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Monthly Archives: October 2011

R.I.P. Google Buzz Oct 14, 2011

In the coming days, as I tame my piles of work, I’ll have more to say about Netflix backpedaling on Qwikster, as well as the fact that Hulu is no longer for sale.  I go off on plenty of personal … Continue reading

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Hollywood on the Web Oct 7, 2011

Beet.TV posted this fascinating two–part panel discussion on the growing market for Web television. Worth a look.

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"People in product marketing in those days…would go out…asking people, 'What did they want?' Steve didn’t believe in that. He said, 'How can I possibly ask somebody what a graphics-based computer ought to be when they have no idea what a graphic based computer is? No one has ever seen one before.' He believed that showing someone a calculator, for example, would not give them any indication as to where the computer was going to go because it was just too big a leap." Oct 6, 2011

—John Sculley on Steve Jobs’ design philosophy This comes from probably my favorite piece on Steve Jobs, which was an interview with John Sculley published by Cult of Mac.  I love it because it cuts right to the heart of … Continue reading

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Yet Another ABC/Yahoo! Thought Oct 4, 2011

When I talked to them about their comment moderation policies a few years ago, they were retaining staff to review every comment that was posted (after the fact) to ABCNews.com, to check whether they violated the site’s terms of use … Continue reading

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"Presumably…the US government, and perhaps the Committee on Foreign Investment in United States (CIFUS), is worried about Beijing, its treatment of personal data, its censorship and its hacking."       Oct 4, 2011

—Maureen O’Gara, on barriers to a potential buyout of Yahoo! by Chinese firm Alibaba It’ll be interesting to see if this has implications for Yahoo!’s new partnership with ABC News.  Indications are that (a) nothing’s been decided yet on the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on ABC News/Yahoo! Oct 4, 2011

An earlier version of this entry is cross-posted at Nieman Lab. So far most of the reporting on the ABC News/Yahoo! partnership hasn’t gone very far beyond the press release. But it’s a hugely ambitious move on the part of … Continue reading

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ABC News Partners With Yahoo! Oct 3, 2011

This is obviously huge news for someone like me who studies the digital end of network news. I’m still processing it all. I’ll put up a post here before long with some more in-depth thoughts.

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Netflix and Arrested Development Oct 3, 2011

NewTeeVee is reporting that Netflix is in the bidding war for the Arrested Development comeback.  After the Kevin Spacey series, House of Cards, this would be their second foray into original premium content.  It’s fascinating—and a bit terrifying—to see Netflix moving … Continue reading

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Google TV Goes "Everywhere" Oct 2, 2011

Google TV is the latest connected-TV device to be subsumed (at least partly) into TV Everywhere. At this rate, it looks like America may be paying for cable for the foreseeable future. Or everyone will just pirate TV content en … Continue reading

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I'm Reed Hastings, Enjoy Your Life Oct 1, 2011

I’ve been debating whether to post this, since the Joy of Tech is one of those comics that shows up everywhere.  Anyhow, I’m finally giving in—I don’t agree with the punchline, but it sure is amusing.  And I’m putting it … Continue reading

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