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'...An increasing part of newspapers’ business model-in-transition is based on deceiving customers'

News organizations are not being transparent. They use ad technology that tracks users, delivers malware and is obtrusive. "And as readers wise up to the risks and annoyances posed by this stuff and install ad blocking technology, we move to a 'sponsored content' advertising model whose very success is based on the fact that most readers don’t know it’s advertising."

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Beck believes Zuckerberg

Glenn Beck was among those who met with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to discuss issues with the platform and conservative news and views. Beck was impressed. "Beck writes that he believes Zuckerberg when the Facebook founder says he wants the social network to be an open place. He reserved his criticism for his conservative counterparts, who arrived at Facebook with a list of demands, prompting him to ask 'What happened to us?'"

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The real bias built in at Facebook

The real problem is in the algorithm, not in the "trivial" trending topics, argues Zeynep Tufekci.

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Report: Arianna Huffington is hunting for a leaker

According to sources at HuffPost, Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington is on the lookout for an employee who told The Washington Post about a "troubling email" related to the site's coverage of Uber. The Huffington Post denies it.

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NPR ombudsman weighs in on transgender bathroom coverage

"...as with any fast-moving story, particularly one in which strongly felt social and religious values meet up with legal freedoms and protections, NPR has not gotten everything right for every listener and reader."

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Los Angeles Times music critic booted amid "accusations of expense-account shenanigans"

Sasha Frere-Jones, the hire-profile music critic who joined the Los Angeles Times from Genius, is now out amid questions of abusing his expense account. "According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Frere-Jones recently filed a $5,000 expense report for a venue that the paper discovered was actually a strip club."

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'Family Guy' creator on Internet news

He tweeted this Sunday night: "O Heavenly God, please save our country from editor-free online journalism, thank you, much obliged."

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Washington Post denies Jeff Bezos sways coverage

Martin Baron, the executive editor of The Washington Post, hit back on Friday against characterizations made by presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is using the newspaper to advance his agenda. "As the individual who oversees The Washington Post’s news staff, I can say categorically that I have received no instructions from Jeff Bezos regarding our … Read More
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The dark side of data journalism

People are using ProPublica's database to find doctors who will give them painkillers, no questions asked.

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The Senate is following up with Facebook

Gizmodo's report Monday that Facebook suppressed conservative news is being followed with news Tuesday that the US Senate Commerce Committee has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg requesting some answers. "The letter asks that Facebook 'arrange for your staff including employees responsible for trending topics to brief committee staff on this issue.'”

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Ask the ethicist: Is it right for Facebook to suppress conservative news?

Gizmodo ignited a social media firestorm today when it reported that curators for Facebook's "trending" section regularly put the kibosh on right-leaning news stories. The story, attributed to anonymous sources, was notable in part because of Facebook's status as a media behemoth that directs a firehose of traffic at news organizations every day. But it also made waves because … Read More
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