Is 3D the turbo charge mobile ads need?

Mobile advertising companies are turning their small ad real estate into showcases for immersive 3D ads that could potentially achieve much greater engagement than traditional static and dynamic banner ads. Amobee today is announcing new 3D ads that use technology from Cooliris.

Vid-Biz: Satellite, Spot Runner, Vivendi

DirecTV and EchoStar Get New CEOs; Michael Dugan to come out of retirement to run EchoStar, while Michael White is leaving Pepsi to head up DirecTV. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Spot Runner Intros a Web Platform; company says the Malibu Media Platform helps to algorithmically match ad buyers and sellers. (MediaWeek)
Report: Vivendi Wants More Cash from GE; company wants a bigger portion in cash for its 20 percent stake in NBC in regards to the Comcast deal. (Bloomberg)
Lawyers Launch Class-Action Redbox Site; let’s people figure out if they are eligible to join the lawsuit. (Video Business)
GlideTV Intros On-Screen Keyboard App for Macs; the GlideTV OSK links the living room to popular application and web sites when used with the GlideTV Navigator. (GlideTV)
CoolIris Now on; TV portal now using the 3-D visual interface in its “Shows” section. (TechCrunch)
Which HD TV is Right for You? HDGuru provides a walk-through when picking a new set. (HDGuru)

AOL Hires Ex-YouTube Exec as Makeover Continues

Shashi_Seth.jpgThe great AOL (s twx) pre-spinout makeover continues! The New York-based company today announced that it is tapping Shashi Seth, formerly head of monetization for YouTube, as its senior vice president of Global Advertising Products, just weeks after it hired former Yahoo (s yhoo) executive Brad Garlinghouse to head its West Coast operations. After leaving YouTube, Seth joined Cooliris as its chief revenue officer. He is going back to work for Tim Armstrong, the former Google (s goog) sales honcho who has been tasked with turning around AOL. When I spoke to Seth this morning, he said that he’s going to be based in Mountain View, Calif., and will report to Jeff Levick, president of Global Advertising and Strategy at AOL. Read More about AOL Hires Ex-YouTube Exec as Makeover Continues

Cooliris iPhone App Now Lets You Bing and Tweet

cooliris-logo-black-horizontalCooliris rolled out an updated version of its free iPhone application today that lets you sift through images on Microsoft’s (s msft) Bing search engine and supports Twitter, two capabilities that aren’t offered on the web-based version of the startup’s 3-D user interface. The app’s Twitter capability lets you thumb through other people’s Twitter time lines, pick new people to follow, and use the retweet (or “RT”) function. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Cooliris says the upgraded app is five times faster than its previous version, which was released last year. Read More about Cooliris iPhone App Now Lets You Bing and Tweet

Create a 3D Wall With Your Photos

iPhoto is perfectly capable of displaying your photos as a slideshow or one at a time. But you’re limited to a flat display that doesn’t exactly “wow” anyone. With one simple download, you can view your iPhoto collection on a visually stunning 3D wall, right in your Web browser.

Vid-Biz: Broadband, Cooliris, SoulWow

Congressman Planning Bill to Ban Metered Broadband; Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) announced he’s firing up legislation to “prohibit unfair tiered price structures from Internet providers.” (Multichannel News)
Cooliris Raises $15.5 Million; investors in this round for the 3-D media wall company include Kleiner Perkins, DAG Ventures, the Westly Group and T-Mobile’s T-Ventures. (All Things D)
Catholic Church Goes for Funny with “SoulWow;” we confess, this ShamWow spoof is actually kinda good. (The Huffington Post)

Current Cancels $100M IPO; Al Gore-backed company decides the economy is just too rough right now, its IPO was announced in January. (peHUB) At that time we had some issues with how the media company called itself “profitable.”
Bargains are the Name of the Game at NAB; exhibitors to tout low-cost equipment for cash-strapped broadcasters. (TVWeek)
Jon Chu Creating New Web Series; The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers is a scripted tale about the formation of a dance crew produced with Agility Studios. (Variety)

Cooliris Keeps On Growing, Adds Desktop Support

cooliris-wallCooliris, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup that makes a browser plug-in for sifting through large amounts of videos and photos on the web using a 3-D interface, is set to release a major new version of its software later this week. The new software (version 1.10) adds the ability to seek out photos and videos on your computer’s local drive and display them in 3-D in your browser. It is an immensely useful improvement to the plug-in formerly known as Piclens. Read More about Cooliris Keeps On Growing, Adds Desktop Support Interview is a boot-strapped startup that has been a labor of love for the three founders, Sol Lipman, Jacob Knobel, and David Beach. A host of other characters have helped along the way, influenced by promises of burritos, but the small group hasn’t taken any outside money.

The project was conceived in January, launched in July, and now has an iPhone app ready just in time for the holidays. They got some attention from a write-up on TechCrunch in July and have built a loyal and passionate community of over 10,000 users.

I had a chance to talk briefly with Sol Lipman the other day about the launch of 12seconds for the iPhone and ask about the path they took to get to this moment. It’s clear that was built with a lot of passion from both the founders, their friends and colleagues that helped out, and the growing community of users.
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