Stitcher Streams Podcasts On Demand to Make Old Radio Even More Irrelevant

WHAT: Stream podcasts and talk shows from your smartphone, iPad or desktop browser on demand (i.e., Pandora for talk). Also available in cars via OnStar and Ford’s Sync. Content partners range from the BBC to Kevin Smith’s Smodcast Internet Radio to Rush Limbaugh.

This week Stitcher launched a recommendation feature for its iPhone and Android apps to help users discover new content.

LAUNCHERS: Noah Shanok, CEO, previously led sales for StubHub and was a consultant. Peter deVroede (CTO) worked in finance and managed tech for various gaming, software and entertainment companies.

WHY: Downloading every podcast is a PITA, plus downloads are not automatic. Mobile internet has become mainstream. Talk makes up 35% of traditional radio listening.

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CellScope Launches iPhone Device for Diagnosing Ear Infections, Expands Telemedicine Market

WHAT: A device called an otoscope that attaches to an iPhone so that doctors (and eventually parents) can take photos inside a child’s ear. Doctors use the image to determine whether there is an ear infection or show it to colleagues for a second opinion. CellScope images can be added to the child’s electronic medical record to compare them to future images of ear infections.

LAUNCHERS:  Erik Douglas has a doctorate in bioengineering from UC-Berkeley and previously founded a company that did due diligence for tech investors (company failed). Wilbur Lam is a pediatrician at Emory University who met Erik in their PhD program.

WHY: Ear infections are the top reason kids go to doctors (and emergency rooms), accounting for about 30M visits a year. The iPhone’s camera takes photos good enough for doctors to make an ear-infection diagnosis based on them. Doctors have become more open to tech solutions (including electronic medical records) that make them more efficient and reduce costs. Plus you don’t need approval from the Food and Drug Administration to make otoscopes.

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Celebrities on Google+ in Week One

It took nearly three years from Twitter’s 2006 launch before celebrities started flocking to the service en masse (although MC Hammer was an early adopter -- see timeline below).

But Google+ has attracted a number of big names in its first week beyond tech-savvy actor Ashton Kutcher. These celebs include singer Taylor Swift, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and yes, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, currently the most popular person on Google+.

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Why Google+ Will Take Half of the Social Networking Market from Facebook (or “There Calacanis Goes Again”)

By Jason Calacanis

A year and a half ago, while hosting an unsanctioned -- but very lucrative -- poker game at the TED conference in Long Beach, I wrote the worst prediction of my career.

In a blog post titled “Google Buzz is brilliant, Facebook just lost half its value,” I gushed over BUZZ, Google’s very impressive second stab at social networking. Their first, Orkut, was a Friendster-like service that was serviceable, but not something folks would consider wildly innovative.

BUZZ was wildly innovative because, like the recently funded Color social network, it created what I’ve dubbed the “implied social network” (ISN) from your most emailed users. This was a brilliant, but dangerous, gamble. Your contact list is a great place to start building a social network -- except in the event that you’ve been in a flame war with your abusive ex-husband.

Color is building an ISN based on proximity, e.g., you took a photo at Madison Square Garden and Gramercy Tavern just like I did, so we must have something in common (in this case we both like to drown our Orange and Blue sorrows in morels, foie gras and sweetbreads). My interview with Color's founder here.

After gaining an impressive collection of vanguard users, including Leo Laporte and Robert Scoble, the buzz around BUZZ died down.

It was really odd: Google simply stopped innovating on the platform. We learned last week that Buzz development continued in the form of Google’s third major stab at social networking, Google+.

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