Victor Vicente

352 Flips | 3 Magazines | 21 Likes | 1 Following | 36 Followers | @victorfob | Journalist and researcher. Currently studying cyberculture and its effects in the contemporary society.

How Fusion Is Pursuing (and Creating) a New Generation of News Junkies

<b>Specs</b><p><b>Who</b> Hillary Frey<p><b>Current gig</b> Director of global news operations at Fusion<p><b>Previous gig</b> Editorial director at NBCNews.com<p><b>Twitter</b> @Hilella<p><b>Age</b></b> …

Meerkat and Periscope: The live-streaming apps aren’t changing the news.

When an explosion occurred in lower Manhattan on Thursday, the usual coterie of reporters, photographers, and camera people rushed to the scene. I …

Social Media

The driver's license of the future is coming to your smartphone

"We have a number of serious unresolved concerns about how the use of the smartphone as a driver's license may implicate privacy rights."<p>Rita Bettis, legal director, ACLU of Iowa

Google investigation dropped by US regulators

<b>Google narrowly escaped being prosecuted by the US government in 2012, reports the Wall Street Journal.</b><p>Regulators at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had been investigating complaints from Google's rivals about its dominance of the internet search industry.<p>An internal report obtained by the paper …

The New Republic’s comeback plan: native ads

The New Republic CEO Guy Vidra has called for massive changes at the 100-year-old institution, contributing to a massive staff exodus four months …

Upworthy cofounder Peter Koechley apologizes for the clickbait 'monster' his site unleashed on the internet

Speaking at The Guardian's Changing Media Summit in London on Thursday, Koechley apologized for what made the three-year-old site one of the fastest growing of all time: its bombastic, sensationalized, clickbait headlines such as "This Amazing Kid Just Died, What He Left Behind Was Wondtacular" and …

Content Curation

This Box Can Figure Out Your 4-Digit iPhone Passcode

Luckily, there's an easy way to make your device more secure<p>If you needed any more incentive to beef up your iPhone's password, here's one: security researchers at MDSec have tracked down a device called an "IP Box" that can brute force the phone's 4-digit security code and gain access to its …

Information Systems

New Twitter tool makes it slightly easier to report threats to police

Twitter's new harassment-reporting tool is making it easier for users to report threatening tweets to the police. Sort of.<p>Users who report …

Tesla's Elon Musk Says Human-Driven Cars May Be Illegal Someday

Cars driven by humans could be outlawed once it's proven that self-driving autos are safer, Elon Musk says. The founder of electric-car company Tesla told an audience at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, on Tuesday that as autonomous cars become commonplace and establish a …

Tesla

Uber Drivers Attacked By Masked Men in Amsterdam

Uber is facing further issues in Europe as uberPOP drivers in Amsterdam have been targeted by a group of armed, masked men.<p>The first incident happened Tuesday, March 10, when an uberPOP driver had his car surrounded by a group of masked men and was forced to stop before being restrained and …

Carsharing

How Millennials Get News

How Millennials Get News: Inside the habits of America’s first digital generation<p><i>This research was conducted by the Media Insight Project — an</i> …

Social Media

New Facebook Rules Show How Hard It Is to Police 1.4B Users

Once upon a time, governing the Facebook community was relatively simple, because users—mostly American college students—shared at least some …

New-Media Powers Say They'll Be Profitable Soon. Don't Ask About That Facebook Plan

New media titans have shown they can attract investors' money, raking in millions in venture capital funding, but they have not answered clearly …

The Long Story Behind Gigaom's Sudden Demise

Here's what happened.<p>When Gigaom’s managers announced the tech news publisher was laying off all of its employees on Monday, the news came as a shock to the site’s staff and its many admirers.<p>But, behind the scenes, Gigaom’s managers and investors had known the company was in serious peril for more …

Employment

Why The New York Times teamed up with Kickstarter

The New York Times greeted visitors to its site homepage on Tuesday with “Strike,” a brief documentary about amateur bowler Bill Fong shooting for …

The North Face brings virtual reality to retail

There are adrenaline junkies that thrive in the outdoors. And then there are the rest of us couch potatoes, for whom walking two blocks seems like an …

Meerkat Madness: The Lure of the App du Jour

Meerkat feels like a gamechanger. But what is the game and how is it changing?<p>Ever since this heavily hyped app began to delight early adopters in …

Social Media

Americans are moving faster than ever away from traditional TV

Traditional television watching is declining faster than ever as streaming services become a mainstream feature in American homes, according to new research by Nielsen.<p>Adults watched an average of four hours and 51 minutes of live TV each day in the fourth quarter of 2014, down 13 minutes from the …

Vox Opens Video Studio in L.A., Prompting the Question: Are We Nearing Peak Video?

Vox Media -- the digital publisher behind sites like The Verge, SB Nation and Vox.com -- has opened a department in Los Angeles aimed at making more …

Lingua.ly, Which Turns The Internet Into A Language Textbook, Raises $1M

Lingua.ly, which saves language students from the tedium of traditional textbooks, has raised $1 million. Participants in the round include Udi Netzer (a returning investor), Shai Rephaeli, Yochy Investments, and Seed Fund 1776.<p>The site and apps pulls articles from the web-based on vocabulary lists …

Language Learning

The CIA is giving its surveillance tech to US law enforcement

The Justice Department's newest electronic dragnet--plane-mounted "dirtboxes" that can slurp thousands of cellular phone ID's from the air -- was originally developed by the CIA to hunt terrorists in the Middle East, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports. Now however, it's being used domestically to track …

Farewell, GigaOm: Tech news powerhouse shutting down

San Francisco-based tech blog GigaOm, a widely-respected name in the industry for nearly a decade, is shutting down for want of funding, according to …

The New York Times has Instagram, but its biggest digital efforts may be under the hood

In August 2014, Alexandra MacCallum took a new role on the <i>New York Times</i> masthead, charged with overseeing audience growth and engagement.<p>Just three …

This Week in Review: Weak net neutrality and stifled startups, and a glimpse of U.S. journalists

Plus: Russia cracks down on bloggers, the Los Angeles Times’ web redesign, and the rest of this week’s future-of-news reads.<p><b>This week’s essential reads</b>: The three key reads this week are Stanford professor Barbara van Schewick on net neutrality and innovation, Indiana professors Lars Willnat and …

New Pew report: In cities big and small, readers still rely on traditional media for local news

A reminder for people who talk about media: From Denver to Sioux City, local TV is the largest source for local news. Social media and digital startups are bit players by comparison.<p>If you’re looking for the latest information on local weather, crime, or education, the place you turn for news …

The Evolution Of The Browser

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Karl Mattson is vice president of international at Maxthon.</i><p>The browser wars have always been cyclical, moving from periods of monoculture dominated by one or two browsers to periods of comparative competition characterized by multiple, strong, second-tier browsers and a growing list …

Software

Self-driving vehicles and robotic clerks could take your job in 20 years

It's no secret that computers and robots have been putting people out of work in recent years, but that trend is about to accelerate... at least, if you ask the computers themselves. A machine learning algorithm from Oxford University has sifted through US Bureau of Statistics data and believes …

Online petition urges Facebook to remove 'fat' emoji from status updates

Facebook has changed the "feeling fat" emoji to "feeling stuffed," following an online petition that amassed more than 16,000 signatures.<p>A group of …