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Monday, August 19, 2013

NPR chief Gary Knell is leaving for National Geographic Society


Knell leaves NPR after less than two years on the job. In a statement to staffers, he said the National Geographic offer was too good to turn down.
"It has taken a great deal of personal reflection on my part to reach this decision," he said. "I will leave with a sense of enormous gratitude to each of you for all you do to make this organization a national treasure."
A veteran of children's television and a former chief executive of Sesame Workshop, Knell was brought in from the outside to try to repair NPR's reputation, which had taken a beating after a senior executive was caught on video makingdisparaging remarks about the tea party movement.
The controversy led to the resignation of Knell's predecessor,Vivian Schiller, and fed criticism by conservatives who accused the news organization of bias and called to strip the nonprofit organization of its federal funding. 
Early in his tenure, Knell said he wanted to "depoliticize" the debate over public broadcasting, a statement that wascriticized by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a media watchdog group.
In a statement, NPR said Knell has strengthened the organization and will remain in his current post until fall as he works with its board in a search for a replacement. 
"Gary and the management team have worked effectively to strengthen NPR as a world-class media organization, technological innovator and industry leader," Kit Jensen, chair of NPR's board, said in the statement. "We will be working closely with Gary over the next few months, and deeply appreciate the lasting impact he has made."
At National Geographic, Knell will replace John Fahey as CEO Fahey, who has led the organization for 16 years, will continue to serve as chairman of its board. Knell is already on the society's board of trustees. 
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-npr-gary-knell-national-geographic-20130819,0,5613398.story

Google crashes the net?

Internet use down 40% worldwide for just under five minutes on Friday. How could this happen?
It's too soon to predict the end of the home and business personal computer.

A few minute outage of Google on Friday caused a 40% drop in Internet usage worldwide. Google operates domain names, DNS services, search, image processing and other services that most people are not fully aware of. Google is among the most reliable services. The error that led to the outage was not an attack...something went wrong at Google!

Google is not the only service with this potential for interruption to Internet service and the so called "cloud", shedding light on the potential falsehood of claims we will no longer have personal computers, relying entirely on smaller devices like tablets, phones, glasses and even virtual reality interfaces.

The following is from NY Magazine:

"You may have missed Friday night's brief Google outage, as it took place between 7:52 and 7:57 p.m. EST, when saner people tend to have torn themselves away from their computers in order to start the weekend. Still, the one- to five-minute glitch — which affected not only the search engine, but GMail, YouTube, Google Drive, and other properties — led to a 40 percent drop in overall Internet traffic while it was taking place, according to analytics firm GoSquared. "As internet users, our reliance on google.com being up is huge," was their somewhat obvious assessment of the situation. "It's also of note that pageviews spiked shortly afterwards, as users managed to get to their destination." So, basically, people either spent the little blackout freaking out on Twitter or clicking "refresh" over and over — and no one thought to try Bing."

You can find out more from NPR's Marketplace...and The Verge.

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