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You can’t have failed to miss the Youtube Live event which is taking place today. If you read even one single tech blog, or use Youtube, you’ll have seen the chatter everywhere.

Celebrities, Web celebs and major artists, including the mad scientists from the Mythbusters crew, will.i.am, Lisa Nova, Michael Buckley, and Joe Satriani will be joining the celebrations, and YouTube will be offering three live streams direct from its Live channel.

Why blog this? Youtube moving into live streaming is an additional string to the monetisation bow, something they’ve yet struggled to really find models beyond simple adserving and partnership deals. It also puts Youtube into the broadcaster space, allowing them to compete with a wider range of other services. It will be interesting to see the next steps they take to push this service with commercial partners.

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Google and T-Mobile have just announced the launch of the G1, the world’s first device running Android. Android is the new mobile software platform which Google have created via its ‘Open Handset Alliance’, an open source platform which will allow developers to create applications for phones which utilise most of the handset’s capability.

Why blog this? Well, it is arguably the most important piece of software released this year, and has the potential to revolutionise the way we see mobile as a hardware device. Allowing developers, any developer, not just those employed by the hardware manafacturers, means anyone with a good idea can create an application for the phone, including branded, context specific applications and widgets for any use, and control the way in which the user interacts with the application and phone, rather than being restricted to a certain interface or paradigm.

Quite a geeky/hardcore tech post, but Sony Bravia televisions are making waves with support for widgets. The new range of televisions come with an SDK (What is an SDK?) to allow developers to build onscreen applications which the television will support. Certain models of the Bravia supports the PSP style application and content browser to navigate photos, video and so on.

Why blog this? Interesting on a number of levels. By providing an SDK, Sony are opening up the television platform to allow any developer to create applications and interactive widgets for their televisions. Whilst Sony will of course retain editorial control over which applications appear (not unlike Apple’s AppStore process), it still opens the door for creating engaging and useful interactive tools which could enrich viewing. It has always been hard getting new forms of technology into the front room, but the television has always been the easiest method of reaching that goal. With support for on screen applications, this is a very interesting move.

via [Sony Insider]