Silicon Valley Watcher (Media Valley)

2017
June
01,
2017
| 07:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
There's no good news for media companies in the latest Internet Trends report from VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as Google and Facebook share an astounding 85% of all new Internet advertising.Last year it was 74% — an acceleration that dem...
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January
26,
2017
| 09:41 PM America/Los_Angeles
 The California Historical Society has opened a Summer of Love photo exhibit and is collecting people’s stories about this very important cultural event.To riff on the famous call to action voiced by Timothy Leary at the Human Be-In "turn on, tune in...
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2016
November
18,
2016
| 01:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
Every day Facebook publishes millions of pages of content with advertising - what's "not a media company" about that?Yet Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has lately been determined to identify Facebook as a tech company who's engineers are on...
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April
27,
2016
| 01:34 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Social Media Club meeting this Thursday eve (April 28) looks fascinating. It will feature two San Francisco City and County communications executives: Kathleen Clark, social media manager and Lauren Jones, Digital Comms Manager. They will discuss...
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February
10,
2016
| 06:38 PM America/Los_Angeles
Around ten years ago I happened to be in the right place at the right time — meeting Jen McClure as she was setting up an extraordinary organization: The Society for New Communications Research (SNCR).I was honored to be invited as a Founding Fellow ...
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2015
March
04,
2015
| 04:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
The recent vast viral distribution of "The Dress" story through Buzzfeed, and many other popular news sites, created a media tsunami.It's an example of Foremski's First Law of New Media at work!Silicon Valley investors love the scalability of a softw...
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February
25,
2015
| 12:45 PM America/Los_Angeles
Golden doors of Twitter HQ - Twitter says it is gentrifying the TenderloinThe New York Times' Farhad Manjoo, interviews Twitter CEO Dick Costello. He discusses some of the misconceptions about Twitter such as having to "Tweet." He says you don't have...
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2014
November
05,
2014
| 07:19 PM America/Los_Angeles
It might not seem surprising to my readers that I'm working on a project with Mediaco, a Weber Shandwick business that advertises, "We Help Every Company Become A Media Company." Helping companies be great media companies is a noble calling these day...
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July
21,
2014
| 01:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
SF historian Gary Kamiya signing a copy of his book "Cool Gray City of Love."San Francisco's transformation into a bedroom community for Silicon Valley's business parks is a huge mistake because tech companies should be exposing their people to the c...
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January
23,
2014
| 12:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
 The tower of the copper-clad de Young museum in Golden Gate park.San Francisco has been at the epicenter of more than just earthquakes, it has a long tradition of being at the forefront of the media industry stretching back to the gold rush.It’s whe...
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January
02,
2014
| 10:02 PM America/Los_Angeles
Pixels and speeds are meaningless tech specs. How to live a meaningful life is the best metric that our use of technology can provide. Our challenge is how do we harness tech to achieve it?2014 is where we need to start answering this riddle. E-comme...
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2013
June
28,
2013
| 07:55 PM America/Los_Angeles
If there is further proof needed that Silicon Valley's top companies are in fact media companies (technology-enabled) then take a look at this Bloomberg story: Zuckerberg Brings Silicon Valley Friends to Sun Valley - BloombergFacebook Inc. (FB), Goog...
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June
25,
2013
| 06:31 PM America/Los_Angeles
The stock market has been very good to Apple over the past decade but does its business have a solid future? The Wall Street Journal points out that Google's business is now valued higher than that of Apple.Rolfe Winkler on the Moneybeat column repor...
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June
20,
2013
| 06:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of marketing giant WPP, slammed Google, Facebook, AOL, and Yahoo over their refusal to be take editorial responsibility for their content they publish.In a video interview with Mark Sweney at The Guardian newspaper, (1.08 minu...
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May
03,
2013
| 01:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
In three days I'm off to London for a week,  then Amsterdam, hopefully a few days in Berlin, and then Warsaw (above) returning in early June.I'll be making a series of presentations around my favorite topic: "Every Company Is A Media Company - the tr...
