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FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all criminal trials for decades

washingtonpost.com – Apr 18 – The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade…
Ben Horowitz RT @cdixon: FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000 t.co/dDB9NNeq3S t.co/Es78PMWgyl
Chris Dixon FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000 t.co/dDB9NNeq3S t.co/Es78PMWgyl
Nicholas Carlson The FBI admits it exaggerated evidence that helped convict 14 people who have been executed. t.co/euujJdRE1i
Jay Rosen For why we need investigative journalism it would be difficult to imagine an illustration better than this story. t.co/e1IufElnoV
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BuzzFeed Deleted Posts Under Pressure from Its Own Business Department

tktk.gawker.com – J.K. Trotter – Earlier this week, BuzzFeed launched an internal review of any posts that its editors or writers had deleted from the site since editor-in-chief Ben Smith was hired in January 2012. In an interview on Friday, and a memo sent to staff on Saturday…
Sam Biddle RT @benwhitelaw: Calling a reporter from another news org a 'hardworking volunteer ombudsman' is about as arrogant as it gets t.co/EL5O7XtYgo
Heidi N Moore RT @ClaraJeffery: So, wait, Buzzfeed sometimes operates the Twitter accounts of F500 brands? t.co/zObzL725GV t.co/W3tf5nRIoj
Matt Rivera Was this widely known? Buzzfeed sometimes runs ad clients' Twitter accounts, ex. Pepsi t.co/MLTKi9IWlA
Heidi N Moore I don't know, is picking up a car from a tow lot 'an intense and stressful moment'? Anyone who drives has done it. t.co/ZtLZaJldC1
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Hey, Google! Check Out This Column on Headlines

nytimes.com – Margaret Sullivan – Apr 18 – THE headline was perfect: “ China's Tensions with the Dalai Lama Spill Into the Afterlife.” Engaging, informative and clever, it sat atop a story about reincarnation and the succession plan for the Tibetan Buddhist leader, accompanied…
Danny Sullivan No SEO & Social not turning NYT headlines "haiku" headlines into "jumbles of keywords." t.co/0KXG54SQUO t.co/6KZS57YdwE
Jean-Louis Gassée RT @chrismoranuk: God I HATE the headline on this. Stupid and overdone ... but interesting to see NYT take the medium more seriously t.co/wegNdiiv99
Shakil Khan RT @chrismoranuk: God I HATE the headline on this. Stupid and overdone ... but interesting to see NYT take the medium more seriously t.co/wegNdiiv99
Steve Rubel RT @mediagazer: How the New York Times is adjusting to writing headlines optimized for search engines t.co/4gKXdRxVEd t.co/8Zfngiur4D
Mediagazer How the New York Times is adjusting to writing headlines optimized for search engines t.co/4gKXdRxVEd t.co/8Zfngiur4D
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Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show

theguardian.com – Hadley Freeman – Apr 18, 3:30 AM – There was no one moment when Jon Stewart knew it was time for him to leave what he describes as “the most perfect job in the world”; no epiphany, no flashpoint. “Life,” he says, in the lightly self-mocking tone he uses…
Jonathan Abrams 'This proved as shortsighted as the hope that Obama would be America's grand salvation' t.co/8RyVE0acJ8
Jonathan Abrams 'When George Bush left office in 2008, some worried that Stewart would run out of material' t.co/8RyVE0acJ8
Peter Kafka Great Jon Stewart interview except for the time spent discussing non-entity Piers Morgan. Brits are funny. t.co/ukMqV7BL6N
Peter Kafka "I think of us as turd miners. I put on my helmet, I go and mine turds, hopefully I don't get turd lung disease." t.co/ukMqV7BL6N
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About 700 Believed Dead in Shipwreck Off Libya, Says UNHCR

Wsj.com – Deborah Ball – Apr 19, 1:29 AM – ROME—As many as 700 migrants are believed to have died in a shipwreck about 60 miles from the Libyan coast, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. According to statements from survivors given to the UNHCR, a fishing…
Heidi N Moore RT @MadameButcher: Last year, 3,200 died travelling from Libya to Italy. This year, 1,600 have died already. t.co/gfxe0cTCgj
adam najberg RT @WSJworld: Hundreds Believed Dead in Shipwreck Off Libya t.co/cbZQuI2hmY
Wall Street Journal Hundreds believed dead in shipwreck off Libya, says UNHCR t.co/6TEmReN9hp
Yumiko Ono Hundreds believed dead in shipwreck off Libya, says UNHCR t.co/6if1jPBkar via @WSJ
Nathan Hodge RT @yarotrof: As many as 700 migrants believed dead off Libya. Another consequence of Libya's collapse. t.co/FLCwHUfXNX
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The Machines Are Coming

