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February 4, 2013
Unsurprisingly, major telecom providers like AT&T and Verizon aren’t big on having to compete with the government for customers who don’t actually need the overpriced services being offered by their companies. Some GOP members have suggested that it would be more fiscally responsible for the FCC to sell the broadcast spectrum, allowing the government to raise billions in new revenue. What say you, dear reader? source

Unsurprisingly, major telecom providers like AT&T and Verizon aren’t big on having to compete with the government for customers who don’t actually need the overpriced services being offered by their companies. Some GOP members have suggested that it would be more fiscally responsible for the FCC to sell the broadcast spectrum, allowing the government to raise billions in new revenue. What say you, dear reader? source

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February 2, 2013
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January 18, 2013
"Was the prosecution of Mr. Swartz in any way retaliation for his exercise of his rights as a citizen under the Freedom of Information Act?" Republican Senator John Cornyn has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder with some lengthy questions surrounding the lead up to Aaron Swartz’s death. Cornyn asks whether it was “the intention of the U.S. Attorney and/or her subordinates to ‘make an example’ of Mr. Swartz by prosecuting him,” and requests details as to what, if any, reviews the US attorney’s office carried out prior to Swartz’s prosecution. Whether anything will come of this is impossible to say, but it’s nice that someone in power is asking these questions (Photo credit: AP). source 

"Was the prosecution of Mr. Swartz in any way retaliation for his exercise of his rights as a citizen under the Freedom of Information Act?" Republican Senator John Cornyn has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder with some lengthy questions surrounding the lead up to Aaron Swartz’s death. Cornyn asks whether it was “the intention of the U.S. Attorney and/or her subordinates to ‘make an example’ of Mr. Swartz by prosecuting him,” and requests details as to what, if any, reviews the US attorney’s office carried out prior to Swartz’s prosecution. Whether anything will come of this is impossible to say, but it’s nice that someone in power is asking these questions (Photo credit: AP)source 

18:41 // 1 year ago
December 7, 2012
We started a Web site, but NBC refused to let us put the address on any of our ads because they didn’t want people to know the Internet existed. They were worried about losing viewers to it.

Judd Apatow in The Oral History of Freaks and Geeks. 1999 ruled. (via amandalynferri)

Sums up the entertainment industry pretty well. (via parislemon)

In a way, they were right (ratings as a whole are down, people aren’t watching TV as much), but in another way, this was so shortsighted.

(via parislemon)

10:52 // 1 year ago
December 1, 2012

Syria’s internet is back online

  • days without internet in the nation of Syria, as the blackout that occurred on Thursday has ended. Web-monitoring services indicated the country was back online today (Google’s Transparency Report traffic graph shows the restoration of their functions), no doubt a relief to international organizatione and observers fearful that the blackout may have been used to mask an escalation of war crimes. source
20:48 // 1 year ago
November 5, 2012

Kim Dotcom wants to bring faster download speeds to New Zealand

  • $330M the estimated construction cost of an underwater fiber-optic cable, stretching from the United States’ West Coast all the way to New Zealand, that Kim Dotcom would like to see completed in the near future. Development on the project was halted in August after adequate funding could not be raised by the original proposers. The Guardian reports that Mr. Dotcom hopes to fund the developments costs through a combination of his new company Mega, a number of outside investors, and using money he hopes to be awarded in lawsuits against US and NZ authorities. source
17:52 // 1 year ago
October 1, 2012
theatlantic:

Why the Internet Is About to Replace TV as the Most Important Source of News

The headline conclusion of Pew’s latest monster survey of the media landscape was the demise of TV news. “There are now signs that television news is increasingly vulnerable,” the authors wrote, “as it may be losing its hold on the next generation of news consumers.”
But the larger story is the rise of the Web, which has surpassed newspapers and radio to become the second most popular source of news for Americans, after TV. 

