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Yahoo! For Tumblr

Monday, May 20, 2013

laptop computers (Klein Photography/flickr)

Yahoo agreed to purchase the blogging site Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Sam Biddle, blogger for Valleywag, explains the site and the purchase. Do you use Tumblr?

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**WNYC and Apple Computer: A Special Relationship?**

Notice the MacBook Pro, an obvious Apple product, conspicuously featured in the photo at the top of this page. The same photo is featured in at least two other places on the WNYC web site: a BL Show segment on "online buying" that aired on December 10th, 2012 [1] and a March Lopate segment [2]. A more conspicuous and express display of Apple-centrism on the part of WNYC and the Brian Lehrer show can be found as recently as May 10th, in the photo that accompanies the online synopsis-gateway to that day's episode[3]. In all of these cases, any connection between the topics in question and Apple, was, /at most/, merely tangential. I can recall seeing as well as hearing additional examples of this pro-Apple pattern (and I'm sure that were I take the time, I could find more on the WNYC web site that I could cite.)

A shiny, trendy new Apple product or a gift certificate for Tekserve, "The Apple Specialist", has been the grand prize in the sweepstakes contests that have been offered during this as well as every WNYC membership drive going back as far as I can recall. "Generously-donated", of course, by Tekserve, whose altruistic donations are announced in numerous "non-commercials" that are aired repeatedly at various points throughout the on-air programming.

All this despite a particularly egregious and damning record on the part of Apple with regard to labor practices that came to light and garnered much publicity rather recently.

NOTES/ CITATIONS:
[1]http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2012/dec/10/open-phones-online-buying/
[2] http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2013/mar/04/save-everything-click-here/
[3] http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2013/may/10/
"Customer tests out MacBook laptop computer at Apple store", reads the caption.

May. 21 2013 05:45 AM

Perhaps I should have made the context of my previous comment clear, especially given the time that has passed since the segment aired live.

The guest, Mr. Biddle, had pointed-out that pornography accounts for a considerable amount of the content found on Tumblr. The question of how Yahoo! would deal with this was then raised.

May. 21 2013 02:02 AM

Yahoo! also owns Flickr, which allows pr0nz ("adult content").

May. 21 2013 01:43 AM

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