Wed August 8, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 9:52 am



And our last word in business is: shocking - positively shocking.


Any James Bond fan knows that's a line from (Singing) "Goldfinger."

It's what Bond says after electrocuting a henchmen in a bathtub.

MONTAGNE: Britain has the Olympics, and this fall, it will have a 24-hour James Bond channel. British broadcaster BSkyB is launching the channel for the month of October to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise.

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Mon August 6, 2012
The Torch

Watching The Olympics Online: Fans Find Ways Around NBC's Control

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 7:42 am

Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures to a camera after running in an Olympic 100-meter semifinal. There's no telling when Americans might have seen his actions, as NBC tape-delays top events. Online, fans are finding ways around the network's strategy.
Sergey Ponomarev AP

When we posted about the apps and streaming options NBC and others offer for the London 2012 Games, many readers responded that as non-TV subscribers, they were cut out of the plan. Many added that they aren't scofflaws — they're people who watch broadcast television, and occasionally pay for cable shows or movies via Netflix or iTunes.

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Mon August 6, 2012
Monkey See

Good Business, Bad Quality: How NBC Is Both Right And Wrong On The Olympics

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 1:36 pm

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100m Final yesterday. If you get your Olympics coverage on television, you didn't see it live.
Alexander Hassenstein Getty Images

The following exchange has played out over and over in the last ten days:

Point: "NBC's coverage of the Olympics stinks, because everything is tape-delayed and cut to shreds, and also the announcers are awful and they only care about American athletes, and by the time I get to watch anything, I already know what happened."

Counterpoint: "People are watching in huge numbers."

Point: "But quality."

Counterpoint: "But business."

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Fri August 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Reuters Says Its Website Was Hacked, Fake Syria Stories Posted

The wire service Reuters says its blogging service was compromised today. The people responsible, Reuters said, took the opportunity to post a fake news story about Syria.

Reuters reports:

"One of the false posts purported to be an interview with Riad al-Asaad, the head of the Free Syrian Army.

"'Reuters did not carry out such an interview and the posting has been deleted,' the Reuters statement said.

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Thu August 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Rebekah Brooks Is Charged In British Hacking Scandal

Rebekah Brooks, who has now been charged in the phone hacking scandal.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of The News of the World, has been officially charged in the phone hacking scandal that has roiled Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

The Guardian reports:

"Brooks, 44, answered bail at Lewisham police station and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 3 September.

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