Technology & Media

Netflix successfully crowdsources its R&D. Now what?

Almost three years ago, Netflix announced it would award $1 million to anyone who could improve its movie-recommendation algorithm by at least 10%. (That’s the computer programming that tells you that if you like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, chances are you’ll also like Kurosawa films—odd as that may sound.) Well, for the …

The return of Freur (thanks to the Palm Pre)

So this ad for the Palm Pre comes on TV, and a strangely familiar tune comes on in the background. I think about it for a few minutes, and then suddenly, out of nowhere, it comes to me: Doot Doot.


The Daily Show bit

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The line about the babies in high heels is a reference to this segment. Beyond that it’s pretty self-explanatory.

Daily Show

I’m the guest tonight. Seriously. I’m filling in for poor Henry Waxman, who had to go to the hospital (he’s feeling better now, though).

Update: It’s all on tape now, and I think it went well. Stewart asks more intelligent questions than pretty much anybody on TV. And now for the information you’ve all been waiting for. The contents of …

What 87-year-olds want to talk about: Media industry economics

I went down to Princeton this morning to speak to the Class of ’44, which counts frequent Curious Capitalist commenter dadfox among its members. The class is back for its 65th reunion, and it’s back in force, with hundreds of spouses and widows and children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren along for the ride. It is a remarkable …

Video: Talking to Peter Schiff

Here’s a chat I did with Peter Schiff in conjunction with last week’s column.

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Schiff’s younger brother and PR guy Andrew reports that since my column, which laments non-mainstream Peter’s disappearance from the mainstream airwaves, he’s started getting bookings again. It looks like he’s even …

Bad blogger

I know, this hasn’t been much of a blog lately. Well, it was last week, because Barbara was on the case. But now she’s on vacation and I haven’t been delivering the goods. My excuse No. 1 is that preparing to launch a book publicity campaign turns out to be incredibly time-consuming work. This probably isn’t a very convincing excuse, …

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