The McClatchy Company, a chain of more than 30 U.S. newspapers, is expected to close its foreign bureaus by the end of the year. The media giant's chief executive denies the rumors, but it kind of sounds like the closures are likely anyway. Read the rest
Jon Hendren, @fart
, was mistakenly summoned onto Headline News instead of journalist John Hendren, to talk about whistleblower Ed Snowden. He talked about Edward Scissorhands instead. The clueless, scripted anchor didn't seem to notice the difference. Read the rest
Rupert Murdoch, the new boss of National Geographic.
The National Geographic magazine has been a nonprofit publication since inception in 1888, but that ends today. The long-running American publication becomes very much for-profit under a $725 million dollar deal announced today with 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company controlled by the family of Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch is a notorious climate change denier, and his family's Fox media empire is the world's primary source of global warming misinformation. Which would be no big deal here, I guess, were it not for the fact that the National Geographic Society's mission includes giving grants to scientists.
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Unlike clocks, Rick Perry is rarely right even once a day.
Jorge Ramos, the Univision reporter/anchor who was famously thrown out of a Donald Trump circle jerk for practicing journalism without permission has a long history of pissing off dangerous, rich, powerful criminals. Read the rest
The group plans to develop a new generation of royalty-free open source digital media formats for video, audio, and still images.
It's all about looking better on increasingly smaller devices.
The infractions she's charged with are so minor, it's hard to believe.
The FBI is investigating how secure Hillary Rodham Clinton's email practices were when she was secretary of state and used a private email server, reports The Washington Post. Read the rest
The artist is scheduled to be in the UK in September for a big exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts.
“Uncaged, Unaccountable, Fucked Up.” Better jot down that phone number for their Atrocity Tip Line.
Under a crazy, ineffectual EU court ruling, people can petition Google and its rivals to de-index news articles from their European search-results.
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Texas governor Greg Abbott OK's ban on healthcare provider's non-abortion-related services for the poor.
If you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to do so now.
What do the main parties say they will do in the digital realm
if they're elected? tl;dr Tories are plainly ignorant of technological reality, Labour adds meaningless platitudes, Lib-Dems offer some milquetoast sanity, and UKIP wants foreigners put on a registry.
Glyn Moody sums up:
The political parties' manifestos offer a fascinating snapshot not just of the respective interests of different groups, but also of digital technology's march towards the center of politics. Nowadays, you can tell a lot about a party by looking at how it proposes to address the complex new issues being raised by the Internet and its impact on society, which makes perusing the full manifestos a worthwhile preparation for voting in the imminent UK General Election.
If you are eligible to vote, don't forget to use that power to help shape the next UK government's digital policies. It's not often the public is given this option: use it while you can.
Photo: Clive Darra (cc)
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