4chan Decides to Do Something Nice For a Change

The anarchic online community known as 4chan isn’t known for doing things that are cute and heart-warming — it’s mostly known for posting sophomoric humor and graphic sexual imagery. But today, someone decided the Internet should wish 90-year-old WWII veteran William J. Lashua a happy birthday.

4chan’s Founder on Why Anonymity Can Be Valuable

Christopher “Moot” Poole, the founder of the anarchic website known as 4chan, spoke recently at the TED conference about the rapid growth of the online forum, but also talked about the site’s guiding principle of anonymity and what the world stands to lose if anonymity disappears.

Carry OneNote Workbooks on the iPhone — MobileNoter

Heavy users of Microsoft’s OneNote have been left out in the cold unless they also use a Windows Mobile phone. That’s no longer the case due to MobileNoter, an iPhone app that syncs OneNote notebooks on a PC with the iPhone for reference on the run.

Vid-Biz: Brightcove, RealD, 4Chan

Brightcove Hires David Mendels as President/COO; current board member and former EVP and GM of Adobe’s enterprise software division will be responsible for Brightcove’s international expansion efforts and operations. (paidContent)

Samsung Chooses RealD’s 3D Technology; Korean CE manufacturer has reached a deal with RealD to help it launch 3D TV sets for the home in 2010. (Broadcasting & Cable)

4Chan Presents YouTube Porn Day; the event is being organized in response to one account, Lukeywes1234, being suspended by YouTube. (TechCrunch)

Who Will Win the UK VOD Arms Race?; 2010 will be the year when a glut of competing services vie to be one of the UK’s main VOD aggregators. (paidContent)

Broadcom Launches New Chips to “Connect Everything”; at CES, the chip maker will demo communication between set-tops, digital TVs, broadband routers, and Blu-ray players. (VentureBeat)

Connectable Mobile Devices Forecast to Surge; Global manufacturers will ship about 58 million mobile broadband-enabled devices in 2014, compared to about 1 million shipped in 2008, ABI Research said in a report. (Video Business)

MIPS Bets Big on Android for the Digital Home; the chip designer hopes that Google’s Android operating system will become popular not only in cell phones, but in digital home devices as well. (VentureBeat)

Opera and GooMe Partner for Hybrid TV; the companies plan to deliver modular Web-based solutions for experiencing TV, web and home media for the set-top box and DTV industry. (Broadband TV News)

Writer’s Guild East Signs 13 More Digital Media Creators; New York-based union signed up 22 digital media production companies for the year. (Tubefilter)

InOutTV and Electra Announce Interactive TV Platform Service for Spain; Nationwide service availability will commence from first quarter 2010 over InOutTV’s digital terrestrial network. (IPTVwatch)

4chan Founder “moot” to Speak at TED

Christopher “moot” Poole, the young founder of the irascible online forum 4chan, will speak in February at the TED Conference, the elite gathering of thought leaders whose video-taped talks have become immensely popular online.

The Real Reason Why AT&T Blocked 4Chan

SafariScreenSnapz017AT&T (s t) has finally issued a statement about the company’s unannounced blocking of certain parts of forum site 4Chan. A number of parties blamed AT&T for “censoring” the Internet, presuming that the company had blocked access because of the content on 4Chan, which can range from classless to tasteless to everything in between. In fact, AT&T said it blocked one section of the site to control a distributed-denial-of-service attack that was affecting an unnamed AT&T customer. Read More about The Real Reason Why AT&T Blocked 4Chan

Vid-Biz: Google Upfronts, RealDVD, VOD Whodunit

Google TV Ads Does Upfronts; in its first such push, the company gets agencies and advertisers to commit “upwards of seven figures” spending for the next year. (The Hollywood Reporter)

RealDVD Case in Judge’s Hands; closing arguments in DVD copying case heard Thursday. (Reuters)

Solve Crimes On Demand; Comcast enlisting citizens to help the Connecticut State Police via evidence about unsolved cases presented as a VOD service. (ITVT)


U.S. Government Builds Hub on YouTube
; dozens of federal government channels posting videos on the site. (YouTube blog, direct link)

Hulu to Monetize Live Stream; upcoming Dave Matthews Band live concert will feature advertising, unlike the site’s past live streams of political events; will also be syndicated (though previous live streams were already embeddable). (Contentinople, previous coverage)

4chan Plays Porn Prank on YouTube; message board members spliced porn into Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers videos; YouTube took many down. (BBC News)