Critic’s Notebook: The Rise of the Internet Fan Bully

A member of the group Fifth Harmony was cyberbullied into silence, showing how celebrity fandom can quickly curdle into hate.

A member of the group Fifth Harmony was cyberbullied into silence, showing how celebrity fandom can quickly curdle into hate.

Critic’s Notebook: A Cute Internet Star Flirts. All He Wants Is Your Password.

Jack Johnson asked his Twitter followers to send him their passwords. And tens of thousands did.

Jack Johnson asked his Twitter followers to send him their passwords. And tens of thousands did.

What this year’s M&A activity tells us about media and entertainment

MA With Dalian Wanda Group’s $3.5 billion acquisition of Legendary Entertainment in January, this year’s media and entertainment M&A activity kicked off with a bang that hasn’t slowed down. Comcast’s $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation just three months later continued the trend of content consolidation and IP aggregation. The common denominator is access… Read More

MA With Dalian Wanda Group’s $3.5 billion acquisition of Legendary Entertainment in January, this year’s media and entertainment M&A activity kicked off with a bang that hasn’t slowed down. Comcast’s $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation just three months later continued the trend of content consolidation and IP aggregation. The common denominator is access… Read More

Tumblr to launch live video with an hour of wacky streams

It seems Tumblr is planning to jump on the live video bandwagon to join Facebook, Twitter and Amazon. The blog platform has posted eight updates on a subdomain that features a logo with the words “Live Video on Tumblr,” accompanied by a caption that…

It seems Tumblr is planning to jump on the live video bandwagon to join Facebook, Twitter and Amazon. The blog platform has posted eight updates on a subdomain that features a logo with the words "Live Video on Tumblr," accompanied by a caption that…

Hacker hijacks @Deray by redirecting his Verizon phone number

While everyone freaks out over passwords to millions of Twitter accounts floating around, the hijacking of yet another high-profile account shows that hackers don’t necessarily need your password. Activist and former mayoral candidate Deray Mckesson…

While everyone freaks out over passwords to millions of Twitter accounts floating around, the hijacking of yet another high-profile account shows that hackers don't necessarily need your password. Activist and former mayoral candidate Deray Mckesson…

With Twitter’s NFL deal, social networks can take on traditional broadcasters at last

Aug 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; General view of golden NFL shield logo in the end zone to commemorate Super Bowl 50 during the preseason NFL game between San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports For years, the media industry has speculated, somewhat worriedly, that big tech companies wanted to branch out, to take on the TV companies – to acquire rights to premium content. By and large, Silicon Valley firms’ coy response has typically been a demure: “We are a platform company, not a content company.” Now that the dust has settled around the deal it’s… Read More

Aug 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; General view of golden NFL shield logo in the end zone to commemorate Super Bowl 50 during the preseason NFL game between San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports For years, the media industry has speculated, somewhat worriedly, that big tech companies wanted to branch out, to take on the TV companies – to acquire rights to premium content. By and large, Silicon Valley firms’ coy response has typically been a demure: “We are a platform company, not a content company.” Now that the dust has settled around the deal it’s… Read More

Twitter starts testing Periscope button for Android

A very small fraction of Android users might notice a new button in their Twitter app. According to The Verge, the the company has added a “go live” button that users can see when they compose tweets. It fires up Periscope when you tap it, so you can…

A very small fraction of Android users might notice a new button in their Twitter app. According to The Verge, the the company has added a "go live" button that users can see when they compose tweets. It fires up Periscope when you tap it, so you can…

French anti-racism groups target Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Twitter, YouTube and Facebook will face legal complaints from three anti-racism groups in France, according to Le Monde. The French Jewish student union (UEJF), SOS Racisme and SOS Homophobie claim that the social networks failed to take down …

Twitter, YouTube and Facebook will face legal complaints from three anti-racism groups in France, according to Le Monde. The French Jewish student union (UEJF), SOS Racisme and SOS Homophobie claim that the social networks failed to take down illegal…