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Two men who understand the Web’s use and future: Osama & Rupert

  The online odd couple Rupert & Osama

Two men who understand the Web’s use and future: Osama & Rupert

As I watch about the WiBro networks launch in Korea on Ariang TV; I think to the odd couple but both Rupert Murdoch and Osama Bin Laden seem to be preaching thier message on the web and using this tool of communication to their advantage in ways most that ‘people’ don’t get it yet in Mainstream Media or in Government.

Take Bin Laden – from the start of this conflict people in his corner have been able using the web and old mules literally. – he’s even ploughing his new releases using the web –“New Bin Laden Audio Tape: Osama Speaks on the Death of Zarqawi -ABC News”

ABC Newsblogs site is already pre-plugging his releases.
I mean Al qaeda operatives from here in Asia to the middle east are using web enabled cell phones and browsers to keep in touch – at least reports say – using simple web based ‘E-groups’ and web groups to communicate using email accounts, forums, chat rooms ICQ and popular sites like friendster and myspace.

Ironically on a tool ‘the internet’ invented by the US Military scientists at first in WW2 to communicate and link early computers – to develop the first atom bomb the first networked computers were used.
Later on used by scientists with wider vision similar in form to reach the moon- it later developed into the old BBS system – now we have all that we have and information superhighways – broadband TV –
‘Nichecasting’ and spot narrow casting for those of us who use video as a tool.

A good article on the web base of media reading between the lines of a long article- though its not a geek speaking- it’s media mogul ‘ Rupert murdoch s’ and preaching about the the new web– funny for me when considering as a stringer or contributor to that #1 network he owns – I once got scolded for emailing things about new technology! ways to report the news from the field using new technology. The email -ironically was from a guy who left the ‘Foreign Desk’ ands now runs the Fox News news website! He’s a cool dude- but – its one of those ironies of technology and movement in corporations.
Putting it context he didn’t want to bothered by ‘technology emails or software tips” onsidering how much news was flowing onto his email. It was clutter to him. Funny! to think about now really thank God I never erase an email! It after reading the boss’s view as it were- will now go into my ‘priceless someday’ email collection – along with my email from a VP at CNN rejecting a story Idea I had way – way in 1996-1997 about ‘Oplan Bojinka…’ one of the pre-9-11 hijacking plots hatched by early days al qaeda. ‘No Technology emails’ – I almost want to laugh when I think about it.

Anyhow- Wired Magazine – on Murdoch’s views- it is an eye opener – but also shows the lack of understanding for 3G and 3.5G networks or new developments like Wibro – wireless broadband – to a guy who ought to looking more closely at it.
An example – cited in Murdoch’s P-O-V about it he does “Not see a guy watching a movie on a cell phone sitting on beach…” ok yeah true- but perhaps he’s not yet- considering he owns one of the worlds largest movie studios and content libraries and is trying to get broadband WFIMax nets set up across the USA – and perhaps it should be explained to him in other parts of the newscorp world.
He forgets – one little thing- more and more web use and browsing from cell phones – smart phones – in networks of fifty to 100 million users, like say in China or India – where a popular movie or even a simple as song’s ring tone downloaded can mean at a dollar a pop an entirely new way to distribute content.

Most new phones now have SD or MMC card with a capacity for 2 gigs on a small plastic memory card. A typical software based movie player using MP4 can store a movie in less 2 MB – meaning – on one phone on Mpeg 40 at high quality – on one memory card 10 movies! New MPEG 4 compression and Flash 8 video technology allows even five times less memory used when having this – so- news, movies, sports, etc. could be sold-sent-played back later- best of it all with things like flash or some cell phone based things is since it passes through phone networks. Murdoch perhaps does not see the potentail yet- but he and others in the movie biz ought to look at it that way.

Imagine for example if our own studios here in manila would allow someone to send buy and sell movies on cell phones – movies you could play back later on your PC – or news or sports events. Imagine if say smart and or globe- bought the rights to this weekends Pacman fight- and you could download or stream watch it live? Imagine interactive gaming (ie betting -gambling w/ sports ) at the same time. Wow!

Now piracy and cell phone based entertainment – like say – Passing on the movies that becomes a hassle some may say. But new tech like Flash 8 allows authors to put expiration dates that could be writen onto films making it secure from pirates by storing it on flash video over MP4.

In Korea for example TV’s sold have built in SD card readers and simple software to play phone based movies or photo’s.

Meaning beyond the phone- a person say on the way home from school or work get a sms about a movie and poof- they download it on the cell- instant payment because it goes on a phone bill. they get home and share it with the family.

Likewise- like something your local cable provider isn’t offering- hook up the phone and tune in from Cell based TV nets what you cant get on TV- so the phone becomes a gateway- and the small screen – now hooked up by say USB or bluetooth to a TV or PC is now a gateway for the new signal.

