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Blog Profile / Mixed Media


URL :http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffbercovici/
Filed Under:Industries / Media
Posts on Regator:1219
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Archived Since:February 24, 2011

Blog Post Archive

At TED, Google’s Larry Page Says NSA Spying Threatens Democracy

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

chairman may be “pretty sure” that Google is keeping its users’ data safe from government snooping, but for CEO, that’s small consolation. In an on-stage Q&A at the conference in Vancouver, Page said he considers the NSA’s far-reaching data collection regime a threat to democracy and an obstacle to technological innovation. “For me, it’s [...]

At TED, Bill Gates Talks About Spending Warren Buffett’s Billions

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

There are two philanthropy partnerships that dwarf all others when it comes to sheer dollar impact, and makes up one-half of each. At the conference in Vancouver, one of those partnerships, the one comprising Gates and his wife Melinda, talked about the other one, the one he shares with. Gates and Buffett are the [...]

Lyft Lowers Rates For Rides During Low-Demand Times

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Call it “lull pricing.” Lyft is taking away one of the chief complaints wielded by surge pricing’s many critics by using the logic behind it to make some rides less expensive for a change. The ride-sharing service calls its new feature Happy Hour. From Lyft’s blog: Here’s how it works. During slower times on the road, [...]

AltSchool Raises $33M To Build The Classroom Of The Future

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Think about how much smarter and more responsive the websites you use every day have gotten over the last 20 years. What if the science of educating children improved at a similar rate? AltSchool founder Max Ventilla thinks it could, and now he has $33 million to test out his belief thanks to a massive [...]

Quoting Tweets Is Fine, But Twitter Would Rather Not Say So

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Is Twitter like a crowded cafe where anyone might overhear your private conversation but repeating it would be bad manners? Or is it more like a ham radio, where the whole point is you never know who might be listening in? pundits and social media theorists were groping for metaphors last week in a debate [...]

Uber Closes ‘Insurance Gap’ For Ride-Sharing Drivers

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Does an Uber driver stop being an Uber driver if he’s not actively driving an Uber customer? It verges on metaphysics, but it’s a question with major legal and financial implications for Uber and other ride-sharing companies, as the New Year’s Eve death of a six-year-old girl underscored. That incident highlighted a potential flaw in [...]

Facebook Introduces Video Ads, Promises They Won’t Be Spammy

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Ads that look and feel like TV commercials but are targeted like display ads: For, that’s long been the holy grail — the chief hurdle being how to introduce them without annoying the bejesus out of its users. After many months of tinkering, Facebook executives finally think they’ve got it right. Today the company [...]

Blame Amazon, Not Google, For San Francisco’s Tech Takeover

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Barricaded by protesters, bombarded by projectiles, effigized as piñatas, white commuter buses have become the symbol of the civil war in San Francisco between the city’s upwardly-mobile technology workers and those who think they’re ruining it for everyone else. But instead of making obscene gestures in the direction of Mountain View, maybe they should be directing [...]

Uber Director Defends Surge Pricing As SXSW Riders Lament It

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

The annual transportation nightmare that is South By Southwest has made the festival a great place for Uber and other ride-summoning apps to build awareness over the last couple of years. But the city of Austin’s prickly stance toward “unpermitted ground transportation services” and the ever-increasing sprawl of SXSW have conspired to ensure that most [...]

AOL’s Display Advertising Is Set To Surge, Says eMarketer

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Ever since he took over as CEO of almost five years ago, Tim Armstrong has been promising that the digital media company was on course to catch up to its industry peers in display advertising growth. So far, he has yet to make good on those assurances. But in the next few months, he’ll make [...]

This Photographer Just Made $15K In One Day On Instagram

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Daniel Arnold had $90.03 in his bank account on Thursday when he had a clever idea: Why not sell some photos on Instagram? Arnold, a Brooklyn-based photographer, enjoys a bit of fame on the network: He was lauded by Gawker as “the best photographer on Instagram” two years ago, after getting his account suspended for [...]

The Dirtiest (And Cleanest) Tech Cafeterias In Silicon Valley

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Resentment is at the heart of San Francisco’s roiling culture war — resentment, in particular, over the sleek corporate shuttle buses that let their riders drive up real estate prices in the city while spending most of their waking hours in Mountain View or Menlo Park, enjoying discounted massages and free gourmet meals on green [...]

New Email Etiquette: Let’s Just Say ‘Nice To Meet You,’ Okay?

7 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

I recently moved to a new city and transitioned onto a new beat, so I’ve been meeting a lot more people than usual for the past few weeks. Only I’m not really “meeting” them per se, am I? This being the 21st century, first contact almost always comes in electronic form — an email introduction, a [...]

Charlie Ergen’s Long Winning Streak: Nine Key Moments

7 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

He rose from blackjack hustler to media king with bold gambles and shrewd hedges. Now he's got a $15 billion fortune and 14 million subscribers to his DISH Network--plus almost as many enemies.

Flipboard Buys Zite From CNN; Founder Mark Johnson Leaving

7 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

With everyone from and on down coming out with mobile news readers, some consolidation in the space was probably inevitable. Here’s the beginning: Flipboard is buying Zite, merging two apps that let users aggregate news stories from all over into a single magazine-like experience. Of the two, Flipboard has been considerably more successful: It’s currently [...]

Wow, Twitter’s Audience For Oscars Nearly Matched ABC’s

7 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

In the last few years, awards shows have taken on a tail-wagging-the-dog aspect, with presenters endlessly exhorting viewers at home to tweet away and reading their tweets on air as if they constituted the finest works of Bruce Vilanch himself. There’s something backwards about it. The people at home talking about what’s happening on TV [...]

Vice News Launches, Promising ‘Changing Of The Guard In Media’

7 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Vice has been doing gonzo international reporting for years, but it’s always fit in somewhat uncomfortably amid the skateboard videos, gross-out photos, fashion spreads and drug guides. As of today, serious journalism officially has a home on Vice: Vice News. The new web channel launched today with reports from Myanmar, Russia, Venezuela and other global [...]

In Deal With Disney, Dish Sacrifices Ad-Skipping For Streaming Rights

7 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Ever since Dish Network’s last long-term carriage contract with Disney expired last fall, Dish chairman Charlie Ergen has been insisting that he wouldn’t do a new deal “just to make a buck” — that any new agreement had to reflect the evolving realities of the television business. Ergen kept to his word. Dish and Disney [...]

Tech Broke Real Estate In San Francisco. Can Tech Help Fix It?

7 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

A common critique of Silicon Valley says that the startups it funds overwhelmingly fixate on solving the problems — or “problems” — of the young, affluent and highly-educated — ie. the sort of people who work in Silicon Valley and launch startups. Increasingly, the biggest problem those people face is one of their own collective [...]

Behold, The Most Popular Tweet Ever (Brought To You By Samsung)

7 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

She said she was going to do it, then she did it. In the middle of hosting the Academy Awards, Ellen DeGeneres sent the most retweeted tweet ever. This is it. If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014 It only took about 35 minutes [...]

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