Google YouTube conference call

Google agreed to buy YouTube today for $1.65 billion in stock. In the conference call it was apparent from both Eric and Sergey’s comments (Sergey mentioned MySpace, Facebook, and Orkut by name), that YouTube is ushuring in the next generation of the internet: one that leverages social networks and video.

Google video will remain as a stand alone with even tighter integration with the main google services. I will be watching Google’s page creator as well as their Google personalized home pages. These were not mentioned specifically in the call, but I suspect they are robust entries for GOOG to expand into social networking.

The next generation internet is here is and it is socially networked media. Yahoo!, MSN, and MySpace, look out.

Rocketboom at the advertising vanguard

8 months after Rocketboom‘s successful ebay auction, word from AdAge today is that 118 advertisers have lined up for a cable TV advertising auction powered by eBay.

Originally dreamed up March 2005 by Wal-Mart SVP-Marketing Communications Julie Roehm at her former post at Chrysler Group, Adage reports the auction is being seeded with $50m in Walmart ads.

Congrats to RB for seeing the trend early and capitalizing on it.

The ad trials are being set up for demonstration next month with an estimated launch in the first quarter of 2007. eBay’s site is located at

There will be two trading systems to serve both buyer and seller. The Buyer’s format sounds like it will be an RFP format from selected sellers. A marketer can set a start and end date for the trade. Anonymity will be kept during the bid process with the winner and winning bid being revealed at close.

The second system would be one for sellers. Available inventory would be posted and buyers would bid on the package.

Henry V – Act 4, Scene III

Phil’s impressive performance at the gates of Harfleur left little doubt it would be he that represents the Tagami Brothers in front of the lens. Still, I have a fondness for Henry’s rally of troops before the Battle at Agincourt.

With the bonus material overflowing from the great performances of both the Rey and Bui Brothers, I could not leave this undone. 

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 Here, in all its vlogginess, is my garage-rendition of that rousing speech…

VlogDeathmatch – Tagami – Henry V

Final cut for VlogDeathmatch #1. King Henry V. Act 3 Scene III.

The siege of Harfleur, Normandy, France began 18 August 1415 and ended on 22 September when Harfleur surrendered to the English. Here is Shakespeare’s adaptation of these events.

Historical footnote: tomorrow, 8 October, will mark 591 years to the day, when Henry’s army left Harfleur on the way to Calais. Crossing the Somme, and hoping to evade the French army, Henry rallied his troops for an overwhelming English victory at the Battle of Agincourt 17 days later on 25 October, Saint Crispin’s Day.

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Wind Power

Captured these driving back from LA from the Portable Media Expo this last weekend. This ist at Altamont Pass: the largest concentration of Wind Turbines in the world. This is just one small hill out of dozens. Music is Aubele’s Postales.

In 2004, petroleum 37.5% of the world’s energy production. Coal accounted for 25.6%. Natural gas ranked third at 23.1%. Hydro was 6.21%, Nuclear 6.20%, and geothermal, solar, wind, wood, and waste generated all of 0.9% percent total.