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flixwagon_logo.jpgRecently, Mashable, Techcrunch and others have posted some good articles on mobile broadcast video. A number of companies have recently launched Mobile broadcast services; FlixWagon, Qik and Youtube´s recent addition of direct upload capabilities in the Latest API all supports this trend – mobile broadcast.

Where I am very skeptical to the live mobile-to-web broadcast option, the pre-packaged service to record and upload mobile video directly is neat and useful. The problem of the mobile video and mobile broadcast today is that while it is recorded on mobile, users download the clip to their PC´s and then uploaded to the web – which limits many good clips to reach the masses on the web through its complexity.

These small Java applications are easy to install and easy to use. With the pre-set upload assistance, mobile videos are uploaded directly to the web either as live streams or saved clips. Where geeks and techies where the only ones capable of this before, anyone can now make it happen. I wonder how quickly manufacturers and Telco´s will jump on this and pre-install these applications and affiliations to drive usage and network traffic.

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SCOTT AUSTIN’S THE WEEK IN VENTURE CAPITAL

Economic gloom hits the VC world

Commentary: Crunch may result in crisis for some fledgling companies

By Scott Austin

 

 

Interesting article regarding VC portfolio companies and market.

 

 

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/credit-crunch-may-lead-crisis/story.aspx?guid=%7B6062ADF5%2D287A%2D4F9C%2D9F2B%2D5B3969F2DF42%7D

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Here is a very scary and (I am afraid) very accurate analysis from the Wall St. Journal.

“It is a very logical progression. Peloton, Carlyle, Focus — hedge funds and other non-deposit-taking financial institutions (NDFIs) are now being hit by the credit crunch, which had so far been mainly confined to mortgage lenders and the banks.”

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The impact of Bear Stearns’ collapse on entrepreneurs

Mark V. Cannice, Ph.D.03.17.2008 in the Industry Standard
http://www.thestandard.com/news/2008/03/17/impact-bear-stearns-collapse-entrepreneurs

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Inflation???

Recently, I have been seeing substantial evidence that we are entering an inflationary period and that official estimates of inflation are grossly understated. For example, just look at a selection of today’s news articles: Inflation Alert http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120511152715823437.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries Surging Costs of Groceries Hit Home http://www.boston.com/business/personalfinance/articles/2008/03/09/surging_costs_of_groceries_hit_home/ Gas Prices Near Records, Following Oil http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080310/oil_prices.html?.v=38 As of today, oil approaches $108/barrel and one Euro buys $1.54. Feels like inflation to me.

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android-logo.gifThe ever more intriguing Android platform from Google are getting ready for launch. The recent session at Etech by Dan Morril from Google.

Set to go on sale in the second half of this year, the Android will work at the platform level: an open development model, free and open to carriers, manufacturers and enthusiasts, with no permission required to develop apps. One brightspot for the developer community is the Android Developer Challenge, for which Google is providing $10 million in grants as seed money for developers working on promising applications.

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Here is an interesting post by Josh Kopelman at redeye VC that I came across. I does refer to the recent wired article by Chris Anderson – “Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business”

“The huge psychological gap between “almost zero” and “zero” is why micropayments failed. It’s why Google doesn’t show up on your credit card. It’s why modern Web companies don’t charge their users anything. And it’s why Yahoo gives away disk drive space. The question of infinite storage was not if but when. The winners made their stuff free first.”

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