Feature posts on last100 in 2007, editor's picks

last100As the year comes to a close, here are ten of my favorite feature posts from last100 in 2007. These weren’t necessarily the most popular in terms of page views or reader comments, but give a great overview of the breadth and depth of digital lifestyle coverage we’ve tried to deliver since we launched on May 20 2007. Here’s to more of the same in 2008 and wishing you all a happy new year!

The Gphone is coming; how Google could rewrite the rules

Written before the official Google Android announcement, we speculate on how the much rumored Gphone might shape up, including concept sketches by Lorin Wood.

Music industry: five alternative business models

Following the pay-what-you-want experiment by the band Radiohead, we outlined five alternative business models for selling music.

Five Microsoft “digital lifestyle” flops, and why they failed

A fun and retrospective look at some of Microsoft’s less successful digital lifestyle products.

Amazon in your living room: today and in the future

How Amazon could become a powerful player in the battle for the digital living room.

Google wants to do for TV what it did for the Web

If Google has its way, there will be the Google “ecosystem” behind TV, just like there is behind the Web.

8 Internet TV apps in 8 weeks

Eight weeks after launching last100, we published a quick recap of the Internet TV applications we’d profiled so far.

Can the iPhone change the face of the U.S. mobile-phone industry?

The iPhone is far from perfect, but it has potential to change the U.S. mobile-phone market.

Internet streaming: five U.S. television networks compared

We took a look at the online offerings of the five major networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and The CW.

10 sites for free legal music

In this post we profile ten sites or services that offer free and legal music to download.

11 video download stores compared

In this post, we take a look at eleven paid-for video download stores, noting that while there appears to be much competition, many of the resulting services lack innovation, in terms of their technology choices and how they approach copy-protection.

Also check our other “year in review” coverage: Internet TV and Digital Music.

last100 is edited by Steve O'Hear. Aside from founding last100, Steve is co-founder and CEO of Beepl and a freelance journalist who has written for numerous publications, including TechCrunch, The Guardian, ZDNet, ReadWriteWeb and Macworld, and also wrote and directed the Silicon Valley documentary, In Search of the Valley. See his full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.

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