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Steven Rosenbaum is an Author, Entrepreneur, and CEO.

His book, Curate This, gives consumers and brand managers struggling with information overflow a set of examples and tools that can turn the data deluge into a useful new solution set.

And his digital video startup, Waywire.com, is rapidly becoming the largest video content curation platform on the web - powering many of the best known video sites on the web today.

These initiatives, along with his ten years of work with the National September 11th Memorial project, have made him one of the most sought after speakers in the new digital content arena. He is the first-ever "Entrepreneur At Large" for New York City's Economic Development Corporation.

Rosenbaum has been working with Curated Content since he created the groundbreaking hit MTV UNfiltered in the pre-web days. Since then, he's been a storyteller, filmmaker, and executive at media and web properties. He's produced films for HBO, A&E, National Geographic, CNN, MSNBC, and Discovery.

You can follow him on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/waaywire

Entries by Steve Rosenbaum

Virtual Reality Healthcare: A Fantastic Voyage

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 3:45 PM

The thing about science fiction is - often it comes true. Back in 1966 writer, Harry Kleiner penned a wildly futuristic film fantasy called Fantastic Voyage. In it, a submarine crew is shrunk to microscopic size and venture into the body of an injured scientist to repair the damage to...

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Amazon vs. Netflix: Game On! Hacking TV #0040

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 12:20 PM

The NAB Convention: Yawn. Who cares about improved over-the-air HD? Not even broadcasters. Tribeca Film Festival: Wow. Steve is blown away by innovative VR productions. Game on: Amazon creates video only price monthly price plan to sharpen the comparison with Netflix, which has not renewed contracts on most of the...

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Tribeca Review: Vlogumentary

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 12:35 PM

The thing about the documentary - audiences generally have to bring some interest in subject with them to the theatre in order to find a non-fiction film compelling.

All more reason why the new film Vlogumentary is interesting since it has not one but two distinct and equally potent...

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Facebook Live, Bots and Obama Calls Out Cable! (HackingTV)

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 11:42 AM

Quick before the bots take over the podcast... Facebook takes over everything... Obama calls out cable... Hollywood's new new video idea.

  1. At its F8 conference, Facebook announced a 10-year plan in which we will do business by chatting with artificially intelligent bots. We will use all the time this saves us to watch live video on Facebook's apps. Steve geeks out on the new live streaming technology Facebook announced.
  2. Working the end of his eight-year plan, President Obama is getting around to fixing your cable bill. He is backing the FCC's proposal to let you buy a set top box rather than being forced to rent the cable company's clunker. We look at why the industry is so opposed to Internet-based boxes even as companies like Verizon and Dish are building exactly the sort of device the FCC imagines.
  3. A small deal that may show a big trend. Last week we noted the problems with the way that Hollywood has tried to get involved with web video. Several studios and moguls have backed companies called multi-channel networks that represent a bunch of YouTube creators. This week one of those MCN's announced a much more straightforward deal: It is producing a 10-part series for Hulu, just like studios have long done for TV...
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Getting Lost In The VR Playground At Tribeca

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 10:56 AM

The Tribeca Film Institute - TFI as it's known is the year-round organization that drives the Tribeca Film Festival. Five years ago they launched TFI Interactive - a day long event aimed to explore the cutting edge of filmmaking, storytelling, and technology.

This year's hands-on space was called The Interactive...

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Yahoo Auction Leans Toward Verizon

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 1:17 PM

First of all, there are only two names that matter right now. One you know, and one you should.

The first is Tim Armstrong, the former Google sales leader who spent the past seven years turning AOL from a moribund web portal into a rapidly growing and acquisitive ad tech...

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Hacking TV #0038 - The New Video World Order

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 12:34 PM

The new [video] world order... Verizon, Facebook, Mashable, Buzzfeed.

The new world order... Verizon, Facebook, Mashable, Buzzfeed.1 What if Verizon swallows Buzzfeed?2 YouTube multichannel networks on the decline while Facebook video rises? Is there any sense to Twitter's deal with the NFL?4 Mashable says news is old news.

  1. What if Verizon swallows Buzzfeed?
  2. YouTube multichannel networks on the decline while Facebook video rises
  3. Is there any sense to Twitter's deal with the NFL?
  4. Mashable says news is old...
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Hacking TV Explores Chaos, Apple TV and FB Live

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 11:27 AM

Has the Chaos Scenario come true? Apple commissions a video series...Everybody is broadcasting on Facebook Live.

This week the chaos ccenario. Not the GOP primaries but the prescient 2005 book by Bob Garfield, the host of WNYC's On The Media. Steve argues that the media apocalypse predicted in "The Chaos Scenario" is coming true, and there is no better evidence than the precarious economics of podcasting. Saul says that there is lots of great news and entertainment being produced and even sustainable business models emerging.

