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Welcome to the 61st episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. This week is a very special edition of the podcast, with an in-depth interview with "minor TV personality" John Hodgman, a regular correspondent on "The Daily Show" and the "PC" in the Mac vs. PC ads from Apple. Hodgman talked about his new book "That Is All," where he continues to deconstruct the expert. He also talks about his love for Twitter (not for Facebook), as well as Apple products. Will he be first in line for the iPad Mini? No, but that doesn't mean he can't appreciate all the new improvements that Apple makes.

Speaking of the iPad Mini, our second segment is a discussion about the announcement of the 7.9-inch tablet and how it stacks up against the other smaller tablets such as the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. If you were buying one as a Christmas gift, which one should you get? We asked our gadget experts Nicole Lee of Engadget and Matt Buchanan of BuzzFeed. They also discussed the new Microsoft Surface and whether it stands a chance in a world of Fandroids and iSheep.

Direct download: mediatwits61.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:43pm EDT

Welcome to the 60th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. We were recording the podcast when the big news came down that Newsweek had decided to end its print edition. Can a digital-only Newsweek survive with all the cut-throat competition online? This week also saw the launch of Circa, a new type of mobile news app that collects the "atomic parts" of stories -- facts, quotes and images -- and puts them into running stories with alerts to updates. We talked to Circa founding editor David Cohn as well as PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy about the prospects for Circa now and in the future.

After a recent story in the New York Times about BlackBerry users being seen as the "black sheep" of the smartphone world, we talked with a couple BlackBerry power users who still have faith in the struggling platform. The Atlantic's Zvika Krieger and CIO.com's Al Sacco both spoke up for BlackBerry users and said as content creators (and people who like the dedicated keyboard) there's still life in the BlackBerry in an age of iPhones and Androids.

Direct download: mediatwits60.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:50pm EDT

Welcome to the 59th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. This week is a special edition of the podcast completely focused on the challenges of online services such as YouTube, Facebook and others who have to balance free speech and hate speech while serving global audiences. The latest example being "The Innocence of Muslims" video that was posted on YouTube, and temporarily removed in Libya and Egypt by the service, later having them restored. Was it the right decision or too little, too late? Our guests include the World Policy Institute fellow Susan Benesch, EFF's Trevor Timm and legal scholar Jonathan Peters.

Direct download: mediatwits59.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49pm EDT

Welcome to the 58th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. This week, we take a look at the changes in coverage of the presidential debate, with live-streaming online, instant fact-checks and added context, and even "live-GIF'ing." Tumblr's Christoper Price and the Sunlight Foundation's Bill Allison talk about the hits and misses during the debates and how @FiredBigBird went viral. Does it add more to the debate or is it all a big distraction?

Then we look deeper at the challenges for mobile advertising. For years, experts said mobile ads would rule, and now with so many more people getting news on mobile devices, the time has come. So why are they falling short? We talked to the IAB's Joe Laszlo, AdAge's Jason Del Rey and consultant Chetan Sharma to find out how advertisers and publishers can improve the mobile ad experience. Simply repurposing online ads on mobile isn't the answer, but what is?

Direct download: mediatwits58.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:27pm EDT

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