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Wearables could make the “glance” a new subatomic unit of news

Nieman Lab

Next year will be my twentieth in digital news. From the start, I had an underlying disposition that digital news consumers — sports or otherwise — wanted their content easily digestible: brief, formatted, convenient.

Five years in, that was the inspiration for the Daily Quickie, my column on ESPN.com. Ten years later, that was the soul of Quickish — a startup built around a quick-hit stream of editor-curated “money quotes” on the biggest news topics.

That was my biggest bet yet that news was reaching a terminal velocity of format — the “atomic unit of content” in the form of, say, a tweet (or, as Quartz’s Zach Seward has put it, a Thing.)

I misjudged — I didn’t think nearly radically enough. The quick-hit stream of Twitter or the Facebook News Feed is giving way to a largely agnostic, mostly opt-in “notification layer” on top of the phone screen.

And yet even that notification layer feels larded in the context of the single-most-interesting media-industry detail from yesterday’s Apple presentation: We are about to enter the era of “glance journalism.”

 

“Glance” is the name of the feature of the Apple Watch that let Watch-wearers skim through a series of not-quite-notifications. Maybe they are notifications, but only as a subset of a new class of ultra-brief news.

 

“Atomic unit” was a helpful metaphor, but we’re now talking about the proton/neutron level. Glance journalism makes tweets look like longform, typical news notifications (and even innovative atomized news apps) look like endless scroll, and Seward’s list of essential Things (chart, gif, quote, stat) look unresponsive.

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Seeking funding? Here are 10 investors in India you should meet

Tech in Asia

We have seen investments into Indian tech startups on an upswing recently, topping US$1.3 billion in FY2013-14 and accounting for 266 deals. We’re getting close to a deal a day. In fact, the first quarter of 2014 had a multi-year high of $427 million. While ecommerce took the lion’s share, online travel and educational tech also attracted increasing interest from investors.

This is a continuation of a trend over the past five years. Between 2010 and 2013, more than US$3 billion flowed into India, which compares well with US$1.5 billion invested in Startup Nation Israel in the same period. This despite the fact that the Indian startup ecosystem is still not mature enough for big ticket exits, and over four-fifths of investment deals are early-stage.

So who are these early bird investors making big bets on Indian innovation? Who are the optimistic ones you should probably go to first if you’re a startup looking for funding in India?

Silicon Valley-based 500 Startups tops the list. It was the most active institutional investor in the Indian tech startup scene in 2013-14, making over 20 investments during the year, according to research firm CB Insights. Mumbai-based Blume Ventures was second, while Accel Partners rounds out the top three.

Four out of the top 10 ranked investors are based in India — Blume Ventures, Kalaari Capital, IDG Ventures India, and Kae Capital. The others have their headquarters abroad, but most of them have a presence in India to keep track of emerging startups as well as their investments.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10 institutional investors who have been the most active in the Indian tech startup scene recently:

500 Startups

Dave McClure’s popular Silicon Valley based seed fund has been bullish on India, with a country-specific fund called 500 Wallah. It made as many as 20 investments in FY2013-14, into companies like price comparison site PriceBaba and language learning innovator CultureAlley. And it currently has three startups from India in the ninth batch of its accelerator program.

Blume Ventures

This Mumbai-based homegrown venture capital firm likes to take a collaborative approach to investing, roping in other investors and angels into the ventures it backs. Blumers they call themselves, but they have a number of successes under their belt. Cool startups like cab aggregator TaxiForSure and robot-maker Grey Orange are in the Blume basket.

Accel Partners

Investments in ecommerce biggie Flipkart and Myntra’s series E, as well as BabyOye’s US$12 million series B and real estate portal CommonFloor’s series C and D rounds, among others, made Accel Partners one of the movers and shakers in India in the last four quarters. Freshdesk and BookMyShow are among the many Indian stars this California-headquartered firm has backed.

Kalaari Capital

Technopreneur-turned-investor Vani Kola, who returned to India after a billion-dollar exit from Silicon Valley, is the managing director of this Bangalore-based venture capital firm which took a punt on Snapdeal and Myntra long before the ecommerce boom. Kalaari, which derives its name from a martial arts tradition in South India, continues to pick winners like Urban Ladder and Zivame. 

Tiger Global Management

This ‘Tiger Cub’ from New York has funded some of the tech pioneers in India like Flipkart, MakeMyTrip and JustDial. In fact, it was one of the early players in the Indian tech startup scene, before unexpectedly shutting shop in 2009, ostensibly because it did not find the scale it was looking for. But it has been back with a bang since 2011.

