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Views Preview: Bird Scooter's Attempt to Censor Tech Media

Mitch Legan
A Bird scooter sits outside of the Missouri School of Journalism. The company Bird Rides has been dropping the scooters in college towns across the U.S. as part of its "University Pop-Up Tour."

Bird Scooters has been making news in Columbia for months. Now, its making headlines around the world for its claim of a copyright violation by a tech news website. Was it a fair claim?

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing: “$30 plug-and-play kit converts a Bird scooter into a ‘personal scooter’

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing: “Bird Scooter tried to censor my Boing Boing post with a legal threat that’s so stupid, it’s a whole new kind of wrong

Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch: “Scooter startup Bird tried to silence a journalist. It did not go well.

Catie Keck, Gizmodo: “Bird issues ‘chilling’ legal threat after Boing Boing publishes blog on e-scooter hack

Shannon Liao, The Verge: “Bird tries to forcibly remove Boing Boing’s story detailing how to hack and keep its scooters

Electronic Frontier Foundation: “Bird Rides takedown to Boing Boing Dec 20 2018

BBC: “Start-up Bird backs down in electric scooter legal row

Longest government shutdown in history

Maggie Astor and Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times: “On conservative media, qualified support for Trump on shutdown

Scott Clement & Dan Balz, Washington Post: “Americans blame Trump and GOP much more than Democrats for shutdown, Post-ABC poll finds

Brian Stelter, CNN: “Sizing up the shutdown news coverage at the 20-day mark

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “President Trump is extremely accessible

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Did Trump work for Russia?

Adam Goldman, Michael S. Schmidt & Nicholas Fandos, New York Times: “F.B.I. opened inquiry into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia

Aaron Blake, Washington Post: “Why the FBI might’ve thought Trump could be working for Russia

Greg Miller, Washington Post: “Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration

Nicholas Fandos & Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times: “Trump tweets lengthy attack on F.B.I. over inquiry into possible aid to Russia

The newest analysts on cable news

Associated Press: “Claire McCaskill takes new job as political analyst"

Joe Concha, The Hill: “Kasich expected to join CNN or MSNBC as early as this week: report

Megyn Kelly, NBC Split

Claire Atkinson, NBC: “Megyn Kelly walks away from NBC with the remainder of her $69M deal

Tom Kludt & Brian Stelter, CNN: “Megyn Kelly leaves NBC with all of her $69 million contract intact

John Koblin & Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times: “It’s final: Megyn Kelly and NBC part ways. And she will be paid in full.

Jay Connor, The Root: “Because bigotry nevel fails, Megyn Kelly just made $30 million for defending blackface

Kate Arthur, BuzzFeed: “Megyn Kelly was a disaster for NBC from the start

Tiffany Hsu, New York Times: “The many times Megyn Kelly because the story

Seniors sharing fake news

Casey Newton, The Verge: “People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds

Laura Hazard Owen, Columbia Journalism Review: “Old people are most likely to share fake news on Facebook. They’re also Facebook’s fastest-growing U.S. audience.

Daniel Funke, Poynter: “Older Americans share more fake news than young people. But they also share more facts.

Digital First Media makes a run at Gannett

Business Wire: “MNG Enterprises proposes to acquire Gannett for $12.00 per share I cash

Cara Lombardo, Wall Street Journal: “Hedge-fund-backed media group makes bid for Gannett

Brian Stelter, CNN: “Gannett journalists anxious amid report that Digital First Media is circling the company

Bloomberg: “Hedge fund known for ‘milking’ newspapers for cash takes aim at Gannett

Ken Doctor, Nieman Lab: “Let the 2019 consolidation games begin! First up: Alden seeks to swallow Gannett

NewsGuild Statement: “NewsGuild statement on Digital First Media’s proposal to purchase Gannett

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Keep the hedge-fund vultures away from Gannett

Scaring up subscriptions

Sarah Mervosh, New York Times: “After Stephen King tweeted at a Maine paper for cutting book reviews, it gave readers a ‘scary good’ offer

Staff, Press Herald: “After tweet from Stephen King, readers respond to Press Herald pitch

Alex Green, Publishers Weekly: “MWPA saves local book reviews with boost from Stephen King

Nik DeCosta-Klipa, Boston Herald: “Stephen King complained about his local paper’s cutbacks. They responded with a challenge.

AMY SIMONS teaches news literacy, multimedia journalism and advanced social media strategies.