Who Will be the New Host of Mahalo Daily?

mahalo vlog idolMere hours after I interviewed Veronica Belmont last month, news broke that she was leaving the daily video podcast she helped launch — Mahalo Daily.

Soon enough, Jason Calacanis, founder of Weblogs, Inc. and CEO of the human-powered search engine Mahalo, announced an American Idol-esque contest to find the next host of the Mahalo Daily vlog.

As dozens of potential hosts lined up to audition in side Mahalo HQ in Santa Monica, we grilled Calacanis (and his bulldogs) to find out exactly what kind of host was desired and how she might be found.

We interviewed three of the top Mahalo Vlog Idol contestants (Sarah @w00d, Bonny Pierzina, and Lisa Brewster) shortly before they took their big turn in front of the judges (and “webebrities” in their own right) Calacanis, Loren Feldman, and Alex Albrecht:

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Facebook: By Adding This App, You Agree to Be Used in an Ad

facebook app beaconThis kind of caught me by surprise — I’ve never seen it — even in the small print of a Facebook App — where adding an application to your profile equivocates signing away your likeness to said app for use in an add on your friends’ profiles. Here’s my friend Patrick Neeman of Speaktech being totally USED and I wonder if he even knows it?

Is this unique to the “Friends for Sale” App being advertised here or is this a standard policy allowed by developers who build Facebook Apps? Seems a little much to me… What do you think?

ABC Democratic Debate NOT Airing Live on the West Coast

Clinton Obama Pennsylvania Debate to be Streamed Live? Yes or no ABC

ABC News, what is the matter with you?

ABC News, the National Constitution Center and WPVI-TV will host a Democratic Presidential Candidate debate in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 16th. The live 90-minute debate, moderated by ABC News anchors Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, will air from 8-10 PM ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. — U.S. State Dept. Web site

This is such an ignorant, irresponsible, and backwards move on behalf of ABC, it’s beyond belief.

This would be a perfect opportunity for Disney-owned ABC News Networks to promote their streaming video services. I am crossing my fingers that the debate WILL be live-streaming via local Philadelphia affiliate WPVI. As it stands right now, WPVI has a “breaking alert” that they will live-stream President Bush talking about Climate Change in about 30 minutes.


Don’t even get me started about how ridiculous this concept is: Bush addressing climate change with THE POPE at his side? Hilarious!

Philly Inquirer previews tonight’s debate. This as Jersey boy Bruce Springsteen endorsed Obama on his website.
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Flickr Video Uploads Are Go

UPDATE It’s 6p.m. PDT and it is NOW possible to upload videos (for Flickr PRO account holders). My question is, will it accept video uploads via e-mail, i.e. directly from a camera phone? Let’s see.

flickr video screenshot

The service will only take 90 seconds of video at up to 150mb for starters, which is fine. There are other options for longer video, and as Arrington wrote, “The short clips are a perfect compliment to event photos….”

Written at 3:45 p.m.: Or are they? I just wasted a good 15 minutes trying to figure it out after reading blog posts on both CNET’s WebWare and TechCrunch “announcing” the launch of Flickr Video hosting (complete with samples). But as far as anything official from Yahoo, only the rumor itself has been confirmed as rumor, albeit in a Flickr video — irreverent teaser from Stewart Butterfield and Heather Champ (with puppets) on the Flickr blog:

Hopefully this will be live later today (as rumored)!