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CES 2014: a look back at what mattered

TechHive

Innovation certainly was on display at CES 2014—4K HDTV hardware reached affordable prices, there was a tsunami of wearable fitness and health tech, 3D printers popped up everywhere, and smart cars made their mark, just to name a few of the major trends we spotted.

Our team patrolled the International CES show floor all week at searching for the devices and services you need to know about. In the process, we chose 10 winners for our Best of CES awards.

We also had our usual fun selecting other gear, trends, and innovations that caught our interest, which we showed you in our Picks slideshow. And we poked some gentle fun at some of the weird items displayed at this giant trade show in our Pans slideshow.

Here are some of our comprehensive slideshows about International CES 2014…

Computerworld’s 2014 Premier 100 Awards Acknowledges Reinvention & IT Leadership

IDGE Computerworld’s 2014 Premier 100 Awards Acknowledges Reinvention & IT Leadership

100 IT Leaders will be recognized at annual Premier 100 IT Leadership Conference

Framingham, Mass—IDG’s Computerworld—the leading IT media brand dedicated to providing insight into enterprise innovation from core to edge technologies—reveals the 2014 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders honorees, who will be recognized during the 15th annual Premier 100 IT Leadership Conference, co-produced by the CIO Executive Council. Honorees were selected for their demonstration of positive management strategies, innovation despite business challenges and effective use of information technology.

The Premier 100 honorees, along with their successes, will be featured in the February 27, 2014 issue of Computerworld, on Computerworld.com and during the Premier 100 IT Leadership Conference held March 2-4, 2014, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

“The Premier 100 awards program, now in its 15th year, shines a well-deserved spotlight on a group of talented, creative and hard-working men and women. These IT executives are driving technology innovation in business, education and government across the country and around the world,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Technology advances quickly, and these leaders excel at keeping pace with the changing needs of customers and employees, and making fast technology decisions that map to their organizations’ top priorities. They have developed a deep bench of talented IT staffers at their organizations and managed to keep their own skills fresh by constantly mastering new technologies and processes. We are privileged to recognize the leadership and achievements of the 2014 Premier 100 honorees.”

IT and business decision-makers find themselves exploring innovative ways to incorporate technology to drive business results. Expertise from the honorees will be weaved into the 2014 agenda, providing attendees the opportunity to gain awareness on the best techniques to manage social media security, big data, enterprise risk management and much more. The full agenda can be viewed at www.premier100.com/agenda.

“The Premier 100 recognizes the business value that technology can bring to an organization and the individuals who execute projects from concept to reality,” said Adam Dennison, VP and publisher of Computerworld. “I am excited to have these honorees and a robust group of IT solution providers—including Cisco, Information Builders, NTT Data and OutSystems—come together to share how integrating edge technologies and concepts into technology strategy can build competitive advantage and accelerate organizational growth.”

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World Tech Update – 11/8/13

IDG News Service

Coming up on WTU this week Twitter goes public, BlackBerry changes course and a research project from China promises blazingly fast connectivity.

5 Myths (and Truths) About Big Data

ClickZ

“Big data” has become a catchall term for the vast amount of information generated by our digital lifestyles, and the analytics techniques for dealing with it all to improve marketing, products, and business intelligence. It’s become very fashionable to decry the value of “big data” for marketing, with many pundits and consultants calling it “no big deal.”

I believe in “big data” just like I believe in the power of all data to transform our lives. Just look at the powerful applications already emerging in healthcare, world hunger, global economics, and even for those for whom hockey is more important than life itself, sport competiveness.

The opportunity in marketing and business intelligence is just as strong. Our digital lifestyles generate a tremendous amount of personal and behavioral data – in fact, IDC estimates that by 2020, the number of commercial transactions on the Internet (both B2B and B2C) will reach 450 billion per day. McKinseyforecasts that demand for “big data” in the U.S. will create up to 190,000 high-paying jobs requiring deep analytical skills by 2018.

Used responsibly, all that data has a very meaningful impact on our lives and the economy. It’s time to clear up some of the myths surrounding big data and what it can do for marketers.

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DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT WORLD TO DEBUT IN LOS ANGELES IN FEBRUARY 2014

Leading Entertainment, Digital and Technology Brands Line Up as Founding Sponsors, Advisory Board Members and Speakers for New IDG World Expo and Digital Media Wire Market & Conference

LOS ANGELES, September 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — IDG World Expo and Digital Media Wire today announced the launch of Digital Entertainment World (DEW), to be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles February 18-20, 2014. DEW is the first-ever global event marketplace for digital executives focused on the entire ecosystem of digital content creation to monetization.

