Whispers And Warnings For April 30th

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http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9366

SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST GOOGLE’S ADSENSE. GOOGLE DENIES THEM, OF COURSE.
Whistleblower Claims Google Stole Money From Publishers Using Adsense
“The self-stylized whistleblower claimed that Google managers directly ordered employees to steal money from publishers through AdSense, its ad placement service, and that the scheme has been active for years.”

PER READER DEMAND
To Kill a Mockingbird finally available as an e-book
“Monday’s announcement came almost exactly a year after Lee sued her former literary agent, Samuel Pinkus, in order to regain rights to her novel.”
NOTE: BOOKS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE IN PRINT *AND* ELECTRONIC FORMAT TO ATTRACT ALL READERS. MOST AMERICANS STILL DON’T OWN A DEDICATED EBOOK READING DEVICE. See this.

SOME SHOULD BE KEPT SECRET, BUT MOST SHOULD NOT
Groups fight to keep court records from being kept secret in high-profile cases
“Judges trying to close hearings and seal court documents should be a cause for concern among members of news media outlets, two organizations say.”

ANOTHER SCHOOL ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE A YOUNG JOURNALIST
Lakeland Student (former Cancer patient) Fights to Write Story
“An editor of Lakeland High School’s student magazine wants to write about the proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana.” The school says no.

“A RENEWED CLAMPDOWN ON DISSENT IN RUSSIA”
Libel conviction adds to pressure on Putin foe Navalny
“Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was convicted of libel on Tuesday in a ruling his lawyer said could potentially lead to the jailing of the anti-corruption blogger who is one of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics.”

DON’T SUE IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE LEGAL STANDING TO DO SO
New York Muslim Group’s Libel Lawsuit Is Dismissed
“A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing a Christian organization of defaming a Muslim group in a book that alleged that the Muslim group conducted terrorist training.”

THE JUDGE COULD NOT YET DETERMINE IF THE REPORTING WAS “FAIR AND TRUE”
Judge denies ESPN request to dismiss libel suit
“A federal judge has denied a request by ESPN to dismiss a libel suit filed by the wife of former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.”

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9366