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Former NY Times journalist Noor Ahmed Noori found dead in Helmand province

Noor Ahmed NooriThe burned and mutilated body of an Afghan journalist has been found in a plastic bag behind a car salesman's yard in the capital of Helmand province, local officials said.

It was an ominous attack for an area that has become a focal point of the insurgency, and seen rising violence in recent years, but where the last murder of a journalist was five years ago.

Police are investigating the killing, said Abdul Ahad Choopan, spokesman for the provincial police chief.

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Associated Press aims to halt Zimmerman painting sale

Zimmerman paintingA US news agency is demanding that George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murdering an unarmed black teenager in 2012, halt the sale of a painting it says he copied from one of its photos.

George Zimmerman is seeking buyers for his portrait of a Florida prosecutor that closely resembles a photograph shot by the Associated Press.

Mr Zimmerman sold a painting on eBay in December for $100,099 (£60,706).

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Google Chrome is eavesdropping on you, developer says

google chromeIsraeli software developer Tal Ater has found a bug in Google Chrome that allows the browser to eavesdrop on users' conversations.

The bug was brought to Google's attention last year, and the tech giant has a fix ready for the possible security breach. But according to Ater, Google is waiting for direction from World Wide Web consortium (W3C), an organization that directs web development, about what should be done before issuing the update.

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Ownership of WaPo by CIA Contractor Puts US Journalism in Dangerous Terrain

Jeff BezosTRANSCRIPT

JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.

As many already know, the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, purchased one of America's largest newspapers, The Washington Post, last year. Our guest today has written an article about how this may affect American journalism. His piece is titled "Why The Washington Post's New Ties to the CIA Are So Ominous.

Now joining us is our guest, Norman Solomon. He is the cofounder of RootsAction.org.

Thanks for joining us, Norman.

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U.S. Court: Bloggers Are Journalists

bloggers ruled journalistOne of the great questions of our time came closer to resolution last week, when a federal court ruled that bloggers are journalists—at least when it comes to their First Amendment rights.

The Ninth Circuit ruled as such on Friday in Obsidian Finance Group v. Crystal Cox, a complicated case first decided in 2011. The court found that even though someone might not write for the “institutional press,” they’re entitled to all the protections the Constitution grants journalists.

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The Conservative War on Liberal Media Has a Long History

Roger AilesIn his new book The Loudest Voice in the Room, Gabriel Sherman portrays Roger Ailes as “the quintessential man behind the curtain,” a great-and-powerful Oz who has remade American politics and journalism. Sherman shows how Ailes transformed the Nixon Administration’s calls for balanced news into the platform of his cable channel, Fox News.

Fox News, Sherman argues, used “entertainment techniques to shape a political narrative that was presented as unbiased news,” something that makes Ailes “a unique American auteur.”

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Appeals court strikes down FCC's net neutrality rules

net neutrality struck downNet neutrality is no more.

On Tuesday, a Washington appeals court ruled that the FCC's net neutrality rules are invalid in an 81-page document that included talk about cat videos on YouTube. To cut to the chase, the court says the FCC simply doesn't have the authority to force Internet Service Providers to act like mere dumb pipes, passing data through their tubes with a blind eye and sans preferential treatment.

Unlike phone companies, broadband providers aren't classified as "common carriers"—and therein lies the root of the appeal court's decision. From the ruling:

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