For nearly 30 years reporter Dan Popkey has been pounding the streets of Boise and haunting the halls of the Statehouse, covering politics and the Legislature for the Idaho Statesman. That career started on the police beat, but led him to such high-profile stories as the sex scandal surrounding former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig—which earned him a Pulitzer nomination in 2007—and, more recently, taking on a larger role as a commentator on Idaho politics.
According to an announcement from Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador's office Aug. 29, Popkey, 55, is moving on from the Statesman to serve as press secretary for the Republican House member, known for frequent appearances on national television programs. As of July 6, Labrador has appeared nine times on NBC's Meet the Press.
Making note of Popkey's long experience as an observer of state politics, Labrador stated that "Dan will help me better communicate my message to constituents and the media."
For his part, Popkey applauded Labrador's "independence, integrity and fierce commitment to setting our nation's fiscal house in order," and said he is "thrilled with the opportunity to apply what I've learned to help advance our state's priorities in Washington."
Popkey will remain in Idaho, running Labrador's national press operations from the congressman's office in Meridian. According to the Statesman, Popkey's resignation from the paper is effective immediately.
Netfllix, which saw record usage and critical acclaim in 2013, is trying something new for 2014: subscription fees based on the number of users per account.
According to an offer posted on its website, Netflix is offering some new customers plans that provide access on as many as four screens, letting household members watch different shows at the same time. The monthly prices range from $6.99 to $11.99.
In essence, Netflix is looking for ways to curb account-sharing, which chisels away at Netflix's revenue stream from is approximate 40 million subscribers.
Currently, standard Netflix streaming costs $7.99 per month.
But Netflix runs the risk of a number of its customers downgrading to one-screen for $6.99 a month.
“If consumers who would have taken the $7.99 plan now sign up at $6.99, that all comes out of their profit margin," media business analyst Richard Greenfield told Bloomberg Businessweek. "This is not the next pricing move investors were expecting.”
Netflix was the top-performing stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index for 2013, nearly quadrupling its value while seeing record subscriber growth.
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Facebook suffered another systemwide outage this morning, preventing users form posting status updates.
On its desktop platform, users were hit with the following message when trying to update statuses:
"There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes."
Users of the Facebook iPhone app didn't receive an error message, but status messages were never published.
According to mashable.com, "this one seems global—we've tested it from several IPs and received the same message."
During the outage, Facebook users were unable to share webpages or content with one another, nor could they upload photos or create photo albums.
By mid-morning, the errors appeared to be fixed, but that didn't prevent users from complaining on Twitter.
Facebook has decided to update is policy on user comments, designating comments that advocate or trivialize domestic violence as hate speech.
Facebook added five steps in order to improve its reaction to misogynistic content:
First, Facebook will review and update guidelines used to evaluate how it responds to reports of hate speech. It will also add training for staff who must evaluate those reports.
Facebook also promises to continue speaking with women’s groups, and will petition to have those groups included in Anti-Defamation League’s Anti-Cyberhate working group.
Most importantly, Facebook pledges to out anyone who posts hateful content; it wants users to stand behind anything they post with their actual identities.
“If an individual decides to publicly share cruel and insensitive content, users can hold the author accountable and directly object to the content,” wrote Facebook vice president of public policy Marne Levine.
Facebook’s announcement came a week after Women, Action and the Media urged the social media giant to take greater action against content that “trivializes or glorifies violence against girls or women.” The group said Facebook users should alert advertisers when their products appear next to offensive content.
According to MediaWeek, 13 advertisers had already pulled their Facebook ads in response, including carmaker Nissan.