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Friday, November 15, 2013

Homeowner charged with murder and manslaughter in Detroit woman’s shooting death

Homeowner charged with murder and manslaughter in Detroit woman’s shooting death (via Raw Story )
A man who fatally shot a Detroit woman who crashed her car near his Dearborn Heights home has been charged in her death. Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worth said 54-year-old Theodore Wafer has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in…

FCC Approves Changes In Foreign Ownership Rules

FCC Approves Changes In Foreign Ownership Rules

November 14, 2013

The FCC voted unanimously today to ease limits on foreign ownership of U.S. broadcasting companies, though on a case-by-case basis. The Commission will let broadcasters exceed the former limit of a 25 percent investment in American radio and TV owners.
New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the changes could lead to freeing up capital for broadcasters, as well as improvements in local broadcasting and minority ownership, according toVariety. Wheeler also noted that there will be a "case-by-case detailed review" in any situation involving ownership potentially passing the 25 percent threshold.

Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, also new to the FCC, voiced concerns that the changes did not go far enough in lowering the regulatory barriers, reports Variety.

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said in a statement, "NAB applauds the FCC for providing flexibility in Commission rules allowing increased foreign investment in broadcast TV and radio stations. We are especially pleased the FCC recognized that local broadcasters routinely provide ‘local news, Amber Alerts and public safety information’ to serve our communities. Today’s vote provides broadcasters greater access to capital that will allow local stations to continue our indispensable role as the primary purveyor of news, entertainment and lifeline information to the American people."

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council applauded the move, saying in a statement, "This FCC policy reform – the very first new initiative to be voted on by the Wheeler Commission – would make much-needed investment capital available to struggling broadcasters – particularly minority owners. The move would also facilitate American broadcasters’ reciprocal entry into diverse overseas markets hungry for African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American information, music, and culture."
The changes were proposed last month by then-Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn.

TV Showrunner Reveals Lessons From Investing in Twitter

 by Greg Yaitanes
5:00 AM PST 11/15/2013

One of the high-flying site's first nine backers, producer Greg Yaitanes, explains how television will evolve to mimic social media during the next five years: "Twitter and TV eventually will be thought of as one and the same."

This story first appeared in the Nov. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

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The 140-character backstory is pretty simple: In '06, @biz called me to invest in @twitter with the words, "We know there will be a connection to Hollywood, but we don't know what that is yet."

Understatement of that decade. This one, too.
I became one of nine original investors in Twitter, which, seven years later, went public Nov. 7 to much fanfare. I had supported all of Christopher "Biz" Stone's companies going back to Xanga, the pre-Myspace social network, and I've been an angel investor in Square, Pinterest, Snapchat and his upcoming project Jelly (the next big thing!). With Twitter, I would be available to give my impressions of the early user interface and offer advice in navigating its growing popularity among celebrities, some of whom were demanding a cut of Twitter simply for using Twitter -- seriously.
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My passion is the intersection of technology and media and how we consume stories now and in the near future. I've been an early adopter of tech, and I'm also an efficiency nut, often waiting for tech to catch up with my dreams of what possibly could streamline my job as a director and producer. For instance, the industry-standard PDF app, iAnnotate, is one of the side projects on which I consult.

While Biz and I saw the potential of Twitter and TV working together, others were not easily convinced.
Early emails between Biz and I discussed the ideas of characters tweeting in character, shows sending updates and tweets being integrated into storylines. After months of pushing, the first TV/Twitter test case became a short-lived series for Fox called Drive (@foxdrive) in April 2007. Drive starred @nathanfillion, and it was at his home during the premiere that Biz and I conducted the first-ever live-tweet for a series. History was made: Twitter and TV had been formally introduced to each other.

The more I watched Twitter grow, the clearer the similarities between the businesses became. Hollywood and Silicon Valley are brother and sister. The hurdles of a startup mirror the struggles of getting a TV show to pilot -- from the inception of an idea to getting funding to creating a beta, protecting the brand and remaining relevant.

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Watching Twitter do all this with remarkable grace and leadership inspires the work I do on Cinemax's Banshee, which is a story, not just a show. With the full support and creative partnership of Cinemax, we've created, from the inception of the series, multiplatform points of entry for the audience to discover the Banshee world. Biz and my brother Jason founded Tin Punch Media, the first Silicon Valley startup to create a main title sequence for a series. Not only do the Banshee titles tell a larger story throughout the season but also within our weekly changing imagery is a social component: a safe with a dial of numbers fans use Twitter to decipher and share ideas about the meaning.

Our graphic novel and fully produced character backstories, Banshee: Origins on, take the story and series to new heights and bring fans into a world created solely for them. Twitter is instrumental in promoting that content and enabling fans to become brand ambassadors for our show. Banshee fans -- #fanshees, as they call themselves -- are a rabid bunch and are thirsty to know more, to learn the secrets, to delve into the mythology. Banshee is social in its DNA.

