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Michael Wolff, Rupert Murdoch's authorized biographer said during a CNBC interview on September 3, 2008 that the conservative media baron is quite embarrassed by Bill O'Reilly and by his Fox Television network, and he will vote for Senator Obama in the upcoming elections. CNBC's "Power Lunch" team interviewed Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff about his Vanity Fair piece and his upcoming book. Wolff answered Michelle Caruso-Cabrera's sarcastic questions -she thinks she is the other CNBC dingbat anchor Maria Bartiromo- as the cluless kid anchor Rebecca Jarvis watched the entire segment without a single word to say, because the teleprompter had nothing for her to read. Click here to view Bill O'Reilly's Youtube Crackpot Video where he acts like a mental hospital escape crack head. Murdoch should fire O'Reilly together with the rest of the clowns over at Fox News, IMHO. ... (more)

Brightcove Is Already Streaming “Several Hundred Million” Videos A Month. Now Comes Brightcove 3.

A couple days ago, we posted some leaked screenshots of Brightcove 3, the completely gutted and rebuilt Web video platform from Brightcove that is launching on Tuesday. I was able to catch up with Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire, who gave me an update on the company and took me through all the changes in the service. Brightcove is a Web video publishing platform that has raised $91 million and boasts hundreds of major media brands as its customers, including Dow Jones, Showtime (Dexter, The Tudors), Lifetime, AMC (Mad Men), Time magazine, and the New York Times. TV networks, magazines, newspapers, and music companies all use Brightcove to distribute and manage video on their sites and across the Web. Increasingly, so do big corporations like Sun Microsystems, universities like NYU, and political organizations like the Obama campaign. Allaire says that, collectively, ... (more)

I voted for Obama!

A happy day! I voted for Obama! Right next to the slightly scary, life-size cardboard cut-out my daughter gave me! Happy, happy day!! PS: I tagged the photos “ivotedforobama” at flickr. [Tags: obama ivotedforobama ] ... (more)

AJAX Development: Scary Tales from AJAXWorld

Jeff Haynie's blog Last week, we attended AJAXWorld in San Jose and chatted with developers about some amazing innovations happening within the AJAX community. Beyond their experiences with AJAX, we wanted to uncover developers' opinions about the hottest trends in web app development and also their worst coding nightmares. In the spirit of Halloween, we compiled our findings into some fun (and spooky) videos. In these videos, find out what developers really think about the wonders and downfalls of IE6, hear scary tales of back end integration gone bad, and get a glimpse of a terrifying world without client/server architecture. But don't be too frightened. Jeff and Nolan, our fearless leaders, also discuss how Appcelerator is solving some of the toughest problems of application development. And you'll just have to watch the videos to find out everything you ever w... (more)

What Does Obama Revolution Mean to Cloud Computing?

The "CloudAve" Blog The technology blueprint of President Elect Barack Obama, if implemented as promised, bodes well for the future of Cloud Computing. Let me consider some of the Barack Obama's Technology proposals and explain how it is relevant to the success of Cloud Computing. His proposals include Protecting the openness of Internet: In other words, supporting net neutrality. This is crucial for innovation in the field of Cloud Computing and it is also very important for ensuring vendor diversity. In the absence of net neutrality, big vendors can easily crush smaller players and establish monopoly in the Cloud Computing marketplace including the SaaS marketplace. Safeguarding our right to Privacy: One of the biggest concerns for consumers and businesses when it comes to Cloud Computing is the issue of Privacy. They are worried that their data will not be safe in the... (more)

Symantec CEO Bruited for Commerce Secretary

The name of John W. Thompson, the CEO of Symantec, is said to be on a short list to become Secretary of Commerce in the new Obama administration. And Reuters, quoting a Symantec spokesman, says he's talked to the Obama transition team. The cabinet post is the only one left still to be filled by a nominee. New Mexico Governor Bill Richards, Barack Obama's first choice, dropped out in the face of a corruption investigation that might have delayed his confirmation. Thompson, 59, who hosted Obama fundraisers when the new president was still a relative unknown, said last November that he would retire as Symantec's CEO in April in favor of COO Enrique Salem. He is one of the only African-American CEOs in the industry, certainly the only black leading a major software company, and was a long-time senior executive at IBM before taking over Symantec in 1999. He has also ma... (more)

