Today in Tech: Why the TV business may be on the verge of collapse

June 4, 2012, 5:04 PM UTC

The social network is testing out ways to give children safe and legal access; why the TV business may be on the verge of collapse.

Facebook explores giving kids access [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]

Facebook is developing technology that would allow children younger than 13 years old to use the social-networking site under parental supervision, a step that could help the company tap a new pool of users for revenue but also inflame privacy concerns.

Don’t mean to be alarmist, but the TV business may be starting to collapse [BUSINESS INSIDER]

In other words, in our household, and in many other households like ours, the same thing has happened to the TV business that has happened to the newspaper business: The user behavior that supported the traditional all-in-one TV “packages”– networks and cable/satellite distributors — has changed. buys social media marketing firm Buddy Media for $689 million in cash and shares [THE NEXT WEB] has finally confirmed that it has acquired social media marketing company Buddy Media for nearly $700 million in cash and shares ($689 million to be exact). That’s almost exactly how much generated in sales in the first quarter of this year as a whole ($695 million).

Rethinking privacy in an era of big data [THE NEW YORK TIMES]

Privacy is not a universal or timeless quality. It is redefined by who one is talking to, or by the expectations of the larger society. In some countries, a woman’s ankle is a private matter; in some times and places, sexual orientations away from the norm are deeply private, or publicly celebrated. Privacy, Danah Boyd notes, is not the same as security or anonymity. It is an ability to have control over one’s definition within an environment that is fully understood. Something, arguably, no one has anymore.

Apple Television, Airplay, and why the iPad is the new TV apps platform [ALL THINGS D]

In my humble opinion, the entire debate over whether Apple ships an actual TV set and introduces some updated iTunes video package is a complete sideshow for a broader and bigger phenomenon and transformation for how we all use TV, and that this transformation is already being rolled out by Apple.

Apple to bring full Siri voice-assistant to the iPad with iOS 6: mockup and details [9 TO 5 MAC]

Apple’s breakthrough Siri Assistant, based on an incredible artificial-intelligence system, will no longer be exclusive to users of the popular iPhone 4S. According to trusted sources, one of the tentpole iOS 6 features is Siri support on the iPad. Not just the Voice Dictation brought to the iPad with the third-generation models and iOS 5.1, but the complete Siri voice assistant.