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Fast Company’s daring 23andMe cover

An ill-timed story as Anne Wojcicki’s DNA testing outfit runs afoul of the FDA

Oops. The current issue of Fast Company has Anne Wojcicki—founder of 23andMe and estranged wife of billionaire cyborg Sergey Brin—on... More

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Apples and oranges on Google and publishers

Print performance is bad enough without putting a thumb on the scale

Slate tells us that "Google ad revenue tops entire US print media industry" in the first six months of the... More

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Audit Notes: China slows, Romney’s taxes, copyright

Inventories pile up, posing another threat to the global economy

The New York Times looks at a glut of goods clogging up Chinese warehouses—an ominous sign for the global economy:... More

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Audit Notes: Different than you and me, Google as utility

Political discourse disproportionately follows the whims of the wealthy

The Los Angeles Times runs a fascinating op-ed by Benjamin I. Page and Larry M. Bartels on the policy preferences... More

Audit Notes: Economic Headwinds, Refinancing, Google’s Dominance

Crain's New York Business's Aaron Elstein takes a good look anecdotes at the headwinds New York's economy is facing from... More

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Audit Notes: Google moves on copyright, The Daily Shoe, Olympics

As its business interest aligns with content producers

Google will finally begin to penalize pirate sites in its search algorithm. What took so long? The Wall Street Journal... More

Audit Notes: Google v. Groupon, BofA Deal, The 99ers

The Wall Street Journal's Shira Ovide writes that Google, spurned by Groupon despite its stunning $6 billion offer for the... More

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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: HBGary Federal, Jeff Sachs Goes Off, Gaming Google

ArsTechnica has a great ticktock on how the HBGary Federal scandal broke open, recounting how its CEO got into a... More

Audit Notes: Risky Business, Two Economies, Google and Monopoly

The New York Times is good to keep an eye on signs of a return of risky lending. Today it... More

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German bill would charge for aggregation

The potential law would provide content creators with a portion of the profits search engines make by aggregating them

News aggregators and search engines in Germany will be required to pay publishers a fee for using their content—even snippets,... More

Get a Life (Beyond the Web)

Science writers struggle with time management

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA — Freelance science writer Steve Silberman might not be physically addicted to Twitter, but sometimes it seems like... More

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Google circumvents Germany’s pay-for-content rule by making news orgs opt in

LSR was passed to help media creators get paid when their work is used in search, but it’s not working out that way

Last spring, Google unsuccessfully tried to prevent a German copyright law that would require news aggregators to pay for the... More

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Google France’s $81 million media boost

In response to threatened copyright legislation, Google and a media group formed a fund to help fund digital innovation

After seven months of closed-door negotiations, Google France and a French media association announced the details of a 60 million... More

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Google released an anti-piracy report

And reporters are divided as to what it means

Google released an unusual report on Tuesday--"How Google Fights Piracy," a 25-page document that detailed its anti-piracy principles, the efforts... More

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Google’s privacy policy scrutinized in Europe

A six-country investigation could have worldwide ramifications

Six European countries are stepping up the heat on Google to comply with the continent's strict privacy policies, a year... More

Google’s Search Dominance Comes In Handy for Its Other Businesses

The Wall Street Journal looks at a key competitive issue on the Web.

Google has a near-monopoly on search in the U.S. It uses that dominant position to boost its other businesses at... More

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It’s about the info, not the outlet

Google’s mapped information on Sandy topped anything news organizations offered

Data journalism and information visualization is a burgeoning field. Every week, Between the Spreadsheets will analyze, interrogate, and explore emerging... More

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Lessons for journos in the NSA revelations

Anyone wishing to keep communications private will need to take additional steps to protect them

In the second such revelation in less than a month, on Wednesday the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald released a copy of... More

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Mathias Döpfner, digital counterrevolutionary

Axel Springer chief predicts US will eventually join Europe in the fight against the dominance of Google, Facebook, and other tech titans

The digital counterrevolution is underway in Europe, where national governments and bureaucrats in Brussels are enacting measures to curtail the... 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.

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