RAIN 9/28: Second-annual RAIN Summit East kicks off today in D.C.
AFTERNOON FEATURES OVER TWO DOZEN SPEAKERS, FIVE PANELS, TWO KEYNOTES AND MORE!Today at 1:00pm Eastern the second-annual RAIN Summit East gets under way in Washington D.C. The afternoon’s agenda includes over two dozen speakers, five panels, two keynotes, an exclusive research presentation and two Pecha Kuchas — a Japanese term (pronounced “peh-CHAHK-cha”) which requires speakers to show exactly 20 slides for exactly 20 seconds each.
The panels at RAIN Summit East will include discussions on the future of in-car Internet radio, the monetization of web radio from the perspective of advertisers and webcasters, the outlook for performance royalties and a discussion on Internet radio programming. The Summit will also feature keynote presentations from Bonneville president/CEO Bruce Reese and former Forrester Analyst Sonal Gandhi, as well as an exclusive research presentation from Coleman Insights (more here).
Finally, the winners of the first-ever RAIN Internet Radio Awards will be announced today at the Summit. You can see the full list of finalists here. The full agenda for today’s RAIN Summit East can be found here. We’ll have plenty of coverage of today’s events later this week!
RIM DEBUTS FLASH-FRIENDLY BLACKBERRY TABLETRIM (Research in Motion) yesterday announced PlayBook, a BlackBerry tablet device with support for Flash 10.1. That means it will presumably play nice with Flash-based Internet radio streams, and in fact the tablet even supports Adobe AIR applications.
Those Net radio streams can even play in the background on the device as well, thanks to the PlayBook’s multitasking abilities (a feature that looks suspiciously Palm webOS-like). So, while RIM calls the PlayBook “the first professional tablet,” it also looks like an excellent Internet radio platform. Engadget has tons more on the specifics of the new device here. — MS
LIQUID COMPASS LAUNCHES MOBILE DIVISIONDenver-based Liquid Compass has
launched a mobile division to build custom streaming radio mobile apps. The company’s ProM app for iPhone will debut next month, with other apps for Android and BlackBerry devices coming soon after. The apps can be branded and built with custom skins, with built-in social-networking and song tagging features. Denver Business Journal has more coverage here.
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