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Neil deGrasse Tyson dissects the tech behind James Bond's gadgets

An EMI-Universal Merger Won't Fix the Music Industry

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Sales of digital music surpassed disc sales for the first time last year, spurring the music industry's dawning awareness that this digital thing isn't going away. Executives at Universal Music Group (home of Gotye, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and numerous other hit makers) and EMI (for whom the Beatles...
An EMI-Universal Merger Won't Fix the Music Industry

Lab42 Taps Social Networks For Market Research, Raises (Almost) $1M

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Lab42, a startup that helps agencies and other businesses conduct market research, says it has raised “just under” $1 million in funding. President Gauri Sharma pitches Lab42′s services (which involve targeted surveys conducted over social networks) as new way to conduct research. One big difference: It’s faster and cheaper than...
Lab42 Taps Social Networks For Market Research, Raises (Almost) $1M

Three iPad design choices that will influence how we read news online

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So we don’t have to guess about what news apps on the iPad will look like any more. With Saturday’s debut of the device — which is, oh by the way, amazing — we now know how about a dozen major news organizations have chosen to present themselves on...
Three iPad design choices that will influence how we read news online
Andrew Sullivan and the new wisdom of the leaky meter
Get ready for more media hacks, Twitter warns

How Does Your Commute Compare To Those Around The Country? A New Map Can Tell You

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The average commute to work time in the U.S. is 25.4 minutes, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. So you think you've got the worst commute? Well now there's a cool new map--click here to see it-- where you can test your commute time against that of everyone else in...
How Does Your Commute Compare To Those Around The Country? A New Map Can Tell You

Nintendo Reverses Feature That Lets Male Video Characters Get Gay Married

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Bathhouse. (Photo: Kotaku) Pray for Nintendo’s PR department, as it’s undoubtedly going to face the wrath of some very angry gaymers. Last week, the company released a life-simulation game that let male characters to marry the same sex. But an update released yesterday removed that supposedly unintended feature…OF HAPPINESS. In the new,...
Nintendo Reverses Feature That Lets Male Video Characters Get Gay Married

“This American Life” retracts Apple labor conditions episode

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The radio program This American Life on Friday posted a note on its website saying that it is retracting a previous episode of the show, in which monologist Mike Daisey described the working conditions in factories in China that produce Apple’s most popular devices, saying it “was partially fabricated.” It’s...
“This American Life” retracts Apple labor conditions episode

A Hard Knock Life For A Pinata Maker's Art : NPR

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A Hard Knock Life For A Pinata Maker's Art : NPR

MOSSBERG: I Like The Newest BlackBerry, A 'Radical Reinvention' (RIMM)

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Walt Mossberg's thoughts on the newly-announced BlackBerry 10 platform are up. Here are some highlights on how he broke it down: The operating system is a huge departure from previous BlackBerry software: "The new OS, which is the most important part of the product, isn't an evolution of the old...
MOSSBERG: I Like The Newest BlackBerry, A 'Radical Reinvention' (RIMM)

Dennis Brown: The 'Crown Prince' Of Reggae : NPR

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Dennis Brown: The 'Crown Prince' Of Reggae : NPR

RT @rww NPR and WSJ Building iPad-Only Websites http://bit.ly/cglnzN

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RT @rww NPR and WSJ Building iPad-Only Websites http://bit.ly/cglnzN

Andy Carvin on Twitter as a newsroom and being human

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By now, many people are familiar with the story of how NPR editor Andy Carvin used Twitter to create a kind of crowdsourced newswire during the Arab Spring revolutions in the Middle East last year, inventing a brand-new kind of journalism on the fly and in full public view....
Andy Carvin on Twitter as a newsroom and being human

VA Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tues signed proclamation that re-instituted Apr as Confederate History Month in Virginia (NPR) - http://j.mp/blQZvw

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VA Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tues signed proclamation that re-instituted Apr as Confederate History Month in Virginia (NPR) - http://j.mp/blQZvw

