Posts Tagged ‘media’

Hearst’s Swartz Eyes B2B Media, Entertainment, for Growth

January 2, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Hearst Corp. had record revenue and profits in 2013, when it marked the fourth year in a row of growth on both fronts since the 2008 recession, Steven Swartz said in a New Year’s letter to employees recapping the year he took over as chief executive. Swartz, formerly the head of Hearst’s newspaper division and the company’s chief operating officer, succeeded Frank Bennack Jr. last June , and his letter (full text here ) going out today makes clear he plans to continue on the path set by his predecessor. Bennack led a dramatic diversification effort during his 30-year tenure, expanding the company beyond its newspaper roots into broadcasting and syndication and the less-glamorous but highly profitable business media. He didn’t ignore print, either; Hearst’s $900 million acquisition of Lagard

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The NSA and the Corrosion of Silicon Valley

December 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

I believe that the people who work at the NSA are patriots. They devote their considerable intellects to preserve, protect, and defend the people of the United States. I wish their patriotism + brainpower would do the same for the U.S. Constitution. But those issues are getting plenty of ink elsewhere. My concern is more personal and local: The NSA’s version of patriotism is corroding Silicon Valley. Integrity of our products, creative freedom of talented people, and trust with our users are the casualties. The dolphin in the tuna net is us — our industry, our work, and the social fabric of our community. Product integrity is doomed when the NSA involves itself in the product development process. The scope of NSA’s activity here is unknowable

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Media Stocks See ‘Wolf of Wall Street’-Like Rise in 2013

December 27, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Media stocks enjoyed a heady run in the bull market of 2013. Shares of most major congloms closed out the last full week of the year at or near 52-week highs. Netflix regained its platinum-plated status, thanks to solid subscriber growth and a generally warm reception to the company’s first slate of original programs. CBS... Read more

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Rdio Killed the Vdio Star

December 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Not even a year old, and already Vdio is taking a dirt nap. Rdio said on Friday that it is scrapping the nascent video-streaming platform with which it had hoped to take on Netflix and Hulu. “Despite our efforts, we were not able to deliver the differentiated customer experience we had hoped for, and so Vdio is now closed,” the company said in a message to users of the service. Evidently, Rdio’s bottom line has taken precedence over its dreams of becoming a global entertainment streaming platform.

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QOTD: Sneaky Snaps

December 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Back when we had cameras that weren’t in our phones, it would be really strange to just walk up to someone and take a picture of them, or kind of place the camera on the table and try to sneak a picture of someone as they’re ordering food or something. – Kristen Wiig, talking about the “weird phenomenon” of ubiquitious/surreptitious photographs , on Vulture.com

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Merry Christmas From ATD and the Gift of a YouTube Yule Log

December 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

One of my favorite memories of Christmas as a kid was watching the annual yule log broadcast on TV, as I was sitting next to a real fireplace. I will readily admit that this holiday story is warped. Moving on! In the digital world of today, you can enjoy the tradition via the Internet. So, here’s a hour of a cracking fire on Google’s YuleTube, oops , YouLog, oops , YouTube:

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The One Big Question About RSA and Its Relationship With the NSA

December 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Last week, the Internet security world was jolted by a Reuters report detailing a secret $10 million payment to the security company RSA from the National Security Agency. The source of the information, Reuters said, came from new documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The point of the payment, according to the report, was to help the NSA boost the adoption of a formula it had created for generating random numbers, which was then inserted as the default option on RSA security products. The result would essentially amount to the creation of a “back door,” giving the NSA the ability to decrypt Internet traffic that had been encrypted using a product known as BSafe. On Sunday, RSA, a division of storage and IT giant EMC best known for its widely used security tokens, denied the report in a corporate blog post. It said that it has worked with the NSA for years and has never kept the relationship a secret, doing so with the intent of strengthening security products used in both the government and private sectors. But its explanation is incomplete — RSA’s statement has been attacked by many — and leaves many questions. Among them is one big one that hangs above all the others: What did RSA know about the algorithm that was ultimately found to contain the “back door,” and, perhaps more importantly, if it did have some idea, why did it say nothing about it for six years? The problematic formula is known as Dual EC DRBG, which stands for Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator . Generating a random number is a crucial function in encrypting communications on the Internet. RSA included the software libraries for using it in BSafe products beginning in 2004. At the time, the method was on its way to being approved by the U.S.

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QOTD: Now You See It …

December 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Erasability used to be a mistake. – Digital anthropology student Olly Osborne , who is studying the implications of data emphemerality, in a series on Medium called “Data Death”

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Once Again — Ho Ho, the Drone Mistletoe (Video)

December 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This is still worth posting to make sure everyone does not miss it. The Mistletoe Drone. In San Francisco, of course. (To be clear, these adorkable drones are lulling us into a jolly sense of security before they attack.) Enough said:

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All Things Walt: Mossberg’s Top Dozen Picks Over 20 Years of Reviewing Tech (Video)

December 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Here’s the tech reviewer Walt Mossberg talking on CNBC about his top picks for the last two decades he has written about the arena. Mossberg names Apple products as the biggest influencer over this time, although in his last column for The Wall Street Journal after more than 20 years of reviewing, he also mentions Microsoft’s Windows 95, Google Search and Twitter. Although he is leaving the WSJ on December 31 — and this site too, since it is owned by News Corp. — there is much more to come at the start of 2014. You can read a bit about that here in this Mashable exit interview , where Mossberg talks about his work over the last 20 years and more. Here’s the best part, his advice for young journalists just starting out, which never really changes: “I would tell them quality over quantity, which is one of the biggest sins on the Web, particularly today.

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