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Big Content Needs Bit Torrent

Feature films are big content — big in terms of the culture and popularity, but also in terms of digital file size. In order for the network to become a usable distribution channel for films, the movie studios need to understand and embrace Bit Torrent. The more popular a film is, the more it needs Bit Torrent as a distribution channel. It looks like some studios are starting to get the message.

The Long Tail Meets Wall Street

While the Long Tail has been a central topic of conversation among the Network Theory and “Web 2.x” crowd, we haven’t heard much from Wall Street’s analyst community. If there really is money to be made in the Long Tail, Wall Street will embrace the ideas. The first step in that direction is Spencer Wang’s research report for Bear Stearns. Wang’s idea is that aggregation and context are the central business ideas in the new era of the entertainment industry. Jason Calacanis talked about this on the Gillmor Gang as an “enabling platform.” Paid Content also weighs in. I view this as enabling playlists of time shifted content (audio/video/text). Dave Winer’s RSS will end up playing a crucial role in all of this.

Distributed Lending

Along with the phenomenon of micro-lending to the poor, the idea of social lending is starting to emerge. What’s the old saying? Banks only lend money to people who don’t need to borrow? Both of these trends require that we change the way we think about trust and risk. It also may change the way we think about financing. By using a dutch auction to set interest rates in a new online market, we may see loans that a bank would never consider, and higher interest rates to cover the additional risk. This is securitization of debt at a micro-level. If theĀ long tail of the debt market is as large, or larger, than the head — social lending is a trend that bears watching.

Home Coffee Roasting

This is a dangerous thought. Roasting a 1/2 pound of coffee in about ten minutes. When I first heard the idea I thought it was absurd. But the beans are cheap, the roasters quite cheap, and it hardly takes any time at all. This is all too easy, there must be a catch.

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