Manchester bombing: Why the ‘New York Times’ should not be blamed for printing leaked information

Manchester bombing: Why the ‘New York Times’ should not be blamed for printing leaked information

An editor’s first instinct is always to publish. And the news executives at the New York Times would not have had to think too long and hard about the ethical issues when images from the investigation into the Manchester bombing landed on their desks.

It would have been a very different matter had the leak been to a paper in Manchester or London, where the shock of what happened is palpable and the sense of hurt and harm is very close to home – even among journalists hardened to atrocities such as this. But even here, the imperative to publish would have been strong, and the images have been carried by the British press.

Once, it may have been possible to contain a leak of this nature. But in today’s news environment – where traditional news organisations are competing with new media players – it is no longer feasible for the authorities to appeal to the “better nature” of journalists in the interests of “the public good”.

Editors will be conscious of appeals to stay their hand in matters of national security – but within the boundaries of sovereign nations. Making an appeal of this nature to a publication in a different jurisdiction – and one like the United States where press freedom is enshrined in the constitution – is much more difficult.

Stopping the spill

Once a leak has happened, it is impossible to contain the spill. If the New York Times had not published, someone else would have. And they may have done it in a way that was more disrespectful to the bereaved and injured; and in a manner that sensationalised the material.

In a free society, leaks will always be one of the sources news organisations rely on for their stories. Gone are the days when a chancellor of the exchequer would feel impelled to resign because he had mentioned an item in the budget to a journalist when he was on his way to deliver it, as Hugh Dalton did in 1947.

Indeed, leaks now have a special status of their own in the news agenda – leaks by the likes of Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden had a greater impact on the news agenda than the work of many a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Legitimate source

From the editor’s perspective, of primary importance will be the need to be assured that the material is from a legitimate source. In this case – where the information appears to have come from official intelligence sources – the New York Times will have been easily satisfied about the veracity of the material.

The motivation for the leak will also have been taken into consideration. Journalists know that sometimes they are being used. In this case, the motivation is still unclear. And on the face of it, it looks like the material was being shared just because it could be. Even if, as an editor, you know you are being played as part of a bigger game, you might well decide to go to press in any case if the information is clearly in the public interest.

Far removed from the scene of this particular crime, the New York Times will have been less concerned about the impact its story will have had on those who are suffering after this atrocity. A British editor would have almost certainly have considered the issues about intrusion on grief, which is covered by the IPSO editor’s code.

They will certainly have been swayed by concern over the impact on the investigation. But they would also be conscious that if the material is out there someone will use it.

Only those close to the victims will be able to say whether this adds to their sense of loss or not. In many cases, families want to know everything they can – sometimes it is a way of sharing the pain of the loved one they have lost. A vacuum is often worse.

Public interest

In terms of the public interest – this is undoubtedly one of those cases where the need to know is not driven by prurience or the desire for salacious gossip. The importance of the story is perhaps less in what it says about the bomber and his crime, but more about the fitness of international intelligence agencies to meet the threat of terrorism.

It also tells us much about the relationship between Britain and America – particularly as the leak came after home secretary Amber Rudd’s blunt warning over the leaking of the bomber’s name.

And it reveals a dysfunctional relationship between those charged – on both sides of the Atlantic – with keeping us safe and secure. In bringing that to public light, the New York Times may well have done us all a service. This is a faultline in the fight against terror that needs to be fixed.

The ethical dilemma here rests not with the press, but with the people who decided to share intelligence that had been given to them in confidence. Don’t shoot the messenger.

Tom Collins, Professorial Teaching Fellow, Communications, Media and Culture, University of Stirling.

This article first appeared on The Conversation.

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8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Best Free iPhone Apps

Yesterday’s post covering paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was terrific, and there are still some freebies in there if you go back and check it out. We’ve got eight fresh options for you to look through on Thursday though, and you’ll find them all listed out below.

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These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Hands-free Browser

Normally $2.99.

Getting your hands dirty? With this app you can surf the web without touching the screen.
It’s fantastic for reading recipes while you cook, following repair instructions with greasy hands, working out, putting on makeup, or catching up on news while you are doing household chores whilst wearing gloves.

This app has also proven useful to people with arthritis, or when fine movement is difficult or painful.

You use similar gestures to those you would use on a touch screen, so it feels natural right away.

Simply browse the web normally to the page you want, then put down or dock your device. You can now use upwards or downwards hand gestures in front of your phone to scroll the page vertically, or “swipe” sideways to move between your favorite pages.

