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How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood

To understand how people look for movies, the video service created 76,897 micro-genres. The Atlantic took the genre descriptions, broke them down to their key words, … and built our their own new-genre generator. If you use Netflix, you’ve probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you. Some of them just seem Read MoreRead More

Do “Digital Natives” Exist? – PBS Idea Channel

Is there such a thing as a “DIGITAL NATIVE”? Some experts have suggested a clear divide between “digital native” (the Millennial tech experts) and “digital immigrant” (older generations introduced to technology later in life). The young NATIVES have had technology change the way they think and the way their brain works, while older folk are Read MoreRead More

YouTube expands live streaming to all channels, adds option to directly launch a Google+ Hangout On Air

The Youbiquitous video sharing platform is rolling out live streaming for all channels soon. YouTube today announced it is expanding its live streaming service to all YouTube channels. The Google-owned company now only has two requirements: your account must be verified and it has to be in good standing. If you have both, but don’t see the feature yet, don’t Read MoreRead More

Project shows the Result of YouTube’s Digital Copying

Patrick Liddell ran an experiment. What would happen if you uploaded a video to YouTube then downloaded the version YouTube compresses and then upload the compressed version for YouTube to compress again? After 1000 iterations The result is surprisingly foreign and unhuman. From an FAQ on his site. I thought digital copying was lossless. Why does Read MoreRead More

Cicero’s Web: How Social Media Was Born in Ancient Rome

Maria Popova explores how the dynamics of papyrus scrolls ultimately led to our modern day social media. We’ve already seen that modern social media come from a long lineage of primitive predecessors — from the florilegia of the Middle Ages, which predated Tumblr by half a millennium, to Voltaire’s Republic of Letters, the Facebook of its day, to Edison’s Read MoreRead More

Netflix Wants To Replace The Movie Theater

The internet streaming giant wants to displace the movie theater. If you hate spending money to see lame new Hollywood movies in theaters, Netflix wants to fix that for you, by letting you watch all of the lame new Hollywood movies on your own couch. This, in Netflix’s estimation, might actually make movies better. It Read MoreRead More

Did Horse_ebooks Show Us that SPAM is the Web’s Native Artform?

Horse_ebooks was a twitter spambot par excellence. It was algorithmic assembled poetry. It was the soul in the machine. But we recently learned that for the past few years horse_ebooks was in fact human authored, by a Buzzfeed writer, no less! And that made us angry. Why? Because when it was computer created, horse_ebooks was, as Read MoreRead More

Vimeo or YouTube? Where Should You Post Your Videos?

Ron Dawson provides a few thoughts on the difficult question of which service to post your content to: I often get asked whether it makes more sense to post a video to YouTube or Vimeo. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the wrong question. In truth, if optimizing the number of people to see your video, and if Read MoreRead More

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