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Blogging's Naked Truth

531Interesting article from Information Week about why businesses should blog.

Blogging strips away the polished veneer of official company communications and can put you and your company in front of the marketplace in a more authentic light.  If more light would be good for your business, then blog.  If lurking in the shadows behind authorized sound bytes seems to fit your company culture better, then by all means avoid the blogosphere.

And prepare for irrelevance.

Technorati tags: Blogging, Blogs, Blogosphere

Thanks to Larry Scott for the point on this article.

Steelers Blast into Super Bowl

530_1It's always great when your predictions work out.  I thought Blitzburgh had a great shot at beating the Broncos at Mile High, and they did not disappoint me (or legions of fans everywhere).  Entering the AFC playoffs as the #6 seed, they defeated the #3, #1, and #2 seeds to earn a trip to Detroit for the Super Bowl.

529I am glad we didn't have to play New England in Foxboro this week, but Big Ben, Bettis and the rest have certainly earned their spot with three back-to-back-to-back road wins.

Technorati tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl, Big Ben

Yahoo to "Air" Reality Program "The Runner"?

Media shift and fragmentation continues.

527"The Runner", a reality show developed by Mark Burnett but never aired by ABC may now be distributed online via Yahoo.  This could be a major step for "online TV" and is just further evidence of the vast changes on the near horizon for media. 

Link to story at iMedia

Link to story at WebProNews

Technorati tags: Runner, Mark Burnett, Yahoo, Online Media

Radio Google?

526From cNet News -

"Google said Tuesday that it will pay $102 million in cash for DMarc Broadcasting, a Newport Beach, Calif., company that works with radio advertisers in the sales, scheduling, delivery and reporting of radio ads.

The deal calls for Google to make additional cash payments based on product integration, net revenue and advertising inventory targets. Those payments could total $1.13 billion over the next three years, Google said.

Google plans to integrate DMarc technology into its AdWords platform, creating a new radio ad distribution channel for Google advertisers."

Link to full story at cNet

Story at Forbes

Technorati tags: Google, , DMarc Broadcasting, AdWords, Advertising, Radio Advertising

Steelers Getting There the Hard Way

523_1I don't often yell at the television during a sporting event.  Even more rare is the pogo-stick reaction where I bounce around the room like the Tasmanian Devil.  The final minute of today's Steelers/Colts game brought out both.  My hands are still quivering a bit as I let this victory soak in.

524_1After dominating most of the game on both sides of the football, the Steelers let the Colts back in with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.  Then on 4th and 16 from the Indy 12, the Steelers sacked Manning on the two-yard line for what was sure to be the game-clinching play.  On the ensuing play, Jerome Bettis fumbled and the Colts ran it back to their 42-yard line.  Five plays later Mike Vanderjagt missed the game-tying field goal allowing Pittsburgh to escape with the 21-18 win and head to Denver for next week's AFC Championship game.

525_1As I mentioned in an earlier post, I did not expect the Steelers to win in the dome at Indy.  But they now become the first #6 seed to ever make it to the conference championship game.  And, they did it in the middle of my grandson's first birthday party which made it even more special for him and me.  I'm also grateful that Jerome Bettis didn't end a Hall of Fame career with a game-deciding fumble.  But my heart does go out to Tony Dungy who's had to suffer so much in the last month.

I like the Steelers chances against the BroncosBig Ben is ready to play.  It should be a great game.

Game story at FOX

Game story at ESPN.

Google and Yahoo Take Aim at Television

523Google and Yahoo are making aggressive plans to move beyond the browser screen to the television screen.

From the New York Times - "The two companies, already the most popular services for searching and organizing the vast information on the World Wide Web, want to perform the same function for television, which will increasingly be delivered over the Internet.

Indeed, much of the innovation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where top executives of both companies are speaking today, revolves around video gadgets of all sizes that connect online to new programming services."

Full NYT article

Yahoo! Go unveiled at - See Yahoo's presentation on how this new product will enable you to tie together your PC, your TV and your mobile device (including cell phone).

More at Reuters

Technorati Tags: Google, Yahoo, television, Yahoo Go, CES