From the monthly archives:

September 2007

Why does Apple get a free ride?

by Mathew on September 26, 2007 · 61 comments

I really don't want to get into the usual pissing match that seems to occur whenever someone fails to bow down and worship Steve Jobs' every move, but I can't help myself. Why aren't we seeing more outrage -- okay, even a little bit of outrage -- about the news that Apple twisted the arm…

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I must admit, when I read that BudTV had gotten a reprieve and was going to have its lease extended to next year, my first response was: Why? The site, an attempt to create a Funny or Die-style comedy video destination, was so painfully lame -- despite the estimated $20-million that went into setting it…

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Blogs evade media ban in Myanmar

by Mathew on September 26, 2007

When the Soviet Union was under Communist rule, dissidents in Soviet countries exchanged information and commented on current events using photocopied newsletter-style publications called "samizdat" that were handed around from person to person. Now, the Internet allows dissidents and protesters of all kinds to get information out of totalitarian countries much more quickly (although there…
In a recent interview with the Jewish Journal -- which I found via Martin Stabe, who wrote about it for the Press Gazette after finding out about it from Mark Hamilton, who got it from the Canadian Journalism Project, who originally got it from Romenesko -- Seymour Hersh talks about online journalism. He says: "There…

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Sam Sethi at Blognation UK has a scoop: apparently, he got a preview of a new instant messaging app for Facebook -- and according to his description, it doesn't require you to download or install anything, or to register, as many Facebook apps do. You just sign in and use it. At the risk of…