Netflix Kisses The Ring … For a Third Time


From CNBC:

“Video streaming service Netflix has agreed to pay U.S. broadband provider AT&T to ensure smooth delivery of Netflix content to Internet users, the companies said on Tuesday.The announcement of the deal, struck in May, comes as Netflix has been waging a public campaign against such fees, which they present as tolls, and calling on the Federal Communications Commission to review the market. (…)

This marks the third such agreement Netflix struck with major U.S. Internet service providers in recent months after it revealed similar traffic exchange agreements with Verizon Communications in April and Comcast in February. (…)

Financial terms of such interconnection agreements are secret. The FCC last month moved to privately review the current deals, though did not indicate specific plans to regulate that part of the market.”


Wikipedia Sends U.S. Government In Ten-Day Corner

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“Wikipedia has imposed a ten-day ban on edits from the US House of Representatives after a Twitter bot — set up specifically to track edits made from Congress IP addresses — revealed an unprecedented number of changes being made to articles.

The account @congressedits revealed a huge range of anonymous edits made to a number of pages about politics, businesses and various individuals. Some of the edits seem to politically motivated, including a change that was made to the page about the assassination of John F Kennedy, claiming that Lee Harvey Oswald was acting on behalf of Fidel Castro. Other edits appear to be acts of pure vandalism, including one change made to the page about former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld describing him an “alien lizard who eats Mexican babies”.

The account in question @congressedits was created as a follow-up account to @parliamentedits, a bot designed by journalist and coder Tom Scott, who decided to start publicly tracking Wiki edits following several embarrassing occasions in which it was revealed pages had been changed from within the Palace of Westminster. These included one change that involved a racist remark about Muslims, and others that saw insults added to the page about the Hillsborough Disaster.

While @congressedits has revealed a number of edits since it started up on 8 July, @parliamentedits has had no such luck. Scott made a freedom of information (FOI) request to confirm the IP addresses used in Parliament before setting up the bot, but has since started to believe that getting wind of the project caused officials to change the IP addresses. An insider has apparently confirmed Scott’s suspicions and he has now put in another FOI request to find out whether these are still the only IP addresses being used by Parliament and who exactly has access to them (MPs, officials or even members of the public through Wi-Fi).

While Wikipedia can be edited by anyone — and volunteer editors and administrators can review and reverse any false edits, as well as ban users — the fact that such malicious changes are being made from within political institutions seems bizarre. You would think that if the editing was done secretly by press departments that they would know better not to do it over the traceable Parliament networks. Instead, it looks more like the handiwork of errant individuals with an agenda of some kind — something you would think they will use internet cafes for in the future.

Jessie Jackson on Diversity in Media: I Bought My Way Into Negotiation Table With Tech Higher-Ups


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Jessie Jackson spoke recently with USA Today about the push of his group, Rainbow Push Coalition, for increasing the number of minority employees in the tech industry’s workforce. His approach has been mainly comprised of talks with senior management in the field. But these talks occurred only once he invested in stocks of the executives’ companies.

“I think the reason we got some media coverage is because we go to shareholder’s meetings. You can’t get an appointment with a president or a chairman of the board, but at the shareholders meetings, they’re there so we bought shares of stocks in a significant number of companies, whether it’s high tech, automative, or Wall Street or banks. We’re able to go to those shareholders meetings and demand some answers and reciprocal trades.”

Watch the entire interview here.

London Police Replacing Peer-to-Peer Websites Ads With Ambiguous Warning


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From Forbes:

“The City of London police in the UK has begun placing ads on illegal torrent sites in an effort to curb their advertising revenue.

Messages will appear instead of paid-for ads which, according to the police, will make it harder for these sites to look authentic. (…)

Speaking about the new initiative, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe said: “When adverts from well known brands appear on illegal websites, they lend them a look of legitimacy and inadvertently fool consumers into thinking the site is authentic.”

Sunblock will detect websites on the police’s “infringing websites list” that are displaying adverts, and serve the police notice instead, which simply explains that the website is under investigation and encourages the user to close their browser. The website will not be paid from the police or Sunblock to display the warning.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles PR Forgot To Inform Them About 9/11?


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From Ad Week:

“Ninja Turtles reboot—showing the half-shell heroes leaping from an exploding skyscraper and advertising a Sept. 11 release date—met with widespread criticism after being tweeted by Paramount Pictures.

The poster image, tweeted by @ParamountAU, was accompanied by the message “Check out the official poster for #TMNT in cinemas September 11!” The tweet was deleted several hours later, after being passed around Twitter by offended users.

Paramount’s social media gaffe, as The Daily Dot pointed out, was likely a result of slapping the Australian release date on the pre-existing poster art. The movie is slated for an Aug. 8 release in the U.S. and the studio seemingly overlooked the signifigance of the Australian release date and how it would change interpretations of the poster.

By the time the tweet was deleted, it had made the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere.”


Ex-Formula One Head Sues Google For Prostitute Pictures


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From BBC:

“Ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley is suing Google for continuing to publish images of him with prostitutes at a sex party.

He has issued High Court proceedings against the internet firm for breaches of the Data Protection Act and misusing private information.

The 74-year-old wants Google to block pictures first published in the now-defunct tabloid News of the World, which he successfully sued in 2008.

