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Amazon Introduces New Weapon in Droid Battle – Cloud Drive

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Amazon introduced a new service called Cloud Drive. Cloud Drive acts as a personal cloud based server. That means you store your music, videos, documents on the web and listen to/watch/use it via downloads/streaming. You get 5 GB of storage for free and can buy more if you need it.

To quote Amazon:

Amazon Cloud Drive is your hard drive in the cloud. Store your music, videos, photos, and documents on Amazon’s secure servers. All you need is a web browser to upload, download, and access your files from any computer.

Seems like the Droid Content war has begun…

The Seven Trends of the Current Economic Storm

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While I normally focus on digital and social media, my focus has been completely distracted by the current economic turmoil and political season. The world is facing a very difficult challenge that will likely result in many disruptive changes for everyone. I wanted to get my thinking straight on some of this stuff and I thought I would share. I hope you find it useful. If you have thoughts you would like to add, please leave a comment.

I see 7 major trends affecting consumers, businesses, investors and governments that will result in major changes from the way things have been. It’s going to create new winners and losers. For those with a ready mind and the ability to invest it will mean big opportunities. Let me know what your think.

YouTube – Now a Video Management and Delivery Platform

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YouTubeYouTube announced the launch of YouTube Everywhere. This opens up YouTube services and functionality to be used on every website or application that wants to integrate with YouTube and use its services. You can set it up so that your users can upload videos to YouTube and never leave your site. You can retrieve your user’s videos and play them on your site, with a player that you get to brand. You can add/edit user and video metadata (titles, descriptions, ratings, comments, favorites, contacts, etc).

This move means that anyone can build a YouTube like capability into their website or application and take advantage of YouTube’s full capabilities and you can do it for free. This is an amazing tool kit that will allow people to build all kinds of interesting applications. All of this will be great to see.

Google Layoffs Coming Soon

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Pink slip Via NY Times - www.nytimes.com/2007/03/18/books/review/Poniewozik.t.html?_r=1&oref=sloginEric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, announced that the Google acquisition of Doubleclick is official. And then in true corporate mumbo jumbo he helps us read the tea leafs: Layoffs Coming Soon. My translation:We will immediately figure out who at DoubleClick we want to keep and who we want to fire. That will happen now in the U.S. Outside the U.S., labor laws make it harder to fire people, but we will get rid of those people at some point too. And then we will get back to kicking Microhoo’s butt.

Why Googleville is Happy Tonight

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The folks at Google must be smiling tonight. Microsoft has been lured into putting a bid in for Yahoo. This is a waste of time, money and energy by Microsoft and that should make the Google folks more confident that they are on their way to overtaking Microsoft in the battle for leading technology company on the planet.