AUSTIN–I’m clearly out of practice at keeping one foot in the conference reality-distortion field that is SXSW here and one foot in my real-world schedule, as I completely spaced on writing this post yesterday. I’m going to blame that on the Daylight Saving Time switch.
3/7/2022: mmWave 5G advocates try to refocus their sales pitch at MWC, Light Reading
My final bit of MWC coverage came in this recap of a two-hour session covering the possibilities of millimeter-wave 5G broadband.
3/7/2022: 2.95M Americans Added Broadband in 2021, and Almost All of Them Got Cable, PCMag
I wrote up a summary of 2021’s trends in broadband subscriptions from Leichtman Research Group that once again showed cable running away with most of the growth there.
3/8/2022: To time your Apple purchases wisely, shop to the rhythm of Apple’s events, USA Today
I wrote this reminder about Apple’s product-introduction patterns as a curtain-raiser for the Tuesday event at which it introduced the updated iPhone SE and iPad Air as well as the new Mac Studio.
3/8/2022: Still Got Cable? Pay TV Providers See Subscriber Exodus in 2021, PCMag
A day later, Leichtman released their 2021 report on pay-TV subscriptions.
3/9/2022: Mozilla: The Pandemic Expanded Our Appetite for These Browser Extensions, PCMag
Mozilla released a study of which browser add-ons saw the most downloads at the start of the pandemic two years earlier, and of course a Zoom extension topped that list.
3/9/2022: White House Executive Order Starts Wheels Turning on Cryptocurrency Policy, PCMag
The Biden administration’s executive order on cryptocurrency policy directs the Federal Reserve to consider issuing a government-backed digital currency.
3/10/2022: Charter CEO: The new bundle is broadband and mobile, FierceVideo
I filled in at my trade-pub client this week, the first such piece being a writeup of a cable exec’s talk at a Morgan Stanley conference.
3/10/2022: Paramount CEO touts two-fer strategy at Morgan Stanley, FierceVideo
I then wrote up a second interview streamed from this Morgan Stanley event, this one with much better audio quality.
3/10/2022: YouTube ices out Russian subscribers, joining other U.S. video services in boycotting the country over Ukraine invasion, FierceVideo
I was lucky enough to have an analyst I quizzed on short notice have some useful stats about the Russian streaming-video market.
3/11/2022: S02 E10 – SmartTechCheck Podcast, Mark Vena
This edition of the weekly podcast (also available in video form) focused on one issue: Apple’s product introductions.
3/11/2022: White House courts TikTok influencers, Al Jazeera
Right after I did this Skype interview from the house I’m renting here about the Biden administration’s understandable extension of public-diplomacy efforts to social media, I got a Facebook message from a friend with a picture of a TV showing my appearance–he was visiting family in Morocco and was surprised/amused to see me on the news.
3/13/2022: For Wearables, Doing a Thing Well Beats Trying to Do It All, Grit Daily House
I interviewed Lifekey CEO Jason Kintzler onstage at the media house set up offsite by my conference pal Jordan French’s startup-news publication.
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