An incident in which a British journalist was subjected to hundreds of abusive tweets has highlighted Twitter’s ongoing struggle to balance its defence of free speech and the rights of its users with the need to curb abuse. Read more »
Most of the uses imagined for Google Glass so far are pretty geeky, but video journalist Tim Pool has a different perspective, based on using the device while reporting on protests in Istanbul for Vice magazine. “When there’s a wall of police firing plastic bullets at you, and you’re running through a wall of tear-gas, having your hands free to cover your face, while saying ‘OK Glass, record a video’, makes that recording process a lot easier,” he says.
The New York Times has started experimenting with a system that highlights comments from readers alongside the story they are responding to, part of an increasing trend towards making the audience part of the process. Read more »
Andrew Miller, the CEO of Guardian News & Media — parent company of The Guardian newspaper — said at a recent social-media event that Twitter is driving more referral traffic for breaking news stories than other social media platforms. “Twitter is the fastest way to break news now,” he said, calling the service “core to what we do on a daily basis.”
Scott Simon, an author and host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, has been posting messages to Twitter from his mother’s bedside in the intensive care unit of a Chicago hospital and the response has shown just how powerful Twitter can be. Read more »
Justin Smith, the president of Atlantic Media and one of those credited with turning around the 156-year-old magazine’s financial fortunes with digital initiatives, is leaving the company to run Bloomberg’s media group. Read more »
A woman in Britain who says she received hundreds of rape threats an hour on Twitter has criticized the service for not making it easier to take action against such abuse, and supporters have started a petition and are organizing a boycott. Read more »
Henry Blodget, the co-founder and CEO of Business Insider, has a habit of writing posts on his site about his personal experiences with various ephemera of daily life, such as flying economy class. The latest instalment is about buying a newspaper — not a newspaper company, but an actual printed newspaper. Why? Because he needed some local news about Nantucket Island, apparently.
Novelist Junot Díaz has annotated a section of his 2008 book “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” on the interactive writing site RapGenius. Diaz added notes that explain his inspiration for the passage, including Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons, Star Trek and a number of bad science-fiction movies. Sheryl Sandberg did something similar with her book Lean In.
With the rollout of new blogging and rewriting features for readers who use its Kinja platform, Denton and Gawker Media continue to blur the line between their writers and editors and the people formerly known as the audience. Read more »
According to a survey by the Cloud Security Alliance, 10 percent of the organization’s non-US members have cancelled a contract with a US-based cloud provider in the wake of the revelations about the participation of technology companies in the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program, and 56 percent said they were less likely to use an American company.
Gawker Media founder Nick Denton used to say that the days of banner ads were numbered, but now he says he has made his peace with the format because “you can’t fight against an entire industry.” He says the challenge now is to make banners more relevant.
Several media industry executives argue that the disruption of the newspaper industry was inevitable, and that there was nothing much those in charge of the business could have done to prevent it or adapt to it. But is that true? Read more »
Twitter has apologized for posting fake advertising testimonials and attributing them to real users, but the slipup seemed to spark some angst among users about the company’s control over their content and identities. Read more »
When Facebook launched its platform strategy in 2007, it seemed as though the social network wanted to create a kind of social operating system anyone could use and build on — but the reality has turned out to be something very different. Read more »
With the launch of a web version, Flipboard highlights how far it has evolved from its early days as a standalone app, and how it is both a partner and a potential competitor for content companies. Read more »
When I jumped in a river with my cellphone in my pocket, it forced me to take a kind of vacation from the internet and real-time connections — and while I didn’t have any huge epiphanies, I learned a thing or two about myself. Read more »
The departure of FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver from the New York Times — and the bidding war with ESPN that preceded it — are just more evidence of how the balance of power has shifted in favor of the individual media brand. Read more »
Events like Camp Grounded try to convince us that we will somehow become better people if we can just find a way to disconnect from the internet and our devices — but those things aren’t the real source of our problems. Read more »
The prosecution in Bradley Manning’s trial appears to be trying to draw a hard line between real journalism and an entity like WikiLeaks — but as Harvard law professor Yochai Benkler pointed out, that’s almost impossible to do. Read more »
The major publishers say they needed to cut an ebook deal with Apple in order to blunt the force of Amazon’s monopoly — but they themselves helped construct that monopoly by insisting on platform-specific DRM. Read more »
What Uber calls “surge pricing” makes a lot of sense from a rational, economic point of view — but when it is used during disasters like the floods in Toronto, it still leaves the company with a black eye. Read more »
In the second half of an interview with the Guardian, former CIA contractor Edward Snowden repeats allegations that PRISM provides “direct access” to servers at Google, Facebook, Microsoft and others — claims those companies have repeatedly denied. Read more »
Computing pioneer Doug Engelbart — who passed away earlier this week — had a vision of how the technologies he developed could help us to create a better world, not just a way to sell more smartphone apps or get people to click on advertising. Read more »
A group of Harvard researchers who looked at information flows on Twitter during the Boston bombings came to the conclusion the network could be useful during such events for aid workers and emergency personnel. Read more »
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has spent more than $1 billion on over a dozen acquisitions, deals that have been all over the map in terms of size and focus. Is there any coherent strategy at work here? Read more »
Douglas Engelbart, a legendary American inventor and computing icon who invented the first computer mouse and helped develop much of the modern PC user interface, passed away last night, according to his family. Read more »
In many ways, Google’s shutdown of its RSS reader is just a small part of a larger move away from open web standards and towards closed, proprietary platforms that are easier to control and monetize. Read more »
New slides from a leaked NSA presentation published by the Washington Post show that the spy agency is able to monitor live conversations in real time using FBI-operated equipment located on company premises. Read more »
Facebook says it isn’t co-operating with the Turkish government’s demands for info on dissidents, but the fact remains that when it comes to protecting the rights and identities of users, Twitter has a better track record. Read more »
Instead of trying to fit everything into a traditional story, Circa looks at facts as “objects” which can then be stacked together in whatever order is necessary — creating a much more efficient way of delivering the news. Read more »
Twitter may not want to be seen as a media entity, but when news breaks and traditional media outlets are not around — as in Texas and Turkey — it quickly becomes the only media source that matters Read more »
ProPublica, which just hit its fundraising goal for a Kickstarter project aimed at investigating the rise in internships in the U.S., says there are a few key strategies for producing a successful crowdfunding campaign. Read more »
If Snapchat’s dramatic growth is at least in part a result of our increasing desire for impermanence when it comes to social media, why don’t we have more services that offer us the same kind of self-destruct feature? Read more »
Branch founder Josh Miller says he launched Potluck because while networks like Twitter and Facebook make it easy to share links, they don’t allow for the kind of intimate conversation with friends he thinks many users are looking for. Read more »
Instagram has launched a new feature that allows users to share short video clips — but photos and video are very different animals, and the audience for the latter may not be as large as Instagram thinks. It definitely doesn’t include me. Read more »
Although reports continue to emerge about Google setting up systems to co-operate with the NSA’s surveillance and data-collection programs, the company’s chief lawyer repeatedly denied on Wednesday that it has done so. Read more »
Jeff Dean, a Google Fellow who helped develop some of the web giant’s most innovative infrastructure projects, says focusing on one problem at a time is crucial for success Read more »
A new study shows that Facebook is one of the top sources of news in some Arab nations, thanks in part to a growing use of social media — and a distrust of traditional media sources. Read more »
A study that looked at more than a billion tweets and the geographic connections between 71 million users across the globe shows how Twitter has changed the way we communicate and helped erase geographical barriers. Read more »