posted Wednesday Dec 2, 2009 by
There have been new developments concerning the death of free press and the future of traditional media companies. Not so long ago Rupert Murdoch, New Corps. chairman and chief executive made a series of statements noting that traditional media outlets had fallen behind the times,
Murdoch Will Make Us Pay. It seems his words did not fall on deaf ears as they were repeated at the government sponsored Federal Trade Commission's workshop on December 1st, concerning challenges facing media and ways the government can help.
"We need to do a better job of persuading consumers that high-quality, reliable news and information does not come free," Murdoch said. "Good journalism is an expensive commodity."
This evening Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, posted an open letter to all users announcing an intention to change the way the site's privacy settings work. This is a long time coming. There has never been a major settings change in the 5 years Facebook has been around, despite the major changes in the way the system works.
The big change being made is in privacy settings to networks. Currently, if you are a member of a network, everyone has the ability to see your profile or not. Those are really your only choices as of now. When the site was all about schools, this made sense, but now that you've got people in networks of hundreds of thousands to millions of users, this isn't really an effective control system anymore. Zuckerberg said,
Ever since E3, Microsoft has been strongly pushing the Xbox 360 to be the center of the family's entertainment. Well, with the addition of Facebook, last.fm, Twitter and the Zune Marketplace, it seems like they may very well be on their way.
The success and buzz of the Beta version of the new Xbox features allowed Microsoft to release the enhancements a little earlier to the public. The numbers came in last week and amounted to a staggering two million users logging on to the Facebook feature via Live! Even more astonishing, half of a million accounts were activated within the first 24 hours of the public launch. Impressive, eh?
Numbers were not released for the other three additions, but I'm sure Microsoft will be boasting about those when they post their Q4 numbers. Did you sign up to the new features?
Looks like the Air Force is taking advantage of the low price of the Sony PlayStation 3. They plan to purchase another 2,200 consoles to build a research supercomputer. That's a lot of PS3s!
In the last few years, technicians have gotten very creative with technology, and this is the perfect example. The United States Air Force already owns 336 PS3s, but are looking to further their collection to conduct more research. The location of the consoles will be Rome, New York, at the Air Force Research Laboratory's information directorate.
Last month we told you about
Microsoft's announcement that unofficial memory would be disabled. When all the dust is settled, this really only seriously affects one company, Datel. It has become obvious to us that Datel knows this, and is not happy about it. How does any good American handle being wronged? They sue.
In this case, however, there might be some good reason. Microsoft sent Datel a message last month warning them that their memory cards would no longer work due to an "unintentional effect" of the upcoming dashboard update. However, a Microsoft spokesperson had told media outlets,
Jonathan Hickman, who has previously worked on titles such as
Fantastic Four, is set to pen a six-issue miniseries about the founding of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. The beginnings of the force is apparently set long before we thought, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt.
We will get to see the involvement of what is described as "history's greatest figures" saving the world from Galactus, the Celestials and other threats.
The news was broken by G4's Blaire Butler hit the break to see the video