YouTube, EMI & Apple Love Triangle

YouTube, EMI and Apple are all over the news today, linked together in different stories. For your reading convenience, I’ll bring all those stories together.

YouTube + Apple = better Apple TV?
Google and Apple announced a deal yesterday to make YouTube clips available on Apple TV. Just yesterday, CNNMoney/Fortune magazine was taunting Apple TV’s failure. The YouTube deal called to mind one of the harshest indictments from CNNMoney/Fortune:

Apple TV’s most highly touted feature is its weakest one: It requires an HDTV, but the video you download is so low-res that it looks as fuzzy as plain old broadcast TV.

And now you can use your HDTV to watch even lower res YouTube videos. I’m sure that’s just the boost Apple TV needed.

Google Maps Invading Your Privacy?

As we reported, Google Maps has enabled street-level views for certain cities, but are they invading your personal space?

Take a look…

Google Maps Invading Privacy

I’m sure privacy laws don’t apply to public places, but it’s still kind of big brotherish, don’t you think?

Thanks to Dan.

Hear Me Speak in Hawaii on June 12th for Just $7!!!

If you happen to reside in the beautiful State of Hawaii, or just need an excuse to head that way, be sure to check out the seminar I’m giving on June 12th.

The seminar is called “Radical Marketing for an Online Hawaii” and I’ll be discussing search, blogs and social media, as well as taking your questions. It’s being held at the BYU-Hawaii campus on the north shore of Oahu.

Registration is free to current BYUH students and just $7 for everyone else!

Not only will you hear me speak, but Tim Schmitt and Dave Zules will also be presenting – so you get 3 great seminars for just seven bucks! It’s all part of the 2nd Annual SEO Conference.

Where Next for Mobile Music?

By Paul Bennett

According to a study conducted in February 2007 by Arbitron/Telephia nearly 90% of mobile audio listeners think that advertising is “a fair price to pay” for free or subsidized content.

eMarketer has used the ‘Mobile Audio Media Study’ as part of a new report to investigate key questions like the potential size of the mobile music opportunity and the potential wild cards that marketers need to understand.
Senior Analyst, John du Pre Gauntt says,

“… a surprising level of receptivity to ad-supported content make(s) it difficult to declare the precise direction of (the) mobile music market.”

The report entitled ‘Mobile Music: Mixing It Up‘ also discusses mobile music sponsorship and how it could meet the music industry’s overall need for recording revenue alternatives.

Google Gears Solves Google’s Offline Applications Conundrum

One of the biggest problems with switching your life to Google’s suite of applications is that, the moment you go offline, you lose access to email, calendars, docs and your RSS feeds. Well, according to SEL, Google is finally ready to start solving that problem, with the release of Google Gears.

Google Reader is the first online application to offer “Gears-enabled offline capabilities,” Google told me. So you would load up Google Reader while you are online, it will download your feeds. Then you can go to the beach, away from all Internet connections, open your browser and browse through those feeds. When you are back to your Internet connection, Google Reader will sync up through Google Gears and update Google Reader with the feeds you read while offline, as well as download any new feeds you have not read yet.

Jason Calacanis Launches Human Powered Search Engine Mahalo.com

One way to ensure your new human-powered search engine is a success is to give it a Hawaiian name. It worked for Jimmy Wales – Wikipedia is a huge success and “Wiki wiki” is Hawaiian for “quick” – and it could work for Jason Calacanis’ new search engine, Mahalo.com (Hawaiian for thank you).

The site has just launched in “alpha”, and Calacanis is quick to let us know what exactly that means

Mahalo.com is in ALPHA–that means not ready for users, but looking for feedback. :-)

Calacanis’ business buddy, Michael Arrington, has a comprehensive write-up on Mahalo (he’s not invested, but working with Jason on another project).

Google Privacy Debate Hits Australia

The recent concern surrounding privacy laws is now making waves in Australia.

The European Union announced last week it was investigating whether Google has breached European privacy laws, and now the Australian privacy experts have added their opinion, as reported in the Australian Financial Review:

“Australians using US-based internet search engines are exposing themselves to privacy laws that are routinely bypassed by the US government and opening themselves to invasions of privacy that would never be allowed in other countries”

The issue here, the Aussie experts say, is that US privacy laws are different to Australian ones, and that Google could at any time be forced to give up the information they are holding to the US government. Of course, Google maintains that they have legitimate reasons for collecting information about internet users, but Australians are now being warned that US-based search engines, particularly Google, may be breaching their privacy rights.