Reuters: Osama Bin Laden is dead – prove it

"[The] editors on the Global Picture Desk found inconsistencies that immediately made us suspicious. There was odd pixilation and blurring and his face was darker in some areas than others. The biggest problem was that the picture looked familiar somehow. Quickly looking through dozens of our archive pictures we found that the bottom half of Osama Bin Laden’s face was identical to a picture of him speaking at a news conference in 1998. ... The fake picture was locked in our system so that it couldn’t be sent out but would be saved for future training exercises. Meanwhile, the fake picture quickly gained momentum in cyber space."

MediaFile: Why I believe in the link economy

Chris Ahearn, president, Media, Thomson Reuters: "Blaming the new leaders or aggregators for disrupting the business of the old leaders, or saber-rattling and threatening to sue are not business strategies – they are personal therapy sessions. Go ask a music executive how well it works. ... Let’s stop whining and start having real conversations across party lines. Let’s get online publishers, search engines, aggregators, ad networks, and self-publishers (bloggers) in a virtual room and determine how we can all get along. I don’t believe any one of us should be the self-appointed Internet police; agreeing on a code of conduct and ethics is in everyone’s best interests."

New York Times: Google Puts Ads on Its News Site, Reviving Debate

"Brian Tierney, chief executive of Philadelphia Media Holdings, which own The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News, said the new ads contributed to his skepticism about Google’s intentions. When Eric Schmidt says he worries about the newspaper industry, it’s crocodile tears,” Mr. Tierney said."

The Economist: Why news agencies are thriving

"A few struggling newspaper groups have stopped subscribing to newswires. Many others, having cut their own newsrooms, have become more dependent than ever on regurgitating agency copy. The proliferation of news websites, hungry for content, but lacking staff to produce it themselves, has also boosted the agencies"

Silicon Alley Insider: Reuters Scoops Itself By Twittering From Davos

David Schlesinger: "What we're doing with live tweets at Davos is that our people, including me, can live tweet unintermediated under our own names (daschles is just me). Then some of the "best" or most interesting are then picked up and retweeted on www.reuters.com/davos so we're combining unedited and edited processes."