FROM PJ Vogt
Google v Newspapers with “Reply All” It’s almost 2015, and the battle between publishers and Google News continues -- at least in Spain, where newspapers are furious at the Internet giant for publishing snippets of their articles in search results. So, the country passed a new law to protect the papers, but it might have the opposite effect. We sort it out in our weekly Internet roundup.
Bill Cosby’s Twitter Fail and Kim Kardashian’s Win The power of the internet is undeniable: A few tweets can turn a random bag boy into an instant celebrity or destroy a politician’s career. And when brand-names and celebrities try to harness that power, they run the risk of an epic backfire. The latest person to learn that painful lesson is none other than Bill Cosby. We hear about that, how Kim Kardashian is raking in tens of billions of dollars with a free app, and other news from the World Wide Web.
Calling Out Catcallers You’re walking down the street, and someone randomly shouts out that you’re hot. If you’re a guy, you might think that sounds pretty great. But for women who field catcalls every day, it can veer into harassment. And there’s a video making the rounds online that tries to prove that point. In our weekly Internet roundup, we discuss what the video shows and other new web news.
Is the Internet Ever Really Anonymous? Sometimes you need to get something off your chest...but where do you turn? You can’t brag about a new job opportunity of Facebook because your current boss might see it. You can’t tweet about your infidelities because your spouse would see it. So you might turn to Whisper, the app that promises anonymity and encourages you to share your deepest, darkest secrets. The only problem: It might not be as anonymous as advertised. Alex Goldman and P.J. Vogt discuss that and other online news in our weekly Internet roundup.
“Yes Means Yes” App California’s new “yes means yes” law for college campuses is an effort to cut down on unwanted sexual aggression by making sure both parties consent to any and all romantic contact. There are disagreements as to how effective the new law may be. But fear not: A new app is here to help. We discuss that and other internet-related news with the guys from the TLDR podcast.
The New iOS and the U2 Backlash Today’s a big day for iPhone users: The new operating system, ios 8, is out ready for installation….unless you have an iphone 4s. Some tech experts are saying the new features will make your phone slow down. The gang from the TLDR podcast joins us to talk about that and why a free U2 album made everyone so mad.
If They Gunned Me Down One of the first images we saw of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen shot in Ferguson, shows him as an intimidating figure. Shot from below, it shows Brown making a symbol with his fingers that some claim was a “gang sign.” Others say it’s a peace sign. The controversy has led to a hashtag that asks: If I were shot by cops tomorrow, what photo would the media use? We talk about that and other stories developing online with the hosts of the TLDR podcast.
TLDR Internet Roundup Hackers threaten us with the involuntary sharing of information -- but we voluntarily relinquish lots of personal data every day, as long as there’s a payoff. For example, many of us use fitness apps that rely on input about our bodies and diets. Now, there’s an app for tracking your spiritual health. What information does it require? We talk about that and other Internet-related stories in our regular tech roundup.
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places Dating site OKCupid has admitted to running experiments on users by messing around with the matching results. And the company has no regrets or apologies. We talk about that - and a movement to drop men from your Twitter feed - in our weekly internet roundup.
Inside Police Message Boards Many New Yorkers are outraged at the story of Eric Garner, the man who recently died after a confrontation with the NYPD. Officers put him in what’s being described as a choke-hold, and he died not long after. The police department says it’s reviewing its procedures. But what police are saying in online message boards doesn’t match what their bosses are saying in public.
Online Threats and Useless Apps We talk to the hosts of the WNYC podcast TLDR about the latest news swirling around the web. The Supreme Court will consider whether an online death threat is really a death threat or actually protected speech; an app that only allows you to text the word “Yo!” just raised $1 million; and there’s a new website that helps you avoid embarrassment at work.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?