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Arriana Huffington / AL Jazeera ToU.S.: Your News Stinks!
« on: August 21, 2013, 09:12:39 AM »
After months of buildup, Al Jazeera America officially came into being on Tuesday, taking sharp jabs at its competitors in the cable news world and promising viewers a different approach to TV journalism.

The network launched with an hour-long introduction to what it will be offering. The main message that the promo hammered home over and over again was that Americans were being denied the news they deserved on television.

Clips of Bill O'Reilly and Al Sharpton were played, and people in different towns were filmed talking about how underserved they felt.

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The late journalist Michael Hastings had traces of drugs in his system when he died, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.

Hastings was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles in June. He was 33.

The coroners who examined him found "traces of amphetamine in his system, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death, as well as marijuana," the Times wrote. "Neither were considered a factor in the crash, according to toxicology reports."

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The National Security Agency has developed surveillance programs that reach more Internet communications of Americans than have publicly been disclosed, according to current and formal officials cited in a Wall Street Journal article posted online Tuesday night.

The NSA has developed a surveillance network that can reach about 75 percent of all Internet traffic in the U.S., officials told the Journal. While the spy agency's filtering programs were designed to mine communications either originating from or ending abroad, the system is likely to gather purely domestic communications as well, the Journal reported.

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This past January, Laura Poitras received a curious e-mail from an anonymous stranger requesting her public encryption key. For almost two years, Poitras had been working on a documentary about surveillance, and she occasionally received queries from strangers. She replied to this one and sent her public key — allowing him or her to send an encrypted e-mail that only Poitras could open, with her private key — but she didn’t think much would come of it.

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The open Internet that 2.5 billion people around the world rely on is under threat, as governments increasingly seek control of information flow. Only concerted moves by stakeholders can protect its valued openness. The US especially must set high standards for transparency and freedom.

The Internet as we know it is open, secure, and resilient. This is no mistake. It was designed and has evolved this way. Due to its open nature, the Internet has gained traction at a fantastic pace and transformed the world by fostering communication and innovation while generating tremendous economic growth. Roughly 2.5 billion people, more than one-third of the world’s population, currently use the Internet, and another 2.5 billion individuals are expected to go online by the end of this decade.

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Ten years on, The Pirate Bay has made it clear that no laws in the world can shut down a service wanted by hundreds of millions of people. It will keep decentralizing to protect itself from legal assaults, says Swedish Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge.

The phenomenon of sharing culture and knowledge seems to swing in cycles between centralized and decentralized. The Pirate Bay appeared with little fanfare in the fall of 2003. At the time, BitTorrent was not the preferred sharing technology at all, and a Swedish think-tank named The Pirate Bureau wanted to try out the technology, as it showed promise by being decentralized.

While we would think that sharing activity would need to be decentralized by its nature, it turns out that this is rarely the case. When we were sharing culture and knowledge in our teens and before, that happened on cassette tapes. The cassette players of the day would even come with slots for two cassettes and a "copy A to B" button, having dedicated features to make it easy to share culture and knowledge between people.

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Content Provider Compensation / Compensation tune-up
« on: August 16, 2013, 05:43:12 PM »
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give 10,000 hard-pressed businesses statewide a break by arranging financing through a public authority to cover $800 million in workers' compensation liabilities.

The unusual arrangement for the private employers -— members of failed, dissolved or defaulted group insurance trusts — will permit the Workers' Compensation Board to tap the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to issue bonds to cover the liabilities.

If successful, it will take some of the weight off numerous large and small companies that sought insurance coverage for potential worker injuries by uniting under group trusts that shared liabilities jointly and severally.

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AOL Purchase / AOL's New $400 Million Purchase Might Be a Scam Operation
« on: August 16, 2013, 05:42:05 PM »
Adap.tv, basically a clearinghouse for online video ads, is chock full of scammy, spammy marketing pushed by robots:

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Adap.tv has a particular problem with straight-up bogus ad impressions generated by bots for the purpose of taking from advertisers, say multiple sources with first-hand knowledge of the exchange. Some experts pin the amount of suspect inventory in Adap.tv’s exchange at anywhere from 30 to 80 percent.

If Adap.tv's value was based largely on what amounts to fake humans refreshing the same thing over and over, AOL is going to have to clean shop very quickly—and maybe consider why it didn't learn this before it plunked down hundreds of millions of dollars.

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As an adoptive parent and an adoption professional who works in the foster care system, I have been very interested in the case of "baby" Veronica since it's inception almost four years ago. I have followed the ins and outs, ups and downs. I've read articles, court briefs, and blog posts. I don't watch TV news and in a way I think that may be a good thing here. I have no preconceived notions about either party based on their demeanor or media slant based on what network aired the interview(s).

