Very Important Effort From the Political Data Front

Very promising and important development in the political big data space:

Meet the former Microsoft employee who wants to liberate liberal data.

Remember 2013? If Not, Twitter Recaps the Year’s Big Moments for You

Tim Chambers:

Always fun…

Originally posted on Tech:

We’re not even halfway through December, but that hasn’t stopped anyone (including/especially the media – sorry!) from looking back at 2013 already.

Twitter recently rolled out its end-of-the-year recap site, highlighting popular hashtags and topics by month along with a stream of popular tweets collected under the news, entertainment, sports and showcase headings.

You can browse the whole kit and caboodle here, but if you’re feeling like you’d like to save that click for sometime later in the day, here’s a brief overview of some of each month’s events (click each month’s name to go directly to Twitter’s encapsulation of it):

  • January: London chopper crash, the Australian Open, the inauguration
  • February: Super Bowl, Academy Awards, Fashion Week
  • March: New pope, March Madness
  • April: Boston Marathon bombings, Margaret Thatcher dies
  • May: Soccer, cricket and more soccer
  • June: NBA Finals, DOMA/Prop 8…

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Firefox gets support for next generation video codec VP9

So this is only good for innovation in video compression and internet media: Firefox gets support for VP9, Google’s next-generation open video codec.

PlayStation 4 sales exceed one million in just 24 hours

Congrats to my Sony friends on this lunch…

News Use Across Social Media Platforms

Good data here from Pew:

News Use Across Social Media Platforms

The Rise Of The Mobile-Born

Tim Chambers:

Good read…

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: Paul Holland is a general partner at Foundation Capital, helping early-stage startups go from zero to $100 million in revenue. He was previously a senior vice president of worldwide sales at Kana Communications.

Watching my two-year-old nephew Dashiel interact with his mother’s iPad made me realize that he was born into an era unlike any in history. As he grows up his expectations about how information should be presented and processed, and how interfaces should respond, will be profoundly different from how we experience technology today.

Mobile is now the channel of choice for everyone, but even those of us who use technology with great alacrity are still digital immigrants. Dashiel represents a new age: the Mobile Born — a generation of kids that have been raised while literally gnawing on the equivalent of a supercomputer — otherwise known as mom’s smartphone.

This fact will have a dramatic…

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Blockbuster, Netflix and the end of movies as a product

Tim Chambers:

Interesting read…

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Something funny happened this week when I read the news about Blockbuster (S DISH) shutting down all of its stores. For a split second, I thought: Wow, this means I can buy lots of DVDs at discount prices. Then I remembered that I don’t own a DVD player anymore.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. I do still have one, but it’s tucked away in the basement, and hasn’t been used in years. Instead, I stream everything. Netflix, (S NFLX) Hulu and the occasional VOD rental from services like Vudu (S VUDU) or Google (S GOOG) Play have kept me busy enough to also make me forget about those few hundred DVDs that I still own. And if I really ever wanted to watch something from a disk, I could always use my Macbook. (S AAPL) But honestly, I don’t remember the last time I did that.

I know what you’re…

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Blockbuster Gives Up On Retail And DVD-By-Mail Business

Tim Chambers:

I didn’t even know these were still alive.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

DISH announced this morning that it will be closing down the remaining Blockbuster brick-and-mortar retail locations that it owns, and ending the company’s DVD-by-mail rental service. The decision was made about two-and-a-half years after the satellite TV organization bought the flailing DVD rental business for $228 million in cash. Dish said that while it’s shuttering stores, it will maintain control over the Blockbuster brand and its video licensing agreements. It also plans to continue supporting “domestic and international franchise operations, relationships and agreements,” it said.

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r/Politics is in the throes of a political upheaval

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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The subreddit r/Politics, a place for free and open discourse about current political events, is having trouble in paradise. And the only recourse redditors seem to have is revolution. That is, reddvolution.

Well, not quite. But followers of r/Politics are none-too-thrilled with the forum’s moderators, and this could seriously alter the popularity of this age-old subreddit.

Last week the moderators at the subreddit r/Politics announced changes to their system of moderation. The announcement heralded a new system of vetting posts: A running blacklist of titles they don’t like, many of which are generally considered very good sources such as Salon and Mother Jones. As they put it, the subreddit was simply “not up to scratch.” This is due to many of the posted articles representing “blogspam,” “sensationalism,” or “bad journalism.”

This was not met well by outsiders (myself included) and insiders alike.

Followers of the subreddit commented about its hypocrisy…

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