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NBC exec: Twitter told us how to get journalist suspended

UPDATE BELOW: Guy Adams’ account has been reinstated. Twitter alerted NBC to a post containing an executive’s email address, prompting NBC to file a complaint that lead to the suspension of a reporter’s Twitter account, according to The Telegraph. “Our social media dept was actually alerted to it by Twitter,”…

Russia hits anti-Putin blogger with embezzlement charges

Russian investigators on Tuesday charged popular protest leader Alexei Navalny with embezzlement in an old case that may put one of President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics in jail for 10 years. The Investigative Committee said in a statement that Navalny would also be barred from leaving Moscow during a…

Writer quits New Yorker over fabricated Bob Dylan quotes

NEW YORK — Jonah Lehrer, author of a best-selling book about the mind and creativity, resigned from The New Yorker magazine on Monday for being too creative with his non-fiction writing. In a statement that startled New York’s publishing industry, Lehrer confessed to fabricating quotes he attributed to legendary singer-songwriter…

Peter Jackson says ‘The Hobbit’ to be split into three movies

WELLINGTON — The film version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” will be split into three movies, rather than two as originally planned, New Zealand director Peter Jackson said Tuesday. Jackson, who was responsible for the Oscar-winning adaption of Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, said be began considering the…

Hacker replaces The Daily Caller’s ads with hardcore pornography

Unidentified hackers on Monday replaced The Daily Caller’s advertisements with hardcore pornography, according to Fishbowl DC. The conservative publication said that someone gained unauthorized access to the service they used to display the ads, allowing them to switch The Daily Caller’s normal ads with ads for pornographic websites. One of…

Twitter suspends journalist’s account for revealing NBC executive’s email

Twitter suspended the account of one of the heavier critics of NBC’s Olympics Games coverage Monday, but it might have violated its own guidelines in doing so. According to Mashable, newspaper correspondent Guy Adams’ account was shut down after he tweeted the corporate email address of NBC Olympics head Gary…

Van Susteren: Covering Romney trip like being in a ‘petting zoo’

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren criticized Mitt Romney’s campaign Monday on her personal blog for its treatment of the press corps on his overseas tour, ThinkProgress reports. “There has been no press access to Governor Romney since we landed in Poland,” Van Susteren wrote. “We (press) are in a…

Prosecuted Russian punk band Pussy Riot says ‘Putin is scared of us’

Pussy Riot, the feminist punk rock band three of whose members are being prosecuted by the Russian authorities for singing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral, have told the Observer they refused to be intimidated by the government’s “brutality and cruelness” because they “had done nothing wrong”. Giving their…

Fake Bill Keller column fools journalists and mocks Times’ WikiLeaks coverage

Bill Keller, the New York Times columnist who edited the paper through the WikiLeaks saga, is not a man usually fond of hyperbole. So when he came to post on Sunday morning a tweet all in caps, his 40,000 Twitter followers sat up and listened: The fake in question was…

Russia courts Hollywood with vast new studios

MOSCOW — A Russian company has spent $89 million building eastern Europe’s largest production facilities in a field outside Moscow and hopes to lure Hollywood majors to shoot and produce movies. The idea is to create a modern flagship studio that will make Russia a competitively priced destination for film…

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