Or the subscriber saves movies or content to SD card- getting home they play it back on the LCD TV cum home PC entertainment system. they can burn it once to a DVD or transfer it another card. and add it to thier collection.

Yowsa baby! a popular little tool allows people on their lunch hour to watch that show they fell asleep on or browse in peace on high speed nets on – line via gprs or hrssd 3G networks ON the phones.

But as media moguls view the web and comunications networks for profits.

Others like OBL – view it as thier tool to reach hundreds of millions when blocked to terrstial networks or broadcasts. they can send pass on and make thier messages spread all over the wotld in a few hours after they upload to the web at large.

On Osama-

[]… A new Osama bin Laden audio is expected to be released within three days. On the tape, bin Laden will talk about the death of Abu Musab Zarqawi. More details to come….[] ABC News the blotter

So imagine that – ABC News plugging a upcoming release! that just shows how tech and technology have even entered the realm of cyber-plugging terror.

So from Billionare media moguls to extremist rebels the web is taking new forms and shapes to spread information – one line in the wired artcle on Rupert’s view does make a lot of sense – describing the web itself.
[]… ” To find something comparable, you have to go back 500 years to the printing press, the birth of mass media – which, incidentally, is what really destroyed the old world of kings and aristocracies. Technology is shifting power away from the editors, the publishers, the establishment, the media elite. Now it’s the people who are taking control.” And he’s smiling.” …[] Wired

So as one can see it is inserting to view the entire spectrum for capitalist to rebel to extremist the web both good and bad parts of it has been taking on shapes many of its original inventors never imagined. Oh and yes- in some ways Osama and Rupert both are on thier space online!

June 29, 2006 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

Historic preservation:Petition for Baguio

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Who describes themselves as – ” Living in the Philippines offers a chance to explore these islands and get to know the people. It is not always paradise and I try to show all sides. ” Petition for Baguio

Posted a petition for Baguio online its been going around the web – seeking to control the over-development a major issue not only for the City of pines but in many places where history has been repeatedly torn down to make way for the new over the old.

[]…  “… the City of Baguio deserves to be declared a “Special Heritage Zone,” so that the degradation brought about by overdevelopment can be minimized and gradually controlled. We believe that Baguio City’s heritage as a center of culture and environmental awareness is a valuable asset not just to the Philippines, but also to the world. … []

So far over 170 copies have come down many major names on the list go to the site and follow the instructions if you are interested – it is always a worthy cause to save a bit of  heritage many places throw aside in favor of the new and splashy.

June 27, 2006 at 6:49 pm 1 comment

NY Times & Bush Admin: 15mins of posing

President Bush is up in arms over the snooping report the New York Times and other media outlets raised on the ‘so called secret” bank transactions snooping on US nationals and corporations to check into the sources of those funding groups linked to terrorism.
Its clearly just another issue the Bush administration is stretching bit to improve poll numbers among conservative voters.

[] … The US president has accused US newspapers of hampering the “war on terror” by publishing details of a secret scheme to track money transfers. George W Bush defended the scheme and said the disclosure was “disgraceful”. BBCNEWS … []

But -the entire program is outlined in the reports of governments activities versus terrorism – here :

[] … Financial Action Task Force on Money LaunderingInter-governmental body developing and promoting policies to combat money laundering and terrorist… … []

I mean its not spelled out in exact details – but – it goes over the program and is on a public access website. Everyone else in the world has their accounts regularly scrutinized over the sending of funds abroad. Most worry nothing about it unless you have something to hide.

Looking at the media reports you would think some major scoop had been scored by the NY Times when in actuality its al out there in the public domain.

On the side of the white house its a easy way to take a snap at a media outlet over the something that looks almost treason – when in reality its nothing but political posturing to make poll numbers rise among a specific constituency.

So the saga will drag on – they will blister and pucker and act like peacocks for a few weeks.
Bottom line- if the Bush administration feels some law was violated. File charges in court. If the NY Times feels its right were violated- file charges before the supreme court for culpable violations of the constitution – a impeachable offense. Otherwise- you both got the thing you wanted everyone’s attention now we can all go back to sleep and wait for the next ‘pseudo scandal’ to emerge.

