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.

Citizen Sports acquires a Sportacular trio of app developers

Citizen Sports Inc., a San Francisco-based company that builds sports-focused applications for social networks spanning Facebook, MySpace and hi5, has just acquired app developers Sportacular, Sport Interactiva and FantasyBook. The newly formed trio will expand Citizen Sports’ offerings across existing platforms. Apps include fantasy sports (Fantasy Football 2008 on Facebook is Citizen Sports’ top-ranked app) and over 600 individual team applications that extend even to Formula One racing and rugby.

Dapper MashupAds makes display ads smarter

A startup called Dapper is rolling out a way to use its mashup technology to bring the advantages of search-based advertising into the world of display ads — namely, image- and media-based ads that are normally more eye-catching but less customizable and targeted.

Keystream launches online video advertising overlay service

Keystream is an online video ad startup coming out of stealth today, joining a pack of others trying to do similar things. It lets an online video publisher run an ad that appears in the empty part of a video. For example, in this picture of a Land Rover charging through a flooded road, there’s a sample ad that says “Want to make an impression?” If you click on the ad, the video pauses and a new page launches with more information from the advertiser.

Finally, I can avoid watching Bulletproof Monk on YouTube too

YouTube is set to announce a deal with movie studio MGM that will allow for some of its content to be viewed on the extremely popular online video site, The New York Times reports. This deal, which had been previously rumored (though the studio involved wasn’t clear at the time), will bring feature films to YouTube — legally. That’s big news, but it’s not all great news.