That said, it’s important clarify exactly what’s going on here. Fast Company broke the story of the API in a kind of confusing way. The way we read it, Marvel is opening up its data store, not its content library (in other words, developers won’t have open license to build apps featuring Marvel characters, so we won’t be seeing an authorized, fan-created Hulk vs. Punisher deathmatch anytime soon).

What we are likely to see are apps that make it easier for casual and hardcore fans alike to track their favorite characters across different media; custom infographics that turn the data into beautiful visuals; and the opportunity for retailers to package specific storylines and data more easily on their websites.

The catch, according to the terms of use, is that opportunities for third party developers to commercialize the data through paid apps, ads or in-app purchases are significantly constrained, and Marvel has final say over how developers can promote the apps. Considering Marvel’s historical reputation of grasping tightly to its IP ownership claims, terms like these raise suspicions in the creative community.

From here.

“What if we outsource development work to the fan community? We can make it seem like we’re being generous!”

The fucking rich people are right. They are correct about what television is supposed to do if it wants to make money. And the writers are correct when they say it should be fucking weird, and then… I don’t know. There is no resolving it. Thank God TV’s dead and everyone’s downloading everything. It doesn’t matter. Thank God that war’s over. Because I didn’t want to watch them win. They kept winning! They were never going to stop winning.

Dan Harmon on the latest Nerdist Writers Panel is fascinating to listen to, in large part because he sounds… defeated, in a way that he didn’t pre-everything with leaving and then returning to Community. Before all that, he sounded defiant in a way that was both amusing and oddly admirable. On this podcast, at least, there’s less defiance and more this weird, surly submission.

(Related: I felt sorry for poor Joe Henderson on this episode; I felt like he was barely there, given the other guests’ tendency to just go for it whenever possible.)

Ford, who has admitted smoking crack while in a drunken stupor and is being sued for supposedly orchestrating the jailhouse beating of his sister’s ex-boyfriend, noted that Bieber is only 19 and defended him when a host on the Washington, D.C.-based radio show “The Sports Junkies” called Bieber “Canada’s worst export.”

“Well, you know what, he’s a young guy,” Ford said Friday. “At 19 years old, I wish I was as successful as he was. He’s 19 years old, guys. Think back to when you were 19.”

Ford added that he’s never met Bieber and said that as a 45-year-old he’s not a fan of his music, preferring The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Ford, a football fan, appears on the sports show weekly.

Because you’ve been waiting with baited breath: Rob Ford on Justin Bieber.

Marvel Comics is unveiling its programming interface (API) and developer platform in a beta version tomorrow morning, swinging wide the gates to the Marvel universe of comic heroes to fans and developers around the world. The API–which will include comic book artwork, character histories, creator insights, and expanded stories–will grant members access to an expansive database of Marvel’s library of 75 years of comics, including over 30,000 comics, 7,000 series, and 5,000 creators. This move gives developers the tools to create their own Marvel-based apps and digital offerings.

From here.

File under “Things I need to get my head around.”

Hi everyone, it’s [Patch COO] Leigh Zarelli Lewis. Patch is being restructured in connection with the creation of the joint venture with Hale Global. Hale Global has decided which Patch employees will receive an offer of employment to move forward in accordance with their vision for Patch and which will not. Unfortunately, your role has been eliminated and you will no longer have a role at Patch and today will be your last day of employment with the company. …Thank you again and best of luck.

January has been a weird/not entirely good month for work, for me – editorial changes in a couple of places –  but instead of feeling sorry for myself as I’ve been doing all week, maybe I should be happy that I didn’t find out that I lost my job in a conference call.

“I’m told that hundreds — two tipsters claim two-thirds of the editorial staff — have been laid off by Patch’s new owner, Hale Global,” wrote Jim Romenesko. Wow.

Before Twitter, Whisper and Snapchat there was the Blog – the platform that made it possible for non-techies to publish on the internet. And if you grew up in the 90s, chances are you probably had one at some point – a Livejournal, a Blogger, a WordPress or Diaryland.

This year, the Blog turns 20. To mark the anniversary of the medium, we asked three blogging pioneers to look back on the transformation of the medium over the past two decades, and share their thoughts on new platforms like Snapchat and Twitter.

As someone whose first online platform was on Diaryland, I am surprisingly happy to see it get its proper mention in this Guardian piece. It was my first online community! It’s where I met my wife!

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