Copy of Letter Sent by IAB to FCC : “Don’t trash our stash”

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Here is the complete text of the letter sent to the FCC by IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau) CEO Randall Rothenburg. ________________________________________ October 15, 2009 Jon Leibowitz, Chairman Federal Trade Commission 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20580 Dear Mr. Chairman: So there I was last Saturday, about to send out on my Twitter feed – which automatically updates my Facebook page and links to my personal blog – a photograph of this wonderful baked halibut dish I'd just made as a surprise ... Read More

IAB Supports Bloggers vs. FTC – Can we Brag about our Swag?

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Looks like the IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau) has stepped up on behalf of bloggers in addressing the unenlightened FTC efforts to stifle fair and impartial promotion of stuff. It seems that the FTC is worried that bloggers will take unfair advantage of their unsuspecting audiences and provide partial reviews of swag given to them by manufacturers! I have received numerous emails about this issue and do like the response, especially the final sentence in the press release below... IAB Calls on ... Read More

What the TV business can learn from the Music Business (is there still one of those?).

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Many people still debate the future of television, but for the record business, the verdict is mostly in. and it is guilty, guilty, guilty! The record business as we once knew it is gone... the distribution, promotion and packaging that supported it is gone. Adam Curry and I had the unique privilege of telling this to the business starting with our internet broadcast of the Grammy Awards in 1995. Of course the industry had the unique privilege of ... Read More

The New York Times Still Doesn’t Get It. There is a Difference between being a Video Company and a Media Business.

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A recent flurry of interest has been brewing regarding the value of online video as an alternative to television. Increasingly, we are seeing the spotlight move from single clip to shows and channels. This is a logical progression. YouTube was the beginning.. a validation that the computer could be used for entertainment consumption rather than just information aggregation. Now the NY Times is following up a thread regarding the arrival of a range of new video shows ... Read More

The Stay-at-Home-Economy aka The Perfect Platform for the Crumbling Economy

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OUCH!!! I heard yesterday from an economic pundit that: "it always gets darker just before it gets pitch black" Welcome to the downturn. To listen to the talking heads, its definitely dark and getting darker. There is no reason to doubt the prognosticators other than that they are almost always wrong. However, for those of you who are trying to understand our current economic doldrums/castatrophies, let me add my bit, and maybe even shed a ... Read More