How long will Twitter allow users like AP to sell their own ads?

The Associated Press is running sponsored tweets as part of a deal with Samsung during the Consumer Electronics Show. While this is allowed under Twitter’s rules, it also clearly threatens the network’s future as an advertising medium. How long will it allow this to continue?

Facebook Desktop for Adobe AIR: Web Worker-Friendly?

picture-24 Facebook only just announced that it would be making its stream API public, and now it’s following up with the launch of a new Adobe AIR desktop app (s adbe) that takes advantage of those capabilities. Yes, it’s an AIR app, which makes it slightly icky right away, but native desktop clients will no doubt follow in short order.
AIR app or not, the real question is: Will this bring Facebook back into my daily professional life? Read More about Facebook Desktop for Adobe AIR: Web Worker-Friendly?

Whoopi Goldberg Sails Back Into Sci-fi in Stream

Whoopi Goldberg is both producing and headlining in the new sci-fi web series Stream,  which premiered Jan. 15 on FEARNet.  While the Oscar/Golden Globe/Grammy/Emmy/Tony award-winning actress had all but retired from acting to focus on her participation in daytime coffee klatch The View, the chance to traverse the final frontier of online entertainment and revisit her favorite genre proved too enticing to pass up.

Goldberg, a self-proclaimed Trekkie and sci-fi/horror fan since childhood, says she was lured out of her self-imposed semi-exile by the prospect of both the new-ish medium and the return to sci-fi.  In a story on the New York Post, Goldberg described herself as “desperate to get back into the sci-fi waters,” though her iconic status as a habit-clad stand-up funnywoman has left her stuck in a stereotype that even her stint on Star Trek: The Next Generation could not fully obliterate.  As for the appeal of online entertainment, in an interview with the LA Times, she cited the medium’s resemblance to “guerrilla theater” as being a huge draw, along with the less-grueling schedule compared to that of traditional serialized drama:  “I think it’s fantastic that you can do a five-minute episode and you’re good.”

In Stream, Goldberg plays Jodi, a mentally troubled woman who’s tripping (big time) as she experiences moments from her past, present and future — all simultaneously. Her attempts to distinguish between reality and hallucination form the crux of the plot.

Fearnet, a joint venture between Sony (s sne), Comcast (s cmcsa) and Lionsgate, experienced phenomenal growth in 2008, and reportedly boasts over 700,000 monthly visitors – which certainly bodes well for Whoopi’s anticipated return to her supernatural stomping grounds.  Fingers crossed for high hits, because, with all due respect to Elizabeth Hasslebeck and company (or not, depending on your point of view), it’s been far too long since we’ve had an opportunity to watch the incomparable Whoopi doing what she does best.

Stream Music from Any Application to Airport Express

I recently hooked up an Airport Express with speakers connected so that I could stream music to it from any of my computers. When I purchased it, I didn’t realize that by default OS X only lets you stream music from iTunes to it, not any application. I wanted to stream music over the internet through Firefox, and felt dead in the water until I found Airfoil.

With Airfoil you can take audio from any application and send to your AirPort Express units, as well as Apple TVs, and even other Macs and PCs running Airfoil Speakers! Transmit audio from RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player, and other media players. Send audio from web-based applications like Pandora,, and more. You can even stream audio from audio devices like RadioSHARK, XM and Sirius radios, all around your house.

The description on the website sounded very promising, so I downloaded it and gave it a whirl. After the install I fired up Airfoil, which found my Airport Express and its attached speakers immediately.

To stream music with any program to an Airport Express with Airfoil:

  1. Click the speaker button next to the name of Airport express. The status word “Available” should now read “Active.”
  2. Select the program from the drop down menu that you want to hear on your speakers.
  3. Give it whirl! You should now hear audio from the program you selected over your wireless speakers

GigaOM Daily: MySpace Mobile Launches, Meebo Money & More

[qi:083] MySpace Mobile is now live at You can do most of things you do on MySpace via the mobile page like Reading, composing and replying to MySpace Messages, viewing photo albums and posting comments or blog entries. During the beta phase, MySpace Mobile Web was getting about a million unique visitors per day, the company claims.

[qi:115] Meebo raising another $25-to-$30 million at a valuation of $250 million? Matt Marshall thinks that in the current economic environment it is going to be hard for the company to get the money. He forgets Meebo’s backers include generous folks at DFJ.

[qi:011] Jack Meyers says “Media Industry is in an Unprecedented State of Economic Disarray.” I would say that is an understatement. “The focus instead, it seems, is on advertising as a commodity rather than advertising as a tool for building brand awareness and sales.”

[qi:020] Sick & Tired of seeing the Universal Service Fund (USF) phone tax revenues go waste and spent on illogical projects? Then speak up at Cap The Fund. By the way, USF phone tax is set to jump in the second quarter of 2008 from 10.2 percent to 11.3 percent of carrier revenues collected from phone consumers.

[qi:006] This overwhelming need to couch everything we are doing these days in terms of these so-called new social media might be fine as a way to create a new business niche as companies try desperately to use any available trick to gain market share; but really do companies – or people for that matter – need this new media they way they are being led to believe. [WinExtra by Steve Hodson]