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HBO Go could eventually be offered as a bundle with your ISP, but why fuss with gatekeepers?

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HBO has long been known for dishing out cult TV shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Sex in the City — along with recent hits like Game of Thrones and Girls. The network, at the moment, is closely tied to television, and understandably so; cable TV has led it to...
HBO Go could eventually be offered as a bundle with your ISP, but why fuss with gatekeepers?

The Big Roundtable Rethinks The Editorial Model For Long-Form Journalism, Hits Its Kickstarter Goal

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Michael Shapiro isn’t the sort of person I’d expect to look for ways to circumvent the gatekeepers of traditional journalism. He’s a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, and he said he’s been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and Sports Illustrated — in...
The Big Roundtable Rethinks The Editorial Model For Long-Form Journalism, Hits Its Kickstarter Goal

A Look Into Japan's Burgeoning App Economy

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Japan, long called the “Galapagos Islands” of the mobile industry for its cornucopia of sophisticated and unusual feature phones, is finally transitioning to Android and iOS in a serious way. Given the country’s historically high levels of spending on mobile apps and games, it’s becoming a market that Android and...
A Look Into Japan's Burgeoning App Economy

Insanity: Apple Rejects Podcatching App Because It Has Flattr Integration

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One purpose for which micropayment solution Flattr (which we use here on Techdirt) has certainly caught on is providing a way for people to support podcasts. Apparently, simple integration allowing people to designate some money for podcasters has just "felt right" for lots of users who do exactly that. And...
Insanity: Apple Rejects Podcatching App Because It Has Flattr Integration

Voice is a killer app, but not all carriers will kill to control it

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As controversy over AT&T placing restrictions on FaceTime over cellular demonstrates, carriers are still the gatekeepers when it comes to over-the-top communications services. The possibility of getting blocked by carriers is a real possibility if you’re an OTT player, said Rob Williams, CEO and founder of Sidecar, a new VoIP...
Voice is a killer app, but not all carriers will kill to control it
The Simplicity Thesis

Driven By Apps, Fab's Mobile Sales Leapt On Thanksgiving Day (AAPL, FB)

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Fab, the high-design e-commerce site, did 40 percent of its Thanksgiving Day sales through mobile devices, CEO Jason Goldberg reports. The trend highlights two things: the explosive growth of mobile commerce overall, and the increasing importance of gatekeepers who can drive shoppers to apps. It also reflects shifting consumer behavior....
Driven By Apps, Fab's Mobile Sales Leapt On Thanksgiving Day (AAPL, FB)

Inexplicable: Jeff Price Pushed Out Of TuneCore, Despite Tremendous Success In Helping Artists

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We always talk about how various industries are changing such that gatekeepers are history and enablers are the future. One of the most impressive enablers around in the music industry has been TuneCore, a company built up over the last half-decade or so to provide artists with direct access to...
Inexplicable: Jeff Price Pushed Out Of TuneCore, Despite Tremendous Success In Helping Artists

Journalism and the truth: More complicated than it has ever been

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When former New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane asked earlier this year whether reporters for the paper should be “truth vigilantes,” the response was immediate and decisive: of course they should, readers said — after all, wasn’t that what journalists were supposed to be doing in the first place?...
Journalism and the truth: More complicated than it has ever been
The Nexus 4 is a warning: If you're going Android, you're following the carriers' rules

Hollywood Up And Comers Recognizing That The Big Gatekeepers May Be More Of A Threat Than Silicon Valley

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Despite the MPAA's insistence that it wants to "talk" to Silicon Valley, it still seems to think that just means getting together with Google's lobbyists in Washington DC. Thankfully, the MPAA doesn't really represent the full movie industry, and plenty of young filmmakers realize that the tech industry isn't the...
Hollywood Up And Comers Recognizing That The Big Gatekeepers May Be More Of A Threat Than Silicon Valley
Crowdfunding Isn't Killing Seed Funding -- It's Helping It

Nothing Scales Like Stupidity

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An argument we frequently hear in the comments is how whatever's working for sucessful artist A won't work for artists B-Z. Whether it's Jonathan Coulton giving away his music while still making $500,000/year, Joe Konrath bypassing major publishers on his way to megabucks in self-publishing or a game developer using...
Nothing Scales Like Stupidity
Meet the 'Deciders,' the gatekeepers of free speech on the internet

The perfect murder: How Facebook will kill the phone as we know it

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As the founder of a startup, I am probably the last person you’d expect to tell you that scale matters. And to be sure, there’s plenty of innovation coming from small, nimble companies that nonetheless are able to disrupt huge markets. However, with Facebook’s recent addition of voice calling to its...
The perfect murder: How Facebook will kill the phone as we know it

How Piracy Created The Massive Movie Industry Success Of Nollywood

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We've written in the past about how the three largest movie producing countries in the world are Nigeria, India and China -- despite the fact that all three have extremely high rates of infringement. It seemed to offer the perfect counterpoint to the insistence from the MPAA that high piracy...
How Piracy Created The Massive Movie Industry Success Of Nollywood

