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Audit Notes: Google’s stonewalling, Moody’s spin clinic, USDA mortgages

An NYT story on how the company tried to stymie investigators of its Street View program

This New York Times story is a few days old, but worth flagging. The paper reports on Google's roguish reaction... More

Audit Notes: Paywalls Paying Off, Digital Privacy, Murdoch

As Warren Buffett knows, when you give away your product online, it undermines the one you charge good money for... More

Audit Notes: Wells Bells, Nontaxpayers, Facebook Apps and Privacy

The Huffington Post reports that Elizabeth Magner, a federal judge in Louisiana, hit Wells Fargo with $3.1 million in punitive... More

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HeLa-cious coverage

Media overlook ethical angles of Henrietta Lacks story

A New York Times bestseller about the most widely used human cell line in biological research has inspired wide-ranging debates... More

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How hard should it be for the government to read your email?

Harder than it is right now

In 1986, it would have been strange to keep an email for longer than six months. First of all, not... More

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How technology redefines norms

Reasonable resistance to the upending of cultural mores is not “technopanic”

Jeff Jarvis reprints the clip above, in an article dismissing the privacy concerns surrounding Google Glass. The Victorian attitudes... More

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Planned NSA reforms still leave journalists reason to worry

“Two hops” may still include numerous reporters

Last week the Obama administration set forth a proposal to reform one part of the National Security Agency's surveillance program:... More

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Poor coverage of Google’s Street View scandal settlement

Incomplete accounts make the story more favorable to Mountain View

Google paid $7 million to 38 states earlier this week to settle its Street View privacy scandal. This was a... More

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Questions for the government on Snowden

There are still too many things US citizens don’t know

The case of Edward Snowden raises many questions. Do we need the surveillance programs he disclosed to mitigate the threat... More

Stories I’d Like to See

A trove of stories from the Facebook IPO

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

The WSJ Exposes Google’s Tracking Hack

The Wall Street Journal has a big scoop this morning on how Google and other companies overrode Apple privacy settings... More

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The Bloomberg terminal scandal

Not nearly in the Murdoch hacking league, but it requires a cultural shift

The Bloomberg terminal-snooping story is a serious ethics problem, but I've read some awfully hysterical takes on it in the... More

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The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell

It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

The Guardian happened upon a huge story while discussing a journalism partnership with Whisper, whose social media app promises anonymity... More

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The looming threat of newsroom cyber attacks

Recent attacks on the Albuquerque Journal and WBOC reveal the importance of digital security

Around 11am on Tuesday, journalists at the Maryland CBS affiliate WBOC noticed that their Twitter password had been changed. Employees... More

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The secret whistleblowers

The book The Burglary, released Wednesday, reveals how a group of activists exposed the secrets of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

On the night of March 8, 1971, when almost all eyes and ears were on Muhammad Ali battling Joe Frazier... More

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The secret whistleblowers, revisited

The new documentary 1971, which premiered on Friday, reveals how a group of activists exposed the secrets of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

In March 1971, eight burglars broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Media, PA, and stole hundreds of... More

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What the Sony hacks reveal about the news industry

Writers gave consumers exactly what they wanted

Interview over A movie poster for "The Interview" is taken from a theater display case in Atlanta. (AP... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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