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Comcast Über Alles

Who are these people that still have [America Online] anyhow? What a waste of money. Which brings me to the company that I think all the other tech companies should watch out for — Comcast.

Is there a more aggressive tech company right now? Not even the mighty Microsoft has made more major acquisitions than Comcast has made in the last year or two. Comcast buys AT&T Broadband, Comcast attempts to buy [The Walt] Disney [Co.], now Comcast is looking at buying AOL. Comcast is already the biggest broadband provider in the country. Think of all the people they could add by buying AOL. Oh yeah, and think of all their current users. Instead of making their home page Comcast.net, they could make AOL their home page.

Now, if Comcast starts to gain a major monopoly in the number of broadband users and they own a major portal, they are the dominant player on the Web. Not Microsoft, not Google. Comcast.

Don Young, Commerce, Mich. http://spaces.msn.com/members/1microsoftway/Pe

Looking Horrible in HD

Teri Hatcher: In high-def, the Desperate Housewives star looks really desperate. Hatcher’s forehead is covered with bulging veins, making it look like a page from a triple-A Road Map.

And speaking of traveling, she looks like she hasn’t driven to a restaurant in years. Hatcher is so skinny that she makes Calista Flockhart look like Queen Latifah.

Phillip Swann, TVPredictions.com

Consumption and Creation

Notably, it is the first time in the history of media that people have been walking around with both media consumption and production devices, making them active participants in the creation and distribution of media. No longer watching or surfing, people are co-creating, mashing, blogging and networking together a media fabric that threatens the status quo in a significant way. Media is being more widely distributed farther away from the center of the network, this time right to the furthest edge — the pocket of every man, woman and child with a mobile-connected Personal Media Device.

I find it most interesting that low production value MMS is often more compelling than slick, high-production quality television because it is personalized and serves a purpose very different from TV.

Shawn Conahan, CEO, Intercasting Corp. http://www.intercastingcorp.com/blog/archives/2005/10/the_mobile_medi_1.html