Features

• Hands-free Browser has been in the top utility 10 apps in many countries worldwide.

• Slick, fully functional web browser with vertical scrolling gesture support

• Optional “Hands-free Favorites” add-on lets you navigate through all your favorite pages by swiping, 100% hands-free!

• Bonus “Hands-free Favorites” feature: a “drop hand” gesture which you can assign to any browsing action you like! (iPhone only)

• Get similar gesture features on your iPhone/iPad to those found on some other latest brands of phones, right now!

• Integrated help and feedback tips to show you how the gestures work right away.

• Bookmark your favorite sites quickly and easily.

• Turn off the on-screen help, for advanced users.

• “Time spent waiting for load” meter. See how much of your life you are wasting while waiting for webpages to load!

• Prompt support from the developer, accessible from within the app. If you want a feature added or have some problems, the developer is happy to help.

This app uses the front-facing camera and computer vision algorithms. It works reliably under normal lighting conditions, from distances of 20cm up to 1 metre.

Download Hands-free Browser

iKeywi

Normally $0.99.

Want to add an extra row to your iPhone/iPad?
One of the most popular keyboard extension in iOS communication is available on AppStore now!

Features:
– Extra row for keyboard
– Customizable keys
– Input long terms with 1-Click
– Show letter case on keyboard
– Move cursors
– Supports both iPhone / iPad
– Also support iPhone 6 / 6 Plus now!

NOTICE: iKeywi requires “Allow Full Access” enabled in keyboard settings to save and load your keyboard settings. We won’t record nor send any information.

Available for QWERTY layout with English (U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia) dictionary now.
More layout and languages coming soon.

Download iKeywi

Super Phantom Cat

Normally $0.99.

App Store Best of 2016! Have fun!
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Super Phantom Cat is awarded the App Store Best of 2016 .
Featured in 166 countries on the App Store.
4.5/5 – “It is a pretty perfect hybrid of the new and old.” – TouchArcade
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Super Phantom Cat is a new retro platformer! Try to find your way through different worlds by uncovering hidden paths — and collect data to unlock new characters.
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“How to become a Super Phantom Cat?” Mr White pacing around his floor thinking ” It must be so cool if I could become a Phantom cat, I could be a phantom supercat and save the world!”
White have these thoughts when he was still a little boy, after he’ve been saved by the Phantom cat.
One night, the Flash cat show up. This truly master told White that if he wanna become a Super Phantom Cat he need to collect enough data to be transformable.
“Step into the adventure to collect data, you will become the hero to save the world eventually!” He says.
However, along with the changing phantom world those creatures are undergoing inevitable changes as well.
“There are different creatures in different galaxy; No matter you are human being or vampire, you can transfer your species and races easily with the help of data! Today you are an adorable cat, other day you can be a Diva, or you can be a vampire! Nothing is impossible, as long as you got enough data!!!
Explore the whole galaxy and collect all the data there to answer the most complicated philosophy question: Who we are?
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■ Beautiful
Clean, colorful art and whimsical character design
■ Retro Style
A modern twist on retro platformers with a quirky plot, hardcore platforming gameplay that’s perfectly tuned for touchscreen
■ Easy to play
Designed to be easy for everyone to pick up, enjoy and complete with fully customizable controls
■ Extra Bonus
Bonus levels for even more challenge and depth, endearing unlockable characters ranging from a cute chicken to a menacing vampire
■ Sound
Awesome chip tune soundtrack

Download Super Phantom Cat

FX-570ES Plus Scientific Calculator Pro

Normally $2.99.

Scientific Calculator is a full-featured RPN calculator that implements most functions of the beloved calculator. It is feature-complete (including programming and subroutines).

Yes, you will have the best calculator with your iPhone, not need calculator machine anymore for your work! Just use this app, NO ADS in app, full function, and the great graphic!

Download FX-570ES Plus Scientific Calculator Pro

Crazy Taxi

Normally $4.99.

Hey hey, come on over and have some fun with Crazy Taxi! Barrel through traffic packed streets, hurdle off parking garages, and crazy combo your way to crazy money in a wild frantic race to scare up the most fares. In Crazy Taxi, time is money, and only the craziest cabbies come out victorious.

