Monthly Archives: August 2012

How YouTube put an end to the MTV generation
By Emma Barnett, Difital Media Editor
16 Aug 2012

A new study shows that YouTube has replaced both MTV and the CD shop for music-loving teeenagers’ looking for their next musical hit. Emma Barnett examines the ramifications for the music industry.

The majority of American teenagers now prefer to listen to music via YouTube over iTunes, radio and CDs. Nearly two-thirds of 18-year-olds and younger US teens say that they prefer the Google-owned video platform ahead of all other music mediums.

The report, Music 360, compiled by the research company Nielsen, is hardly ground-breaking – YouTube has been a very popular music platform for some time – but it confirms that the MTV generation is no more.

Gone are the days when most of the discovery and enjoyment of music happened via TV stations, radio programmes and buying CDs.

The study also underlines that teenagers do not see why they need to own music, or even pay for a digital music service such as Spotify.

These findings come as Google begins a crackdown on internet piracy by relegating websites that often host unlawful copies of films and music, in what is being seen as a victory for the entertainment industry. (more…)

18 Latin American tech hubs you should know

The Next Web
Latin America
11TH AUGUST 2012
by Anna Heim

asuncion via pond5

With less than two weeks left to The Next Web Conference Latin America, we help you get ready with a new post series that will bring you everything you need to know about this exciting region.

This was the first question we tried to answer when we kickstarted our Latin America channel 14 months ago: Where is Latin America’s Silicon Valley? The answer, as you may remember, is that there isn’t one – but rather a multiplicity of tech hubs all across the south of the continent.

It is important to note that a lot has happened over this period, which is not very surprising in a fast-growing region such as Latin America. Foreign VC funds have moved South, accelerators have mushroomed and new opportunities have blossomed – not just in capital cities, but also in regional hubs.

Although some may disagree, we tend to think of this fragmentation as a strength. As a matter of fact, it also means that wannabe entrepreneurs can attend meet-ups in their own city, connect with a like-minded crowds and local mentors, find a co-founder and do great things without having to move to the Valley – at least up to a certain point.

Still, it makes communication a challenge, which is why it’s crucial to have events that give these different ecosystems a chance to connect – and we hope that TNW Conference Latin America will be one of these.

Without further ado, here’s a selection of Latin American tech hubs you should check out, from North to South: (more…)

How India’s favorite TV show uses data to change the world

By Derrick Harris
Aug 11, 2012

Satyamev Jayate, one of India’s highest-rated television shows, is using data as a means to effect meaningful change. The show’s producers are aggregating and analyzing the millions of messages they receive on controversial issues to do everything from planning future episodes to pushing for political change.


Every Sunday morning, millions of people in India tune in to watch Bollywood star Aamir Khan host one of the country’s highest-rated television shows, Satyamev Jayate. Only unlike so many popular programs, Satyamev Jayate doesn’t involve a singing competition or a collection of volatile strangers living under the same roof. It’s a documentary program tackling some of the country’s most-sensitive topics, and it has the whole country — indeed, the whole world — talking. In order to funnel millions of messages a week into something valuable, the shows producers have turned to big data.

Aside from Khan’s star power, the show is so popular because of the types of issues it tackles —female feticide, caste discrimination, dowry deaths, child abuse and medical practice among them. According to one of the show’s producers, the amount of engagement and the number of responses from viewers is “completely unprecedented.” Here’s a sample of what we’re talking about, just 13 episodes into the show’s existence:

  • 400 million viewers on Indian television and across the world on YouTube.
  • More than 1.2 billion people have connected with Satyamev Jayate across its website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and mobile devices.
  • More than 8 million people have contributed a total of more than 14 million responses to the show’s content via Facebook, web comments, text-message votes and a telephone hotline. More than 100,000 new people respond each week.

The responses take all sorts of forms, from votes on a weekly poll question to long, heartfelt letters explaining a viewer’s experience with an issue or how the show has changed their thinking on an issue. And although 95 percent of responses come from India, the show has received them from 5,000 locations in 165 countries, including as far away as northern Canada and Alaska. The show’s topics regularly rank among the top trends on Twitter shortly after each episode airs.

Surprisingly, the producer said, the India-created Satyamev Jayate has not received a single piece of hate mail from bitter geopolitical rival Pakistan. In fact, there have been numerous requests for an episode on India-Pakistan unity. (If you have 90 minutes, here’s an episode on human dignity.)

Parsing through millions of messages

In order keep up with all the messages, Satyamev Jayate turned to Persistent Systems, an Indian IT consultancy with offices around the world, which created a system for automating their analysis. Here’s how the process works. (more…)

Richard Branson: ‘You Can’t Just Turn Up and Wing It’

Business & Small Business
Published: Thursday, 9 Aug 2012

Sir Richard Branson
Ming Yeung | Getty Images
Sir Richard Branson

I have been a keen sportsman since my school days — I love the color and vibrancy of major sporting events. Over the past few weeks, there have been so many to watch: Wimbledon, the Tour de France and now theOlympics in London, where there is a tremendous buzz of excitement in the air. The Bransons are cheering on the British team (plus of course Usain Bolt, my alter-ego.) As we have watched the events, I have been reminded of sport’s many useful lessons for business.

