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News, The Snitch Todd Akin: Reaction to Rape Comment Shows the Real Power of Social Media

Todd Akin: Reaction to Rape Comment Shows the Real Power of Social Media

Social media is no doubt a powerful force. But in what ways? How does this power manifest itself? Some people, perhaps confused by the word "media," seem to think it's a replacement for traditional media outlets -- particularly newspapers --…
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News, The Snitch MySpace Says It's Bringing TV to the Web -- But It Isn't

MySpace Says It's Bringing TV to the Web -- But It Isn't

Specific Media, now the owners of MySpace, took Justin Timberlake on stage with them Monday night at the Consumer Electronic Show, and with a lot of fanfare, they announced ... essentially nothing. The purported big news is that MySpace is…
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News, The Snitch Rupert Murdoch on Twitter: Insipid and Pedestrian

Rupert Murdoch on Twitter: Insipid and Pedestrian

It's sort of hard to believe after all this time, but I still regularly see people making fun of Twitter as if it's just a bunch of morons saying moron things. Okay, it is mostly that when taken as a…
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News, The Snitch OccupySF to Protest Jeb Bush, Rupert Murdoch in San Francisco Today

OccupySF to Protest Jeb Bush, Rupert Murdoch in San Francisco Today

OccupySF is getting its first brush with national -- and very conservative --  figures; protesters are planning to make their way down to the Palace Hotel this afternoon where right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush…
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News, The Snitch Jeb Bush, Rupert Murdoch Tell San Francisco How to Educate Children

Jeb Bush, Rupert Murdoch Tell San Francisco How to Educate Children

Who better to talk education reform in left-leaning San Francisco than a populist right-wing media mogul and the brother of one of the most reviled Republican presidents in American history? That's right -- News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch and former…
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News, The Snitch Why Are Tech Journos Suddenly Interested in News Corp. Scandal?

Why Are Tech Journos Suddenly Interested in News Corp. Scandal?

When I was a staff editor at the tech-news site CNET News.com in the late '90s, one of the top editors there used to insist that we "localize" big news events by writing about how they were being covered and…
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News, The Snitch Rupert Murdoch Won't Let You Take That Extra Sugar Packet for Free

Rupert Murdoch Won't Let You Take That Extra Sugar Packet for Free

Hello SF Weekly readers! I'm Rupert Murdoch. That will be a dollar, please. You may have read about my heroic remarks against Google's terrorist campaign of content-hijacking by way of the links and the searches. "I'll stop Google taking our…
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Music, All Shook Down

Video: The Richter Scales Take on Crunchpad Debacle, Google Voice Gate, and Murdoch/Google Wars

In further proof that Techcrunch founder Mike Arrington has a sense of humor, we present The Richter Scales' "In the Valley" a ballad sung to the tune of "At the Copacabana" making light of the perpetual back-stabbing, intrigue, and general…
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News, The Snitch So Does That Mean Weeklies Were Ahead Of Their Time? Shit, They've Always Been Free

So Does That Mean Weeklies Were Ahead Of Their Time? Shit, They've Always Been Free

Jumping onto the anticipated big online ad revenue bandwagon, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch announced Tuesday that he intends to lift subscription fees on the Wall Street Journal's website, expecting ad revenue to pick up the $50 million in…
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News, The Snitch <em>New York Post</em> on S.F.: Sir Francis Drake, AIDS, and Everything in Between

New York Post on S.F.: Sir Francis Drake, AIDS, and Everything in Between

The New York Post, Rupert Murdoch's flagship publication and the newspaper of choice for obnoxiously conservative New Yorkers, ran a bizarre little write up about San Francisco today. Apropos of nothing, and reading more like a high school research…
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News, The Snitch LastNight: Murdoch, Tom, and MC Hammer: MySpace Party Notes

LastNight: Murdoch, Tom, and MC Hammer: MySpace Party Notes

By Ty Callister Photo Courtesy of FlickR's random0 MySpace hosted a stylish nightclub-esque party on Wednesday night at the Museum of Modern Art, marking the official “soft launch” of MySpace’s new San Francisco office. Famous attendees included MySpace overlord…
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Music, All Shook Down Dark Lord Murdoch's Multi-Tentacled San Francisco Takeover

Dark Lord Murdoch's Multi-Tentacled San Francisco Takeover

As if you hadn't already had enough news of Dark Lord Murdoch wriggling his cybernetic tentacles into San Francisco, there's also this: SF-based financial news website MarketWatch (co-founded by former San Francisco Examiner editor Larry Kramer) is about to…
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News, The Snitch MySpace To Open SF Office -- Emperor Murdoch Visits System

MySpace To Open SF Office -- Emperor Murdoch Visits System

Myspace will soon open an office in San Francisco, according to the tech blog Valleywag. Myspace co-founder Chris DeWolfe and News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch will make this announcement at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this Wednesday,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Word Warriors

Word Warriors

When corporate-backed music took over the airwaves, the only option for up-and-coming bands was to espouse the do-it-yourself credo that has now become de rigueur in the punk scene. Other art forms such as the cinema and the circus had…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Sassiness Explored

Sassiness Explored

WED 8/11 With a characteristic lack of sentimentality, the artists and curators at Creativity Explored, the visual arts center devoted to adults with developmental disabilities, named their current exhibit "Don't Call Me Retard." While much of the rest of the…
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