Content Guerrillas Go Hyperlocal: PBS & NPR’s Big Bet http://j.mp/biC61N by @jhouston89

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Content Guerrillas Go Hyperlocal: PBS & NPR’s Big Bet http://j.mp/biC61N by @jhouston89

The uncomfortable truth behind the Journatic byline scandal

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A Chicago-based media startup called Journatic, which we profiled earlier this year, has sparked a firestorm of controversy over the outsourcing of hyper-local journalism by newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, after a staffer revealed that the company added fake bylines to its material — which in some cases...
The uncomfortable truth behind the Journatic byline scandal

7 stories to read this weekend

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Oh boy! What a dreary long and rainy weekend in San Francisco. In rest of the country, not so much. Here are some stories I think might be worth reading – mostly because it is the weekend. They are different fare from the usual stuff you are likely to encounter...
7 stories to read this weekend

Independent Inspector Says Foxconn's Facilities Are 'First-Class' (AAPL)

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The Apple-ordered inspection of its supplier factories, including Foxconn facilities in China, is already under way by the independent group the Free Labor Association. While it's too early for any concrete results, Reuters spoke to the Auret van Heerden, president of the FLA, about what he's seen so far....
Independent Inspector Says Foxconn's Facilities Are 'First-Class' (AAPL)

Daniel Jacobson of Netflix on the API with an Audience

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Alexia Tsotsis, who writes for TechCrunch, had this advice on Twitter earlier today: "Good tech blogger rule of thumb: Avoid using 'API' in headlines when/if you can." Usually, I'm all thumbs myself, but I can't find this particular rule on them anywhere. I suppose I'm not a blogger after all....
Daniel Jacobson of Netflix on the API with an Audience

Introducing Popcorn Maker

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Brett Gaylor launching Popcorn Maker at the Mozilla Festival this morning Today at the Mozilla Festival, we’re extremely proud to launch the 1.0 version of Popcorn Maker, a free web app that makes video pop with interactivity, context and the magic of the web. Popcorn Maker makes it easy to...
Introducing Popcorn Maker

A Decade After Napster, the Music Piracy Debate Rages On

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Ten years ago this month, Napster filed for bankruptcy. The peer-to-peer filesharing network succumbed to an all-out legal war waged by major record labels, but not before popularizing downloadable digital music and sparking a heated debate about music piracy and its consequences. Today, that argument rages on, at times...
A Decade After Napster, the Music Piracy Debate Rages On
Where did the Mars 'spider' formations come from?

Yahoo Adds Facebook, Begins New Role as Social Network Aggregator

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Yahoo has announced a series of changes set to roll out this week that integrate Facebook's social networking service into various Yahoo properties, including Yahoo Mail and its homepage. Also included in the announcement is news of a refresh for Yahoo Profiles. Originally launched in 2008, the new profiles will...
Yahoo Adds Facebook, Begins New Role as Social Network Aggregator

"'Passing' Across The Color Line In The Jazz Age" by @heididurrow on NPR - http://j.mp/bD98zn

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"'Passing' Across The Color Line In The Jazz Age" by @heididurrow on NPR - http://j.mp/bD98zn
NBC's Vivian Schiller: social media has made live TV essential again
Crittercism gets funding to send real-time crash reports to app developers

interesting podcast on origins of yoga in US - not what you would expect. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126610671

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interesting podcast on origins of yoga in US - not what you would expect. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126610671

How Two Tech Companies Are Making Cheesecake Factory A Better Customer Experience

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IBM and N2N Global are helping make sense of the restaurant's loads of data. Thanks to the restaurant chain's new partnership with IBM and N2N Global, a Cheesecake Factory's customer's poor rating of a cheeseburger may be quickly heard around the world. As reported by NPR, N2N Global and...
How Two Tech Companies Are Making Cheesecake Factory A Better Customer Experience
uBeam Raises 750k from FF Angel, Andreessen Horowitz and CrunchFund and Angels
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