Yoni Appelbaum, a Ph.D. candidate in history from Brandeis University, was procrastinating on his dissertation. Instead of writing, he would spend his time commenting on a blog under the pseudonym, "Cynic." Eventually, it got him a job writing for that website — The Atlantic.
This week the British Parliamentary Committee that convened to investigate accusations of phone hacking and executive misconduct at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. delivered its findings. The headlines it created make uncomfortable reading for a media tycoon who has been under the microscope for 18 months now. Scott Simon talks with NPR's David Folkenflik about Parliament's scathing report.
What Facebook did for organ donation this week underscores the power of social media in promoting a cause. No doubt social media can help charities make a quick splash, but more nonprofits are looking to harness its potential in a longer-lasting way.
In 1945, the wire service's Edward Kennedy reported the news that Germany had surrendered. He defied military censors to do so. German authorities had reported the story and Kennedy saw no reason to wait. At the time, AP condemned his actions.
For the first time, American viewers of the Summer Olympics won't be limited by two words many sports fans loathe: "tape" and "delay." After years of saving the most popular events for prime time, NBC will also stream live video of the London Games, online and via mobile.
Parliament issued a damning report about Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday, accusing him of misleading lawmakers about the phone hacking scandal. It also asserted that he is not fit to run his vast corporation.
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