re now recording EP128. Ah well, always next year. In about an hour, Art and I will be going on the air for our podcast, not to bring you the news in Politics and Technology, but to look back to 2001 and recall our memories, feelings, thoughts and experience from that fateful day. A number of folks have contributed pieces for inclusion on the show, including Ken Rutkowski of KenRadio, Cinco of AKARadio, our own Newsguy Jon, and Frank Cotolo of the Cotolo Chronicles. Below are the individual clips submitted to us by our friends and fellow podcasters. The following audio clips are available: Jon aka Pinion Blue download Frank Cotolo download Cinco of AKARadio.com download /mark Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

Friday Wrap-Up

Hey, Rizzn-ites. It’s been an odd week for us here at Studio.Rizzn. It would appear that the gPhone story has knocked us onto a lot of people’s radars. There are actually enough people posting here to warrant a bit more attention from me to my blog. I know I’ve broken this promise many times in the past, but I’ll be posting a bit more often around here. And in the spirit of wrapping up the gPhone rumors, I’ll put in writing here what I’ve been trying to put out on the show the last couple of days… I got a call from my friend over at Google (the guy everyone calls ‘Deep Throat’), and he told me that “oops, yeah, um, I should have told you that stuff off-the-record, or not at all, because that demo I was talking about? yeah, it was a private demo, not a public one. Sorry!” On the up side, though, he’s not fired. On a similar note, I’ve finally contacted my old buddy at HTC to try to confirm the rumors CG started about them doing the hardware for the gPhone. Unfortunately, by the time I called him, the lockdown had already initiated. I know the fellow pretty well, so it was unusual for him to be so tightlipped. His exact quotes were “I know nothing,” and “I know only what I read on blogs.” This can be interpreted so many different ways, I’m not even going to try to extrapolate. Mostly, though, I surmise that very possibly the CrunchGear story is correct. Nothing in there directly contradicts anything I’ve heard. So, for...

gPhone Hubbub!

While the world continues to try to figure out whether to believe me and my unnamed source, I’ve got a list of a few of the folks talking about gPhone confirmation. Most folks are seeming to repeat what I say, and accurately interpreting the words, although a couple have taken an aspect of my analysis and skewed it. That’s ok – it’s expected. Since I don’t have any other breaking news today, and my Developing for Facebook story isn’t ready yet, I’m going to round up some of the coverage here. (hey! it’s not every day that the entire blogosphere mentions my name. let me bask in it for a second!) Google alerted me this morning that: Wired said that: Rumor: Google Phone Will Be Linux-Powered, GPS-Loaded and Cheap: “If the murmurs are true, the GPhone cometh in September.” the UK Guardian said that: The gPhone: “Speculation continues about Google’s mobile phone plans.” IntoMobile said that: Google GPhone confirmed as low-cost sub-$100 device: “Rizzn.com has also allegedly confirmed that the Google Phone will be using an ad-based model to help subsidize the cost of the phone – serving up Google ads whenever possible.” [a point of clarification… that’s analysis on my part, not confirmation. There will be ads on the phone, and the price-point is allegedly going to be low, but that one will subsidize the other, it’s just an educated guess on my part] SEOPrincipal said that: Google Phone “Confirmed” – Will Be The Computer For The Poor: “Finally, someone posted something that looks like a reliable confirmation of the coming release of the Google Phone.” [thanks! finally...

Interview with Brad Hunstable on Politics and Technology

Chances are, you’re here for the GPhone story. While you’re around, though, stick around for this post, since it’s tre interessant, especially with the campaign heating up almost as much as the market for online video. Brad Hunstable, one of the principals and founders of UStream.tv dropped by the show again today to speak a bit about some major political events going on at his site this week. His commentary on the future role of technologies like UStream in politics were particularly interesting. We’ll comment a bit on that the show today (Episode 116). Click here to download the interview. Here’s the roundup of what’s actually going down there at UStream. 3pm PST today: Darcy Burner Virtual Town Hall To Counter Bush LIVE on Ustream.TV ( more info here: http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/seattlepolitics/archives/120620.asp) 12pm PST today:Five presidential candidates confirmed they will take part in discussions of key domestic issues before more than 600 representatives of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on August 27 and 28 at the Disney Yacht and Beach Club in Orlando, FL. The schedule for the IAM’s Conversation with the Candidates is asfollows: Mon. Aug. 27, 3:30 pm New York Sen. Hillary ClintonMon. Aug. 27, 7:30 pm California Rep. Duncan Hunter andformer Arkansas Gov. Mike HuckabeeTue. Aug. 28, 7:30 pm Former North Carolina Sen. JohnEdwards and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich The candidate conversations will be moderated by Erin Moriarty of CBSNews. The event will be streamed, live, via uStream. /rizzn Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

