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Information technology publication ComputerWorld unveiled a major redesign with the May 24 issue showcasing a clean, modern and functional design.
“For more than 40 years, readers have turned to Computerworld as a trusted and unbiased source for the technology industry,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief, Computerworld, in a statement. “This redesign will showcase our superb content in a fresh, clean design, fitting to the evolving and emerging technologies that we cover.”
These changes accompany the recently announced Computerworld.com site enhancements — including updated navigation and appearance — improving the user and advertiser experience.
The new design elements include:
- New typefaces giving the magazine a modern look throughout;
- Clean, sophisticated magazine cover design;
- Article pages with more white space and dramatic photo;
- Makeover of the popular Shark Tank section — featuring anecdotes about clueless users and bosses.
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A San Mateo, Calif., judge has unsealed court records involving the search of the home of the tech reporter for Gizmodo who wrote about the iPhone prototype left in a California bar by an Apple employee.
Declan McCullagh of CNET writes, “In a response to a motion from a group of media companies that included CNET, the Los Angeles Times, and Wired.com, Judge Clifford Cretan reversed his earlier ruling and said circumstances had changed and now secrecy was no longer necessary.
“‘It appears appropriate to me at this time to unseal the affidavit,’ Cretan said. ‘I can no longer say there is an overriding interest in sealing.’
“The case of the lost iPhone began when Gray Powell, an Apple engineer, left what is believed to be a prototype of the next-generation iPhone at a San Francisco-area bar after a night of drinking. The phone was found by Brian Hogan, a 21-year-old student, who, with the help of friends, sold the phone to Gizmodo. After the blog eventually returned the phone to Apple, Powell and Apple contacted police.
“Police then launched a theft investigation. Not long after, police arrived at the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen, knocked down his door, and served a search warrant. When they left, they carried away Chen’s computer and other electronic gear.”
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A California judge judge refused to hear arguments from a coalition of media lawyers seeking access to details of a search warrant served by a task force that raided a Gizmodo blogger’s home on April 23 in a case involving a missing iPhone prototype from Apple Inc., reports the Los Angeles Times.
David Sarno and Jessica Guynn write, “Objecting to Hall’s refusal to hear the arguments, Roger Myers, a lawyer for the media coalition, said ‘the judge’s ruling was consistent with the interests of the DA’s office and law enforcement’ rather than with the public’s interest in discovering the details of the raid.
“Officials also noted that the sealed affidavit — the document in which the argument for obtaining the search warrant was laid out – is not a public record, and is therefore not subject to public records requests made by reporters and media lawyers.
“Media lawyers said they were attempting to contact Cretan’s office to get a hearing set for Thursday or Friday of next week.”
Media organizations are asking a San Mateo County Superior Court to unseal records in the criminal investigation into a missing iPhone prototype, reports Jessica Guynn of the Los Angeles Times.
Guynn writes, “In a legal brief filed with the court, The Times and other news organizations including the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, CNet and Wired.com, asked the court to make public a detective’s affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for the Fremont, Calif., home of Jason Chen, the 29-year-old technology blogger who had gained possession of the missing phone.
“An attorney for Brian Hogan, the 21-year-old man who found the phone, is expected to oppose the request. A hearing has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
“Making those documents public would reveal whether prosecutors and Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan considered shield laws protecting journalists before raiding Chen’s home. It would also shed light on what crime was being investigated and what evidence investigators had that such a crime had occurred.”
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Erin Locker writes on CollegeBizJournalism.org about how consumer reporting has evolved due to the Internet.
Locker writes, “Mass budget cuts and layoffs put the consumer beat on the backburner as editors were forced to prioritize.
“Mark Watanabe, technology editor at The Seattle Times, says the newspaper’s consumer coverage is much more limited than it used to be. ‘It’s simple economics. Newspaper staffs across country — here no exception — have reduced head counts by double-digit percentages,’ he says. ‘That forces publications to identify core coverage areas and product reviewing becomes a place to cut.’
“Watanabe also says the Times increasingly relies on freelance and wire reports to cover consumer issues for the paper: ‘When our staff was larger, we had a reporter dedicated to consumer use of technology. With the reduction in staff throughout the newsroom, that position is long gone.’
