Thu, 30 August 2012
Welcome to the 54th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. The big news is that Apple won a $1 billion patent judgment against Samsung and is trying to block the sale of many Samsung smartphones. What does this mean for other competitors, Android and consumers?
We also had a couple special guests reporting live from Tampa at the GOP Convention, including James Davis, the director of communications for the convention, and Dr. Mark Drapeau, who works at Microsoft. They tell us about the success of the "digital green room" for speakers, and some interesting Foursquare partnerships -- and the lack of action on Pinterest. Plus, Ask.com CEO Doug Leeds and AllThingsD's Peter Kafka discuss the recent acquisition of About.com by IAC (which owns Ask.com) and their plans to integrate the site more closely with Ask.com. The New York Times had some success with About.com but then sold the site off to try to refocus the company. Can IAC do more?
Thu, 23 August 2012
Welcome to the 53nd episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. We were off on hiatus the past few months while Mark was getting a kidney transplant and Rafat was launching his new travel startup, "Skift":http://www.skift.com.
This week we are looking at a couple big online video intiatives: the new "HuffPost Live":http://live.huffingtonpost.com video channel that will stream 12 hours per day 5 days per week; and the new "YouTube Elections Hub":http://www.youtube.com/politics that includes video content from eight editorial partners and will live-stream the upcoming political conventions and debates. We were joined by HuffPost's Roy Sekoff, YouTube's Olivia Ma and GigaOm columnist Liz Shannon Miller.