Startup web broadcaster Joost signs deal with Warner Brothers

Friday, May 11, 2007

Internet TV came one step closer to reality as startup web broadcaster Joost recently announced that it signed a deal with Warner Brothers to host some of its WBTV-branded content. This deal, along with content deals with other television providers, lately Time Warner and Sony Pictures Television, makes Joost (pronounced “juiced”) the sweetheart aggregator and provider in the coming on-demand, freely distributed online TV broadcasts.

Joost bills itself as an online community where viewers, “can watch what you want, when you want, in full-screen eye-quality proper TV.” The service currently provides about 150 channels, although the availability of some channels varies by country or region due to copyright restrictions. Viewers can navigate screen menus to make programming choices, and then use “widgets” from drop-down menus that allow users to interact with the programming.

“Widgets include a clock, integration of instant messaging, RSS/News feeds and a chat room for the particular channel being viewed on the screen. Users have the ability to opt out of the widgets during viewing or can easily access them from the mouse-activated menus,” according to John P. Gamboa of the Dailey Aztec.

The development efforts at Joost are backed by technology-savvy web entrepreneurs Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. The two used Internet peer-to-peer networking to create Kazaa, and then later Skype. The cutting-edge music file sharing and telephony implementations of these two applications, some say bleeding edge, appear to have had an affect on the approach being used now by the two at Joost along with co-developers. The copyright infringement-plagued Kazaa was sold to Sharman Networks in 2002. Skype was sold to eBay in October 2005 for $2.6 billion. In July last year, Kazaa settled with music record labels by making a $100 million payment as reparations for illegal file sharing activities employed by users of the application that enabled the distribution of copyright-infringed music files.

People are looking for increased choice and flexibility in their TV experience…

Kazaa became a copyright bust. Skype became a jaw-dropping hit, and a hit in the jaw of telcom carriers whose management of voice transmission became undermined by the sub-set of Internet users with broadband connectivity and peer-to-peer web awareness. The evolution is distinctively one-way. Online broadband peer-to-peer connectivity is here to stay after a nasty birth.

“People are looking for increased choice and flexibility in their TV experience, while the entertainment industry needs to retain control over their content,” said Joost chief executive officer Fredrik de Wahl. “We’ve married that consumer desire with the industry’s interests.”

The “marriage” of TV content to “consumer desire” is the hot-spot that media conglomerates are still seemingly trying to figure out as they dispense their less valuable content for Internet consumption. Joost has managed to secure some rights to webcast programming, but the content is not the highest quality broadcasted TV programming currently available through established subscription cable and satellite distribution channels, or even free airwave TV.

Underlying the concept of Internet TV is the distribution of content in a way that is more efficient than the existing model. Peer-to-peer networking over the Internet makes programming available when a user asks for it. The ‘on-demand’ feature of this approach frees up space in the distribution pipeline and provides feedback to the aggregator to know exactly what is in demand. It gives a middle-man the leverage to negotiate with media conglomerates and then manage a pipeline flooded with unviewed content, thereby conserving bandwidth. It also lets viewers opt for free online TV programming through content arrangements made by the web broadcaster, who acts as a gateway to the programs. However, it is not an advertising-free service.

The Joost hoopla is partly spurred on by its expansionist decision on May 1 to allow users of the Beta version to distribute 99 invitations to other people who could become Beta users.

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Anti Tumor Drugs Market To Gain Impetus From Increasing Incidence Of Cancer

A new research report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) presents a comprehensive overview as well as an unbiased analysis of the global market for anti-tumor drugs. The study is titled “Anti-Tumor Drugs Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019.”

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A tumor, also known as a neoplasm, is caused by an unusual proliferation of tissues. It is broadly classified as a benign tumor and a malignant tumor. A malignant tumor is cancerous in nature while a benign tumor possesses the potential to turn into a malignant one. The increasing incidence of the malignant tumor is propelling the demand for anti-tumor drugs in the global arena. According to the WHO, by the end of 2025, the number of patients suffering from cancer would reach 15 million globally. Going by the prediction, the worldwide anti-tumor drugs market is likely to witness exponentially increasing demand for these drugs over the next few years.

