Loretta Goodridge | June 7th, 2013
Daily Download Team | May 15th, 2013
Google, which dominates much of our online life, is now expanding into the music business.
As Greg Sandoval reports for The Verge, the online giant now has Spotify in its sights:
“Google plans to add separate music subscription services to YouTube and Google Play, the entertainment hub for the Android operating system. Earlier this year, Fortune magazine reported that Google had already struck similar licensing agreements with Warner Music Group, the smallest of the top three record labels. But landing Universal Music and Sony gives Google access to the two largest record companies, home to such acts as Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and Jay-Z. Spokespeople from Sony and Universal declined to comment.”
Daily Download Team | May 15th, 2013
Americans are increasingly reading books not in hardcover or softcover, but online and in digital formats. In 2012, publishers earned 20 percent of their revenues from e-book formats according to a publishing industry survey. As Julie Bosman reported for the New York Times:
“In a year that was monopolized by the “Fifty Shades” erotic novels and their various knockoffs, e-book sales in fiction rose 42 percent over the year before, to $1.8 billion. Growth in nonfiction e-book sales was smaller, a 22 percent increase, to $484.2 million. E-book sales in the children’s and young-adult categories increased 117 percent, to $469.2 million.”
Chad Sinclair | March 7th, 2013
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly apologized on Wednesday for his blow up with liberal commentator Alan Colmes. On Tuesday, O’Reilly called Colmes a liar several times during a segment about President Obama’s budgetary policy.
Howard Kurtz | January 10th, 2013
When blogger Andrew Sullivan began urging readers to support his online venture, I could hear journalists everywhere slapping their foreheads and saying:
Hey, why don’t I try that?
Lots o’ luck.
But all the chatter about whether Sullivan can get his followers to part with $19.99 a year to read his provocative posts on politics and life misses the larger point. He is doing what most journalists must do to survive in this digital age, and that is building a personal brand.
Ben Jacobs | November 30th, 2012
For months before the election, media outlets were trumpeting Republican efforts to woo Jewish voters away from Barack Obama in swing states. It was believed that Jewish voters in key swing states like Ohio and Florida would break for Romney because doubts on Obama’s Israel policy. This didn’t happen. Although Obama’s share of the Jewish vote fell this year, he still won nearly 70% of Jewish-Americans who turned out on Election Day. Obama’s win produced yet another wave of media skepticism about the GOP’s Jewish outreach. After all, Republican efforts to woo the Jewish vote are a perennial story every election cycle and seem to never succeed. But, on second look, it seems Republicans did actually make significant inroads in the Jewish vote . . . just not in a swing state.
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The short answer: apparently. Well, at least the U.S. Senate.
During a hearing Wednesday on cybersecurity in the wake of the Edward Snowden surveillance leak, Barbara Mikulski, the Democrat who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, interrupted the proceedings. Her urgent mission? To read out and respond, in real time, to a tweet by Buzzfeed reporterRosie Gray.
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Can circa 20th-century social platform of choice MySpace successfully return from “so ten years ago” limbo? We’ll find out, because the company is throwing $20 million at an ad campaign to make it happen. Fetch. The question is, will its return be welcomed like that of the legendarily beloved Persephone, or more like, say, equally legendary [...]
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for (well, the Twitter-obsessed among us at least): Facebook has finally introduced hashtags, and our friends will no longer rag on us for peppering our status updates with numeral-signed dead ends.
Hashtags will be clickable and behave much as they do on Twitter, pulling up all the most recent posts using the hashtag, subject of course to one’s privacy settings. If only your friends can see what you post, only your friends will see you include in hashtag pages. You can put hashtags in the search box and it will pull up the latest updates on that hashtag.
Just as interesting is that hashtags that originate on other services like Twitter and Instagram that are carried over to Facebook when you post the link, will link to the Facebook hashtag. Oh, that’s a clever way to keep people on your site!
It’s hard enough to be Venezuelan, what with brownouts, blackouts, American hostility to your late leader, and (worst of all) toilet paper shortages. But what are you supposed to do when you can’t even find flour to make bread? Marie Antoinette had an answer for that, and we all know how well it worked out for her.
Undergraduate Jose Augusto Montiel and his sister have come to the rescue of ordinary Venezuelans with the Android-based app Abasteceme, Spanish for “Supply Me,” not to be confused with the defunct e-purchasing portal. Montiel, a chemical engineering student by day, and his sister, who handles the visual design, have self-funded development, and just make enough to cover costs.
Naturally, in this left-leaning country it relies on the will of The People; in other words, it’s a crowd-sourced database, listing where you can currently find in-demand and shortage-affected staples such as toilet paper, flour, sugar, milk, and cooking oil.