Stop crowing, London: it’s time to step it up

The British government’s constant adulation of the London startup scene reached its culmination this week with the news of a huge new redevelopment project. But the reality is that many of Britain’s smartest innovators are locked inside government and the rest look increasingly like poseurs.

How can Europe find its own vision of the future?

You can’t beat Silicon Valley by trying to be Silicon Valley — so why does Europe spend so much time trying? If the continent’s entrepreneurs want to become true leaders, they need to shake off the past and stop playing a game that’s stacked against them.

Facebook’s Joanna Shields is London Tech City’s new CEO

Facebook Vice President Joanna Shields, who in the past has worked for Google, Bebo, AOL and most recently with Facebook is now taking over as the chief executive of Tech City Investment Organization, a group that wants to make London a center of tech innovation.

You’re hired! Internet stars line up for CodeClub

What do you get when you take Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Chad Hurley, Niklas Zennstrom and a number of other internet notables and get them together for a kids’ coding club? A surprisingly funny video, it turns out.

Vid-Biz: U.S. Open, TV Everywhere, Shields

U.S. Open Final Viewed by 14.6 Million; rain-delayed match up 118 percent over last year’s rain-delayed match. (TV by the Numbers)
Bewkes Chastises Reluctant TV Everywhere Programmers; with Disney withholding its participation in the authentication trials over money, Time Warner’s CEO and Chairman scoffed, saying that distributors are doing all of the hard work. (MarketWatch)
Elisabeth Murdoch and Joanna Shields Form Content Company; Shine CEO hooks up with former Bebo President and CEO to create digital content that emphasizes social media engagement. (All Things D)
Wall Street Journal Lauching Live News Show; The News Hub will discuss the business news twice a day and appear across the company’s digital sites. (MediaWeek)
John Krasinski’s New Movie to Hit Hulu; The Office star’s directorial debut, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, will go to the premium content site first after its theatrical run. (Hulu Blog)
Old Jews Telling Jokes Creator Looks to Old Media for Money; despite having a hit series, Eric Spiegelman says web revenues aren’t enough, so he’s turning to DVDs and books to make some moolah. (MediaMemo)
Nagravision and 3ality Digital Unveil 3D Set-top Technology; prototype of the Nagra Media Guide for 3D will use 3D graphics to make searching for third-dimensional content on set-top boxes more engaging. (The Wall Street Journal)