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8 techies who would be better American Idol judges than Ellen DeGeneres

Posted by andreaitis on September 10, 2009

Ellen DeGeneres at the 1987 Emmy awards

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Yesterday I heard Ellen DeGeneres would be replacing Paula Abdul as the fourth judge on American Idol.  I thought it was a joke.  She’s a comedian.  It’s a pretty  ridiculous idea.  Yeah, good one, Simon Cowell.

But this morning, to my horror, Matt-Meredith-Al…one of them said it and I knew in that instant it must be true.  Still, like any good journalist I did some googling fact-checking.  The American Idol website confirms:

As the new judge, Ellen will offer her own unique perspective to the contestants throughout the competition.

Now, I like Ellen.  I’d totally enjoy having dinner or brunch with Ellen and Portia.  But I saw her as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance and it was awkward and  forgettable.   It was like she won the big audience raffle to be Judge for the Day.  Sure, I’d like to have that seat, too, but that doesn’t mean I’m qualified to sit in it (though I do still recall dance steps from a couple of recitals).

Anyway, Ellen should not be a judge on American Idol.  We must correct this horrid mistake immediately. Here are my suggestions for a fourth judge, from the tech world.  American Idol is all about start-ups, after all.  The human kind.

calacanis small8. Jason Calacanis.  Successful serial entrepreneur.  Founder and CEO of Mahalo.  Self-marketer extraordinaire, which is why some refer to him as Calacanus.  Would twitter constantly so we’d get behind-the-scenes scoopage.

lindzon7. Howard Lindzon.  Hedge fund manager, mega-successful digitial media entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of StockTwits.  Crude, rude, very funny and very smart.  Understands how to make it or break it in business and will challenge Idol contestants.  Did I mention crude and rude?  He’d be the anti-Paula.  Plus which, he’d likely lead the charge on a profitable cable spin-off,  American Porn Idol.

caterina fake 9-10-2009 10-23-19 AM6.  Caterina Fake.  Co-founder of Flickr and founder of new consumer advice site  She knows all about images and image, and that’s 50% of any Idol.  Lots of good Ryan Seacrest pun possibilities with names like Fake, Flickr and Hunch. Caterina will respond, showing Ryan’s name minus the letter ‘e.’

mossberg 9-10-2009 10-25-35 AM5.  Walt Mossberg.  Principle technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal and co-founder of All Thing D.  In 2004, Wired called him ‘The Kingmaker.’  Knows how to review products, and isn’t that what we’re looking for on Idol?  The next great music machine.

mitchell 9-10-2009 10-29-23 AM4.  (Winifred) Mitchell Baker.  Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation.  Affectionately called the “Chief Lizard Wrangler” at Mozilla.  Easily spotted by her asymmetrical haircut.  Trained as a lawyer and a trapeze artist.  Need I say more?

fred wilson 9-10-2009 10-33-53 AM3.  Fred Wilson.  Co-founder of Union Square Ventures, active VC, avid blogger and extreme music fan.  He has a great track record for picking investments (Twitter, Etsy, Feedburner, our T/S partner Zemanta).  Also, his musical tastes are in line with mine so maybe we’d get some indie sounds.

steve jobs 9-10-2009 10-12-27 AM 2.  Steve Jobs.  Who can imagine and deliver a product better than Apple’s main man Steve Jobs?  He’s just back after the liver transplant, but still looking pretty thin.  This job requires a lot of sitting down so he’d also get a bit of a rest. Oh, and there’s already an Idol-iTunes relationship.  Ka-ching, anyone?

mark cuban 1 9-10-2009 10-42-59 AM1. Mark Cuban.  Known as the Dot-Com Billionaire.  Self-proclaimed Blog Maverick and owner of the Dallas Mavericks.  He has reality TV experience from his Dancing with the Stars stint.  He says what he means and means what he says.  Loudly.  He’s an entertaining know-it-all who will  give Simon a run for his money.

Who’s missing from this list? Let’s Idol up, people.


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The Internet is not dead. Or boring.

