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Welcome to the 44th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, this time with Mark Glaser and the Rachel Sklar as co-hosts. Sklar is a writer and social entrepreneur, and is filling in for Rafat Ali. This week, we convene a special roundtable to discuss how social media is changing activism, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, in a backlash to Rush Limbaugh, and in many other cases. Our special guests include BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti, Ohio State civil rights history professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries and Change.org's Brianna Cayo-Cotter. How do activist campaigns go viral, and can they go too far?

Then we talk about the recent legal drama around social network Pinterest, where some copyright holders have been upset with use of their images. The social network recently changed its Terms of Service so it no longer had the right to sell the images of people who posted on the site. Plus, it now allows self-promotion. Special guest Steve Eder of the Wall Street Journal talks about the various copyright debates Pinterest has spawned in the legal community.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

Welcome to the 43rd episode of the Mediatwits podcast, this time with Mark Glaser and the Rachel Sklar as co-hosts. Sklar is a writer and social entrepreneur, and is filling in for Rafat Ali. She is back from SXSW and slowly recovering from the interactive, music and film festival. The big news this week is Pew's annual State of the News Media report, which painstakingly explains how people are consuming news (more and more on mobile) and where the digital ad revenues are going (mainly to tech companies and not traditional media companies). Special guest Amy Mitchell was one of the Pew researchers who worked on the report, and she explains that Twitter and Facebook were growing but still only referred 9% of traffic to news sites.

We also looked in-depth at Yahoo's recent patent lawsuit against Facebook, timed perfectly before Facebook's upcoming IPO. Special guest Edward Weisz is a longtime patent attorney, and Brad Plumer is a business reporter at the Washington Post. They explain how patent law works, the reasons for inventors taking out patents, and the difficulty that startups have in going up against established companies like Yahoo that have a 1,000+ patent hoard. Even former Yahoo developers are upset that Yahoo has decided to sue Facebook, and recently Facebook decided to buy 750 patents from IBM to help defend itself. Should patent law be reformed for software?

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

Welcome to the 42nd episode of the Mediatwits podcast, this time with Mark Glaser and the Rachel Sklar as co-hosts. Sklar is a writer and social entrepreneur, and is filling in for Rafat Ali. This week is a special episode dedicated to all things South by Southwest (SXSW), the media confab covering technology, music and film down in Austin, Texas. We have a great lineup of guests, who all attended SXSW, including Reuters' Felix Salmon, Collaboration Central's Amanda Hirsch, Salon's Irin Carmon and The Verge's Laura June. Carmon wrote a piece about the increase in participation by women and people of color at the show, but how much further it still has to go to reach better diversity of voices.

Has SXSW peaked? Jumped the shark? One stunt that got a lot of attention was the "Homeless Hotspots," homeless people who carried hotspots with them and asked for donations in order to give people Internet access. Laura June wrote that this was the "best, worst, smartest, dumbest part of SXSW." Plus, there was a lot of hype around "ambient apps" such as Highlight and Sonar which tell you which of your friends are near you. And the big rumor of the show was that CNN might buy social media blog Mashable for $200 million, a story broken by Felix Salmon. It hasn't happened... yet.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:26pm EDT

Welcome to the 41st episode of the Mediatwits podcast, this time with Mark Glaser and the George Kelly as co-hosts. Kelly is online coordinator at the Contra Costa Times newspaper and is filling in for Rafat Ali. This week we have an action-packed show with a lot to cover. First up is "The New iPad," announced by Apple on Wednesday with a higher resolution screen, 4G wireless and a better camera and software. Ho-hum or yowza? Special guests Leander Kahney from Cult of Mac and Tim Carmody from Wired talk about the iPad's logical new name, why it is leaps ahead of everything else -- but they still can't convince George to get one.

Next is a study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, which surveyed newspaper executives to find out how they were transitioning to more of a digital business model. So far, it's been a tough slog, reports the PEJ's Mark Jurkowitz, who comes on the show to break down the report's findings. And last but not least is Nicholas Thompson, who was recently named the new editor at NewYorker.com. Thompson was co-founder of the Atavist and says there's been a renaissance in long-form content online, something that the New Yorker will fully take advantage of.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

Welcome to the 40th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, this time with Mark Glaser and the George Kelly as co-hosts. Kelly is online coordinator at the Contra Costa Times newspaper and is filling in for Rafat Ali. This week the big topic is pay walls, as both the Los Angeles Times and Gannett newspaper chains are planning to charge for access to their websites. Special guest Jimmy Orr is managing editor, online, for the L.A. Times, and joins us to talk about the new "membership program" the paper is rolling out on Monday. We also have special guest Ken Doctor, a newspaper analyst and author, who puts the pay walls into context with other pay plans that have already been in place. Can a regional paper like the L.A. Times succeed the same way that a more national paper like the N.Y. Times has done so far?

Also, there's been turmoil at AOL's TechCrunch tech blog, with editor Erick Schonfeld leaving and Eric Eldon becoming the new top dog. With so many defections from the site, and traffic off somewhere between 35% and 50% since Michael Arrington's departure, can Eldon bring back the magic? Or will the new publications such as Uncrunched and PandoDaily get more juice as TechCrunch stumbles?

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:33pm EDT

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