This photograph, taken by reporter Ann Bush and posted to Twitter, caused a judge to declare a mistrial in a Topeka murder trial
(CBS) TOPEKA, Kan. – A Kansas judge declared a mistrial in a murder trial Wednesday after a newspaper reporter tweeted a photo that included the grainy profile of a juror.
The Shawnee County district attorney’s office said it plans to reschedule 20-year-old Austin Tabor’s trial for June or July after the halt to proceedings in Topeka.
The mistrial ruling came just one day after attorneys presented opening statements.
“One of the photos apparently showed one or more of the jurors,” said Lee McGowan, spokesman for the district attorney’s office. “It was brought to the court’s attention and ultimately a mistrial was declared.”
McGowan said the judge had agreed to allow camera phones in the courtroom, but said no photos were to be taken of jurors.
According to Kansas Supreme Court rules, “Individual jurors shall not be photographed. In courtrooms where photography is impossible without including the jury as part of the unavoidable background, the photography is permitted, but close-ups which identify individual jurors are prohibited.”
The picture, taken and tweeted by reporter Ann Marie Bush, includes the profile of a juror set against a brightly lit window.
Topeka Capital-Journal managing editor Tomari Quinn responded to comments on the newspaper’s website by saying the photo was a mistake and the “reporter is miserable about it.”
“The juror was seated next to a window and, on the reporter’s smartphone, wasn’t seen against the incoming light,” Quinn wrote.
“The Capital-Journal regrets the error and loss of the court’s time,” he said. “We will use this as a training opportunity for our staff members as they strive to bring information to our readers in digital and print media.”
According to the Capital-Journal, Tabor is accused of fatally shooting Matthew Mitchell, 20, near Topeka West High School in 2010.
A hearing to reschedule the trial is set for Thursday.
Article source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57413024-504083/reporters-twitter-photo-results-in-mistrial-in-kansas-murder-case/
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By Rex Crum, MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — In its day, it was the biggest of the big. Nothing on Earth like it had been seen before. The name itself was evocative of awe, success, inspiration and even envy.
RMS Titanic, starboard view
It was, of course, the RMS Titanic, which sideswiped an iceberg and ended up on the bottom of the North Atlantic a century ago, on April 15, 1912. There’s no one left alive from that disaster, but you would be hard-pressed to find anyone today whom, if you said the word “Titanic,” wouldn’t know what you were talking about.
A century later, we have a new seemingly unsinkable ship to talk about: Facebook Inc.
Granted, it’s not a facile comparison. One was a passenger liner almost 900 feet long that sank on its maiden voyage; the other is a ubiquitous network of almost 900 million users that so far seems impervious to failure or challenges to its market position.
Read about Google’s last dance before Facebook goes public.
While 2,224 people took the fateful Titanic trip, Facebook’s user base grows by the millions every day.
Radio transceiver on RMS Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic
But the Titanic and Facebook are inextricably tied together in one notable way: their roles in how much communications technology has changed, and hasn’t, over the last century and in how we receive information.
When it sailed out of Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912, the Titanic was equipped with two state-of-the-art
telegraph machines. Titanic needed two of them, because it had to use one for sending and the other for receiving messages. Each had a range of up to 1,000 miles — not enough for Titanic to send a message all the way across the Atlantic, but enough to get a distress signal out to any nearby ships after it started taking on water. (No other ships made it to Titanic before it was too late.)
Fast-forward almost exactly 100 years to the day that Titanic set sail. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is no dummy: He has almost 13 million subscribers to his Facebook feed and knows his audience. Which is why on April 9, he used his own Facebook page to announce his company was buying the mobile-photo app Instagram. The deal was worth approximately $1 billion, roughly the cost of two and half Titanics in today’s dollars. (Facebook may be able to build its own navy soon, as it’s about to go public in an IPO that could value the company at $100 billion.)
Read more about Facebook’s $1 billion Instagram acquisition.
