Bookmarks for September 24th through September 25th

Links for September 24th through September 25th:

  • Paramount COO Blames Drop.io, Boxee and Mininova for Piracy – He then proceeded to showcase how easy it is to get pirated content by going to two sites not on the Alexa list: Mininova and Drop.io. Mininova is “clearly an illegal web site,” according to Huntsberry, who proceeded to search for this year’s release of Star Trek. He picked one of the results and started to download the torrent. Seems like a clear-cut case of a site out to ruin Hollywood, right? Well, if would be, if it wasn’t for the fact that Mininova has started to test the proactive removal of infringing content through a filtering system supplied and controlled by the Motion Picture Association of America, according to court records (PDF) and a Torrentfreak article. Paramount, of course, is a member of the MPAA.
  • Two Dozen Media Outlets and Others Join Us as Beta Testers | DocumentCloud Blog – DocumentCloud Blog

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    Two Dozen Media Outlets and Others Join Us as Beta Testers

    We have some more news: About two dozen news and other organizations have signed on as beta-testers. They’ll be contributing documents to DocumentCloud, and giving us feedback as we work out the kinks. It’s a wide-ranging list:

  • A Teaching Moment For Lily Allen [Update: And *Poof* Goes Her Blog] | Techdirt – Update: Wow. In the half an hour or so that I took to write this post, Lily erased the blog post where she responded (I've got a screenshot if anyone wants to see it), and just added a note to Twitter, saying that she's shut down the entire blog due to too much abuse. Lily, it's not abuse if we're just asking you to rethink your positions that appear to not be particularly well thought out.

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  • FT.com / Management – Battle of social media – The new contest is going to present the contestants with demographic and behavioral data, and they will be asked to model individuals’ “taste profiles,” the company said. The data set of more than 100 million entries will include information about renters’ ages, gender, ZIP codes, genre ratings and previously chosen movies. Unlike the first challenge, the contest will have no specific accuracy target. Instead, $500,000 will be awarded to the team in the lead after six months, and $500,000 to the leader after 18 months.

    The payoff for Netflix? “Accurately predicting the movies Netflix members will love is a key component of our service,” said Neil Hunt, chief product officer.

  • Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com – The new contest is going to present the contestants with demographic and behavioral data, and they will be asked to model individuals’ “taste profiles,” the company said. The data set of more than 100 million entries will include information about renters’ ages, gender, ZIP codes, genre ratings and previously chosen movies. Unlike the first challenge, the contest will have no specific accuracy target. Instead, $500,000 will be awarded to the team in the lead after six months, and $500,000 to the leader after 18 months.

    The payoff for Netflix? “Accurately predicting the movies Netflix members will love is a key component of our service,” said Neil Hunt, chief product officer.

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