This week’s media and tech roundup

By Daniel Lippman
June 18, 2010

Here are some of the week’s top stories in the media and technology industries:

APPLE/Get Smart: Targeting Phone Security Flaws-WSJ

“Consumers are snapping up gadgets like high-powered cellphones and Apple Inc.’s tablet computer, and the cellphone industry is counting on them to drive its growth. Meanwhile, the list of holes computer researchers are finding in the devices and their software is growing,” reports Spencer E. Ante.

Closing the Digital Frontier-Atlantic

“The era of the Web browser’s dominance is coming to a close. And the Internet’s founding ideology—that information wants to be free, and that attempts to constrain it are not only hopeless but immoral— suddenly seems naive and stale in the new age of apps, smart phones, and pricing plans. What will this mean for the future of the media—and of the Web itself?” says Michael Hirschorn.

Using Social Networking as a Legal Tool-WSJ

“Law firms, particularly those that represent plaintiffs, are increasingly devoting resources to developing a presence online, where consumers—and potential clients—congregate. And some of those firms are also creating news sites, such as newsinferno.com and consumerwarningnetwork.com, with content created by employees,” writes Nathan Koppel.

Aiming at Rivals, Starbucks Will Offer Free Wi-Fi-NYT

“Many coffee shops try to discourage people from buying a cup of coffee and then lingering for hours to use the free Internet access. Starbucks will soon encourage them to stay as long as they want. … The company said on Monday that as of July 1, its stores in the United States would offer free Wi-Fi, via AT&T, that anyone can reach with a single click,” writes Claire Cain Miller.

Book asks why do video games matter?-Reuters

“Video games almost took over Tom Bissell’s life, thrusting him into an intoxicating months-long, cocaine-fueled binge playing Grand Theft Auto. But like any good writer, he got a book out of it — and possibly a new career direction,” writes Mark Egan.

Government Takes On Journalism’s Next Chapter-NYT

“The Federal Trade Commission has set out on the somewhat quixotic journey of trying to identify ways to save journalism as we know it from possible extinction,” writes Jeremy W. Peters.

‘Stupid’ Lehman E-Mails Didn’t Stay ‘Just Between Us’-Bloomberg

What email phrases should you not use for your corporate email? Linda Sandler takes a look in this article.

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