Google said it had been working with Mr Mosley “to address his concerns”.Mr Mosley won damages from the News of the World after it published a story alleging he had organised a Nazi-themed orgy. (…)

The newspaper had secretly filmed the former president of the FIA, motor sport’s world governing body, with five prostitutes and later published a front-page story.

Mr Mosley – the son of 1930s fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley – won £60,000 after a judge ruled there was no substance to the allegation that there had been a Nazi theme to the sex party and found that his privacy had been breached.”

Oopsie: Newspaper Mistakes Dead ‘Jackass’ Actor For Israeli Soldier


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From L.A. Times:

“New Zealand newspaper is making apologies after it accidentally ran a front page picture of the late “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, thinking he was a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier.

The editor of the New Zealand Herald took full responsibility Monday for the error.

Both on the cover of its print edition and on its website, the outlet ran a photo of Dunn thinking he was Staff Sgt. Guy Boyland, a soldier killed Friday during combat in Gaza. Boyland was featured in the paper’s cover story.

The Herald lifted the picture of Dunn off Boyland’s Facebook page without further investigating, according to the editor.

Boyland was a fan of Dunn’s, and the two do look similar.”

All The Sarah Palin You Can Handle For $99.95/Year (This Just In: Savings Accounts Openings Skyrocket)


From Variety:

“Sarah Palin — former governor of Alaska, erstwhile candidate for VP of the U.S. and polarizing public figure — has unveiled a new subscription-based Internet TV network that promises direct access to her and her supporters.

The Sarah Palin Channel, which costs $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a one-year subscription, will feature her commentary on “important issues facing the nation,” as well as behind-the-scenes looks into her personal life as “mother, grandmother, wife and neighbor.”

Palin serves as executive editor, overseeing all content posted to the channel.“I want to talk directly to you on our channel, on my terms — and no need to please the powers that be,” Palin, who is also a Fox News contributor, said in a video announcing the channel. “Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”

Palin is producing the channel in partnership with Tapp, the online-video venture formed by Jeff Gaspin, former chairman of NBCUniversal Television, and Jon Klein, former president of CNN U.S.

The conservative pol’s online network is modeled on TheBlaze, the online-video network and website that ex-Fox News host Glenn Beck launched in 2011. TheBlaze TV is now also carried on Dish Network and regional cable systems.

Subscribers to the Sarah Palin Channel will have the ability to post their own videos to the website, submit questions to her, and participate in online video chats with her and other subscribers. Active U.S. military members can subscribe free of charge, according to Tapp. (…)

Tapp investors include Discovery Communications and individuals including investment bankers Ken Moelis and Peter Ezersky. They were recently joined by Luminari Capital, a venture fund founded by Daniel Leff focused on digital video investments.”

TMI 2.0: Reporter Fired After ‘Bra-less’ ‘Confessions’


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From Mediaite:

“WAAY-TV reporter Shea Allen posted a controversial “confessions” blog last week, caught some heat for it, and ultimately decided to leave it up in honor of the right to free expression.

The investigative reporter for Huntsville, Alabama’s ABC affiliate wrote a blog post last week, originally entitled “Confessions of a Red Headed Reporter,” containing 10 confessional bullet-points on her looks, her TV career, and her beliefs.

Full list below:

1. I’ve gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.

2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.

3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I’m talking about.

4. I’ve mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner [sic] in front of the camera than I actually am.

5. I hate the right side of my face.

6. I’m frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.

7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.

8. I’ve taken naps in the news car.

9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I’ll stop recording but let you think otherwise.

10. I’ve stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe) (…)

UPDATE: Allen updates me, via Twitter, that she was “terminated without cause” for her confessional post. Unsure why exactly her post warranted unemployment, but we will wait to see if WAAY-TV has any comment.

UPDATE II: WAAY-TV responded with a swift, stern “no comment” on matters relating to employees.””

Left Hand Doesn’t Know Joint Right One Is Holding: NY Times For Weed Legalization, Still Drug Tests Employees


From Huffington Post:

“The New York Times came out in its Sunday editorial in support of legalizing marijuana, kicking off a six-part series to make its case.

But the editorial board’s new stance doesn’t mean incoming Times employees can partake. As Gawker recently noted, the Times is one of several big media companies that require prospective hires to take a drug test. A Times spokeswoman told HuffPost that the paper’s policy for drug testing hasn’t changed, despite the editorial board’s decision.

“Our corporate policy on this issue reflects current law,” the spokeswoman said. “We aren’t going to get into details beyond that.

”The Times editorial board would like to see that current law changed, arguing that the federal ban on marijuana inflicts “great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.” As with the earlier prohibition on alcohol, the Times is calling for repeal.

In a blog post on the series, editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal said that the paper’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., supports the board’s decision, which “was long in the making.”

The Times has called in the past for legalizing medical marijuana, but Rosenthal said the current position came “as more and more states liberalized their marijuana laws in open defiance of the federal ban” and it “became clear to us that there had to be a national approach to the issue.

”During a Sunday appearance on ABC News’ “This Week,” Rosenthal acknowledged that he’s smoked pot in the past and indicated he wouldn’t be bothered if colleagues do now.””