The new three-day market and conference is the first venue connecting leading intellectual property rights holders from games, music, video and publishing to the entire digital value-chain of technology and service providers, digital distributors and device manufacturers, allowing them to build the partnerships necessary to create and monetize digital content across all significant platforms.
DEW website: www.dewexpo.com

“DEW is about the global ecosystem to monetize digital content from creation to distribution to consumer,” said DEW Creator and Chair and DMW CEO, Ned Sherman. “The many multi-faceted content/technology relationships today are providing consumers with the most engaging, interactive and entertaining content in history, propelling a global market with digital revenue driving projected growth of more than $500 billion by 2017. For anyone waiting for a digital marketplace to emerge, the wait is over — it’s here.”

DEW is assembling an impressive group of Founding Sponsors across industries including NBCUniversal, The Harry Fox Agency, Elastic Path Software, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, RSG Media, Interpret, Rixty and Ensequence and is bolstered by an Advisory Board that includes:

  • Rick Cotton, Senior Counselor for IP Protection, NBCUniversal
  • Doug Scott, President, Ogilvy Entertainment
  • David Payne, Chief Digital Officer, Gannett
  • Dan Porter, Head of Digital, William Morris Endeavor
  • Peter Csathy, Chief Executive Officer, Manatt Digital Media Ventures
  • Grant Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Interpret
  • Peter Low, Chief Executive Officer, Ensequence
  • Terry McBride, Chief Executive Officer, Nettwerk Music Group
  • Adam Besserman, Head of West Coast Development, Yahoo!

Other DEW speakers include:

  • Thomas Gewecke, Chief Digital Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • Phil Wiser, Chief Technology Officer, Hearst Corporation
  • Rio Caraeff, Chief Executive Officer, VEVO
  • Michael Simon, Chief Executive Officer, Harry Fox Agency
  • Sal Visca, Chief Technology Officer, Elastic Path Software
  • T. Hale Boggs, Chairman, Manatt Digital Media
  • Julie Craft, Vice President, Business Development, Rixty
  • Tim Connolly, Vice President, Digital Video Distribution, Disney and ESPN Media Networks

“DEW is unique in that it is the only B2B event about the complete digital ecosystem – not limited to vertical segments,” said Mary Dolaher, Chief Executive Office, IDG World Expo. “If you are in any way involved with content creation, delivery of content to the consumer, and/or any piece of the entire commerce chain in between, we look forward to offering you an exclusive marketplace and learning experience specifically focused on connecting you with the people and information you need to succeed.”

DEW will offer seven tracks showcasing approximately 300 speakers and more than 100 sessions, including five “View from the Top” discussions featuring C-Level executives from the leading companies and brands in entertainment, media and technology:

  • The State of the Digital Union
  • The State of Media and Publishing
  • The State of TV, Film & Video Businesses
  • The State of the Music Business
  • The State of the Games Business

Session Highlights include:

  • How Making Content Searchable, Findable and Shareable Helps to Monetize
  • Creating New TV Monetization Opportunities through the Second Screen Experience
  • The Tension between Traditional Movie Release Windows and Digital Revenue
  • The Evolution of the Digital Commerce Value Chain
  • In-Game Monetization Strategies
  • New Advertising Models for Social and Connected TV
  • Monetizing the Fan-Musician Connection
  • Monetizing Content through Freemium Models
  • Video Advertising Metrics and Models
  • The Economics of Streaming and Downloads

Other Event Highlights include:

  • The DEW Start-up Competition Sponsored by Manatt Digital Media
  • Exclusive Research from Interpret and other Research Partners & Analysts
  • DEW Summits including Digital Commerce Summit, Digital Copyright Summit and Digital Global Summit
  • Four 3-Day Tracks covering Content Creation and Infrastructure; Distribution and Mobile; Social and Marketing; and Advertising and Monetization
  • DEW Content Showcases with the most innovative new digital content projects followed by discussions with creative and business teams.

DEW will bring together digital-minded executives and professionals focused on monetizing digital content including: CEOs & Presidents, Founders, Investors, Chief Digital Officers, CTOs, CMOs, EVPs, SVPs, VPs, & Directors of Business Dev, Marketing & Sales, Brand Managers. Product Managers, Directors, Creative Directors and Creative Teams, Producers & Developers, Legal Counsel & Rights, Specialists, Media Executives, and Researchers & Analysts.

