ip e-games to launch new ip interactive brand

01/31/07 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Gaming, INQUIRER.net, Tech | 1 Comment

Here’s an excerpt from the hackenslash story that Alex Villafania and I wrote:

In response to a question by hackenslash on why IAH chose IP e-Games over rival Philippine online game publisher Level Up Inc. when both made a bid for Granado Espada, Lee replied: “While we had different discussions before, we have not signed anything before today. We just had discussions.”

Gonzalez added: “I think, in a nutshell, this was a highly sought after partnership. Lots of global gaming companies wanted to work with IAH. That’s a given.”

In a separate telephone interview with hackenslash, Level Up Inc. COO Sheila Paul clarified that the online game publisher did not make a formal bid for Granado Espada.

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scoble a comment spammer?

01/29/07 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Tech | Leave a comment

Whew, not a pretty sight!

It’s Robert Scoble squaring off against big gadget sites like Engadget and Gizmodo whom he says don’t link to blogs (though in updates he says he went overboard).

And Engadget’s Peter Rojas telling Scoble in a comment posted on Scoble’s own blog:

I get it now. Basically you spammed the comments of a bunch of blogs and you’re upset that some sites either deleted what you did or didn’t incorporate your link into a post. Really weak.

Check out Scoble’s post if you can stand the war of words. Actually, important issues have been raised here, but it’s also being marred by almost schoolchildren-type level bickering.

As some blog networks now become more mainstream (heck, some of the people who commented accused Engadget of already acting like the elitist MSM — ouch, hehe), and as more people blog and bloggers kinda have to compete for the same audience, are they now less inclined to link to blogs outside their networks? Will they link to competitors? Are we seeing cliques now as well for bloggers, where people just tend to link to their circle of friends?

(Got wind of the Scoble post via Duncan Riley’s blog entry “No blog is an island unto itself.”)

youtube to share wealth, intro ads

01/28/07 at 11:03 am | Posted in Tech, Videos | 1 Comment

OK, the good news is that YouTube has announced that it will “reward creativity” by sharing ad revenue with users who create their own videos — original stuff that they own the copyright to, as opposed to uploading clips from TV shows and movies.

The bad news, however, is that they will now introduce short advertisements before the actual clip you clicked on plays. This is something other video sites have been doing for a long time, but it’s new territory for YouTube. In fact, one of the things that made it popular is that, apart from the ease of use, YouTube didn’t have these adverts.

Still, it should be expected, because after all that moolah Google plunked down to acquire YouTube, you can bet that the video site now has to start earning money instead of just being popular. It’s one thing to have 70 million users a month; it’s another to make money out of that user base and traffic.

It will also be interesting to see if we will now see more original moviemakers on YouTube, and, if so, whether people will keep watching videos if you have fewer copyright-infringing material on the site. ‘Coz let’s not be hyprocritical — one of the main reasons YouTube became hugely popular is because we could watch TV shows for free. Many people have yet to tap the full potential of YouTube by actually creating original content.

Anyway, let’s see if we can take our patronage of online video sites to the next level instead of just watching clips, or else YouTube will become just another incarnation of the boob tube.

And I hope Filipino YouTube original moviemakers like Happy Slip will soon get a lot of money because of this announcement, heh.

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what’s this happy meal doing in my iron chef?

01/26/07 at 10:55 am | Posted in Tech, Videos | Leave a comment

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This is hilarious. From the Technorati Buzz TV channel on blip.tv.

This video was originally shared on blip.tv by technorati with a No license (All rights reserved) license.

level up! on youtube

01/25/07 at 10:33 pm | Posted in Gaming, INQUIRER.net, Music, Photos, Tech, Videos | Leave a comment

Seems Philippine online game publisher Level Up! now also has a YouTube channel via gmtristan.

Here’s the video of Moonstar88’s “Pag-Ibig Ko Sa Yo” from the album “Rok On: Music Inspired by Philippine Ragnarok Online.”

By the way, the girl who portrayed Willow the Assassin in the video and during the “Amatsu and Kunlun” launch (this was back in 2005) happens to be our marketing assistant Claire Chan at INQUIRER.net, heh.

Here’s a hackenslash article on Willow.

And a photo of Claire as our hackenslash image model.

blog herald ‘mistake’ draws ire of former owner, staff

01/25/07 at 7:54 pm | Posted in INQUIRER.net, Tech | 4 Comments

Update: Here’s the same story in the INQUIRER.net Infotech section.

This came out earlier today in Breaking News, and should be online later in the INQUIRER.net Infotech section.

Here’s an excerpt:

MANILA, Philippines — Saying that The Blog Herald did not intend any disrespect, the Filipino editor of the international blogging news site described as an “accident” the deletion of a Dec. 1 post announcing the launch of a new site founded by former employees.

The deletion of the post announcing the launch of new blogging news site 901am.com by ex-employees led by David Krug fueled angry posts and claims that The Blog Herald was ignoring the legacy of its alumni, including original site founder Duncan Riley.

“I was away on vacation when this happened so I haven’t really had the chance to communicate with Duncan and David [Krug]. Frankly, it was just an accident. We have so many people at the editor’s level that somehow it might have messed up the post entries.

