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Steve Jobs Is A Genius Control Freak

Steve Jobs Is A Genius Control Freak http://bit.ly/btB0ew No surprise but explanation of why it’s paying off.

A lot of it has to do with securing and maintaining power over various mobile ecosystem players. And here’s how Apple does that – technically, strategically, and psychologically.

Discussion of the advantages of the tight control over ecosystem – such as the ability to be nimble with processors (changing family or custom versions of ARM built only for Apple); keeping small enough to not have a monopoly (by any definition) to abuse; and more.

Like it or not, but the closed system, Apple-knows-best approach does seem to be working for Apple even if the Open Source, Open Internet folk aren’t so keen.

May/10

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Jeremy Silver on “The Pirate Thing”

Jeremy Silver on “The Pirate Thing” http://bit.ly/daQo7e “There is a shift in attitude of mind required.”

Jeremy Silver is the chair of the Featured Artist Coalition and not exactly a disinterested party. The whole article is worth a close read:

There is a shift in attitude of mind required. We have to look at a world in which the reproduction right and the control of it are progressively eroded. Given the woefully low level of economic development of alternative methods of funding content, we are fortunate that the rate of erosion is slower than it might have been. Whether the impending new legislation in the UK will slow that erosion any more, I somehow doubt. And unfortunately I believe the cost of that legislation to civil liberties and freedom of speech will be much greater than the likely cultural and economic benefit it strives to achieve.

May/10

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CBS plans to offer HTML5 video in the Fall

CBS plans to offer HTML5 videos in Fall season http://bit.ly/bsYxR1 As well as existing Flash versions

Another brick in the wall.

Studios-with their aging business models, get to break TVs as well. http://bit.ly/dqAjpq

This is a really, really bad decision by the FCC. There is no reason Studios and networks get to break out TVs by disabling outputs, just to support their outdated and unchanging business models.  They fought for the Broadcast Flag many times over the last decade and I’m incredibly disappointed that the current administration gave it to them.

A truly bad decision. Studios and Networks need to adapt their business models – which they appear to be incapable of – or simply die a natural death. The sooner the better.

Here’s Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America lying:

“This action is an important victory for consumers who will now have far greater access to see recent high-definition movies in their homes,”

There is nothing that is good for the consumer.  There have been already many releases in this “impossible” window. It’s just bad business decisions and a complicit (bad) Government.

Still it could have been worse had the Studios got what they really wanted. At least there are these restrictions:

Cable companies won’t be able to shut off analog signals on TVs and video recorders any time they want, only when a subscriber has purchased one of the early-run, on-demand movies.

Cable and satellite companies also have to stop blocking the analog signals when the movies are released on DVD.

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