• Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    In the Battle for .NYC Domains, Money Talks

    The race for the first round of .nyc domain names was a pretty feisty one. More than 1,000 proposed domain extensions ending in .nyc received multiple applications, according to information from Web analytics company Neustar, which handles tech and registration issues for the city's domain. It's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Is the YouTube Free-For-All Over?

    YouTube is a wonderful tool for procrastination, but often aimless surfing can lead to unearthing new genres and artists you'd never knew even existed. In between these discoveries are always the lovably offbeat videos of amateur acoustic covers or rants about pesky day jobs that make perusing the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Lost Out on Will Soon Be Available at a Domain Auction Near You

    When the web address was sold in 2012 for a reported $13 million, it was most likely the highest price ever paid for a single domain name. And precisely no one was surprised that particular address attracted the big money.

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    What Charles Manson and Bon Iver Have in Common

    Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver is a mild-mannered hipster heartthrob who crafts his rustic, emotionally fragile-seeming folk-rock in a secluded Wisconsin cabin. Charles Manson is a babbling former cult leader rotting away in a California state prison for an infamous murder spree. According to Pandora In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    New York Gets Its Own Domain: Dot NYC

    In the context of Christine Quinn's State of the City speech delivered in 2009 at the height of the economic downturn, promising to get New York City its own Internet domain registration name was a trifle. After all, she was pitching a recovery plan to salvage each of the city's major agencies. Whi ... More >>

  • Film

    June 19, 2013
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    May 13, 2013

    After Hackers Pwn Twitter, New York State Beefs Up Its Cyber Security

    "In the 21st century, almost all of our daily activities are linked to the internet - from banking to shopping to using our telecommunications networks and physical infrastructure systems," Governor Cuomo said, announcing the creation of an all-star New York cyber security advisory board last week. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Okay, Illegal Downloads Probably Are Hurting the Music Industry

    By Dan Moore This would have surprised me no matter who had turned it up, but there was a special irony in learning that illegal music downloads "aren't hurting the music industry" from a beleaguered print magazine's free-news arm: Illegal downloads aren't hurting the music industry, new study cla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    The Crucial Mistake Most Bands Are Making With Facebook

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    What is .art? Financiers and Artists Vie for the Power to Define the Domain Name

    The internet is about to change, radically, and hardly anyone knows it. Think about it like a phone system: the internet operates on just a handful of top-level domains -- like .com and .org -- that function like area codes. Right now, the internet needs more of them. And pretty soon it's going to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2013

    White House Words with Woodward More Proof of Obama Tyranny, Say Rightbloggers

    Last week we learned that a White House official got into an argument with Bob Woodward. Woodward is the biggest name in Washington journalism; he has survived seven Administrations (counting the one he helped take down with his Watergate reporting), and will probably continue to publish bestsellers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Advice For Aspiring Music Writers: Don't Quit, Just Don't Suck

    The funny thing about Luke O'Neil's article earlier this week (titled "Advice For Aspiring Music Writers: Quit Now") is that "quit now" was the exact answer I gave when someone asked me last year what I would tell to a high school class of aspiring writers. My "quit now" was borne from a frustration ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Challenges to Internet Freedoms Remain With Anniversary of SOPA Defeat in the Books

    A year ago Sunday, Congress shelved the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Act after millions of concerned Internet users expressed outrage over a bill they believed threatened the freedom of the Internet. The most memorable of those expressions of outrage against SOPA came a year ago Fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Does Spotify Mean the End of the iPod and Your Music Collection?

    By Dan Moore When I bought my first iPod--this was the first iPod, when the scroll wheel actually spun around--it was a severe blow to my nerd-cred, which I guarded pretty jealously at the time. (It was the only cred I had.) Relying on iTunes and its untouchable database to maintain my MP3 collecti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Should New York Bullies Face Criminal Charges?

    As the story now goes, 15-year-old Felicia Garcia threw herself in front of a train in Staten Island as dozens of horrified students watched on Wednesday afternoon after getting tormented by several members of her high school's football team.The alleged bullying followed a weekend party, at which sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Just Like Being There: The Economics Of Livestreaming Concerts

    Tonight, at 10 P.M., you can see the Dirty Projectors live. They're playing here in town, in support of their just-released new album, Swing Lo Magellan, at Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you didn't get a ticket, or just don't feel like leaving your apartment, you can cruise over to the YouTube home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    All Along The File-Sharing Front: Will New York Affect The Rest of America?

    Good news, New York file sharers! Verizon has apparently decided to protect your privacy, despite demands that the internet service provider ID subscribers suspected of copyright infringement. And the company's decision -- as well as other recent developments intellectual property realm -- might ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Can You Get Sued for File Sharing on Your WiFi Network?