Carefully coordinated teamwork is as important in business as it is in sport. While the benefits of teamwork in soccer, handball and basketball are clear, it isn’t always obvious that similar planning happens behind the scenes in everything from swimming to cycling, where elaborate strategizing and choreographing of the roles played by various team members is required to ensure a first-place finish by any individual star. (more…)

Backstage con Montserrat Oliver
In Style Moments

Por  | Jueves 09 de agosto de 2012

La guapa conductora, actual portada de InStyle, posó con creaciones de Stella McCartney, Alexia Ulibarri, Chloé, Cacharel y Just Cavalli.


“Pensamos en Montserrat porque es un personaje muy divertido y, como estaba a punto de irse a las Olimpiadas, había mucho que queríamos que nos platicara”, nos cuenta la editora adjunta de InStyle, Itziar Carracedo. “Nuestra intención es mostrarla tal como es: relajada y cool, como si estuviera en cualquier día normal, no en pose de modelo”.

YouTube’s Nickelodeon Killer: AwesomenessTV Launches With A-List Talent and Investors

By Michael Carney
On August 8, 2012

Yesterday, upstart teen- and tween-focused YouTube channelAwesomenessTV announced its $3.5 million in Series A financing with little fanfare. I was able to catch up with the channel’s founder and its lead investor to learn the real story of how this young network is actually poised to be the next Nickelodeon.

Although launching to the public only six weeks ago, AwesomenessTV is a project two years in the making which was galvanized by a $5 million grant through YouTube’s original content initiative. Founded by former Nickelodeon and WB producer/director Brian Robbins, the nascent video network has accumulated more than 12 million views and is approaching 90,000 subscribers in just a few weeks. Robbins is targeting a quarter million subscribers by year’s end and half million within 12 months — at that point it will equivalent in scale to many cable networks.

According to lead investor and board member Mark Terbeek of MK capital — whom I’ve heard many in the industry refer to as the “online video tzar” — the target audience is already on YouTube, meaning there’s no need to change their behavior. The demographic that grew up consuming content online and via mobile has, however, been in search of a source for professionally produced Web content that resonates with them. To date, they’ve been largely confined to user generated and other one-off content.

Terbeek should know given his investments in Machinima, Movieclips, and several other online video juggernauts. Robbins is equally familiar with this audience and is fully capable of delivering well-received content, based on his track record of success producing “Smallville” and “One Tree Hill.”

The tween video network plans to deliver a combination of music, sketch comedy, reality TV, and scripted dramas in three to ten minute formats. Initial offerings include daily talk show “IMO,” aka “The View” for teen girls. Additionally, the aptly-named style makeover show “Make Me Over” will be a big driver audience engagement by rewarding one viewer per week with a total makeover. Other early pilots have included docu-series following musicians Mindless Behavior and Greyson Chance, as well as sports highlight show “That Was Awesome” featuring Blake Griffin.

“This audience is slippery — what they like changes every minute,” says Robbins. “[Given our low production costs and short formats], we have the flexibility to make quick decisions and act on them. We will produce a lot stuff. If we’re right, it’s great. If we’re wrong, it’s not a big deal.” He went on to explain that in the case of TV, networks put all their eggs into a few pilots and then even fewer number of shows. It’s much more expensive and there’s far less room for error. (more…)

Africa? There’s an app for that

August 2012

This is a guest post by Vanessa Barnett of City law firm Charles Russell, a leading technology and media lawyer with a focus on internet and mobile business. She blogs and tweets @vanessabarnett.

In June this year Apple CEO Tim Cook shared with the waiting crowd at itsWorldwide Development Conference that Apple would be giving access to the App Store to 32 new countries, bringing the total to 152. Tim Cook also shared some impressive statistics: the App Store now has 400 million accounts; there are 650,000 apps available for download; there have been 30 billion app downloads and more than $5 billion (£3.2 billion) has been paid to developers

Of those 32 new countries there are a number in Africa, ranging from countries like Chad with millions of potential app users to remote São Tomé and Príncipe, with just thousands. (more…)

Across the planet, broadband is getting faster & faster

by Om Malik
Aug 8, 2012

The global broadband revolution is in full swing and across the planet we are seeing people logging on the internet with faster and faster connections. It is new economies that are among the fastest. What is most astonishing – laggards like India & UK going zoom zoom.


When it comes to the Internet, the need for speed has never been higher, thanks to a growing global reliance on connected platforms, services and devices. That need is aptly reflected in the data collected by Akamai for the latest edition of its State of the Internet Report, which is expected to be released later this week. (more…)

BII REPORT: Mobile Apps Are Winning Now, But HTML5 Will Win The Future

Business Insider
Jul. 28, 2012

html5 support
HTML5 is a new technology that allows developers to build rich web-based apps that run on any device via a standard web browser.

Many think it will save the web, rendering native platform-dependent apps obsolete.

So, which will win? Native apps or HTML5?

recent report from BI Intelligence explains how we think HTML5 will win out, and what an HTML future will look like for consumers, developers, and brands.

Here’s the pros and cons of each that matters: (more…)

LOL Bucket
by  on Feb 24, 2012

Sass, sweetness and the splits: that pretty much sums up Dorothy Custer’s appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in June. Dorothy Custer was born in 1911 — 100-years ago. She lives in Twin Falls, and visited the late night host at the beginning of the summer. She cracked one-liners, played the harmonica – and even offered to do the splits on national TV.