TRANSPORT BACK TO 2000
-Remastered for mobile devices based on the hugely popular Dreamcast Classic
-Rock out to original music by The Offspring and Bad Religion

FIERCE ENVIRONMENTS TO MAKE YOUR PASSENGERS GO INSANE
-Extra large hills for extra long hang time
-Parked transporters with conveniently angled ramps
-Occasional deep sea exploration opportunities

DONT GET TOO DELIRIOUS
-Choose from 3, 5 or 10 minute game play in Arcade Mode and Original Mode
-Play in touch or tilt control modes

OTHER FEATURES:
-Continue the madness with 16 Mini games
-Listen to tracks from your own music playlist
-Game Center Leaderboard and Achievement support
-Universal Build – Play across multiple iOS devices

Download Crazy Taxi

Smart Merge Pro

Normally $2.99.

* Over 1,000,000 people love Smart Merge Pro 🙂

* Merge all duplicate contacts with one tap! *

MAIN FEATURES
○ Find & Merge duplicate contacts!
○ Remove contacts without name or phone number
○ One tap to backup your contacts!
○ Quickly find the contacts you need

Your contacts are the most important data in your phone which easily becomes messy if not consistently updated.
Smart Merge Pro easily helps you detect and merge duplicate contacts.

SIMPLY MERGE DUPLICATE CONTACTS
○ Merge all duplicate contacts with one tap!
○ Find & merge contacts with similar names.
○ Find & Merge contacts with duplicate phone or email.

CLEANUP
○ Remove contacts without name
○ Remove contacts without phone & email

BACKUP
○ Backup your contacts with one tap!
○ Quickly export your backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, Email
○ Move contacts between accounts (Exchange, iCloud, Local Address Book)

SMART FILTERS
○ Quickly find the contacts you need
○ Filter contacts by Company & Job title
○ Filter contacts by upcoming birthday & creation date

AVAILABLE IN 15 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English, Español, Français, Italiano, Deutsch, Português (Br.), 中文 (Simplified), 中文 (Traditional), 日本語, 한국어, Nederlands, Русский, Türkçe, العربية, עברית

Download Smart Merge Pro

Morning Routine

Normally $1.99.

Transform New Year’s Resolutions into Lasting Habits!

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” Tony Robbins

Featured on Product Hunt : “Great Product! I find the mornings are a great time to make important decisions for the day”

THE QUALITY OF YOUR MORNING DETERMINES THE REST OF YOUR DAY

Make sure it is as productive and focused as possible.

Key features :
● Create unlimited habits per routine

● Build unlimited routines : Night Routine, School Routine, Gym interval Workout (requires IAP)

● Set up reminders

● NEW! Select days per habit, as you may not always want your routine to be exactly the same, for example, you can add stretching twice per week only.

● Build, adjust and track your routines to create the best habits in your life

● Set a time for each task once and re-use every day

>> BE MORE PRODUCTIVE
The smart timer lets you know when to change from one activity to the other, even if your phone is locked, a notification will appear on your screen.

>> BE MORE FOCUSED
The most successful people in the world follow a morning routine that helps them focus on key activities and progress in life, to get to the top!

>> TRACK HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME

Check the stats for last week or last month using the pie chart.

You realise you skipped meditation for a month : you know exactly what change you need to make!

● You can easily prevent the screen to lock automatically (just for this app) so the timer is always visible with the current activity

● Decide wether you want the iPhone to warn you with a sound alert or a vibration, or both (look in the settings)

● Use 3D touch to quick launch the app

● No usage of 3G data : this app doesn’t need an internet connection. All data is saved on your phone and takes minimal space.

We recommend having your phone on Airplane mode to avoid distractions during your routine.

>> HELPS YOU FEEL BETTER
It is scientifically proven that completing small tasks gives great satisfaction and positive thinking, that leads to better and faster completion of the more important ones. This also largely increases productivity.

>> WHAT USERS SAY :
“Great idea and design. I try to be more effective in the morning but my time managment isn’t good. I think this can help me. :)”

● “Super helpful. Love not having to think about order of my routine each day. Good work!”

● “I was one of the people who complained about the ugly design of the app. The redesign looks much better. ” (Thank you!)
If you have read books like The Miracle Morning, The Slight Edge, The Compound Effect but struggled to implement the action steps, and want a tool to help you track your time and habits + create new ones, this app was made for you!

Download Morning Routine

Emoji Camera

Normally $0.99.

Emoji camera makes it easy and fun to turn your favorite moments into cool-looking memories. Emoji camera provide unique emojis and filters to inspire your imagination, created especially for those who love to stand out. You can add all your favorite emojis to your photos and bring them to life. Whether it’s the cut little monkeys , piggies , or even that pile of poop, you will be able to make you photo pop even more with some fun emoji action.

