Some Good Things Drones Can (Actually) Do

While everyone is freaking out about Amazon's plan to unleash an army of delivery drones on the world, it's important to remember that these flying robots can do much more than just move packages. Read More >>

Daily Mail Rumbled Nicking Entire Article, Concept and Photos From Blogger

A frustrated blogger caught the Daily Mail lifting an entire article, with the shameless celebrity gusset portal stealing words, photos and certain phrases from a list feature on tourist vandalism he'd put together just a day earlier. Read More >>

Local Councils Forced to Welcome Live-Tweeters, Bloggers and Video Cameras

The hotbed of angst and bitterness that is your average local council meeting will now be fully open to the public, with Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Local Government, demanding local councillors let themselves be photographed, filmed and tweeted about while doing their business. Read More >>

The Guardian's Opening a Coffee Shop and You Could Be Its Manager

Move over Starbucks; the Guardian's pitching up on your turf, and no, that's not a joke. The people of Shoreditch won't know what's hit 'em. Read More >>

Would You Pay £2 a Week for the Sun Online+?

The Sun, that bastion of quality news journalism and tits on page 3, is planning to erect a paywall for its online offerings, in something it's calling Sun+. Basically, you pay two quid a month for access to the paper and "near-live" TV clips of Premier League footie. Tempting perhaps? Read More >>

FT: Thousands of Confidential Bloomberg Terminal Messages Found Online

Just the other day, the New York Post outed Bloomberg reporters for monitoring Bloomberg terminals to track Wall Street traders' accounts. Now, the Financial Times has pointed out another egregious but unrelated security problem: apparently more than ten thousand confidential terminal records have been on the Internet—searchable by Google—probably for years. Read More >>

Bloomberg Reporters Used Sketchy Terminal Access To Collect Info

Goldman Sachs officials called Bloomberg LP out this week, according to the New York Post, when they realised that reporters from Bloomberg News had been monitoring activity on traders' terminal accounts. The terminals, which cost more than £13,000 a year, are a ubiquitous resource across banks and trading firms with about 315,000 subscribers. Reporters didn't have extensive private access, but could see when a trader logged on to a terminal and checked things like bond trades or equities indices. Goldman basically took the position that they weren't trying to be paranoid, but it really wasn't okay for a Bloomberg reporter to ask if someone had been fired based on the fact that there was no recent activity on his/her terminal account. Read More >>

Is Twitter Ruining Journalism or Making It Better?

It's undeniable that Twitter has changed—and is still changing—the face of journalism. It makes some things simpler and some things more complicated. But how is it affecting journalism on the whole? This PBS Off-Book segment gives that some thought and uncovers one deep, universal truth: Twitter is neato. [PBS Off Book] Read More >>

Automated Typewriter Installation Creates Never-Ending Story Honouring Journalists Killed on Assignment

"On Journalism #2 Typewriter" is a typewriter installation that honours journalists who been killed worldwide between 1992 and present day, by writing generatively constructed stories about about them based on their published work and the existing data of their lives (viathe Committee to Protect Journalists). Read More >>

How to Be a Citizen Journalist Without Getting Killed

There's some serious shit going down over in the US as part of the Occupy Oakland protests. Even though there were no official media on the scene, the police's tear gas avalanche was captured and distributed by citizen journalists who were among those being assailed, for the whole world to see. Read More >>

The Daily Mail's Eggy-Face Over "Amanda Knox Is Guilty" Story

Look, we all do it. If a website claims not to pre-write certain articles (obituaries; Apple announcements; obituaries about Apple announcements) then they're obviously missing a trick. But actually publishing an incorrect pre-written article? Just ask the Daily Mail, The Sun and even The Guardian how much that hurts. Read More >>


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