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John P. Falcone over at CBS-owned CNET posted a quick piece on Aereo, the TV-over-Internet startup that is giving broadcasters fits. The story, which would have been a short piece on Aereo on a Roku device, is now awash with ridiculous disclaimers and discussions of lawsuits filed against Aereo by broadcasters.
In short, CBS no longer allows CNET to write about (or, more precisely, review) things that are in pending litigation. Because CBS can’t control its own business model, it wants to control CNETs. When the Dish stuff broke I really didn’t think much of it. Now that this is happening, I have no respect for CBS and am losing hope for meaningful change at CNET.
I wish we didn’t have to write about CNET this way. Whatever is going on inside CBS/CNET (I posited a bit here after talked to friends over there), it’s making the tech reviewing juggernaut look like an absolute joke. It gives sites like Amazon amazing respectability and essentially makes the entire business of tech writing suspect and reduces the amount of valuable information available to readers. It hurts us all.
As Mike writes over here in another story about CNET, we’re supposed to be truth-tellers. To be clear, CNET staffers are not writing dispatches from the Eastern Front when they review an all-in-one printer, but as anyone who has ever looked for a camera or tablet online can tell you, a secure, trusted source for product information is Internet gold. These people get paid to look at cool stuff all day and pass judgement based on certain criteria and past experience. For CBS to figuratively fuck them like this is an absolute travesty.
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Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo has begun allowing users to switch over to a new version for the Web that adds an option for selective sharing similar to the Circles feature in Google+.
The site is prominently advertising its new version with banner ads that, when clicked, will take users through the process of upgrading. The new site can also be accessed at http://weibo.com/new. Though we’d already seen leaks of early versions of the redesign, I’m still quite impressed with the interface.
A lot of the changes are aesthetic. For instance, profile homepages can now add wide banner photos similar to Facebook, and profile photos are now bigger.
One of the most-talked-about features is the addition of limited sharing. When sending a Weibo, you can choose to send it as a public message, private, or shared to a select group.
Weibo has been on an absolute tear over the past three years, climbing to a userbase of over 360 million users as of last quarter. However, Sina is still figuring out how to profit from the active community that has built up around the service.
The rise of the service has also attracted interest from companies outside of China. The recent addition of Weibo support to Hootsuite, for example, is a big win for Sina.
If you were told you could listen to the radio at a reasonable level in your cubicle and that you were going to be allowed to keep your stapler, this is probably the tape dispenser for you. The T-EM50 by Kokuyo will spit out tape at pre-determined lengths again and again, ensuring a perfect piece of tape every time.
Why would you need this? I suppose if you want to save tape or need a specific length for closing envelopes. Otherwise, this kind of absolute precision seems like a bit of office overkill. However, considering some Japanese ballpoint pens cost $57, it’s clear that the land of the rising sun is definitely serious about their supplies.
The T-EM50 costs about $200 and will be available in September.
Some folks we met in Charlotte had a mission: they wanted to win a contest (sponsored by Red Bull) for the coolest Arduino project in the land. I think they may have nailed it. The project, built by engineers and designers for Edison Nation, turns an ordinary desk into a booze-infused party zone when the clock hits five (or when you slap the Swingline stapler.)
The project has been submitted to the Red Bull website and the guys could use your help getting to the top so they can head out to the 2012 Maker Faire in NYC.
Sadly the Red Bull website is an absolute mess and there is no visible means of voting, but if you figure it out, give these guys a nod. It’s not every day that you see a system that can turn an office into a red-hot, robotic bar.
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