Company Receives Patent for Podcasting

first_imgVoloMedia, a podcast analytics, advertising, and distribution company, just received a patent for “providing episodic media,” including podcasts. According to the company, which filed for the patent in November 2003, U.S. Patent 7,568,213 covers all episodic media downloads, not just the RSS-dependent downloads that power today’s podcasts. VoloMedia CEO Murgesh Navar says that the company doesn’t plan to go after individual podcasters, but that the company plans to “work collaboratively with key participants in the industry.” We do wonder, however, if VoloMedia can really claim to have invented podcasting in 2003, given that the concept was already under development by Dave Winer and others in late 2000 and early 2001.The only company mentioned specifically in the announcement is Hulu (as an example for a content platform that might one day offer episodic, downloadable content), but in an interview with NewTeeVee’s Chris Albrecht, Navar also revealed that the company is already in talks with Apple and a number of TV networks.Prior Art?While the patent was filed in November 2003, it is not clear when exactly VoloMedia argues to have invented podcasts. In his blog post, however, Navar argues that this was “almost a year before the start of podcasting.” We have wondered about this timeline, however. Using enclosures in RSS feeds was first publicly written about by Dave Winer in January 2001. Indeed, the system for downloading and distributing podcasts in Winer’s “Payloads for RSS” from 2001 looks quite similar to VoloMedia’s patent. When we spoke to Winer earlier today, he also pointed us to an early podcast by Chris Lydon from July 2003.The podcasting movement only really picked up steam in 2004, when moving downloaded files to iPods (which were also just coming of age) and other MP3 players became a lot easier thanks to numerous developers who wrote the first podcast clients. Looking at the patent, it quickly becomes clear that VoloMedia laid out the fundamentals of podcasting in great detail, including how to synchronize content between mobile devices and PCs. Navar argues that in November 2003, it wasn’t obvious that users would start to download episodic content. Given that Dave Winer first met with Adam Curry to discuss the concept in December 2000, however, we really have to wonder if this claim would hold up under greater scrutiny. We asked VoloMedia for a statement and will update this post once we hear back from them.More to ComeFor VoloMedia, which just switched gears towards a stronger focus on serving ads after it fired its sales team, this patent obviously comes at a good time. With some luck, the company will either be bought by another podcasting company interested in the company’s intellectual property (and Navar says that more patents are in the pipeline), or it will receive a nice influx of cash based on licensing deals with other companies in the podcasting business. That is, of course, if the patent really holds up… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#RSS & Feeds#web Related Posts last_img read more

Bihar bandh hits normal life

first_imgThe Bihar bandh, called by the Left parties on Thursday to protest the sexual abuse of minor girls in Muzaffarpur shelter, hit normal life in most parts of the State.Rail and road traffic were disrupted by the bandh supporters demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the State Social Welfare Department Minister Manju Verma. Opposition parties, including the RJD, the Congress and the Hindustani Awam Morcha, had supported the call for the day-long bandh. However, none of their senior leaders were seen on the road with the protesting Left party leaders.The ruling NDA, however, called the bandh a complete flop. State Agriculture Minister and senior BJP leader Prem Kumar said it was called only to harass the people. “The Muzaffarpur shelter home case has already been handed over to the CBI… so there was no point in calling the bandh.”Schools closedIn Patna, schools and business establishments remained closed. There was a scuffle between bandh supporters and police at J.P. Golumber (roundabout) where the protesters, shouting slogans against the Nitish Kumar government, tried to march through the Dak Bungalow chouraha (throughfare), the City centre.Train and road traffic were disrupted at Patna, Jehanabad, Gaya, Bhojpur, Muzaffarpur, Siwan, Sheikhpura, Arwal, Nawada, Darbhanga and Madhubani districts. However, no untoward incidents were reported from anywhere. Bandh supporters blocked the railway track for hours at Jehanabad, Sheikhpura, Madhubani and Bhojpur, holding up several trains. Railway officials said the protesters climbed on to the engine of some trains, carrying flags and banners.In Muzaffarpur, Left party supporters and leaders staged a demonstration outside the residence of Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the case. Thakur headed the NGO that ran the tainted shelter home. The protesters demanded a High-Court monitored CBI inquiry and the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and State Welfare Minister Manju Verma. Ms Verma’s husband was earlier accused of frequent visits to the Muzaffarpur shelter home. The Minister denied this and said it was a “political conspiracy against her family, which belonged to a backward community.”last_img read more

WWE RAW: Ambrose returns to join Rollins for SummerSlam, Lesnar attacks Reigns

first_imgDean Ambrose made a surprise return to join forces with ‘Shield’ brother Seth Rollins on the last episode of WWE Monday Night RAW before SummerSlam. Ambrose was revealed by Rollins to be in his corner when he takes on Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler, who will have Drew McIntyre at his side, for the title.The problem hasn’t been that Seth Rollins can’t beat Dolph Ziggler so much as that he hasn’t had an answer for Drew McIntyre. But thanks to some shrewd negotiation and waiting until the opportune moment, ‘The Kingslayer’ may have finally evened the odds against the Intercontinental Champion.With Rollins supposedly waylaid by travel issues, RAW General Manager Kurt Angle was left to negotiate alone with the Intercontinental Champion. It was all smooth sailing, save for one curious development: If Ziggler wanted to keep Drew McIntyre in his corner at SummerSlam, he would have to agree to a contractual proviso that allowed ‘The Kingslayer’ to have a second of his own.Ziggler signed the contract, and Angle seemed ready to call it a forfeit until Rollins finally made his entrance. As it turns out, Rollins had been in the arena for a while; he just wanted to wait until Ziggler signed the deal so the champion couldn’t back out.Rollins had put in a proviso in the contract for that specific reason, and the travel issues weren’t exactly his. And he already had his backup: A buzz-cut, bulked-up Dean Ambrose, who returned from injury to join Rollins.advertisementBrock Lesnar attacks Roman ReignsPaul Heyman’s not up for an Emmy, but maybe he should be. As bereft and bleary-eyed as Brock Lensar’s advocate seemed last week after being manhandled by the Universal Champion, it turned out that he’d simply participated in an elaborate con designed to lull Roman Reigns into the falsest sense of security possible going into the Universal Title match at SummerSlam.It was a swindling so convincing ‘The Big Dog’ wasn’t even able to sniff it out this week, when Heyman, still playing the part of a free-agent kingmaker, returned to seemingly offer Reigns his services as advocate, complete with inside info on Lesnar’s gameplan for SummerSlam. Reigns was understandably suspicious, so Heyman repeated a lesson Reigns’s father imparted on them both (in the native Samoan, no less) before producing an agreement in principle that he asked ‘The Big Dog’ to consider.But Reigns never really got to take a look at the paper, as Heyman attacked the three-time WWE Champion with pepper spray he had concealed in his suit. That opened the door for Lesnar to emerge, unannounced, and annihilate the blinded Reigns with a barrage of knees to the chest, a suffocating guillotine that put the challenger to sleep and, when Reigns dared to stir, a furious F-5.Other Results:Ember Moon defeated Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss via disqualificationConstable Baron Corbin defeated Tyler BreezeBraun Strowman and Finn Bálor defeated Kevin Owens and Jinder MahalRaw Tag Team Champions The B-Team defeated “Woken” Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt and The RevivalBobby Roode and Titus Worldwide defeated Mojo Rawley and The Authors of PainRuby Riott defeated Sasha Banks(With inputs from WWE)last_img read more