Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media

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Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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Apple CEO Tim Cook with former VP of Worldwide Communications Katie Cotton

“Beautifully, unapologetically plastic.”

“Feature for feature, it’s identical to iPad Air in every way.”

“Just avoid holding it in that way.”

Apple’s public relations (PR) department is probably the best in the world — certainly more impressive at shaping and controlling the discussion of its products than any other technology company. Before customers get their first chance to see or touch a new Apple product, the company has carefully orchestrated almost every one of its public appearances: controlled leaks and advance briefings for favored writers, an invite-only media debut, and a special early review process for a group of pre-screened, known-positive writers. Nothing is left to chance, and in the rare case where Apple doesn’t control the initial message, it remedies that by using proxies to deliver carefully crafted, off-the-record responses.

Except for a few big exceptions, such…

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Journalism and the internet: Is it the best of times? No — but it’s not the worst of times either

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Journalism and the internet: Is it the best of times? No — but it’s not the worst of times either

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Having just written what I consider a defense of the internet’s effect on journalism and the media industry, I didn’t expect to have to do it again so soon. But just after Andrew Leonard’s short-sighted piece in Salon about how the internet has crippled journalism, David Sessions wrote on the same topic in Patrol magazine, and arguably did an even worse job of describing the current state of journalism, calling it a morass of “cynical, unnecessary, mind-numbing, time-wasting content.”

It’s not just the over-riding pessimism of both of these pieces that bothers me. It’s the failure to appreciate that the complaints they have are the same ones that have been made about journalism for decades — combined with the unrestrained longing for some mythical golden age of journalism.

In his piece, Sessions says that he used to be an optimist about the internet, that he rarely read the printed paper…

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Spam Poetry Challenge – Want to Participate?

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Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

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I hereby challenge you in a writing duel :D Photo Source: By Ildar Sagdejev (Specious), CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I was clearing out my Spam folder for comments here at WordPress and had an idea – imagine that?! I want to challenge you bloggers to a Spam Poetry Challenge.

Here are my rules to participate (it’s easy!):

  • Take any four lines from comments in your Spam filter for your blog
  • Write a poem that includes at least part of each of the four lines in your poem (It doesn’t have to be the entire line)
  • Post your poem plus the four lines of Spam to your blog and link it back to this post.
  • Leave a comment at my post here to let us know the link to your poem so that we can read it!!

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Here, I’ll start the challenge with my entry. This poem is titled “Hello…

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Netflix is now paying Time Warner Cable for direct access and faster streams

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Netflix is now paying Time Warner Cable for direct access and faster streams

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Time Warner Cable signed a direct interconnection deal with Netflix, making it the fourth of the big four U.S. ISPs to sign paid peering agreements with the streaming video provider. Presumably, this agreement should improve the Netflix viewing experience of Time Warner Cable’s broadband subscribers who also like to tune into Netflix fare.

Time Warner confirmed the deal happened in June and the implementation has been rolling out this month. The interconnection doesn’t come as a huge surprise given that Netflix has signed agreements with Comcast, Verizon and AT&T in the last few months after fighting with the providers directly and through its transit providers [company]Level 3[/company] and [company]Cogent[/company].

That fighting unfortunately left consumers caught in the middle between Netflix and ISPs as the quality of their video streams suffered and both Netflix and ISPs blamed each other. While Netflix has signed these paid peering agreements with ISPs, it…

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A New Yorker’s Take On Swarm

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A New Yorker’s Take On Swarm

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

[tc_dropcap]When foursquare split its app into two and launched Swarm, I decided to take some time to get to know it before sharing some thoughts. As a New Yorker who has never been sold on social location apps, I’m pleasantly surprised by its ability to make me act, remember to use it, and to create the possibility for great experiences. That goes far beyond what any app like it has managed to do — for me at least.[/tc_dropcap]

But I have complaints, many of which are compounded by the fact that foursquare is our New York City champion. It’s the darling of Silicon Alley. You’re here in NYC, foursquare. So why is the app so confused by our great metropolis?

Let’s start with all the great things about the app.

Matthew Panzarino sees Swarm as a strong signifier of change in the mobile app landscape, where once attention-hungry products…

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Come quando fuori piove

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Originally posted on I lost myself in a familiar song...:

Sorrido davanti allo specchio 
E i miei occhi son tristi, lo ammetto 
Riflettono il vuoto che ho intorno 
Da che non ci sei. 
“Bugiardo” al sorriso gli disse lo sguardo 
lui rispose “E’ un duro mestiere, lo devo pur fare! 
Stringere i denti per non morire” 
E poi mi sento 

Come quando fuori piove 
E resto sola qui intorno mentre cerco la strada per tornare a te. 
Come quando fuori piove 
E resto ancora in ascolto per sentirti urlare che non vuoi parlare, 
che ti faccio male e fai a meno di me. 

Cammino in mezzo alla gente e son sola 
Inciampo in un altro che non ti somiglia nemmeno un po’ 
E nemmeno un po’ mi consola 
Le pacche, le carezze, gli abbracci e le balle 
Tutti dicono di andare avanti 
E il mio andare avanti è un tornare indietro per ritrovarti 

Come quando fuori piove 
E resto sola…

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How we got here: a visual history of US mobile companies

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How we got here: a visual history of US mobile companies

Originally posted on Gigaom:

And then there were four. Many of today’s wireless companies started as offshoots from R&D labs in the 1980s, as landline companies were starting to take notice of the emerging technology. Over the years though, the wireless playing field has slowly been whittled down as acquisitions folded most wireless players into four major companies: Verizon(s vz), AT&T(s t), Sprint(s s) and T-Mobile(s tmus).

We followed the history of those companies to their early days, highlighting some major events as they become full-fledged companies in their own right. Had the T-Mobile and Sprint merger gone through, we would have been left with only three, each controlling more than 100 million mobile connections.

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