The KLBJ Cyber Corner with Todd Jeffries
10/30/2012 5:26:00 AM
Announcing SXSW V2V
Organizer are excited to announce SXSW V2V, the newest addition to the SXSW family of events. SXSW V2V is an extension and re-imagining SXSW's 26-year-old Austin event with an emphasis on the creative spark that drives entrepreneurial innovation.
The startup and venture capital space is of major interest to all the creative industries that are at the core of the SXSW family of events. Featuring four days of informative panels and workshops, inspirational speakers, intensive mentor and coaching programs, networking events and receptions, pitch competitions and startup showcases, SXSW V2V offers innovators and entrepreneurs across all creative industries a space to learn the skills, make the connections and find the inspiration to take their ideas and talents to the next level. If you are involved in building an app, a service, a business, a brand or a community, then this event is for you.
Join us August 11 through August 14, 2013 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada for extension and re-imagining of the legendary SXSW experience with an emphasis on the creative spark that drives entrepreneurial innovation.
Learn more about this exciting event at http://sxswv2v.com/
IN THE NEWS: SANDY BOOSTS SURF, SURFING
Hurricane Sandy didn't just drive heavy wind, rain and waves into the East Coast. It also drove loads of people to the Internet. There was a big "storm surge" - of Internet surfers who went online to track the huge weather system's movement. One site which saw a huge spike was The Weather Channel. It streamed its TV feed on its own website - as well as on YouTube. And it paid off, drawing its biggest audience ever - 200 million page views as of yesterday evening. The storm not only knocked down some structures, it blew away the paywall some news sites set up. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Baltimore Sun all allowed Internet surfers full access to their sites - so people who don't pay were able to get the latest news. Meanwhile the storm also produced a run on a site for those who wanted no part of storm coverage. Netflix reports video streaming was up 20 percent compared to last Monday, with most of the added traffic coming from the New York, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston areas. A Netflix spokeswoman says there were a lot of children's titles streamed - mainly because schools along much of the east coast are closed because of Sandy.
IN THE NEWS: APPLE LOSING TWO TOP EXECS, SHAKEUP POSSIBLY THE REASON
Apple isn't saying why two of its top executives are leaving the company. But you don't have to be much of an analyst to figure out what's probably going on. Apple's head of store operations is out the door. John Browett departs after just six months on the job. And iOS software executive Scott Forstall is leaving next year. Apple didn't discuss the personnel moves. But both men oversaw major goofs on their watch. Browett cut staff hours at Apple retail stores - a move the company has reversed and says was a mistake. And Forstall presided over the upgrade of the iPhone/iPad/iPod software. It featured a new mapping feature to replace Google maps. That went so badly Apple apologized - and even asked users to abandon the Apple map app for others, including that of rival Google.
ON THE WEB: US HAS PRESENCE ON VIETNAM-BASED PIRACY SITE
It's not usually a place you'd expect to see a U.S.-government presence: a Vietnamese website that lets users download unlicensed songs and Hollywood movies. The U.S. has a large social media account on Zing.vn, one of the top web sites in the world. The American embassy is on the site to reach out to young Vietnamese as it seeks closer ties with its former enemy. The embassy's presence shows how mainstream pirate sites have become in Vietnam - in part because the government does nothing to stop them. It also raises questions whether Washington is legitimizing a pirate site that is opposed by record labels and movie studios.
Online: Zing site in Vietnamese: http://www.ving.vn
IN STORES: NEW PRODUCTS HITTING STORES
It's that time of year - when high-tech gear makers begin rolling out wares they hope will end up on someone's holiday shopping list. And a lot of the stuff either has already hit store shelves - or will soon. Last week, Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system came out, along with its Surface tablet computer. Apple's new iPads and Mac computers are due in stores on Friday. Barnes and Noble will ship its new Nook devices on Thursday. And a new version of Amazon.com's Kindle Fire is due in stores soon, as will the new Nintendo Wii.
Our dear friend and colleague Richard Dorsett suddenly passed away on Friday, October 26th in his home in Austin. Richard had been associated with SXSW for many years as a music festival submissions curator and an Assistant Production Manager, supervising the production of music festival shows.
Richard was one of the original Inner Sanctum Records clerks at the seminal Austin indie record shop during the 1970s, where his trenchant in-store commentary became the stuff of legend. His status in the history of the early punk rock/new wave in Austin was cemented with his arrest by the Austin Police Department during the riot that accompanied the debut appearance at Raul's of punk band The Hun's, making him one of the "Huns 11."