Its Easy-

-Simply take a photo or choose from you library , choose form hundreds of emojis , and apply the sticker on the photo.

-You can rotate and scale however you like, and place the emoji wherever you want.

-Edit your existed photos with filters, vignette, exposure, brightness, contrast, rotate, mirror and adjust intensity of filters.

-Use cropping patterns and frames to make your photo outstanding.

-Support to share your filtered picture to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Dropbox.

Be true to yourself. Get Emoji camera to support you in your choice of lifestyle. You won’t believe how great this camera app is until you use it!

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Taylor prepared for scrutiny of World Cup return

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Taylor optimistic after challenging year

Sarah Taylor has declared that she is “back, and ready to face the World Cup and the scrutiny that professional sport brings,” after taking a year-long break from the game to combat an anxiety condition.

Taylor, who is widely recognised as one of the most naturally talented female cricketers of her generation, took an indefinite break from cricket in the aftermath of last year’s World T20 in India. However, she was last week included in England’s 15-strong squad for the Women’s World Cup, which gets underway in just under a month’s time.

Her inclusion followed a successful reintegration into the England set-up during a recent training camp in the UAE, where she took the field in a practice match against Ireland, scoring 26 not out in the second of three warm-up wins.

“It’s been a tough 12 months and lots has been learned in that time,” Taylor said in an interview arranged by the ECB. “In terms of where I am with my cricket, I’m incredibly comfortable to be back playing and the girls have been absolutely brilliant. It’s just nice to be back around them and the fact that the World Cup is at home as well makes it extra special. To be back in time for the World Cup has been a hard journey but very worth it so far.”

Prior to her diagnosis, Taylor’s condition was so acute at times that she found herself running off the field of play to be sick, while she also struggled with day-to-day issues such as taking public transport. A course of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helped her to overcome many of the most debilitating traits of her illness, although she does accept that the pressures and scrutiny of a home World Cup campaign will bring a whole new challenge.

“I don’t think we can shy away from the fact that in a World Cup there will be pressure,” she said. “Through what I’ve dealt with over the last 12 months I feel like I’m probably mentally strong enough to deal with those pressures. All I want to do is help someone else get through it, so I don’t think I’m any different to anyone else.

“To be honest, when I took that break I didn’t look too far ahead. I couldn’t. I was always told to not look too far in the future, to take it day by day and as it comes. Literally getting out of bed was the highlight of a day and then accept that doing something brilliant might mean walking outside, that was a tick in the box.

Sarah Taylor has been absent from England duty for the past year Stephen Pond / © Getty Images

“To look towards the World Cup never even got into my head, it was never something I was striving for at the time, then all of a sudden I found myself wanting to train again and, like I said before, it actually benefitted my day-to-day learnings and my anxiety through that. Next thing I knew I was on a plane going to Abu Dhabi and that was a very last-minute decision.

Looking ahead to the World Cup itself, Taylor Is in no doubt about the team’s overall aim for the tournament. “Ultimately you want to win the tournament, don’t you?” she said. “But for me it’s literally just a case of day-by-day assessing where I am – anxiety-wise, cricket-wise, everything in my head. If not, what can we do to help me get through a training session, a game, everything like that.

“My success, from a very personal point of view, is obviously to perform and be consistent in my performances but flip that to the mental side of things and it’s about getting through the tour unscathed. I’m realistic that there probably will be some bumps but, actually, if I get through it I should look back and be completely proud of myself for doing it. I’m proud that I’ve even put myself out there to do it. I want to win as much as the next person – and I’m hoping that there’ll be success with my own mental health and we can see a trophy at the same time.”

Google confirms it’s rolling out new reviews format for hotels

Google has confirmed with Search Engine Land that it is now rolling out a new user interface and feature set around local reviews for hotels. Earlier this month, we saw Google begin testing new hotel reviews features, and now Google has begun to roll them out. Sergey Alakov was the first to notice these beginning to roll out.

A Google spokesperson confirmed this with us just now and said in a statement:

Google is continually improving the information shown to people to help them make decisions about where to go. When people are searching for a hotel to stay at, we want to ensure we make it easy for people to find useful and relevant web reviews about that place to help them make informed decisions.

The new hotel reviews interface added some core features. Here are a few:

  • Third-party reviews show in a carousel for some of the listings.
  • The review overview section has a more robust interface showing stronger colors and reviews also by attribute.
  • The detailed review section will show a graphical user interface based on type of travel.

Here are some screen shots we are able to see now of the new interface:

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