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by Fannie Cohen

There’s something upside-down about broadband Internet service in the U.S., the country that helped invent the Internet. Americans in cities are paying more for slower Internet access — both at home and on mobile — than other parts of the developed world, according to a report last year from New America Foundation. And recently, Zach [...] more »

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by Fannie Cohen

Recently drones have become ubiquitous in the media, and not just for executing civilians abroad. Newsrooms are using drones to go places their reporters can’t reach, and drone-deploying filmmakers are capturing what was once cost-prohibitive aerial footage.  And soon, an unmanned aerial vehicle might become your mailman when Amazon launches their drone delivery service. In Silicon Valley, Facebook and Google [...] more »

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by Mark Glaser

Vox.com launched this week, the much talked-about explanatory news site headed up by former Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein. There’s been a lot of anticipation around Vox.com’s launch, and to many it seems like Vox is lodestar for a new kind of journalism that’s largely influenced by a singular editorial vision. We’ve seen other journalists [...] more »

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by Claire Groden

On Wednesday, Amazon released its newest device, the $99 Fire TV, that aims to make a better set-top box for streaming video on TVs. It’s not drone delivery, but it does make the leap from offering streaming content with Amazon Prime to offering a piece of hardware that connects to the TV — putting Amazon [...] more »

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by Claire Groden

On Wednesday, Pew released its eleventh annual State of the News Media report, featuring a wealth of data and analysis for journalists to chew over. The report underscored the optimism present in media this year, especially with the growth of serious digital reporting outfits. A crop of new digital outlets, such as those created by [...] more »

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by Claire Groden

This week, when a 4.4-magnitude earthquake hit L.A., the L.A. Times’ Ken Schwencke was the first to break the story. But, the actual author of the post wasn’t Schwencke — it was Quakebot, an algorithm he created about two years ago. The article was no masterpiece, but it clearly conveyed the essential information such as [...] more »

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by Claire Groden

Last week, Newsweek resurrected its print issue with a splash, featuring a story that claimed to reveal the founder of Bitcoin as a reclusive Californian named Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. But readers were skeptical, especially after Nakamoto protested in an interview with the Associated Press that he was not the founder of Bitcoin. On Friday, Newsweek [...] more »

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by Claire Groden

In a single day, the average American spends eleven hours with digital media. With so many ways to stay connected, it can be difficult to power down the screen and engage with the world beyond it. But sunset on Friday, March 7, offers an excuse to get off the grid. The National Day of Unplugging, [...] more »

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by Claire Groden

On Feb. 23, Netflix and Comcast announced a deal that would ensure Netflix customers can reliably stream videos for Comcast customers. The agreement will require Netflix to pay for access to Comcast’s broadband, though it will receive no preferential network treatment, according to the companies. The deal’s announcement sparked a wave of concern about Net [...] more »


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