Also this week:

  • Fullscreen launches a subscription service
  • Apple commissions its first video series
  • Snapchat adds video chat
  • Everybody is trying out Facebook live...
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David Bowie And The Power Of 'Live' In A Digital World

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2016 | 5:43 PM

Last night I sat with six thousand friends, many of them complete strangers, and celebrated the life and music of David Bowie. The event was the annual tribute concert series put on by the remarkable Michael Dorf of City Winery. And as he pointed out in his emotional introduction, when...

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After TiVo: Will the Over-the-Air DVR Die?

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 2:43 PM

It's been a great run. I remember the very first moment I had in my hand the peanut-shaped controller that ran my TiVo DVR. It was magical. After a lifetime of TV programming me, setting my schedule, forcing me to make time to watch my favorite shows when they were...

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TiVo Is For Sale. Let The Auction Begin!

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 3:34 PM

Ever since it was reported that long-time TiVo CEO Tom Rogers was stepping down,, rumors began that the company was in play. Now things are heating up, and there's a reported deal - but don't be so sure the name of the real buyer has surfaced - or if this...

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Tivo's Cloudy Future. The Promise of Unbundling. Trump TV.

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 2:29 PM

With spring in the air, the mind turns to love. Steve sings an ode to Tivo and frets about rumors the company is for sale. [Saul says good riddance.]

Saul rhapsodizes Planet Money, the brilliant NPR podcast, and discusses its recent episode, "The great unbundling" about the pros and cons...

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Brian Solis: A Book That Embraces the 'X' Of The Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 12:49 PM

The challenge of writing about the world of digital involves the need to be able to see around corners. By the time you settle on a book, roll up your sleeves, get it written and published - the world has changed. So good digital business books are hard to find....

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Geek Spring Breakers Fall in Love With VR

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 10:32 AM

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A Samsung Gear VR User Rides the Roller Coaster / Photo: Steven Rosenbaum

Each year a crazy thing happens. From around the country, and now increasingly around the world, a strange band of adventurers travels to Austin, Texas. It's hard to describe them,...

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Microsoft's HoloLens Big Play - Big Miss

(4) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 10:14 AM

When Microsoft showed HoloLens at TED in Vancouver, its presentation was dramatic and impressive. I wasn't sure why, but the TED crowd of techno early adopters and thought leaders seemed less than impressed. The augmented reality glasses promised to place holograms on top of the real world.

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Hacking TV: After SXSW, AR/VR and Dollars Flow To Video

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 12:16 PM

We're back, with a brand new edition of Hacking TV. SXSW -- the tech, music, and movie festival in Austin Texas known for launching APP's like Twitter and Meerkat. This year pivots from code to digital content, with VR and AR the talk of the show. OLD MEDIA wakes up...

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SXSW: HackingTV in Austin

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 11:43 AM

Each year the world of geeks and techno-futurists arrives in Austin for SXSW. This year HackingTV made the trek - and here's what we found.

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Hacking TV: AT&T All In On OTT, BitTorent Resurgence

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 8:31 AM

To honor our great political tradition, Saul and Steve disagree about everything this week:

1)    AT&T says it will introduce three over-the-top video bundles under the DirecTV brand. Steve says too little too late. Saul argues this will set in motion a rapid shift in the pay TV business as Comcast and other providers all launch nationwide Internet-only bundles.

2)    The BitTorrent world embraces streaming. Big deal, says Steve, as Saul yawns.

3)    A key test court case in which a YouTube creator challenged take down notices ... was settled just before it was sent to a jury... so the courts will not clarify the complex issue of fair use.

4)    A year ago Meerkat was the talk of SXSW with its live streaming app. Now the company is pivoting into a new business. Saul argues that this is a clear sign that live streaming is over-hyped. Steve says that live-streaming is so important that Twitter and Facebook have rushed in closing off the opportunity for startups like Meerkat.

Next week, Steve will report from Austin on what is getting buzz this year at...

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Storytelling In The World Of 360VR

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2016 | 11:25 AM

Virtual Reality is opening up new storytelling genres and filmmakers are finding themselves with new tools, techniques, and complexity in the brave new world of immersive media.

In discussions of VR and storytelling, understanding and empathy are two words that are often the center of the conversation. That's because VR...

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Hacking TV: Is YouTube's Fair Use Policy Unfair?

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 10:35 AM

Is YouTube's Fair Use Policy Unfair... Big $$ Flows to Video Startups... Video Action at Buzzfeed, NY Mag and NowThisNews

  1. The #WTFU (Where's The Fair Use) protest at YouTube.
  2. NowThisNews closes its website, BuzzFeed launches a video app, and New York Magazine beets on Facebook video.
  3. Investors pour money into Cheddar (CNBC for millennials) and Attn: (CNN for...
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