Articles about "Newsweek"


Luke O’Brien writes about Sidney Harman’s family’s decision to stop investing in Newsweek after he died. It’s but one can’t-miss moment in O’Brien’s story about Tina Brown’s reign at the magazine:

When I asked [former U.S. Rep. and Sidney's widow] Jane Harman recently if the content of the magazine had anything to do with the Harman family’s decision, Harman replied, “Tina had editorial control.” When asked if tasteless covers had anything to do with the Harman family decision, Harman replied again, “Tina had editorial control.” When asked if Jane Harman, personally, has any opinion at all about covers like crazy-eyes Bachmann or zombie Diana, Harman replied a third time, a bit more adamantly, “Tina had editorial control!”

Luke O'Brien, Politico Magazine

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Sacha Lecca, who is Rolling Stone’s deputy photography editor, tells Jim Colton about his early days at Newsweek:

Last but not least, I remember when Newsweek contract photographer Peter Turnley was covering an international crisis (I forget which) and in the middle of the night I got a call from the lobby that Peter Jennings (Anchorman for ABC Network News) was there to see me. I went downstairs and Jennings handed me a Newsweek film envelope and said, “Someone asked me to pass this along.” Turnley, while having trouble finding a flight to ship film back, spotted Jennings about to get on a US military transport to eventually make it home, and asked him to deliver it. His first stop after arriving in New York was to us. I always thought that was so cool. It was the way things got done back then.

Jim Colton, NPPA

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Dorian Nakamoto: ‘I’ll keep my bitcoin account’

In a video filmed alongside Andreas M. Antonopoulos, who is writing a book about bitcoin, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto again says he’s not Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin’s founder. Newsweek last month said he was.

“Of course if I was the real creator I would never use my real name,” Nakamoto says. He says he received a bitcoin account from Antonopoulos and is “very thankful for you, all these people in U.S., Europe, in Asia, in Africa, in South America who supported me throughout.” He says 2,000 people donated. “I’ll keep my bitcoin account for many, many years, and hopefully I can also contribute as you did to me,” Nakamoto says.

Last month, Nakamoto said he’d hired a lawyer and that his “prospects for gainful employment has been harmed because of Newsweek’s article.” Newsweek issued a statement March 7 saying it stands by its story.… Read more

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Jon Swaine writes about Johnathan Davis and Etienne Uzac, the owners of IBT Media and Newsweek, who “come with a backstory that is unusual for the mainstream media.” They reportedly met in Christian fellowships and have been linked to a Korean pastor and an evangelical college:

In a Facebook post in February 2013, Davis described as “shockingly accurate” an op-ed article written by Christopher Doyle, the director of the International Healing Foundation (IHF), which works to convert gay people. Davis said it “cuts like a hot knife through a buttery block of lies”. …

When asked if he believed that gay people could be cured, Davis said: “Whether I do or not, I’m not sure how that has any bearing on my capacity here as the founder of the company. I’m not sure how it’s relevant. People believe all sorts of weird things. But from a professional capacity, it’s unrelated.” The post was then removed from his Facebook page.

Jon Swaine, The Guardian

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Subject of Newsweek article denies report, hires lawyer

Felix Salmon | Quartz

Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto sent out a statement Sunday evening saying he has retained a lawyer and wants “to clear my name”:

Los Angeles lawyer Ethan D. Kirschner told Adam Pasick of Quartz that Nakamoto had retained him. … Read more

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News Genius editor explains annotating Newsweek’s entire Bitcoin article

As a startup devoted to reprinting and annotating lyrics, Rap Genius has an expansive view of fair use baked into its very being. Its News Genius project is no less aggressive when it comes to copyright: It has published an annotation of an entire Newsweek article that claims to identify Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto.

Reached by phone, News Genius Executive Editor Liz Fosslien said using someone else’s article is somewhat unusual for News Genius, which prefers to annotate what she calls “primary source” documents, like Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech or U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s speech accusing the CIA of intruding on congressional computers. (It has, though, reprinted a New York Times op-ed and part of a Rolling Stone article.)

The Newsweek article “was an interesting case where they wanted to use and expose what they thought was incorrect reporting,” Fosslien said.… Read more

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Newsweek reporter finds Tina Brown’s comments ‘not to be very friendly’

Bloomberg TV

Newsweek’s Leah McGrath Goodman, who wrote the cover story unmasking (maybe?) the founder of Bitcoin on Thursday, responded Friday to comments from Tina Brown and spoke about Newsweek and where she hopes the story will go next.… Read more

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Tina Brown: ‘I’m so glad I’m not the editor’ of Newsweek

Bloomberg Television

Tina Brown appeared on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers” Friday, and the former Newsweek editor said she’s supportive of the venerable title’s return to print.

But if its big Bitcoin story turns out to be a dud, “That would be rough. All I can think of is I’m so glad I’m not the editor,” Brown said.

She also said that while she “actually always thought there should have been a print component to the digital Newsweek,” the “ship has sailed.”

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Dorian S. Nakamoto listens during an interview with the Associated Press, Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Los Angeles. Nakamoto, the man that Newsweek claims is the founder of Bitcoin, denies he had anything to do with it and says he had never even heard of the digital currency until his son told him he had been contacted by a reporter three weeks ago. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Where the Bitcoin story stands

Is Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto the founder of Bitcoin, as Newsweek asserted Thursday? Here’s where things stand Friday morning.

Nakamoto says he’s not THE Satoshi Nakamoto. “I got nothing to do with it,” he told AP reporter Ryan Nakashima.

Newsweek stands by the story. From Gawker’s J.K. Trotter: “Asked if Newsweek still stood by Goodman’s account, editor-in-chief Jim Impoco wrote back: ‘Yes. Standing by our story. Yes.’ ”

That AP interview followed a completely bizarre sequence of events. From Chris O’Brien and Andrea Chang in the Los Angeles Times:

Several hours later, Nakamoto walked out of his house and announced he wasn’t going to talk to anyone until he got some lunch first.

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In this April 3, 2013 photo, Mike Caldwell, a 35-year-old software engineer, holds a 25 Bitcoin token at his shop in Sandy, Utah. Caldwell mints physical versions of bitcoins, cranking out homemade tokens with codes protected by tamper-proof holographic seals, a retro-futuristic kind of prepaid cash. With up to 70,000 transactions each day over the past month, bitcoins have been propelled from the world of Internet oddities to the cusp of mainstream use, a remarkable breakthrough for a currency which made its online debut only four years ago. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Redditors furious Newsweek ‘doxxed’ Bitcoin founder

For its return to print this week, Newsweek has a splashy story: Senior Writer Leah McGrath Goodman found the mysterious Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto. She did it with public records:

It was only while scouring a database that contained the registration cards of naturalized U.S. citizens that a Satoshi Nakamoto turned up whose profile and background offered a potential match. But it was not until after ordering his records from the National Archives and conducting many more interviews that a cohesive picture began to take shape.

Two weeks before our meeting in Temple City, I struck up an email correspondence with Satoshi Nakamoto, mostly discussing his interest in upgrading and modifying model steam trains with computer-aided design technologies. I obtained Nakamoto’s email through a company he buys model trains from.

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