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Does Facebook's buyout of Instagram signal the end of the tech bubble?

theguardian.com — In the late 1990s, as the first internet technology bubble was rapidly inflating, a small Israeli company called Mirabilis collected millions of users for its instant-messaging product, called ICQ. Instant messaging wasn't new, but ICQ was viewed by many as the best of breed at the time.

How Yahoo could make up for its decision to sell Flickr users' photos.

slate.com — Every day, millions of people post their thoughts and pictures on Facebook and its Instagram subsidiary. Millions more post on Twitter, and Pinterest, and upload videos on YouTube-all participating in a modern ritual that enriches these third-party platforms while providing, in most cases, a satisfying experience to the uploaders. Apart...

On some topics, journalists have to be activists

dangillmor.com — I'm a new contributor to Medium's Backchannel technology publication. In my first post, I ask journalists to ditch any semblance of "objectivity" - a word I consider in the same category as a unicorn, i.e. mythological - when it comes to freedom of expression and the right to publish.

When Journalists Must Not Be Objective

medium.com — No major news organization has done a better job of covering China lately than the New York Times, as attested by its Pulitzer Prize for an investigation into the wealth acquired by leaders' relatives.

Thanksgiving, America’s best holiday

dangillmor.com — (Note: This is adapted from a Thanksgiving Day editorial I wrote many years ago in the Detroit Free Press, and then adapted in my blog starting in the early part of the last decade. It changes each time I write it, to reflect current realities) Today, we Americans celebrate our finest holiday, Thanksgiving.

Principles of a New Media Literacy

dangillmor.com — (This is an HTML reprint of an (PDF) of the same title, recently published as part of the Media Re:public project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. I'm posting it here with some links to source material that don't appear in the PDF version.)

The world is run by sociopaths - but we still demand honesty at the till

theguardian.com — As supermarket giants puzzle over their profit warnings and the nation readies itself to spend a household average of 800 quid it doesn't have, here's a quick rundown of festive scams. I don't mean drunk people in reindeer horns pretending to have lost their wallet and asking for two pounds; that's next month.

Paperclip Design creates an armrest, airplane chair that every airline should use.

slate.com — Some of my favorite uses of technology help solve problems in the physical world. When apparel makers started selling no-iron shirts, for example, I was overjoyed. And as a frequent traveler, I'm constantly on the lookout for gadgets and enhancements that make airports and airplanes less of a hassle, which...

Journalists Need to be Literate About their Media Environment, Too

dangillmor.com — Journalism watcher and professor Jay Rosen's "How to be literate in what's changing journalism" is a solid list of things tomorrow's journalists will need to understand, and in many cases adopt. As he wisely does in his PressThink posts, Jay asks at the end what he's missing.

Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement

dangillmor.com — I'm visiting Hong Kong for a month (with a side trip to Shanghai toward the end of the trip). I find myself agog, again, at the pure energy of the place.
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Dec 18, 2014

Just in case anyone had any remote doubt about the Washington Post editorial page's right-wing world view: washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-o…

Dec 18, 2014

Verizon to FCC: We'll charge for fast lanes no matter what you do. arstechnica.com/business/2014/…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @hughhowey: 101 works of flash fiction from 101 authors, completely free today: amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

Dec 18, 2014

This is brilliant: The Year of Outrage, in @slate: slate.com/articles/life/… Everybody's angry about something, it seems.

Dec 17, 2014

Lovely piece by @StevenLevy at @backchnnl on how he became an unwilling player in the "war on Christmas" lunacy medium.com/backchannel/ho…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @emptywheel: I repeat: MI has offered to pay a man $48 M to coach football at a university but Leg refuses to tax enough to fill our potholes.

Dec 17, 2014

Does anyone else suspect that Sony & theaters would've fought harder for free speech if the movie wasn't looking like a dud?

Dec 17, 2014

RT @trevortimm: Reaction to the Sony hack "beyond the realm of stupid." Every line from this @peterwsinger interview is gold: motherboard.vice.com/read/reaction-…

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