Web 2 dot Uh-Oh

In case you missed it, the Web 2.0 world is up-in-arms about Tim O'Reilly's plans to trademark ... Web 2.0. Here's Tim O'Reilly's take on the controversy.

Personally, I think the term has outlived its usefulness. To me, "Web 2.0" stands for "companies that do not have a business model."

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This from PC World ...

Google will soon begin selling video advertisements on the Web, opening a new front in its battle for a bigger slice of the online advertising market.

The ads will appear on Web sites that are part of Google's AdWords network, which includes partners like About.com and The New York Times, rather than on Google's own properties. They'll be offered first in the U.S., Canada, and Japan, with other regions to follow shortly, the company said in its official AdWords blog on Monday.

Users will have the choice to click on the ads to start them playing, rather than having them launch automatically. Advertisers will bid to display their video ads alongside the existing text, Flash, and image advertisements that Google sells today.

This news follows hard on the heels of VitalStream's purchase of EonStreams, which specializes in online video ad insertion.

One-Stop Shop

This release from VitalStream just hit the wire ...

VitalStream Holdings Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSHI), the world leader in audio and video streaming, today announced it has acquired Eonstreams, Inc., a privately-held provider of Internet advertising insertion and streaming solutions. The integration of Eonstreams’ advertising solution technologies into VitalStream’s content delivery network (CDN) will provide customers with a one-stop solution for delivering integrated streaming and digital advertising content on the Internet.

Internet Catwalk

In an article entitled Fashionably Late? Designer Brands Are Starting To Embrace E-Commerce [subscription required], The Wall Street Journal examines the increasing importance of the Internet to high-end fashion brands. Glam is playing an integral role in helping these brands merchandise their goods.

The rush for Internet riches comes after luxury-goods companies have poured money into buying or renting some of the world's most expensive real estate for extravagantly appointed boutiques. Many, like Prada and Louis Vuitton, hired famous architects and artists. Luxury-goods brands generate the bulk of their sales through their own stores, not at wholesale.

But as luxury labels reach critical mass in important markets like Tokyo's Omotesando neighborhood and Hollywood, the profit margins for each new store could soon start to shrink, analysts say. "There could be overcapacities soon," says Merrill Lynch luxury-goods analyst Antoine Colonna.

The Internet offers a new source of sales and higher profit margins.

LA Story

Larry Marcus judging online music startups at OnHollywood 2006
Larry Marcus and I just returned from the Always On OnHollywood 2006 conference, where Larry judged a group of online music startups. To see a video of these companies' presentations as well as Larry's commentary, which starts around the thirty-five minute mark, please click here.