Plagiarism, defamation and the power of hyperlinks

If Fareed Zakaria and Jonah Lehrer had spent more time linking to the original sources of content they used in their writing, they wouldn’t have faced accusations of plagiarism. Their cases and a recent defamation lawsuit against Gawker Media help reinforce the value of the hyperlink.

OMG, is Amazon going to kill tech blogs too?

Is Amazon seriously launching a tech blog to compete with gadget blogs like the Verge and Gizmodo? According to a new report, yes. The funny thing is that Amazon already has a gadget blog, plus seven other blogs on topics like food and music.

Today in Mobile

It’s been a fairly slow morning, so I suppose it’s time I mentioned the escalating soap opera between Apple and the tech blog Gizmodo. As you surely know, Gizmodo produced a huge scoop last week after it ponied up $5,000 to obtain what appeared to be a prototype of Apple’s next-generation iPhone that had been left in a California bar. Police raided a Gizmodo editor’s home over the weekend, seizing four computers and two servers, although it’s still not clear whether the investigation targets Gizmodo or whoever found the gadget and handed it over (or both). Regardless, the story has spread beyond the tech world into the mainstream media, so expect to hear plenty more about it as police continue their investigation this week.

Today in Connected Consumer

The tech world has its very own “-gate,” as in iPhone-gate, or Gizmodogate, if you prefer. Authorities have seized computers belonging to Gizmodo editor Jason Chen after exercising a search warrant at his home, apparently in an effort to uncover who sold Gizmodo the allegedly lost iPhone prototype it used for its big scoop last week. But now questions are being raised both about whether Gizmodo should be protected by California’s shield law but more explosively about Apple’s potential influence with the special tech-crime task force that conducted the raid. Grab some popcorn. This could be quite a show.