In addition to this, governments and various non-governmental organizations in several economies are getting concerned over the alarming rate of mortality due to cancer across the world and have taken various initiatives to encourage the development of anti-tumor as well as anti-cancer drugs. This factor, along with the increased government funding for research and development activities in this field, also leads to the significant growth of the global anti-tumor drugs in the near future.

According to the report, the future of the global anti-tumor market looks thriving. However, various side-effects such as hair loss, weakness, nausea, allergies, and other dermatological side effects of these drugs are likely to restrict the market’s growth in the coming years.

Anti-tumor drugs help in limiting the growth of tumor cells by regulating the level of hormones in these cells. Various anti-tumor drugs mentioned in this market report are idarucicin, daunorubicin, citomycin D, doxorubicin, epirubicin, bleomycin, mitoxantrone, and mitomycin.

Additionally, alkaloids, used as anti-tumors drugs, such as irinotecan, etoposide, topotecan, vinorelbine, vinblastine, streptozocin, chlorambucil, ifosfamide, cyclophosphamide, melphalan, paclitaxel, vincristine, bendamustine, temozolomide, dacarbazine, busulfan, procarbazine, carmustine, and docetaxel, are also mentioned in this study.

The report also maps the competitive landscape of the global anti-tumor drugs market by assessing the company profiles of the key market players. As per the research study, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences, and Bristol-Myers Squibb are leading the worldwide market for anti-tumor drugs.

The main objective of this research is to provide a clear picture of the global anti-tumor drugs market to participants, stakeholders, and consultants and assist them in making crucial strategies for the further expansion of their businesses.

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Despite passage of bailout bill, two US states may need loans

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Despite the passage of a 700 billion USD bill by the United States House of Representatives on Friday and the Senate on Wednesday, two U.S. states may need loans totaling over 14 billion dollars.

California and Massachusetts are seeking at least 7 billion dollars each from the federal government as loans. Officials and lawmakers in both states say that the loans would be temporary.

According to Massachusetts’ state treasurer, Timothy P. Cahill, the state was unable to borrow money last week on a short term loan. He also states that the state can afford to pay its bills and debts for the next few weeks, but not beyond that without a short-term loan from the government. Cahill has asked the federal government for a loan similar to the recent one passed by Congress and the Senate.

“That’s all we would ask them to do: Treat us like the investment banks,” said Cahill to the Associated Press.

Officials in California say they need an emergency loan, or they will run out of money by the end of October. California’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger said the state is “not out of the woods” and needs a short term loan from the government.

“California and other states may be unable to obtain the necessary level of financing to maintain government operations and may be forced to turn to the federal treasury for short-term financing,” said Schwarzenegger in a letter to the Treasury Department, which is taking the letter under consideration.

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representative voted to pass a revised bailout bill which included raising the FDIC insurance cap to $250,000, a move designed to please progressives. However, the $110 billion in tax breaks, earmarks and what has been called pork barrel spending is not offset by any increases in revenues and has added opposition to the bill from some Representatives in the House. Earmarks added into the bailout bill included $192 million in tax rebates for the Virgin Islands rum industry, $148 million in tax cuts for the wool industry, $100 million tax cuts to the auto racing industry, and $48 million in Hollywood tax incentives, among others.

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Wikinews interview with America’s Got Talent finalists Celtic Spring

Thursday, August 31, 2006

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Irish American dance and fiddle band Celtic Spring was recently a finalist in America’s Got Talent. Talent was a NBC television series search for America’s next big talent, featuring singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other talents of all ages. The series was hosted by Regis Philbin, and judged by former tabloid editor Piers Morgan, singer Brandy, and actor/singer David Hasselhoff.

The mother of the family, Mary McCauley Wood, talked to Wikinews about their group’s performances and the America’s Got Talent experience.

