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Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Convicted in Egypt (CNN)
Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted Monday of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood in a ruling that immediately outraged journalists and activists around the world. The Guardian Former BBC correspondent Peter Greste, from Australia, ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohammed were jailed for seven, seven and 10 years, respectively. Four students and activists indicted in the case were sentenced to seven years. NYT Prosecutors accused the three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in order to bring down Egypt’s military-backed government. But the prosecutors have not publicly disclosed any evidence that the journalists either conspired with the Brotherhood or broadcast false news. HuffPost / AP “I swear they will pay for this,” Fahmy, who was Al Jazeera English’s acting Cairo bureau chief, shouted angrily from the defendants’ cage after the sentences were announced in the Cairo court Monday. Greste, a correspondent, raised his fists in the air. “They just ruined a family,” said Fahmy’s brother Adel, who was attending the session. He said they would appeal the verdict but added that he had little faith in the system. “Everything is corrupt,” he said. Al Jazeera Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said the verdicts defied “logic, sense and any semblance of justice,” adding, “[Monday] three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue to be kept behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists. ‘Guilty’ of covering stories with great skill and integrity. ‘Guilty’ of defending people’s right to know what is going on in their world.” The Washington Post The verdict was delivered in a brief session at a courtroom in the Tora prison complex, where the detainees have been imprisoned for nearly six months.

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5 Ways Journalists Are Starting to Jam with Biz Stone’s Jelly

A week ago, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launched his new venture, a crowdsourced question-and-answer service called Jelly.

And some social media editors are already getting a taste for it.

The app, which allows you to snap a photo of something and gather responses from others, drew more than 100,000 questions in its first week, according to RJMetrics, which analyzes startups’ traffic numbers and engagement data. About a quarter of them were answered.

RJMetrics CEO Robert J. Moore crunched some data he gathered using his own Jelly account, and found that over half of the questions asked in the first week contained the words “who,” “what,” “why,” “where,” “when,” or “how.”

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Students Camp Out for Team Dave+Oprah

While Twilight fans were busy camping out in downtown Los Angeles this weekend for tonight’s Breaking Dawn – Part 2 premiere, another overnight line-up sprung up Friday-Saturday in Muncie, Indiana. It was for a different kind of sequel: the November 26 installment of Ball State’s David Letterman Lecture Series featuring very special guest Oprah Winfrey.

Per a report in the Ball State Daily News:

Some students had spent more than 15 hours outside for the tickets. For the overnight stay, students brought everything from a tent to a dog…

This event is once in a lifetime, Kyle Williams, a junior fashion merchandising major said. “Twenty years from now, I will be able to say I got a free ticket in college to see Oprah,” Williams said.

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Report: CAA Eyeing Silicon Valley Office

Peter Lauria, editor-in-charge of technology, media, telecom at Thomson Reuters, had an interesting item yesterday about the possibility of CAA opening up a small office in Silicon Valley.

Agents from Hollywood’s leading talent representation firm already shuttle back and forth to the technology hotbed several times a week, where marquee clients include Biz Stone and Mark Zuckerberg‘s sister Randi. But per Lauria’s unnamed sources, there’s a lot more to it than that:

Currently, the agency’s business in Silicon Valley is divided into three: advising tech companies about Hollywood, partnering with venture capital firms to incubate start-ups, and matching clients who have digital media ideas with companies that can help bring them to fruition.

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Andrew Breitbart, Among Others, Now Writing for Huffington Post

Huffington Post announced a bunch of huge hires today. First off, former LA Times features editor John Montorio is now HuffPo‘s new editor of culture and entertainment. Howard Fineman has been named editorial director of the newly formed Huffington Post Media Group. And out of left field, Twitter founder Biz Stone will now officially work with HuffPo/AOL to “advise on social impact and cause-based initiatives, develop a platform to facilitate people doing service in their communities, rally other companies to invest in and deploy best corporate practices, and create and develop a video series spotlighting leading companies and executives at the forefront of philanthropy and corporate responsibility.”

Big news. But we want to talk about something else. Andrew Breitbart is now blogging for Huffington Post. Here’s the first graph of his very first post.

The latest James O’Keefe success story against NPR has taken a predictable pattern — panicked press releases and firings, followed by denunciation of O’Keefe in a belated attempt to discredit him. Naturally, conservatives are crowing about it, but I wanted to give a little perspective to those Huffington Post readers — whatever your political stripe — who share my passion for free speech, honest debate, and fairness in the media.