GPhone – It's Confirmed

digg_url = ‘http://www.rizzn.com/2007/08/gphone-its-confirmed.asp’; Update: 9:36 AM CST (10/02/207): This is where the update on all the new gPhone confirmations are.Update 5:36 PM CST (8/27/2007): 211 Blog Reactions to the story, according to Technorati. Apparently I struck a chord talking about the what people seemed to have now dubbed it, the “gPhone” (notice the iPhone-style capitalization). At any rate, I encourage you to check out the podcast discussion over at Podango to get the full sense of context of the conversation. It’s around 7-10 minutes into the show or so, but the first story off the top. Since it’s such a big deal and everyone is talking about it now, I’m going to check again with my friend and see if he or someone at the company will make a statement on it. He had mentioned a name (that presently escapes me) that had demo’ed it in the past and that might be willing to speak about it. My goal is to track him down or be given a good reason why he can’t (or won’t) speak to it now. Update 11:33 PM CST (8/27/2007): I spoke to my friend again this evening and told him about everyone’s linking and talking about the story. He was moderately amused, but ask for re-assurance I wouldn’t use his name, which I told him. He gave me the name of the fellow that’s the lead programmer/designer on the gPhone. He’s set to speak with him in the near future, and he’s going to try to casually ask whether or not he was actually supposed to say something about this or not. To re-iterate:...

Monetizing Online Video

Hey, Rizzn-ites: Just a quick blog to ask my readers – what do you know about monetizing online video? It’s very difficult to get a hold of most online video ad agencies unless you have a DMCA notice in your hand, I’m learning. I’m trying to put together some research on what resources exist for the non-Silicon-Valley-networked content producer for some clients and my own use. I plan to post the information I find here and more in depth info to my vodcast mailing list. If you’re interested in staying connected to what’s hot in the internet tv space, or if you have some info I can use for this research project, shoot me an email. /rizzn Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

Just a brief mention of AT&T…

Hey there Rizznites! There’s a bunch of new folk’s eyeballs looking at these words here, and to you I say “hello!” and “welcome!” I first want to say to those on the DSLReports forum that I in no way advocate defrauding AT&T or the government … in picking the “I am poor” selections on the AT&T landline signup page … it just seems that if you pick those options, you get better access to the cheaper services. They tend to hide those and endless pitch you useless services otherwise in your attempt to get a barebones landline trying to sign up for the $10 DSL. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about in the previous paragraph – go to the DSL reports mention of last week’s AT&T article and read their forum posts. There’s quite a few folks that don’t understand why I went through the hassle I went through to get it (and if your curious why I did, check out the latest $10 DSL post and read the comments where I address a bit of that). For those of you wondering what else I talk about here on rizzn.com, I’d like to point you to my podcast or my current video podcasting efforts over at the UBN. I’m a podcasting consultant, and these days, business is booming. Everyone across the media-entertainment-technology space seems to be wising up to the idea that there is an actual business to be had in podcasting. Over the next few weeks, I’m actively going to be pursuing a number of ways to better monetize my multimedia efforts, and I’ll be talking...

