Following criticism that it doesn’t do enough to prevent or deal with reports of abuse — including a recent British case involving a female journalist — Twitter said Saturday that it has updated its policies to make it clear that abuse will not be tolerated and has also added more staff to handle reports.
According to interviews with government sources conducted by CNET security reporter Declan McCullogh, the FBI is pressuring telecom carriers like AT&T and Verizon to install “port reader” software that would allow the agency to intercept and analyze communication streams in real-time. Carriers are reportedly resisting, but the FBI claims it has the right to do this under the Patriot Act.
Senators have been debating a so-called federal “shield law” that would protect journalists from government subpoenas and court orders related to their sources, but they can’t seem to agree on who should be defined as a “real” journalist.
According to a news report, Google is experimenting with adding hyperlocal news cards to Google Now, its automated personal assistant for smartphones — a service that would also come in very handy on Google Glass. Read more »
In one of Reddit’s regular “Ask Me Anything” interviews, Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger talked about the paper’s business model, the difficulties of investigative journalism and what advice he would give journalism students. Read more »
An incident in which a British journalist was subjected to hundreds of abusive tweets has highlighted Twitter’s ongoing struggle to balance its defence of free speech and the rights of its users with the need to curb abuse. Read more »
Most of the uses imagined for Google Glass so far are pretty geeky, but video journalist Tim Pool has a different perspective, based on using the device while reporting on protests in Istanbul for Vice magazine. “When there’s a wall of police firing plastic bullets at […] Read more »
The New York Times has started experimenting with a system that highlights comments from readers alongside the story they are responding to, part of an increasing trend towards making the audience part of the process. Read more »
Andrew Miller, the CEO of Guardian News & Media — parent company of The Guardian newspaper — said at a recent social-media event that Twitter is driving more referral traffic for breaking news stories than other social media platforms. “Twitter is the fastest way to break news now,” he said, calling the service “core to what we do on a daily basis.”
Scott Simon, an author and host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, has been posting messages to Twitter from his mother’s bedside in the intensive care unit of a Chicago hospital and the response has shown just how powerful Twitter can be. Read more »
Justin Smith, the president of Atlantic Media and one of those credited with turning around the 156-year-old magazine’s financial fortunes with digital initiatives, is leaving the company to run Bloomberg’s media group. Read more »
A woman in Britain who says she received hundreds of rape threats an hour on Twitter has criticized the service for not making it easier to take action against such abuse, and supporters have started a petition and are organizing a boycott. Read more »
Henry Blodget, the co-founder and CEO of Business Insider, has a habit of writing posts on his site about his personal experiences with various ephemera of daily life, such as flying economy class. The latest instalment is about buying a newspaper — not a newspaper company, […] Read more »
Novelist Junot Díaz has annotated a section of his 2008 book “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” on the interactive writing site RapGenius. Diaz added notes that explain his inspiration for the passage, including Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons, Star Trek and a number of […] Read more »
With the rollout of new blogging and rewriting features for readers who use its Kinja platform, Denton and Gawker Media continue to blur the line between their writers and editors and the people formerly known as the audience. Read more »
According to a survey by the Cloud Security Alliance, 10 percent of the organization’s non-US members have cancelled a contract with a US-based cloud provider in the wake of the revelations about the participation of technology companies in the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program, and 56 percent said they were less likely to use an American company.
Gawker Media founder Nick Denton used to say that the days of banner ads were numbered, but now he says he has made his peace with the format because “you can’t fight against an entire industry.” He says the challenge now is to make banners more relevant.
Several media industry executives argue that the disruption of the newspaper industry was inevitable, and that there was nothing much those in charge of the business could have done to prevent it or adapt to it. But is that true? Read more »
Twitter has apologized for posting fake advertising testimonials and attributing them to real users, but the slipup seemed to spark some angst among users about the company’s control over their content and identities. Read more »
When Facebook launched its platform strategy in 2007, it seemed as though the social network wanted to create a kind of social operating system anyone could use and build on — but the reality has turned out to be something very different. Read more »
With the launch of a web version, Flipboard highlights how far it has evolved from its early days as a standalone app, and how it is both a partner and a potential competitor for content companies. Read more »
When I jumped in a river with my cellphone in my pocket, it forced me to take a kind of vacation from the internet and real-time connections — and while I didn’t have any huge epiphanies, I learned a thing or two about myself. Read more »
The departure of FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver from the New York Times — and the bidding war with ESPN that preceded it — are just more evidence of how the balance of power has shifted in favor of the individual media brand. Read more »
Events like Camp Grounded try to convince us that we will somehow become better people if we can just find a way to disconnect from the internet and our devices — but those things aren’t the real source of our problems. Read more »
While everyone is trying to figure out a way to monetize online content via paywalls, John Battelle of Federated Media wonders whether a “group buying” approach would work better by giving readers an incentive to sign up. Read more »
The Washington Post’s delay in responding to complaints about a piece that one of its columnists wrote is just another sign of how out of touch many media outlets are when it comes to correcting their mistakes. Read more »
The prosecution in Bradley Manning’s trial appears to be trying to draw a hard line between real journalism and an entity like WikiLeaks — but as Harvard law professor Yochai Benkler pointed out, that’s almost impossible to do. Read more »
The major publishers say they needed to cut an ebook deal with Apple in order to blunt the force of Amazon’s monopoly — but they themselves helped construct that monopoly by insisting on platform-specific DRM. Read more »
What Uber calls “surge pricing” makes a lot of sense from a rational, economic point of view — but when it is used during disasters like the floods in Toronto, it still leaves the company with a black eye. Read more »
In the second half of an interview with the Guardian, former CIA contractor Edward Snowden repeats allegations that PRISM provides “direct access” to servers at Google, Facebook, Microsoft and others — claims those companies have repeatedly denied. Read more »
As with so many other news events, there was plenty of speculation and misinformation flowing on Twitter about the crash of an airplane at San Francisco airport — but for better or worse, that is just the way the news works now. Read more »
More than half of those surveyed in a new Gallup poll said that the television is their main source for news, and about 21 percent chose the internet. Less than 10 percent said print newspapers are their main source. Read more »
According to new figures, the Guardian set a one-day traffic record with its Snowden coverage, and has also seen its overall traffic grow to the point where it is likely close to matching the New York Times. Read more »
Computing pioneer Doug Engelbart — who passed away earlier this week — had a vision of how the technologies he developed could help us to create a better world, not just a way to sell more smartphone apps or get people to click on advertising. Read more »
A group of Harvard researchers who looked at information flows on Twitter during the Boston bombings came to the conclusion the network could be useful during such events for aid workers and emergency personnel. Read more »
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has spent more than $1 billion on over a dozen acquisitions, deals that have been all over the map in terms of size and focus. Is there any coherent strategy at work here? Read more »
Douglas Engelbart, a legendary American inventor and computing icon who invented the first computer mouse and helped develop much of the modern PC user interface, passed away last night, according to his family. Read more »
In many ways, Google’s shutdown of its RSS reader is just a small part of a larger move away from open web standards and towards closed, proprietary platforms that are easier to control and monetize. Read more »
Andrew Sullivan says that based on current conversion rates for his subscription-driven political blog The Daily Dish, he doesn’t expect to hit his goal of raising $900,000 — but despite that, he has still achieved a lot that is worth celebrating. Read more »
The fact that it is more difficult than ever to decide who qualifies as a “journalist” may make for a confusing media landscape, and it may trouble some professional journalists and media outlets, but in the long run we are better off. Read more »