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Jan 8 2006
Local Video Rising
Kudos to SiliconBeat for unearthing, which is posting local videos from all over the U.S.�watch a couple of them and you�ll immediately see the local biz advertising and travel implications.

Here�s what the site says:, a new Internet video destination, is seeking professional and independent filmmakers, who it pays for their work and creativity, to participate in an ambitious initiative which is chronicling the stories of American neighborhoods and places across the country through 2-5 minute short films made specifically for the Internet.

Films should be artful and high-concept, focusing on the people, culture, history, local businesses and political landscapes across America. Importantly, the site is highly viral, as each film has it�s own unique URL which can be forwarded via email.

There�s also a social dimension, which is very interesting and, of course, de rigeur for today�s Internet start-ups. SiliconBeat says distribution will come through and third parties (e.g., Yahoo!, MSN, etc.)

As we said, 2006 is the year of video and that extends to local as well. We�ll have several panels on video and its implications for local at our next event in San Jose at the end of March.

Will be following up with Brad Inman (founder) to learn more next week about TurnHere.

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posted by  Greg Sterling at  12:28 | permalink | comments [0] | trackbacks [0]

Jan 8 2006
The Wi-Fi Phones Are Coming
Here�s a piece on a Wi-Fi �cell� phone, introduced at CES, that can split calls between cell and Wi-Fi networks. This comes on the heels of the new Skype-Netgear Wi-Fi phone .

The article talking about UTStarcom�s new GF200 (discussed in the first link) points out that cellphone carriers will resist this and other Wi-Fi-enabled cellphones because of the negative revenue implications.

Howard Frisch, director of Handset Product Management at UTStarcom, said it�s highly unlikely that existing cell companies will want anything to do with a phone that could slash their revenue.

Accordingly, Frisch said in the article that Europe will be the first market to see adoption of such phones.

Eventually most cellphones will be Wi-Fi enabled and this trend toward a phone that can work on any network (at home or out and about) will be the norm. The only question is when? We will see whether and how the incumbent U.S. wireless carriers can delay this inevitability�and they may be able to do so for some time.

But this potential disruption is what I�m talking about when I say the �new� biz models (e.g., wireless) are less stable than many traditional media models and may be undermined surprisingly fast�from a historical perspective.

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