Kara Swisher

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Digital Snowball Fight!

How could I not post this beauty from the folks at JibJab Media, in which Walt Mossberg and I get to smack Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, as well as Apple’s Steve Jobs more painfully, with snowballs?

The video card is part of a recent deal the online video creators just inked with BermanBraun Media–an independent production company headed by Hollywood players Lloyd Braun and Gail Berman–to make personalized ads using JibJab’s comic head-cut digital short technology.

The videos, which users can create for free with an ad at the start from Diet Pepsi Max, is the first major initiative for BermanBraun’s online division using Pepsi-sponsored online content.

BermanBraun announced a deal last July with PepsiCo to support original entertainment content developed for online platforms.

You can see one with a 10-second pre-roll ad embedded here, as well as another one here called “Menorah Hora,” which stars Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Page’s soon-to-be wife Lucy Southworth (Happy wedding this weekend!), as well as YouTube’s Chad Hurley and Steve Chen.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work