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11:15 PM ET, September 28, 2012


 Top News: 
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Car Chases, Live TV, and Ethics  —  So, Fox News has, excruciatingly, just broadcast live video of a man committing suicide after a car chase.  Fox anchor Shep Smith said afterwards that the network was on a five-second delay, but that the video got through regardless.
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Fox News carries live video of man shooting himself after car chase  —  Network was showing Arizona chase on tape-delay but failed to cut the feed before suspect shot himself in the head  —  Fox News was forced to apologise on Friday after showing a man shooting himself in the head on live television.
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
Car Chase Ends In Man Shooting Himself On Live TV  —  Shepard Smith's “get off it, get off it, get off it” came too late.  WARNING: This post contains two versions: one that shows the suicide and one that does not.  Proceed with caution.
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Shep Smith Apologizes For Fox News Airing Live Suicide: ‘We Really Messed Up’  —  A shaken Shep Smith apologized to Fox News viewers after the network failed to cut away from a car-jacker committing suicide on air.  Throughout Smith's 3:00 p.m. show, the network cut to and from a live car chase near Phoenix, Arizona.
Discussion: Poynter
David Kravets / Wired:
Justice Department's Warrantless Spying Increased 600 Percent in Decade  —  The Justice Department use of warrantless internet and telephone surveillance methods known as pen register and trap-and-trace has exploded in the last decade, according to government documents the American Civil Liberties obtained via …
Discussion: Naked Security, Hot Air and Forbes
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Feds' use of surveillance devices rises sharply
Discussion: ACLU and Business Insider
Jim Romenesko:
Hamilton Nolan: 'I feel like I'm obliged to speak the unvarnished (and sometimes mean) truth'  —  I recently saw a Globe and Mail interview with David Carr in which he mentioned Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan and how “he will just step up and fill somebody with ack ack.”  (Bill Keller the target?)
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Backs Plan on Reclaiming Spectrum for a Wireless Auction  —  WASHINGTON — The government took a big step on Friday to aid the creation of new high-speed wireless Internet networks that could fuel the development of the next generation of smartphones and tablets, and devices that haven't even been thought of yet.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Obama administration's FOIA record worse than Bush's  —  Bloomberg News found that 19 of 20 federal agencies did not comply within 20 days to a request for travel expenses made under the Freedom of Information Act.  Jim Snyder and Danielle Ivory report:
Rachel McAthy /
Independent ‘likely’ to ditch trial North America paywall  —  Almost a year after launch the Independent is reviewing its trial metered paywall for readers in the US and Canada as it ‘has not delivered on the ambitions from a revenue standpoint’  —  The Independent's experiment metered paywall …
Richard Horgan / FishbowlLA:
After Seventeen Years at EW, Dave Karger Moves Over to Fandango  —  When Geoff Boucher clocks in next Monday for his first day as senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, another long-time EW staffer will be settling in at their own nearby new place of employ.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Music publisher blocked iPhone 5 music service, report says  —  Sony/ATV and Apple couldn't agree on licensing fees and that's why we didn't see a Pandora-like music service from Apple, according to a story in the New York Post.  —  Some people waited days in line for the iPhone 5.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google's Copyright Crackdown Punishes Author For Torrenting His Own Book  —  Over the years, we've pointed out repeatedly a massive Achilles Heel for Google: its often dreadful customer service.  Trying to communicate with Google can often be like facing a giant white monolith, rather than any sort of human being.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Spitzer, Slate win dismissal of ex-Marsh exec's libel lawsuit  —  Sept 28 (Reuters) - Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and the online magazine Slate on Friday won dismissal of a $60 million libel lawsuit by a former Marsh & McLennan Cos executive over a column about an insurance bid-rigging scandal.
Tessa Stuart / LA Weekly:
GOOD Founder Ben Goldhirsh Talks About Launching a New Platform and Firing Editorial Staffers  —  When word hit the street back in June that GOOD Magazine would be transforming its website into a “platform” — oh, and it was firing the majority of its editorial staff — readers and media-watchers …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The ‘Voice’ moves on, and so does Tony Ortega  —  It's only been a week since Tony Ortega's last day as editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, which is searching for a successor under a newly formed parent company in which the Voice will no longer share business with the controversial classified website
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
Journalism has an originality problem, not a plagiarism problem  —  Professional journalism isn't facing a plagiarism problem.  It's facing an originality failure.  —  And you can't blame the Internet.  Our originality breakdown results from many pressures — the overwhelming volume …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Friday Q&A: Kevin Delaney on making Quartz an essential international brand  —  Before Quartz became a device-morphing business site and the buzz of online journalism circles, it was a blank canvas.  That's an enviable position these days, particularly if you've got the backing of Atlantic Media …
Discussion: GigaOM, eMedia Vitals and Folio
The Atlantic Wire:
Iran's News Agency Reruns ‘The Onion’ As Real News  —  Iran's state-run FARS News Agency just published a shocking new Gallup Poll that was actually “conducted” by the fake news titans at The Onion.  This FARS post from today (datelined Tehran) is a word-for-word copy of this article that went …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Twitter Announces New Improvements For Discover Tab, Adds Continuous Tweet Stream  —  Today, Twitter announced some updates to its Discover offering.  Here's what the company had to say: … The name of this game is context.  What Twitter has been working really hard at is providing top news stories …
Discussion: Twitter Blog and CNET
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT editor takes fall for Cornell miscues  —  Journalist Courtney Rubin, working as a freelancer for the New York Times, alighted on Ithaca, N.Y., with a great story.  College bars were struggling, she wrote, because of the transformed social habits of students these days.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and IvyGate
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Pandora Founder Takes to Own Airwaves in Royalty Battle  —  In an unlikely entry into the political campaign season, Pandora founder Tim Westergren is taking to his own airwaves to urge listeners to contact their congressional representatives about what Pandora calls “discrimination against internet radio.”
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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