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My Story at PandoDaily: “The Internet’s Own Boy”

The Internet's Own Boy

At PandoDaily I reviewed the new documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy.” It’s a new documentary about Aaron Swartz, the 26-year old activist and hacker who hanged himself last year just before he was to stand trial for downloading millions of academic articles.

The government’s case against Swartz involved the download of millions of articles from an academic database called JSTOR. In September 2010, Swartz began using a newly purchased laptop, a Python script, and MIT’s open network—which granted its users free access to JSTOR—to grab the articles. Once MIT and JSTOR administrators realized what was happening, the University installed a hidden camera in the unlocked wiring closet where Swartz had stationed his computer. Days later, Swartz was caught on the surveillance camera swapping a new hard drive. He was then swarmed by police, arrested, and eventually indicted on 13 felony counts.

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Comcast Becomes the First TV Provider to Offer HBO (and HBO Go) Without a Cable Package

“This is the first time a major TV distributor has offered HBO as any option apart from a premium cable package,” writes Alison Willmore of Indiewire

Comcast has launched “Internet Plus,” a 12-month special offer that includes broadband, streaming video service StreamPix, Limited Basic TV (20 channels plus VOD) and… drumroll… HBO/HBO Go, all for a price that’s around what broadband costs these days — $39.99 or $49.99, depending on the market. As with most of these deals, the price will jump after the year is up, to $69.99 or $79.99.

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Elysium Trailer – Matt Damon Is A Cyborg In District 9 Director’s New Movie

Now I know I say this about every new sci-fi trailer…that it looks like Halo. But this one really does! As a matter of fact, the director of Elysium and District 9, Neill Blomkamp, was associated with the ill-fated Halo movie several years ago and even directed a live-action short film to demonstrate what his Halo universe would look like.

Having to settle for Elysium doesn’t look so bad, though,

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Jon Stewart Taking Hiatus From The Daily Show To Direct Film, “Rosewater,” This Summer

 Ross Luippold of the Huffington Post reports.

Stewart’s directorial debut will be an adaptation of the memoir Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. The Comedy Central host has written the screenplay, now entitled “Rosewater,” which tells the true story of Maziar Bahari, a journalist who spent 118 days in an Iranian prison in 2009.

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Fast & Furious 6 Ignites Fan Ad Campaign

Fast And Furious 6

The New York Times

When the Super Bowl commercial for Fast 6 came on, the room erupted. When the trailer featured a car killing an airplane someone threw the bowl of chicken wing bones in the air. And when Michelle Rodriguez’s character appeared in the last frame I fainted.

The franchise has achieved a strange and popular allure, running on the kind of horrible-but-awesome plots usually reserved for old-school Schwarzenegger movies, Roadhouse and Taken 1 – infinity.

Writing in The New York Times, Brooks Barnes reports that Universal, the movie studio promoting the film, has seized upon the fan frenzy. Through creative marketing techniques studio executives are trying to amp up the hype and drive up ticket sales. *Cut to Vin Diesel pressing down on the NOS*

Some notable next level marketing: Universal chose not to release a teaser trailer pre Super Bowl and instead initiated a supercharged ad campaign once the commercial aired. The studio harnessed the wild popularity of it’s stars–Vin Diesel, The Rock, Ludacris– who were encouraged to share posts, pictures and tweets that included behind the scenes material. In addition, fans of the series were polled and actually listening to: the movie’s title, the inclusion of The Rock and the return of Ms. Rodriguez are all ideas that came from the crowd.

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New Dark Knight Rises Trailer TV Spots

The studio gods at Warner Brothers have thrown us a few more scraps before the July 20th release.  New footage shows us Bruce ripping off some P90X, Catwoman shenanigans, as well as Lucius and Alfred getting fresh.

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