A security researcher involved with the Wikileaks Web site was detained by U.S. agents at the border for three hours and questioned about the controversial whistleblower project as he entered the country on Thursday to attend a hacker conference, sources said on Saturday.
From Daniel Stone’s interview with Andrew Breitbart:
But do you agree that the edited video took things out of context? Well, yes. But I put up what I had. It granted a great portion of her redemptive tale, but not all of it. If I could do it all over again, I should have waited for the full video to get to me.
So why not apologize for that? I’d first like to speak to her in private and outside of the media circus.
Do you regret how this all went down? Look, there’s a lot of blame to go around on this story, and it’s very convenient to try to place it all on me when the Obama administration and the NAACP were also involved. I don’t think anybody looks particularly good in this thing.
“If we suspend all logic and reality for a second, and believe Breitbart’s story, then he is the biggest idiot on the face of the earth. His defense is that he is a victim of an Obama plot, which means that he played a role in setting himself up, because he edited the video and ran it on his site. Even the most die hard Obama hating conspiracy theorists have to shake their heads at that one. Breitbart should have been finished after his ACORN video was debunked, but now he and his race baiting really are done. Let’s hope Shirley Sherrod sues him for every dime he’s got, and maybe she can take over his website and use it to combat racism. That would be some true poetic justice.”—Jason Easley
…for tech-savvy media outlets, it has not been exactly clear *what* to use Tumblr for. The most successful effort (in my humble opinion) was created by former Newsweek employee Mark Coatney, who then promptly got hired by Tumblr itself. (The New Yorker tumblr is a solid runner up.)
So, leave it to ProPublica, an old-school investigative journalism non-profit to come up with the best use of Tumblr I’ve seen yet. It launched Officials Say the Darndest Things today, which presents funny or telling quotes by public figures.
Sorry Apple, but the Android is just better than iOS 4. This is coming from someone who has used an iPhone since 2007.
iOS 4 has to catch up to Android, not the other way around.
Apple’s hardware, the iPhone itself, is still better than any Android based phone I’ve had my hands on. I know there are the antennae issues, which I personally have yet to encounter, but the iPhone 4 looks and feels better than any phone out there.
I do give the Samsung Captivate the edge over the iPhone in terms of screen size and the sharpness of the display, but I prefer the weight of the iPhone to the Samsung.
The only other issue I have with the Samsung was it took me a few minutes to figure out how to unlock the battery case, but that’s mostly my fault for not RTFM.
What if your phone automatically went silent when you step into the movie theater? Texted your significant other when you finished your long commute? Or automatically turned down the volume when a particularly loud friend called? It can; here’s how.
Media criticism aside, the deeper problem I see here is not the photo so much as the text accompanying it: “What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan.” Because, really? This is the rationale here, that once the U.S. departs, the Taliban will come in and start mutilating people? Fine, but by that logic, why isn’t the U.S. invading Sudan? Or North Korea?
There are perhaps many legit reasons why the U.S. has an interesting in continuing the war in Afghanistan. But this cheap stunt is not one of them.
Remember that torrent yesterday that contained the personal information off of 100 million scraped Facebook profiles? I thought it was strange that the guy didn’t sell this information, since many companies would be interested. Turns out they are interested.
“I’m acutely aware that this image will be seen by children, who will undoubtedly find it distressing. We have consulted with a number of child psychologists about its potential impact … In the end, I felt that the image is a window into the reality of what is happening — and what can happen — in a war that affects and involves all of us. I would rather confront readers with the Taliban’s treatment of women than ignore it. I would rather people know that reality as they make up their minds about what the U.S. and its allies should do in Afghanistan.”—Time managing editor Richard Stengel, on his decision to put a photo of an Afghan woman who was mutilated by the Taliban on the cover of the magazine (via New York Mag)
This has bullshit written all over it. Apparently ESPN doesn’t realize that once you post something to the Internet, there is no turning back. They can’t kill the story, it’s already out there.
This just goes to further prove that ESPN is taking orders from Lebron’s camp, which we already knew after “The Decision” aired. While their “30 for 30” series is incredible, they’ve crossed the line from journalism to public relations hacks. Some would say they did that a long time ago, and this is just the latest and most glaring example.
“Almost 80% of location-based service users are male. Close to 70% of them are between the ages of 19 and 35, and 70% have college degrees or higher. Forrester also found these location-app users to be influential (the report finds they’re 38% more likely to say friends and family ask their opinions before a purchase) and they are especially receptive to mobile coupons and offers. This set is up to 20% more likely to consult their phones before a purchase, and are far more likely to research products and services and read customer reviews.”
So young, educated, influential males with (presumably) way more disposable income than most consumers are owning a new technology and Forrester isn’t sure that it’s a good field to play on? So wrong.
Translation: We’re fifty-two year old marketing men and we don’t reeeaaally understand the long term implications LBS will have on business but we know it’s hot but we don’t want to get burned because all these young kids and their smartcells and their wallasquares and WE’RE GOING TO RELEASE A REPORT THAT SAYS TO WAIT because then we’re not WRONG, we’re just SMART, and we can say we told you so if it catches on or dies because then our executive team that’s made up of mostly men, excepting legal and communications because all women know about it arguing and talking am i right, can say either way that we were correct and that we were so goddamn right and everyone should listen up and trust us because we basically just released a statement that had NO CONCLUSION but we said it so well that people talk about it on mishmashable and their bloggerspotters so then spammers who call themselves gurus will charge businesses a fuckton of money to consult using our bullshit information that any asshole could run through a press release format and we’re all like whatever lolz!
His people called, not LeBron himself, and had the story pulled: this is far more likely than trained professionals editing and publishing a story accidentally. This is not what ESPN’s official statement is, but again, we’re not accusing them of lying here—just of having a very broad understanding of “the editorial process.”
Coming on the heels of “The Decision,” the most bizarre University of Phoenix infomercial ever, this looks horrible for ESPN, whose own ombudsman condemned the network’s decision to air the hour-long LeBron interview and the lack of editorial control the network had in dealing with LeBron and his entourage. You know the network values entertainment over journalism, and they know they do, but the pretense just made me feel so much better about the whole thing. Like eating a fried chicken salad and not just the fried chicken, I liked the greenery giving me the illusion of health and balance in my diet.
You’d think “posting pics of boobs” would be answer number one, especially considering what I’ve been seeing around these parts (your… parts) but I asked around and there were two resounding answers (no, it wasn’t the “left boob” and the “right boob”). The answers were: kittens and bacon.
I won’t do it a lot. My dog Max would not have it. But since I’m feeling like the new kid on the block…