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Unpaid Blogger Hits Huffington With $105M Class Action Lawsuit

Wired Media - April 12, 2011 - 1:10pm
Arianna Huffington is like a "slave owner on a plantation of bloggers," according to the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit that seeks more than $100 million in damages on behalf of 9,000 unpaid bloggers who, he argues, should be paid for helping build The Huffington Post into the valuable media property AOL bought for $315 million.

Feds OK Google to Buy ITA Travel Search, With Conditions

Wired Media - April 8, 2011 - 11:58am
The world's search giant is set to get even bigger, as the federal authorities are proposing to allow it to buy travel-search company ITA. But the approval comes with some conditions intended to spare dedicated travel search sites.

LinkedIn Announces Facebook-Like Tentacles for the Web

Wired Media - April 6, 2011 - 10:45am
LinkedIn is offering websites and developers easy tools to embed "share" buttons, company-profile boxes and friend widgets on third-party websites -- as well as a way to log in to other sites using LinkedIn. Calling it the professional web, the business-based social networking site is seeking to challenge Facebook's growing control over online identity.

MTV's O Digital Music Awards Target 'Echo Boomers'

Wired Media - April 4, 2011 - 10:00pm
MTV is down with digital music — as long as its 'legal.' On Tuesday, the network that popularized the music video announces a new awards show designed to celebrate the wild and woolly world of online music and the millions of fans who now consume it, as well as the techies who make it happen.

Movie Studios Sue Streaming Movie Site Zediva

Wired Media - April 4, 2011 - 3:00pm
The MPAA sued DVD streaming site Zediva, alleging the company is streaming new release movies illegally. Zediva says it rents the disks one at a time so it's in the clear -- a court showdown looms.

Singel-Minded: To the Whingers Go the Spoils in Google Books Decision

Wired Media - March 29, 2011 - 12:34pm
A federal court judge threw out a settlement between Google and copyright holders who sued over Google's project to digitize the world's books. While it might feel good to shackle the search giant, we're collectively poorer for the ruling.

Game On: <em>New York Times</em> Unveils Digital Subscriptions

Wired Media - March 17, 2011 - 11:45am
The New York Times unveiled its widely anticipated digital-subscription plan Thursday, a big step by one of the most influential newspapers in the world. In the months to come, the headlong dive by this resource-rich media giant should help answer the biggest question in digital news: Can newspapers convert digital readers they have conditioned for years to expect "free" into paying customers? In other words, if The New York Times can't, who can?

Veteran Journos Out as AOL Cuts 900 Jobs

Wired Media - March 10, 2011 - 1:44pm
It's a bloodbath. AOL, the beleaguered internet company, is cutting as many as 900 jobs, CEO Tim Armstrong announced Thursday, including as many as 200 editorial staffers in the United States. The layoffs, which were expected, are part of a company-wide reorganization following AOL's $315 million purchase of the Huffington Post. The layoffs include veteran journalists from AOL's top news sites.

The Art of Immersion: The Star Wars Generation

Wired Media - March 9, 2011 - 8:35am
’Lost’ executive producer says ’Star Wars’ was the "Gateway Drug’ to a generation of would-be storytellers who would tell tales that were not neatly tied up, closely hewed to an inviolate canon and were infinite in all directions. Part II of an excerpt of Frank Rose’s new book, ’The Art of Immersion.’

Facebook Teams Up With Warner Bros. to Stream Movies

Wired Media - March 8, 2011 - 2:30pm
Warner Brothers is testing out streaming movies from inside Facebook, which lets Facebook test out whether it can take on Netflix from inside its walled garden.

Storyboard: Al Jazeera English Enters <em>The Stream</em>

Wired Media - March 8, 2011 - 11:02am
Social media has been at the heart of popular uprisings sweeping across the Middle East, and Al Jazeera English has been one of the best sources for hearing what's going on. Now the Qatar-based network is bringing the social media experience inside your TV with its new show, The Stream. Scheduled to launch in May, the talk show will be like no other: no tape, no script, no satellite hookups.

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