UK mobile network Three has signed Aardman Animations, creators of the Wallace and Gromit series of animations, to supply video “snack” content. Has the Aardmanâ€™s â€˜Angry Kidâ€™ series of video shorts which are paid downloads, but this new package is ad-supported, and will feature old favourites such as Creature Comforts, A Town Called Panic, Purple & Brown and Morph. 3’s ad-supported video service is operated by Rhythm NewMedia.
“Launching an ad-supported service is the next step in a strategy, which will continue Aardman’s leadership in mobile animation services,” said Robin Gladman, digital product manager at Aardman Animations.
Newser is a news search engine finessed by human editors. The site has been launched by Patrick Spain, the CEO of Highbeam (cofounder and former CEO of Hooverâ€™s) and journalist Michael Wolff. The mission of the site: â€œquickly learn more about the most important and most talked about news stories each day, as well as to dig a bit deeper on news topics that interest you.â€? This is not unlike other sites like Newsvine, Digg, Netscape etc. Editors summarise breaking stories.
Newser looks nice but it is like shoe-horning a portal play onto a web which is increasingly focused on niche and application/function, not on telling me which story is â€œbigâ€? right now. The point is, I already know that. I donâ€™t see this workingâ€¦
John Dvorak is an old-fashioned tech jounralist in the US who thinks we’re going to have another dotcom bust:
“Every single person working in the media today who experienced the dot-com bubble in 1999 to 2000 believes that we are going through the exact same process and can expect the exact same resultsâ€”a bust…Today everything from YouTube to the local church has a social-networking angle. And this doesn’t even consider the actual social-networking sites, from MySpace to LinkedIn to Facebook to even Second Life. This scene is totally out of control and will contribute to the collapse for sure.”
Marshal Kirkpatrick is a startup guy and a former TechCrunch writer who nails this rubbish to the wall:
“I say: Social networking is an emerging utility that combines the functionality of blogging’s self publishing with the usefulness of email list serves. Social networking services make these activities more accessible than ever before… Why on earth is this man considered a leading voice on tech? I’m guessing that it’s because he speaks to the potent paranoia of much of the aging population – afraid in the face of a changing, confusing world that they will face humiliation if they bet on new tech, that they will be unemployed if things take a downturn or that they will lose their self-righteous know-it-all credentials if this new economy does succeed.”