Ellen wanted to have the most retweeted photo on Twitter, and she got her wish. Within an hour after taking a star-studdied selfie live during the Academy Awards, she passed Barack Obama’s record-setting tweet — and broke Twitter, as well. (via Ellen Breaks Most-Retweeted Record With All-Star Selfie At Oscars)
Amazing. What if it catches on and boner shots become the equivalent of breast/nipple shots? Vice, you are NOT boring.
l(via Groin Gazing | VICE United States)
The Google Scraper Report form doesn’t promise any immediate fix — or any fix at all. Rather, it simply asks people to share their original content URL, the URL of the content taken from them and the search results that triggered the outranking. (via Someone Outranking You With Your Own Content? Use The New Google Scraper Report)
Share your ideas!
So we want to know what you think— what captures your imagination when you think about the Internet as a place for free expression and innovation? In June we will award $2.75 million, including $250,000 from the Ford Foundation, to support the most compelling ideas.
(via News Challenge - How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?)
Sistani, who officially joined Tumblr in January, was most recently head of mobile growth at Yahoo, which purchased New York-based Tumblr for $1.1 billion in May 2013. Before joining Yahoo she co-founded a social TV startup called Rogue Paper
(via Tumblr Courts Hollywood With First Director of Media (Exclusive) - The Hollywood Reporter)
If the “turn away the gay” bill becomes law, be ready to face the fire, Arizona.
(via Razing Arizona - Allegiance)
I have to accept that. I want my newest child to have as normal and decent a life as I can provide. New York doesn’t seem the place for that anymore. (via Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life — Vulture)
The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our democracy, because the mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of its majority but in the protection of its minority – otherwise mob justice would be considered democratic. The law is also unconstitutional, ambiguous, and a strange priority in a country with so many real problems. Above all else, however, it is unjust. Even if this was not a country of abysmal electricity supply where university graduates are barely literate and people die of easily-treatable causes and Boko Haram commits casual mass murders, this law would still be unjust. We cannot be a just society unless we are able to accommodate benign difference, accept benign difference, live and let live. We may not understand homosexuality, we may find it personally abhorrent but our response cannot be to criminalize it. — Anti-Gay Law: Chimamanda Adichie Writes, ‘Why can’t he just be like everyone else?’ | NewsWireNGR
Throughout the Midwest, where dairy farmers face a host of financial challenges, two dozen Organic Valley Co-op members now grow fruits or vegetables or both on the side. In western North Carolina, ending government support has led an estimated 200 to 300 tobacco growers to plant produce, says the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. And in Iowa, a generation that left the farm to pursue other careers is returning, but with its own ideas. (via The Seeds of a New Generation - NYTimes.com)
But to plug the enormous gaps left by contracting newspapers, we need not only innovations in journalism and revenue models but also in financing models. Current pools of commercial startup capital have done a magnificent job spurring innovation in the creation of technology and news distribution platforms but they have not underwritten labor-intensive, local accountability journalism. There are few private sources of financing for journalism projects that “merely” break even in a single city but have a huge positive civic impact. One approach might be for the foundations and philanthropists who care about this to set up a double-bottom line investment fund for local media. It would be explicitly for startups, acquisitions, expansions or rollups for companies that will be both break-even and have positive impact on the community. It could help single-city projects, or help other “platform plays” expand at a logic-driven rather than froth-driven pace. Such a fund would (unlike much philanthropy) place a high emphasis on business strategy but (unlike private capital) would also demand merely financial viability, not 1,000 percent return. There are such funds focused on environmental sustainability; how about one focused on journalistic sustainability? — Why is local news innovation struggling financially while national thrives? | Poynter.
3-D printer candy etc. WOW
ROCK HILL, South Carolina –January 7, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) introduced today the ChefJet™ series of 3D printers, launching an entirely new, kitchen-ready 3D printer category for edibles. The first two printers in the series are the monochrome, countertop ChefJet 3D printer and the full-color, larger format ChefJet Pro 3D printer.
(via 3D Systems Sweetens Its Offering with New ChefJet™ 3D Printer Series | www.3dsystems.com)
The approach is novel for newspapers,” says Cooper. “It physically removes reporters from the traditional newsroom and gives them new digital metrics, such as engagement time, to judge whether their stories have reached our core audience. We also plan to use real-time monitoring of the clicks we get from social media and other referral sites, including LinkedIn, Pinterest and Reddit. —
Good for you folks
Newspaper to Put All Reporters Through Social Media Boot Camp
Merely being a mid-career woman programming is a demonstration of passion the privileged men around me will never have an opportunity to display. I can smell their fear, the possibility that their mediocrity is merely covered by privilege. When they protest that women aren’t interested, it is with the fear that their house of masculine cards might come toppling down. There is nothing manly about typing, about understanding systems, about communicating with humans and machines to create useful tools. Our work is not white-collar networking and control. It is not blue-collar physical strength. It is not pink-collar emotional labor. It is something new, beyond the gender binary. A huge amount of political work has gone into turning this profession masculine, but that distinction is precarious and some of us seek to actively undermine it. There is nothing masculine about what we do, and so the masculine performances that accompany it are beyond ridiculous. To need pictures of naked women to prove that we are all Straight Men here, we must know it isn’t true. Some of us are so anxious that if we can not use “he” in our job postings and documentation we might, what, forget that we are men? —
Giant wow on this articulate and powerful essay It is easier now that I look like a guy | Geek Feminism Blog
Today Pierre Omidyar announced a key hire: recently Bill was editor of Entertainment Weekly, before that boss of the Yahoo home page. This is from the official press release: I’m pleased to announce that Bill Gannon joins us as a member of our editorial leadership team from Time Inc.’s EntertainmentWeekly.com. Drawing on his extensive experience in digital media as well as his diverse background in developing new editorial strategies and creating great user experiences, Bill will leverage all of his talents to help us build a next-generation media platform for a broad audience. —
Bill Gannon joins First Look Media: My Q & A with him about intelligent aggregation in news » Pressthink