The GOP Gets Serious About the Web for 2012 Election

The Grand Old Party is keen to look a little less, well, old: Republican politician Newt Gingrich plans to officially announce his candidacy for President on Wednesday through messages posted on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, signaling a sea-change in how Republicans run for President.

GOP Caught In Sexist YouTube Video Brouhaha

Posting a video that shows unflattering photos of well-known Democratic politicians to the tune of the Baha Men’s Who Let the Dogs Out on an official GOP website may not have been the best idea, but it sure got the party a lot of attention.

Plain English, DNC Protester Smackdown: NTV Station Today

Sometimes I have a hard time trusting videos that claim police brutality, but this piece, produced by the Rocky Mountain News, is undeniable evidence that some of the Denver police corralling protesters at the Democratic National Convention are going too far.

And Steve Bryant reviews one of the Internet’s most valuable resources — the Plain English series, which uses paper cutouts and simple stop motion to explain extremely complicated subjects (and zombies). Check it out at NewTeeVee Station!

Vid-Biz: Democrats, AMD, Vudu

More Online Video at Democratic Convention; YouTube, Dailymotion and Stickam all contribute to the new media coverage (good thing Level3 has installed more than five miles of fiber optic cable for the event). Want to watch the show online? Check out our handy guide.

AMD Sells Off Digital TV Chip Division; Broadcom buys it for $192.8 million in cash. (GigaOM)

Vudu Hires New CFO; former eBay finance exec Chris Watts joins the company amidst recent layoffs. (release)

Classics Still Can’t Be Found Online; digital downloads favor newly released titles; films like The Godfather and Jaws can’t be found legally online as rights are cleared and there’s more money to be made from DVD sales. (Variety)

Brian Conley Released from Chinese Detention; citizen journalist and seven other Americans freed six days early and deported back to the U.S. (Next New Networks)

ABC News’ Web Newscast Not Going Away; network will keep producing the the 15-minute news program with Charlie Gibson. (The Hollywood Reporter)