Liz Gannes

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Kickstarter Bug Exposed Unreleased Projects, but Mostly to The Wall Street Journal

For the last three weeks, Kickstarter had a security hole that allowed viewing of unreleased project proposals — but no account or financial info — through its API. The Wall Street Journal, which discovered the problem, downloaded 77,000 projects and drafts from the site. But aside from that, Kickstarter said in a blog post, only 48 unlaunched projects were accessed while the bug was live, some of them by Kickstarter’s engineers working on its API.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald