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Another episode of the Mediatwits, this time looking at a possible Apple TV set and the announcement of YouTube Channels.

Direct download: mediatwits26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37pm EDT

Welcome to the 25th episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and entrepreneur Rafat Ali. This week is the "Beyond the Book series":http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2011/10/special-series-beyond-the-book297.html at MediaShift, and keeping with that theme the podcast is all about Amazon.com. Rafat admits to being a fanboy of Amazon, with 5 Kindles bought and 1 on order. Special guests Laura Hazard Owen from PaidContent and author James Altucher talk about the growing power and convenience of Amazon in the book business.

On the plus side, Amazon delivers convenience, cheap prices and one-click online shopping. It also has lowered the prices for e-books and has a dead-simple Kindle e-reader, with the $199 Kindle Fire tablet on the way. But Amazon has also taken PR hits for its avoidance of sales taxes in many states, and the poor working conditions at a fulfillment center in Pennsylvania. On balance, is the book-selling behemoth doing a public service or harm?

Direct download: mediatwits25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17pm EDT

Welcome to the 24th episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and entrepreneur Rafat Ali. The hot topic is non-profit news sites and whether they can sustain themselves. A recent study was released from the Knight Foundation about the business health of some of these sites, and noted that they still need to experiment to find the right business model to survive. Special guests Mayur Patel from Knight and consultant Michele McLellan talked about their findings and bright spots at sites such as Texas Tribune and the St. Louis Beacon.

Also up for discussion was the amazing success of the iPhone 4S, with Apple selling 4 million of the phones in the first weekend on sale. With all that success, why did Wall Street knock Apple for last quarter's earnings miss? Plus, Google strikes back in mobile with "Ice Cream Sandwich," a new operating system that is sleeker, allows multi-tasking, and works the same on phones as tablets. Bonus futuristic feature: It can use face-recognition to unlock the phone.

Direct download: mediatwits24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

Welcome to the 23rd episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and entrepreneur Rafat Ali. The main topic on this show is the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement, how the media has covered it, and the remarkable "Occupied Wall Street Journal" newspaper. Special guest Arun Gupta is the co-founder of the newspaper and explains the importance of a print publication in political circles. Plus, the head of audio at SoundCloud, Manolo Espinosa, explains how Occupy protesters and journalists have been using the service to capture audio at the protests.

Meanwhile, Netflix backed down on its plan to spin off a separate DVD rental service, Qwikster, so what does that mean in the streaming video wars? And a Pennsylvania newspaper decides to keep its pay wall up even during a flood when residents were clamoring for emergency information. Was the publisher really serving the public by not bringing down the wall at least temporarily?

Direct download: mediatwits23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:16pm EDT

Welcome to the 22nd episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and entrepreneur Rafat Ali. This week is a special edition dedicated to Steve Jobs, the technology visionary who died on Wednesday. The news spread quickly online and on social media, with so many heartfelt memories, stories and old videos. And of course, in death as in life, Jobs remained a polarizing figure, with so many admirers and so many haters. No one can deny he helped usher in the personal computing revolution, while later disrupting the music and telecom businesses and creating a whole new market for tablets.

The special guests this week are two Steve Jobs biographers: Alan Deutschman, who wrote "The Second Coming of Steve Jobs" in 2001; and Leander Kahney, who wrote "Inside Steve's Brain" in 2008. They're both eagerly anticipating the new biography of Jobs by Walter Isaacson. The discussion also touched on the recent iPhone 4S announcement from Apple, and the tough shoes Tim Cook has to fill as Apple's CEO. Plus, how does the new Kindle Fire stack up to the iPad? Amazon fanboy Rafat Ali already has his on order.

Direct download: mediatwits22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

Welcome to the 21st episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and entrepreneur Rafat Ali. This week is a special edition the war between the social networks, and what that means for the media world. Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at f8 to announce big changes to Facebook, including a new Timeline to showcase media from your entire life, as well as open graph apps that let you view media within Facebook. But he spent very little time talking about privacy issues. Do we all want to share our whole life on Facebook, "baby photos and all":http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2011/08/overexposed-baby-photos-in-the-age-of-facebook220.html?

Special guests Dan Reimold, a MediaShift contributor and assistant journalism professor at the University of Tampa, and SiliconFilter's Frederic Lardinois talked about the changes at Facebook, as well as whether Google+ has staying power. Google's social network just opened up to the general public, but will it remain "dead" as Reimold contended in "a controversial opinion piece on MediaShift":http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2011/09/google-social-media-upstart-worse-than-a-ghost-town262.html, or can it thrive as a hub for techies and media people? And where does that leave Twitter?

Direct download: mediatwits21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

The latest episode of the Mediatwits is a newspaper special.

Direct download: mediatwits20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50pm EDT

Welcome to the 19th episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali, who is back from vacation in India. The news came fast and furious this week, with two Internet pioneers facing deep trouble. At Yahoo, CEO Carol Bartz was fired by telephone and told the media that Yahoo's board were "doofuses" who had "f---ed me over." At AOL, CEO Tim Armstrong has had to step in and fire TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington, who started a VC fund that brought up terrible conflicts of interest, and then demanded he get his editorial independence or get to buy back TechCrunch. 

Special guest Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of "AllThingsD":http://www.allthingsd.com, has been covering both stories in excruciating detail, calling the Crunchfund a "pig pile" and listing various nominees to run Yahoo. She Skypes in to join the conversation from a Starbucks, where she is furiously updating both big stories. Plus, Google got into the book publishing business by buying Zagat, whose restaurant reviews could help populate the search giant's Places pages, and help it take on Yelp.

Direct download: mediatwits19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT

Welcome to the 18th episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and Staci Kramer, editor of PaidContent, who's filling in for Rafat Ali. This show looks at the recent purchase of iPad aggregator app Zite by CNN for a reported $20 million to $25 million. Why is CNN getting into iPad aggregation? Special guest KC Estenson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN.com, explains the importance of personalized aggregators and how they boost engagement. Estenson also talks about lessons learned from the CNN's online coverage of Hurricane Irene.

Next up is the U.S. Justice Department suing to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger and the repercussions of that move. While Mark thinks the deal would have put a damper on competition, Staci does think it's such a cut-and-dried case. Also, the moves in streaming video have been fast and furious as September begins: Netflix's new pricing went into effect right as Starz announced it was ending its deal with Netflix. And while Hulu is still on the sales block it launched a new service in Japan, including a pricey paid service with no ads.

Direct download: mediatwits18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

Welcome to the 17th episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and Staci Kramer, editor of PaidContent, who's filling in for Rafat Ali. This show looks at the week's big changes in the media landscape. First, Steve Jobs announced he was stepping down as CEO of Apple, moving into a new position of chairman, while Tim Cook would become CEO. Next, Jim Romenesko said he was going into semi-retirement and would be leaving the column that has his name on Poynter.

Third, Slate announced layoffs, including Tim Noah and Press Box columnist Jack Shafer, a longtime media critic. Shafer was a guest on this episode of the Mediatwits, talking about the situation at Slate and calling Romenesko a "great American." But where there is change and the ending of eras, there's always a beginning, too, so second guest Owen Thomas talked about his new venture, The Daily Dot, where he is executive editor. As a bonus, the discussion even went back to Shafer's early profile of Suck.com back when Shafer worked at the SF Weekly (yes, he really did).

Check it out!

Direct download: mediatwits17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT