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Twitter Harassment Legal?: A federal judge dismissed the criminal case against William Lawrence Cassidy who was accused by the government of harassing and causing “substantial emotional distress” to Buddhist religious leader Alyce Zeoli. Lawrence Cassidy had posted thousands of messages about Zeoli, including “weird horror-movie descriptions of what would befall her” and other cruel messages along the lines of “Go kill yourself.” Judge Roger W. Titus wrote in his order that “while Mr. Cassidy’s speech may have inflicted substantial emotional distress, the government’s indictment here is directed squarely at protected speech: anonymous, uncomfortable Internet speech addressing religious matters.” The judge did emphasize the difference between private communication like harassing phone calls or emails, versus public communication like Twitter. This is one of those sticky situations where the First Amendment protects questionable speech. NYT
The Age of Social Media Publishing: By now we are all familiar with the blogs-to-books phenomenon (see Stuff White People Like, Texts from Last Night, and most of the book selection at Urban Outfitters). As this article in the New York Observer points out, it’s gotten to the point where literary agents are scouring the Web to find the next funny/ironic/sarcastic/nostalgic blog or Twitter feed to turn into a popular coffee table book. However, books of this kind that are really successful are the ones that don’t just regurgitate the blog posts or tweets onto printed pages. For example, Justin Halpern and his literary agent turned his popular Twitter feed @shitmydadsays into a best-seller by using turning the tweets into humorous essays. Most take the “just add water” approach though, which means lots of gimmicky, fun coffee table books. Observer
Tweets of the Day: Some people have a hard time following the news, like these dummies who confused North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il with rapper Lil’ Kim. BuzzFeed
Video of the Day: It is that time of the year for “Best of” lists. Here is a compilation of videos of the “Best Fails of 2011” courtesy of The Daily Dot
Tumblr of the Day: Well since there won’t be any new pics of Kim Jong-Il looking at things, now his successor will have to take over that role. Here’s a new Tumblr to document Kim Jong-Un looking at things. Kim Jong-Un Looking at Things
Media Briefing: Publishers see a bump in commerce sales during Black Friday weekend despite economic downturn
Publishers' commerce businesses show positive signs that consumers are still shopping despite the economic downturn.
CNBC to test increases on its subscription prices next year
After seeing continued subscriber growth to its two products, CNBC will begin testing price increases next year.
How Apartment Therapy’s Riva Syrop is pivoting its events business around the economic climate
Apartment Therapy's event strategy closely revolves around its commerce business to appease both advertisers and consumers.
SponsoredPublishers are adapting advertising strategies for a privacy-first world
Tina Iannacchino, senior publisher director, Seedtag So much of the attention around the death of third-party cookies and its impact on the digital advertising industry is focused on the implications for brands and consumers, which is far from the complete picture. The digital publishing industry in the U.S. is massive and set to be shaken […]
Experts tip in-house operations and retail media as the most fertile landscape for new job market entrants
Although 'readjustment' and 'flexibility' will be required from those laid off by Big Tech.
The Washington Post invests in climate coverage as its team expands to over 30 journalists
The Post's climate team continues to expand as the publisher makes big bets on the beat drawing younger audiences.