  Chairman’s Summary Paris Plenary, 20-23 June 2006 (pdf, 34Kb,English) View long abstract
The FATF continues to examine the issue of further expansion of its membership and is progressing applications for membership received from China, India and the Republic of Korea. China continues to make …

Nigeria No Longer Considered Non-cooperative in the Fight Against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (pdf, 28Kb,English) View long abstract
Today at its Plenary meeting, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) decided to remove Nigeria from its list of countries and territories that are non co-operative in the international community’s efforts …
Also available: Le Nigeria n’est désormais plus considéré comme un Pays Non Coopératif dans la Lutte Contre le Blanchiment et le Financement du Terrorisme (pdf, 29Kb,French)

News Release: Mutual Evaluation Report – Sweden (English) View long abstract

News Release: Mutual Evaluation Report – Ireland (English) View long abstract

Chairman’s Summary, Cape Town Plenary, 15-17 February 2006 (pdf, 26Kb,English) View long abstract
The FATF and the Eastern and Southern Africa Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) hold their first joint Plenary meeting in Cape Town.
Also available: Réunion Plénière, Le Cap, 15-17 Février 2006 – Résumé du Président (pdf, 38Kb,French)

Interpretative Note to SR VIII (Non-Profit Organisations) (pdf, 34Kb,English) View long abstract
Interpretative Note to SR VIII (Non-Profit Organisations) issued at the Cape Town FATF Plenary

Mutual Evaluation Reports 2005-2006 (English) View long abstract

FATF will explore the symbiotic relationship among corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing (pdf, 48Kb,English) View long abstract
Over 400 delegates from 32 jurisdiction and 16 international organisations attended the FATF Plenary meeting held in Paris on 12-14 October. Professor Kader Asmal, of the Republic of South Africa assumed …
Also available: Le GAFI étudie le lien entre la corruption, le blanchiment d’argent et le financement du terrorisme (pdf, 50Kb,French)

55 Jurisdictions Agree to Fight Money Laundering (pdf, 26Kb,English) View long abstract
The Financial Action Task Force and the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) held their first joint Plenary meeting in Singapore with a view to better combating money laundering (ML) and terrorist …
Also available: 55 Pays s’accordent pour lutter contre le blanchiment d’argent (pdf, 24Kb,French)

FATF Welcomes China as an Observer (pdf, 26Kb,English) View long abstract
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), meeting in Paris from 9 to 11 February 2005, has welcomed for the first time, the People’s Republic of China to attend its Plenary meeting as an observer. Mr. Jean-Louis …

FATF Annual Report 2004-2005 (pdf, 84Kb,English) View long abstract
In December 2004, the FATF President headed a high level mission to China for the purpose of considering whether it met all of the requirements for observership. The outcome of the mission was successful. …

Typologies Report 2004-2005 (pdf, 1004Kb,English) View long abstract
Thematic studies of money laundering and terrorist financing methods.

NCCT Annual Report 2004-2005 (Sixth Review) (pdf, 196Kb,English) View long abstract
In order to reduce the vulnerability of the international financial system, increase the worldwide effectiveness of anti-money laundering measures, and recognise the progress made in these areas, in the …

June 27, 2006 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Gates and Buffet combine to giveaway $50 Billion!

Ok… here’s my new goal in life make a lot of money so I can give it all away!

How I wish some I could I can barely send my kids to school… working all the time and pitching stories til the wee hours of the mornings in the hopes one of my editors somewhere out there in this world likes a pitch a poof- I can sleep well … problem is the news biz has changed a lot and there’s a lot of freelance competition there that wasn’t around a few years back. Even here in this spot of the globe.

Anyhow Bill Gates and Warren Buffett teaming up on anything often makes for success the reports are below and I’m sure all over the wires and web and cable TV- so I guess whatever story I can come with from here is going to tossed in the – lets look at that later pile anew.

”  [] …Buffett accelerates philanthropy with Gates gift MarketWatch – NEW YORK (MarketWatch) – Warren Buffett said his $31 billion gift to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation fit in with his long-time plan to give his money to

‘Venture philanthropy’ is new buzz in business

MSNBC – Tara Weiss and Hannah Clark. NEW YORK – It’s been a very charitable couple of weeks. First, Microsoft’s Bill Gates announced

Philanthropic desires fuel financial aid Financial Times, UK Beattie and Andrew Jack. The world has watched with admiration as Warren Buffett, the legendary investor, has made his fortune over the years. … []  “

Well in a way I’m happy if it means some people will have better lot in life because these guys give some of what they have made back to society then good so be it!

Another good site I was looking at listed on WordPress as its top blog today was reporting about it on his blog.

[] …Buffett funds Gates’ foundation There aren’t many people in the world that that headline could be written about. But, nice to see Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates joining forces to change the world. You know, I run into quite a few rich people and very few are giving away 85% of their wealth. I hope other people (Ballmer, Jobs, Ellison to name a few in our industry) follow suit. …[]
it’s amazing also how he points out about his site that is raking a bit more than small change for the webcraze of personal dating and meeting. Not quite all the rage here in Asia that much – but there a a few good sites like “… …” which are active here in the Philippines not to mention the there ever filled Yahoo and MSN sites as well as the old reliable Friendster sites.

