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So This Prototype Cell Phone Walks Into a Bar…

It reads like the kind of not-quite-best-selling fiction that you might imagine only stranded travelers would resort to reading: a prototype cell phone goes missing and photos of it in a disassembled state show up on a technology news web site weeks later, apparently having changed hands for thousands of dollars along the way. It’s hardly Harry Potter. It is, however, an article in the L.A. Times; a secret prototype of Apple’s next iPhone has been photographed and posted on Gizmodo.com, and Gizmodo admits to having paid $5,000 for the privilege.

The bulk of the article recounts how exactly the phone came to be in the possession of Gizmodo, and eventually points out that the phone may have been stolen. The story reported that Gizmodo may be in the clear, because journalists generally don’t face penalties for being in receipt of stolen documents.  However, depending on what some very specific facts turn out to be, Gizmodo may actually be in serious trouble. (more…)

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Bloggers Pass for Press: Who Gets a “Press Pass” In New York?

By Matthew Catania

There are two privileges that are unique to professional journalists.  The first is the protection of state shield laws.  This means reporters cannot be compelled to reveal the identities of confidential sources except in matters of national security.  The public policy behind this is that such sources would be unwilling to leak newsworthy information to the press without the immunity from repercussions that comes with anonymity. The second privilege is a press badge.  These passes grant journalists entry to events that are closed to the general public such as crime scenes and government press conferences. This promotes the dissemination of news.  The only problem with these privileges is that bloggers weren’t considered journalists by the institutions responsible for granting these privileges in New York. (more…)

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Ten Tips for Lawyers who Tweet, Blog and Post

By Alissa Kelman

New York Law School’s Program in Law and Journalism teamed up this week with Gotham Media Ventures to co-produce Social Media for Lawyers.   The two-day event aimed to provide attendees with an understanding of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blogs, the value of these emerging technologies as marketing and research tools for lawyers and their clients, as well as the inherent risks, limitations, vulnerabilities and liabilities that accompany user participation in these forums. (more…)

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