Big Fish Hooked: Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson Charged with Phone Hacking
Shoes, dropping, everywhere: British prosecutors announced they're charging eight new and very high-profile people with criminal phone hacking in the endless News Corp. tabloid phone-hacking scandal.
U.K. to Charge Coulson, Brooks Over Phone Hacking
Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief and Rupert Murdoch's former U.K. newspaper boss are to be charged with phone-hacking offenses in the most significant development in a scandal that has rocked Britain's establishment.
Phone Hacking: Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson Face Charges
Eight people, including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, will face a total of 19 charges relating to phone hacking, the Crown Prosecution Service has said. The two ex-News of the World editors will be charged in connection with the accessing of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone messages. They are among seven of the paper's former staff facing charges of conspiring to intercept communications.
So, Who Really Did Invent the Internet?
Gordon Crovitz of the Wall Street Journal's editorial page reopens the ancient debate over who invented the Internet with a column calling out the notion that it was the government as an "urban legend." Let's look at where Crovitz goes awry.
WSJ Mangles History to Argue Government Didn't Launch the Internet
"It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet," writes L. Gordon Crovitz in the Wall Street Journal, launching into just one of a myriad of problems with his short opinion piece.
Civil Liberties Groups Praise Revised Cybersecurity Bill
Five U.S. senators have introduced a revised version of cybersecurity legislation unveiled earlier this year, with digital liberties groups praising changes that limit the type of cyberthreat information that can be shared between private companies and the U.S. government.
The Gender Gap in Mobile and Internet Access in the Developing World
We have seen evidence over and over again that investing in women and girls is one of the most direct and effective ways to produce economic and social progress. We have also seen how information and communication technologies have accelerated the pace of change by introducing efficiencies, opening new markets, and creating technology-related jobs. Now imagine the tremendous possibilities that can arise from empowering women with information communications technology. The promise is real, though there are a number of challenges to navigate.
At AT&T, Broadband Continues to Shrink
It is no surprise that, like Verizon, Ma Bell isn't losing much sleep over its broadband business, which can be described as plodding at best and meh at worst. Sure, the company is adding somewhat faster U-Verse connections, but it's losing the classic DSL customers faster.
YouTube Fights Comment Trolls by Discouraging Pseudonyms
YouTube Head of Product Dror Shimshowitz told said last May, "We're working on some improvements to the comment system." Well, YouTube's "secret weapon against the Internet's worst commenters" has arrived: People will now be asked to use their real names.
Wi-Fi and 3G Hubs Banned from Olympics
The London Olympics will be the first since the launch of Apple's iPad and the explosion in iPhone apps and Android apps but there’s a long list of tech devices that are banned from the Games. Of course, the list of prohibited items includes some obvious stuff: knives, guns, CS spray, explosives and stunning devices. But there's also an Olympic list of prohibited tech devices.
D.C. Officers Are Directed to Leave Citizen Photographers Alone
District police cannot interfere with citizens as they photograph or videotape officers performing their jobs in public, according to a new directive issued by Chief Cathy L. Lanier as part of settlement in a civil lawsuit.
Mississippi Delta Television Market Generates Big News
If the FCC signs off on a recently proposed financial transaction in Greenville, Miss., the West Coast-based Harker family will control all four local television stations in Greenville.
Boston Globe Slashing Up to 53 Jobs with Layoffs, Buyout Offers
The Boston Globe has offered buyouts to 20 newsroom staffers and 23 advertising employees and has laid off 10 people from across the publication, according to the paper's publisher.
Mexico Cartel Attacks on Press Take Toll on Drug War Coverage
Mexico has become one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, especially those covering issues involving corruption, the drug war and political misconduct. Yet authorities rarely, if ever, carry out serious investigations of the slayings or kidnappings of journalists, according to several human rights organizations. Consequently, the besieged Mexican press is constantly having to make decisions about how -- and whether -- to cover the narco war in ways that won't jeopardize reporters, installations and publishers' families.
It's Not Just Journatic: A Breakdown of Journalism and Outsourcing
Journatic is only the tip of the iceberg. In recent weeks, the scandal with Journatic, a company that outsources the work of individual stories to people outside of a given community, has drawn scorn and shocked reaction from media pundits and readers alike. But let's think about this a little more. There's a root issue here that often gets ignored by outsiders -- newspapers have slowly been trimming the edges in every way possible. What does that mean?