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Megan Tady

Entries by Megan Tady

Put Me in the Shark Tank

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2012 | 10:08 PM

I'm trying to become a contestant on the reality TV show Shark Tank, which gives real live inventors a chance to ask real live investors for money.

The thing is, I don't have a real live invention.

I'm not really great with patents, or TM symbols,...

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Jon Stewart and Fast Moves at the FCC

(15) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 3:04 PM

Yes, Jon Stewart, that was fast. Last night, The Daily Show laid into FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker for taking a job as a Comcast lobbyist soon after approving the controversial Comcast/NBC-Universal merger.

Baker was nearly lobbying for Comcast before she was officially offered a gig with the...

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Congress: Leave NPR Alone

(19) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 2:57 PM

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is poised to pass a federal budget that zeroes out any support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, slashing funding for NPR, PBS, and dozens of local stations across the country. A handful of bills are also working their way through...

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Mere Hours Left to Save Net Neutrality

(24) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 11:05 AM

I don't want to be overly dramatic here, but there are just hours left to save the Internet.

Tomorrow, the FCC stops taking meetings and accepting official comments on its proposed Net Neutrality rules. But until then, we're using every minute we have to remind the FCC that the...

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Media, Stop Abusing Female Candidates

(6) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 10:17 AM

There is a fear both subtle and obvious running rampant through our news media. It is not fear of a U.S. economy stuck in recession, or more housing foreclosures, or Obama-care, or the Tea Party, or feigned socialism, or terrorist attacks, or the flu, or immigrants.

It's the fear of...

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Activists Deliver Breakfast to FCC with Message: Stop Waffling on Net Neutrality

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 10:08 AM

This morning, we surprised the Federal Communications Commission with breakfast: waffles to be exact.

We thought the food was fitting considering FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski continues to waffle on Net Neutrality. This pun was intended, and our guerrilla effort in the street wasn't about feeding the agency. We're drawing...

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What Google Still Isn't Saying

(23) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 3:41 PM

Over the last few years, Google has been a company that understood Net Neutrality, and they staunchly supported the fight to protect the open Internet. After all, their own company was hatched and then exploded into a phenomenal success thanks to the open platform of the Internet.

With their success...

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Open Letter to Will Ferrell: Help Us Save the Internet

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 10:51 AM

Dear Will,

I sent you an e-mail awhile back asking you to get involved in the fight to save the Internet, and a writer at said she was going to forward it to your people. Did you get it? I haven't heard back from you, and I've...

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Internet Stars for Internet Freedom

(8) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 9:44 AM

Nobody knew who Greyson Chance was a few weeks ago. But when a video of Chance singing a Lady Gaga song at a school talent show began circulating on the Internet, it became an instant sensation, with more than 25 million people getting to hear a voice that otherwise...

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Comcast/NBC Merger is Like an Asteroid Hurtling toward Earth

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 5:09 PM

The proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal is like an asteroid hurtling toward Earth: It's huge, it's widely destructive and if it slams into our media system with its full force, it would drastically reshape our media landscape.

If the deal goes through, Comcast --voted worst...

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Million-Dollar Ad Blitz to Kill Net Neutrality

(35) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 11:30 AM

On Tuesday morning, an AT&T-funded front group, Americans for Prosperity, announced a $1.4 million advertising blitz to try to convince Americans that the FCC is plotting to "take over the Internet."

Last week, the FCC simply proposed to "reclassify" aspects of broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications...

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Just Do It, Julius

(10) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 10:57 AM

Dear FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski,

I don't want to wake up six months from now and find that the Internet has changed forever.

In the past few weeks since a federal court decision jeopardized your ability to protect Internet users, nearly 250,000 people have signed petitions or sent...

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Still Missing: Women in the Media

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 11:43 AM

A week before I graduated from college in 2002, my adviser called me into his office for a "welcome to the real world" chat.

"I know you want to be a writer, but I want to give you a dose of reality first," he said. He pulled open a drawer...

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The Courts Can't Take Away Our Internet

(14) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 4:30 PM

Today's ruling for Comcast by the DC Circuit Court could be the biggest blow to our nation's primary communications platform, or it could be the kick in the pants our leaders need to finally protect it. Either way, the future of the Internet, the fight for Net Neutrality, and...

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AT&T Apologizes for Luke Wilson Ads

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 12:34 PM

AT&T this morning apologized for their advertising series featuring once-credible actor Luke Wilson. The ads, which began in early November, show Wilson awkwardly touting the company's 3G network -- which the company admits would be difficult role for any actor, given the network's terrible reputation.

An AT&T...

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Comcast and NBC's Real Diversity Issues

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 11:35 AM

At last month's house hearing on the proposed Comcast-NBC takeover, execs from both companies shamefully acknowledged their diversity problems. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts sheepishly divulged that his company's board of directors includes only one woman and one person of color, and NBC's Jeff Zucker confessed that the network has no...

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In Pictures: Online and Open for Business

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 10:21 AM

Follow your bliss because it makes good business sense - if you're doing what you love, it shows in your products and services.

Take Niall Gengler, founder of NFG Cycles, who's been obsessed with bikes from the time he could pedal. He poured his passion into a business...

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Losing the Internet as We Know It

(12) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 12:20 PM

How much have you already used the Internet today?

We don't think twice about how much we rely on the Internet. Imagine not being able to map directions on Google or check the weather online. A business that doesn't have a Web site? Forgettable. Or rather, unsearchable. Remember when we...

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Astroturf Group Tries to Flip Bloggers on Net Neutrality

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 1:23 PM

Dear U.S. Internet Industry Association,

Last week, we at received your "important information" about Net Neutrality, as did many other bloggers who you've noticed have written on the issue. We're impressed that you've been following our blog, and we wonder which post inspired you the most:

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