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Is This the WikiEnd?

It appears all the more likely that Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, will be extradited to Sweden to be questioned on allegations of sexual misconduct. A British court’s ruling that he could be extradited, which Assange may appeal, puts his personal freedom in doubt. But many others were wondering if it was one more indication that the WikiLeaks movement, which changed the face of journalism and the entire informational ecosystem, could be in doubt as well.

Editor: Armed men attack Mexican newspaper office

Armed men burst into a newspaper office in eastern Mexico Sunday, warning staff before they set fire to the building, the newspaper's editor said. No one was injured in the ensuing blaze, which damaged the inside and outside of El Bueno Tono ("The Good Tone") newspaper in Cordoba, Veracruz. A former candidate for mayor in Cordoba owns the newspaper, which began publication a month ago.

Census: Journalism majors make about $50,000

Journalism majors do slightly better than English majors in the job market, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. The median annual salary for both is $50,000, the same as it is for advertising and PR majors, history majors and communications majors. But the lowest and highest-paid English majors earn less than their journalist counterparts. Journalists have a slightly higher unemployment rate (7%) than any of those other majors.

News of the World hired investigators to spy on hacking victims' lawyers

The News of the World hired a specialist private investigator to run covert surveillance on two of the lawyers representing phone-hacking victims as part of an operation to put pressure on them to stop their work. Evidence suggests this was part of an attempt to gather evidence for false smears about their private lives. The surveillance of Lewis and Harris occurred during the past 18 months, when Rupert Murdoch's son James was executive chairman of the paper's parent company.

Tentative agreement reached

The Buffalo Guild and The News reached a tentative agreement Friday morning that includes no changes in health insurance, and a cash bonus of $400 for part-timers and $800 for full-timers. The two-year agreement, which must be ratified by Guild members, was unanimously endorsed by the bargaining team. Although the Guild made numerous wage proposals, starting with 2% raises in each year, the News adamantly insisted on no raises of any kind.

If WikiLeaks is dying, then the NYT is partly to blame

WikiLeaks' journalistic nature, which led journalism professor Jay Rosen to call it “the first stateless news organization,” is likely a big part of the reason why the New York Times and other newspapers have done so little to protest what is happening to the organization -- which as Dan Gillmor points out is a restraint on freedom of speech co-ordinated by private companies pressured by the U.S. government, based on allegations that haven’t even made it to court.

Members approve buyout offer; deadline is next Friday

Albany Guild members approved a buyout offer Thursday, and those who wish to take it have until this Friday to apply. The vote was 51-3, with turnout heavy among editorial employees, who are being targeted for the buyout, and light from other departments. The offer includes three weeks of pay for every year of service, with a minimum of 15 weeks’ pay and a maximum of one year’s income.

Up Is Down, Down Is Up: Bill O'Reilly Explains OWS

On his Friday night show, Bill O'Reilly took his viewers to a magical place -- one where the right-wing Koch brothers have no connection to the Tea Party movement, while Occupy Wall Street is a secret project directed and financed by the likes of Moveon.org, SEIU and George Soros. O'Reilly also wondered if we are now in "phase two of the campaign to undermine America" -- apparently the phase wherein activists protest against police brutality.

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