Twitter’s announcement this week that it was going to enable country-specific censorship of posts is arousing fury around the Internet. Commentators, activists, protesters and netizens have said it’s “very bad news” and claim to be “#outraged”. Bianca Jagger, for one, asked how to go about boycotting Twitter, on Twitter, according to the New York Times. (Step one might be... well, never mind.) The critics have settled on #TwitterBlackout: all day on Saturday the 28th, they promised to not tweet, as a show of protest and solidarity with those who might be censored.
First it was a bronze statue in Hungary. Now it’s a Grammy.
The accolades for the technology icon who died Oct 5 are still pouring in.
While Jobs is not a musician, his influence on the music industry — good or bad — cannot be denied. And for this, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is giving the co-founder of Apple Inc a Grammy at an invitation-only ceremony on Feb 11.
from The Great Debate:
By Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
The opinions expressed are his own.
Western media industries are going through a rapid and often painful transformation today with the rise of the Internet and mobile platforms, the erosion of the largest free-to-air broadcast audiences, and the decline of paid print newspaper circulation.
Conde Nast just launched the latest product from its digital incubator in time for the holidays called “Santa’s Hideout.” The site is a free gift giving service aimed at children that lets parents set up a list for each child to fill while also allowing parents to don their Santa beard. The items on the lists can be divvied up for Santa only as well as for family and friends.
Between the bazillion ad technology companies all claiming to revolutionize online advertising and an explosion of devices and services that promise to deliver movies straight from the Internet to the TV, it’s a full time job keeping tabs on what can do what.
Back in September, right before the quarter ended, Viacom trimmed its advertising revenue outlook to high single digit growth from double digit growth. One of only a few media conglomerates to take that step–News Corp, Time Warner, and CBS were much more upbeat–the move prompted some concern among media watchers that advertisers were beginning to slash their budgets on macro-economic concerns.
The New York Times is expanding its technology blog Bits to include more reporting and analysis about the enterprise portion of the tech sector. The expanded coverage will encompass a broader range of subjects like “big data,” “cloud computing” and security issues.
Just when you think things can’t possibly get any worse for newspapers, it somehow manages to get even bleaker. Today’s example is provided by the Washington Post Co and its flagship paper (and the online site Slate). The company reported third quarter earnings including results from its newspaper division today.