Peter Kafka

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Google Hands the Media a $5 Million "Get Well Soon" Check

Worried about the future of journalism? So is Google. So it is handing $5 million in grants to nonprofits “that are working to develop new approaches to journalism in the digital age.” Two million of that goes to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the other $3 million will go to journalism projects outside of the U.S., which Google sales boss Nikesh Arora says will be named next year. Easy enough to cast aspersions on Google’s intentions here, but we’ll leave that to others: A grant is a grant, right? But for context: Google had net profits last quarter of $2.17 billion.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik