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  • The New Yorker Alters Its Online Strategy - on 2014-07-10
    • The New Yorker is overhauling its website and making all the articles it has published since 2007 available free for three months before introducing a paywall for online subscribers.
    • David Remnick, the editor, acknowledged in an interview that The New Yorker previously had “this kind of awkward, the best we could do, kind of paywall, where we held things back.” That system, he said, has “long since outlived its conception.”
  • Category Agnostic: The 2014 Emmy Nominations | Antenna on 2014-07-10
    • Agnosticism is, however. This year’s Emmy nominations demonstrate that notions of television quality are category agnostic, in that the same performers or series are likely to garner nominations even if they show up in a fundamentally different category than they appeared in previously, or if they emerge in a category that actively takes advantage of the vagaries of the Emmy nominations system. Whereas the rules governing Emmy Award categories—as I’ve discussed previously—can fundamentally shape who is nominated in meaningful ways, this year also reveals the inherent slipperiness of those categories in the midst of an increasingly competitive environment.
    • This has typically been framed as “category fraud,” but such a term presumes there are explicit rules being broken, or that networks or channels making these choices are doing something “wrong.”
    • There is no rule against Netflix using the various other awards earlier in the year to test out how Orange Is The New Black competes as both a Drama and a Comedy before making a final decision. There is no rule against HBO taking True Detective out of the Miniseries category to maximize the channel’s chances of winning its first Drama Series Emmy since The Sopranos and leave the Movie/Miniseries field more open for Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart.

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  • AT&T’s Branded Entertainment, Present and Past | Antenna on 2014-07-10
    • despite the radical differences in style, content, and substance in AT&T’s branded entertainment past and present, @summerbreak and The Bell Telephone Hour share some goals.
    • Today, advertisers like AT&T have come to doubt the power of a direct pitch; they believe instead in associational messages and images.
    • Nonetheless, @summerbreak arguably retains the overall educational goal of The Bell Telephone Hour: by featuring attractive Southern Californian teens modeling mobile service usage, the program implicitly educates viewers on current cool teen behaviors, lingos, and social media trends.
  • Data Doppelgängers and the Uncanny Valley of Personalization - Sara M. Watson - The Atlantic on 2014-07-10
    • Ads seem trivial. But when they start to question whether I'm eating enough, a line has been crossed.
    • It's different online, where I am supposed to see ads because something about my data suggests that they are relevant to me.
  • Investors Say They Have Evidence of Paramount Pictures Financing Fraud - Hollywood Reporter on 2014-07-10
    • The lawsuit from Allianz Risk Transfer, Marathon Structured Finance Fund, Newstar Financial and Munich Re Capital Markets concerns "Melrose 1," a slate of 25 films released between April 2004 and March 2006 that included Mean Girls, Elizabethtown, Collateral, and remakes of The Manchurian Candidate, The Stepford Wives and Alfie.
    • The plaintiffs put up $40 million for these films and say they lost their entire investment. They place blame on Paramount's alleged decision to abandon its historical practice of preselling distribution rights for movies in foreign territories to independent film distributors.
    • Although the investors say they lost $40 million on those 25 films, Paramount is alleged to have "earned over $400 million in revenues from 'distribution fees' deducted from the revenues shared with the Melrose investors.

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  • Data Privacy, Machine Learning, and the Destruction of Mysterious Humanity - John Foreman, Data Scientist on 2014-07-10
  • With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility | Om Malik on 2014-07-10
    • Silicon Valley (both the idea and the landmass) means that we always try to live in the future. We imagine what the future looks like and then we try and build it.
    • Facebook’s emotional manipulation through algorithms. It is not necessarily because of the experiment, but what the experiment portends. It is the future where machines manipulate our wants and our desires and preempt our needs and emotions
    • I am actually amazed that cities are willing to trade data such as photos from traffic cameras that impacts its citizenry to a privately-owned company (in this case, Google) without as much as a debate. I am sure, a new parking lot gets more attention from the legislators.

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  • Supporting an Open Internet » The Kickstarter Blog — Kickstarter on 2014-07-10
    • The more than 65,000 (and counting!) creative ideas that have been brought to life with Kickstarter depend on a free and open Internet.
  • The Emmy Nominations: Rivalries, Snubs, and What the Academy Got Right (and Wrong) « on 2014-07-10
  • For Email Newsletters, a Death Greatly Exaggerated - on 2014-07-10
    • If you think about it, what may seem like a very retro movement — what’s next, faxes? — has relevance in the modern media environment. Increasingly, news is a list that appears on your phone
    • It helps that email, long dismissed as a festering petri dish of marketing come-ons, has cleaned up its act. Gmail, in particular, has stamped out a lot of spam
    • My personal digital hierarchy, which I assume is fairly common, goes like this: email first, because it is for and about me; social media next, because it is for and about me, my friends and professional peers; and finally, there is the anarchy of the web, which is about, well, everything.

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