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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 // 1 year 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 // 1 year 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 // 1 year 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 // 1 year ago
August 6, 2012
Time Warner announces acquisition of sports site Bleacher Report
Many expect Time Warner to fold Bleacher Report into the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) broadcast division as they continue to restructure their sports coverage. Time Warner recently turned control of the Sports Illustrated website over to Time Inc. — a subsidiary of TBS — and it seems likely that the team behind The Bleacher Report will play a large role in the SI site as well going forward. Nobody has confirmed a final price, though the Wall Street Journal believes that Time Warner coughed up roughly $175 million for the purchase. source
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Many expect Time Warner to fold Bleacher Report into the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) broadcast division as they continue to restructure their sports coverage. Time Warner recently turned control of the Sports Illustrated website over to Time Inc. — a subsidiary of TBS — and it seems likely that the team behind The Bleacher Report will play a large role in the SI site as well going forward. Nobody has confirmed a final price, though the Wall Street Journal believes that Time Warner coughed up roughly $175 million for the purchasesource

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15:13 // 1 year ago
July 31, 2012
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July 17, 2012
Internet Defense League introduces the web’s new ‘Cat Signal’
The Internet Defense League, a group of “people and sites who use their massive combined reach to defend the open internet and make it better”, has introduced a rallying cry of sorts should anything similar to SOPA, PIPA or CISPA rear its head once more. Borrowing an idea from the Caped Crusader, the IDL will publicly debut on July 19, 2012 — the same night as The Dark Knight Rises — and plans to use a portion of its seed money to let the Cat Signal shine in major cities around the country.  source
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The Internet Defense League, a group of “people and sites who use their massive combined reach to defend the open internet and make it better”, has introduced a rallying cry of sorts should anything similar to SOPA, PIPA or CISPA rear its head once more. Borrowing an idea from the Caped Crusader, the IDL will publicly debut on July 19, 2012 — the same night as The Dark Knight Rises — and plans to use a portion of its seed money to let the Cat Signal shine in major cities around the country.  source

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17:21 // 1 year ago