Former CSULB Journalism Student Sells Virtual Reality Company To Facebook For $2 Billion

Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus Virtual Reality (VR), just sold his startup to Facebook for $2 billion in cash and stocks. To pursue a business venture around the VR headset he designed called the Oculus Rift, he 21-year-old dropped out of California State University, Long Beach. He was an aspiring tech journalist as well as … Continue reading Former CSULB Journalism Student Sells Virtual Reality Company To Facebook For $2 Billion

IRS Considers Virtual Currency Bitcoin Similar To Stock, Bond Holdings

The International Revenue Service issued a six-page report with guidelines on how virtual currencies like Bitcoin are being regulated in the same way as stock or bond purchases. According to a report by Ars Technica, “That would make it roughly analogous to a stock, bond, or piece of real estate whose value fluctuates over time … Continue reading IRS Considers Virtual Currency Bitcoin Similar To Stock, Bond Holdings

Google Search Encryption, ‘Social Velocity’ and the NSA Using Facebook

Google is moving toward “a global expansion of privacy technology designed to thwart surveillance by government intelligence agencies, police and hackers” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/03/12/google-is-encrypting-search-worldwide-thats-bad-for-the-nsa-and-china/?wpisrc=nl_eve Discovered this neat site today – http://www.newswhip.com is a “people powered news” site ranks stories based on “social velocity.” Writers can check how viral their online articles are. The site also ranks writers … Continue reading Google Search Encryption, ‘Social Velocity’ and the NSA Using Facebook

Journalism and Corporate Ownership: Beholden to a Vision?

Below are links to stories on a connection between First Look Media, the United States government and combined influence over Ukrainian opposition groups (specifically as sources of funding for these groups). These stories also point to the problematic situation of when journalists engage in self-censorship, beholden to the ownership of the outlet they report through.

Deck of the Day: ‘Journalism is a Discipline Of Verification’

“The Essence Of Journalism is a Discipline of Verification.” An interpretation of journalism being “a discipline of verification” is that it is both the act of renouncing the illegitimate assumption that journalists are able to maintain complete objectivity (and are, then, not truly human) and the act of acknowledging the profession as one of upholding … Continue reading Deck of the Day: ‘Journalism is a Discipline Of Verification’

House of Cards’ Slugline: A Techie Journo’s Dream?

Finally curious enough to see for myself what the fuss is over “House of Cards,” I turned on Netflix and queued up the first episode of Season 1 yesterday. Seven episodes later, I’m starting to get why this online-only series has people hooked. Spoiler alert: Kate Mara’s character, journalist Zoe Barnes, leaves her job at … Continue reading House of Cards’ Slugline: A Techie Journo’s Dream?