Hits and Misses

Hits and Misses

Stop Calling Tor ‘The Web Browser For Criminals’

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Yesterday, a rumor surfaced on deep web blog DeepDotWeb that Comcast was going to start blocking users of Tor, an anonymous web browser. Comcast Vice President Jason Livingood immediately and rightfully called bullshit, because for all of its customer service foibles, Comcast knows that preventing people from browsing the Internet anonymously would be a daring infringement on user privacy.

The confusion came to rest shortly after the posting of a Business Insider story called “Comcast Denies It Will Cut Off Customers Who Use Tor, The Web Browser For Criminals.” Besides reaffirming the simple notion that you shouldn’t just believe something you read on a subreddit, the story — which was viewed over 22,000 times — reaffirms the notion that Tor is a tool for evil. Read More

Hits and Misses

MTV Launches Video Game Division, After Killing Video Game Division

This seems like a strange one two punch. Back in February Viacom announced that it was shutting down MTV Games, which published the blockbuster hit Rock Band.

Today Viacom announced that MTV Networks will launching a new arm, 345 Games, to produce titles based on popular television shows like Ugly Americans and Deadliest Warrior.

Hopefully someone found a little corporate synergy in this whole switcheroo.  Read More

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Fred Wilson: Airbnb Will Be a Billion-Dollar Business, and We Missed It

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Union Square Ventures VC Fred Wilson (who was featured in the Silicon Alley Reporter 100 list we rehashed today) wrote a post this week about what sounds like it might be his biggest regret as an investor: Passing on Airbnb, the San Francisco-based company that built an online marketplace where people can rent and list extra space, enabling anyone to run a bed-and-breakfast. Read More