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Blog Profile / Mixed Media


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Archived Since:February 24, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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’

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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 [...]

Love On The Run: The Next Revolution In Online Dating

5 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Half of all single people use online dating services at some point, and the algorithms that power them have gotten about as smart as they’re going to get for the time being.

Instagram App Lovematically Highlights, And Hijacks, The Power Of The ‘Like’

5 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

“Hi! Would do me a favor and unfollow me on Instagram or at least stop liking all my pictures? I don’t especially want to have you in my universe. You can play that game with other girls but not me. Thanks!” So read a text message that Rameet Chawla, founder and CEO of the app [...]

What The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Means For TV Viewers

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Should consumers be wary of ’s $45 billion acquisition of, a deal that will make the country’s largest cable-and-broadband operator even bigger? Almost certainly — just not for the reasons they probably will be. In leaping to oppose the union, which will require regulatory approval from both the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice [...]

Who Rules The Second Screen, Facebook Or Twitter?

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

Twitter’s user growth in the last couple quarters may have been less than stellar, but one place the social messenging service hasn’t disappointed is its hold on television viewers. Twitter executives see the so-called second screen experience not just as a lure for users but as as an entrée into the huge advertising budgets earmarked [...]

Don’t Blame Our Traffic Drop On Facebook, Says Upworthy

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

“Does Facebook Think Virality Mills Are The New Content Farms?” I wondered in December after the social network adjusted the settings on the algorithm that populates its News Feed to weed out low-quality content. Shortly after I posted that, I heard from Eli Pariser, co-founder of Upworthy, one of the virality mills in question, though [...]

Facebook’s Paper App Shows All News Is Not Created Equal

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

There’s a great English expression that captures new philosophy for mobile app development: “Horses for courses.” Instead of trying to make its feature app all things to all people, the company is offering a range of products meant to satisfy different use cases and serve different demographics — most recently its new Paper app. So [...]

Amazon Vs. Book Publishers, By The Numbers

6 months agoIndustries / Media : Mixed Media

An abusive, alcoholic father; a snake-oil salesman; a predatory lion; Nazi Germany: These are some of the metaphors publishers invoke to express their feelings toward Amazon. In a massive, 12,000-word feature in this week’s New Yorker, George Packer dives deep into the relationship between the book industry and the retail giant that represents both its [...]

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