In a statement that drew nonsensical metaphors from the right and belated optimism from the left, President Obama finally publicly supported equal internet access for all yesterday. Obama's statement set the stage for a legal and political battle newly-relected Sen. Al Franken has repeatedly called ... More >>
Higher costs and worse service loom on the horizon
The City Pages Best Sports Podcast 2014 has been booted off iTunes, for now at least.That's because Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes had the audacity to use the words "Minnesota Twins" in the iTunes description of their Gleeman and the Geek podcast. That prompted a copyright complaint from the MLB, whi ... More >>
At its regular Wednesday night potluck and meeting last week, Occupy MN announced that it was cutting ties with its high-profile spin-off group, Occupy Homes MN. The decision, which was made by the protest organization's seven-person media arm, came with an explanation."While it is laudable to work ... More >>
Earlier today, Michele Bachmann addressed an adoring throng at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland -- an event she no doubt falsely characterized as "the best party of the year!"At the conclusion of her speech, Bachmann presented the award for "Blogger of the Year." It disappoin ... More >>
You didn't think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be able to get through a Reddit AMA without Chris Kluwe showing up, did you?SEE ALSO: Packers screwed by replacement refs: 'NFL needs to come to GB and apologize for fucking us' [VIDEO] And not only did Kluwe make an appearance yesterday during G ... More >>
Cat-meme lovers unite for a meowing—or wowing—first-ever event
A national roving blogger conference has selected Minneapolis for its next meeting. The conference, called TECHmunch, Includes a panel of such local food writing celebrities like Rachel Hutton, Jason DeRusha, Zoe Francois, Andrew Zimmern, and more. With a meal from food trucks and a reception ( ... More >>
Phil Mackey must've woke up on the wrong side of the bed Tuesday morning. What else explains his Twitter bitterness later that evening?Mackey, who self-describes himself as "that punk-ish kid you hear on [1500 ESPN]," is a Twins reporter and columnist. He actually began his sports journalism care ... More >>
After Republicans took control of the Minnesota Senate and made Michael Brodkorb communications director for the caucus, Brodkorb sent out a memo laying out the rules of social media. Addressed to "all staff," the memo begins by explaining that caucus members have a stake in the Minnesota Senat ... More >>
There are plenty of sappy, romantic things to do in the Twin Cities over the weekend before Valentine's Day, but more than likely there isn't anything as interesting and decidedly off-the-wall happening as Ice Rod's Chatroulette show Saturday night at the Turf Club. Michael Gaughan will once ... More >>
The Internet is abuzz with the news that Spotify is coming to the United States. But what does that mean for us, exactly? Their website lists an excited an announcement that the music service is coming to the U.S. (no date in mind), along with a few choice quotes from Mark Zuckerberg and Dem ... More >>
Netroots Nation comes to Minneapolis
Late last week, Reddit broke the news of Bon Iver's sophomore album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, leaking (flooding) to the internet. A snafu somewhere along the many-linked chain of digital distribution ultimately caused Apple to make the entirety of the record available for purchase instead ... More >>
RIAA fines Brainerd woman $220,000 for 24 songs
Photo by Margaret AndrewsIf you've been following Twin Cities music over the past several years, the phrase "more cowbell" means more than Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell acting ridiculous. Blogger Kyle Matteson started More Cowbell with humble intentions: sharing the music he loved with his ... More >>
Image by William Hook If you're a regular commenter on a website, from Gawker to Livejournal to Secrets of the City, then you probably have some cyberspace friends. You know, those people that make you laugh when they comment, the ones who make the point you wanted to more succinctly, and whos ... More >>
So a federal judge shut peer-to-peer service LimeWire down. So fucking what? Suck it up. Join eMusic. Spring for an iTunes gift card. Patronize your local mom 'n' pops while you still can, or cruise the shrinking Best Buy/Wal-Mart music sections.
Sounds good on paper, anyway.There are now 117 free WiFi hotspots around Minneapolis, the final phase of the "Wireless Minneapolis" program the city launched in 2006 with USI Wireless. Look for signs reading, "Free Minneapolis Wireless Hotspot: Courtesy: City of Minneapolis and USI Wireless." ... More >>
Via Al Franken's Facebook pageIt sounds reasonable enough: Facebook ought to keep your personal information private by default. But that's not what happens anymore. Facebook now shares your personal information with third-party vendors by default. And it now stores some data indefinitely. ( ... More >>
Here's the list, organized in alphabetical order by party affiliation. It's a work in progress.
Black is white. Peace is war. Up is down. Michele Bachmann is now asserting that the issue of Internet network neutrality, known as "net neutrality," is an evil Obama administration plot to censor the Internet. But it's exactly the opposite: Network neutrality (also net neutrality, Inter ... More >>
If you are a sexual predator in Minnesota, good luck making any online friends. You'll have to save the "poking" for in-person interaction. Wait, scratch that.
BrauBlog is beating WCCO-TV, Fox9, and KARE11! Wait ... what's a "BrauBlog"?
It's a suit-infested day in the world of blogs and MinnPost's David Brauer calls out Sen. Norm Coleman for hiding behind his "blo ... More >>
Because you need another free way to surf the Internet. Especially one that treats your privacy like cops treat protesters!
Last week the liberal blogosphere criticized Minnesotademocratsexposed.com operator Michael Brodkorb for being paid by the Senate campaign of Mark Kennedy ($4583 per month) and the House campaign of Michele Bachmann (a one-time amount of $5500)while continuing to promote their candidacies and his su ... More >>
It's the world's largest music and movies superstore, and everything in it is free—and illegal. Every month, some five billion illegal downloads are passed around the internet, and the entertainment industry sues several hundred people. CP writer St
When it comes to podcasting in the land of 10,000 lakes, the first name that comes to mind is Garrick Van Buren. I decided to see if he could still type, so I sent him 5 Silly Questions and this is what he wrote...
A company hired by record companies to pollute file-sharing networks with "spoof" audio and video files has just gone out of business. Overpeer was one of the first companies contracted by the music and movie industries to foul up peer-to-peer networks like Kazaa by flooding them with phony files. T ... More >>
The age of blogs by the numbers Web geeks have been jawing and preening about the blog revolution for so long now--it feels like it must have started, oh, sometime during the Ford administration--that it's easy to overlook the fact that blogs are only now coming on the radar of the masses. Time's ... More >>
Chuck Olsen takes the first-person doc into the blogosphere
New royalties proposed by the music industry threaten to kill independent Internet radio
Online retailing giant eToys.com plays legal hardball with a similarly named group of digital artists
While some business owners fight for their names in court, David Unowsky surrenders Hungry Mind the easy way
Local politicos find themselves tangled in the Web