Damian Radcliffe

links for 2011-02-07

In Daily Links on February 8, 2011 at 1:01 am
  • Leaked slides and editorial summary of AOL's vision for the next couple of years.
    (tags: aol journalism)
  • After co-founding a social enterprise that created employment for homeless people a decade ago, Paul Harrod hopes the experience will help him lay better foundations for his latest venture
  • Elisabeth Hoodless, outgoing executive director of Community Service Volunteers, says cuts in funding are removing opportunities for people to help deliver services
    (tags: bigsociety csv)
  • Arianna Huffington's decision to sell to AOL means that some shareholders must be sitting on very large returns as the company has received just $37m in funding
  • The history books will say that the Pittsburgh Steelers lost 2011's Super Bowl XLV – but on the night the biggest losers were the pop star Christina Aguilera and the cut-price internet site Groupon.

    As with Janet Jackson's famous halftime show "wardrobe malfunction," both Aguilera and Groupon blew a big chance in front of a US viewing audience of 100 million. But while Aguilera's mangling of the US national anthem was presumably unintentional, Groupon's attempt to use the plight of the people of Tibet as a marketing tool was all too deliberate.

  • The Federal Communications Commission will announce plans to begin converting the $8 billion fund that subsidizes rural telephone services into one that will help pay for broadband in underserved areas. According to The New York Times, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski is set to outline the proposal in a speech today.

    The plan will involve reshaping the Universal Service Fund, a decade-old subsidy which is paid for by fees added onto most consumers' phone bills. That money is then disitributed among phone companies to help subsidize the costs of providing services to rural areas.

  • One of the world's most revered cultures and religious histories has been threatened with death and extinction in Tibet for decades at the hands of the authoritarian Chinese government; Groupon's Super Bowl advertisement about Tibet (below) was based on a joke drastically reducing the seriousness of that suffering. Not all hope is lost, the ad says, because at least there are still refugees that will cook discounted food for White people! Many people on Twitter reacted very negatively to the ad. This is my best explanation why it was offensive. Not everyone agrees – we've got a debate going in comments below which we invite you to participate in
    (tags: groupon)
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