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May
01,
2013
| 12:51 PM America/Los_Angeles
Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel said that Twitter would last longer than the New York Times, a news publication started in 1851, which is more than 163 years.  [The New York Times - Wikipedia.]CNN's Maureen Farrell reported:  In a debate with [Ma...
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March
01,
2013
| 04:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
Colleen Taylor at Techcrunch, reports that Yahoo! has changed the way it describes itself in its latest 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Yahoo is now labeling itself first and foremost as a "global technology company," in the p...
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January
13,
2013
| 09:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
When it comes to making industry predictions I always resolve not to make any, but as you can see, I have trouble keeping my new year's resolutions.Two year's ago I made the same resolution and failed when I wrote: 2010 Prediction: The Media Tsunami ...
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2012
May
21,
2012
| 05:52 PM America/Los_Angeles
Chief Marketing Officer or VP of Marketing/Communications has to be one of the toughest jobs around these days. Why? Because of the massive fragmentation going on in media and communications....The good news about the new media and communications cha...
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2011
July
12,
2011
| 04:20 PM America/Los_Angeles
As Spotify, the hugely popular European online music service prepares for its imminent US launch, RDIO, a relatively new online music service, recently hosted a media roundtable at the swanky Boulevard Restaurant, in San Francisco, with top journalis...
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March
24,
2011
| 01:49 PM America/Los_Angeles
Here's a cool infographic from OnlineMBA.com which explains how Demand Media works (but not why its valuation is greater than the New York Times): (Hat tip Kate Hersch.)...
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March
23,
2011
| 02:19 PM America/Los_Angeles
Arktan has launched a live blogging platform - the first commercial app based on Echo StreamServer.The company said it has already signed up several large media organizations. They plan to use the Arktan platform for blogging live events.Arktan's tec...
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March
21,
2011
| 11:33 AM America/Los_Angeles
Twitter celebrates it 5 year anniversary today. It's a fascinating service, one that has been very useful to me and my line of work. And others like it too.I'm always fascinated by how much, or little, a company's founders/top execs use their own ser...
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March
16,
2011
| 04:05 PM America/Los_Angeles
There was an interesting tidbit in Therese Poletti's Tech Tales on MarketWatch this week:Another recent move was by Craigslist, which had long occupied a Victorian in the mostly residential Inner Sunset neighborhood. The online classified ads firm, w...
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February
08,
2011
| 12:28 PM America/Los_Angeles
(Khris Loux (shirt) talks with analysts while Oliver Starr checks his social streams.)Khris Loux, CEO of Echo, this morning introduced the Echo StreamServer - a real-time publishing system that allows large media organizations to quickly develop web ...
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January
03,
2011
| 03:39 PM America/Los_Angeles
BitTorrent is keen to polish up its image and move away from its connections with piracy and into legitimate lines of business.Today it announced it had reached 100 million active monthly users and it released some other usage stats:· Average daily a...
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2010
March
19,
2010
| 09:47 AM America/Los_Angeles
I caught up with Kieran Hannon the other day. He was in the Bay Area for a meeting with the Irish prime minister (he's on the board of Enterprise Ireland) and I realized it had been a good few years since I had last seen him. He used to be co-managin...
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2009
April
30,
2009
| 06:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
I was at Chris Brogan's Inbound Marketing Summit on Wednesday, speaking on a panel moderated by Paul Gillin, on the subject of "Media in Transition: The Future of News in a Democratized World." My old friend Dean Takahashi from VentureBeat (formerly ...
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2007
August
01,
2007
| 10:34 PM America/Los_Angeles
I've been saying Silicon Valley has turned into media valley for more than two years. So it is good to have some backing.Today at a fascinating VC panel, Roger McNamee, one of the top Silicon Valley investors, said Silicon Valley is doing great (desp...
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