Titanic memorial cruise sets sail
Some 1,300 passengers embark on a Titanic memorial cruise at the English port of Southampton to mark the 100th anniversary of its sinking. (Video: Reuters/Photo: AP)
So how was Zuckerberg’s posting on Instagram received? Within 11 minutes, more than 34,000 people had “liked” it, and as of Thursday it had 142,472 likes.
As quickly as Titanic could send out its SOS, it wasn’t enough to save the lives of more than 1,500 passengers. As for Facebook, is there a more successful communications platform out there for getting a message out? Zuckerberg certainly doesn’t think so, and about half of the 900 million users who use the service on their mobile devices seem to agree.
In the years ahead, Facebook may come across an iceberg or two. But as host of a never-ending slate of status updates, photos, likes and chats, it commands the high seas, er, the communications airwaves like nothing else before.
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Article source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/facebook-a-titanic-of-communications-2012-04-12?link=MW_latest_news
Sony’s SmartWatch promises to bring tweets and emails from the smartphone to the wrist. But do consumers want that? Credit: Sony
While it might not be as cool as Dick Tracy‘s two-way radio watch, Sony’s SmartWatch is one more example of a device that brings phone and tablet functionality to our wrists.
Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, text messages and weather: Yeah, the SmartWatch can handle all that. Sort of.
With a 1.3-inch OLED touchscreen, don’t expect to tap out a full-fledged tweet or status update from the new Sony gizmo — even in morse code. But with the SmartWatch, you should be able to peruse your latest inbox arrival, check the rain forecast, and even preview who’s calling the smartphone that’s buzzing in your pocket — provided that phone runs on Google’s Android operating system, and is synced to the watch via Bluetooth.
And if you have a Bluetooth headset, you can use the SmartWatch to remotely answer your phone, and quickly begin talking. How well does it work? We won’t know until we get a review unit, and put the watch through its paces. But like the Pebble smartwatch we reported on Thursday, we eagerly await quality time with the new Sony device.
The SmartWatch just hit Sony’s retail stores on Thursday at a price of $150, with interchangeable wristbands in white, blue, grey, green and pink at $20 a pop. Other retailers will start selling the SmartWatch soon, says Sony.
Sony’s new timepiece will be competing for space on your wrist with a number of other gadgets: Motorola’s Motoactv, Apple’s iPod Nano and rival smartwatches such as the Pepple and the Wimm One.
Are consumers really interested in these products? It’s still an open question. Sony has been trying to break this space open for the last couple years, most recently with the Sony Ericsson LiveView Phone Remote watch, which ran many similar apps and also used Bluetooth to pull info from Android phones.
But, hey, if nothing else, the name Sony SmartWatch is a much easier to say than Sony Ericsson LiveLive Phone Remote.
Article source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/04/sony-smartwatch-brings-twitter-facebook-texting-to-your-wrist/
Ford has created a Facebook app that allows people to take a virtual trip in the Focus Electric.
“Plug N Play in Electric City with the 2012 Focus Electric” is Ford’s latest social media promotion intended to stir interest in new vehicles.
Jim Farley, head of global marketing, sales and service, sees Ford’s reliance on social media as a “subtle difference between us and many other car companies.”
The Facebook app will augment another initiative announced this week through which Ford and Yahoo joined forces to launch a reality show with teams competing in a scavenger hunt in their Focus Electrics. The show will be streamed on Yahoo in May.
The Focus Electric went into production in December, but only about a dozen had sold in the first few months as the $40,000 car slowly rolls out to dealers.
The only real competition on the market today is the Nissan Leaf, but an electric Fiat 500 is expected to go on sale in early 2013. Other carmakers also have promised electric vehicles, and there are more plug-in hybrids including the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius. Ford will have plug-in versions of the C-Max and Fusion.
General Motors stopped making Volts for a month to keep production in line with slower-than-expected sales. Analysts are reducing projections for near-term electric vehicle sales. Many automakers, including Ford, are investing in direct-injection and turbocharging technologies that make gasoline engines more efficient.