nytimes.com – Zeynep Tufekci – Apr 18 – CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — THE machine hums along, quietly scanning the slides, generating Pap smear diagnostics, just the way a college-educated, well-compensated lab technician might. A robot with emotion-detection software interviews visitors to…
Christopher Mims In the future you either program machines or you're their food t.co/A1hyMa2xL4
Robert Wolfersteig Trans-Pacific Partnership will not affect jobs as drastically as The Machines Are Coming t.co/c4Wix5b5Kx
Mike Dudas "Technology in the workplace is as much about power and control as it is about productivity and efficiency." t.co/GwodWXN3u6
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BuzzFeed Says Posts Were Deleted Because of Advertising Pressure

nytimes.com – Liam Stack – Apr 19 – An internal review by BuzzFeed last week found three instances when editors deleted posts after advertisers or employees from the company's business side complained about their content, according to a memo sent to staff members on Saturday by the…
Steve Rhodes RT @liamstack: BuzzFeed Says Posts Were Deleted Because of Advertising Pressure t.co/GlGZYUJRRb
Tim Falconer Hmmm....BuzzFeed Says Posts Were Deleted Because of Advertising Pressure t.co/w8Aa3hYcjl
Prof Dauber BuzzFeed Says Posts Were Deleted Because of Advertising Pressure t.co/QpghbfzRhi
adam najberg RT @nytimes: BuzzFeed Says Posts Were Deleted Because of Advertising Pressure t.co/ehW0phdZ1X
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Jim Cramer marries Lisa Detwiler

nytimes.com – Vincent M. Mallozzi – Apr 19 – Lisa Cadette Detwiler and Jim Cramer were married Saturday evening at the Liberty Warehouse, an event space in Brooklyn. Aran Yardeni, an archeologist and friend of the couple who became a Universal Life Minister for the event, officiated. The…
Brian Stelter RT @peterlattman: Mad Matrimony! Mazel tov to @JimCramer and his wife, Lisa. "'Booyah' at the End of This First Date" t.co/RgBJNEFvT3
Peter Lattman Mad Matrimony! Mazel tov to @JimCramer and his wife, Lisa. "'Booyah' at the End of This First Date" t.co/RgBJNEFvT3
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The News Media's Use of the Walter Scott Video is - Surprise! - a Newsworthy Use

Forbes.com – Sarah Jeong – Apr 17
Mathew Ingram RT @sarahjeong: I explain what @nytimes got wrong about the Walter Scott video and fair use. Now stop reblogging so credulously. t.co/ouvasyBApx
craignewmark RT @mediagazer: NYT gets fair-use rules wrong in story about cop-shooting video; others amplify the error t.co/EyYzzCXuc0 t.co/mZi6wdToyg
Gabe Rivera RT @mediagazer: NYT gets fair-use rules wrong in story about cop-shooting video; others amplify the error t.co/EyYzzCXuc0 t.co/mZi6wdToyg
Mathew Ingram RT @mmasnick: .@maxmarkson can you point to where in US copyright law there is a "fair usage fee" because it doesn't exist: t.co/MmijnH5s0R
Mike Masnick .@maxmarkson can you point to where in US copyright law there is a "fair usage fee" because it doesn't exist: t.co/MmijnH5s0R
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Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes

nytimes.com – Diane Cardwell – Apr 18 – HONOLULU — Allan Akamine has looked all around the winding, palm tree-lined cul-de-sacs of his suburban neighborhood in Mililani here on Oahu and, with an equal mix of frustration and bemusement, seen roof after roof bearing solar panels.
Devindra Hardawar RT @stevenbjohnson: Solar revolution happening so fast now that the new problem is home solar panels generating *too much* electricity: t.co/LafVPj5gsi
John D. Sutter 'Hawaii is a postcard from the future' 12% of homes have solar panels, according to NYT. t.co/Ug1GJQNh2a t.co/1TVhZPHT2D
Marc Andreessen RT @stevesi: "many utilities are trying desperately to stem the rise of solar"-solar disrupting the grid t.co/yE0PzqcV3L t.co/WNwEqt77Di
Steven Sinofsky "many utilities are trying desperately to stem the rise of solar"-solar disrupting the grid t.co/yE0PzqcV3L t.co/WNwEqt77Di
The New York Times Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes t.co/BPWW1l635D
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