Convos: Online Communication for Groups

CONVOS-logoEveryone has a different way of doing things. Fortunately, there’s a huge number of web services that offer groups different ways to coordinate their activities. Convos occupies a middle ground between basic group communication systems like listservs and Google Groups (s goog), and full-fledged project management apps.
As with classic email lists, Convos allows group members to send and reply to messages via email. But Convos has a larger feature set than standard email groups, including:

  • convos-desktopA web interface where members can see and update what the group is working on. This password-protected, advertising-free web site includes panes to compose and display messages, upload files, manage tasks and schedules, and create and view on-screen pages. The interface has a custom URL like “group_name.convos.com” to which you can add your own logo.
  • A system for creating and getting RSVPs for events.
  • A system for posting comments and questions (which can be anonymous if desired).
  • The ability to add subgroups, which could be useful for organizations with a committee structure. Read More about Convos: Online Communication for Groups

Vid-Biz: Pirate Bay, Mobile Video, Keystream

Half the Charges Against the Pirate Bay Dropped; flaw in the evidence presented results in 50 percent of the charges being withdrawn. (TorrentFreak) See our primer on the Pirate Bay trial to get up to speed.

Mobile Video News for iPhone and Android: PacketVideo releases app that enables delivery of operator-branded TV and video services to the iPhone. (iPhone World) German company dailyme.tv has ported its mobile TV service to Google’s Android, delivering 600 TV and video channels to the platform. (release)

RedOrbit Taps Keystream; science and tech site will use the automated ad insertion software to monetize its videos. (release)

AMC Launching a Trio of Web Vids in Support of Breaking Bad; in support of the second season of the (ed. note: fantastic) drama, the network is launching viral video, minisode recaps of season one and new original webisodes. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Betawave Launches Video Platform; Betawave TV will feature family-friendly programming and will be ad-supported. (MediaPost)

AlwaysOn Selects Kaltura; media network picks the open source white label provider to power power its video offerings. (release)

MobiTV Hits the 6 Million Subscriber Mark; company has added 1 million subscribers since December. (release)

Microsoft vs. Adobe: The Rivalry Heats Up

Want to watch a great boxing match? Just take a seat and watch the back-and-forth between Adobe Systems and Microsoft. I wrote about this fight-without-an-end last year, but now it seems the punches are being thrown with more intensity.

No surprise: Like two aging gladiators, the two software companies have managed to outlive and beat most of their peers. At face value, the fight is about Flash vs. Silverlight. Look deeper and the tussle is over not just online video but about cloud computing, rich Internet applications and mobile phones.

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