Ep. 1157: Where we live in a van down by the river Video
Twitter shines in another moment for citizen journalism and the internet. And then there's that guy who live-tweeted the whole raid, without knowing about it. Sony officially apologizes for the PSN outage and they're giving back to the users, but is it enough? And we "Like" what the BOL Menu is serving.
Brian Cooley imagines life in a parallel universe where the Mac reigns supreme.
This week on Crave, NASA gets behind an effort to 3D-print food, including pizza. A man plays the guitar and sings during his own live-tweeted brain surgery. And we wish the Ethernet a very happy birthday.
Anonymous is a nebulous and faceless group that normally lives comfortably on the Internet. It has chosen to step into meatspace on this particular day to face off with the Church of Scientology, an organization that it considers to be illegal and immorally coercive. Scientology labels Anonymous a cyber terrorist group. Irina pays a visit to the Church's San Francisco headquarters to get a sense of what all the fuss is about.
On the Internet, the only thing harder to fight than frivolous copyright infringement accusations is comment trolls. Nevertheless, we're all going to give it our best shots. In other news, Woz hacks its Prius, the Internet comes up with wishful-thinking rumors to turn the iPad into the thing we all wanted it to be, and we just cannot get excited about the Nexus One on AT&T. Or the JooJoo tablet. --Molly
Episode 43 of the Digital City, where talk about the ethics of news organizations uploading street fighting videos; the CrunchPad vs. Apple's hypothetical tablet, and our impressions of Sony's holiday PlayStation lineup, including Uncharted 2 and the EyePet virtual critter.
We're thrilled about Amazon's new Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, but the record labels might not be -- so good for them for potentially forcing that anti-consumer claptrap out into the open. Also, we might complain a lot about our Internet issues, but at least we don't live in Canada. Plus, the Color hack you knew was coming, and our official advice: don't use it. Plus, can the hypnotizing baby blues of Jack Dorsey turn the Twitter ship around? We'll see. --Molly
Newburgh, N.Y., which boasts the largest historic district in New York State, was once called "The Best All-American City" by a leading publication. Nearly fifty years later, it has been labeled "The State's Most Violent City". Drugs and crime run rampant. Newburgh's history is not unlike many other Hudson River cities. Urban Renewal destroyed many of the magnificent buildings. The building of a bridge, and the introduction of shopping malls took people away from waterfront shopping. But in Newburgh, the added politics and corruption lead to blight. The 2004 documentary examines the past, then provides a revealing probe into the 2003 administration, which was rife with controversy. "Honest Mayor Wanted: Apply Newburgh, N.Y." bumper stickers were left around the city by outraged citizens after $380,000 of city funds were mysteriously transferred to friends of the mayor. An underground web-site sprung up discussing both political and personal issues. As four candidates began their bid for the job of mayor, the notion of "working together to make this a better place" seemed far-fetched. The film follows each candidate in their bid for the mayor's seat, as well as several prominent Newburgh citizens, 'fighting' to bring the city back.
Did you ever wonder where the raw materials for your phone or camera or laptop came from, who assembled it, and in what conditions? Today we discuss the high human cost conflict minerals coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the human rights issues in Chinese manufacturing plants. But there is hope: We also cover about what can be done to make gadget manufacture more ethical and humane.
The Internet is restored in Egypt, News Corp. launches an iPad newspaper, and Google Street View now lets you explore museums.