Today's Top Stories

Traffic jams, ISPs and net neutrality

In the net neutrality debate, Internet Service Providers have said they need to charge content providers for prioritization so they can invest in improving infrastructure, resulting in faster internet service for all. But placing a price on prioritizing content creates an inherent disincentive to expand infrastructure. In fact, ISPs would profit from a congested internet, in which some content providers would pay an additional fee for faster delivery to users.

Romenesko Flap Largely a Non-Diverse Affair

The Poynter Institute's dramatic reproach of its pioneering media blogger Jim Romenesko, followed within hours by his resignation, sent tweets flying and computer keys clicking, with discussions of media ethics thrown in for good measure. But it was a discussion that largely took place in the absence of journalists of color. Indeed, it was Romenesko's failure to include enough topics concerning journalists of color that led to the creation in 2002 of the online "Journal-isms."

Social media deal ends Guild-Thomson Reuters dispute

The New York Guild and Thomson Reuters have agreed on a policy governing social media -- Facebook, Twitter and the like -- that preserves employees' rights to candidly discuss wages, hours and working conditions on social networks. The agreement puts to rest the final dispute the Guild had with Thomson Reuters stemming from the company’s declaration of impasse in contract talks in January 2010.

SF Examiner to be sold to Black Press Group

The San Francisco Examiner is changing hands once again. Clarity Media Group said Friday that it is selling the newspaper to a consortium led by Black Press Group, a Canadian publisher. The price tag wasn't revealed, but it's almost surely far less than the $20 million the Denver company spent on the paper seven years ago, before the print downturn hit full swing. It's unclear what Black Press Group's plans are for the paper.

Voices From the Occupations

Why occupy? Four Occupy activists from around the U.S. discuss the nation’s newest movement.

"I have problems with the 99% rhetoric. On the one hand, it’s true that the 1% who are running the country have a lot of power. On the other hand, among the 99%, there are divisions. It has been said many times that the cops are part of the 99%. But we at Occupy Oakland took a firm stand at the very beginning that cops -- as long as they’re cops -- are not our friends and are not part of our movement. The Tea Party is part of the 99%, but they’re not part of the movement."

Phone hacking: 58% of UK public say they have lost trust in papers

More than half of the British public say the phone-hacking scandal has damaged their trust in UK newspapers, according to a survey commissioned by the American public service broadcaster, PBS. In the YouGov survey, 58% of adults said the affair has had a negative effect on their perceptions of the British press. Of those interviewed, 51% said it had also made them less likely to trust all domestic news organizations.

Phone hacking: Louise Mensch seeks 'full disclosure' over MPs' surveillance

MPs on the select committee investigating phone hacking will meet on Tuesday to discuss what action they will take over allegations that News International put them under surveillance in 2009. Louise Mensch, a member of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, called on News International to make "full disclosure" over claims that MPs were targeted by private investigators for between three and 10 days in mid-2009.

House GOP to attack NLRB union-forming rules this week

House Republicans are preparing to advance legislation that would give employers more time to react to union petitions. The bill is a response to rules that the NLRB issued over the summer that call for quick union elections once a petition is filed. The "Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act," H.R. 3094, would give employers a minimum of 14 days to find legal representation and prepare for a hearing before the NLRB. Under the NLRB’s rule, companies have just seven days to take this step.