The DeanBeat: GamesBeat 2012 in July will focus on disruption, change, and innovation

We’ve unveiled our first speakers and other details for our fourth annual game conference, GamesBeat 2012. Our roster of speakers includes Will Wright, creator of blockbuster video games from Sim City to The Sims and Spore. Wright is now the founder of transmedia think tank called Stupid Fun Club. His next big project is based on what he calls “personal gaming,” where a game can be customized to the tastes and habits of an individual player.

Streaming service Aereo ready for legal war with TV networks

Incumbent industries have a history of challenging new technologies that disrupt the established way they do business. For example, AT&T sued to keep everything from the answering machine to the Hush-A-Phone out of the market. Yesterday’s news that all the major TV networks are filing suit against streaming TV service Aereo is the latest in a long line of battles about how technology evolves. And Aereo, which recently raised $25 million from backers that include billionaire Barry Diller’s IAC, is ready for a war.

Ludei’s CocoonJS enables blazing-fast HTML5 mobile games (exclusive)

As the lingua franca for the web, HTML5 is becoming the format of choice for making cross-platform apps. But when it comes to games, HTML5 apps run too slow. So Ludei, a San Francisco company with a team in Spain, is launching a new platform to turn the HTML5 games into blazing fast applications that take advantage of the graphics hardware in mobile devices.

Apple’s tough talk backfires in negotiations for new streaming TV service

Apple has big plans to launch a streaming TV service by Christmas, and of course the rumor mill is already running wild on when it will sell an actual TV. But first Apple will need to clear a hurdle: Getting the rights to shows for its new TV service. So far, its negotiations with the big media companies are not going well, because Apple has been taking its usual approach: “our way or nothing at all.”

DEMO’s coming – Last chance to apply

DEMO Spring 2012 is just under seven-weeks away (April 17-19 in Santa Clara, CA), and this is your last chance to get in on the action. If you’re working on the next big idea, and about ready to take your company to the next level, we want you on stage at DEMO. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, March 2. Fill out this form now, and we’ll be in touch shortly with more details.

You don’t need a Mayan calendar to predict this potential disaster

Here we are in 2012, and while some fatalists are predicting the end of civilization, I’m going to predict another kind of end. This year will see an end to the current avalanche of investing in what I call “app lifestyle” companies, which have little to no hope of ever producing a sustainable business or “venture” return, usually defined as a 10X return on investment.