Hypocritical Piracy Alarmists Are Big Into Piracy

Ryan Tate · 12/14/11 09:46PM

Major media companies say online piracy is such a problem that the federal government should adopt a draconian system of blockades and blacklists to stop infringement. But maybe they should first focus on the pirates they pay and employ, who've just been exposed torrenting the hell out of competitors' movies and TV shows.

The Most Humiliating Newspaper Ever Invented

Ryan Tate · 11/29/11 09:08PM

This looks like a joke, but apparently it's real? London design shop BERG has unveiled its Little Printer, which can print, every morning, a 10-inch receipt strip of capsule news, puzzles and social network summary. Because the newspaper was not yet a sufficiently debased medium.

Mark Zuckerberg Successfully Trolls Google

Ryan Tate · 11/08/11 02:49PM

Mark Zuckerberg delights in tweaking his lumbering rival Google. He stole the company's operations chief, and some of its best engineers. Now he's mocked the company's "little" rival social network, successfully provoking a response. Such a twerp!

Why Everyone Is Kissing Up to Facebook

Ryan Tate · 09/22/11 08:49PM

Their lips still chapped from smooching Apple, the news media have discovered they must now suck up to Facebook, too. Just as Apple has the wildly popular iPad, Facebook has 800 million users, many of whom check it first thing in the morning in place of a newspaper. Which is why everyone today leapt to go to work in Mark Zuckerberg's money mill, and thanked him for the privilege.

Wendi Deng Murdoch Cozies Up to Her Husband's Enemy

Ryan Tate · 07/21/11 03:17PM

Wendi Deng deserves credit for containing husband Rupert Murdoch's worst impulses. Not only did her fearsome bodyguarding distract the world from hubby's hacking scandal, it's now clear that she preserved a friendship with Google that Murdoch tried to explode.

Hulu Is Up for Sale

Ryan Tate · 06/22/11 05:58PM

Hulu has put itself up for sale, moving to end the grand alliance between the broadcasters who own the TV website and provide it with shows. This is really going to suck.

A Suspicious Hunger for 'News'

Ryan Tate · 09/13/10 07:56PM

News consumption is finally growing again, according to a new study, thanks to growing internet use. Sadly for the beleaguered makers of news, many Americans have simultaneously redefined "news" to include friends' status updates and Justin Bieber tweets.

Cartoons Banned By Apple: A Gallery

Ryan Tate · 04/26/10 05:43PM

Apple banned a third prominent cartoonist from its app store, citing mockery of Tiger Woods and a policy against "ridiculing a public figure." If we're to let Apple censor our news, we should familiarize ourselves with the company's whims.

The Dark Side of Steve Jobs

Ryan Tate · 04/13/10 01:51PM

Steve Jobs seduced New York's media moguls all too easily, convincing them his iPad would magically keep them in business — and in chauffeured limos. But nothing easy comes free, and the publishers' digital debt is now due.

How Apple Is Dogfighting To Control Your News

Ryan Tate · 03/26/10 09:30AM

Apple's iPad could make it the king of old media, arbiter of taste and technology alike. So magazines and newspapers have begun a series of countermoves that could turn the quietest dogfight in media into the most vicious.

Facebook Vs. Britain's Most Fearsome Tabloid

Ryan Tate · 03/11/10 01:28PM

On one side, a media outlet controversial for misleading readers, running sleazy ads and misappropriating private letters. On the other, a British tabloid. Facebook is in a big teen-sex-scandal feud with the Daily Mail — ironically, its old-media doppelgänger.

Why News Corp. Keeps Threatening to Leave Google

Ryan Tate · 11/13/09 12:15PM

For the second time this week, News Corp. has promised to yank its content from Google, this time within "months." The conglomerate said loudly that search is profitless. But maybe that's just its way of making search hugely profitable.

Marissa Mayer, Temptress of Google

Ryan Tate · 10/22/09 07:56PM

"Marissa unintentionally encourages promiscuity," managing editor Robert Thomson said. Uh, really? Yes! Since the font used to attribute quotes on this Google News page is too small for Thomson's taste, search chief Mayer is encouraging "digital disloyalty" among readers who are the actual legal property of the Wall Street Journal.

California Declares War on the Media

Richard Rushfield · 10/20/09 05:56PM

The battle between celebrity media and California has been a winking-frenemy-like affair since ancient times. But suddenly the gloves are off and the state seems hell bent on taking a sledgehammer to the skull of the Hollywood Press.