1. Edward Snowden at SXSW: “The NSA is setting fire to the future of the internet, and the people in this room are firefighters,” NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told a packed room at SXSW via a virtual conversation presented by the ACLU’s Christopher Soghoian and Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. Read highlights from his speech here.
2. VHX: Today, after two years in private beta, VHX officially launches to the public and all artists will now be able to sell their work directly to fans from their own websites. Read more about the news here.
3. Vimeo on Demand: Vimeo redesigned Vimeo on Demand with new partner collections. Read more here.
4. Celeb Crowdfunding:
Producer Dana Brunetti (“The Social Network,” “House of Cards”) irailed against celebrity crowdfunding at a talk at SXSW led by former Facebook executive Randi Zuckerberg. “It’s a brilliant idea that’s gotten out of hand,” Brunetti told the crowd at the session entitled “Are We All Producers Now?” “I think it’s wrong when people like Zach Braff or Spike Lee use that same service to fund their films when they already have access, I think it overshadows and takes away from the little guys who actually need the funding.” Read full coverage here.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) publicly blasted the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable on “CBS This Morning.”
“I think consumers will end up paying more, there will be less competition, there will be less innovation and, worse, even worse service,” he said.