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“The problem with most Web video startups is that you’ve seen them before. Another compilation of cheap clips posing as the next big cable channel. Another solution for nonexistent ‘discovery’ problems. Another ‘Instagram for video’ that won’t be.” Jun 27, 2013

—Peter Kafka, AllThingsD

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“I approach my journalism as a litigator. People say things, you assume they are lying, and dig for documents to prove it.” Jun 7, 2013

—Glenn Greenwald on investigating government surveillance programs

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“The best minds of my generation are thinking how to make people click ads.” Jun 6, 2013

—Nicco Mele via Anne Wizorek

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CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox are all wrapping up one of their worst seasons on record. Many successful shows have lost steam, with no breakout hits to fill the void. The trickle of viewers that has been lost year over year became a sharp drop. … A media analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch was quoted in The New York Times saying ‘This year was the tipping point.'” May 19, 2013

—Studio 360, “Is Network TV Dead Yet?”

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"When we started, we weren’t as intimately familiar with how this industry worked. Just telling people, ‘Yeah, you should go ahead and cut the cord’ without being able to watch the Olympics or the American Idol finale doesn’t work." Sep 17, 2012

—Avner Ronen, CEO of Boxee Watching Boxee transmogrify itself over the last five years from a software tool for hacking your television into a legacy content industry-friendly appliance has been utterly fascinating.

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"Video exceeded half of global consumer Internet traffic by year-end 2011. The sum of all forms of video (TV, video on demand [VoD], Internet, and P2P) will be approximately 86 percent of global consumer traffic by 2016." Sep 16, 2012

—Cisco Visual Networking Index, as quoted by Akamai

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"[T]hree-quarters of the estimated 5 million homes that don't get TV signals over the airways or through cable, satellite or telecommunications companies have televisions anyway." Sep 14, 2012

—David Bauder, “Nielsen shows how people use TV differently”

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"It ought always to be remembered, that literary institutions are founded and endowed for the common good, and not for the private advantage of those who resort to them for education. It is not that they may be enabled to pass through life in an easy or reputable manner, but that their mental powers may be cultivated and improved for the benefit of society." Jul 28, 2012

—Joseph McKeen, 1802 Inaugural Address as President of Bowdoin College This quote is emblazoned on banners around the Bowdoin campus.  It’s always good to be reminded that the debate in academia—as to whether educational institutions are serving consumers or producing … Continue reading

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"The world has a nasty habit of being more complicated than is imagined by those who seek to put it right…of escaping our schemes to make it better." May 2, 2012

—John Law, “Heterogeneous Engineering and Tinkering” [PDF]

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"[TV sets with facial and voice recognition technology are] all very exciting to the world's biggest advertisers…who spend billions on TV advertising but really don't know who's in the room when their ads air." Jan 19, 2012

—Michael Learmonth, “Soon Your TV Will Watch You, Too” Back in 2005, trade journalist John Battelle imagined a world in which targeted advertising had come to television.  And while TV is still a long way from having mainstreamed the business models he envisioned, trade … Continue reading

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