Farley said advertising for the new Focus Electric has targeted likely electric vehicle buyers and areas of the country where these buyers are concentrated. Ford regards itself as a leader in using social networks for marketing its products. Ford used Facebook to unveil the current Explorer, and social media created a buzz for the Fiesta before it went on sale in the U.S.
Another precedent is the creation of a network television show called “Escape Routes,” where the utility vehicle is the star in a reality show contest.
These channels are becoming Ford’s avenue of choice to promote vehicles and brands — instead of emphasis on TV ads and other traditional outlets where as much as 15% of the cost is in production.
“If a Ken Block video works better to promote the company, spending $10,000, than a $3-million Super Bowl ad, I’m much more proud of that Ken Block video online,” Farley said.
Article source: http://www.freep.com/article/20120413/BUSINESS0102/204130344/Ford-uses-Facebook-app-to-plug-Focus-Electric?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs
Alec Baldwin may not like celeb journalists but we love him, especially when he’s ticked off.
The 30 Rock star is on another Twitter rant right now.
It started in New York earlier this week and he’s continuing now that he has landed in Rome, where he is set to take part in a news conference for his new film, Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love.
He was angry first about stalker Genevieve Sabourine. “Isn’t it odd when an accused stalker is in handcuffs, being taken away by the cops, yet smiles for the cameras?” he wrote.
Then Baldwin, 54, got angry about journalists who were camped outside his New York apartment building, including a news crew from NBC’s Today show, covering the stalker story.
The actor felt he was ambushed by Today when he and fiancée Hilaria Thomas stepped out. “A story about stalking sure brings out the stalkers in the media,” he tweeted. “But, the Today Show?”
Baldwin concluded, “I think I’m leaving NBC just in time.”
Now, he’s tweeting: “So nice to be in Rome, where the paparazzi don’t step on a baby to get a photo…..”
He added in three separate tweets, “And there’s no Today Show in Rome! … If every entertainment show went off the air tomorrow, ? difference would it make? Every talk show? Political show? Sitcom, for that matter. … Media in the US is dull. Deadening. uninformative. You’re better off with reading. Or radio.”
Article source: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2012/04/alec-baldwin-mad-at-nbc-celeb-journalists-stalkers-more/1
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Frances Bean Cobain in 2007.
Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, issued a statement in response to her mother’s tweets alleging that Dave Grohl “hit on” the young Cobain.
Frances said in the statement:
“While I’m generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I’m in a monogamous relationship and very happy.
Twitter should ban my mother.”
Grohl also responded to Love’s allegations, which were made on her protected personal Twitter account, saying in a statement:
“Unfortunately Courtney is on another hateful twitter rant. These new accusations are upsetting, offensive and absolutely untrue.”
Grohl and Kurt Cobain were members of Nirvana together in the early 1990s.
Article source: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/04/12/frances-bean-cobain-twitter-should-ban-my-mother/
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Every now and then, the Twitterverse erupts over an issue so polarizing that it threatens to shred the fabric of civilization itself.
Until the next big blowout.
Spinning endlessly through cyberspace this week is an update to the classic Mommy Wars debate. There’s no in-between on this latest version.
It began Wednesday night, when Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist, appeared on the CNN program “Anderson Cooper 360.”
Ms. Rosen took umbrage with campaign comments that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made about his wife, Ann. The Romneys, she said, are multimillionaires who are out of touch with the economic realities of the everyday man. Or woman.
“What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, ‘Well, you know my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues, and when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.’
“Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Ms. Rosen said on the show.
“She’s never dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing, in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and why do we worry about their future.”
Ms. Rosen later added that Mr. Romney “just seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women.”
The reaction from both sides of the political coin was swift. Mrs. Romney set up a Twitter account and posted this Tweet: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”
The @AnnDRomney account quickly acquired more than 29,000 followers, but another Twitter account — @AnnRomney — not associated with the former governor’s wife, also became a blackboard for comment.
