John Borthwick's Top Stories

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  1. Bill Cosby’s legacy, recast: Accusers speak in detail about sexual-assault allegations
    They didn’t see a comedian. They saw the “king of the world.” Long before there was a Dr. Cliff Huxtable, before rumpled sweaters and a collective anointing as America’s dad, Bill Cosby was magnified a hundredfold in the eyes of the young models and...
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  2. Comments Are Dead, Long Live Comments
    Yet another mainstream media site took down comments this week. In the post explaining the move, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher explained that “as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly...
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  3. Marion Barry dies at 78; 4-term D.C. mayor was the most powerful local politician of his generation
    Marion Barry Jr., the Mississippi sharecropper’s son and civil rights activist who served three terms as mayor of the District of Columbia, survived a drug arrest and jail sentence, and then came back to win a fourth term as the city’s chief...
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  4. Fear of Kim Kardashian’s Derrière
    Photo Kim Kardashian. Credit Julian Smith/European Pressphoto Agency I spend a fair amount of time trying to duck Kim Kardashian, but what with her bold attempt to break the Internet last week, I thought I owed it to her to look at the pictures of...
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  5. Big, bad tech: how America’s digital capitalists are taking us all for a ride
    One useful side-effect of the revelations that a senior executive of the cyber-minicab outfit Uber was caught musing about the attractions of hiring private investigators to dig up dirt on journalists who are critical of the company is that it has...
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  6. Rewriting Cheezburger Saved My Life
    Please You Download It I’m Ben Huh. I am the founder and CEO of the entertainment company Cheezburger. We’re the people who, starting in 2007, helped popularize cat photos online. We now run dozens of humor and meme sites. And today we released an...
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  7. SF Has An S&M Problem
    It’s a Friday night, and I am on the prowl. I’m with my friend Edgar, and we are looking for evidence of the increasing SM problem among the denizens of America’s startup capital. We all know the story the past few months: it’s really bad right now,...
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  8. Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism
    Emily Bell, Director at the TOW Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, today delivered the Reuters Memorial Lecture 2014 for the Reuters Institute in Oxford. View her speech below entitled, 'Silicon Valley and Journalism: Make...
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  9. What’s the right news experience on a phone? Stacy-Marie Ishmael and BuzzFeed are trying to figure it out
    A few weeks ago, we wrote about BuzzFeed’s hiring of Stacy-Marie Ishmael, formerly of the Financial Times, as the editorial lead for their forthcoming news app. Product lead Noah Chestnut, formerly of The New Republic, has been working on...
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  10. Reza Aslan and Karen Armstrong are everywhere, and it’s not pretty
    I can’t get enthused about discussing Karen Armstrong and Reza Aslan any longer. They’re both in the media spotlight because they coddle religion in an age when it’s eroding but some people desperately cling to faith; they’re both religious...
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