Kara Swisher

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R.I.P. Roy Scheider

Until the writers’ strike in Hollywood is over–and it will finally be officially over this week–BoomTown has been offering suggestions about stuff to watch.

While this has nothing to do with the Yahoo-Microsoft merger, the death of actor Roy Scheider reminded me that there is no question that the movie “Jaws”–in which he uttered the immortal line, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”–was one of the most important in terms of moving technological special effects forward.

It was a mechanical shark, but it was a scary mechanical shark!

In that spirit, here is a very funny mash-up featuring Scheider:


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald