4 Minute Roundup: TechCrunch’s Twitter Docs; YouTube Profits?

    by Mark Glaser
    July 17, 2009

    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the controversy surrounding tech blog TechCrunch posting internal documents from Twitter that were obtained from a hacker stealing them. Some people defend TechCrunch as running newsworthy documents, while others think they are harming Twitter too much. I also look at possible profits coming from video giant YouTube and ask Just One Question to the SPJ’s Peter Sussman about the ethics surrounding posting stolen documents.

    Check it out:

    4MR podcast 7-17-09.mp3

    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    SPJ’s Code of Ethics


    TechCrunch Ethics And The Twitter Leaks at Silicon Beat

    TwitterGate: Out Damned Spot! at AllThingsD

    Why So Much Hand-Wringing Over TechCrunch’s Decision to Publish ‘Hacked’ Twitter Documents? at Valleywag

    Yes, It’s Stealing — By Any Name at MediaPost

    Twitter’s Security Debacle, and the Publishing of Stolen Documents by Dan Gillmor

    The Ev-Files spoof videogame

    Google moves to show YouTube has ‘a very credible business model’ at ZDNet

    Sorry, YouTube Bears, You Were Wrong at Silicon Alley Insider

    YouTube Is Doomed at Silicon Alley Insider

    Here’s a graphical view of last week’s MediaShift survey results. The question was “How much would you pay for access to NYTimes.com?”

    i-11aea93d827f01dc6f3be6cfb3a9c0d5-survey nytimes grab.jpg

    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what situation you would post stolen documents to your site or blog.

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

    Tagged: ethics google profits spj techcrunch twitter youtube

    2 responses to “4 Minute Roundup: TechCrunch’s Twitter Docs; YouTube Profits?”

    1. What’s the RSS feed? Hasn’t updated since May; thought you weren’t doing them anymore until I saw the tweet.

    2. Guy,
      Not sure why it’s not being fed into the RSS feed but will find out what’s up. That’s not good…

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