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Inspiration, anyone?

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We are almost there! This is the trailer for the upcoming movie.

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June 2, 2008 at 12:28 am

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GPS sports tracking with Virtual Earth

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SportsdoSportsDo is a GPS sports tracking system for your mobile phone which enables you to record your sporting activities while broadcasting live tracking stats to friends and family via the SportsDo web portal.
Detailed analysis of your activities can be performed on our SportsDo web portal allowing you to relive the experience and continually improve your performance.

You have to check this out, it’s fantastic. You can see the guy skiing down the slopes in the Alpes ;-)

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February 6, 2008 at 4:47 am

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Blue Chip Expert

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Got an invitation for Blue Chip Expert today ( thanks Michael). It promises to be the social networking site for high level professionals, networkers and hiring managers. There description is:” Blue Chip Expert is in the business of making recruiters more efficient and more effective by automating the agency search process through a combination of premier social networks, advanced people search technology, and targeted job referrals”.

The novel thing about it is the payment scheme behind it. Ken Hayes summarizes it like this:”Pay out referral fees to anyone who gets their friends to sign up in BCE, who then gets hired for a job or project.  Not only that, but if I refer a friend, and that person signs up another frBluechipiend who gets hired, I also get a small chunk of the fee.  But wait, there’s more!  If a recruiter recommends their colleagues to also hire from the database of candidates, then that recruiter gets a chunk of the fee.  Cash incentives in both directions.”

It is also nicely summarized in this picture on the right.

Seems all very interesting but if everybody puts his invitation key on his blog or distributes it to anyone without knowing if they are good or not, then you loose the quality of the referral, no? Anyway, if anybody wants an invitation, just drop me a line.

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February 6, 2008 at 12:26 am

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Planeteye in Beta

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Just logged in to Planeteye and I’m really amazed. According to an internal memo:

“Planeteye, puts geotagged photos – the attaching of geographical metadata to photos or content pieces, usually as latitude and longitude coordinates and data – into a map context. This lets the user see the geographical relationship of hotels, restaurants, and attractions, and allows the users to click deeper to get further information on them. As a result, the traveler is better prepared for the trip, said PlanetEye CEO Butch Langlois.”

Planeteye_homepage

 

On the left you can see the homepage, really clean and intuitive. Navigation is fast and it is already filled with lots of information.

If you want to upload pictures, you can upload your own pictures or you can link your Flickr account.

 

Planeteye_geotag

The geotagging is really easy as well, just drag and drop the photo on the map, add a description and you are done.

For every location, you can also look for hotels, restaurants and attractions. Again, really well done. One thing that would be helpful here is to link this with a service like Tripadvidor. When you choose a hotel, you can immediately show all restaurants and attractions in the neighborhood.

Summarized, this is a great tool.

 

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February 1, 2008 at 1:16 am

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Ted talks with J.J. Abrams

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Fantastic video of the producer & writer of series like Lost and Alias.

Another great one from Ted!

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January 27, 2008 at 11:57 pm

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Beautiful site with integration of Live Local

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Magnificent site and a great collaboration between 2 brands (MSN and Westin hotels).

In the site Renewal you can explore several big cities (super integration of Live Local) and find the Westin hotels on the map next to several points of interest. A really nice way to explore a city, its tourist attractions and find hotels near them.

Found thanks to Virtual Earth (Mappoint) B2B

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December 27, 2006 at 11:20 am

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Will Windows Live Drive be launched?

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If this is true (check the post below) we would really take a step ahead from Google here:

Link to LiveSide – News blog : Will CES bring Windows Live News?

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December 20, 2006 at 9:39 am

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Soapbox and Messenger Integration

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This is really cool. Link to Soapbox on MSN Video: Soapbox and Messenger Integration

Instead of just IM’ing your contact a link to a video,we now allow you to actually watch a video with friends, using Windows Live Messenger in real-time. This is how it works:If at any time you would like to watch a video with one of your Messenger contacts, just click on the “share” tab under a Soapbox Video and select “IM this video.”

If you are already signed into Messenger, this will prompt you to choose which contact you would like to watch the video with.If you are not signed in, you will be prompted to do so.Choose the contact, and once the person has accepted your invitation - boom the Messenger Activity Window will launch, with the player in full view. You can now watch the video with your friends and chat about it, all at the same time. We will be adding more functionality in the future, but think this is a great start in integrating Soapbox closely with Messenger.

 Crossposted on Belgian Windows Live Team Space

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December 20, 2006 at 9:16 am

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Microsoft makes impressive leap into the Media biz

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Interesting article on Bruceclay.com. In short Lisa finds that the new deals Microsoft struck the right way forward. I have to agree and also think that the deals with Facebook and BBC are great news for us. But I would add 2 more recent deals in the same direction which I think are at least as important for getting a place in the media business.

  1. The deal with Control room: PR link here as this will bring live events online
  2. The deal with Director Jackson: Link to the article on BBC here as this will bring real creativity online

And of course for both this will only be on Microsoft’s networks.

 

Great stuff

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September 29, 2006 at 7:11 am

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Google vs. Belgian media: You go Belgium!

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Interesting article on the battle between Google and the Belgian Media. A must-read for everybody in the business, if you ask me. 

Link to » Google vs. Belgian media: You go Belgium! | Digital Micro-Markets | ZDNet.com

My personal 5 cents: I have to agree with Donna on this, not only because I’m from Belgium, but based on what I believe is sound business judgement.

But who am I ;-)

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September 22, 2006 at 1:28 pm

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