Posted by andreaitis on June 16, 2009

There, I said it.   Are you listening, Mark Cuban?

Dot-com billionaire Mark Cuban recently said the Internet has “evolved to the point where you can count on it and develop applications for it without much fear that it’s going to change.”

Enter Hewlett-Packard and Opera, with two announcements that are big, bold, and all about change.   It’s  a bit of an Internet Revolution; HP and Opera are  looking to give power and control to the people, an opportunity for self-rule, a chance for independence.   Side note: The role of Paul Revere is to be played by Twitter.

On the privacy front, two researchers from Hewlett-Packard have a new way for people to communicate privately over the Internet.

The researchers, who previewed their concept to Forbes, say their model works like a private Internet on top of the existing public one: People can share information like files and messages via the Internet medium, but without the kind of public-facing personally identifiable information that Internet protocol addresses provide.

“What we’ve done is taken the idea of a darknet and moved it into the browser platform,” says Wood, the HP Web security researcher who developed the idea over the last several months. “This is really like a darknet for everyone. If you can use the Internet, you can use a darknet.”

The model Hoffman and Wood are previewing is notable in that it uses the latest in rich Internet technologies to make using a darknet as simple as browsing a Web site. That innovation should drastically reduce the barrier to sharing secure information over darknets.

via Your Own Private Internet –

At the same time, Opera today unveils Opera Unite, a version of the Opera browser with a built-in web server.

[It is] a new technology that shakes up the old client-server computing model of the Web. Opera Unite turns any computer into both a client and a server, allowing it to interact with and serve content to other computers directly across the Web, without the need for third-party servers.

Opera Unite makes serving data as simple and easy as browsing the Web. For consumers, Opera Unite services give greater control of private data and make it easy to share data with any device equipped with a modern Web browser.

For Web developers, Opera Unite services are based on the same open Web standards as Web sites today. This dramatically simplifies the complexity of authoring cutting-edge Web services. With Opera Unite, creating a full Web service is now as easy as coding a Web page.

via Opera Unite Reinvents the Web – Opera

So what does this mean?  We’re entering a phase of increased user control and interoperability, where you can ultimately access your information with your privacy settings from any device.  Are we there yet?  No, but these advancements make it possible for us to get there.  Technologizer’s Harry McCracken gives a specific example of what Opera Unite can do today:

Once you’ve enabled Unite on a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer running Opera 10, the apps are available from any browser on any Internet-connected computer. (You can choose to password protect them, or to leave them open.) Here’s a copy of Firefox accessing the Opera Unite music player–and thereby letting me listen to my music back home from any computer.


via Opera’s Web-changer: Unite, a Web Server Inside your Browser – Technologizer

While we obsess (and obsess and obsess) over newspapers dying,  the technology landscape is alive and well.  Thriving, in fact, and still very much in its formative stages.  The fun part is thinking about how it will all merge and blend together.  Dead?  Nope.  Boring?  Double nope.  As George Jetson’s boy Elroy said, “I’m onto somethin’ real big here.”

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Mark Cuban says Internet has jumped the shark (except for his DWTS videos)

Posted by andreaitis on May 28, 2009

You always know when Mark Cuban is in the room.  Or on the basketball court.  Or the dance floor.  This time, he was speaking at D7, the All Things D conference.   Did he say newspapers are dead?  Nope.  He said the thing that’s killing newspapers is dead.  That’s right, the Internet is staid and boring.  And video on the Internet? Utterly disappointing.

“I think it’s a real disappointment to see where Internet video has come,” Cuban said, noting that the industry still doesn’t have advertising standards, among other shortcomings.

Other shortcomings…hmm…like his Dancing with the Stars videos up on YouTube?

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Mark Cuban vs NBA. Who Wins? Twitter.

Posted by andreaitis on March 29, 2009

Now if only Mark Cuban was twittering when he was on Dancing with the Stars…

Mark Cuban on Twitter

The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, the dotcom billionaire, $25,000 for slagging referees on Twitter Friday.

via Shut Up, Twitter: Mouthy Billionaire Mark Cuban Fined for Using Twitter.

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