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How You Can Improve Collections By Outsourcing Medical Billing

Medical billing and coding is the process of submitting medical claims and bills so the health practitioners can get paid for their services. The companies that offer these services are called medical billing companies. Due to the numerous benefits of outsourcing medical billing, many health practitioners across the United States are outsourcing medical billing services from the top ranked medical billing company. One of the main benefits of outsourcing billing is that a medical practice’s revenue and collections are improved. There are many billing companies offering the top ranked medical billing service. It is important to choose the company that best suits your medical practice. In this article, we will list the questions you should ask medical billing companies to select the right one for your practice. But first, let’s discuss the benefits of outsourcing and how it can improve collections.

Improved Collections: It is estimated that medical billing companies are much better at collecting bills as compared to the in-house billing departments of medical practices. This is because it is the primary focus of billing companies and they are experts at it.

Insurance Eligibility Check: Top ranked medical billing service companies will duly check the medical insurance eligibility of your patients.

Variable Cost: Since billing companies charge a percentage of your bills, therefore you don’t have to pay the same amount when you are on a vacation or file fewer claims. With in-house billing departments, you will have to pay a fixed amount for billing staff’s salaries.

Better Consistency: Imagine if a billing employee of your private practice takes FMLA, the bills and claims that need to be submitted will start to pile up.

Transparency: Transparency is important in every field and medical billing is no different. It becomes even more important when money is involved. To ensure transparency the medical billing companies will send you financial reports on a regular basis.

Data Protection: Protecting patients’ data against hackers and data leakage is extremely important. Billing companies are much better at data safety as compared to billing departments of private practices.

Questions to Ask Billing Companies

You should ask these questions to medical billing companies before finalizing one for your medical practice.

  • What will be the cost?
  • How will they ensure data safety?
  • What measures do they take to stay compliant with government regulations and health industry protocols?
  • Can they provide references of other medical practices that use their services?

Medical Billing Companies in the United States

It is important to use top ranked medical billing service, so here are some of the medical billing companies in the USA.

  • BillingFreedom
  • AdvancedMD
  • CureMD
  • Cerner
  • Helpware

Wikinews interviews 2020 Melbourne Lord Mayor Candidate Wayne Tseng

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

2020 Melbourne Lord Mayor candidate Wayne Tseng answered some questions about his campaign for the upcoming election from Wikinews. The Lord Mayor election in the Australian city is scheduled to take place this week.

Tseng runs a firm called eTranslate, which helps software developers to make the software available to the users. In the candidate’s questionnaire, Tseng said eTranslate had led to him working with all three tiers of the government. He previously belonged to the Australian Liberal Party, but has left since then, to run for mayorship as an independent candidate.

Tseng is of Chinese descent, having moved to Australia with his parents from Vietnam. Graduated in Brisbane, Tseng received his PhD in Melbourne and has been living in the city, he told Wikinews. Tseng also formed Chinese Precinct Chamber of Commerce, an organisation responsible for many “community bond building initiatives”, the Lord Mayor candidate told Wikinews.

Tseng discussed his plans for leading Melbourne, recovering from COVID-19, and “Democracy 2.0” to ensure concerns of minorities in the city were also heard. Tseng also focused on the importance of the multi-culture aspect and talked about making Melbourne the capital of the aboriginals. Tseng also explained why he thinks Melbourne is poised to be a world city by 2030.

Tseng’s deputy Lord Mayor candidate Gricol Yang is a Commercial Banker and works for ANZ Banking Group.

Currently, Sally Capp is the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, the Victorian capital. Capp was elected as an interim Lord Mayor in mid-2018 after the former Lord Mayor Robert Doyle resigned from his position after sexual assault allegations. Doyle served as the Lord Mayor of Melbourne for almost a decade since 2008.

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Ten April Fool’s pranks of 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

April Fools’ Day pranks harmlessly pervaded worldwide again this year. Media outlets and internet sites have joined family, office workers, and friends to provide a wide variety of practical jokes. Ireland, France, and the United States celebrate April Fools all day, whereas a few countries celebrate jokes only until noon such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa.