The next five years will be very exciting for tech and television. The line between shows we watch and the way we watch them (and where) will continue to evolve. In five years, a writer-producer won't be able to sell a show without a multiplatform plan to visualize the world you are going to create and how deep viewers can dive. There will be a shift from the current thinking of, "Let's wait and see how the show does," to the full embrace of all content as marketing and all marketing as storytelling. Fewer pilots will get made, and resources will be channeled to multiplatform elements.

POLL: 9 out of 10 Call Social Media New Form of Entertainment; Young People Want Texting in Movies
As a showrunner and producer, I see my role in this shift as a bridge, linking the social world to the creative world. We need to get people to stop thinking of social media as marketing and instead as a storytelling opportunity.

Startups, like TV shows, don't often know their potential until the public gets its hands on them. Where Twitter started and what it has become are quite different, just as television is evolving. These coming years will define the medium and will be seen as its greatest growth period. Twitter will become the second-screen experience, and #Twitter and #TV eventually will be thought of as one and the same.

Longtime TV producer Greg Yaitanes (@GregYaitanes) is the showrunner of Cinemax's Banshee, whose second season launches Jan. 10.

Monday, November 11, 2013

FMQB Hot Pixs Nov 8, 2013

Here's CBS Radio President and CEO, Dan Mason hanging out backstage with Katy Perry at CBS Radio’s sold-out "We Can Survive" concert.

Pandora Presented Celine Dion live at New York City's Edison Ballroom on October 29. Dion just released her first English-language album in six years next on Columbia Records. Pictured (L-R): Tim Westergren (Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, Pandora), Celine Dion, Joel Klaiman (EVP and GM, Columbia Records), Tommy Page (Head of Music Partnerships, Pandora). 

The Wild Feathers recently dropped by Cities97/Minneapolis and took this shot with PD Rich Davis.

Legendary J. Geils Band vocalist and solo artist Peter Wolf caught up WMMR/Philadelphia's Jacky BamBam at a recent area performance. (photo credit: Lisa Marie Hunt)

Afrojack stops by Sirius XM for a visit with BPM. (L-R): Austin Kramer (APD/BPM), Liquid Todd (On Air Host/SXM Producer), Afrojack, Geronimo (Sr. Director of Electronic Programming).

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Three Guys Built a Better

Three Guys Built a Better

The Affordable Health Care act rollout was an unmitigated disaster thanks in large part to a cluttered website that both didn't work and was offensively ugly. Maybe things would not have gone so poorly if looked something like this. 
No one knows the resources that went into building, but the government quickly realized it wasn't enough after that terrible first day, so they decided to bring in a crew of leading tech experts to fix the website's many, many problems. But the job was already at least partially completed by three unknown coders living in San Francisco. 
Meet the Health Sherpa, the website probably should have been. George Kalogeropoulos, Ning Liang and Michael Wasser saw the troubled launch and decided they could do a better health care enrolment website better than the government and, by golly, they succeeded. The Health Sherpa makes it ridiculously easy for anyone to compare health care plans covered under Obamacare in 34 states. (They left out the 16 states with existing marketplace sites, though it seems support for those states is coming soon.) The result is a simple, beautiful, remarkably responsive website that anyone could use.
Here are step-by-step instructions to using the Health Sherpa.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Black Woman Shot to Death for Asking for Help in a White Neighborhood

By Laura Beck

Last Saturday morning at around 2:30am 19-year-old Renisha McBride got into a car accident in Dearborn Heights, a predominately white Detroit suburb. Because her cell phone battery was dead, she went to nearby home for assistance. That might seem like the reasonable and understandable thing to do, but it was the biggest mistake of McBride's short life.

The unnamed person who answered the door didn't offer to help the stranded teen out, instead the Dearborn Heights resident fatally shot McBride in the head.

Weirdly, Dearborn Heights police initially told McBride’s family that her body was found dumped in another area of town, but they've since changed their story, saying she was shot in self-defense on the homeowner’s front porch. Naturally, Michigan is a Stand Your Ground state — sound familiar?

As Rania Khalek points out:

Even if that’s the case, and there’s reason to believe it’s not, the shooter still failed to call 911 after shooting an unarmed woman in the head, instead leaving her their to die. Does that sound like the behavior of a law-abiding gunowner who made a tragic mistake?

No. No it does not.

Police have asked Wayne County Prosecutor's Office for charges to be filed against the unnamed resident who shot McBride. We'll see how well that pans out.


Sam Hobbs · Top Commenter · Detroit, Michigan
charges are appropriate if no one entered the house, nor made any attempt to enter the house. a responsible gun owner should know the law. if the young lady was outside of the home, it's unlikely that she presented actual jeopardy or a reasonable threat to the shooter unless she flashed a gun, herself, which isn't reported anywhere. the castle doctrine does extend to the curtilage of one's home, but that doesn't include someone merely knocking on the door, regardless of the time of the knock.


