Media Bits & Bytes
January 8, 2011
Top web firms set to impose a blackout in protest against
'Big Brother' online piracy bill
30th December 2011
The world's most popular websites could impose an 'internet
blackout' to protest a proposed law which would extend
government censorship in an effort to tackle online piracy.
The battle over SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) has seen
leading web firms square off against Hollywood media
companies in a trade-off between internet freedom and
intellectual property rights.
Sites such as Google, Amazon and Facebook could temporarily
replace their usual homepage with a black screen and a
message asking users to contact politicians and urge them to
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Belarus Bans Browsing of All Foreign Websites
January 3, 2012
From January 6th, Belarus, which became independent in 1991
following the collapse of the Soviet Union, began
implementing new legislation that requires anyone doing
business in the country may only utilize fully local
Internet domains when carrying out their activities online.
This means that it will become illegal for locals to use a
site such as Google, YouTube, Twitter and Wikipedia, none of
which have an official Belarusian presence.
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UN launches social media campaign to celebrate rights
1 December 2011
The United Nations has launched a social media campaign to
encourage people to get involved in the global human rights
movement, inspired by the role played by tools such as
Facebook and Twitter in the awakening that transformed parts
of the Arab world this year.
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How Big Telecoms Use Smartphones to Create a New Digital
December 6 2011
Colorlines Magazine has found that black and Latino
consumers are key to the now-massive smartphone market, and
that they are adopting smartphones at faster rates than
white consumers and doing far more with them. Research shows
people of color are more likely to surf the Internet, send
and receive messages, engage social media and produce or
publish media on their phones. The reason is simple: It's
the most affordable way to get onto the information
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Why Is PBS Telling Us to Tear Down the Wall Between Business
PBS has a website called MediaShift, billed as "Your Guide
to the Digital Media Revolution." Based on an alarming post
headlined "Tear Down the Wall Between Business and
Editorial!" the revolution looks rather revolting. The
piece is a primer on "how to blur the lines in an
intelligent and ethical way," in the words of MediaShift
managing editor Courtney Lowery Cowgill. It offers such tips
as "If Sales Influences Editorial, It's OK."
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RedTube BlueTube: The Political Leanings of TV Viewers
What Are Voters Watching?
Media marketing company Experian Simmons analyzed the
viewing audiences of over 600 broadcast, cable and
syndicated TV programs to see what voters were watching -
so they can advise candidates where to put their media
Among the findings -- Top entertainment programs watched by
liberal Dems include The Daily Show; Colbert Report;
Masterpiece; 30 Rock; The View; Glee; and Modern Family.
Conservative Republicans are watching Barrett-Jackson
Auction; This Old House; The 700 Club; Swamp Loggers; The
Bachelor; and Mythbusters. Middle of the road voters tune
in to Private Practice; Entertainment Tonight; How I Met
Your Mother; Bridezillas; and Mike & Molly.
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China Hackers Hit U.S. Chamber of Commerce
A group of hackers in China breached the computer defenses
of America's top business-lobbying group and gained access
to everything stored on its systems, including information
about its three million members. The break-in at the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce is one of the boldest known
infiltrations in what has become a regular confrontation
between U.S. companies and Chinese hackers. The complex
operation, which involved at least 300 Internet addresses,
was discovered and quietly shut down in May 2010.
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10 things the iPhone Siri will help you get instead of an
November 29, 2011
Ask the Siri, the new iPhone 4 virtual assistant, where to
get an abortion, and, if you happen to be in Washington,
D.C., she won't direct you to the Planned Parenthood on 16th
St, NW. Instead, she'll suggest you pay a visit to the 1st
Choice Women's Health Center, an anti-abortion Crisis
Pregnancy Center (CPC) in Landsdowne, Virginia, or Human
Life Services, a CPC in York, Pennsylvania. Ask Google the
same question, and you'll get ads for no less than 7 metro-
area abortion clinics, 2 CPCs and a nationwide abortion
Ask in New York City, and Siri will tell you "I didn't find
any abortion clinics."
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Urine-controlled video games installed in London bar
[Boys have all the fun...]
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