“Actually, this wasn’t the first [time] it happened to us… [there were] at least two other prior incidents where a post (one actually on Digg) was accidentally deleted and we had to restore it manually,” Abe Olandres, editor of The Blog Herald, said in response to an e-mail from INQUIRER.net.

what’s new on youtube

01/25/07 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Tech | Leave a comment

YouTube was down a while ago for scheduled maintenance, but now that it’s back online, lookee here, spiffier look for the site and your channels, with more ways to customize your video page.

For instance, Channel Design now includes Layout Properties, and as you can see from the pic above, you can choose to dispaly your videos in a grid rather than a scroller. Plus you can choose to show or hide different elements, like your Channels I’m Watching box or Comments box.

Plus Channel Info now includes a Featured Video URL option. Just place the URL here, and your Featured Video will appear as a big playable video on your Channel, as seen below.

Visit the hackenslash TV channel on YouTube.

microsoft offers to pay for wikipedia entry changes

01/25/07 at 8:00 am | Posted in Tech | Leave a comment

When the heck will Microsoft learn? It’s stumbling all over cyberspace. Not too long ago it was lambasted in the blogosphere over the free AMD-powered Acer Ferrari laptops loaded with Vista that were given to bloggers.

Now the software giant is in the middle of another controversy after a developer revealed on his blog that Microsoft offered to pay him if he made changes to certain Wikipedia entries about Microsoft.

Naturally, this has caused an uproar among the Wikipedia community — I mean the whole idea behind this open source project is that volunteers are writing these articles in good faith, and that anyone can edit them, in good faith. Of course you have bad eggs who try to vandalize the pages or deliberately post falsehoods, but as a whole Wikipedia has been a remarkable experiment in building an encyclopedia.

Now Microsoft has opened a can of worms. Then again, with that much cash, maybe Microsoft thinks the answer to every problem is to wave money in front of people.

pinoy bloggers, game developers column piece at inquirer.net

01/24/07 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Gaming, INQUIRER.net, Tech | Leave a comment

An updated version of my post on Filipino bloggers and game developers as a new breed of heroes is online at INQUIRER.net.

Read my @Play INQUIRER.net Infotech column piece.

youtube and open music collaboration

01/22/07 at 10:31 am | Posted in Music, Tech | Leave a comment

Got this from Mike Abundo’s blog, and I can’t be more thrilled about this development.

As Mike stated in his post Open Music Collaboration on YouTube, seems musicians are harnessing the power of YouTube to make beautiful music together.

I’m not talking about a bunch of music artists getting together in the same room and doing a video of their performance. This is about one YouTube user, who’s a guitarist, posting a video of her song. Then another musician whom she doesn’t even know adds his drum track to the song, then another adds his bass performance. Awesome! See Mike’s post for the video clips.

I hope we’ll see more of this kind of grassroots collaboration. People who know me are aware of the public stand I’ve made against piracy over two years ago when I quit cold turkey. Yet while I remain firmly convinced we shouldn’t buy pirated discs of any form, the stupidity of digital rights management and the greed of recording companies is simply appalling.

How stupid is it when, even if I paid for an original music CD with hardearned money, I’m not supposed to be able to rip those tunes and transfer them to an MP3 player? No, if the music companies have their way, we’re supposed to pay another fee to download the digital equivalents of these songs, which, by the way, also have limitations on, say, how many machines you can play them on or number of CDs on which you can burn them. WTF?!! I’m already willing to pay for the original, which is a lot more expensive, but how many times can the recording companies expect to screw us over?

In fact, this will be one of the heated debates over at the MIDEM global music fair now ongoing in Cannes.

Here’s an excerpt from that wire report:

“You can’t ask people to pay (for music) when they’ve been getting it for free,” celebrated French economist, author and former adviser to president Francois Mitterand, Jacques Attali, told a packed MidemNet conference here Saturday.

Attali’s view is shared by most of the technology companies that are taking the music world fast forward into the digital age.

But the beleaguered major record labels, reeling from plummeting CD sales and piracy, take the opposite stance — at least for the moment.

News announced here Saturday that the independent record labels around the world have agreed to work together and pool access to their huge music catalogues will put further pressure on the big recording companies.

Hell, let all the musicians in the Philippines unite and pour their efforts into their own indie labels. They’re the ones with talent (well, at least some of them are, since others with no talent have flourished because of marketing), and they should have the power to decide how to distribute their content and what to charge for it.

The stupidity of DRM is something I’ve already railed against, including in my CNET Asia blog post “Do you want more frickin’ pirates?” I think it just goes to show how shortsighted, clueless or just plain greedy (or more likely all three) music companies and to a certain extent even movie companies (though props to them for being quicker in embracing digital distribution) are. They are alienating even the people who are willing to pay for original goods. The sad thing is that these companies are making a ton of money as middlemen — wouldn’t it be great if we could pay each artist directly? After all, wasn’t the removal of the middleman one of the promises of the Internet?

The music companies and other middlemen should tremble even more once bandwidth becomes ubiquitous. With high-speed connections, everything can be streamed, and we won’t even need to download the content. And if technology allows everything to be freely available, what happens to your old payment schemes?

Maybe it’s time for music companies and their ilk to look beyond business models based on the physical transfer of goods, and finally become part of the digital world.

The rest of us are living here already.

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