Meanwhile at @hilaryr and on Ms. Rosen’s Facebook page, comments were generally unfavorable.
“Disgraceful comment! You should absolutely apologize!” read one post. “What a FOOL you are lady… Thank you for helping the Romney campaign, you just made them look really good in the eyes of women…” read another.
Yet another poster clearly agreed with Ms. Rosen: “You are my hero.” And, on Ms. Rosen’s Twitter stream: “Ann Romney was SO upset by Hilary Rosen, not one of the maids, nannies, cooks or drivers could coax her out of bed this morning.”
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Article source: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/lifestyle/twitter-erupts-on-working-mother-debate-631145/
Or not so good?
Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)
It’s possible that when you’re worried about a tsunami wiping away you and everything you hold dear, you’ll prefer a bucket of large extra crispy chunks as opposed to just a few crispy strips.
Equally, it’s possible that the last thing on your mind would be, well, any kind of chicken at all.
KFC seems to have discovered the latter might be the case. As the Daily Mail reports it, some people were a little surprised in Thailand on Wednesday when, as they rushed home worried about a tsunami, KFC posted: “Let’s hurry home and follow the earthquake news. And don’t forget to order your favorite KFC menu.”
Hundreds of people began posting their displeasure at this less than tasteful suggestion. Even though the earthquake was in Indonesia, Thais know very well the kind of devastation a tsunami might cause. In 2004, 8,000 Thais died in similar circumstances.
By today, KFC had removed the post and inserted a bucket of apologies. Yet memories can be long and unforgiving.
Sometimes, it’s the young and enthusiastic who are put in charge of the new, dynamic world of social networking.
Perhaps, in this case, someone thought they were been enterprising and, even more importantly, reacting in real time. It is not yet known how KFC might have reacted internally to this clucking nightmare.
Might the people responsible be fired? Or might they be forced to eat only KFC for the next month or two?
Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57413154-71/kfc-facebook-message-there-might-be-tsunami-but-order-chicken/
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On April 20 —that release date must be a coincidence, right? — Marley, a long-in-the-works documentary about reggae legend Bob Marley, will hit theaters. But that’s not all: The doc will also simultaneously stream on Facebook.
As the AP initially reported, the social network will allow users to rent the film for $6.99 starting the same day it opens in theaters. This is unprecedented territory; though Facebook has been offering movie rentals since March 2011, it has never hosted a film that’s also appearing on movie screens.
“It’s a unique opportunity for a film that’s not a blockbuster,” says Sandi Hemmerlein, General Manager of Tuff Gong Worldwide — Marley executive producer Ziggy Marley’s record label. “One of our goals is to give as many people as we can access to it.” The streaming will be available in Caribbean territories including Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas as well as the U.S.
It makes sense that this specific film is Facebook’s first foray into simultaneous streaming. As Hemmerlein tells EW, “Bob Marley has such a strong presence both online and offline. He’s reached such iconic status, particularly in the years since his death.” Indeed, Marley’s Facebook page has nearly 38 million “likes,” putting it among the social network’s most popular profiles. And since fans can no longer communicate with Marley directly, his page gives them an opportunity to connect: “They can watch videos, see old photos, quote lyrics back and forth to each other — it’s one of the more engaged, interactive places,” Hemmerlein explains.
Oh, and about that release date? “It’s a date that holds somewhat of a dual significance,” Hemmerlein says carefully, noting that Bob Marley’s son Stephen was also born on April 20th. “Obviously, it resonates with a certain fan base. It’s a memorable date for a lot of people. It also happens to fall on Friday, which is usually when movies come out.” All good points — though it’s also worth mentioning that it’ll be much easier for fans to, er, jam if they plan on watching the doc via Facebook.
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Article source: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/04/12/marley-documentary-will-premiere-in-theaters-and-on-facebook-on-4-20/
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