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Archived Since:February 24, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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

6 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

6 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?

6 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)

6 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 [...]

Our Smartphones, Our Selves: Why ‘Her’ Deserves The Best Picture Oscar

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

A few weeks ago, I went to grab lunch at a takeout food spot near the office. It’s the sort of place where you move down an assembly line, telling the servers behind the counter what to add to your plate at each station. Immediately ahead of me in line was a woman about my [...]

‘Gawker Is Snarkier Than I’d Like’: Outtakes From My Playboy Interview With Nick Denton

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Eight thousand words sounds awfully long for a Q&A, but for someone with as much to say as Nick Denton, it’s really only the beginning. My hours of interviews with the Gawker Media founder for the March 2014 issue of Playboy left me with five or six times as much material as I could use, [...]

Google Paying For S.F.’s Low-Income Kids To Ride The (Public) Bus For Free

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

The city of San Francisco needs money in order to be able to let underprivileged kids continue to ride local transit for free. desperately needs some local press that’s not about how its corporate shuttle buses are supposedly destroying the region’s culture and displacing everyone who’s not a tech worker. Do you see where this [...]

The Web At 25? Indispensable. Social Media? Not So Much.

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

It’s hard to believe the World Wide Web has already been around for 25 years — the time since Tim Berners-Lee proposed a system that would allow computers to access files on other computers via the Internet. It’s also hard to believe the Web has only been around for 25 years when you consider how [...]

Watch P.O.V. Footage From The Woman Who Got Attacked Wearing Google Glass

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

If you walk around San Francisco — a city riven by tensions over the tech industry’s wealth and the transformations it’s producing — wearing a conspicuous symbol of the region’s biggest and richest tech company on your face, sooner or later, someone is going to give you a hard time about it. Maybe several somebodies. [...]

Introducing PeerSpace, An Airbnb For Small Businesses

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Thanks to the sharing economy, you can easily rent out your car, your apartment, your bike, even your wifi network when you don’t need it. So why can’t you rent out your office? The creators of a new service called PeerSpace think you should be able to. Launching today, PeerSpace is a peer-to-peer marketplace for [...]

@GSElevator And The Seductive Ease Of Twitter Hoaxes

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Twitter is a superb avenue for the rapid spread of information. It may be an even better avenue for the spread of disinformation. Dealbook reports that @GSElevator, a Twitter account that had more than 600,000 followers and purported to consist of utterances overheard in the offices of Goldman Sachs, is not what it seems. Its [...]

Flush Squarespace Pouring $58 Million Into Marketing And Recruiting

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

For a company whose message is that the internet shouldn’t feel so in-your-face, has been a little, well, in-your-face lately — and it’s only going to get more so. On the heels of a splashy Super Bowl commercial that continues to get a lot of play, the Manhattan-based website creation service says it’s doubling its [...]

Mark Zuckerberg: WhatsApp Was Worth Even More, Doesn’t Need To Make Money

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

If was willing to pay $19 billion for WhatsApp — valuing it at around a tenth the size of itself — he must have a pretty good plan for recouping the cost of all that capital in fairly short order, right? Nope. In a keynote interview at World Congress in, Zuckerberg suggested that the [...]

Google Helping Local Publishers Surf The Programmatic Wave

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Technology has been taking giant bites out of the publishing business for going on 20 years now. First Craigslist hoovered up all the classified ads. Then news aggregators devalued content. Now, the shift to computer-automated — ie. programmatic — ad buying is putting the squeeze on smaller publishers, who lack the technological wherewithal to keep [...]

Dish’s Charlie Ergen: I’m Nervous About Comcast-TWC, Surprised Our Business Hasn’t Been Worse

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Optimism is supposedly one of the qualities people look for in politicians and leaders. Apparently no one told Charlie Ergen, who seemed less concerned with soothing investors than with managing their expectations on Dish Network’s fourth-quarter earnings call. It was a great quarter for the satellite broadcaster thanks mostly to an uptick in subscribers. Revenue [...]

Nick Denton On How Gawker, Uber and Facebook Will Save Humanity

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Nick Denton has a bit of a sinister reputation. His websites have ruined careers, toppled leaders, sparked lawsuits and criminal investigations and made Steve Jobs very angry. Up close, however, Denton’s evil aura disappoints. The Gawker Media founder is, it turns out, the furthest thing from a curdled, malevolent misanthrope. He is, rather, a cheerful, [...]

Peter Thiel Praises WhatsApp Founder’s ‘Heroic Escape’ From ‘The Welfare Trap’

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

What’s the relationship between the technological innovation of the past few decades and the widening inequality gap in America? That was the subject at issue in a Thursday night debate sponsored by FWD.us, the lobbying group created last year by a phalanx of tech-industry power players to press for immigration and education reform. Squaring off [...]

It’s Unanimous: Facebook Buying WhatsApp Is The Best Or Worst Deal Ever

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Big deals tend to provoke big reactions, and they don’t come much bigger than $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp. Was it a genius move on part, or a sign that the social network is about to crater? Did get a bargain, or did WhatsApp’s founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton bilk them for undeserved billions? [...]

These Charts Show Why Political Debate On Twitter Is Pointless

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Ever get into an argument about politics with someone on Twitter only to walk away feeling like you might as well have spent the time ramming your face into a brick wall? You weren’t wrong. Actually, you were 99% right, and now there’s a data data analysis to prove it, thanks to the Pew Research [...]

Loop, A Digital Wallet That Works Just About Everywhere

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Digital wallets have several advantages over the non-virtual kind: convenience, security, fewer trips to the chiropractor from sitting with one butt cheek propped up on a ridiculously overstuffed billfold like George Costanza’s. The main drawback is that while you may be an early adopter of new technologies, chances are slim that every coffee shop, drycleaner [...]

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