Aereo: Skinny live, deep library

Aereo has no plans to start recreating the full pay-TV bundle by layering on channels that predominantly carry programming for which live access adds little value.

Airbnb, Coursera and Uber: The rise of the disruption economy

We’re used to how the social web has disrupted media, but that same wave is moving through other industries, driven by startups like Airbnb, Coursera and Uber — and while regulators and entrenched industries are trying to fight it, the trend behind that wave is unstoppable.

Clay Christensen, newspapers and the cliff of despair

Like other industries that have been disrupted by new forms of competition, Clay Christensen says that newspapers were almost incapable of taking the steps they needed to take — even long after the danger of not taking those steps had become abundantly obvious.

The Justice Department thinks different

The thrust of the Justice Department’s two recent antitrust investigations is the same in each: to see whether incumbent media providers are abusing their dominant positions within traditional distribution chains to squelch competition arising from new, digital distribution chains.

Apple looks to the small screen

This week’s announcement from Apple indicates more clearly than ever that the company’s path to disrupting the pay-TV ecosystem runs not through the living room but through mobile devices and the cloud.

Why the world of scientific research needs to be disrupted

Award-winning quantum physicist Michael Nielsen says that the closed and disconnected nature of most research is holding back scientific progress in important ways, and that we need to help foster a new kind of networked “open science” if we want to make new discoveries faster.