Posted: December 13th, 2013 | Author: National Journal | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: mashable | Comments Off
It's Christmas Eve in Montana. You turn on your TV for a time-honored viewing of It's A Wonderful Life. But you can't find the Christmas classic, or even the NBC affiliate that's supposed to be carrying it. Or perhaps you're in North Carolina, hoping to watch some NBA basketball after the Christmas feast. Or northern California, settling in to watch your 49ers finish out the regular season. And you can't.
For viewers in eight media markets, TV blackouts are coming at an unfortunate time. The real Grinch, according to cable and satellite advocates, is broadcast conglomerates trying to steal consumers' money by hiking up prices to carry their stations. Sorry, Scrooge, broadcasters respond, but you're to blame for your unwillingness to pay a fair amount for our service. Read more...
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Posted: December 13th, 2013 | Author: Todd Wasserman | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: mashable | Comments Off
Jimmy Kimmel is on board to help create snackable content for snack brand Tostitos.
The comedian and talk show host announced the deal on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night. Kimmel will create three sketches for the ESPN telecast of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Ram Krishnan, VP of Marketing for Frito-Lay, says Kimmel will also produce and star in more online bits on behalf of the brand in the first quarter of 2014
"Most of the content will live outside the show," Krishnan says. "This is a first for us as a company."
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Three 30-second bits, and one that broke Thursday night, revolve around "The Worst Contest Ever," an actual contest in which fans are asked to mail a Tostitos chip to Kimmel. On Jan. 1, during the game, Kimmel will place all the chips he receives in a snack bowl. If he eats the chip you sent in, nothing happens and there's no prize Read more...
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Posted: December 13th, 2013 | Author: Brian Anthony Hernandez | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: mashable | Comments Off
Beyoncé surprised the world early Friday morning with the unanticipated release of her fifth studio album on iTunes. Described as a "visual album," the self-titled album features 14 tracks and 14 videos to go along with each song as well as three additional videos
Among the many guests on the album is daughter, Blue Ivy, on a song called "Blue." Blue Ivy famously made a cameo on a Jay-Z song ("Glory") two days after she was born in 2012
Beyoncé, who released the album without any promotional marketing or traditional teasers, explains the project in this video posted on her Facebook page:
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Posted: December 13th, 2013 | Author: The Daily Dot | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: mashable | Comments Off
A cautionary tale: Back in 2009, government contractor Jeffrey Kantor was browsing online, seeking to make a radio-controlled airplane for his son. He began to type his search into Google: “How do I build a radio-controlled”—[enter autocomplete]—”bomb.” That's right, before Kantor knew it, he had accidentally asked Google how to make an explosive device. And his life would never be the same.
According to a suit filed in federal court this week by Kantor and as Gawker reported, after his Google autocomplete mishap, the government began harassing Kantor, putting him under constant surveillance and ultimately getting him fired. Read more...
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Posted: December 13th, 2013 | Author: Geekosystem | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: mashable | Comments Off
Reddit announced an update to its user agreement yesterday. The announcement itself focused on making the agreement easier to read and understand, which is certainly a welcome change, but we noticed something else. Reddit now says they can use your content any way they see fit, even commercially.
The full section about how Reddit can use content submitted to the site reads as follows:
You retain the rights to your copyrighted content or information that you submit to reddit (“User Content”) except as described below.
"By submitting User Content to reddit, you grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, perform, or publicly display your User Content in any medium and for any purpose, including commercial purposes, and to authorize others to do so.
You agree that you have the right to submit anything you post, and that your User Content does not violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret or any other personal or proprietary right of any other party. Read more...
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