Commutist podcast: The holiday gadget gift guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — the time to get stuff! From tablets to over-the-top TV, we talk about the best gear to give (and receive) on this special edition podcast.

Making money on mobile: the YouTube perspective

Consumers’ desire to consume content on mobile applies to video just as much to display. YouTube’s head product developer shared what this means for content makers and for advertisers.

Today in Social

Although Google is using social technologies to personalize results – new features to roll out  over the next few days – it is only using its homegrown ones. Signed-in searchers using secure search mode will be able to toggle between personalized results that search Google+ and Picassa content and Google profiles. My GigaOM colleague Janko Roettgers thinks search will be a killer app that could increase Google+ adoption, driven by celebrities and photos. Perhaps. But so far, there aren’t enough Google+ users for this initiative to have a huge impact on mainstream search. It’s a classic chicken-and-egg problem that Google will have to push forward. The personalized search options would be way more powerful if they incorporated Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc., something Google says it’s open to. But if Google can’t work a deal with Twitter, how will it do so with Facebook?

Today in Connected Consumer

The New York Times has a rare good-news story for Netflix this morning, reporting that the beleaguered streaming company has inked a deal with DreamWorks Animation to begin offering the studio’s new movies and TV shows in the pay TV window starting in 2013.  The story even includes an explicit vote of confidence in Netflix from DreamWorks chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, who calls Netflix’s controversial decision to split up its DVD and streaming businesses “a very tough and very strategic call that will ultimately prove to be the right one for long-term success.” Greg Sandoval of CNET, however, takes the Times to task for buying Netflix spin, arguing there’s less to the deal than meets the eye. I think NewTeeVee’s Janko Roettgers gets it about right: the deal is important for what it says about how Netflix is licensing content these days.