Anti-Surveillance Rally in DC October 26

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Government defines Journalist?

Scripting News: The govt should stay out of journalism: "The US government is hoping to legislate who is and isn't a journalist. This is serious stuff. They aren't deciding who can and can't get a Pulitzer Prize, instead they're deciding who goes to jail for publishing leaks "without authorization.". . ." (read more at link above)

Actually, the US government is defining shills. US looking more and more like a police state.

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Univision, Fusion, English-language news

Univision CEO sees profits in English-language news - Business Monday - "The CEO of Univision already presides over the dominant network for Spanish-language television. It recently won the bragging rights of snagging the No. 1 rating of any network during the summer re-run season, beating out NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox for adult viewers under 50. Now Univision is partnering with ABC to launch Fusion, a cable network ostensibly aimed at English-speaking Hispanics but increasingly looking like a channel designed for young people in general."

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Narcissism, Fabulousness, Publishing

A Look at September Fashion Magazines - "And is it just me, or has the branding of every editor and intern into a society/street-style star with pages dedicated exclusively to their own fabulousness made magazines seem as narcissistic as Facebook postings? Oh, I do simultaneously adore and envy everything about Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, but I’m not sure I need to know any more about her brother Albert’s surprise birthday party on the rolling family estate in Hohenberg beyond its theme of “lederhosen/Versace/Howard Carpendale/sweat pants,” thank you very much."

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When information becomes misinformation

"Misleading stories from sites like The Verge" --

Confirmed: ChromeCast will be able to play local content, go ahead and order yours | Muktware: "The suspicion was raised that Google doesn't want streaming of local data through ChromeCast. Then there were misleading stories from sites like The Verge . . . . So it's abundantly clear that Google is not trying to block playback of local content. It's just that the SDK is in very early stage and developers should refrain from publicly releasing apps as they may break unless the SDK is in stable stage. So if you were planning to buy ChromeCast and changed your mind thinking it won't play local content you don't have to worry. You will be able to play anything that you want on that device. As far as developers are concerned they can wait till the SDK is ready for the prime time. So go ahead and order your ChromeCast" (read more at link above)

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Blogger, Silicon Valley, Disruptions, Bridges to Burn

Disruptions: A Blogger Mocks the Denizens of Silicon Valley - "But no matter where he is, Mr. Biddle understands that a job at Valleywag can be like a job as a crash-test dummy. “There was a worry before I started this that I was going to burn every bridge I had,” Mr. Biddle said. “But I realize now that there are some bridges that are worth burning.”"

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Domain name, commentary, defamatory posts, lose §230 immunity

Internet publishers beware --

Choosing a specific domain name and adding commentary to defamatory posts causes host to lose §230 immunity - Lexology: "Via Section 230, the Communications Decency Act (CDA) provides broad immunity for service providers, hosts and website operators for claims stemming from their publication of information created by third parties. In general, courts have adhered to that expansive view in construing Section 230, even in cases when the operator knowingly published defamatory content. However, one recent case from the Eastern District of Kentucky illustrates there are limits to the extent of the aegis afforded by this immunity."(read more at link above)

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Why the US Government is out to kill the Fourth Estate

A "must read" for journalists, bloggers, writers . . . . .

When you’re in a Fourth Estate situation » Pressthink: " . . . I believe Bruce Schneier was correct when he wrote in the Atlantic this week that the U.S. government has “commandeered the internet.” He urged the big technology companies to fight back. But even if they don’t, others will. And when they make that decision, they will pick up the tools of journalism and try to alert the public. If the press won’t help them, they will go it alone. Wise professionals in journalism will understand this, and choose accordingly."

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Snowden says NSA targeted journalists critical of government

In the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, critical journalism is terrorism -- at least to the NSA --

Snowden: NSA targeted journalists critical of government after 9/11 - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room: "“After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in American abdicated their role as a check to power – the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government – for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism,” he said." (more at link above)

Bottom line: the Fourth Estate, as such, no longer exists in the US, at least in the off-line world. One must seek out blogs and other sources online such as the Guardian.

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