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Shortly after the Academy Awards nominations were announced, Avatar was uploaded to multiple torrent sharing networks. Insiders noted that the high quality torrent may have come from a screener sent to members of the Academy. While Hollywood studios have often branded pirate fans as the source of leaks, the incident may confound evidence that many illegal downloads are directly related to industry insiders.

Were you to busy eating chicken wings during the Big Game to catch the commercials? No problem, as the broadcasted ads are now being hosted on CBSSports.com. CBS uploaded the advertisements immediately following the Saints victory. One of the biggest commercials slated for the water cooler is Google’s search ad, one of the first from the search giant.

While many were busy watching the Super Bowl, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced a war against Twitter. The dictator began prepping new laws that would regulate what Venezuelan citizens were allowed to post on Twitter, which he considers a “tool of terror.” A similar situation is also happening in Mexico, where the government is considering regulating social networks.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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