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Monday, Oct. 1, 2007 at 9:00 am

Podcast: Mitch Joel, Avinash Kaushik & Bryan Eisenberg

October 1st, 2007

I had the pleasure of hanging out with my good friends Mitch Joel and Avinash Kaushik last week. Check out the results of Mitch pulling out his M-audio podcast recorder and all of us being stuck in a car together. As Mitch says:

This is a deep one with tons of philosophy and insights about consumers, their online experiences, voice of the customer, and where the Web will (hopefully) go.

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Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007 at 9:49 am

“The Wild Ride from Podcast to Book Deal”

August 21st, 2007

OpenCulture has an excellent feature called “The Digital Tipping Point: The Wild Ride from Podcast to Book Deal” about Lars Brownworth, a New York high school teacher whose podcast on the influence of the Byzantine empire is fine example of new media innovation.

The Byzantines were connectors, bridging cultural divides between East and West, reshaping our world in the process.  I’m definitely excited to read Bronworth’s book once it comes out early next year.  In the meantime, if you’re as…

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Friday, Jul. 13, 2007 at 11:11 am

American Web Radio Is Saved (For Now)

July 13th, 2007

Amid intense debate and 11th-hour congressional hearings, American webcasters have been spared. As we discussed a few weeks ago, podcasters everywhere united in a day of silence to protest royalty rate hikes that would have crippled Web radio in the United States.

SoundExchange, the performance rights organization that pressured Congress for the rate hikes — and whose site is in desperate need of our services — testified late yesterday that they wouldn’t enforce the new rates, which were to go into effect this…

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Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2007 at 5:14 am

‘Universal Search’ Means It’s Time to Start Blogging

July 10th, 2007

So, it looks like Google’s “Universal Search” is gaining steam. This is a good thing for those producing fresh, relevant content, and an, eh… maybe not-so-good thing for those expecting traffic from paid search to get the job done.

In his ClickZ column, Search Engine Marketing expert Mike Grehan–already pounced-on for declaring that “SEO is Dead”–explains why universal search is another nail in the coffin for Search Engine Optimization.

[...] I’ve written many times over the years that the term ["Search Engine…

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Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2007 at 1:53 pm

Web Radio’s Day Off: Is it Over for Webcasters?

June 26th, 2007

Today, Web radio stations everywhere–including, home of our daily Blog Buzz podcast–are taking the day off to protest extreme royalty hikes for webcasters. The new rate hikes will be charged retroactively to 2006, making it impossible for a lot of Web radio pioneers to keep up. Regardless of your stance, the implications for webcasting and podcasting are huge. has the proverbial CliffsNotes*, including this telling quote from AccuRadio’s Kurt Hanson:

“Under the judges’ decision, we owe $600,000 for 2006 — which…

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