• How Mobile Video Will Get Even More Awesome
    This week Google, Intel, Netflix, Cisco, Mozilla, Microsoft and Amazon announced the formation of the Justice League of Internet Video--also known by its more official, if less incredible, title: the Alliance for Open Media. In keeping with the best traditions of Internet development, the companies are going to be pooling their resources to develop a new series of media codecs (compressor/decompressor algorithms, a la HBO's "Silicon Valley") which will create an open standard for media, most especially video, on the Web.
  • Why LinkedIn Is Embracing Smiling Piles Of Poop
    The next time you message a contact on LinkedIn, do you think they'll prefer a smiling pile of poop or the classic yellow smiley face? Both ill-advised options will soon be available to millions of LinkedIn members, thanks to a new chat-like messaging interface, which supports photo attachments, stickers, GIFs, and emojis.
  • At Long Last, Mobile To Eclipse Desktop Advertising
    For years, industry experts dangled the divination that mobile was just about to take over the world. Now -- while it took time for the technology to develop, for the right systems to take shape, and for consumers to buy the right gadgets -- the age of mobile has very clearly come. That fact is further supported by a fresh forecast from eMarketer, which -- for the first time ever -- expects mobile to overtake desktop ad spending this year.
  • Mobile Gives Mean Girls Wings
    By most measures, female-focused negativity (or cattiness, or whatever you want to call it), reigned supreme at MTV's Video Music Awards last night. Yep, in case you missed it, Nicki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus as a back-stabbing "bitch" easily overshadowed every display of love, support, and admiration during a night that was supposed to celebrate creative genius and achievement. Was it a choreographed stunt by some brilliant businesswomen who know how to play the media and their fans like a fiddle? Maybe -- but that doesn't change the fact that it resonated so well with audiences across various mobile ...
  • Yahoo Makes Big Mobile Push
    Like most Web giants, Yahoo is sparing no expense to curry favor with mobile developers. This week alone, the company hosted hundreds of developers at a Mobile Developer Conference in New York City.
  • Mobile And Monsters
    This Moblog won't include any advice on ad strategy, or suggestions for better platform optimization. And while the issue at hand is the cold-blooded murder of two young news reporters, there will be no finger-pointing. Rather, because this is Moblog, this columnist is simply encouraging a broader discussion about the connection between mobile technology and harmful human behavior.
  • Study Shows How Cell Phone Use Upsets Social Bonds
    Suddenly awash in connected gadgets, our culture is struggling mightily to establish acceptable mobile-computing customs. Distracted driving is thriving, and costing thousands of lives a year. And gadgets are mentally (and emotionally) distancing people who are actually within close physical confines. While the latter issue rarely has fatal consequences, it is seriously threatening relationships and social bonds, says Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center Director of Internet, Science and Technology Research.
  • Google Needs Assistance With Now
    In the future, the killer app -- the one many analysts say will most likely determine consumers' allegiance to a particular operating system or search service -- will be the personal assistant, such as Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, and Google Now. Assistants point to a not-too-distant future in which mobile devices have been reduced to mere media displays, while most search, navigation, and communication functions are accomplished simply by asking one's assistant for help. Given the immense implications of this trend, therefore, it's shocking to hear that Google recently lost the team responsible for Now.
  • Telecom Exec Proposes Advertisers Pay To Play On Their Networks
    One German telecom exec proposed that advertisers pay for the data their ads utilize on user accounts.
  • Spotify Stirs Consumer-Privacy Debate
    Despite the endless protestations of privacy advocates, consumers seem increasingly willing to trade their anonymity for better mobile services. Regarding the degree to which apps eavesdrop on our personal lives, experts say most consumers exist in a state of blissful ignorance.
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