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February 7, 2012
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Path CEO and co-founder Dave Morin • Discussing his company’s reasoning for accessing and uploading iPhone users’ address book data without an opt-in process. Path’s uploading of users’ address books to their servers (unencrypted, mind you) was only discovered after an intrepid user, Arun Thampi, tried out a proxy tool which allowed him to track the API calls Path was making. The comments on Thampi’s blog post (along with Hacker News) have gotten extremely angry, suggesting that if this story spreads any further, it could seriously hurt the social network’s momentum. Would this convince you to stop using Path?
20:03 // 2 years ago
February 3, 2012

A quick Quipol on Komen for the Cure, the Planned Parenthood controversy, and the group’s decision to switch course. What do you think?

11:35 // 2 years ago
December 4, 2011
The church needs a cleansing. I’m real disappointed. He was a man we all looked up to.
Valencia Miller, a former worshipper at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta • Discussing church leader Eddie Long’s decision to stop preaching at the influential megachurch temporarily, in the wake of a sex scandal involving five young male parishioners, a settlement, and the subsequent announcement that his wife was seeking a divorce. Vanessa Long made the announcement Thursday, wavered Friday, then wavered back that same day. Now Eddie Long is taking a break. For parishioners like Miller, they hope Long (who long preached against homosexuality, making the allegations even more troublesome) leaves the church for good. source (viafollow)
22:57 // 2 years ago
November 25, 2011
12:16 // 2 years ago
November 15, 2011
I had to make tough impacting quick decisions.
Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary • Discussing the decisions he made in handling his 2002 encounter with Jerry Sandusky. He told a friend via e-mail that he stopped the alleged rape of a young child, and “did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police.” Despite this, he feels that he “is getting hammered for handling this the right way or what I thought at the time was right.”
19:45 // 2 years ago
November 9, 2011

godinezzz says: I saw what you did there. Considering you have a high number of readers and do an awful lot of news coverage, I'm not too sure why it is you felt compelled to make a rape joke.

» SFB says: Wait a minute. We didn’t make a rape joke. Rather, we tried to phrase things carefully by using the term “child sexual abuse.” All we were trying to do was have a conversation. We were not trying to make any sort of joke on the topic, but rather discuss a serious topic. We felt uncomfortable about the way it was used in that piece. And we were just trying to make a point about finding a balance. We’re sorry if we disappointed you. We will do better. — Ernie @ SFB

23:57 // 2 years ago
November 4, 2011

Greek PM George Papandreou survives no-confidence vote

  • yeah … After a week full of hand-wringing (he called a referendum on an aid package, then backed off) after months of general annoyance, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou managed to survive a no-confidence vote on Friday.
  • … but Don’t expect him to remain in power for long; Papandreou reportedly plans to work towards forming a unity government, which he may or may not lead. He says he’s willing to step aside if it’s a good choice for the country. source
19:47 // 2 years ago
October 13, 2011
jayrosen:

Reuters vs. Reuters: News agency makes an ass of itself by trying to connect George Soros to Occupy Wall Street.
But some Reuters people realize it, and call their company out!
Reuters then backs down, changing the story line on its report.  Or does it? [more]

Jay Rosen has really shown his value as a media commentator in the past few weeks, and this piece is another example of that. We didn’t shout loudly about this story earlier, but we were confused as to why Reuters ran it. One person responded to our earlier piece, which asked aloud if it was worth Reuters’ time to report an in-depth investigation on this topic, by suggesting this: "Responsible journalism requires checking of ALL claims, not picking and choosing which to follow up on." Maybe so, but in this case, perhaps there was a point where someone could’ve said after doing due diligence, “this isn’t a story, and it’s not worth our time.” Because, let’s face it, connecting tens of thousands of dollars indirectly donated by a billionaire a couple of years ago seems silly when you consider that two other billionaires notably give millions of dollars each year to a similar movement. It’s a revelation that puts this story in sharp relief — a sharp relief that isn’t even mentioned in the original article.

jayrosen:

Reuters vs. Reuters: News agency makes an ass of itself by trying to connect George Soros to Occupy Wall Street.

But some Reuters people realize it, and call their company out!

Reuters then backs down, changing the story line on its report.  Or does it? [more]

Jay Rosen has really shown his value as a media commentator in the past few weeks, and this piece is another example of that. We didn’t shout loudly about this story earlier, but we were confused as to why Reuters ran it. One person responded to our earlier piece, which asked aloud if it was worth Reuters’ time to report an in-depth investigation on this topic, by suggesting this: "Responsible journalism requires checking of ALL claims, not picking and choosing which to follow up on." Maybe so, but in this case, perhaps there was a point where someone could’ve said after doing due diligence, “this isn’t a story, and it’s not worth our time.” Because, let’s face it, connecting tens of thousands of dollars indirectly donated by a billionaire a couple of years ago seems silly when you consider that two other billionaires notably give millions of dollars each year to a similar movement. It’s a revelation that puts this story in sharp relief — a sharp relief that isn’t even mentioned in the original article.

21:44 // 3 years ago
September 26, 2011

holden421 says: You recently just replied to someones asking if you think the Wall Street protests are important enough to pay attention to. Your answer was "If more moments like this weekend’s macing take place, you can expect people to start taking them seriously." So my question to you is do you think the wall street protests should only be paid attention to when there is some amount of violence or civil unrest? Shouldn't these protests be getting full coverage by the media despite violence or unrest?

» SFB says: The problem with the protests right now is that they need a spark or a hook, something for an outsider to say, holy crap, I need to focus on this. You don’t have a rally-around-the-flag moment without a reason. It doesn’t have to be violence or over-the-top anger, but it has to be something that brings people together. For example, the Tea Party had a speech by Rick Santelli which was talked about on TV for a week. This movement doesn’t have anything like that. It doesn’t have a leader. It’s decentralized. This can be good, but it needs a spark. — Ernie @ SFB

15:55 // 3 years ago
September 20, 2011
I never felt like passing out in a warehouse and I never felt treated like a piece of crap in any other warehouse but this one. They can do that because there aren’t any jobs in the area.
Former Amazon factory worker Elmer Goris • Complaining about the conditions at the Allentown, Pa. Amazon warehouse facility, which handles East Coast orders. The problem? It was really freaking hot this summer, and the factory didn’t have air conditioning, turning the working conditions somewhat nightmarish. People reportedly fainted from heat exhaustion. In the wake of the lengthy Morning Call article that brought the allegations to light, Amazon appears to have put up a job posting for on-support medical staff, and now plans to install an air conditioner in the plant. In their defense, average temperatures throughout the year are reasonably cool, so the situation this summer was somewhat unexpected. Still, though. source (viafollow)
21:00 // 3 years ago