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Agency Business Models Demand Focus

forrester - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:00pm
For agencies to regain strategic respect from their clients, they must hone in on the value that they best create. That also requires them to focus on the business model and deliv...
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WSJ Poised to Hire Quartz's Mims as Tech Columnist, After Manjoo Departure to Times (Kara Swisher/Re/code)

techmeme - 3 hours 31 min ago

Kara Swisher / Re/code:
WSJ Poised to Hire Quartz's Mims as Tech Columnist, After Manjoo Departure to Times  —  The Wall Street Journal is close to hiring Quartz tech and science editor Christopher Mims as its newest tech columnist, said several sources.  If completed, Mims will replace its last new tech columnist Farhad Manjoo …

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PSA: Sprint Is Planning To Make All Its Devices From February 11, 2015 Onward Domestically Unlockable (Ryan Whitwam/Android Police)

techmeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:55pm

Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
PSA: Sprint Is Planning To Make All Its Devices From February 11, 2015 Onward Domestically Unlockable  —  The US mobile market is weird in that almost all the phones floating around here are locked to one carrier or another.  You can usually request an unlock code from the carrier …

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David Einhorn warns of "second tech bubble in 15 years", shorts undisclosed tech stocks (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)

techmeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:20pm

Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
David Einhorn warns of “second tech bubble in 15 years”, shorts undisclosed tech stocks  —  David Einhorn Just Cried Bubble And Let Slip The Shorts Of War  —  David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager worth north of a billion dollars, isn't bullish on technology stocks.

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Pure Storage Raises $225 Million at a $3 Billion Valuation (Arik Hesseldahl/Re/code)

techmeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:45pm

Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Pure Storage Raises $225 Million at a $3 Billion Valuation  —  Pure Storage, the company shaking up the enterprise storage market with a data storage array based solely on flash memory has raised $225 million late stage round of venture capital funding at pre-money valuation of more than $3 billion.

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Microsoft ready to test new Office 'Mix' interactive presentation application (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

techmeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:05pm

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft ready to test new Office ‘Mix’ interactive presentation application  —  Summary: Microsoft is signing up testers for a soon-to-be-released preview of ‘Office Mix,’ which is a new, interactive presentation application.  —  Microsoft is starting to test its new “Office Mix” …

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A penny for your thoughts? OK, make it a nickle...

metafilter - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:33pm
Across Canada a beloved and familiar face is silently disappearing. Everyday transactions in shopping centers and banks are slowly feeding a systematized extinction unnoticed by most. The object of destruction: the Canadian penny. -- via PBS NewsHour
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AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami (Iain Thomson/The Register)

techmeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:20pm

Iain Thomson / The Register:
AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami  —  Security problems like it's 1995  —  If you've been getting a lot of spam from AOL emails recently it's not because you've fallen into a time rift and it's the nineties all over again - the company has confirmed that it has been under an intensive spoofing attack.

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Hurt Locker: The Musical

metafilter - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:04pm
Neil Patrick Harris is getting glowing reviews for his turn in the title role in Hedwig And The Angry Inch, now playing on Broadway. But wait, why is "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig even playing Broadway in the first place? Because the Belasco Theater was suddenly available because Hurt Locker: The Musical opened and closed on the same night. In fact, the floor of the theater is found to be littered with discarded Playbill magazines for the failed production.

One page from Playbill asks, "How Many Have You Seen?"
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Today’s social-media object lesson: The NYPD tries for outreach and gets backlash

GigaOm - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:39pm

By now, the list of social-media failures has grown so long that it’s difficult to keep track, but there are some standouts — like Kenneth Cole and his Egypt tweets, or failed attempts at engagement by brands like McDonald’s and JP Morgan. Now we have another shining example of the genre, thanks to the New York Police Department, which decided to reach out to some of its fans and encourage them to share photos of themselves with members of the force. The result was a blizzard of anti-police sentiment attached to the #myNYPD hashtag.

The initial photo posted by the department was friendly enough: it featured two smiling officers flanking an equally happy member of the public, with a message that asked followers to post pictures with the hashtag for use on the NYPD’s Facebook page. But what followed likely wasn’t what the force had in mind.

Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook. http://t.co/mE2c3oSmm6
NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 22, 2014

One of the most retweeted responses was from the Occupy Wall Street account, which said that the photo depicted how the NYPD “engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time.”

Here the #NYPD engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time. #myNYPD http://t.co/GErbiFFDvY
Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014

Other popular items showed officers pulling the hair of protesters, forcibly restraining others and apparently driving a motorcycle over a wounded man:

The #NYPD will also help you de-tangle your hair. #myNYPD http://t.co/nrngQ1bOWv
Cocky McSwagsalot (@MoreAndAgain) April 22, 2014

NYPD officers are known worldwide for their timely and hands-on response to citizen grievances. http://t.co/wuJ8uicGgE #myNYPD
Stop The Wars (@sickjew) April 22, 2014

"And we're going to have to run you over, just for good measure." #myNYPD http://t.co/q6JMNAajxb
Casey Aldridge (@CaseyJAldridge) April 22, 2014

You might not have known this, but the NYPD can help you with that kink in your neck. #myNYPD http://t.co/fzUok1FWXG
Cocky McSwagsalot (@MoreAndAgain) April 22, 2014

Need a mammogram? #myNYPD has you covered! Forget Obamacare! http://t.co/Fusv3WhiRZ
आनिल् (@guru0509) April 22, 2014

As digital-media veteran Dan Gillmor noted, the NYPD hashtag failure was a classic example of not understanding how social media works — and in particular, the speed with which a hashtag or other social trend can be overtaken by less-favorable elements. And now the exercise has become another example of what not to do.

