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Do you have content you could monetise on the iPad?

Agius had an endearing story to tell, which involved him travelling to New York and adopting a series of fake identities to snap up 20 iPads on the weekend of the US launch, several months before the much coveted device became available to Australian early-adopters. Together, we spent the afternoon discussing the new device and its possible commercial applications.

Meet Ralph Simon: “The Father of the Ring Tone”

Ralph Simon is regarded as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry. At X|Media|Lab Global Media Ideas, Ralph will address various ways Australian Internet start-ups can find capital or smart support for their company and commercial ideas In an email interview, we asked him to share his views about the 'next' round of mobile technologies and what he thinks about Australian innovation.

Meet Ralph Simon: "The Father of the Ring Tone"

Ralph Simon is regarded as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry. At X|Media|Lab Global Media Ideas, Ralph will address various ways Australian Internet start-ups can find capital or smart support for their company and commercial ideas In an email interview, we asked him to share his views about the 'next' round of mobile technologies and what he thinks about Australian innovation.

X|Media|Lab Global Media Ideas Pro Day Conference

Sponsored Promotion: If you are developing digital media ideas across platforms, attend the Pro Conference Day and explore: innovation in media and technology; international business opportunities; and new platforms, applications and content.

X|Media|Lab Global Media Ideas Pro Day Conference

Sponsored Promotion: If you are developing digital media ideas across platforms, attend the Pro Conference Day and explore: innovation in media and technology; international business opportunities; and new platforms, applications and content.

Facebook’s population is likely to exceed 500 million by June. But what will this...

In early February, Facebook announced that it had 400 million users and All Facebook’s Nick O’Neill is predicting that the company should near the 600 million user mark and surpass $1 billion in annualised revenue by the end of the year. But the growth of Facebook is evidence of something more than a fad.

Facebook's population is likely to exceed 500 million by June. But what will this...

In early February, Facebook announced that it had 400 million users and All Facebook’s Nick O’Neill is predicting that the company should near the 600 million user mark and surpass $1 billion in annualised revenue by the end of the year. But the growth of Facebook is evidence of something more than a fad.

No one cares about you! Godin delivers some vital, unvarnished truth

The masses are turned on, tuned in and... thinking entirely of themselves. Seth Godin provides an important reality check for marketeers and businesses when considering exploring and exploiting the mass market appeal of modern media channels.

The latest hot trend in social media: leaving it

It is perhaps inevitable then that the rise of social media has been accompanied by a counter-trend towards users abandoning it. Last year, when Twitter was the hot breakout platform, research revealed that 60% of Twitter users quit within the first month. Of course, that group was dominated by tyre-kickers, but it serves to demonstrate that people will only commit time to activities they think will return them a net benefit over time.

Aussie digital companies make impact at International Webby Awards

Eight Australian digital companies have been named as finalists for the 14th Webby Awards. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards are known as the "Oscars for the Internet" honouring excellence on the internet from around the globe.

Nine Aussies among 25 entrepreneurs creating companies on The Startup Bus travelling from San...

25 entrepreneurs (including nine Aussies) board @TheStartupBus from San Francisco to attend the South by Southwest (SxSW) Conference in Austin. They are to build five businesses from concept to launch over the 48-hour road trip. Their biggest challenge so far is apparently overcoming motion sickness during the trip.

ParkYoung's big graphic on the four models of communication

The chart is called the 'Four Models of Communication', devised to explain communication trends that have emerged largely as a result of new technology and social media. Firstly, it's worth magnifying and checking out in detail. Secondly, given Trevor Young's prescient understanding of new media, I'm hoping that it signals a return to the big graphic!

ParkYoung’s big graphic on the four models of communication

The chart is called the 'Four Models of Communication', devised to explain communication trends that have emerged largely as a result of new technology and social media. Firstly, it's worth magnifying and checking out in detail. Secondly, given Trevor Young's prescient understanding of new media, I'm hoping that it signals a return to the big graphic!

Could SME business owners soon become the new media barons?

After reading Matthew De Silva's post yesteday on last month’s Media 2010 conference, I spent the evening thinking about the challenges facing old media. As I pondered, I was struck by a radical (yet logical) series of thoughts, leading to the following question. Could small business owners soon become the new media barons? Let me explain.

Hacks and geeks ponder media’s ‘Humpty Dumpty’ moment at Media 2010

How is the media handling the digital ecosphere? Matthew da Silva discussed the view from the wall with key players in attendance at last month’s Media 2010 conference, a Sydney ideas forum sponsored by Fairfax Digital.

Victorian government adopts Creative Commons as its default information licensing system

In a first move by an Australian government, the Victorian parliament has adopted Creative Commons (CC) licensing as its default licensing system for access to public sector information (PSI).

SixthSense technology combines physical and digital worlds [video]

Mistry believes that the next step in computing is blending human gestures in the physical world with that of our everday digital needs, thus bringing it, and us, closer together. At the same time this will free us from the interfacing restrictions that we currently experience.

The Woz explains how sleep deprivation led to colour displays

Major inventions and technical breakthroughs often happen by accident. Here legendary Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak explains how, while working with Steve Jobs to meet a deadline for Atari, he went four days without sleep, leading to one of his greatest technological breakthroughs.

LinkedIn helps Irish startup raise over $250,000 in 8 days

Limerick-based software startup Goshido recently completed its first round of private fundraising in only eight days. What is more impressive is that it accomplished this feat solely via the social media networking site LinkedIn.

How to supercharge employees: Just ask them to buy the company, like Bam Creative...

Late last year, Miles Burke, the founder of Perth-based Bam Creative, engineered a coup d’état within his own business. He invited all the company’s employees to become shareholders. Bam started the new year with everyone buzzing around the office, genuinely working for the collective good rather than selfish individual ends. Here’s Burke’s account of how (and why) it happened.

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