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September 1, 2009

IBM develops “automatic blogging during media viewing” patent

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ibm-auto-blogging-media-patentDigging through patent applications can bring up some interesting designs, such as this idea from IBM, filed last year and just now being talked about on blogs.

Realizing that there is still a degree of separation between mainstream home entertainment (TV) and mainstream blogging/social networking (Twitter/Facebook), IBM has come up with an idea to combine the two so that the everyday user can blog or tweet about something they’re watching on TV via a specially crafted remote control unit.

The geekier among you (me included) will probably roll their eyes and suggest that the separation needn’t matter — I can already tweet or blog from my laptop or iPhone while watching TV and it doesn’t matter to me that the devices are distinct. In fact, having tested out accessing basic web services from remote control units, I’d say it can be a pretty painful experience. read more

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May 26, 2009

The Twitter Show That Wasn’t

Variety reports that Twitter is doing a TV show:

The San Francisco-based web phenom has partnered with Reveille and Brillstein Entertainment to develop an unscripted TV skein described as “putting ordinary people on the trail of celebrities in a revolutionary competitive format.”

Naturally, that set the blogosphere abuzz with rumors of at Twitter show, reactions and whatnot. However, it turns out that the Variety report wasn’t all that it seemed to be. A post on the Twitter Blog goes on about the openness of Twitter, how various TV networks are utilizing it, and more.

However, Biz Stone sets it all straight as well: There is no Twitter show. That doesn’t mean that they don’t have visions though. read more

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