The Shape of Cloud Computing To Come

As new offerings like Amazon's CloudFront, Microsoft's Azure,'s CloudNine and VMware's vCloud are rolled out week in, week out, the worldwide cloud computing momentum continues to grow. Amid all the change, I asked some leading infrastructure experts, IT industry executives and technology commentators for their views on The Shape of Cloud Computing To Come. Contributors include's Peter Coffee, Geve Perry of GigaSpaces, Ben Rushlo from Keynote Systems, Cloud Computing Journal editor-in-chief Alan Williamson, Enomaly founder Reuven Cohen, open source entrepreneur Krishnan Subramanian and Markus Klems of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology in Germany. PETER COFFEE Director, Platform Research - Peter Coffee was Technology Editor for industry journals PC Week and eWEEK from 1989 through 2007, after spending the prior... (more)

Kevin Rose: 10 Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers

This guest post is written by Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg and the cofounder of Revision3 and Pownce. Kevin, who has over 88,000 followers on Twitter (making him the second most followed after President Obama), also “bloggs” at He is an investor in Twitter. Ten Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers: Explain to your followers what retweeting is and encourage them to retweet your links. Retweeting pushes your @username into foreign social graphs, resulting in clicks back to your profile. Track your retweets using retweetist. Fill out your bio. Your latest tweets and @replies don’t mean much to someone that doesn’t know you. Your bio is the only place you have to tell people who you are. Also, your bio is displayed on Twitter’s Suggested Users page. Leaving it blank or non-descriptive doesn’t encourage people to add you. As @garyvee says, “link it u... (more)

Cloud Computing and the Process Integration Era

The Industry Advisory Council (IAC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to fostering improved communications and understanding between government and industry. through its affiliation with the American Council for Technology (ACT), IAC provides a forum for industry to collaborate with and advise government executives on IT issues. In fulfilling this role, the ACT-IAC Transition Study Group recently released a paper titled "Returning Innovation to the Federal Government with Information Technology". Since the Obama's administration stated goals include the "use [of] technology to create a more transparent and connected democracy" and the employment of technology "to solve our nation's most pressing problems", this group's recommendations should certainly be considered. For this audience, their statements about information technology creating two ma... (more)

Charlie Rose: The MySpace Interview. Going After Small Business.

Charlie Rose - Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson MySpace founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe got the Charlie Rose treatment on Tuesday night in a wide-ranging interview that lasted about a half hour. We’ve embedded the entire interview above and the Charlie Rose Show provided us with the full transcript below. We’ve bolded a few highlights throughout the interview. Rose starts with a few general questions, but he does get a few tidbits of new information. For instance, DeWolfe reveals that 18 million people a month get MySpace on their mobile phones. To put that into perspective, that is about the same size as the worldwide audience for the (comScore). DeWolfe also claims: We have the biggest library of professional videos in the world. Anderson talks about the effort that is going into small business profiles on MySpace, in combination with its new sel... (more)

Google's Power in Cloud Computing Could Lead to a "Repeat of Microsoft"

Bloomberg has been rooting around the historical quotes of Christine Varney, Barack Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's antitrust division, and found a doozy from eight months ago calling Google a "monopoly in Internet online advertising" that could spell trouble for the US economy. What's more she said that Google's gathering market power in cloud computing could lead to a "repeat of Microsoft." She foresees the day when companies complain that Google won't let them interoperate with Google's product. She made these observations last June at an American Antitrust Institute panel discussion where she reportedly advocated aggressive antitrust enforcement to curb the conduct of dominant companies. Ms Varney ought to know a monopoly when she sees one. She was one of Netscape's outside lawyers and lobbied the government to sue Microsoft back in the day. Now she... (more)