Looking more about the local blogspace around us in Metro Manila –

Stephen Cuyos, MSC … who his blogsite talks about himself as ” A Filipino MSC priest, who blogs & podcasts about his faith-life experiences, his love for linux and the open source, and about technology from a Christian perspective. Member of the Disciples With Microphones network.” really good stuff in there and a lot effort to get the Lords word out on Pod!

I mean he puts a lot oeffort in his podcasts – not sure what kind of support staff he has but its all good stuff if you need to the words that will make your hearts soar! give his blog a buzz… his top item of course… ‘Da Vinci Code’ nothing new for a while on his site though- but still a lot of good stuff.
” Does it stay close to the original novel? Is it misleading? Is the story faith threatening? These are some of the questions answered by Fr. Peter Malone, an Australian Missionary of the Sacred Heart,”

A US based Pinoy blogger naman – has a view many can ID with when overseas talking about a long treck in the blog – ” malungkotlangtalaga ”

One comment though attempt to perscribe prozak to cure the sadness it seems – must be someone from over there who think Doc’s have all the answers for lifes ills.

Going further from our shores over in SA – South Africa

[] … When there are only two pubs in town – a men’s pub and a sports bar – the whole single and drinking town goes to one place to watch the 9pm World Cup Soccer game on a Saturday night. …[] has an interesting show of life is like at the other end of the globe from here and world cup madness therein— ” Af Life: Small world disorder by Goda on Monday, June 26 2006, African Time ” posted there…

I found it on cute link page on photo-blogger graipic artist cum – poet “atomicvelvetsigh” who thinks they’re in – “Holland, in my mind… hehe ok, I’m from Manila, Philippines”

Great blog I’m almost not worthy to be mentioning these guys on my humble little page I made to bury my blues while awaiting the go or no go of my editors and clients!!!

Anyway at least I have a news home on (shameless plug!!!) But hey… as a working Dad who needs to be mahiyain ano?

Ok gotta go work = work = work and pitch pitch pitch a few new stories… ahhhh.

June 27, 2006 at 3:29 am Leave a comment

Philippines: feud over land leaves 25 dead

The Talakag, Bukidnon land feud which has pitched battles between local farmers and tribal groups has developed into a week long series of pitched battles similar to the old Texas – Oklahoma range wars for the wild west.

The area is a remote part of hinterland Mindanao – where fertile upland soils allows almost anything to grow. near this area adding to the problems are major clashes between the military and rebels groups. Giving police a tough time to quash the feud – its also an area where heavily armed groups reside – this is really rough and tumble country and yet home to perhaps one of the best developed rural farming areas on Mindanao Island.

[] … Land dispute in Mindanao leaves 25 dead
ABS CBN News, Philippines – . Clan wars and vendetta killings, which are common in the southern Philippines, sometimes last for years and even decades, until a pact is reached or blood … []

June 27, 2006 at 1:04 am Leave a comment

Philippines: Military reports says “Pirates killed chinese fishermen” in disputed S. China Sea isles.

It's official – but long been suspected a couple of months after the report of the deaths of four Chinese fishermen off the coast of Palawan – near the Municipality of Kalayaan. Were the victims of pirates. 

[] … Pirates killed 4 Chinese fishers — WesCom chief
Journal Online, Philippines – to Danga, the final results of a military investigation showed that the ship that attacked the Chinese fishermen was “definitely” not from the Philippines.  … []

Now- the pirate problem must be put into context of just how far flung this area is – this is one of those places in the world that would make a perfect set for a part two to Kevin Kostner's Waterworld film of the few years ago.

I mean this place is remote- if Obi Wan Kenobi had hdden luke here – there never would have been a trillogy ok? its that remote. But not to fishermen who come from thousands of kilometers away to fish in its waters.

It is hard for Navies to maintain presence and patrols in the area because the few islands here are like small armed camps. There are three maybe four small runways on small reefs – One malaysian, one Vietnamese, another chinese and lastly Pag-Asa the Philippine Island that actually has a runway that dates way back… but has been rebuilt several times – since.

All the small bases are far off and watermakers are the source of life for all the Islands execpt for Kalayaan. Which does have fresh water a few homes and small military base.

Now the thousands of fishermen from each of the nations conflicting claims over the islands just within the Philippines EEZ – some form of cooperation is needed. And some form of joint patrols and coordination too… but til borders and claims and other issues are settled the fishermen are going to be targets for those who have the boats and guns in the area that can get to the vessels which on the average value several hundred thousand dollars in the cargo of fish they carry alone – making them targets for the wolves who prey the seas.

So it was pirates- as this blog said all along. Now perhaps if the countries could work on some means to work together perhaps this tragic incident could be avoided and new ways to thwart the wolves of  the sea – be put into place.

June 27, 2006 at 12:54 am Leave a comment

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June 27, 2006 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

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