Ol’ Facebook has launched an open stream API giving third-party developers access to users’ activity streams when creating applications. The idea here is to spawn a new generation of advanced applications. An open source approach helped catapult Twitter into the mainstream as third-party apps like Tweetdeck found a myriad of uses for the micro-blogging service.
Now the race is really on between Facebook and Twitter to become the dominant real-time social messaging and commenting platform. Tweetdeck rival Seesmic is one of the first developers to take advantage of Facebook’s Open Stream API, which will be utilized in the next version of its Seesmic Desktop client application, launched earlier this month with Twitter integration.
Seesmic Desktop provides an elegant drag-and-drop interface allowing you upload and receive live photo, video and text updates with friends. Cool features such as friend grouping allows you to create categories of contacts.
Let the open source wars begin!
Despite the economy, online entertanment providers report healthy increases in sales. This makes sense — people are not going out as much, and order needed entertainment — distractions from the economic woes on the news– sent to the comfort of home.
Amazon bucked the slumping online retail trend, reporting a 24% increase in profits from a year ago, but warned investors not to expect such growth during Q2. Net income totaled $177 million and revenue climbed 18% to $4.89 billion. The company didn’t break out numbers for the much-ballyhooed Kindle 2, yet stated sales “exceeded our most optimistic expectations.”
Mobile search company Getfugu signed a marketing deal with Hollywood outfit CP Productions agreeing to be Getfugu’s agent in the entertainment sector for its “hot spotting” advertising service, set to launch in fall of 2009. In addition to offering image and voice recognition interfaces, Getfugu allows you to watch a video on a touchscreen phone then touch an item featured in the video in order to purchase it. READ MORE
uBroadcast announced an agreement to provide exclusive online coverage of the San Diego Celebrity Golf Classic scheduled for April 24-26th at Morgan Run Resort & Club in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
Some innovative content is popping up out there from the online channels. Bored with Desperate Housewives and hunting through YouTube for fun things to watch? We recommend chekcing out The Shopgirls of Madison Lane, presneted by digital studio and distribution company RedLever. The show is scripted but meant to resemble a reality show, a digital sopa opera that followed four women who work toether at an online fashion company. They have hectic work and love lives, “all the while keeping their hair and lipstick instant.”
Desperate fashion designers indeed!
RedLever is busy – it has acquired exclusive rights to ”Bunco Moms,” about the Bunco dice game craze, and interview show “One-on-One with John Salley“. Feel like investing in this growing content niche? RedLever is shopping for partnerships and integrations and will lead production and distribution of the two series.
The operators of P2P file sharing site The Pirate Bay were found guilty of copyright infringement in a Swedish court last Friday, sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay $3.7 million in damages to “offended” parties including Warner Bros., Columbia, 20th Century Fox, Sony BMG and EMI.
The King Kong defense didn’t swing on the branches of EuroLaw.
The MPAA cheered the ruling but insiders warned that the decision would do little to immediately stem the flow of online piracy.
The Pirate Bay remains operational as its four founders, defiant to the end, prepare for an appeal.
In response, hackivists across the globe jeered and converged on the website of the International Federation of the Photographic Industry that slowed the site down. READ MORE
Gabble, twig, muze and mog — these could be the next wave of cool digital trendy words. Here’s why…
Our droogs @Hewlett-Packard are backing a new mobile video start-up dubbed Gabble – it is positioning itself as a private communal video portal for mobile phones. The idea is to allow users to send goofy (and not-so-goofy) videos only to friends in their network rather than post them to a sharing site for the world to see. This means they can send those risque self0-made vids without (supposedely) mass distribition that could one day come back to haunt a person. They may be onto something here.
Even in these recessionary (is that a word?) times, GameStop will never give up trying to stay ahead of the curve. Beatles : Rock Band doesn’t come out for another 4 months, but you can pre-order now. “An unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles.” Nothing but trouble, I say!
YouTube, recently berated by a Credit Suisse analyst last week for its lack of success in selling ads, seems to be resiting that berate and growing its ad business at an impressive clip, according to a report in Ad Age.
But should we beleve the global bankers in Switzerland?