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Biographical Information

Derek Top

Managing Editor

Derek Top most recently was Assistant Business Editor with NewMedia.com, a news and information Web site (formerly NewMedia magazine). Previously, he has been Online Editor with Diablo magazine and Director of the non-profit National Student News Service, based in San Francisco.

Articles for Derek Top

Apple Releases QuickTime 6 Public Preview

The company announces the awaited release of QuickTime 6, fully compliant with MPEG-4 standards, along with QuickTime 4 Streaming Server and a new product, QuickTime Broadcaster.

Webcasting Royalty Rates Rejected

A controversial royalty rate plan for streaming music online has been rejected by the Librarian of Congress.

Streaming Media West Recap

From Rob Glaser’s unveiling of RealVideo 9 to an in-depth look into enterprise applications at Oracle, Streaming Media West featured an assortment of companies and speakers touting the development and benefits of streaming media.

Streaming Media News Roundup

From NAB: New product announcements from Discreet and Sonic Foundry; MPEG-4 takes center stage; and Intertainer’s CEO Jonathan Taplin speaks his mind.

MPEG-4 AAC Licensing Announcement Gets Support

MPEG-4 audio licensing announcements welcomed by many in the industry; and DivXNetworks inks agreement with film distributor Monument Video

Streaming Media News Roundup

StreamCast Networks adds DRM technology to its file-swapping Morpheus network; Video server software company Thirdspace gets a $16 million boost.

Glaser Announces New Partnerships

In his keynote address Wednesday at Streaming Media East, RealNetwork’s CEO Rob Glaser runs through the streaming company’s latest suite of software and services – including RealOne – while announcing a new partnership with Compaq to set Real as the default player on Presario computers.

Sonic Foundry Announces New Surveillance Software

Recently acquired MediaSite technologies key in developing surveillance applications for government security organizations

Yahoo! Partners With Citadel Radio Stations

Agreement brings the total of radio stations streamed by Yahoo! to 450

IAB Announces New Guidelines for Rich Media Ads

The advertising bureau lays out voluntary guidelines for ads that use audio and video.

Last Mile?

With independent DSL providers dropping like flies and incumbent exchange carriers circling like vultures to swoop up the carnage, Features Editor Derek Top asks the question, has DSL hit the end of the road?

Business Model Focus: Finding the Right Path to Profitability

As the economy continues to slide, companies are forced to take a hard look at their consumer-based business models, and, very often, turning to B2B and acting as application service providers. Features Editor Derek Top delves in to find out if streaming companies are finding success in this area.

Yahoo! Revs Up Rich Media Marketing Machine

The broadcast services division of Yahoo! announces new tools for online marketing campaigns and a first customer in Purina.

Return on Corporate Streaming Investment

In a keynote speech at Streaming Media West 2001, VP Research and Analysis Rich Seidner announced preliminary results of a soon-to-be-released report uncovering significant ROI in the roll-out of streaming and digital media in corporate enterprises.

DoubleClick Acquires E-mail Marketer MessageMedia

Second acquisition of e-mail marketing technology provider for DoubleClick this year.

Household Broadband Access Nearly Doubles

Satellite broadband and DSL users lag far behind cable modems.

Space dreams

In a landmark partnership with a private company, NASA is set to stream from HDTV cameras in space, and hopes to exploit — of all things — an IPO.

New Companies, New Markets In Asia

In Hong Kong, at Streaming Media Asia 2001, a host of homegrown startups attempt to tap the just-emerging streaming media market.

Sites to See: Smile (or Wash and Fold) — You’re On Candid Camera

The precursor to the big hit “reality” shows, voyeuristic Web cam sites continue to flourish. From the revolting (toilet-cams) to the mundane (laundromat-cams), Features Editor Derek Top shows us there’s a peep site to meet virtually every fetish.

Sites to See (cont.)

Listen.com to Acquire TuneTo.com

Acquisition of the technology company expands Listen’s growing assets for digital music services.

Turning the Tables with Targeted Ad Insertion

By harnessing the power of personalization for the purposes of marketing, targeted ad insertion could change the rules for advertising on the Web. Targeted ads have made a good start in online radio, but will the numbers add up to profit?

Spain Tops List In Streaming Media Users

One in five Spaniards used streaming media in January, says NetValue.

Onslaught of March Madness

Quokka and the NCAA team up to provide real-time coverage of this month’s college basketball tournaments

Cable Network Discovers Streaming Audio Advertising

The Discovery Channel boldly goes forward with a streaming advertising campaign.

Eveo Targets Travel Sites

Launch of EveoTravel latest foray for the company into the B2B market.

SRSWowcast Drops Original Programming

Entertainment division of SRS Labs will focus solely on providing technology tools to other sites.

