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Why we cheer for robots.

slate.com — That popular video of robots face-planting is, no question, hilarious. Yet if you attended the event from which the videos emerged, the pratfalls were as much poignant as comedic. Several thousand people in the stands of a horse track in Pomona, California, groaned when the robots-finalists in the U.S. Defense...

Why its new offerings come with a ton of privacy concerns

slate.com — Of all the adjectives we might apply to Google, relentless increasingly feels the most apt. The more you use the company's offerings, the more you should like this trait, because something enormously powerful is taking shape-a collection of services that will make a lot of people's daily lives easier to...

Green Mountain’s attempt to use digital rights management on Keurig coffee makers fails.

slate.com — When Green Mountain Coffee Roasters announced its quarterly financial results last week, the news was bad for the company-but good for people who believe that when they buy something, they should decide how to use it. Here's what happened. A year ago, Green Mountain announced it would be selling a...

United should thank, not ban, researcher who pointed out a security flaw.

slate.com — I'm about to board a United Airlines 747 in Frankfurt, on my way to San Francisco. Last night, the airline sent me an email saying that the flight would be equipped with Wi-Fi. Until last week I'd have been glad for that, as I have a lot of work to...

Why journalists should (at least sometimes) be activists

dangillmor.com — At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, this week, I gave a talk entitled "Why Journalists Should be Activists," and apart from a few departures from the text below, here's what I said: Two months ago, a New York Times journalist, investigative reporter James Risen, went on Twitter to denounce the Obama administration's attitude toward the press.

The public deserves to know what's in the free-trade treaty.

slate.com — In the next few weeks, Congress may give special status to a massive "free trade" treaty that you are not allowed to read. Based on leaks of portions of the deal, however, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) appears to be at least partly a grab bag of special favors for corporate...

Lawrence Krauss has an amazing office…

dangillmor.com — Lawrence Krauss is a brilliant theoretical physicist and author of many popular books on science, and teaches at Arizona State University. I stopped by his office the other day to record a video conversation for a project I'm working on, and grabbed a quick video of the surroundings.

The Right Time for Tidal?

medium.com — Tidal may not win the battle to become music's next business model. But it's a welcome competitor. Hip-hop superstar and entrepreneur Jay Z is relaunching Tidal, the streaming-music service he recently bought. He calls it the future of online music, because the service will stream tunes at high fidelity - and because, as he told the New York Times, the service will be majority-owned by musicians.

Why can't we read the Scientology book Going Clear in the UK?

theguardian.com — Good news for those who were disappointed that Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master turned out to be a vague parable of Scientology rather than a penetrating exposé of it: a new book promises to do the job instead. Just the title of Lawrence Wright's Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief tells you more than The Master did.

Why Apple insiders are pushing this book over Walter Isaacson’s biography.

slate.com — Someday, someone will write the definitive book about how Steve Jobs led Apple out of the wilderness, saving a near-dead company that ultimately became one of the world's most valuable and beloved enterprises. It will combine a genuine understanding of technology with a full, nuanced, and unblinkered view of Jobs,...
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Jul 04, 2015

RT @PaulBaldovin: Seats with entertainment systems cost $15,000 each - I have a tablet and it cost $200 - I want more room! pic.twitter.com/atNQQl8veW

Jul 04, 2015

Same applies to big-time sports relationship with media, doesn't it. Reexamination of lots of these relationships is overdue.

Jul 04, 2015

RT @craignewmark: Seems time for a reminder: 5 reasons I'm not in craigslist management (since 2000) craigconnects.org/2015/05/5-reas…

Jul 04, 2015

Parents and #teachers, looking for ways to become info-savvy? Join our free MediaLit #MOOC: edx.org/course/media-l…

Jul 04, 2015

"Creditors have had five years to mismanage Greece and they’ve done a startlingly effective job." interfluidity.com/v2/5965.html

Jul 04, 2015

RT @jayrosen_nyu: If you don't need access to do your job, then you can't be corralled like this. Can you? twitter.com/maggieNYT/stat…

Jul 04, 2015

You don't have to like DC journos to worry about a major candidate's contempt for journalism.

Jul 04, 2015

Clinton staff must be betting the public will cheer at treating press like cattle. Probably true, but journos will want (petty) payback..

Jul 04, 2015

Clinton staff working hard to make political press dislike her even more than they disliked Gore. Journos had more power then, but still...

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