La La La La La: The Internet Routes Around Copyright Censorship To Restore Daria

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One of the things I've never liked about copyright is its potential to be the functional equivalent of censorship. Sometimes this censorship comes about because an author didn't get permission to create his work in the first place (see: Richard Prince, JD California). While this unfortunately turns judges into cultural...
La La La La La: The Internet Routes Around Copyright Censorship To Restore Daria

Next-Generation Media Startup Bedrocket Media Ventures Raises $15 Million From NEA

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Look at the number of videos being viewed online and the amount of money being thrown at them, and it’s no wonder we’re seeing a whole bunch of new media ventures. Thanks to lower costs of production and distribution, as well as the ability to find and engage with viewers,...
Next-Generation Media Startup Bedrocket Media Ventures Raises $15 Million From NEA
BlackBerry 10 smartphones on track for Q1 release, enter carrier lab testing

Time To Start Again On 'Six Strikes' And Let Internet Users Have A Seat At The Table

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One of our key concerns with the so-called "voluntary" six strikes agreement set up between the ISPs and the content companies (with a major shove from the White House) was the fact that there was no one representing the users at the table. As much as the White House has...
Time To Start Again On 'Six Strikes' And Let Internet Users Have A Seat At The Table

Some Facts & Insights Into The Whole Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models

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I know we've written a few times now about David Lowery's now infamous shaming of an intern because she apparently doesn't give him enough of her money, but that story keeps getting attention. Thankfully, a lot of that attention comes in the form of people from all over the music...
Some Facts & Insights Into The Whole Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models

WSJ reports Apple has tested TV designs -- don't get too excited

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In a saga that makes its lawsuit against Samsung seem like only a brief moment in time, the rumors of an Apple-built HDTV are going around again. After CEO Tim Cook dropped a nugget about TV being an intense area of interest (the exact same thing he said in...
WSJ reports Apple has tested TV designs -- don't get too excited

Robinhood takes a social approach to mastering the stock market

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale The stock market is like a deep forest, filled with cleared pathways, hidden snares, and an ever-present sense of the unexpected. Robinhood launched an iOS app today to guide you through the dangerous woods of stock market investing....
Robinhood takes a social approach to mastering the stock market

A Responsible Citizen Not Only Shares Culture, But Destroys The Copyright Industries

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“Honest.” This word was used by the copyright industry, to try to get citizens to do their bidding. Honest. Could you believe that today? This industry dared take that word in their mouths? For some time, it may actually have worked. Not for us who worked with technology and knew...
A Responsible Citizen Not Only Shares Culture, But Destroys The Copyright Industries

LOLCat King on What Makes Internet Culture Viral [VIDEO]

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Ben Huh is the CEO of The Cheezburger Network, a ring of highly lucrative websites that curate and capitalize on Internet memes and macros. During Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, he sat down to tell us all about Internet culture: what makes for a guaranteed flop online, and...
LOLCat King on What Makes Internet Culture Viral [VIDEO]

Australia Says 'Let's Update Copyright For The Digital Economy;' Legacy Industries Say 'Let's Pretend It's Still 1968'

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The results are in for Australia's request for comments on reforming copyright policy -- and the submissions are, unfortunately, unsurprising. (The entire "Copyright and The Digital Economy" questionnaire is embedded below.) The legacy industries like things the way they are, (except for file sharing) and are only requesting changes that...
Australia Says 'Let's Update Copyright For The Digital Economy;' Legacy Industries Say 'Let's Pretend It's Still 1968'

How startup StereoGrid helps artists get the most out of tracks that “leak” on the internet

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A new mixtape from the hip-hop group SlumVillage debuts today, so last week the band began the delicate process of building buzz online. They partnered with the New York startup StereoGrid, which set out to promote the song via its music delivery platform, a service that allows artists to send...
How startup StereoGrid helps artists get the most out of tracks that “leak” on the internet

App Annie takes an-depth look at the mobile app economy in Japan

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App store analytics company App Annie today took an in-depth look at Japan, analyzing the Japanese mobile industry, the state of the platforms in the country and the companies, app genres and apps dominating the Japanese market. In October 2012, Japan surpassed the U.S. in revenue on Google Play, becoming...
App Annie takes an-depth look at the mobile app economy in Japan

Are The Old Enablers Becoming The New Gatekeepers?

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We've argued, for a long time, that just railing against "middlemen" misses the point. There are always middlemen. But not all middlemen are created equal. The distinction, that we've discussed multiple times, is the difference between enablers and gatekeepers. That is, historically, many middlemen came to power because they were...
Are The Old Enablers Becoming The New Gatekeepers?

Breaking away from the app store model, games giant GREE launches HTML5 service

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Gaming giant GREE is gearing up to announce its latest financial results today but, just before doing so, it has let loose with another announcement which will see it break free of the app store model by introducing HTML5 Web apps games to its global userbase. This summer was the Japanese...
Breaking away from the app store model, games giant GREE launches HTML5 service
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