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04 October 2009

Weekend Reading Roundup (Halftime Rapid-Fire Edition)

The Most Interesting Aspect Of:
The Inquirer's piece on the Web TV aspect of Comcast's play for NBC-Universal ...
The deal would also help Comcast respond to the rise of digital content. It's no secret that Comcast head Brian L. Roberts is no fan of Hulu, the popular Web site offering free access to content from NBC, Disney, and News Corp. In effect, sites like Hulu let people have stuff for free that Comcast and others pay for. Earlier this year, Comcast and Time Warner partnered to create TV Everywhere, an initiative that would require users to prove they already subscribe to a cable provider before they could watch certain shows online.

The NY Times piece about shifting crime-prevention strategies ...
... smarter enforcement strategies can make existing budgets go further. The important step, he says, is to view enforcement as a dynamic game in which strategically chosen deterrence policies become self-reinforcing. If offense rates fall enough, a tipping point is reached. And once that happens, even modest enforcement resources can hold offenders in check.

The Inky's story about another hell-bound hit-and-runner ...
A woman in her 40s riding a bicycle in Center City last night was critically injured when she was struck by a suspected drunk behind the wheel of a Ford truck, police said.

The New Yorker's piece about the gangland that won the '16 Olympics ...
In a pattern that repeats itself all over Rio, Ilha's residents live under the de-facto authority of a gangster and his private army. Fernandinho is a thirty-one-year-old drug dealer named Fernando Gomes de Freitas. He controls all but one of the eighteen Ilha favelas on behalf of Pure Third Command. In addition to running Ilha's narcotics trade, he takes commissions from some legal businesses, such as bus transport services and cable-television operators.

And now, for some halftime entertainment ...


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