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Email on 'The Newsroom': What is your damage?

Welcome to ‘What Is Your Damage,’ Annie Barrett’s summer shop of all the melodrama and self-absorption she misses from springtime reality TV. Every Tuesday and Friday, she’ll rant about a current offense to her humanity, then assess readers’ damages via video replies. Don’t be shy about admitting what annoys or intrigues you. We’re all in this pop cult together!

What is your damage, EMAIL?

Why did you let yourself get corrupted by Aaron Sorkin’s bizarrely outdated concept of you on The Newsroom this week?

Have you no principles? (Look to the men of The Newsroom for guidance.) You’re embarrassing yourself. I know it’s been, like, 15 years since you could qualify as a compelling plot device — and I know you’re hurting in general because people dread you now and prefer texting, Facebook, Twitter, and that bitch Siri for all the fun stuff — but this was the wrong way to act out.

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Tom Hanks' 'Electric City' looks for light in the darkness

Tom Hanks is heading to Electric City. No, Dunderheads, he’s not guesting on The Office, which is, of course, set in Scranton, Pa., a.k.a. Electric City. The two-time Oscar winner has created a new animated web series about a seeming oasis of idealistic possibility set amongst a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future. Hanks has been working on the idea for years, at one point contemplating bringing his characters to life with puppets. Instead, Yahoo will host a series of short five-to-seven-minute episodes, the first 10 of which will premiere on July 17. Additional episodes will follow on July 18-19, completing the 90-minute adventure.

Hanks himself will lend his voice to the cast, along with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Antoon, Chris Parnell, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Georg Stanford Brown. Hanks’ character is new to Electric City, and after the world nearly ended, safe housing is rare — and expensive. His only affordable option? Dressing in drag, and getting a job in a knitting factory… I kid. Watch a quick trailer here. READ FULL STORY

Meet Google's new tablet: The Nexus 7

Google unveiled a new tablet during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference today. The tablet is called the Nexus 7, which sounds like an alien spaceship discovered drifting through a spooky nebula by the Enterprise. Coming just one week after Microsoft announced their own tablet, you might be having visions of a three-way war between Microsoft and Apple and Google for supremacy in the tablet market. But the Nexus 7 is quite a bit smaller than the iPad, weighing about half as much. Combine that with starting price of $199, and the Nexus 7 looks more like a missile salvo fired directly at Amazon’s Kindle Fire. (“They’re firing Nexus 7 rockets!” screams Admiral Bezos. “Quick, launch the Kindle Firebomb!”) READ FULL STORY

Twitter outage sparks Facebook, Google+ attacks

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Twitter was down. I repeat, Twitter was down! Not even the dreaded Fail Whale was on hand to comfort tweeters when the social-networking site failed to load for somewhere between one and two hours this afternoon. Though Alec Baldwin was probably wringing his hands, other social media sites experienced a bump as a temporary anti-Twitter coalition rejoiced in the site’s folly. READ FULL STORY

Snap judgment: Samsung Galaxy S3 smart phone

Samsung held the North American launch for the latest iteration of its flagship Galaxy phone in New York today. Sizzle came courtesy of white pleather furniture, lots of blue light, 100-degree heat outside, and basketball-star guests Bill Walton, Steve Nash, and Kevin Love inside — not to mention the speculative buzz about whether the new device will be an “iPhone killer.”

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Snap Judgment: We touched Microsoft's Surface tablet!

The words “Apple” and “iPad” were never spoken during Microsoft’s unveiling yesterday of the company’s new tablet device, the Surface, but they haunted just about every facet of the presentation. First, there was the unusual, Apple-like secrecy surrounding the event — reporters were given just a few days notice that a “major announcement” would be taking place in Los Angeles, and only informed of the specific location just six hours before it was set to begin. (I overheard one reporter from San Francisco saying that he was only able to make a hotel reservation after he’d landed in L.A. that morning, because he wasn’t sure where in the sprawling city he’d have to be.)

When the Surface was finally revealed, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and a few other executives tripped over themselves fetishizing the tablet’s design, repeatedly emphasizing words like “seamless,” and “elegant,” and “perfect.” And much time was spent obsessing over the cutting-edge engineering that allowed for “vapor magnesium” casings that were both unfathomably thin and impressively rigid.

It was plainly obvious that Microsoft was gunning not only for Apple’s hefty market share, but also its zeitgeist-seizing mojo. The one question on all our minds, however, was whether any of us would get to actually use the Microsoft Surface.  READ FULL STORY

Microsoft introduces new Surface tablet

Microsoft announced the new Surface tablet Monday at a press event in Los Angeles, launching a pointed broadside at Apple’s market-share monster the iPad. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer described the new device as a “companion hardware innovation” for Windows 8. “We see a tablet designed the way Windows is designed. A tablet that’s a great PC. A PC that’s a great tablet,” added Windows chief Steven Sinofsky.

The Microsoft team showed off two versions of the Surface: READ FULL STORY

WWDC developments: Apple kicks Google Maps off iPhone, adds Facebook and more

Apple is kicking an important Google application off its iPhone and buddying up with Facebook rather than Google’s social network, as it distances itself from a bitter rival in the phone arena.

Google’s Maps application has resided on the iPhone since Apple launched the very first version of the phone in 2007. It’s one of the core apps on the phone, and can’t be deleted by the user.

But on Monday, Apple executives said Google Maps will be replaced by an Apple-developed app in iOS 6, the new operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. It’s set to be released late this year.

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Report: Glenn Beck signs $100 million radio deal

Since Glenn Beck and Fox News parted ways last year, you might be under the impression that his star has receded from the national political conversation — if only because Jon Stewart and his Daily Show writers no longer use him as a daily punching bag. But Beck’s morning radio show remains a force, with ratings up nearly 50 percent from five years ago, and routinely trails only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in listeners.

Today, his company, Mercury Radio Arts, renewed its deal with Clear Channel’s Premium Networks for five more years. Financial details have not been disclosed, but a source close to the parties involved told the New York Times that the deal could be worth up to $100 million for Beck. READ FULL STORY

The most pirated show of the season was...

HBO’s Game of Thrones earned big ratings in its second season, averaging 10.4 million viewers across all legitimate media platforms. That number gets even better when you factor in the illegitimate platforms: According to a study by TorrentFreak, the boobs-‘n-battle fantasy epic was the most pirated TV show of the spring season, averaging nearly 4 million illegal downloads per episode. It’s not surprising news, considering that Thrones was at the center of the growth of Take My Money HBO, a charming movement which operates under the assumption that a kamillion-dollar television corporation functions on the same basic economic principles as the pop-punk band you loved in freshman year. READ FULL STORY

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