So, #MyNYPD in a nutshell: NYPD crowdsources imagery of its' own police brutality on Twitter, if unwittingly :p—
Asteris Masouras 正义 (@asteris) April 22, 2014

The NYPD later released a statement saying that the department was trying to create new ways to communicate effectively with the community, and that it was aware that Twitter provides an “open forum for an uncensored exchange” and that the open dialogue was “good for our city.”

Post and photo thumbnail courtesy of Pond5 / Cienpies

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YouTube channel comes to Roku models launched after July 2011 for US, UK, Canada, Ireland (Greg Kumparak/TechCrunch)

techmeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:35pm

Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
YouTube channel comes to Roku models launched after July 2011 for US, UK, Canada, Ireland  —  Roku FINALLY Releases A YouTube Channel For Most Of Its Streaming Boxes  —  After what has been seriously way too long, Roku has just launched an official YouTube channel for most of its lil' streaming boxes.

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Justices Skeptical of Aereo's Business (Adam Liptak/New York Times)

techmeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:30pm

Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Skeptical of Aereo's Business  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court signaled on Tuesday that it was struggling with two conflicting impulses in considering a request from television broadcasters to shut down Aereo, an Internet start-up they say threatens the economic viability of their businesses.

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metafilter - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:12pm
netcat are a Seattle based free improvisation group that have released their album, Cycles Per Instruction as a Linux kernel module.

... also available on bandcamp.
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former plantations that have been turned into bed-and-breakfast resorts

metafilter - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:57pm
Why Aren't Stories Like '12 Years a Slave' Told at Southern Plantation Museums? Evil is not a word you hear, though, when you visit one of the hundreds of plantation-house museums dotting the South. Instead, these historic sites usually lure tourists with their stunning architecture and wealth of antiques, as the privileged members of the planter-class denied themselves nothing. They had the finest china and silver of the 18th and 19th centuries; European-made furniture like settees and tea caddies; the most expensive rugs, drapes, linens, and clothing that money could buy. Even the toys and kitchen utensils offer a glimpse into the privileged life in the antebellum period, and tours play this aspect up, connecting these objects emotionally to the stories of the white planters. Many of these museums let visitors walk away without considering that all of these exquisite things were accumulated through the violence and forced labor of slavery.

An Introduction to the WPA Slave Narratives
Slave Narratives:
John W. Fields: It was the law that if a white man was caught trying to educate a negro slave, he was liable to prosecution entailing a fine of fifty dollars and a jail sentence. We were never allowed to go to town and it was not until after I ran away that I knew that they sold anything but slaves, tobacco, and wiskey. Our ignorance was the greatest hold the South had on us. We knew we could run away, but what then? Sarah Frances Shaw Graves "Allotments made a lot of grief for the slaves," Aunt Sally asserted. "We left my papa in Kentucky, 'cause he was allotted to another man. My papa never knew where my mama went, an' my mama never knew where papa went." Aunt Sally paused a moment, then went on bitterly. "They never wanted mama to know, 'cause they knowed she would never marry so long she knew where he was. Our master wanted her to marry again and raise more children to be slaves. They never wanted mama to know where papa was, an' she never did," sighed Aunt Sally. Sarah Gudger I 'membahs de time when mah mammy wah alive, I wah a small chile, afoah dey tuck huh t' Rims Crick. All us chillens wah playin' in de ya'd one night. Jes' arunnin' an' aplayin' lak chillun will. All a sudden mammy cum to de do' all a'sited. "Cum in heah dis minnit," she say. "Jes look up at what is ahappenin'," and bless yo' life, honey, da sta's wah fallin' jes' lak rain. Charley Williams, James Cape, Tempie Cummins, William Moore, Walter Rimm

Narratives by State

PBS has links to sites with more information, like the Ohio Historical Society and the University of Virginia, and Mississippi.
Slavery And Emancipation In The Mountain South: Evidence, Sources and Methods - Slave Narratives
Unchained Memories: Readings From The Slave Narratives [PDF], a documentary by HBO, now on youtube.

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New York Attorney General: Airbnb and Uber should cooperate with regulators, like Yelp (Eric T. Schneiderman/New York Times)

techmeme - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:50pm

Eric T. Schneiderman / New York Times:
New York Attorney General: Airbnb and Uber should cooperate with regulators, like Yelp  —  Taming the Digital Wild West  —  THE Internet has grown up.  It is no longer just about providing information but about fundamental changes in the way we go about our daily lives.

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Flying RC Aircraft Carrier

metafilter - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:46pm
Flying RC Aircraft Carrier , Last year we saw the first launch of an RC Aircraft from an RC Carrier. Now we have the first launch AND landing of an RC Aircraft on a Flying RC Carrier.
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