Yes, not only is the conservative agitator now blogging on the formerly iconographic liberal website, he’s using the site to credit his propensity for “honest debate.”

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The Huffington Post Adds Twitter CoFounder

The Huffington Post has added Biz Stone – one of the minds behind Twitter – as its Strategic Adviser for Social Impact. As his title indicates, it seems that the Huff Post wants to expand into philanthropy in some way.

Arianna Huffington was obviously quite pleased with Stone joining the team. “Since one of our key goals is to explore and spotlight innovative ways that our company – as well as others – can do good, I’m thrilled that Biz Stone will be our strategic partner in this important endeavor,” she said in a statement.

The announcement – the latest in a string of over 15 hires in about a week – is one of the biggest since AOL aquired the Huff Post. And since Stone still hasn’t been good at coming up with ways to make money off of Twitter, it’s a good idea to keep him confined to advising on social aspects.

Now you’ll know why The Huffington Post is the top trending topic on Twitter today.

Stephen Colbert Most Retweeted Man of 2010

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After making fun of/plugging Matt Damon‘s charity, Stephen Colbert invited Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on the show the other day to announce Colbert had the most retweeted…well…tweet of 2010. Here’s the tweet that earned him the distinction:

“In honor of oil-soaked birds, ‘tweets’ are now ‘gurgles.’”

The Huffington Post To Celebrate Its List Of Game Changers Tonight

Tonight, The Huffington Post is holding a special ceremony to celebrate its list of “Game Changers,” the “innovators, mavericks and leaders who are changing their fields and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.”

This year’s ceremony happens to include quite a few bold names in the media industry:

Other attendees slated to appear tonight include reality tv star and health expert Bethenny Frankel, TV and radio personality Gayle King, fashion designer Prabal Gurung, models Paulina Porizkova and Crystal Renn, former New York Governor and current TV host Eliot Spitzer and his co-host Kathleen Parker, PR whiz Kelly Cutrone, and many others.

Fortune Announces Second Annual 40 Under 40 List

This morning, Fortune magazine released its second annual list of “40 under 40,” highlighting influential and successful names in business. The issue hits newsstands on October 18th, but here’s a little preview:

In a year that seemed to reward Steve Jobs, the Tea Party, and bond fund managers, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking there aren’t too many other growth stories out there. But you’d be wrong. For our annual list of the most influential young people in business, we found 40  of them (48, actually; there were so many, we allowed some ties). They come from all corners of the economy:  from technology, yes, but also from retail, health care, academia, and finance. There are the names you know,  but with 27 newcomers, many you don’t. What they have in common: They’re innovating, they’re expanding, and they’re not really thinking about the recession (in fact, one of them works with the committee that decided it’s over).

Some names you might expect made this year’s list — like 26-year-old Facebook founder and, now, pop culture icon Mark Zuckerberg, who comes in at number 2, as well as Twitter’s Evan Williams, age 38, and Biz Stone, age 36, who tied for the number 3 spot. Rupert Murdoch’s 37-year-old son, James Murdoch, made the list at number 8.

And it’s not all suits (or, as the case may be for Zuckerberg, hoodies and Converse): 24-year-old Miami Heat player LeBron James, as much a brand as he is an athlete, made the number 20 spot. Some rising names among Latinos made the list as well, with Wal-Mart’s Raul Vazquez, age 39, coming in at number 4 and Cesar Conde, age 36, of Univision Networks taking the 12th spot. Wendy Clark, age 39, of Coca-Cola  is the highest-ranking woman to make the list, coming in at number 15.

Twitter Announces in Long Form Its Doing Ads to Make Money

Twitter-Make-Money333.jpgAfter enduring years of ribbing, Biz Stone noted Stephen Colbert quipped, “So, I assume that ‘Biz’ in ‘Biz Stone’ does not stand for ‘Business Model’.” Stone released his plan to cash in on the Twitter platform one tweet at a time:

Q: What are you launching? What are Promoted Tweets?
A: We are launching the first phase of our Promoted Tweets platform with a handful of innovative advertising partners that include Best Buy, Bravo, Red Bull, Sony Pictures, Starbucks, and Virgin America — with more to come. Promoted Tweets are ordinary Tweets that businesses and organizations want to highlight to a wider group of users.

Previously on FBLA:

  • By The Way, Twitter Still Isn’t Making Money
  • Twitter Plans To Make Money Soon
  • Twitter Finally Makes Money!

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