Kara Swisher

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A Thanksgiving Cranberry Massacre!

Sure, you feel a little guilty about offing that turkey today, but did you ever think about the agonizing death-by-Cuisinart of the cranberries?

jibjab

Once you watch the warped Thanksgiving video “Sendables”–a must-see showing below (click on through the blank screen and it will start playing)–from the online content creators over at JibJab Media, you’ll never look at that side dish the same again.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Venice, Calif.-based company, which vaunted to fame several years ago with its viral hit, “This Land,” recently launched its Sendables product.

It is aimed at the $85 million online greeting-card business dominated by American Greetings and also cheesy “social expression” products (think animated smiley faces) that actually garner substantial revenue.

Sendables offers a range of these higher quality eCards for sale from 50 cents to $3 for all sorts of occasions, along with videos too, many of which are really good examples of simple online content that works perfectly for the medium.

Gregg Spiridellis and his brother Evan started JibJab together in 1999 to try to break the online content code. Here’s a video interview I did recently during a visit I had with Gregg recently at their Los Angeles offices:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik