Lots of people insist on watching TV while also interacting on social networks. Facebook and Twitter are both trying to capitalize on it.
FORTUNE -- During the extremely tense opening moments of Sunday's Breaking Bad finale, someone on the East Coast wrote on Facebook (FB), "Breaking Bad ... CAN'T BREATHE."
Which seemed odd. This man was expressing an intense reaction to an intense, riveting scene, even as the scene was unfolding -- and MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 4, 2013 10:37 AM ET
Austin is getting gigabit Internet service. But it will be only for those families who can afford the high fees.
FORTUNE -- AT&T (T) has announced that it will soon offer ultra-high-speed Internet service in Austin, Texas, going head to head with Google (GOOG), which is doing the same. Finally, it seems the U.S., where the Internet was invented, might be on the way to getting Internet speeds more like those MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 2, 2013 9:21 AM ET
The state now requires companies to disclose whether they comply with users' wishes to not have their activities tracked. It probably won't do much.
FORTUNE -- If you were able to tick a box in your browser and stop companies from tracking your online activities, would you do it? You almost certainly would, and that's why Internet companies and privacy groups have been unable to reach an agreement on implementing MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 1, 2013 2:08 PM ET
Barilla Pasta's president says gay customers can get their pasta elsewhere. Why would anyone ever turn customers away?
FORTUNE -- If there is one lesson business leaders around the globe should take to heart, it's this: Just stay away from spouting off on cultural wedge issues. But if you can't help yourself, at least try not to invite large swaths of your customer base to take their business elsewhere.
That's what Guido MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 27, 2013 2:28 PM ET
Several sites are taking different approaches of solving the problem of Internet comments essentially wrecking the experience of surfing the web.
FORTUNE -- Ever since they began allowing readers to comment, websites have been wrestling with a major conundrum: Commenters are often terrible, but they also increase traffic -- at least theoretically. And with ad revenues increasingly difficult to generate, anything that boosts traffic is hard to let go of. And MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 25, 2013 1:57 PM ET
The increasingly popular Upworthy offers a counterweight to the all the Internet's silliness and bile.
FORTUNE -- Could it be that the continuous ire directed at BuzzFeed is based more on its shallowness and vapidity than on the fact that it tends to nab a lot of its content (mostly photos) from other sites? Probably. Consider the fact that Upworthy, the viral-video site that tends to focus on positive, inspiring content, MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 19, 2013 12:41 PM ET
Partnering with a big radio company will give Rdio a big leg-up to take on Spotify, but that might not mean much in the tough market for recorded music.
FORTUNE -- By most accounts, no music-streaming service is making money, and with huge players piling into the business -- including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), and Microsoft (MSFT)-- things will only get tougher for services such as Spotify, Pandora (P), Rhapsody MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 17, 2013 9:19 AM ET
Some Spotify users make playlists that mirror compilation albums issued by Ministry of Sound, which the label calls infringement.
FORTUNE -- Ministry of Sound, a British music label that issues compilation albums, is suing Spotify, claiming that the song-streamer is infringing on the label's copyrights by allowing people to create and share playlists that mirror its albums.
Are lists of particular songs copyrightable? Possibly. U.S. copyright law recognizes compilations, in fact. The MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 6, 2013 1:34 PM ET
A glib statement from incoming Post owner Jeff Bezos demands scrutiny. The last thing the Post should do is to mindlessly chase the youth demo.
FORTUNE -- "All businesses need to be young forever," Jeff Bezos told Washington Post staffers on Wednesday. "If your customer base ages with you, you're Woolworth's."
A pithy statement -- glib, even. Not entirely inaccurate, but also not quite accurate, and not anything the Post (WPO) should MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 6, 2013 11:03 AM ET
Twitter might often seem like a big pile of nonsense, but subscribers pay thousands of dollars in order to find and analyze the useful data it contains.
FORTUNE -- People who were 13 years old in 2006 are 20 now. Many of them no doubt would like to erase much of their online histories, especially the stuff they wrote on Twitter in their early-teen years: say, somebody who's now a fan MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 4, 2013 2:23 PM ET
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