On the Road at WGN-TV
I flew to Chicago to visit WGN-TV, a Tribune-owned station. Armed with a MacBook Air and an Epson scanner -- try clearing that with Transportation Security Administration officials -- I headed to the station to review WGN's political file.
Korea Policing the Net. Twist? It's South Korea.
A government critic who called the president a curse word on his Twitter account found it blocked. An activist whose Twitter posting likened officials to pirates for approving a controversial naval base was accused by the navy of criminal defamation. And a judge who wrote that the president was out to "screw" Internet users who challenged his authority was fired in what was widely seen as retaliation. Such a crackdown on Internet freedom would be notable, but perhaps not surprising, in China, with its army of vigilant online censors. But the avid policing of social media in these cases took place in South Korea, a thriving democracy and one of the world's most wired societies.
Municipal Broadband: Triumph of the Little Guys
Chattanooga's fiber-optic network is capable of delivering one-gigabit Internet connections to every resident in its electric utility's service area. This includes not just the city itself, but also its suburbs and some pretty rural parts of Hamilton County. Although Chattanooga is the only city that provides connections of that speed to anyone who wants one, other cities are close: Lafayette, La., and Bristol, Va. There are also smaller trial networks in the area around Stanford, Sebastopol, Calif., and Issaquah, Wash. And of course Google is rolling out its fiber network in parts of Kansas City.
Google Search to Be Anti-Piracy Enforcer
Websites that are subject to frequent copyright removal notices will soon begin to appear lower in Google search rankings -- a new effort to crack down on piracy that has Hollywood happy but consumer groups fearful of potential abuse.
Carrier Data Confirms It: Half of U.S. Now Owns a Smartphone
For the first time, more people in the U.S. own a smartphone than a regular talk-and-text devices, according to a new report. Smartphone penetration exceeded 50 percent in the second quarter, making the feature phone a shrinking minority among U.S. mobile users.
Police Shoot Man in Midtown, and Tourists Reach for Cameras
The typical afternoon furor in Times Square became something more menacing on Saturday as throngs of police officers drew their weapons and pursued a man with a large knife down Seventh Avenue and then shot him to death. The scene was chaotic, confusing and almost certainly dangerous. Yet many bystanders stopped to watch, record video and take photos.
Times-Picayune Reporter Jumps Off the 'Sinking Ship'
The Times-Picayune reporter who shared with Romenesko readers the letter she wrote to her bosses in early July ("I can't just keep my mouth shut and pretend everything is okay or that it doesn't matter") has left the paper.
A Bird Magazine's Final Chirps in Print
For three decades, fans of Bird Talk magazine have dutifully collected issues for their articles and centerfolds. But the September issue is the last that will appear in print, leaving disappointed subscribers with BirdChannel.com, the magazine's related site, as the only way to read the publication's information on all types of birds -- from love birds to macaws and cockatoos.