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HBO’s John Oliver Shames, Then Crashes FCC On Net Neutrality

Oliver’s stinging critique of FCC Chairman Wheeler’s capitulation on Net Neutrality goes viral and leads to almost 50,000 comments to the FCC (causing the system to crash).


China Disrupts Google, Detains Journalists and Activists on 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

China has been particularly aggressive in its annual pre-Tiananmen Square crackdown., which monitors China’s  online censorship, reports that it has been targeting Google and other services since last week manking them inaccessible to many users in China.

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China has also cracked down by detaining many journalists and human rights activist.  This includes Vivian Wu Wei, a reporter for Nihon Keizai Shimbun and former South China Morning Post Beijing correspondent, who has been missing since May 15.

750px-reporter-arrestedVivian Wu Wei is from Beijing and holds a Bachelor’s degree of English Literature from People’s University in Beijing and a Master’s degree of International Communication from Peking University. She started her career in international business and also worked for governmental institutions, a financial website and for China Central Television and Beijing Television. In 2003 she became a Beijing-based media and law reporter for the South China Morning Post (SCMP), Hong Kong’s leading English-language news daily. During the six years at the SCMP, she regularly covered sensitive issues including China’s muckraking media, censorship, government corruption, judicial and political scandals, media-related lawsuits, social justice and human rights stories with the byline Vivian Wu. As one of the very few Chinese citizens who writes for an overseas English newspaper, she presents a unique but relatively neutral perspective on China’s media landscape, and is a chain winner of press awards in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. She is currently a full time media adviser to the International Center for Communication Development (ICCD) and an analyst on China’s media issues to international conferences and news outlets.

Vivian is a mother and a friend and we are very concerned about these reports.

Today Past has a blog post on remembering Tiananmen Square.



Elan Carr, Ted Lieu Top Field in Silicon Beach Primary

ISSUES With 100% reporting, Republican Elan Carr led the huge pack of candidates with 21.5 percent of the vote to advance to a fall runoff against State Senator Ted Lieu who scored 19% of the vote.

Wendy Greuel, Marianne Williamson and Matt Miller rounded out the top 5.




Happy Birthday to Ian Ballon.

The Montreal native is a partner at Greenberg Traurig in its Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach offices.

Ian Will Be Headlining Next Week’s IP and the Internet Conference at the Luxe Sunset Hotel in Los Angeles.




Los Angeles and New York get to renew their rivalry tonight when the New York Rangers visit the Staple Center to play the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.  Its the first time the two teams have met in the final and only the 8th time the two cities have faced off for a championship contest.  All of the other contests have been between the Dodgers and Yankees and Lakes and Knicks.  See Trophy Lives blog post on the previous matchups.

If the Kings win, it will be the 3rd Southern California Stanley Cup win in 8 years.


elson4.jpgSEGMENT 2  – OK Cupid and Mozilla War: Politics in the Boardroom with Charles Elson

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