After three years, Google announced today that it would shutter its ongoing quest to scan and archive printed newspapers. Google's News Archive, which has scanned nearly a million pages from 2,000 newspapers into an easily browsable database since 2008, was among the most ambitious attempts to record and archive newspapers in their printed form. While Journalism.net keeps a running list of digital newspaper troves around the world, the News Archive was the first major attempt to centralize digital scans of old broadsheets in a single, searchable archive.
No one is totally sure why Google chose to shut down the project.
St-Henri, the 26th of August (À St-Henri le 26 août) is playing in French (mostly, some English) with English subtitles at Cinéma Parallèle. For all.
The film is a tribute to Hubert Aquin's 1962 doc À Saint-Henri le cinq septembre. Walsh even uses the same Raymond Lévesque song for the opening credits (though she nabs Patrick Watson to compose the score), and borrows Aquin's methodology of filming the lives of regular residents going about their daily rituals.
From Doris, a feisty old lady who collects bottles and picks up food at the market for friends, to boys hunting for worms to go fishing in the canal, the local dep owner Mr. Lee, a pair of gay Mohawk hipsters and a woman who explores our city's underground tunnels, Walsh's team rounds up a wide range of personalities who, together, form a makeshift community.
The "Ptáčata" television serial, which won the Gypsy Spirit 2010 award as Action of the Year, has also scored points in the EU's competition for radio and television programming for integration, the Civis Media Prize. The unique documentary serial produced by Czech Television, which was also the country's first "docu-soap", tells the stories of children living on the outskirts of society - both happy and sad stories, and above all, authentic ones.
The 13th episode, called "Letem ghettem" ("My Ghetto, My World") captivated the jury in the main category. Czech Television will be competing for a prize for the first time ever in the 20-year history of this competition, which is primarily dominated by West European television. The jury labeled the series as quite engrossing, exemplary, important and moving. Prizes in various categories will be announced by German President Christian Wulf and EP Preisdent Jerzy Buzek and broadcast by ARD/Das Erste on 26 May.
A report issued Tuesday showing Netflix makes up a third of total Internet traffic is inaccurate enough – or at least the reports about it are inaccurate enough – First, the report didn't say Netflix eats a third of the whole Internet; that assumption was off base enough to prompt Forbes to run a piece trying to correct it, but not quite succeeding.
Sandvine – an Ontario-based networking vendor – issued a report Tuesday estimating that streaming media from Netflix make up 30 percent of downstream traffic during peak times.
What Sandvine meant was that Netflix traffic spiked heavily during prime time – when most people are home and watching something other than what's on TV – but only across the last mile.
TechCrunch posted some graphics showing what's travelling across the nation's networks during peak times, and in what volumes. Netflix comes out on top, but only with the caveats below.
Netflix uses content-distribution services to make sure its content is located close to customers, so when you click Play the file you see is being downloaded from somewhere nearby, not from Netflix' central database.
The portion of the network Netflix hogs is only the ISP's edge connections – from a distribution hub to the house of Netflix' subscribers.
The heaviest traffic is in spikes during one part of the day, which is irrelevant from a network-infrastructure standpoint. Even if the spike is only an hour, the network segment through which the spike passes still has to have enough capacity to handle it.
For the ISPs that is the good news, though they already know this and simply leave the good news out when complaining they must be allowed to throttle Netflix to avoid having their networks swamped.
This sleazy story of workplace wantonness doesn't come from the halls of Playboy or the International Monetary Fund. It's from the Disney-owned ESPN, according to a new opus on the sports network titled "Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN."
The network's motto should be "The Worldwide Leader in Smut," instead of "Sports," according to interviews conducted by authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, who penned a similarly dense tell-all about "Saturday Night Live."
The book, an oral history that tells how ESPN grew from a pipe dream to a multibillion-dollar conglomerate worth more than the NBA, MLB and NHL combined, contains 700-pages of frat-boy antics, sexcapades, back-stabbing and inflated egos that continue on to this day.
Sirius XM Radio Inc has won a court’s approval to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of abusing its monopoly power by illegally raising prices for subscribers. Valued at $180 million, the accord calls for Sirius XM to hold steady or lower the base subscription price for an estimated 14 million of its subscribers in 2011, a lawyer for the subscribers said. Sirius XM had planned to impose a $2 a month increase at the end of July. Various other fees will also be locked in, court papers show.
US District Judge Harold Baer in Manhattan granted preliminary approval of the settlement late Thursday. A hearing to consider final approval is set for 8 August.
In an era of explosive global stories and shrinking news budgets, Al Jazeera is the latest broadcaster with plans to create training for citizen journalists.
The tutorials will enable citizens to report on events, especially in areas that are not covered by mainstream media. The network is creating tutorials for citizen journalists focusing on multimedia including Flip cameras and other devices. No dates were announced for the program launch.
"People are at the heart of it," said a member of the network's social media team, Esra Dogramaci, during the BBC Social Media Forum. "It is up to us to give them a microphone and amplify their voices. In Syria, for example, we have no correspondents on the ground. We are relying entirely on people to send the content to us to send out."
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Entries now are being accepted for the 2011 Online Journalism Awards from the Online News Association (ONA), the association announced.
Award entries can be submitted into 13 different categories, including the Knight Award for Public Service, general excellence in online journalism, general excellence in online journalism non-English, breaking news, and multi-media. Two categories also specifically include blogging entries. The deadline for entries is June 27.
Eight awards and $33,000 in prize money, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Gannett Foundation, will be distributed. The competition has been opened to include news produced for any digital device, according to a statement from ONA and its partner, the University of Miami's School of Communication.
Thanks to numerous sensors, Smartphones make it easy for their owners to organize certain parts of their lives. However, that is just the beginning. Darmstadt researchers envision entire "smart" cities, where all devices present within municipal areas are intelligently linked to one another.
Rebels fighting to overthrow Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi have launched a television channel to promote their cause, but part of their broadcast is blocked by a regional satellite, a rebel media official said on Thursday. Libya al-Ahrar TV (Libya for the Free) was created in March to offer an alternative to state-controlled Libyan television, said Mahmoud Shammam, in charge of media and information affairs at the rebel Transitional National Council.
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