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Meet Dean Koontz—in the first ever “Bantam Dell Authors in Second Life” Event!

Thursday, March 15, 2007—6pm PST.

Dean will read an exclusive selection from his forthcoming novel, THE GOOD GUY and answer his fans questions live.

And there is more: Fans who want to join in will be given the chance to learn more about a very special opportunity to create something for Dean!

Want more details?
Click here to visit deankoontz.com for more information on how to visit Second Life, or how to experience the simul-webcast of this event at Dean’s own site.

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Introducing…BlurbMe.com – itSreal

It is amazing how a simple question can uncover so much…

…after being speed around Senotosa on Todd Murray’s (founder of activedeals.com) pride and joy BOAT I asked someone what they did, and proudly the revealed they are behind the blurbme.com website.

Upon arriving home I checked out blurbme.com and what an awesum site. Upon registering you are able to login and review a restaurant, nitelife venue or spa & beauty salon. Currently only available for Singapore but wow how it makes life easier deciding where you want to go and live it up a little. The reviews are done by you or me so they are REAL reviews. I did a quick test and found a restaurant which I think is a cool idea but falls badly on service and most important of all – the food. As with my opinion the reviewer also thinks the place should take a close look at what they are offering. Can you guess which restaurant I am bloggin about, check out www.blurbme.com and send me your answer. (Hint, I am an Australian)

Well Done to the founders of BLURBME …you have an awesum site !!!

blurbme.com

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Velvet Puffin NOT quite there yet…gossip at E27 Event in Sentosa

Yesterday at a gathering in Sentosa of extremely talented people from E27, Velvet Puffin was discussed, if only briefly. It was concurred by all that Velvet Puffin is not quite ready yet for the public. I for one have downloaded the IM software and have no idea what to do with it, rumors were circulated they are getting into bed with a TELCO but nothing happening 2moro. It is Awesome how Velvet Puffin has received excellent media coverage, but what a shame for the user who wants an experience but upon registration (which is a chore on any website) there is nowhere or nothing you can do, was the release a few weeks TOO early. Please anyone correct me if I am missing something with my experience.

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Dean Koontz and other Authors heading to SecondLife to promote their BOOKS and meet interested avatar’s – itSreal

Bantam Dell in SL

It looks like the Electric Sheep Company are getting ready to bring authors from Random House’s Bantam Dell imprint to the virtual world of Second Life.

Check out Sheep Island, where a Bantam Dell building just outside Sheep Tower.

The inside is all set up for what looks like a reading or Q&A, the featured author being best-selling thriller writer Dean Koontz. While this could just be a test build, the Bantam Dell logo is slapped all over everything, and the place looks ready for a bunch of literary-minded avatars to show up and pelt Koontz with questions.

There’s also a movie screen in one corner running promos for Bantam Dell authors, including one for Daniel Goleman, author of Social Intelligence, The New Science of Human Relationships. But no word yet on when events might actually start up there. This is a great way to bring books into Second Life. Actually reading things in Second Life is incredibly frustrating and not at all worth the effort, but bringing authors in to do talks, interviews or Q&As could be perfect.

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SPH Video News on-demand channel Now Showing on M2Btv Singapore’s First Broadband TV service

SPH Video News on-demand channel Now Showing on M2Btv Singapore’s First Broadband TV service

M2B World Asia Pacific opens signature showroom to service growing M2Btv subscriber base.

Previews Singapore-made HD broadband streaming content; Karaoke on-demand; Hong Kong action serial
and Da Vinci Code premiere before TV or cable.

Singapore | 20 January 2007 | M2B World Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (“M2B Asia Pacific”), a subsidiary of US-listed Amaru, Inc. today unveiled to media the SPH video news on-demand channel on M2Btv – Singapore’s First Broadband TV – at their newly completed signature showroom to service its growing base of subscribers.

M2Btv subscribers can now have first-ever access to on-demand video news content from SPH on their TV screens, with added international coverage from The Associated Press (AP). The SPH Video News channel also provides an interactive new media platform for advertisers to reach broadband-savvy consumers who want to view TV content on-demand, whenever they choose, in the comfort of their living room.

Content on the SPH Video News channel is compiled from AsiaOne, STI (Straits Times Interactive) and STOMP, running on a 7-day archive. This addition significantly enhances the current offering of 55 channels of video on-demand entertainment comprising local and international programming as well as casual interactive games like Suduko on M2Btv. Accessed through the Pony set-box using any high speed broadband connection, Singapore’s First Broadband TV service also provides M2Btv subscribers face-to-face video calls and messaging at no additional charges, along with online on-demand shopping.

Colin Binny, CEO of Amaru, Inc. told the media, “Since the launch of M2Btv last year, we have banked on continually expanding our offering of on-demand programming to deliver an alternative, value-for-money platform for home entertainment, with a rich array of content that has largely not been seen on free-to-air TV or cable.”

Previewed to the media, besides the SPH Video News content, were the following:

• Hollywood blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” exclusively from Sony Pictures, and Hong Kong action serial “The Eliminators” will be available on M2Btv by end-January. “The Da Vinci Code” was previewed in Super High Quality, but is also available in Standard and High Quality to suit different home broadband access speeds.

• By early-February before Chinese New Year, a Karaoke on-demand channel, with over 10,000 songs of English and Chinese selection will be available to M2Btv subscribers to enjoy in their own living rooms.

• An original full high-definition Singapore documentary series entitled “Facets of a Nation” hosted by Lim Kay Tong and produced by Sitting In Pictures. The series chronicles iconic Singapore institutions like Hajah Fatimah Mosque, Central Fire station and Thien Hock Keng Temple will be available as broadband streaming HD content accessed through an advanced Pony set-top box to be launched in second half of this year.

“The market response has been better than expected, and we are on-target to sign-up 10,000 subscribers by mid-year,” added Colin.

M2Btv subscriber base is growing through distribution deals with major players like Harvey Norman, where each purchase of LCD, plasma or conventional TV’s will come bundled with a 12-month subscription. Meanwhile, AsiaOne subscribers can also look forward to a special subscription offer.

“We have a created a signature `WORLD ON-DEMAND’ showroom to better service and connect with M2Btv’s current and prospective subscribers” said Colin. “This concept store sets the benchmark for M2B World Asia Pacific as it expands into the region to establish our brand presence and a distinct visitor experience into the world of on-demand lifestyle.”

The M2Btv showroom is located at 112 Middle Road, 01-01 Midland House, together with M2B World Asia Pacific.

M2B SPH News Channel IPTV on-demand

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Yours truely appears on friends BLOG – itSreal

My very good friend is reviewing the SAMSUNG Z560 and during his travels I manage to sneak in, however I am deep in thought !

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