Car and Driver claimed that GM and Chrysler were ordered out of NASCAR by the White House by the end of 2009 in order to receive any more government loans. There are press releases about this short-lived prank which received controversial feedback.

The Swiss Tourism Board has announced that volunteers were desperately needed, The Association of Mountain Cleaners “makes sure that our holiday guests can always enjoy perfect mountains. Using brooms, brushes, water and muscle power, they clean the rocks of any bird droppings.”

This year Gmail produced a new autopilot feature for April 1, 2009 which can read your email and automatically respond to every message.

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BMW released its new Magnetic Tow Technology which allows your BMW to magnetically attach to the vehicle ahead of you. This enhanced technology allows the driver to remove their foot from the gas pedal and turn off the motor.

The Guardian proposed its move to Twitter, which would allow the newspaper to fit its article content into 140 character messages or “tweets”. Included in this venture was the archiving of past events reported by The Guardian, such as, “1927 OMG first successful transatlantic air flight wow, pretty cool! Boring day otherwise *sigh*”

Google’s technological break through for April Fool’s Day was CADIE, (Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity). By extracting internet search patterns combined with Brain Search, a part of CADIE technology, Google can now search your thoughts and memories.

Wikipedia even fooled Fox News who claimed that “every item on the home page of the user-generated site Wikipedia is fake. The featured Wikipedia article regaled the “Museum of Bad Art” in Boston.” However, each item on the main page was based on reality — even news articles such as NASA reports a shower of diamonds over the Republic of Sudan, which was based on a meteorite which passed over Sudan whose fragments did reveal diamonds upon discovery.

The Conficker Internet worm had been in the news warning of a worst case scenario when computers worldwide would be affected by the virus. Even the chief security adviser for Microsoft, Ed Gibson, didn’t want to make any predictions about what would happen. Experts just knew that it was set to go off on April 1. Several anomalous happenings were attributed to Conficker including Leroy “Mac” MacElrie who claimed to be the programmer of the Conficker worm and turned himself in to police. ran an advertisement offering hotel room bookings on the moon which would be offered on European websites starting at £800 a night.

Qualcomm ingeniously revealed a new wireless networking technology called wireless convergence. Making use of the flight patterns of pigeons. They then use innovative solutions to converge the birds with wolves to protect the internal improvements.

Media outlets were not the only ones pulling pranks. Gaming websites across the internet Blizzard, Joystiq, and affiliates posted reviews and announcements of games with tongue in cheek. YouTube offered viewers a unique April Fool’s experience as videos were offered upside down. In Ireland, U2 fans received a U2opia concert on a shopping centre roof top concert rather than the real thing.

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Increase Your Freelance Income By Finding Your Unique Voice

By Yuwanda Black

If you want to increase your freelance income, find your unique voice. What do I mean by this?

A personal story: About three years ago, I started to market myself as an conversational writer. Meaning, my writing connects with readers, not by polished so that it sounds like business speak, but by being conversational in tone, as if the customer were sitting right across the table.

I enjoy this type of writing; it fits my personality. Hence, it flows more easily. And, you know what, my income has increased because of it. I cant attribute this change to so-called better work, but because it flows easier, Im able to work faster and with more creative juices flowing.

Sure, I can still do business speak pieces. But, I enjoy the conversational, more chatty pieces better because if theres one thing Ive learned in my 40 years on this earth is that people want — and need — a human connection. And, this usually occurs in the simplest of ways a dash of humor here, a universal anecdote there.

Big words, pie charts and spreadsheets all have their place, but people buy whatever because a human connection is made, hence, a relationship can be developed.

So, how do you differentiate yourself from all of the other freelance writers who may be smarter, more experienced, better educated, etc.? Your personality. Its what makes us all unique.

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To give a couple of examples, I get sucked into Jenna Glatzers articles every time I run across one of them. Her sense of humor is outrageous and she tells you all kinds of quirks about herself on her website. Shes the Editor-in-Chief of, a good freelance writers resource, by the way.

