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Peter Yared is the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive, a top ten Internet destination, and was previously the founder and CEO of four enterprise infrastructure companies that were acquired by Sun, VMware, Webtrends and TigerLogic. Peter's software has powered brands from Fidelity to Home Depot to Lady Gaga. At Sun, Peter was the CTO of the Application Server Division and the CTO of the Liberty federated identity consortium. Peter is the inventor of several patents on core Internet infrastructure including federated single sign on and dynamic data requests. Peter began programming games and utilities at age 10, and started his career developing systems for government agencies. Peter regularly writes about technology trends and has written for CNET, the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, AdWeek, VentureBeat and TechCrunch.

Many thanks to Bob Pulgino, Dave Prue, Steve Zocchi and Jean-Louis Gassée for mentoring me over the years.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Up Next from Apple: Apple TVs

Apple's next move occurred to me while I was walking by my local Apple store: Apple iTV, which will be:

  • Wall-mountable 37", 42", 50", 60+" LCD screens

  • Look cool, with a hip Apple logo

  • Stream iTunes video and audio content from the web and from your Mac

  • Have special apps on the appstore that run on your TV (sports scores, etc.)

  • Cable card compatible so you won't need a cable box

  • Wirelessly display your MacBook's video feed

  • iPhone-like touch screen remote control

  • Include a browser controllable by above remote control's keyboard

  • Built-in DVR


  • So a very cool looking TV that is plug-and-play capable of showing video rentals and playing music. This will do to Sharp/Sony/Samsung/Comcast what the iPhone did to the Blackberry and AT&T: cost more, eviscerate the market, and bypass the network operator. Sweeeet.