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We kicked the show off with a lively discussion and report card on the various candidate performances on last night’s presidential primary debate. We eventually segued into the results of the Scooter Libby trial, which was announced late yesterday:
Libby Given 30 Months for Lying in C.I.A. Leak Case
I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney and one of the principal architects of President Bush’s foreign policy, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for lying during a C.I.A. leak investigation
After the break, we started in on the Media and Tech news:
U.S. limits fines for profanity
If President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney can blurt out vulgar language, then the government cannot punish broadcast television stations for broadcasting the same words in similarly fleeting contexts. That, in essence, was the decision Monday, when a U.S. federal appeals court struck down a government policy allowing stations and networks to be fined if they broadcast shows containing profanities. Although the case was primarily concerned with what is known as “fleeting expletives,” or blurted profanities, on television, both network executives and top officials at the Federal Communications Commission said the opinion could gut the commission’s ability to regulate any speech on television or radio. Kevin Martin, the chairman of the FCC, said the agency was now considering whether to seek an appeal before all the judges of the appeals court or to take the matter directly to the Supreme Court. The decision, by a divided panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, was a sharp rebuke to the FCC and to the Bush administration. For the four television networks that filed the lawsuit – Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC – it was a major victory in a legal and cultural battle they are waging with the commission and its supporters.
Mark explained the personal connection he has to Hearst media and launches into this story of positive growth for old media into new:
YouTube to will pay for local TV programming
YouTube has reached a revenue-sharing deal with Hearst-Argyle Television whereby local TV stations will be paid when users of the video-sharing site watch their programming. YouTube, a unit of Google, and Hearst-Argyle said in a statement Sunday that they would share advertising revenue on news, weather and entertainment videos from five TV stations – the first time YouTube has paid for local TV programming. Hearst-Argyle television stations in Boston, Sacramento, Pittsburgh. Baltimore and Manchester, New Hampshire, will begin posting local video content to dedicated channels on YouTube. YouTube will also distribute Hearst-Argyle’s new digital video initiatives, including high school football, basketball and local amateur entertainment, the companies said. Hearst-Argyle, which owns 29 local TV stations in the United States, will take an undisclosed cut of the advertising revenue YouTube earns when its users view clips, a spokesman said. The New York-based company owns local affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS and MyNetworkTV. It reaches roughly 18 percent of U.S. households with televisions.
Art ponders what is causing this, the latest in a rash of bouts of kleptomania:
Book Publisher Resorts To Cheap Stunts: Steals Google Laptops
Just as Google is making it even more obvious how their book scanning project is helping publishers by helping them sell more books, it appears that at least one publisher doesn’t seem to understand the difference between helping more people find your books and theft. Apparently the CEO of Macmillan Publishers decided to swipe two Google laptops from Google’s booth at BookExpo America, wait for Google employees to notice the missing laptops (took about an hour) and then claim that he was just giving Google “a taste of their own medicine.” Let’s see. One is taking an expensive scarce item. The other is building an index so more people can find books. If Macmillan’s CEO really thinks that’s the same medicine, than someone ought to check what medication he’s taking.
then we briefly talk about a potential winn
er of the dumbest startup of the week contest:
Last August Noah Kalina posted a video on YouTube (embedded above): it features nothing more than daily photos of himself over 6 years, set to music. The video has been viewed over 6 million times, inspiring many spoofs and similar postings. The amount of work that went into the video is staggering. Taking the photos, organizing them and then editing them into a movie would have taken hundreds of hours in aggregate.
FlickaDay is a new Boston-based startup that makes this whole process much easier. Use the site to take a photo of yourself every day using a connected webcam or camera. Flickaday will organize the photos and will let you publish it as a Flash widget on another website.
FlickaDay uses Flash to hook up to your web cam. Each day you can sign in and snap a photo through your web cam and write your mood. You can only snap one photo a day, which is stored to your account. You can then show off these photos on your FlickaDay widget, which lists your most recent photo and mood. Viewers can also look through archived photos using a calendar or play through the whole set to a song you uploaded. You can adjust the frame rate, but the default is a comfortable 8 frames a second.
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