“The recession therefore presents an irony. When the economy tanks, consumers want more information about saving money and smart purchasing. But at the same time, newspapers lose money and cut consumer reporting. The resulting disconnect has made it necessary for readers to look elsewhere for their consumer information.
“Walter Mossberg, columnist for the Wall Street Journal and seasoned consumer and technology reporter, gives credit to the online movement: ‘I don’t think there are fewer [consumer reporters]. I think there are more, if you count all the many, many blogs aimed at informing consumers.’”
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TheStreet.com media critic Marek Fuchs riffs on business media coverage of Apple, noting that a recent story was either ignored or overplayed.
Jeff Bercovici of DailyFinance.com writes about whether the police search of a Gizmodo reporter’s house in the wake of it reporting about a lost iPhone prototype was legal.
Bercovici writes, “Representatives of Gawker Media, which owns Gizmodo, demanded the immediate return of Chen’s computers on the grounds that their search and seizure was illegal under a California statute that protects journalists from having to turn over ‘unpublished information obtained or prepared in gathering, receiving or processing of information for communication to the public.’ In the opinion of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the warrant was invalid under both state and federal law, and the execution of it could undermine any criminal case in the works, since evidence obtained through the search will have to be excluded.
“But that interpretation of the law is far from unchallenged. If the investigators were trying to determine not merely whether the iPhone was stolen in the first place, but whether Gizmodo’s acquisition of it constituted criminal receipt of stolen goods, then the warrant may well have been valid, says Eugene Volokh, a professor at the UCLA School of Law.
“‘Generally speaking, while these protections extend to information that was revealed to the reporter by people who might have been witnesses or even themselves criminals, the protection does not extend to criminal conduct of the reporter himself or even of criminal conduct the reporter has witnessed,’ says Volokh, whose areas of expertise include free speech and cyberspace law. ‘So to the extent that what’s being investigated here is the possible criminal receipt of stolen property, that would be the sort of thing that could be searched for. Reporters have no more right to commit a crime than the rest of us do.’”
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Jason Chen, the reporter who wrote the stories last week about the prototype iPhone for tech site Gizmodo, had his computers seized by police from his home.
Brian Stelter and Nick Bilton of the New York Times write, “Gawker’s chief operating officer, Gaby Darbyshire, said it expected the immediate return of the computers and servers.
“‘Under both state and federal law, a search warrant may not be validly issued to confiscate the property of a journalist,’ she wrote in a letter to San Mateo County, Calif., authorities on Saturday. ‘Jason is a journalist who works full time for our company,’ she continued, adding that he works from home, his ‘de facto newsroom.’
“‘It is abundantly clear under the law that a search warrant to remove these items was invalid. The appropriate method of obtaining such materials would be the issuance of a subpoena,’ Ms. Darbyshire continued.
“The letter was shared on Monday afternoon by Nick Denton, the founder and president of Gawker Media. ‘Are bloggers journalists? I guess we’ll find out,’ Mr. Denton said in an instant message.”
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Greg Sandoval and Declan McCullagh of CNET report that California police are investigating how the prototype iPhone lost in a bar ended up in the possession of the tech site Gizmodo.
Sandoval and McCullagh write, “CNET has not been able to confirm whether the investigation is targeting Gizmodo.com, its source who reportedly found the iPhone in a bar, or both. Apple acknowledged that the lost device is their property and asked for its return; Gizmodo has since said that it has returned the device.
“Late Friday, Bloomberg reported that it spoke to Gaby Darbyshire, Gawker’s chief operating officer, and she said that law enforcement officials had not spoken with anyone at the company. The wire service also reported that a San Mateo County prosecutor would not confirm an investigation but said that, ‘if there is a case that is investigated and able to be submitted for prosecution, it will be handled by this office.’
“The tale of a lost iPhone may sound trivial, but Apple goes to great lengths to protect the secrecy of its products, and the company has not been afraid to take aggressive legal measures in the past. It filed a lawsuit against a Mac enthusiast Web site, for instance, to unearth information about a leak. A state appeals court ruled in favor of the Web sites.”
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