Finding the Value in Niche Networking

Networking is all about building relationships, but who says these relationships have to originate around our area of business? How can we harness the networks that exist for our personal interests as well?

Vid-Biz: Flixwagon, AFTRA, Youku

Flixwagon Now Publicly Available; mobile broadcasting service also adds features like quality adjustments, two-way text chat, and group sharing. (TechCrunch)

AFTRA Ratifies Studio Contract; actors’ union sticks it to SAG as 62 percent of AFTRA members vote “yes” to the deal, SAG set to give its response to studios tomorrow. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Youku Gets Video License; Chinese government gives the OK to the video site, which should help it avoid a shutdown like fellow site 56.com. (Silicon Alley Insider)

VideoIQ Raises $10 Million; video surveillance company raises second round led by Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, with existing investors Matrix Partners and Atlas Venture re-upping. (VentureBeat)

NHK Joins Joost; Japanese public broadcaster to bring a selection of its content to the web TV service. (emailed release)

Online Video Ad Growth to Slow; Magna predicts gains of 45 percent to $805 million for 2009 compared with growth of 54.2 percent in 2008. (paidContent)

What’s the Best Way to Export Your Vid Files for Web Upload? TubeMogul combed through the major video sites to create a chart to navigate resolutions, codecs and file sizes. (TubeMogul)

Kohjinsha SA-1: is it right for you?

Sa1_2OK, let’s get my mug off of the front page with some posts here; thanks for all the well wishes by the way, BUT it’s back to work time. That’s just what ThoughtFix did: he got to work on a Kohjinsha SA-1 review and I love the summary at the end. I won’t ruin it, but he took his experiences with the small portable computer and summarized what type of user it’s for and what type it’s not: very useful.

There’s definitely some performance trade-offs in the $1,000 device: the SA-1 struggled with some Flash vids; in fact DVD-watching suffered from frame rate degradation as well. While the device does have a keyboard, it sounds like it’s not for all-day typing. Then again, the trade-off here might be what you’re looking for: it’s small and portable, works well for browsing and light typing, and has solid battery life. Is it for you? Check out the review and find out.