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Nov 11, 2011 2:31PM ET
Each Friday we're taking a tally of who's getting heard, what they're saying and why it matters.
Nov 11, 2011 12:58PM ET
When a federal judge ruled that Twitter must reveal the private data of three WikiLeaks associates on Thursday, privacy advocates died a little inside.
Nov 11, 2011 9:25AM ET
It only took him three tries, but after 12 years, the legendary media blogger and journalism evangelist Jim Romenesko is finished with the Poynter Institute.
Nov 10, 2011 6:48PM ET
An impending settlement with the Federal Trade Commission will require all new Facebook privacy settings to be opt-in rather than opt-out and sentences the social network to 20 years of scrutiny from government regulators.
Nov 10, 2011 4:41PM ET
Everybody made fun of The Los Angeles Times when they hired a former General Mills executive as CEO, which was the right thing to do since he ran the company into the ground with his zany ideas.
Nov 10, 2011 4:29PM ET
Just over a month after Steve Jobs's death, some of the companies that manufactured his iconic outfit are warming to the idea of cashing in on the affiliation.
Nov 10, 2011 3:46PM ET
Turns out that practically none of the media reporters that Poynter Institute editor Julie Moos wants to protect from being over-aggregated by Poynter's own lauded and soon-to-be-semi-retired Jim Romenesko feel particularly ripped off.
Nov 10, 2011 11:53AM ET
The Harvard iteration of the Occupy protests is ironically, appropriately, and unwillingly now the most exclusive protest in the country.
Nov 10, 2011 9:28AM ET
At another parliamentary appearance on Thursday, James Murdoch's vehement denial of misleading lawmakers was followed by a suggestion that News Corp. is willing to scale back its British newspaper business even more.
Nov 9, 2011 6:58PM ET
Authorities found the mutilated body of yet another blogger, the fourth in the past three months, who was executed by the drug cartels in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo.
Nov 9, 2011 5:41PM ET
One anonymous blogger's headline pretty much sums up why some artists were born for advertising: "Darren Aronofsky Needs Just 30 Seconds to Turn You off Meth Forever."
Nov 9, 2011 4:27PM ET
The "We Are the 99 Percent" ripoff Tumblr craze is spreading, and naturally disgruntled editors and reporters are joining the trend.
Nov 9, 2011 2:28PM ET
Even though there's a Tumblr dedicated to pointing out its questionable headlines, The Huffington Post almost never apologizes for offending people.
Nov 9, 2011 10:39AM ET
Without a doubt, Siri is the biggest draw to upgrade to the newest iPhone, so it's no wonder that Apple now admits that they have no plans to offer it on older devices.
Nov 8, 2011 7:06PM ET
After canceling and resurrecting Operation Cartel (twice), Anonymous now says they're redirecting their efforts towards corruption in the Mexican government.
Nov 8, 2011 1:16PM ET
With recent investments in Tumblr and Square, serial entrepreneur and fun-to-watch billionaire Sir Richard Branson is galloping into the American startup world.
Nov 8, 2011 10:59AM ET
Japanese robotics wizard Yoshiyuki Sankai invented his science fiction-inspired robotic exoskeletons to help disabled people, but a new model aims to speed up the clean-up at Fukushima.
Nov 8, 2011 9:59AM ET
If we had to pick one brand to represent the values of the Occupy movement — or more broadly, America's disdain for big banks — Walmart would definitely not be it.
Nov 7, 2011 6:36PM ET
The surprise announcement that Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg would make a rare television appearance has sent tech bloggers on furious search for meaning buried in the just-released transcript.
Nov 7, 2011 3:30PM ET
As attacks on mobile devices skyrocket, the prospect of falling victim to a hacker seems like it's no longer a question of "if" but rather "when."
Nov 7, 2011 2:27PM ET
Google is resurrecting the "+" search feature to make it easier to find new brand pages on Google+, but like many of the other recent changes, repurposing old functionality for Google+ is alienating the search engine's dedicated users.
Nov 7, 2011 1:07PM ET
A collective gasp echoed throughout the ranks of data addicts when multiple networks experienced widespread outages across the United States on Monday morning.
Nov 7, 2011 10:11AM ET
Everybody wins in Disney's new partnership with Google's YouTube to produce original content — everybody except the cable companies, of course.
Nov 4, 2011 6:08PM ET
When will the brass finally learn that saying interesting things to reporters will lead to interesting quotes in widely distributed articles that can very easily get one fired?
Nov 4, 2011 5:40PM ET
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker received some unexpected and very vocal visitors during his recent speaking engagement at Chicago's Union League Club.
Nov 4, 2011 4:28PM ET
The G20 meetings in Cannes have yielded plenty of verbal support for the ailing euro zone, but so far, nobody's willing to actually cough up any cash.
Nov 4, 2011 4:27PM ET
Nov 4, 2011 2:49PM ET
After one of their members held hostage was released, Anonymous is redirecting Operation Cartel away from the Zetas, but Barrett Brown says he's armed and ready for battle.
Nov 4, 2011 12:23PM ET
It started with a tweet from a Wall Street Journal editor that spiraled out of control in cyberspace before the paper broke the bad news: Dippin' Dots, "The Ice Cream of the Future," has filed for bankruptcy.
Nov 4, 2011 10:11AM ET
Shadowing the Murdoch family would make for terrific reality TV, but since that's never going to happen, the new profile in Vanity Fair might be as close as we can get to understanding the media dynasty.