Ohio University Blocks Netflix, Backpedals

Are students watching so much Netflix that fellow class members don’t have any bandwidth left to study? Officials at Ohio University think so, and they briefly instituted a complete ban on all Netflix video streaming on their campus network this week.

Viacom Goes It Alone

Last week’s ruling in Viacom vs. Google greatly reduces an online service provider’s incentive to filter copyrighted content from its site. Under the logic of this ruling, the less direct knowledge a service provider has of the content on its web site, the lower its liability.

Justin.tv Fingerprinting Goes Live This Week

Justin.tv will be rolling out new technology designed to filter out streams of live, pirated video content beginning later this week, according to CEO Michael Seibel.
Speaking to an audience at NewTeeVee’s Video Rights Roundtable, Seibel said that the digital fingerprinting technology, which was first announced in August, would go live in three days. By doing so, the live-streaming company will be able to automatically take down any live video streams that infringe on copyrighted content, without content owners needing to send takedown notices.
Justin.tv is enlisting the help of Vobile to filter videos, using the company’s MediaWise for Publishers product to scan live streams that appear on the site. Vobile then compares those streams against a database of video content that is known to be copyright-protected. Justin.tv had already been using Vobile to filter out videos that had been saved to the site, but extending that capability to live content is likely to further appease copyright holders.
Vobile has partnerships with six studios and three TV networks, which feed their content into its comparison database. Fox will be the first content company to take advantage of the technology. Read More about Justin.tv Fingerprinting Goes Live This Week

When It Comes to Net Neutrality, the Future of Filtering Is Up for Debate

600px-US-FCC-Seal.svgThe FCC has yet to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) formally kicking off the process of writing and promulgating net neutrality regulations, but the battle over the scope of the new rules is already well underway within media and technology circles in Washington, D.C. At the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit on the campus of Georgetown University on Monday, for example, panelists clashed over whether the agency will or should allow, or even mandate, the use of deep packet inspection (DPI) and other invasive techniques to block the illegal transfer of copyrighted content over broadband networks. Read More about When It Comes to Net Neutrality, the Future of Filtering Is Up for Debate

Make a Monitoring Dashboard to Track Online Conversations

Quite a few people seemed to enjoy last week’s post about How To Monitor Online Conversations, so I thought it would be a good idea to explain how to make a monitoring dashboard to make it easy to track what’s being said online about you, your company, your competitors and anything else you need to keep an eye on. The key to monitoring dashboards is to set them up in a way that you can check them frequently, quickly and easily.

How To Monitor Online Conversations

Interesting conversations are happening all over the web, on blogs, Twitter, FriendFeed and many other sites. People are talking about you, your company, your industry and revealing many tips and tricks that you should know. I am a self-confessed data junkie, so I have a few tips to help you make sense of the massive amounts of data available and to focus on monitoring just what really matters.

More Efficient RSS Reading

In my recent post about using Harvest to track my time, I discovered that I was spending too much of my time consuming information. As a result, I’ve been working on ways to further increase my efficiency, starting with some Twitter efficiency improvements, and I thought that a post about becoming more efficient at consuming blogs and other news content via RSS would be a good next step.

I love information and wish I could spend more time reading and consuming it, to learn more about a variety of topics. However, the harsh reality is that there are only so many hours in the day that I can spend reading and learning. I could take the easy way out and just read less, but my goal is to become more efficient at finding the content that I want to read the most. Read More about More Efficient RSS Reading

Twitter for Business: Cut the Chatter with Twalala

twalalaA combination of events yesterday got me thinking about how much time I spend sifting my Twitter stream for valuable, work-related and/or professionally useful information. First, fellow WWD writer Aliza Sherman posted a tweet about starting a second account to follow only those twitterers you really want to pay special attention to. Then, Chris Morin posted a comment on my post about key web working skills in 2009 that brought up the same issue.

I’m not even following a very large number of people, and yet if I add it up, mining my tweets takes up a fair amount of my time during the day. I considered doing as Aliza suggests, but that would also mean switching accounts to post under my main identity, or else using a program that supports multiple accounts at once.

Not willing to make the trade, I started looking around for alternative solutions. That’s when I found Twalala, a third party Twitter client that boasts improved control. Twalala allows you to filter your twitstream by keyword or phrase, and you can temporarily silence twitterers who might be getting on your nerves and/or spamming.

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Filter Your RSS Feeds with Yahoo Pipes

I spent some time over the Thanksgiving holiday reviewing my feeds and getting rid of the poor performers, which really helps me get more value while spending less time in my RSS reader. However, pruning is not enough. I also use quite a few filtering techniques to further reduce the clutter. My favorite filtering techniques involve Yahoo Pipes, which looks and sounds much more complicated than it is.