Darren Rowse over at is a bit more reserved online, but his genuineness (eg, trusthworthiness) as a person is very evident throughout his blog.

The last few days, Ive been wrestling with starting a personal blog. I started thinking about this because a few weeks ago I mentioned on my site ( that I was running my first marathon in November. Since then, Ive received personal inquiries (eg, how long have I been a runner, where is the marathon, how old am I, etc.).

So, I started to think, should I start a personal blog? And, if I did, how personal would I want to get. I still havent quite figured it out yet, but I know Im somewhere between Jenna and Darren.

NOTE: I mentioned the marathon because I wanted to explain to readers why I was putting off publishing a promised e-course.

Anyway, my point in this post is, figure out what voice youre most comfortable with and carve out a niche for yourself doing that type of writing even if its just a small niche. It will pay off simply because youll enjoy those types of assignments more.

Now that you know why you should find your unique voice, how do you go about it.

How to Find Your Unique Voice & Capitalize On It

Follow these 3 simple steps to find your unique voice.

1. Assess your sense of humor: OVERALL, is it dry, sarcastic, witty, self-effacing, dark, etc.

2. Ask 3-5 close friends to describe your personality: Sometimes, the way we see ourselves is completely different from how our friends view us.

3. Write freehand: When you’re writing just to write — just for you — what is the general tone of it?

By doing these three simple exercises, you should be able to get a pretty good idea of the kinds of writing at which you would excel.

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30,000-year-old Austrian statue traced to stone from Italy

Saturday, March 5, 2022

In findings published on Monday in Scientific Reports, scientists from the University of Vienna and Vienna Natural History Museum, Austria found the stone used to carve the Venus of Willendorf came from northern Italy, hundreds of miles from its origin, on the other side of the Alps.

The 30 thousand-year-old sculpture is one of the oldest examples of human art. It stands about 4.3 inches (11 cm) tall. Like many prehistoric statuettes, it shows a female figure with a large stomach and breasts. However, while most of these other examples were carved from ivory or bone, the Venus is made of a stone called oolite, a type of limestone. Scientists believe it was carved by people of the Gravettian culture, probably with flint tools. Scientists named it after Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

Scientists compared rock samples from as west as France and as east as Ukraine to microscopic views of the Venus. Because oolite is a sedimentary rock formed by layers of silt and other materials building up over time, it is possible to discern individual grains and bits of shell that make up the stone. One of the tiny shell fragments in the statue came from a creature that lived during the Jurassic period, though the stone itself would have been harvested and carved much later.

Unlike previous examinations of the Venus, which evaluated only the exterior of the work, scientists used computed tomography to look inside the statue without damaging it. The scan showed the Venus had little resemblance with oolites near Willendorf, but that it was almost identical to those from Lake Garda in Italy, on the other side of the Alps and the Danube river, over 350 miles (563 km) away. A less possible site of origin is in Ukraine, over 1,600 kilometers (994 mi) east of where the statue was found in 1908, in Wachau, Austria.

Lead author Gerhard Weber speculated the stone may have moved during a migration: “When the climate or the prey situation changed, [people] moved on, preferably along rivers,” he said.

The scientists say these findings have implications for the way prehistoric humans in and around the Alps traveled from place to place.

The study was funded by the state of Lower Austria.

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Drug-resistant staph deaths surpass AIDS in the United States

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a drug-resistant strain of bacteria, killed nearly 19,000 Americans in 2005 alone, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That is more people than were killed by AIDS in the United States. More than 94,000 Americans were afflicted with MRSA infections in 2005.

Although the supergerm, or superbug, is primarily found in hospitals, a growing number of cases have been contracted at public gyms and schools. In Moneta, Virginia, a high school senior died from an infection that spread to his kidney, liver, lungs and heart. In Bedford County, where Moneta is located, school officials have reported five cases of the Methicillin-resistant strain of the Staph bacteria. County officials closed the schools to clean them.

“Certainly, MRSA now has to be viewed as a very important target for prevention and control,” said Dr. David A. Talan, an infectious diseases specialist at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.

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