Posts filed under “Web/Tech”

Letterman and the Future of Media Consumption

The past month has seen an outpouring of tributes and praise for the just-retired “Late Show” host David Letterman. I have been linking to some of the more informative (and amusing) discussions in the morning reads (see this and this). None have really captured the context I was looking for: what does this tell us about the future of media consumption in the changing technology, media and social landscape?

The arc of Letterman’s career has run parallel to those changes. Many of the companies that were central to the changes either were, are or will be in your investment portfolio. Isn’t competition grand?

I didn’t watch much TV as a kid (parental restrictions), but as soon as I was on my own, I went wild. I got one of those new fangled VCRs once I could afford one, and the first show I began taping regularly was “Late Night With David Letterman.” I never found Johnny Carson, whose show aired before Letterman’s, especially funny; he was too bland. Letterman had edge, he was unpredictable.

At the time, most of us had no idea what drove Letterman’s antics. The 12:30 a.m. time slot was owned by Carson’s production company, and he wanted as little overlap between the “Tonight Show” and “Late Night” as possible. The strictures included no sidekick like Ed McMahon, no big band like Doc Severinsen’s. Only four jokes were allowed in the monologue. Carson’s old school guests and routines were also off limits — as if anyone under 60 wanted to book Zsa Zsa Gabor or steal a tired  shtick like “Carnac the Magnificent.”

Letterman and crew were forced to innovate. Thus, we were givenStupid Pet Tricks, Top 10 lists and all of the inventive remote segments — Letterman working the drive-through window at a Taco Bell, Letterman driving a rented convertible through a car wash with the top down and so on. For someone discovering television beyond “MASH” reruns, it was glorious. The show became a cult favorite, especially with the college and stoner crowd.

 

Continues here: How Media Is Consumed After Letterman

 

Category: Humor, Television, Web/Tech

RWM’s Mobile App for iPhone, iPad & Android

We are very excited to now offer RWM clients a mobile app for their iPhones & iPads, as well as Google’s Android. Its powered by Orion, and so far, its been rock solid.  

Category: Investing, Web/Tech

30 Signs You’re On Financial Twitter

Thirty Signs You’re On Financial Twitter 30. You unintentionally know more about Greece than you had ever thought possible 29. Joe Weisenthal is your alarm clock 28. You wish David Tepper, Bill Ackman, Michael Lewis and Retired Bernanke would show up here already and engage 27. You watch a guy switch his avatar to a pic of a hot girl…Read More

Category: Financial Press, Humor, Web/Tech

Tesla’s Big Bet on Building Batteries for Your Home

Tesla is building a new generation of batteries that could power homes, businesses and even the grid. Bloomberg’s Tom Randall takes a look at the emerging market for new energy storage.


Source: Bloomberg

Full Elon Musk presentation after the jump

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Category: Energy, Video, Web/Tech

The Great Unbundling

Nobody wants to watch the Discovery Channel. 2.9 million people viewed “Naked and Afraid.” But a hundred million paid for it. More than a buck a month. The CEO made $156 million. Now what? Lawsuits. Verizon is following the customer, allowing its FiOS TV subscribers to pick and choose channels. And the content providers are…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, Television, Think Tank, Web/Tech

10 Quick Content Marketing Tips

10 Quick Content Marketing Tips (By DNN Software. Redesigned by Ethos3.) from Ethos3 | Presentation Design and Training

Category: Web/Tech

Nasdaq Bubble Stole From Future Returns

Yesterday, we discussed why the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has gone sideways for the past few months. The prime suspects were rich valuations, earnings crimped by falling energy prices and higher returns to be had overseas. Today, I want to look at the Nasdaq Composite Index. It closed at 5,056.06 yesterday, surpassing its March 2000 dot-com…Read More

Category: Markets, Psychology, Sentiment, Valuation, Web/Tech

Google Antitrust Case

It’s the beginning of the end. Once someone starts investigating you for the sins of the past, your future is screwed. Google is in trouble. Because tech is like music, it’s all what have you done for me lately. Only in tech, you can’t tour profitably on your hits of yesteryear, you can’t tour at…Read More

Category: M&A, Web/Tech

Protect Your Assets: Common-sense Cybersecurity for Investors

Let’s get the scary stuff out of the way upfront: Cybercrime costs the global economy $575 billion annually, according to reports. The United States takes a $100 billion hit, the largest of any country, according to Politico. A report from former U.S. intelligence officials counted 40 million people whose personal information was stolen within the past year.Online theft…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Web/Tech

60 Minutes: Hack Attack on Sony

North Korea’s cyberattack on Sony Pictures exposed a new reality: you don’t have to be a superpower to inflict damage on U.S. corporations

If most people remember anything about the North Korean government’s cyberattack against Sony Pictures last November, it’s probably that there was a lot of juicy gossip in leaked emails about movie stars, agents, and studio executives. There was also an absurd quality to the whole episode, which was over an ill-advised movie comedy about the assassination of North Korea’s leader, which the North Koreans did not find funny. The weirdness of it all has obscured a much more significant point: that an impoverished foreign country had launched a devastating attack against a major company on U.S. soil and that not much can be done about it. In some ways it’s another milestone in the cyberwars which are just beginning to heat up, not cool down.

 

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Category: Video, War/Defense, Web/Tech