Obama's first address to the nation on YouTube

This is just brilliant. As we wrote about yesterday, President-elect Obama will be giving weekly video addresses alongside the radio addresses that have become routine for previous administrations. The big key for these video addresses is that all of them will be placed on the largest Internet video portal in the world: YouTube. Today the first of those was released (watch it embedded below).

The Presidency, coming to a YouTube channel near you

With families no longer huddling around the radio, the presidential “Fireside chats” of the ’30s and ’40s are moving to YouTube. Today, President-elect Barack Obama will be recording his weekly Democratic address not just on radio, but on video for the first time. The video will be uploaded to YouTube and available for viewing after the radio address is released on Saturday. Recorded in Chicago at the transition team’s office, the YouTube video will be posted to Obama’s site Change.gov, which is supposed to make his administration more transparent.

Techmeme gets an iPhone app, not made by Techmeme, that you have to pay for

When I saw a new application called Tech News in the App Store the other day it piqued my interest. After all, it combines two of the things I love most: Technology news and iPhone apps. Then I saw that it was “Powered by techmeme,” the technology news aggregation site, and I was even more interested. Unfortunately, it’s not very good, and rather pointless.

Let's hope Quantum of Solace isn't as lame as its iPhone app

Today, the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, opened in the United States. I’ve been waiting for it ever since I left the theater after seeing the last one, the great Casino Royale. To temper my excitement, I decided to download the James Bond – 007 application for the iPhone. All I can say is that I hope the movie isn’t as lame as this app is.

Google. iPhone. Voice search. Awesome. (If it works.)

As soon as tomorrow there may be a cool new application in Apple’s App Store from Google: Voice search. The app will apparently allow users to speak commands such as “Where’s the nearest Starbucks” into the iPhone and it will be sent to Google’s servers and come back with a search result, according to The New York Times.

Meebo partners with Hearst Magazines Digital Media, teen girls rejoice and chat

Meebo, the company that powers social interaction through instant messaging and group chat on its own and partner sites, has partnered with Hearst Magazines Digital Media, a unit of Hearst Magazines. Seventeen.com and Popularmechanics.com are two of the digital media properties that are integrating Meebo’s chat and instant messaging services to drive users to the sites and create active, passionate communities.

NewTeeVee Live: Sling Media's Krikorian doesn't think content from the web in the living room is a "hobby"

GigaOm’s Om Malik interviewed Sling Media’s co-founder and chief executive Blake Krikorian on stage at the NewTeeVee Live event today in San Francisco. It’s clear that Krikorian is very bullish on the prospects of using the web to bring content into the living room. Obviously, Sling has had a lot of early success in using the web to move content with its Slingbox device.

Happy birthday, OpenSocial! Welcome to Xiaonei

OpenSocial, the standards platform that makes it easier to write applications across social networks, is celebrating its one-year birthday in San Francisco today. As part of the festivities, OpenSocial made several announcements, most significantly launching on Chinese social networking site Xiaonei, and releasing some impressive statistics.

Tweetsville: A Twitter iPhone app I'll actually use

Twitterific, Twinkle, Twittelator. What do all of these share in common (besides ridiculous names)? They are all Twitter-based native applications that reside on my iPhone. Do I need all three? Actually, I don’t need any of them — at least not anymore. Why? Because I’ve finally found one I actually like: Tweetsville.

PhoneTopp extends web conferencing to the iPhone

Today at Dealmaker Media’s Under the Radar conference, one presenting startup stood out from all others to win the audience choice award: PhoneTopp. I got a chance to sit down with company chief executive Tom Barsi earlier in the day to go over the online conference and collaboration tool built to use with select smartphones.

Will Apple discount the iPhone for Black Friday?

Apple’s high margins on the iPhone could allow the company to discount it for a short period of time when the holiday shopping season officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, according to analyst Ben Reitzes. Will that actually happen? Probably not, but it’s not entirely out of the question.

MySpace's Primetime App launches, Hulu invades homepages and profiles

MySpace has just launched its internally developed Primetime Application, a free video service that it hopes will keep users glued to their screens. How? Four words: Every. Video. On. Hulu. That’s right. MySpace users will now be able to view every single video from online video service Hulu on their MySpace homepages and profiles, plus MySpaceTV originals, and videos from more than 150 licensed content partners, including Warner Bros and Sony. The app embeds the video player on your homepage, profile or both pages. Here’s how it appears on a homepage:

A Google search results page fit for an iPhone

It’s been well established that browsing the web on mobile devices is exploding thanks to smartphones. None are propelling mobile web usage forward as much as Apple’s iPhone, and Google acknowledged that today by launching a new search results page tailored specifically for the device.

AT&T's iPhone tethering plan: $30-a-month with a cap?

When Apple removed a third-party application that allowed you to use your iPhone’s data plan on your computer (also known as “tethering”), it should have been no surprise that AT&T was working on its own solution. After all, the company offers similar plans for other phones. The company recently confirmed that such a plan would launch sometime in 2009, and a source has given some supposed details to the blog MacBlogz.

Blogging company Six Apart lays off 8 percent

Blogging may have been invented during the last recession, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune from tough economic times. Six Apart, the San Francisco startup that offers Movable Type blogging software and TypePad blogging services, just announced it’s laying off eight percent of its staff.

Domo arigato, Mr. Animoto, for adding text to videos

Forget those awful photo montage videos on YouTube that teenage fans make for TV shows like “Gossip Girl” and “One Tree Hill.” Animoto, the company that allows anyone to become a music video producer by syncing up photos with tunes, now lets users add text to their videos. Text that more closely resembles sleek, movie-esque sequences, not static captions or titles. Combined with the motion graphics, effects and transitions that are the signature of an Animoto production, the result is pretty remarkable. You might never have to wince through another holiday family slideshow created by Mom. Instead, you can use text to tell a compelling story, make an important announcement (“I sold my stock!”) or simply give context to your photos. Check it out:

Underscore no more: Twitter renames Al Gore

How powerful is Al Gore? So powerful that he can make Twitter change his name and move all of his followers over to the new profile, without anyone even noticing. That’s what happened tonight, as the artist formerly known as al_gore became algore, Twitter chief executive Ev Williams confirmed in a tweet (Twitter message).

Impulse movie buying comes to iTunes with movies under $5

I recently gushed about distribution of movies over the Internet supplanting the disc formats thanks to the proliferation that we’re seeing of set-top boxes for the living room. Of course, content is still king, and all of the companies doing digital distribution have shortcomings in their offerings that most consumers won’t like in moving away from a format like DVD. But iTunes took a step closer today, with a new “Movies of the Week” section.

Another iPhone app rejected, this time for bandwidth concerns?

CastCatcher is an Internet radio application for the iPhone that is rather interesting. It’s not really the app itself that’s interesting — there are plenty of Internet radio apps, namely Pandora — but rather the fact that it’s been rejected from the App Store. And that it has been rejected after three previous iterations of it were allowed, according to a post on the Return7 (the developers behind the app) blog.

With Google Reader translation tools I can finally read those Asian blogs that post Apple spy shots

Believe it or not, there’s plenty of blogging going on outside of the United States. We see it every once in a while when a site from China or Taiwan posts a spy-shot (or fake spy-shot) of some hot new product being manufacturered there. Unfortunately, unless you read those languages, you’ll need to run those sites through a site translator. But now there’s an easier way thanks to Google Reader.