Lego Follow Focus – A film geeky one this, but a great example of how lego is fast becoming the mother of invention
ITV puts Friends Reunited up for sale – The big suprise here is that it’s take so long for them to do it. The article suggests that ITV looks to its version of iplayer to boost revenues. But a platform for content only works if you have content. Still, Friends Reunited was never going to do that and it seems that the only winners in this were Steve and Julie Pankhurst who sold the thing to ITV in the first place.
MediaShift Idea Lab . Spot.Us Deals with the Good and Bad of Limitations | PBS – Dave Cohn does some reflecting on Spot Us. Some could do a lot worse than look at his list of ideas for Spot Us as a list of ideas to try in their newsrooms. But one spot of great news is that ” After this next round of development the source code will be in a much better state and I’ll do a blog post on how anyone can take it, launch their own “community funded reporting project” for very little cost and I hope some take me up on the challenge.”
Microsoft Recite: Voice Record and Voice Search – ReadWriteWeb – “Recite lets you record short voice clips of ‘remembrances’ and then search for specific words, again by using your voice; essentially it’s an audio recorder with audio search capability.” I haven’t looked in to how long a note can be but this could be a cool J-tool. Especially as it’s aimed at mobile devices.
Message to journalism & broadcast teachers… – “Toss this out to your classes – ask them what they love about each type of media and what they hate. Ask them to design the perfect media – what elements would they keep/what would they toss?” That’s my seminar written then : ) Seriously though. This kind of thing needs saying on a regular basis as we can get a bit complacent.
Emily Bell: Fighting talk is not best start to a debate on press freedom – “More alarmingly for the PCC, its own members are now also engaged with this cross-section of regulators looking for some kind of salvation, which goes beyond self-help. It feels as though the pact of a free and self-regulated press in exchange for a free-market model is all but fractured.”