April 10, 2009

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Friday, April 10, 2009

The Obama Administration's invokes the state secrets privilege for the third time; an imprisoned Iranian-American reporter is charged with spying; the AP says no more free content.

Hear No Evil

Last week, the Obama Administration invoked the state secrets privilege for the third time in as many months when arguing that Jewel v. NSA should be dismissed. How does this square with his much-touted promise of openness and transparency? We asked Marc Ambinder, associate editor of ...

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Seeing is Believing

Two states have legalized same-sex marriage in the past two weeks, but when it comes to public opinion, supporters of gay marriage are still a minority. That minority is on an upward trajectory though and Scott Barclay, political scientist at the State University of New York ...

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Getting Heated

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times Magazine published a cover story on the eminent physicist Freeman Dyson and his unconventional view on global warming. The article generated a lot of attention – much of it unfavorable. Joe Romm, physicist and fellow at ...

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The Art of Censorship

This week Iran charged Iranian-American reporter Roxana Saberi with spying for the US. Saberi has been imprisoned for more than two months. OTM producer Nazanin Rafsanjani reports on the implications of Saberi's detainment for diplomatic relations and press freedom.

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Google Me Once

This week, the Associated Press fired a shot across the bow of news aggregation sites like Google and the Huffington Post. Without calling any site out by name, the AP said they would take legal action against websites that use their content without paying. Business Week's media columnist ...

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Free Is Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose

By some estimates for every 1 legally downloaded song in the U.S. another 40 are pirated. But in China some 99 percent of digital music is stolen. So last week Google announced a collaboration with the music industry to give the Chinese people what has long been anathema ...

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So Long, We Barely Looked Things Up in Ye

Microsoft recently announced that they’re pulling the plug on Encarta, their once mighty encyclopedia software. Tom Corddry, who was part of the team that created Encarta, talks about designing the first digital encyclopedia, the surprising backroom negotiations that surrounded its launch, and plastic that smells like leather.

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