Prosecutor asks for more details in fatal shooting of Detroit teen
By Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News  129 Comments

From The Detroit News:
Dearborn Heights— Four days after a young woman was found dead outside a Dearborn Heights home at which she is believed to have sought help after a car accident, the family is asking: Why did she have to die?

Little has been publicly released about the circumstances of Renisha McBride’s death Saturday. The 19-year-old from Detroit died of a shotgun blast to the head outside the home in the 16800 block of Outer Drive near Warren Avenue. Dearborn Heights police said they have “identified the person who fired the shot and killed the woman.”

Her cellphone dead, her family said, she made her way to the house for help after the early morning accident.

“She probably wanted to ask him to make a call for her or if she could use the phone,” said McBride’s maternal aunt, Bernita Spinks.

Police have refused to release details of their investigation. The police chief did not return calls.

The family is filled with questions, said Spinks, a family spokeswoman. At a vigil late Wednesday, she asked: “Why did he have to shoot her?”

Spinks said the family met with police and Prosecutor’s Office about the shooting. She said police told the family the shooter is a man in his 50s.A preliminary autopsy indicated McBride was shot in the head, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. No other information on the autopsy was released.

Police on Wednesday asked the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to issue a warrant for the resident in the fatal shooting, but late Wednesday, the office said it sent back the request.

“We have requested further investigation by the police that must be submitted to our office before a decision will be made,” said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

As the family prepares for the funeral Friday of McBride, a recent graduate of Southfield High School and an employee of Ford Motor Co., family members said they are troubled by the circumstances of the shooting. Spinks said she believes her niece was racially profiled.

“I just want justice,” Spinks said Wednesday. “I’m not going to stop until we get it.”

Spinks praised the police decision to seek charges, saying, “Thank you, Jesus! I’m very happy there is progress.”

Wednesday evening, about 40 family members and friends of McBride attended the vigil at the home, a tan brick bungalow, where she died. Residents did not appear to be home.

Those who gathered prayed and chanted, “No justice, no peace” and “Justice for Renisha.” Some relatives broke down in tears as they approached the porch where the shooting occurred.

“We’re looking for justice to be served,” said community activist Ron Scott. He urged Worthy to bring charges in the case.

The Rev. W.J. Rideout added, “We are not going to let him get away with this senseless act he committed against this 19-year-old girl.”

Services for McBride will be 11 a.m. Friday at House of Prayer and Praise, 16520 Wyoming, in Detroit.

From The Detroit News:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites | November 2013

Here are the 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites as derived from our eBizMBA Rank which is a constantly updated average of each website's Alexa Global Traffic Rank, and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast. "*#*" Denotes an estimate for sites with limited Compete or Quantcast data. If you know a website that should be included on this list based on its traffic rankings

1 | Facebook
2 - eBizMBA Rank | 750,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2 - Compete Rank | 2 - Quantcast Rank | 2 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

2 | Twitter
13 - eBizMBA Rank | 250,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 24 - Compete Rank | 5 - Quantcast Rank | 9 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

3 | LinkedIn
27 - eBizMBA Rank | 110,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 44 - Compete Rank | 23 - Quantcast Rank | 14 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

4 | Pinterest
31 - eBizMBA Rank | 85,500,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 42 - Compete Rank | 16 - Quantcast Rank | 36 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

5 | MySpace
84 - eBizMBA Rank | 70,500,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 51 - Compete Rank | 62 - Quantcast Rank | 138 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

6 | Google Plus+
95 - eBizMBA Rank | 65,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *NA* - Compete Rank | *NA* - Quantcast Rank | *NA* - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

7 | Instagram
132 - eBizMBA Rank | 50,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 51 - Compete Rank | 307 - Quantcast Rank | 39 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

8 | DeviantArt
183 - eBizMBA Rank | 25,500,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 346 - Compete Rank | 74 - Quantcast Rank | 130 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

9 | LiveJournal
303 - eBizMBA Rank | 20,500,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 605 - Compete Rank | 203 - Quantcast Rank | 102 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

10 | Tagged
315 - eBizMBA Rank | 19,500,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 447 - Compete Rank | 217 - Quantcast Rank | 282 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

11 | Orkut
350 - eBizMBA Rank | 17,500,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *NA* - Compete Rank | *NA* - Quantcast Rank | 156 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

12 | CafeMom
451 - eBizMBA Rank | 12,500,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 127 - Compete Rank | 82 - Quantcast Rank | 1,144 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

13 | Ning
456 - eBizMBA Rank | 12,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 617 - Compete Rank | 411 - Quantcast Rank | 339 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

14 | Meetup
621 - eBizMBA Rank | 7,500,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 838 - Compete Rank | 516 - Quantcast Rank | 509 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

15 | myLife
728 - eBizMBA Rank | 5,400,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 122 - Compete Rank | 391 - Quantcast Rank | 1,670 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 11/1/2013 | eBizMBA

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