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The Death of the Newspaper

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| Why does the newspaper deserve to be saved? Just because they have been 
| around for a long time? That's not a good enough reason for me. Or the 
| arguments that society will somehow be lessened by their absence or be less 
| informed without them is arrogant and presumptuous.    
| I am sorry to say that most newspapers do not deserve to be saved, yes even 
| the one in my hometown. They have become no more than mouthpieces for their 
| owners and editorial staffs most of the time. They are more concerned with 
| molding public opinion than informing them.   


Coppers arrest bloggers for libel

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| INSPECTOR KNACKER OF THE TOKYO YARD has arrested 18 people for defamatory 
| posts on a comedian's blog alleging he was involved in a killing. 



Good-Bye PC Magazine

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| Today, almost all of my work appears online first. I’m fine with that. Still,
| I got my start with now long gone print publications like Byte and
| PC/Computing. Seeing PC Magazine, the most popular of all the print PC
| publications leave is like seeing an old friend moving to another country. I
| know he’ll still be alive out there online, but it just isn’t going to be the
| same.



Ziff Davis files for bankruptcy protection

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| Print and Web publisher Ziff Davis Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
| protection on Wednesday, citing declining advertising revenue and
| subscriptions as contributing factors, according an Associated Press report
| Wednesday.


Breaking: Wikileaks Missing

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| Breaking News has just learned that Wikileaks — the website utilized to post
| materials obtained from Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin's
| personal Yahoo mail account — is, for undisclosed reasons, no longer
| available online. The extent of the outage is not currently known, thought it
| appears all mirrors of the site are offline, including domains for the United
| Kingdom, Belgium, and Christmas Island.
| We have been unable to identify the source of the outage, though the internet
| is alive with rumors. Paramount among them is the obvious and expected
| suggestion that U.S. law enforcement — who are known to be investigating the
| incident — has shut down the site. However, Wikileaks is hosted by Swedish
| provider PRQ — notorious for employing a "no questions asked" policy towards
| its customers — and U.S. authorities would lack the jurisdiction to take
| action against PRQ.


Wikileaks Shutdown: Censorship Is Censorship

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| If Wikileaks were a print publication, the injunction that has shut down the
| site would be unthinkable. Back in 1931, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a
| Minnesota law that allowed the closing of any "malicious, scandalous and
| defamatory" periodical. This court, by contrast, has not only barred future
| publication of the documents at issue but elected to put Wikileaks out of
| business.


Free Speech Advocates Mount Legal Battle to Unchain Wikileaks

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| In Bank Julius Baer & Co., Ltd v. Wikileaks, et al, the plaintiff claims that
| the posting of certain documents to the Wikileaks site violated Swiss and
| Cayman Island bank secrecy laws.
| Judge Jeffrey White ordered domain registrar Dynadot to disable Wikileaks.org
| in response to Julius Baer & Co.'s complaint. The groups behind the request
| to lift the injunction claim that it violates the First Amendment.


WikiLeaks Under Fire

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| The transparency group WikiLeaks.org currently seems to be under heavy fire.
| The main WikiLeaks.org DNS entry is unavailable, reportedly due to a
| restraining order relating to a series of articles and documents released by
| WikiLeaks about off-shore trust structures in the Cayman Islands. The
| WikiLeaks whistle blower, allegedly former vice president of the Cayman
| Islands branch of swiss bank Julius Baer, states in the WikiLeaks documents
| that the bank supported tax evasion and money laundering by its clients from
| around the world

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