    If you own an open WiFi connection, you might have worried whether you're liable for any copyright infringement taking place on that network -- even if you didn't do it. In a ruling that has caught the attention of lawmakers and attorneys worldwide, a Finnish court just ruled that owners of open Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    The Pirate Bay: Soon To Be Banned?

    The Pirate Bay has taken some hard hits in the past few months. Though the file-sharing site announced in February that it would delate torrents and move entirely to magnet links, law enforcement has continued to mobilize against the operation. In March, for instance, a leaked doc suggested Swed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention: Inside the World of Wank-Craft

    The main virtual hall​ Most conventions are pants-mandatory kinds of affairs -- even those of the adult nature. For the world's first virtual porn convention, however, I'm not wearing any (relax...I'm in my PJs). This past weekend, XBiz and Red Light Center hosted the Adult Entertainment Virt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    SOPA, PIPA, and Kill Switch Bill: Are They Back? Harry Reid to Push for Cyber Security

    Late last night Anonymous tweeted that the Senate was trying to sneak in SOPA under a new name, writing: "Le sigh. US Senate Really wants to go another round with the Internet?" The hacktivist group linked to an RT story detailing Sen. Harry Reid's still secretive plans to float an internet securit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Barack Obama Takes Over the Internet, Runnin' Scared Live Blogs the Prez's Video Stream

    In what looks like an attempt to win "cool" points with many of the young, tech-savvy voters he has pissed off during his presidency, Barack Obama is hosting a Google Hangout this afternoon, where he'll answer a few not-at-all cherry-picked questions via live video stream. (We hope a lot of questio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Drunk Online Shopping Will Save This Wretched Economy!

    Credit card debt? What credit card debt? Oh, pour yourself another drink. The latest fun -- and healthy! -- thing we're all doing under the influence of a little boozin' on our own personal computers, from home, at night, after a hard day's work, with the jug of wine next to us. In a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Marge Becomes a Food Blogger on this Sunday's Simpsons [Yawn]

    20th Century Fox via Grub StreetI recognize most of the characters, but who's the bald guy?​ The end-times for Foodism are near, my friends. This Sunday, Marge Simpson turns into a food blogger, as reported in an extensive Grub Street interview with Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman. To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    State Senator Diane Savino's Facebook Friends: An Important Announcement

    ​New York State senator Diane Savino, a Democrat representing Staten Island and Brooklyn, had some important breaking news to share with the media today. Her personal Facebook page has hit the 5,000-friend mark (a "social media milestone," it seems), which is where Facebook cuts you off. Follo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Radio Hits One: Raising The Bar For "YouTube Platinum"

    Justin Bieber and Ludacris: Congratulations. A lot of people watched your video.​On August 28, MTV will throw the 2011 installment of its Video Music Awards, honoring achievements in the art form that used to make up the majority of its programming. While it's all too tempting to note the iron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    100 & Single: How Digital Changed The Charts, From Gwen To GoonRock

    Spotify's top tracks (left) and albums on Friday, July 15.​The headline-grabbing music story of the week isn't on the Billboard charts—it's the U.S. debut of Spotify. With the streaming-music service less than 48 hours old here, it's a bit too soon to analyze what songs are getting the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    GLAAD Stops Supporting AT&T Merger with T-Mobile

    ​Last month, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation got in a lot of trouble when they backed a merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, after their full relationship with Ma Bell was exposed. GLAAD had received $50,000 from AT&T in donations and had a former AT&T executive and lobbyist on its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Spotify Launches In The States; Has Your Life Been Changed Yet?

    The Top Tracks list is not nearly as twee as this "hi there" image would imply. ​After lots of whining from music-biz pundits and whinging from the "make music free for meeee" crowd, the Sweden-based streaming-music service Spotify launched today in the States. Those in search of invites to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2011

    CBS Discovers Blogs Like It's 1999

    ​CBS has this awesome vintage report from the '90s today. It's about blogs, or as people used to say, "weblogs," and how they're gaining power and clout and whatnot. Interesting to see how new and exciting it was back in the beginning. LOL, the "blogosphere." Hold up, the dateline says this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    R.I.P., Friendster, the Social Media Site of Our Relative Youth

    Turn that smile upside down!​Remember Friendster? One time we met someone on Friendster, a date, in fact, and we went to a vegan restaurant in the West Village (not that we were vegan), and we ate something that looked like meat but wasn't, and was really weirdly chewy, and then we never spoke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Food Blogs Are Religions, According to ELLE. Making Bloggers Just Like Jesus!