DEW is a joint venture between IDG World Expo, an award-winning producer of tradeshows and events including Macworld/iWorld, the MacIT® Conference, the Electronic Entertainment Expo® (E3®), and The Game Marketing Summit, and Digital Media Wire, a media company that provides daily digital news and produces B2B events such as Future of Television, Digital Music Forum, LA Games Conference and NY Games Conference.

For information on limited sponsorship opportunities, please contact Giovanni Stein at IDG World Expo. If you are interested in speaking at the event, please visit http://www.dewexpo.com/speaker-submission-form.

Digital Entertainment World, a unique event focused on monetizing digital content, is the must attend B2B event and marketplace for global media and technology executives who want to evaluate the digital media landscape. This three-day event brings together leading industry executives from games, music, video, and publishing — the entire digital content ecosystem. DEW is the place where content creators and owners, enabling technology providers, digital distributors and device manufacturers will connect to create the infrastructure and technology partnerships necessary to monetize digital content.  For more information, please visit www.DEWExpo.com.

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) is an award-winning producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, strategic business relationships, and access to industry-leading products and services. IDG World Expo’s portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld / iWorld, the MacIT® Conference, the Electronic Entertainment Expo® (E3®), Anime Expo®, The Game Marketing Summit, FutureM, BET Experience at L.A. Live, Enterprise MobileNext (mNext), Macworld Mobile, and Digital Entertainment World. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research and event company.

Digital Media Wire (www.dmwmedia.com) produces engaging and informative B2B conferences and events in four media verticals: video, games, publishing and music. DMW’s portfolio includes: Future of Television, Future of Film, Digital Music Forum, LA Games Conference, NY Games Conference, Disruptive Media Conference and Digital Media Conference. Participants include entrepreneurs and senior decision-makers at leading media, entertainment and technology companies, investment bankers, venture capitalists, advertisers, educators, policy-makers and legal professionals. DMW has one of the largest and most engaged and senior-level communities in the digital media industry.

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Responsive Design: Not One-Size-Fits-All

NetNewsCheck

While responsive design can promote usability and accessibility for sites, the downside is a sense of monotony and plainness. Icreon’s Devanshi Garg: “RWD opens up a lot of exciting opportunities for the publishing industry — and is a strong step forward for the Web. However, from a business perspective, developing responsively is still far from being a forgone conclusion for many publishers.”

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PCWorld Exits Print, and the Era of Computer Magazines Ends

Time

The last of the big general-interest PC magazines is no longer a magazine

The news isn’t shocking. In fact, it’s sort of a shock it didn’t happen several years ago. After slightly more than thirty years in print, PCWorld magazine is ceasing publication, effective with the current issue, to focus on its website and digital editions.

If I have to explain why, you haven’t been paying attention to the media business for the past decade or so. The web has been awfully hard on magazines, and no category has suffered more than computer publications. Both readers and advertisers have largely moved online. Many of them did so years ago — especially the sort of tech-savvy people who once read PC magazines. At the end, PCWorld was about a quarter the size it once was in terms of pages and had lost two-thirds of its readership. I don’t even want to think about what had happened to its profits.

I spent thirteen and a half years writing and editing for PCWorld, from 1994-2008, as an employee of its publisher, IDG. (It was called PC World back in my day, and I still wince slightly every time I type the name without a space.) So you might think I’d consider the news of the magazine’s end to be something akin to a death in the family.

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Innovation is a Core Competency of a Successful CMO!

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 Innovation is a Core Competency of a Successful CMO!

Technology Marketing Blog

And this was clearly evident as several CMOs shared their success stories at Mass Tech Leadership Council’s recent 2013 Marketing Summit.  CMO’s and other marketing executives shared valuable insight on how to do “more with less” – the theme of the event. Sure, as marketers we’ve been using that term at least since the Internet bust ~13 years ago; however, we’ve come a long way since then. Not only has marketing slimmed down from a staff perspective, but more importantly, we’ve developed a laser focus on being more relevant to our buyers and internal customers. In addition, we’ve developed a healthy obsession with metrics to demonstrate our value to the organization and better manage our precious budget. But even with this greater maturity, the worst thing we can do at this stage is lessen our drive for innovation.  Here are just a few of the key insights from this summit to help you and your marketing team keep innovation at the forefront of your marketing strategy and tactics:
  • Content is King:  Be a source of value for your buyers, even if your content strays from your product offering

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