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Techdirt Podcast Episode 31: Closing In On Virtual Reality

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The promise of virtual reality has been teasing us since the late 60s, and yet it never seems to arrive in a fully realized form, and often gets relegated to the realm of mockery. Recently, however, VR (and its cousin, augmented reality)...Show More Summary

How Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Brought on the Era of Angry, Partisan Television "News"

Once upon a time, network television news was dignified, objective, and delivered in stentorian, voice-of-God tones by white, vaguely Protestant men, in half-hour increments at the dinner hour. And then, in 1968, third-ranked network...Show More Summary

Heineken Taps Publicis As New Creative Lead Agency, Two Weeks After W+K Exit

Publicis Worldwide will assume lead global creative responsibilities for the Heineken brand, following the split between the world's third-largest brewer and Wieden + Kennedy two weeks ago. The Publicis Groupe network has been one of...Show More Summary

Quench Your Thirst with a Union-Made-in-America Brew

Like the song says, “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets.” Then you can cool off with a made in America and union-brewed cold beer. There’s a wide range of union-made beers to please any palate, from the ubiquitous Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch to the hard to find Talon Double IPA from Mendocino Brewing Co. Show More Summary

6 Creatives Waged a Design Battle in Front of 1,000 People, and Here's What They Made

CANNES, France—Lots of designers believe themselves to be God's gift to Photoshop, but few have to prove it on stage in front of a screaming, alcohol-fueled crowd. As part of this year's Cannes Lions festivities, Shutterstock challenged six art directors to do just that at the stock art service's Pixels of Fury competition. Show More Summary

How to Survive the Next 500 Days Until Election Day

Former fishbowler Patrick Gavin is at it again. As the slow march to 2016 reaches 500 days and counting (499 to be exact), Patrick has some tips for the media as they inevitably overhype and overanalyze every last election-related detail over...Show More Summary

Cat story or the rise of Cthulhu? "The Call of Tutu"

I'm gonna to open that door and let ol' Tutu in. Just to see what he does. Ayuh. "The Call of Tutu" is a story about a man, his cat, and his wife. Or maybe a bit more than that....

How a Bias for Action Led to an Innovative Alternative to External Filtered Vents

Maria Korsnick The following is a guest post by Maria Korsnick, NEI’s Chief Operating Officer.During the five years that I was chief nuclear officer at Constellation Energy, my first priority was to ensure that our plants operated safely and reliably in order to protect public health and safety. Show More Summary

Melissa Block Is Leaving All Things Considered

Melissa Block will step down as anchor of NPR’s All Things Considered, the organization announced this morning. Block, who has been co-host of the flagship news show for over 12 years, is moving into a new role at NPR as a special correspondent. Show More Summary

CBC Seeks Takedown of Conservative Ad, Claims “No One” Can Re-Use Its News Clips Without Permission

Last week, the Conservative party posted an offensive advertisement on YouTube and Facebook titled Justin Trudeau on ISIS. The ad starts with ISIS music and images of prisoners about be drowned or beheaded before running short edited clips from a 13 minute interview with Trudeau and the CBC's Terry Milewski. Show More Summary

Xenophon hits out at 2nd Sydney Airport ‘monopoly’ risks

One of the disturbing things about Sydney’s much needed second airport at Badgerys Creek is the unwillingness of the major parties to do anything to break the monopoly pricing situation that would arise if it becomes owned by the same interests as the existing airport. Last week in the Senate Nick Xenophon, the independent Senator [...]

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

If Jurassic Park Were In Different Geological Eras – YouTube tags: dinosaur video humor weekly Disney Parks Ban Selfie Sticks “Disneyland and Walt Disney World have officially banned selfie sticks inside the parks. In a statement to the press, a Disney spokesperson cited safety concerns as one of the reasons for the ban. “ tags:… Read More

Geico 'Unskippable' and Leica '100' Both Win Grand Prix Awards in Film at Cannes

CANNES, France—A gorgeously cinematic film for Leica by F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi and a hilarious and innovative preroll ad for Geico by The Martin Agency each won a Grand Prix in Film at the Cannes Lions festival here tonight, an odd couple of brilliant executions indeed. Show More Summary

Adam&eveDDB Takes Home the Film Craft Grand Prix for 'Monty the Penguin'

CANNES, France—John Lewis' clever, adorable and beautifully made "Monty the Penguin" spot snagged the top prize in the Film Craft contest at the Cannes Lions festival here tonight, giving London agency adam&eveDDB a fifth Grand Prix to go with the four it won last year for Harvey Nichols. Show More Summary

Growing a Digital Data Archive @evernote @googledrive #eportfolios #iplza15 #edtech

Hard to believe, but last summer, a colleague asked me to craft a proposal for a "digital data archive," exploring the various options. I did but then promptly forgot about it when the school decided to not pursue it. In chatting with a friend at iPadpalooza 15, I remembered that I had done this and had not shared it. Show More Summary

Open Letter to Jeff Weiner - Help Make LinkedIn a Force for Good

Below is my open letter to LinkedIn CEO, Jeff Weiner. Originally published on LinkedIn on June 22. Dear Jeff: There's no doubt that LinkedIn has become the world's best place to connect professionally and build your network. I see aShow More Summary

Russia's Internet Propaganda Farm Is Being Dragged To Court For Labor Violations

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While propaganda is everywhere, we've been exploring lately how Putin's Russia has been taking Internet disinformation to an entirely new level. Numerous whistleblowers and media reports have spent the last year or so unearthing Russian...Show More Summary

The Passing of the 2014 Farm Bill

Here’s an interesting mini documentary of the passing of the Agricultural Act of 2014. It features the work of Rep. Frank Lucas, Agricultural Committee Chairman. Every few years a farm bill must be passed to ensure the state of American agriculture. Farmers like Danny Davis of Oklahoma rely on the provisions granted in the legislation to maintain their farms, and... Read More

Touring Pastimes

I remember reading an article in Alternative Press a long time ago that quoted Sean P. Rogan (the previous guitarist of Big D & The Kids Table ) in which he talked about cool ways to spend time and money on tour. I can’t find any ofShow More Summary

Under Capitol Hill at 55 MPH

University Link light rail train testing from Sound Transit Video on Vimeo. This afternoon Sound Transit released its first video of full-speed testing of the ULink alignment, showing a northbound trip from Capitol Hill Station to UW Station. The video gives a nice sense of how the ride quality and acceleration will feel once in service. […]

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