    ELLELadies can type!​OMG! Food blogs are the new gospel! According to ELLE, "For readers, food blogs provide fun, fantasy, and a movable feast. For their creators, it's a religion." And even more importantly, "The evolution of the food blog has been one of the major cultural happenings in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Five Better, More Brutally Honest Tips for Successfully Dating a Blogger

    via​This is going to be hard to hear, for everyone. Yesterday, the website Social Times, which touts itself as "Your Social Media Source," published an article called "Five Tips for Successfully Dating a Blogger," with a dash of humor and a healthy dose of no please stop this is so misguided. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    Dumb Hashtags More Popular than Smart, Newsy Ones (Study)

    ​According to a new study, those lame hashtags like "#worstpickuplines" and "#rulesforgirls" and "#stuffifoundinmynose" or whatever tend to catch on much more quickly and become more widespread than the serious ones, like "#jan25" or "#egypt". And apparently you're more likely to buy a new gad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Don't Screw Over Your Web Designer or This Could Happen to You

    ​Winona Chiropractic Center in Winona, Minnesota, hired a web designer to create a site with which to advertise their business. Apparently, they didn't follow through with the appropriate payments, so the web designer went back into the site and started recoding. Here's a link to the site. Mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Blogging is Dead, Long Live Blogging

    ​As a blogger working on a blog -- blogging, really -- it only feels appropriate to devote today's media column, Press Clips, to "The End of Blogging" in this week's New York Observer. In the provocative, narrow and winding feature, the Observer sets out to prove -- well, what, really? The "nu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    "Why Isn't My Blog More Popular?" Quitters Wonder

    ​Old people tend to be bad at blogging, according to a sad, strange trend piece in Crain's Chicago Business, which is making the rounds online today so internet experts can chuckle at clueless novices. Like going to the gym, eating healthier and other New Year's resolution-type self improvemen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2010

    Columbia University Warns Students Against Mentioning WikiLeaks in Public

    Not a Columbia grad​The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University sent out an email warning students not to talk about WikiLeaks on the internet if they hope to ever work in the State Department. The school, which aims to construct new diplomats from scraps of old diplo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2010

    Bye Bye, Bloglines

    All Blogs Go To Heaven​Do you use an RSS reader? If so, and you're stuck on the old-school Bloglines, it's time to get a Google Reader. IAC,which bought Bloglines five years ago, has decided to shutter the service on October 1, according to an announcement on It's always a pain when p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2010

    Are Babies Really Blogging? If So, Do We Care?

    Tavi Gevinson, 14​Sunday's Independent is trying to tell us that babies are not only blogging, but making money. Is this believable? The evidence is anecdotal, at best. It sounds like a case for Mr. Jack Shafer. And yet! TotallySonny, quoted in the article is nine-years-old. The fact that thes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Germany Plans to Turn a Blind Eye to Job Applicants' Facebook Antics

    If you're in Germany, you may soon get a job even with Facebook photos like this.​Tuesday, the German government proposed a law that places restrictions on employers' uses of Facebook to protect workplace privacy. But the law, a nice gesture of respect for future employees, ignores Facebook's exis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    The New York Times Will Never Burnout of Blogger Burnout

    ​In today's New York Times Media & Advertising section is an article about blogger burnout. Like many things that get written in the New York Times about bloggers that isn't written by David Carr or Brian Stelter, it sadly merits a blog post making fun of how (A) Insipid and bush-league it i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    YouTube Will Spend $5 Million on Quality Traffic-Monger Viral Videomakers

    ​Calling all YouTube Stars! On Friday at VidCon, a 3-day online video industry conference, YouTube announced it will begin paying amateur video creators to create content to attract mainstream advertisers. Awesome. The ubiquitous giant of a site is not hurting for traffic, but it's a quality v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Bitter Feast: Food Porn and Torture Porn Join Forces With Mario Batali

    If one requires definitive proof that food blogging has reached its hoary, self-referential apex, here it is: Bitter Feast, a film about a chef who kidnaps and tortures a food blogger who has killed the chef's career with a bad review.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2010

    Bloggers Can Be Sellouts, Too, But Mostly They're Just Poor and Underloved

    ​The bro who iced the New York Times set his sights on greedy bloggers in Sunday's Week in Review. He presented shameless shillers with a 22 oz Smirnoff Twisted Rasberry -- metaphorically. "As blogs take their place alongside traditional media," writes J. David Goodman, Times blogger, "their w ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 11, 2010


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  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Social Media Presence Now Journalism Job Performance Metric, Commence Twitter Teabagger Movement

    ​That sound you heard was a few thousand reporters shitting bricks of varying volumes, and it gets louder by the day with each Tweet. Literalized, it would sound something like a someone throwing a boulder the size of a small child into a calm river. The Tweets and Twitterers are coming for yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Blogger Wars Heat Up: Google Explains Its Sudden Move Against MP3 Blogs

    ​"I get DMCA takedown notes almost every other week," Pop Tarts Suck Toasted proprietor Patrick Duffy told us on Tuesday, after Google's Blogger service, which hosted PTST, had summarily deleted the blog. "It's ridiculous, but I always remove the offending mp3's ... it seems that I hit the max ... More >>

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