Articles about "Newsweek"


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.
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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. The "they" in this equation is News Genius' community, who wield great power as they build influence within the site.

An editor on News Genius is usually an unpaid contributor "who has proven they're making intelligent, eloquent, readable annotations," Fosslien said. The next step up is moderator, and some lucky folks are given "verified accounts" -- "professors," Fosslien said, as well as experts like New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo and Rap Genius investor Marc Andreessen.

In fact, Andreessen was quite involved in annotating the Newsweek article. "Is there anyone left on planet Earth who does not screen their phone calls? What is this, 1962?" Andreessen writes about one line in the Newsweek story. "Virtually everyone trained in any aspect of finance in the last 50 years has been taught to work in reverse Polish notation," he shoots back at another sentence. (more...)
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Newsweek reporter finds Tina Brown’s comments ‘not to be very friendly’

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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. (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. (more...)
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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.
This kind of derring-do plays well with journalists: "How to find Satoshi Nakamoto: The phone book. Wow," BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tweeted. But on Reddit, "doxxing" (releasing personal information about someone) is a cardinal sin. And Goodman's revelations about Nakamoto -- including his picture and one of his house -- are not terribly popular on r/bitcoin.

"[D]oxxing people is apparently fine if you are a 'journalist,'" one commenter wrote. "Well, yeah, sorry Reddit's rules don't apply to the real world in that regard, they never really have," another replied.

"Can anyone here locate the address of one Leah McGrath Goodman - perhaps we should post her address, license plate and picture of her home, so people can come and comment on the article?" wrote another. "if you can please post it here; She probably can't wait for people to knock on her door.. I mean obviously - she doesn't care about privacy."

(On Twitter, Leah McGrath Goodman noted that addresses and car registrations are already public.) "Reddit users are welcome to share their own opinions on the whereabouts and identity of Mr. Nakamoto but we would encourage them to abstain from ad hominem attacks on our reporter, Leah McGrath Goodman," a Newsweek spokesperson told Capital. (more...)
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#LONGLIVEPRINT: Newsweek returns Friday as a print magazine

Newsweek comes back to life in print form on Friday. "We did it!" Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Jim Impoco told staffers in an email Tuesday morning. "Thank you all for making this happen. Oh, wait, we have to do it all over again." Here's Newsweek's final (but not really) cover from December 2012. Related: Tiny Digital Publisher to Put Newsweek Back in Print (The New York Times) | Newsweek covers, we will miss writing about you (Poynter)
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Figure skating: the best Olympic sport to illustrate anxiety

The Sochi Winter Games start in a week amid fraught circumstances, from concerns about Russia's anti-"gay propaganda" law to concerns about security to concerns about press freedom.

And what better sport to convey the anxiety surrounding Sochi than figure skating? Its popularity may have declined in recent years, but as a vessel for illustrating these games' ability to evoke beauty and unease simultaneously, it remains without peer.
For The Economist, Putin on ice represents "A skater with feet of clay."
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#NOTLASTPRINTISSUE: Newsweek plans return to print

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Physically, Newsweek's coming back. It will cost more and have fewer ads. On Tuesday, Christine Haughney reported in The New York Times that one year after printing its last edition with the above cover, the weekly newsmagazine will return to print.

Jim Impoco, Newsweek editor-in-chief, said: “It’s going to be a more subscription-based model, closer to what The Economist is compared to what Time magazine is. We see it as a premium product, a boutique product.”

Newsweek has changed hands and identities a few times over the last few years, from merging with The Daily Beast under Tina Brown to last year's switch online to August's sale to IBT Media. (more...)
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