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Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006

Web2Newswire – This is probably going to be the new digg. Give it a whirl before it gets stomped like digg is these days with fake stories, and other stupid things. This is pure web 2.0 in my opinion at least.

Posted in social media content, Startups, Web 2.0, Web2Newswire | 2 Comments »

digg hits 1 million

Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006

1 million story submissions that is. 1,000,000 – that is a ton of reading!

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Change Of Heart in the Music Biz

Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006

I guess it took them almost 8 years to recognize that mp3’s are a legitimate format for distributing music via the internet. Napster was on to something big, and I’ve said it time and time again – you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Instead of figuring a way quick enough to capitalize on the distribution format, the industry instead stuck back at the consumer. They wanted to somehow make a ton of cash off it first, and then let the consumer have it.

At the end of the day, you can argue DRM (digital rights management) or that the record companies were losing money (as they still say 20% decline in sales) and whatever excuse you come up with. The bottom line was the fact that some music attorney was about to be out of his record company job. It was all about the money for the record companies, and was never anything about the musician ever. It wasn’t anything about copyrights and paying the musician.

All in all, when push has come to shove, mp3’s basically are a durable format. Not perfect by any means. But very easily portable, and interchangable with many devices. Recognizable worldwide, and referred to in the same token as “album” is still to this day when in fact it is a CD.

You will almost never hear someone say “Hey dude, what .wma files do you have on your computer.” or “Do you have some .wma files we can burn to a CD to jam with?”

No. It’s always been “You have any mp3’s you can burn off for me?” or “Dude, you got a crapload of mp3’s.. let’s burn some discs!”

Yes. mp3’s were always here to stay, the only people in denial were the lawyers sitting at the corporations that were going out of business. The record companies. Long live the mp3 format.

Posted in mp3, Music | 4 Comments »

No Podcast – Wednesday – 12/6/2006

Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006

The 7 Minutes with Rex Dixon podcast will be silent tonight. Please watch the CNET Tribute for James Kim (1971-2006).

Posted in 7 Minutes with Rex Dixon, CNET, James Kim | 3 Comments »

Apple partners with TiVo?

Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006

That is the “rumor” that is floating around this evening. Lately, apple150.jpgas in yesterday, rumors become fact rather fast. Keep your iEye on this one, as iTV could be around the corner.

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Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006

Zwinky, another product that MySpace has helped to make popular really quickly. zwinky.PNGThis company only launched beta back in June now already has more then 2 million unique users. As I said earlier today, MySpace makes companies money.

Posted in MySpace, social media content, Startups, Zwinky | 12 Comments »

*Breaking* James Kim body found

Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006

 MERLIN, Ore. (AP) – The body of James Kim of San Francisco was found in the Oregon’s Coast Range on Wednesday, authorities said.

The 35-year-old had been missing since Nov. 25 after a family holiday in the Pacific Northwest. His wife and two children were rescued on Monday.

Posted in James Kim | 5 Comments »

Mr. Web 2.0 Michael Arrington

Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006

Michael Arrington’s influential blog TechCrunch — where startups get pimped and big news sometimes breaks first — has vaulted him into the post of “Mr. Web 2.0,” a kingmaker among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and a figure of controversy in the media world he is disrupting.

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Friends Forever by Yahoo’s Terry Semel

Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006

1yahoologo210.gifAccording to Terry Semel in his e-mail about Dan Rosensweig. If you aren’t on the internal Yahoo list, you didn’t get this. I didn’t get it either — remember — no one has my cell # at Yahoo! Why would I be on their internal e-mail list? 🙂 Below is the excerpt, and you can see it all on the link below.

Even more importantly, Dan and I became instant friends and I know that friendship will survive forever.

Posted in Dan Rosensweig, Terry Semel, Yahoo | Leave a Comment »

Gmail is not open

Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006

As I stated yesterday about Gmail being open beta, well, it’s not. I will definately give respect to anyone that posts a correction. I wonder if a certain possible next MTV will do the same?

Posted in Gmail | 2 Comments »