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  • Jay-Z’s Android Deal Shows How Race Colors Smartphone Market

    June 18, 2013
    Love him or loathe him, you can’t knock Jay-Z’s hustle. The rapper turned mogul has stepped up his business game considerably over the past several years, first by owning (and then selling) his stake in his hometown Brooklyn Nets, then starting his own sports agency, and finally this week announcing a new deal with Android that could permanently alter the mobile music market.
  • Five Questions for the Next FCC Chief

    June 18, 2013

    Tom Wheeler, the White House’s pick to head the Federal Communications Commission, was for years a well-heeled lobbyist for cable and wireless companies. He also served the president’s 2008 and 2012 election campaigns as a top “bundler,” raising more than $700,000 from undisclosed donors in support of Obama.

  • Five Things You Need to Know About NSA Surveillance

    June 14, 2013
    Watching conventional wisdom form in Washington can be appalling. The emerging consensus on surveillance this past week has D.C.’s pundit class saying that privacy violations are a small price to pay for keeping Americans safe. But conventional wisdom is wrong.
  • Because Privacy

    June 14, 2013
    You don’t know what I do on the Internet. Because I am really good at privacy. I have expertly set my Facebook settings. People come to me for advice on these matters. Strangers cannot mess with me.
  • Gannett Gobbles Belo, Gains Serious Consolidated Weight

    June 13, 2013
    Listen to Gannett CEO Gracia Martore for a sec, and you’ll see she’s all about fostering good local journalism. Seriously.
  • We Knew We Were Being Spied On

    June 13, 2013

    The recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs came as a shock for much of the nation. But here’s the thing about my so-called “millennial” generation: We’ve known all along that we’re being watched.

  • Dancing Around the First and Fourth Amendments

    June 12, 2013
    Whether you think spying is OK or not depends on your relationship to the information being collected. If you’re on the gathering end, the invasion of someone else’s privacy doesn’t seem like a big deal. But if you’re the one whose private life is being pried into, this kind of surveillance seems like a very big deal indeed.
  • Spyfall

    June 11, 2013

    Late last week the Guardian released a story detailing how the National Security Administration (NSA) has been collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily.

  • The Government May Be Reading This Blog Post

    June 11, 2013
    The government is spying on you. In fact, the National Security Agency may be reading this very blog post. So the Free Press Action Fund has teamed up with Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future and other groups to launch StopWatching.Us — a call for Congress to investigate the NSA’s privacy-killing surveillance schemes.
  • Don't Let the Kochs Spoil the Party

    June 11, 2013

    This week the Tribune Company, which began in a one-room plant in Chicago and now has media outlets across the nation, turns 166.

    Unfortunately, there are a few party crashers who are trying to spoil the fun.


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