Should Snoop Dogg launch your startup? Your mileage may vary

Two video chat programs launched to the public this week, but Airtime premiered with Snoop Dogg and JImmy Fallon, while Nyoombl barely made a splash. The two strategies pose an interesting question for the startup world — how much initial buzz do you need for success?

A different kind of disruption agent needed for energy

Does the energy industry need more disruption-focused web entrepreneurs like Sean Parker, of Napster and Facebook fame? While the world will be better with more Parkers in general, I don’t think the energy industry will be disrupted as easily by these types of folks.

Timberlake and Samberg are Back with “Motherlover” on SNL

When you’ve got Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg on Saturday Night Live doing a follow-up to their web phenom “D*ck in a Box,” that’s about as close as you can get to a viral video success guarantee. The duo donned their cheesy Color Me Badd clothes and fake beards for “Motherlover,” a song suggesting a very nontraditional (but very hilarious) Mother’s Day gifts for guest stars Patricia Clarkson and Susan Sarandon. Grab your computer, grab your mom (or your friend’s mom) and enjoy.

Vid-Biz: Disney, YouTube HD, Diggnation

Disney Fights Piracy on Site it Funded; 56.com, funded by Steamboat Ventures had bootlegged Disney content like full-length copies of WALL-E up on the site. (The Wall Street Journal)
YouTube Testing HD Videos; video giant stealthily trying out the higher quality 720p format. (Epicenter Blog) CNET teaches how to tweak your YouTube embeds for HD playback.
BitGravity Launches Multi-View, Will Be Used on Diggnation; viewers can choose from five different simultaneous video streams of the show. (emailed release)
BBC’s Local Video Plan Blocked; regulators say the the $100 million project to add video bulletins to 65 local UK web sites would hurt video efforts of struggling local newspapers. (paidContent)
DVD Sales Are Down; sales of the shiny discs off 9 percent during the third quarter, Blu-Ray’s prospects even bleaker. (The New York Times)
Justin Timberlake’s SNL Skit Pulled Because of Music Clearances; embeds of the Single Ladies sketch did disappear, but not because Timberlake wanted more money. (LA Times)
Mr. Internet Wants to Be the “Talk Soup” of Web Culture; created by agency Crispin, Porter + Bogusky show will collect all manner of web-based stories and air on Plum TV. (MediaWeek)

Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live a Sign of Times To Come

Dear 1998,
I know you have a lot on your mind right now — what with Friends’ Ross and Rachel maybe being broken up for real this time, and wow, how about that Monica Lewinsky? But it’s important you remember the following two things: Sell your shares of Pets.com while you still have a choice, and keep your eye on the young one in ‘N Sync. You know, Justin? Because it turns out he is really, really talented.
To prove it, I have found a way to send you these two videos from a November 2008 episode of Saturday Night Live — yes, we still have Saturday Night Live here in the future.

Justin Timberlake as one of Beyonce’s Single Ladies (note: the sketch’s premise — male dancers subbing in for the video’s original female dancers — is probably unrelated to the fact that one of Beyonce’s real Single Ladies is rumored to be choreographer Jaquel Knight)

Please do not be bewildered by our futuristic embedding technology and instead enjoy how the former Mouseketeer is funnier than half of the show’s current cast. And get used to it. I just got a letter from 2018 yesterday, where Justin Timberlake now rules us like a king.
Lots of love,
2008