Saturday, November 24, 2012

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

    • “you have to give people content before you give them advertising.”
    • Google is working on an open alternative to Apple’s AirPlay, and it’s hoping to bring a number of device and software vendors on board to provide the industry with an open technology to exchange data between second screens and TV-connected devices
    • And it’s not just about remote control functionality and beaming a video from your mobile phone to the TV we are talking about. The new protocol makes it possible for data to flow in both directions, Drayson explained, which would enable developers to build second-screen experiences that correspond to what’s happening on live TV as well. Also on the roadmap: beaming content from your laptop to your TV screen.
    • Why is it so important to work on a problem you have? Among other things, it ensures the problem really exists. It sounds obvious to say you should only work on problems that exist. And yet by far the most common mistake startups make is to solve problems no one has.
    • The verb you want to be using with respect to startup ideas is not "think up" but "notice."
    • coming up with startup ideas is a question of seeing the obvious. That suggests how weird this process is: you're trying to see things that are obvious, and yet that you hadn't seen.
    • The next best thing to an unmet need of your own is an unmet need of someone else.
    • Make something unsexy that people will pay you for.
    • Somewhat surprisingly, new exploration and technology—mostly the technique for obtaining unconventional oil and gas known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking"—will make America a net exporter of energy within a few decades.
    • the total number of affluent consumers China is expected to have by 2020 – more than doubling the current total of 120 million — according to a new study by consultancy Boston Consulting Group
    • Consumers in China are willing to pay a premium for certain products labeled "Made in USA" because they see them as more durable and of higher quality, a new study found
    • They just said Twitter is the best place to go and buy second screen, because that’s where we’re going to measure
    • We as a network have no idea exactly how many people are talking about our programs on Facebook,
    • Real-time, or linear, viewing has been under siege since the VCR. But nothing has the potential to disrupt watching at the same time quite like on-demand viewing and streaming
    • Tablet viewing, for instance, could not only hasten time-shifting trends, but also completely change the whole condition for “second screen” watching

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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