Universal and Intertainer Partner for Video on Demand

Deal just the latest for Intertainer partnering with large Hollywood studios.

eBay Takes Bids Via Audio

The online auction site hooks up with Tallan to start live bidding over streaming audio.

Pseudo Lives!

Little-known Web production services company INTV, acquires the remnants of failed entertainment site Pseudo for $2 million.

Mondo Media Secures $17 Million Funding Round

Animation and distribution company looks to expand network in Europe and offline.

eSynch Helps Out Streamedia

Tustin, CA-based eSynch will provide financial assistance to Streamedia.

Business Model Focus: The Case for Syndication

Content owners seeking revenue take notice -- syndicators say they have an answer. Can syndication save the day for streaming content, or will this old-media-tested strategy fall short in the chase for profits on the Web? Derek Top explores syndication's inner workings in this Business Model Focus.

Medium4 To Launch 24-Hour Streaming Channel

Found at GlobalVillageTV.com, the site will offer continuous streams of everything from fashion to film content.

Microsoft Announces New Level of Streaming Integration

In his keynote address at Streaming Media West, Microsoft president and CEO Steve Ballmer outlined the company’s “Digital Media Everywhere” initiative, and showed off major streaming improvements for the enterprise. A major wireless streaming deal with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo was also unveiled.

Virage Launches Online Video Syndication Application

New video syndication manager provides content owners greater flexibility in content distribution.

Exodus Announces Performance Monitoring For All Platforms

The performance service is expected to be commercially available early next year.

Adobe Releases Latest Version of Premiere

New software attempts to provide full-service enhancements to video editing capabilities.

Riffage Closes Shop

Online music label shut down Friday after failing to get new funding.

Warner Music Licenses Streaming Service

The agreement is first major label license for streaming music service Echo Networks.

Yahoo! Sports Renames Basketball Tournament After Itself

The media giant also plans to stream live audio and video of the December tournament.

Fertile Ground For Streaming Documentaries

Docuweb.org, an upstart non-profit organization, is looking to provide the most extensive online library of documentary films, be a resource for independent filmmakers, and fuel a buzz for documentaries as a legitimate form of entertainment on the Web.

DiamondBack Vision and EncodeThis! Announce Partnership

Integration of encoding technologies targets quality of streaming media to the dial-up user crowd.

iClips Allows Florida Residents To Speak Out

“Whoshouldwin.com” features dozens of streaming video clips where Florida residents comment on the never-ending Presidential election in the state.

Scour Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Latest setback an attempt by the multimedia-exchange company to continue operations under “burdensome lawsuits.”

Yack Teams Up with Switch2.net, LineOne

Announcements at Streaming Media Europe expand the web-based program guide’s presence across Europe.

Apple Releases QuickTime 5

Public preview of the latest version of Apple’s streaming media program includes skip protection and updated user interface.

Cacheflow Snatches Up Entera for $440 million

Acquisition propels Cacheflow into the streaming media delivery space.

Arbitron Releases New Streaming Reports

Market research firm reveals that Internet use in homes with broadband connections rivals that of television and radio use.

Reuters To Use Virage’s Video Search

New application allows thumbnail searches of Reuters’ video news library.

Listen.com Acquires WiredPlanet

First acquisition for online music directory marks shift in business focus.

Pseudo Bites the Dust

The last of the great, original content sites shuts its doors on Monday--just the latest in a string of content companies to close down. Apparently Pseudo couldn't stay afloat even after a $14 million round of funding in May and a recent restructuring. Can any content company build a large audience without going out of business first?

SpikeRadio Now Just Spike, Inc.

Re-branding of youth-music Web radio station reflects change in business model.

Shockwave.com Launches Japan Site

New site and office is first international foray for Web site home to South Park.

Inktomi To Buy FastForward Networks

Inktomi claims to be essential to the Internet. In purchasing technology provider FastFoward Networks for a steep $1.3 billion, Inktomi is betting on what it expects to be essential in the near future – live streaming broadcasts.

TellSoft Technologies Launches iTalkSlides

Service allows delivery of presentations in real-time with audio and visuals.

Evoke Releases Collaboration 4.2

Real-time, web-based presentation service utilizes recently acquired Contigo Software.

Media 100’s Terran Interactive Releases Cleaner 5

Streaming media design tool enables creation and streaming of interactive video.

Myplay Debuts Myplay-to-go

New platform will play music for on-the-go customers.

RealNetworks Settles Lawsuit with Streambox

Out-of-court settlement ends nine-month legal battle.

Luxxon Corporation Lands $21 million in Funding

Second-round financing comes from major global investors.

Fans Want Their Olympics Streamed

Survey shows 70 percent of consumers would like Web coverage of Olympics.

Judge Rules For Universal Against MP3.com

Ruling could cost MP3.com up to $250 million.

Loudeye Releases Media Syndicator

Commercial release of product looks to help monetize streaming media.