Yes, the sunset was beautiful last night, but did you actually watch it, or use it to get social media attention?
It was a move that sent shudders through an already-nervous radio industry: Pittsburgh’s WPGB-FM suddenly dumped its talk format, switching to country music. The early August change meant America’s biggest hosts would have to relocate to a small, 7000-watt AM station.
Because it conflicted directly with the expected trend of moving talk AWAY from AM in favor of FM, many took it as a sign industry giant Clear Channel had made a U-turn. With digital streaming services and other emerging technologies stealing music fans from radio by the millions, talk was seen as the one format that could keep traditional broadcasting alive.
Local media speculated the real problem was excess clutter which keeps the average hour clogged up with extremely long commercial sets, news and weather breaks, plus recorded mini-features. Whatever the case, the medium that has done so much to change the national political landscape and inspired others around the world to do the same suddenly seemed more endangered. Read all »
Is a disturbing, yet fraudulent image making the rounds across the Internet the work of ISIS or like-minded terror groups?
As we learn more about their increasing sophistication, it becomes a bit easier to spot these social media disinformation campaigns. Rather than relying entirely on the shock value of public executions, we’re seeing subtle yet powerful schemes emerge from their ranks.
In the latest example, ISIS terrorists have been re-branded as American soldiers committing massacres while wearing Muslim garb. It’s a way of deflecting away blame for their atrocities. In America, it has fooled many on Twitter and elsewhere, so it could be considered a success so far. It has spread rapidly today. Read all »
Watching the media feeding frenzy over naked celeb pictures hacked from Apple’s cloud servers has been a strange experience. Why are so few asking the right questions?
Rather than fretting over the security breach, shouldn’t we instead wonder why so many have taken nude photos of themselves?
It’s particularly important with the revelation that Olympian McKayla Maroney was among those affected and that her images were taken when she was just 16. That has hackers wondering if they will face child porn charges (not clear at this time). Read all »
Since we’re nothing if not easily distracted (World War III can apparently wait), here’s a question: just how much outrage should we feel over this celeb nude photo scandal making headlines this morning?
Answer: it depends on the actress. While some have cultivated a wholesome image (Jennifer Lawrence, perhaps), only to have that violated by hackers, others have built careers on semi-nude publicity teases or even full-frontal film scenes. Read all »
Though YouTube, Twitter and other sites have worked overtime to eliminate every trace of it, the horrible clip of James Foley’s beheading at the hands of Islamists has managed to be viewed millions of times today. That includes still images shared on social media sites, which have caused some to find their accounts terminated.
Were you among them? How did you feel?
You might not know that in the UK, just watching it is considered a crime under anti-terror statutes, subject to prosecution.
(Update: readers tell us some newspaper and cable networks are also banning Ferguson discussions – please send any information you have via our contact page above so we may investigate further- thanks!)
While many Americans are calling for more dialogue on race relations in the wake of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, one major website has abruptly cut if off entirely. The result looks a lot like Chinese-style self-censorship.
Business Insider readers had been puzzled for days by the unexplained shut-off of reader comments on all stories related to Ferguson. The site, founded by notorious dot.com-era securities analyst Henry Blodget, hadn’t explained the new policy. But one regular poster insisted on answers and finally got one from Founding Editor Jim Edwards. Read all »
Thanks to a flaw at Change.org, you could be supporting causes you’ve never heard of.
That’s the warning from Linux operating system creator Linus Torvalds, who recently found himself on record as backing a petition at the site and was then deluged with spam email as a result. Apparently, there’s no email verification system, so virtually any name can be entered.
What about the potential liability if a person suffers consequences (career, political, or otherwise) as the result of improperly appearing on one? If someone were to create a “it should be legal to kick puppies and kittens” drive and place your name right at the top, would you sue? Read all »
Would you buy a used car from Larry Page?
Though he may be a billionaire tech mogul, the Google CEO sometimes comes across more like a dodgy salesman than trustworthy visionary dedicated to making the world a better place (Silicon Valley’s mantra). Yes, we all want to get rid of child predators, but at what cost?
The company swears it isn’t scanning your emails except to look for kiddie porn, but as one expert pointed out, there’s nothing stopping them from changing their stance on a moment’s notice: Read all »
An almost entirely non-existent company with one “employee”, no real assets or revenue has returned to Wall Street after a brief suspension, once again causing general bubble angst. And somehow it’s still worth nearly a billion dollars!
When we previously brought you the tale of supposed social media outfit CYNK and a mysterious dude named Javier who appeared to own most of it, shares had been halted after reaching stratospheric levels and a $5 billion market cap. Thanks to a likely pump-and-dump scheme, he was suddenly worth billions. Not bad for a kid from Belize who previously worked as a “fisheries officer”. Read all »