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by Jefferson Yen

If you’ve ever been to Austin, Texas, then you know they like to keep things weird. And things have certainly been weird at this year’s SXSW. Marketers have turned to Tinder robots, protests against robots, and feline “tech correspondents” to try to make an impression at the ever-growing festival. Over the years, the importance of […] more »

Europe
by Jefferson Yen

Following the violent attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French weekly that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, media organizations had to decide whether or not to publish sensitive materials related to the attack — especially when the new issue of the magazine came out with yet another cartoon on the cover. The AP, CNN, […] more »

Business
by Jefferson Yen

It’s a new year and you know what that means. It’s time for another glitzy International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For tech and media journalists, traveling to this venerable trade show is something of a post-holiday tradition. While past years have included the launch of Blu-ray DVDs and plasma TV sets, more recently […] more »

Free Speech
by Jefferson Yen

It’s been a rough month for Sony. Especially for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s chair Amy Pascal. Following terrorist threats from the hacking group “Guardians of Peace,” the studio has pulled its film “The Interview” from theaters. At the center of all this is a hacker group calling themselves the “Guardians of Peace.” But who exactly are […] more »

Business
by Jefferson Yen

Could billionaires become the grand patrons who save traditional media from self-destruction? That was the thinking when Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes bought the New Republic, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar started First Look Media. But these grand patrons have found that the media world doesn’t come easy. […] more »

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by Jefferson Yen

The holidays are upon us and you’ve probably done your fair share of running around. But can you truly get away from the office? Laptops, tablets and cellphones have made working on-the-go that much easier. Sometimes bringing all of your devices with you can feel like a necessity even after you clock out. According to […] more »

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by Jefferson Yen

When Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify this month many people were surprised. After all, the streaming music service is one of the largest with 37.5 million free users a month and more than 12 million paid users. In an interview with Yahoo!, Swift said she wasn’t willing to contribute to streaming services like […] more »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

Long-form journalism is seeing something of a resurgence on the web. While many people believe digital media has pushed people toward short, bite-sized listicles, deeper stories continue to resonate when they hit the right audience. Plus, online publications such as Atavist, The Verge and even BuzzFeed regularly publish long-form pieces. Now we have another long-form […] more »

Mediatwits
by Fannie Cohen

Last year, Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted Facebook to provide the “best personalized newspaper in the world.” No one really knew what that meant, but now Facebook clearly wields enormous power over what news content is read at various publications. That’s because its News Feed uses algorithms — adjusted and designed by humans […] more »


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