Hollywood makeover for YouTube

First Netflix, now Google/YouTube. Silicon Valley’s technology companies continue their assault on the aging business model in Hollywood. Netflix announced…

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Victory for authors against Google as court torpedoes book settlement agreement

Google has been trying for several years now to appropriate centuries of intellectual effort by writers by scanning books and…

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Clean sweep for big Hollywood studios as WGA negotiations end

The final domino in this year’s Hollywood collective bargaining round duly fell into line over the weekend as the Writers…

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“Liberal” Samantha Power, Obama’s Oliver North, finally gets her war

Every President needs a hard headed idealist inside the National Security Council who can get things done in tight situations.…

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A Lost Opportunity? Egypt Said to Arm Libya Rebels

The Wall Street Journal reports that Egypt had begun arms shipments to Libyan rebels. Had this effort been expanded into…

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Silicon Valley Goes To Hollywood: Netflix Gets Into The TV Business

This has been a long time coming. Netflix is signing up as a distributor of a genuine Hollywood TV production.…

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What’s the matter with Wisconsin?

Here is my take on the recent events in Wisconsin, in the form of a short talk and roundtable discussion…

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Former Obama advisor Slaughter bites Qaddafi hand that fed her

The Libyan dictatorship paid a Cambridge consulting firm, The Monitor Group, $3 million to help clean up its global image…

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Scott Walker goes Greek – the real agenda in Wisconsin

This essay in the Guardian makes the key point about Wisconsin and also shows why a narrow trade union approach…

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Egypt Could Rescue Libyan Revolution

Forget a US led No Fly Zone or a Nato intervention force, the force that could save the Libyan chapter…

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