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Newsonomics: A call to arms (and wallets) in the new era of deregulation and bigger media

Quibble, if you will, about the level of degeneracy now afoot in the heart of the Old and New Confederacy, as the Roy Moore saga provides yet more sick drama in the country. That’s a sideshow. What’s quickly appearing on the main stage — if it’s still behind the curtain for now — is the...

Who are podcast “super listeners,” what do they do, and how do we build podcasts for them?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 140, published November 14, 2017. Hello from Chicago, where I’m writing this in the lovely Hearken offices. Much thanks to the team for letting me in from the Midwestern cold. The Voice of Vox. We now know who is going to host the upcoming Vox...

Asset Flipping: The Ethics of Reuse in Video Games

The lawsuit against video game commentator Jim Sterling drew a lot of attention, but, outside of Steam, little is still understood about asset flipping. The post Asset Flipping: The Ethics of Reuse in Video Games appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

China blocks Facebook. But state-owned media still target English-speaking audiences on the platform

It’s no secret Facebook has been trying to make its way into China. Mark Zuckerberg is painfully learning Chinese. He’s put himself through a jog in Tiananmen Square under an extremely smoggy sky. Facebook has worked on censorship tools with the aim of appealing to the Chinese government. It’s tried a photo-sharing app “Colorful Balloons,”...

Even automating just parts of journalists’ fact-checking efforts can speed up their work. Is this the right tool?

ATHENS — A Greek university student is trying to build an algorithm to help journalists, fact-checkers, and regular news consumers make an assessment on the trustworthiness of an article before it’s spread widely online. Valentine Tzekas began developing FightHoax in late 2016, as anxieties around online misinformation took hold in the months after the November...

The Daily Promo – Brian Kaldorf

Brian Kaldorf Who printed it? The postcards were printed by www.4by6.com. I really like their finishes and variety. The boxes were printed by www.packlane.com– super easy to upload a design and excellent service. The tissue paper was done by digiwrapit.com, again, a huge variety of the types and textures of paper that they offer. Last […]

“Instagram for data”: Grafiti wants to make it easier to create and share data visualizations on smartphones

One of the features that made Instagram such a runaway success was its simple-yet-robust set of photo editing tools, which made it easy for users to tweak photos before sharing them with friends. The developers of Grafiti want to bring a similar kind of democratization to the real-time production of charts and data. The app,...

Ad Shows Menstrual Blood for 1st Time

Periods involve blood. And in 2017, one advertiser, at least, appears ready to recognize that. Cosmopolitan reports a new ad from Bodyform shows a red liquid—instead of the standard blue liquid—being poured onto a sanitary pad. It also shows blood streaming down a woman's leg in the shower....

Newsonomics: The Daily’s Michael Barbaro on becoming a personality, learning to focus, and Maggie Haberman’s singing

He doesn’t listen to many podcasts, and he doesn’t even own an Amazon Echo or Google Home, but Michael Barbaro has become one of this year’s breakout audio stars. Barbaro began hosting The New York Times’ The Daily at its February launch, and the show’s five-day-a-week window into the news has added a brighter, warmer...

Panoply’s Pinna might just be the first really interesting attempt to get people to pay for podcasts

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 136, published October 17, 2017. 60dB ? Google. Google has acqui-hired the team behind 60dB, the personalized short-form audio app. The team, which goes by the name of Tiny Garage Labs, announced the move last Tuesday, and a Google representative confirmed the development to Business Insider. As part of...

Getting Started Vlogging Using Your Smartphone

Vlogging can be challenging, scary, technical, but it doesn’t need to be. More people are starting to create video using just their smartphones. Let’s take a look! Yes, despite my shyness and allergy to being on camera, I am vlogging. Show More Summary

Report: NBC Told Farrow to Stop Reporting on Weinstein

A new report disputes NBC News' claim that Ronan Farrow's bombshell New Yorker story describing allegations of rape and assault against Harvey Weinstein was "radically different" than the version NBC canned. Citing 12 people with knowledge of the reporting, the Huffington Post reports Farrow had a woman willing to accuse...

Farrow: Weinstein Threatened Lawsuit

Ronan Farrow says Harvey Weinstein threatened to sue him over his blockbuster piece that the disgraced Hollywood heavyweight raped three women and sexually harassed many others, Variety reports. Speaking to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Tuesday, Farrow says he was undeterred by the threat that came during the 10 months he...

We get the robots we deserve

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This essay appeared originally, in a slightly shorter form, in the New York Times. “Your domestic problems are completely solved.” So says a robotics technician to a grateful housewife in “Leave It to Roll-Oh,” a promotional film produced by the Chevrolet Motor Company for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The titular star of the […]

Watching the World End: A History of The Weather Channel

[A]ll this sensationalism has made The Weather Channel, inadvertently and ever increasingly, the essential television viewing experience of the Anthropocene.

Infamous Purveyor of Fake News Found Dead

If 2016 was the year of fake news, then Paul Horner was one of its kings. Now, however, the Arizona resident who created a small empire focused on bogus online information has been found dead in his bed at age 38, reports the Arizona Republic. Police don't suspect foul play....

A Relentless Kimmel Goes After Health Care Bill Again

The Jimmy Kimmel - Bill Cassidy dust-up over health care circled back to Kimmel Thursday, the third night in a row that the late-night host has taken on the Louisiana senator over the latter's bill with Sen. Lindsey Graham to replace ObamaCare. Per EW, Kimmel addressed President Trump at the...

Kimmel-Cassidy Feud Over 'Indefensible' Bill Hits Night 2

Jimmy Kimmel's tirade against GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy for his new health care bill reached a second night on Wednesday. Kimmel, whose son was born earlier this year with a serious heart condition, railed on Cassidy for lying "right to my face" on his show in May about protecting pre-existing...

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