Today's Top Stories

Copyright Troll Righthaven Goes on Life Support

The great experiment in copyright trolling appears to be nearing an end. Righthaven, founded more than a year ago to monetize print news content through copyright infringement lawsuits, has suffered a myriad of courtroom setbacks. Now the litigation factory’s machinery is grinding to a halt. Righthaven has not filed a new lawsuit in two months, after a flurry of about 275 lawsuits since the beginning of last year, and there have been layoffs at its Las Vegas headquarters.

How to put America back to work

We must dispose of the myth that reducing the deficit will restore the economy. You don’t create jobs and growth by firing workers and cutting spending. The reason that firms with access to capital are not investing and hiring is that there is insufficient demand for their products. Weakening demand -- what austerity means -- only discourages investment and hiring. Using the austerity formula is how Herbert Hoover converted a stock market crash into the Great Depression.

Science analyzes class warfare

New psychological research confirms the rich truly are different, and potentially dangerous.

It's good to be loving, hopeful, and optimistic, but it's also important to point out that many of the bad things happening to people today are happening because some very wealthy people wanted things that way. The export of good jobs to sweatshop countries, for instance, was their idea. It's not unfair or overly negative to ask about new ideas in politics and government "Does this help everyone or just the rich?" and to consistently expose the shameless voices of wealthy self-interest.

Phone hacking: Taylor 'wanted to be vindicated or made rich', say lawyers

Lawyers for Gordon Taylor said he wanted to be "vindicated or made rich" in negotiations over his controversial £700,000 phone-hacking settlement, according to the News of the World's lawyers. Taylor, the head of the Professional Footballers' Association, had got hold of a highly damaging internal email that proved phone hacking at the tabloid was not confined to "one rogue reporter."

No, licensing journalists isn’t the answer

With publishers fighting declines in circulation and advertising revenue, journalism itself is said to be in jeopardy, or at least the journalism we are used to. So what’s to be done? Some are recommending journalists be licensed by some kind of official body, so we can get “real” journalism from professionals -- but these kinds of solutions would create even worse problems than the ones they are trying to solve.

Judge rules Northwestern students must turn over emails in murder case

A Cook County judge has ordered that more than 500 emails between former Northwestern University journalism professor David Protess and his students detailing their efforts to free a man serving a life sentence should be turned over to prosecutors. The university had fought the release, citing the reporter privilege law, but Judge Diane Cannon ruled that the Medill School of Journalism students were “acting as investigators in a criminal proceeding.”

A Heavy Blow to The Wall Street Journal

An editor’s departure is a big deal

The wrenching sale of the Wall Street Journal’s parent in 2007 in effect grafted a News Corp. head on the Journal’s body. The graft never really took, and ever since, a web of senior editors from the ancien regime has struggled to maintain old standards and practices while adapting to the new leadership. Of course the Journal still does great stuff and will in the future. But there is a point of no return, and we’re fast approaching it.

Phone hacking: News International 'deleted hundreds of thousands of emails'

A technology company asked to delete hundreds of thousands of emails by News International had been requested to do so on four more occasions than has previously been disclosed, a committee of MPs has been told. The deletions, requested between December 2009 and June this year, included emails from an inbox of a user who had not accessed his account for eight years, and bring the total number to 13.

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