Read more. [Image: Pew]

One point: News online is so varied — much more varied that newspaper or TV journalism. It’d be interesting to see what kinds of of things people are reading online that are considered “news.” Blogs? Twitter? Buzzfeed? Wire stories? All of the above?

theatlantic:

Why the Internet Is About to Replace TV as the Most Important Source of News

The headline conclusion of Pew’s latest monster survey of the media landscape was the demise of TV news. “There are now signs that television news is increasingly vulnerable,” the authors wrote, “as it may be losing its hold on the next generation of news consumers.”

But the larger story is the rise of the Web, which has surpassed newspapers and radio to become the second most popular source of news for Americans, after TV. 

Read more. [Image: Pew]

One point: News online is so varied — much more varied that newspaper or TV journalism. It’d be interesting to see what kinds of of things people are reading online that are considered “news.” Blogs? Twitter? Buzzfeed? Wire stories? All of the above?

(via businessoutsider)

20:17 // 2 years ago
August 29, 2012

New Zealand court unfreezes more than $5 million in Dotcom assets

  • $800,000 released to cover rent on Kim Dotcom’s New Zealand mansion through the end of February 2013
  • $4.83M also released to cover Dotcom’s other expenses, including legal fees nearing the $250,000 mark source

» It ain’t easy being rich: Oh wait, clearly, it is. In addition to the $5 million unfrozen by the New Zealand court, Dotcom has also been given permission to sell nine luxury vehicles; most notably, a custom modified 2009 Mercedes E500 and 2008 Rolls Royce Coupe. All of this, of course, is separate from a court ruling earlier this month which also granted Mr. Dotcom with a monthly stipend of $48,300 for living expenses, medical expenses, and legal fees. Our hearts go out to Kim Dotcom. Sounds like he’s really suffering.

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17:07 // 2 years ago
August 22, 2012
'Oatmeal' creator's second crowdfunding effort also a success
Mission Accomplished: With more than a month left to go, and nearly a million in total donations, the campaign to raise the funds necessary to begin creation of a Nikola Tesla Museum can officially be ruled a success. After Matt Inman — creator of “The Oatmeal” and a noted fan of Tesla — learned that a company was planning to purchase the land where Tesla’s final lab is located, and destroy it to make room for a retail complex, he felt compelled to intervene. Now, thanks to a matching donation from the state of New York, the project can be called a resounding success.This makes the second time that Inman has used the popularity of his web-comic “The Oatmeal” for charitable purposes, but has already dwarfed the now seemingly-paltry $211,223.04 raised by Operation: Bear Love Good, Cancer Bad. source
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Mission Accomplished: With more than a month left to go, and nearly a million in total donations, the campaign to raise the funds necessary to begin creation of a Nikola Tesla Museum can officially be ruled a success. After Matt Inman — creator of “The Oatmeal” and a noted fan of Tesla — learned that a company was planning to purchase the land where Tesla’s final lab is located, and destroy it to make room for a retail complex, he felt compelled to intervene. Now, thanks to a matching donation from the state of New York, the project can be called a resounding success.This makes the second time that Inman has used the popularity of his web-comic “The Oatmeal” for charitable purposes, but has already dwarfed the now seemingly-paltry $211,223.04 raised by Operation: Bear Love Good, Cancer Badsource

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17:22 // 2 years ago
August 8, 2012

Thanks NASA: Ustream tops cable news on Sunday night

  • 3.2 millionusers watched the official NASA broadcast of Curiosity’s Mars landing on UStream
  • 500,000 users tuned in during the Ustream broadcast’s peak point, via several different content streams source

» Those numbers were enough to beat the Nielsen ratings almost every major cable news network — including CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC — leaving Fox News as the lone out-performer with 803,000 viewers. The folks at UStream don’t seem to think it was a fluke either. “This speaks to how much more sophisticated social media tools are getting on the web,” said company spokesman Tony Riggins, adding, “Consumers are adapting technologies to get news now from sources like Ustream.”

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21:23 // 2 years ago