It has been a challenge, even without TV, to get an unbiased synopsis of the case from day one. Folks on both sides elicit sympathy from many. The Capobiancos lost a child they thought of as their daughter after raising her for almost two years. Dusten Brown is now faced with the same fate. Yet, at the heart of all this is a small girl. An innocent child. Who speaks for her?

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Content Provider Compensation / Camp Gyno: Periods, Knowledge, and Power
« on: August 16, 2013, 05:25:00 PM »
If you haven't heard of it by now, you've clearly been without internet access for a few days. A tampon commercial is going viral on social media. I'm happy to present this piece by my friend C.S. Jack who gives a thoughtful analysis of why so many people (especially adult women) are impressed with it.

Camp Gyno, a two-minute promotional video for startup tampon delivery service HelloFlo, has garnered almost three and a half million YouTube views and over nine thousand Facebook shares in the three days since its release. “Amazing. Hilarious. Perfect. The girl in the commercial is a joy,” gushed Buzzfeed’s Mark Duffy. When I delightedly posted it on Facebook, one of my friends called it “the most awesome thing ever” and others chimed in with declarations of love. That conversation led to this blogpost, which I hope can come near the thoughtful generosity of spirit and intellect that Michelle demonstrates here with such regularity.

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On a good day the majority of the American public devotes around 30 seconds to our country's 11-year war in Afghanistan. Concern over drone attacks on civilian population, veterans' PTSD, and the treatment of enemy combatants have been replaced in headlines with royal babies, government gridlock, and whether or not Hilary will run for president in three years. (She will).

These subjects, if not closer to home, at least do not require that we as a population accept responsibility for the war we started and the quagmire it has become. This war is not flashy, interesting or sexy. In fact, most Americans cannot keep track of which man is currently the commanding general in Afghanistan or what 'our' objective there even is. (Major General James M. Richardson, for the record).

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According to sources close to the situation, AOL has reached a settlement with Yahoo over Yahoo’s poaching of top sales exec Ned Brody.

The agreement clears the way for Brody — who once headed AOL Networks (which used to be called Advertising.com) and hawked premium display, video and mobile ads for the Web portal — to take over the top advertising role at the Silicon Valley Internet giant, a job which has been open for some time, well before Yahoo targeted Brody.

After he got the offer in the spring, Brody resigned from AOL. But he was prevented from working at Yahoo because of an 18-month noncompete contract with AOL, which CEO Tim Armstrong had declined to let Brody out of. He had also informed Yahoo that it might face a legal challenge for its talent raid.

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AOL Purchase / Cisco CEO smoother than AOL's chief in firing workers
« on: August 16, 2013, 04:57:31 PM »
Chief Executive Tim Armstrong isn't the only CEO doing surprise firings during conference calls. Cisco Systems (CSCO) CEO John Chambers got in the act late Wednesday, axing 4,000 employees, or 5% of the company's workforce.

Cisco didn't mention the layoffs in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings press release. Chambers sprung that news on Wall Street and employees during a conference call with analysts. The networking gear maker's press release was pretty rosy, reporting better-than-expected earnings on in-line sales.

"My confidence in our ability to be the #1 IT company is increasing," Chambers said in the release. "Our fourth quarter was a record on many fronts, with record revenue, and record non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP earnings per share. In every case, we exceeded the midpoint of our guidance. We also generated $4 billion in operating cash flow in the quarter, another record."

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AOL Purchase / AOL’s Patch Layoffs Coming Friday
« on: August 16, 2013, 04:56:18 PM »
AOL will begin laying off employees at its Patch unit on Friday, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.

Last week, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong announced that he would shutter or try to find partners for up to 400 of his 900 local news sites. I don’t know if Armstrong was able to find takers for any of the sites, but we should learn more about their status when the cuts begin today.

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"Le bien-être des Britanniques est en hausse", clament les gros titres du Guardian. Ils font référence aux résultats d'une étude menée par l'Office national des statistiques (l'ONS, équivalent de l'INSEE, NDLR) dans le but de mesurer le bien-être en Grande-Bretagne. La mise en place de ce programme a été annoncée par David Cameron en 2010 , le premier rapport est paru en 2012 et le second la semaine dernière. Bien que l'idée de mesurer le bien-être d'un pays grâce à un autre outil que son PIB soit très importante et peut conduire à des conversations fort intéressantes, le doute demeure sur la façon dont est compilé l'indice alternatif et comment il peut être rapproché d'autres données sur la santé et le bien-être. Avec la campagne Third Metric (Réussir autrement), visant à redéfinir le succès comme étant plus qu'une simple combinaison d'argent et de pouvoir en incluant le bien-être, la sagesse et notre capacité à nous émerveiller et à donner en retour, je soutiens tout effort visant à montrer que nous sommes plus que notre compte en banque, les pions de notre employeur ou le produit national brut de notre pays. Il est primordial d'observer la situation dans son ensemble.

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