News network Al Jazeera has been making many new forays into new and mobile media in the last several months and today is taking that a step further by releasing applications for both Android and Blackberry. Continue
As television continues to adapt to the Web, expect to see new forms of content emerge that are a hybrid of traditional TV and the latest Web technologies. Last week, television news network Al Jazeera launched a new TV show and website. Called The Stream, it's an indication of where mainstream TV news is heading.
You remember those social news shows and segments that debuted over the last couple of years, right? Right? I hope you do because I don't, and neither do any of the other writers here. Al Jazeera is hoping to buck that trend with "The Stream."
The Stream draws for its stories from the flow of social media in the Middle East, a flow that's grown positively torrential over the last six months. independent participants on Twitter and Facebook have frequently outpaced even the most competent and committed reporters. And the best of them have in turn contributed to the stream. Continue
Bahraini blogger Zakariya Rashid Hassan al-Ashiri died Saturday while in custody of the country's security services.
According to Al Jazeera, the official statement said that al-Ashiri was "held since the second of this month on charges of inciting hatred against the regime and the promotion of sectarian" and his death was a result of "sickle cell anemia."
The following blog post was published as a guest blog post on Forbes.com. I wrote it after Al Jazeera successfully moved some of their Drupal sites from their traditional hosting company to Acquia Hosting (now called Acquia Managed Cloud) to help them survive a 2,000% traffic increase as a result of the crises in the Middle East. The blog post provides real proof of how the Cloud helped one of the largest news organizations in the world survive one of the largest political events in the world. A fascinating story for Drupal!Continue
Recommended by elsterama on February 5, 2011 via ReadWriteWeb
When protests erupted in Egypt nearly two weeks ago, the government's response was swift and all-encompassing - shut off all forms of communication. One media outlet rose from the ashes to provide consistent live coverage of the events in Egypt - Al-Jazeera. The only problem, however, is that the Qatar-based media outlet isn't available on most cable networks in the U.S. and the company wants to fix that.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on February 1, 2011 via ReadWriteWeb
Roku, the little box that brings streaming Internet content to your television screen, announced two additions today that bring the Internet TV device to a new level. A device like Roku can be judged both in terms of what content it natively supports and how it connects to other devices to make content sharing easy.
Today's announcements by the company work to increase the device on both levels, connecting it both to content you won't find on many TV networks and to the other device in your room - your computer!.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on January 31, 2011 via ReadWriteWeb
Video sharing website YouTube has been highlighting video from the protests in Egypt for days, but tonight the official YouTube blog put up a post describing a number of steps it's taking to make sure the world knows what's going on in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and elsewhere around that country. Continue