Grey Going Technicolor

A lot of my Rizznites out there are involved with my video initiatives, and have already embraced or are considering embracing video solutions for your old media content. For those of you who have not yet made the leap, here’s a story about the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal and their decision to go with video to supplement their other online content: The New York Times will make the embed code of its video clips available to the public by early fall. This means that many of the paper’s videos will be freely used and posted to blogs and Web pages. This change will be implemented in Q3, according to Diane McNulty, a spokesperson for The New York Times. Just yesterday, The Washington Post began to offer the code of its clips. Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal opened up it’s code. These big newspapers understand that gaining market share means making their content usable on many platforms, even if there is some degree of risk. There is upside, of course. Through this system, the pre-roll ads that are seen on the site are shared as well and viewed from wherever they are placed. I think it’s terrific that The New York Times is taking a page from YouTube game book of making embed codes available to everyone. After all, a good part of YouTube’s success has come from the utility of providing embed code. Below are links to a clip of comprised of two observers of the success of YouTube: Forrester senior Brian Haven and MIT Professor Henry Jenkins who head...

Chart Topping Monsters!

Hey Rizznites! Just a quick note to brag: RizWords has graduated. This week we were ranked number 23 in live participation at TalkShoe.com, we were ranked number 2 in terms of total downloads, and number 1 in overall downloads and participation! So we’re basically the number one TalkCast on TalkShoe.com! See what you’re missing – head over to the podcast page!Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

What's Going On Here?

Hey, Rizznites! You may notice short and unexplained outages here on the site. Basically, here’s what I’m working on: Getting Paul Darby’s UBN up and running properly for next Monday.Getting the final proposal for the new podcast network ready, so we can add new podcasts to a lineup to be featured here.Re-Designing the site to showcase the expanding nature of the content here at Rizzn.com. The site is going to change a little bit. The blog will still exist, and the links aren’t really going to change any. I am, though, going to be switching up how the page looks when the default domain “rizzn.com” is hit… it’ll contain the latest blog post, an autoplayer for the show, and links to all the content we’re working on. Consider it the 1.0 for the new content network we’ll be unveiling here soon. I don’t have any screenshots to show you, but it’ll have a similar feel to snips.rizzn.com since everyone seems to be agreed that it’s a much more clean and pleasing look than the current rizzn.com layout. Hopefully, after I get this part done, I’ll have the time to upgrade the rest of the Oblong Box network to fit in with our new content setup. We’ve really got some big things planned (I mean it this time), and there appears to be a gracious benefactor who believes as much as I do that there’s money to be made in the New Media space, and appears willing to put his money where his mouth is. That’s all for now, I need to get back to work. James and Art will...

RizWords Update

I’m in the middle of a redesign on the site here… but an update for you RizWords Rizznites, the show notes will now be contained on the Snips Subsite, powered by Tumblr. I’m still trying to find a color scheme that doesn’t make me puke, but that’s the basic layout for now. Show notes will now be found there. There ya go. Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

RizWords – Daily Politics and Tech – EP59

RizWords – Daily Politics and TechEpisode 59 – download now – subscribe now – review us on iTunes! A member of the TechPodcast Network @ techpodcast.com. If it’s Tech, it’s here. Remember, if you’re listening on the podcast recording, you can call into the show live if you tune in through TalkShoe.com at 2:30 PM EST every weekday. If you like the podcast (and you haven’t already given us a rating), head over and do so, and don’t forget to sign up for the discussion list. Other Podcast Plugs: TalkGirls comes on Tuesday nights. Check out the TalkGirls Podcast … it’s good times! Cotolo Chronicles: Frank is a good friend of the show, and an associate of the late great Wolfman Jack. Check out his podcast. NewsReal: Good friend to Art and I – has one of the best hours of news podcast each week. You Are the Guest: Bill Grady turns the microphone on the internet’s most interesting people. Sponsors: Try GoToMeeting for 45 days! Visit www.GoToMeeting.com/podcast to start your free trial today. J. Douglas Barker – Voice-overs for you! www.romancingthetone.com James Smith and Art Lindsey both join me today as co-hosts. We kick off the podcast today discussing a bit of politics inspired by the Cato Institute. What Mitt and Hillary Have in CommonAs he campaigns for the White House, Mitt Romney has had to tap dance around the health-care reforms he enacted while governor of Massachusetts. The first bit of bad news was that the plan’s cost was higher than predicted. Then it reneged on its commitment to cover the uninsured. But the latest bit of...